Biography of John Vallely of Grand Forks North Dakota

John Vallely, born January 21, 1861, in Lanark, Ontario, Canada, is president of the Western Collection Agency in Grand Forks, North Dakota. His parents, Michael and Mary (Ryan) Vallely, were farmers. John moved to North Dakota on June 2, 1882. He has been in the collection business since 1890 and helped establish the Western Collection Agency in 1907. Vallely served as an alderman and was active in the Democratic State Central Committee. He married Lila Moran on November 28, 1889, and they have four children: Mary Lillian, Margaret Irene, Alonza Joseph, and Michael Alexander.


John Vallely, president of the Western Collection Agency of Grand Forks, North Dakota, is a native of Canada. He was born at Lanark, Ontario, January 21, 1861. His parents, Michael and Mary (Ryan) Vallely, were farmers by occupation. His father was a native of County Armagh, Ireland. He came to Lanark, Ontario, when seventeen years of age, and spent the balance of his life at that place, dying at the age of eighty-two years. His mother was born at Lanark, and lived to the end of her days, and died on the farm where she was born, at the age of sixty-four years.

Mr. Vallely received his education in the schools of his home town, and removed to North Dakota, June 2, 1882, where he has continued to reside. The Western Collection Agency, of which he is president, and H. W. Gibbs, secretary and treasurer, was organized in 1907, and does a large and constantly increasing business. Mr. Vallely has been in the collection business since 1890. He was elected alderman of the Sixth ward, in the spring of 1907, is committeeman from the Sixth District Democratic State Central Committee. He holds membership in the Order of Irish-American Workmen, Foresters, Yeoman, Knights of Columbia, and the Elks.

On November 28, 1889, he was united in marriage with Miss Lila Moran, of Grand Forks. The following children have been born to them: Mary Lillian, Margaret Irene, Alonza Joseph, and Michael Alexander.

Source

C.F. Cooper & Company, History of the Red River Valley, Past And Present: Including an Account of the Counties, Cities, Towns And Villages of the Valley From the Time of Their First Settlement And Formation, volumes 1-2; Grand Forks: Herald printing company, 1909.

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