Luke Ratigan, one of the oldest and most respected residents of the First ward, died at his residence in West Eighth street about 11 o'clock last night. Mr. Ratigan has been afflicted for the past six months with gangrene in his right foot, and his death was due to exhaustion, caused by long continued suffering.
The deceased was born near Dublin in Ireland, March 24th, 1821. When a small child, he moved with his parents to America and settled in Oswego. he passed sixty-five years of his life a resident of the First ward. When a young man, Mr. Ratigan mastered the ship-carpenter's trade and worked at it until 1859.
He helped to build a number of vessels, which in their day were prominent in the traffic of the lakes. All of them have passed out of existence. In 1859, Mr. Ratigan engaged in the meat business with Mr. Thomas Kehoe. The firm of Kehoe & Ratigan continued in business in the old Fitzhugh House block for fifteen years. Mr. Ratigan was married in 1853 to Miss Catharine Maguire of Oswego.
He was a staunch Democrat and in 1864 held the office of Harbor Master. From '63 to '66, he represented his ward in the Common Council and from '82 to '84 was City Tax Collector. He was for many years prominent in Volunteer Firemen's circles and for awhile was Assistant Chief of the department. Mrs. Ratigan with fours sons, Edward J., Cleveland, Ohio, Frederick J., of Oswego, Luke and William S., of Syracuse, survives him.