An Immigrant Story - Charles Cullnan

A worn grave marker in a cemetery.
The Cullnan family stone covered in lichens at Houghton's Forest Hill Cemetery.

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Charles Cullnan was born in 1859 to Daniel and Elizabeth (Keohan) Cullnan, an Irish-born couple living on the outskirts of London, England. They began the American chapter of an immigrant story around the time of Charles' tenth birthday, when they left for Detroit. The Cullnan family then established themselves in Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. There, Charles later married Lucy McLaughlin and began a family of his own.
 
The interior of an old church.
An interior view of St. Patrick's Catholic Church where both Maggie and Leo got married.
Charles moved the family to Dollar Bay around the time of his wife's death, perhaps to bring them closer to Lucy's family: her sister, Mrs. Frank Whipple, was also a Dollar Bay resident. Charles established himself as a liquor dealer, while daughter Maggie attended college then taught for the Dollar Bay School until her marriage. Son Leo, known as an all-around athlete, became a regular fixture of newspaper sports pages in the Copper Country. Maggie and Leo both married in 1916 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Hancock.

Last updated: April 4, 2018

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