The Rocklin Historical Society


John Lonergan


John Lonergan, a native of ireland, migrated to the United States as a young man, locating in Massachusetts. Here he met and married his wife, Ellen Flynn, also of Ireland and a resident of Massachusetts since girlhood.

The Lonergans left the eastern clime in the 1870's in favor of California. They located in Rocklin, then a major railroad and granite center, where Mr. Lonergan was employed as a stationary engineer at the Delano (Rocklin Granite Company) quarry. And it was at Rocklin that they raised a large family consisting of six daughters and three sons. One son was Lawrence L. Lonergan (b. 1893), a retired master mechanic at the Southern Pacific shops in Roseville whose son, Kenneth Lonergan, is Superintendent of schools for Placer County.

John Lonergan died in 1909. His widow survived him by thirty-two years, passing from this earth at the advanced age of ninety-two. Both are buried in the family plot in Rocklin Cemetery.

From: Rocklin: Past, Present, Future by Leonard M. Davis. Published by the Rocklin Friends of the Library, Rocklin Ca., 1981.