The Maritime History of the Great Lakes
Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Oct. 16, 1876

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A Former Resident Dead.
Jesse M. O'Leary Drowned in the Maumee River.

Last Saturday night Mr. Daniel Lyons received a letter from Toledo, Ohio, containing the sad news of the drowning of Jesse M. O'Leary, a former resident of this city. The Toledo Blade of Friday contains the following particulars:

"About 7:30 this morning the attention of John Smith, one of the Cherry street bridge tenders, was attracted by the peculiar appearance of something floating in the west draw of the bridge. He examined it closely and came to the conclusion it was the overcoat of man, but whether or not it contained a body he could not determine.

"Upon getting close to it he seized hold of it. The news of the finding of the body spread and very soon it was recognized as that of Jesse M. O'Leary, bookkeeper for the Wilcox Bros., Nos. 64 and 66 Water Street. Mr. O'Leary was born in the city of Cork in 1820, came to this country young and settled in Oswego, N.Y.

"For several years he was collector of the port of Oswego; he held numerous responsible and lucrative positions before coming to this city. he settled in Toledo in 1860 as bookkeeper of his brothers-in-law, the Wilcox Brothers, and has remained in their employ ever since that time. He had a splendid business capacity, was honorable, faithful and worthy of the most implicit confidence. He leaves a wife and two children, besides a numerous list of sorrowing relatives and friends."

Mr. O'Leary was in the ship chandlery business here several years with the late Nathan Robbins, under the firm name of Robbins & O'Leary and occupied the store now occupied by Captain J.M. Barrow. He was quite prominent in politics and for several years was an alderman from the Third Ward. He was Deputy Collector of Customs at this port under Buchanan, not collector, as the Blade says. At the time Jesse M. O'Leary was in business here no man on the whole chain of lakes was better or more favorably known. He was kind hearted, charitable, obliging and a man of the people. The sailors throughout the lakes will be pained to hear of his death, and his many friends here will be grieved to learn of his sudden taking off.

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Richard Palmer
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Oswego Palladium (Oswego, NY), Oct. 16, 1876