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William O’hara

By | Last Modified: May 5, 2017
Lucas & O'hara Store - 1899
Lucas & O'hara Store - 1899 (Credit: Bismarck Public Library Missouri River Room)

William O’hara (sometimes spelled O’hare) (1866?-1943) was a local businessman who is best noted as a founding partner in the long-time local department store AW Lucas Company in 1899. Shortly after the partnership with Lucas was dissolved in 1902, O’hara established a grocery store on Main Avenue, directly across from the Northern Pacific Depot. Later, O’hara became employed at the Patterson Hotel as a clerk.

O’hara also served as the exalted ruler of the local Elks and as secretary of the city’s commercial club.  In addition, O’hara was a prominent member of the local Masonic lodge.

After retiring in 1930, O’hara moved to California to reside with family. After a 6-week illness, O’hara died in Chicago in 1943.

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