Joseph A. Mahoney Luna County, New Mexico

Joseph A. Mahoney, who is engaged in merchandising in Deming, where he is also operating in real estate, has figured prominently as well in political circles and has been a representative to the Territorial legislature. He was born in Ladoga, Indiana, on the 4th of April, 1864, and was reared and educated in his native state, supplementing a public school course by attendance at a normal school. In May, 1882, when eighteen years of age, he came to Deming and has since resided continuously in this city. He entered upon his business career here in the capacity of a clerk in the employ of A. J. Clark, with whom he remained for two years, when, in 1885, he established a grocery business on his own account.

On the 1st of January, 1889, he extended the field of his operations by opening a hardware, furniture and crockery business and now has a liberal patronage accorded him in recognition of his straightforward dealing, his reasonable prices and his earnest efforts to please his customers. He has remained at the same location continuously since May 20, 1885, although on the 5th of July of that year, at eleven o'clock at night, his store was burned in the big general fire which swept over the town. At seven o'clock the next morning he resumed business and as rapidly as possible again stocked his store, and has through all the intervening years been a foremost factor in commercial circles in Deming.

He also has lead and zinc mine properties and owns considerable valuable real estate, including three large business blocks, two of which were erected by him. He has thus contributed in substantial measure to the material progress and development of his adopted city.

Mr. Mahoney was married to Ella Broderick a native of Crawfordsville, Indiana, and they have a daughter, Mary. Mr. Mahoney belongs to the Elks lodge at Silver City. In politics he is a stalwart Democrat and he was very active in the fight for the erection of Luna County from Grant County.

In 1807 ne represented his district in the lower house of the Territorial legislature and he has been a member of the board of equalization and secretary and treasurer of the Regent's Normal School for six years. His activity in public service has been of material benefit to the Territory along the various lines to which his energies have been directed.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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