James Donohue was born in Canada, April 12,
1860. He went to the common schools until the age of thirteen
years, when he school life ceased abruptly through employment he
secured with the Great Western Railroad of Canada. Since that
time Mr. Donohue has continued in the railroad business. He has
run the full gamut of the business, messenger boy, telegraph operator,
stenographer, ticket agent, station agent. He remained in the
employ of Canadian roads until he was twenty-one years of age, when he
went to Des Moines, Ia., where he remained for six years, coming to
Kansas City from there in 1886.
He was for three and one-half years general
freight and passenger agent of the Kansas City, Pittsburg & Gulf
Railroad, and went from that road to the Kansas City, Fort Scott &
Gulf Railroad in 1896. In 1901, when the Kansas City, Fort Scott
& Gulf Railroad was amalgamated with the St. Louis & San
Francisco Railroad, under the name of the Frisco System, Mr. Donohue
was made assistant general passenger agent of the system, which place
he now holds.
Mr. Donohue was married June 9, 1880, to Miss
Mary Ellen Martin, of Ingersoll Canada. They have three
children, Stewart, sixteen years of age; Adah, fourteen years of age;
and James, Jr., aged eleven years.