Patrick Dolan and Elizabeth Farrell were a son and a daughter of Roscommon County, Ireland who came to America with their respective parents during the great Irish migration in the mid-1800s. Patrick was the son of Thomas and Honora Dolan who settled in the southwestern part of Collins Settlement District of Lewis County on Sand Fork in 1857. He was six years old when he arrived in America with his parents. Elizabeth was the daughter of Patrick and Mary Farrell who settled on Grass Lick, near Orlando. She also was six years of age when her parents came to America.
To the left is a copy of a tintype of Patrick and Elizabeth (Farrell) Dolan.
Click on the map of County Roscommon, Ireland to the right to enlarge it.
“Mr. Dolan, who was son of Erin, and with his good wife and family lived in a rather small hewed log house, but which for that day and time was of the average. It was only a story and a half high, the upper part being partitioned off in small bed rooms. The ceiling was so low that it would not admit of a whole window, so half windows were used to give light in each room. The windows were so constructed that they had to be removed during hot weather to give ventilation. In those days people would go to work about 6 o’clock a.m., eat dinner at 11 o’clock, then again at 4 o’clock (which we called a four-o’clock piece), then work until dark, eat a hot supper and go to bed almost red hot. I remember one night, after I had gone to bed, it seemed hotter than usual; in fact, I could not go to sleep, tired and sleepy as I was. The porch roof, being very flat and of the clapboard variety, I crawled out at my window and stretched myself out on the roof, thinking in this way I might cool off and snatch a few moments of sleep. After fighting the gnats and ‘skeeters’ for a spell, I fell asleep. Some time during the night, my sleep was disturbed by a hard down pour of rain, and before I could get back through the window into my bedroom, I was as wet as a drowned rat.
“Often during hay and wheat harvest, I would break out with heat until my back was perfectly raw. I remember one night, my back became so raw with heat that Mrs. Dolan bathed it with a weak solution of soda water, then applied some kind of salve, and on top of that an application of flour. Next morning I felt fine, but the heat was in my back, or something, caused the flour to bake fast to my back, and every time I would bend, it seemed like what little hide that was left, was breaking in pieces. After I got warmed up a little my heat was gone and did not bother me any more that summer. Mr. and Mrs. Dolan have long since passed to their reward, and permit me to say that no better people then existed. Some of the family still lives in and about Orlando. The Dolan Hotel at Orlando is conducted by two of the girls, Mary and Josephine, and no where is the hungry traveler, better cared for, and fed.”
1. Margaret Abalene (Dolan) Dolan
3. Bridget (Dolan) Francis
Bern married Grace Shepherd. Grace died of typhoid fever at the age of twenty eight. Their daughter Bernadette went to school in Weston but spent weekends and summers at the hotel or with her father on Grass Lick.
Left: Bern and Grace (Shepherd) Dolan and little Bernadette.
In 1921 John and Agnes "Addie" McCauley were married by Fr. Quirk. They lived on Three Lick. John always seemed to have a cud of tobacco in his jaw and drove a Model T Ford with a rumble seat. He worked at a natural gas pumping station on Three Lick and when it was closed, he went to Burnsville and worked at that pumping station. John and Addie raised their nephew Richard Strader and niece Glenna Lipps.
Bernedette was Bern and Grace (Shepherd) Dolan's girl who spent summers at the hotel after her mother died. The caption on the news photo to the left reads: "Receives Cash Award For Employee Suggestion Bernadette Dolan receiving a certificate of appreciation from R. G. Ellyson, state director, in recognition of the adopted employee suggestion for which she also received a $10 cash award. -Dominion News Photo
The Orlando web page looks great and it’s heart-warming to hear such nice things about the Dolan Family. I only knew my Aunt Josephine and my Grandfather Perry who both lived with us for sometime when I was a child. I have very fond memories of them both. I am sorry I did know Aunt Josephine’s sisters and my Great Grandparents as it seems they were very kind, hard-working Christian people.
Comment by Betty (Francis) Rainer
Comment by Ethel Doyle When Bern Dolan’s daughter, Bernadette, would come from Weston to Orlando on the weekends, I was working in Weston at the State Hospital. I would give her a ride to my home on Three Lick. Her Aunt Jo Dolan would pick her up and take her on down to Orlando.