From the Chatsworth Plaindealer Chatsworth,Livingston,Illinois
THOMAS DONOVAN NOVEMBER 21, 1946
Thomas Donovan, 77, born on a farm east of Charlotte, died Sunday at the home of his daughter, Mr. Grace Scully, in Chicago, after a long illness. He achieved promience as a lawyer and politician. He was lieutenant governor of Illinois under Governor Hornor, was chairman of the state Demonocratic committee, and national committee, and national committeeman. He was a lawyer and banker in addition to his politicdal activities, was for many years on the legal staff of the sanitary district in Chicago and was known as a Democratic wheelhorse thruout the state for thirty-five years after the turn of the century. He was a member of the lw firm of Donovan, Bray and Gray, Joliet. He was a son of Patrick and Bridgett Donovan and born on what is now the Frank Saathoff farm a mile east of Charlotte. His parents later moved to Chatsworth and the family lived on the site of the present residence of Dr. Lykkebak. They lived in the village for 30 years until their death, and long after "Tom" left to become a lawyer. He attended the country and village school. He was graduated from Valparaiso, Ind. University and became a teacher and later principal in the public schools of Danforth, Iroquois county. He studied law at night and was admitted to the bar in 1895. He became city attorney of Kankakee, but transferred his activities to Joliet where he became associated with several banks.
FORMER HEAD OF JOLIET SCHOOL Donovan formerly was chairman of the Joliet board of fire and police commissioners. For the last year and a half he had lived with his daughter but retained his home in Joliet. Besides Mrs. Scully, he is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Carl Kintsler of Columbus, Ohio, and two sons, James and Thomas, both of Chicago. Mr. Donovan's first wife was Alice Aaron, of Chatsworth. To this union was born twin daughters. Mrs. Donovan died many years ago and is buried in St. Patrick's cemetery near Chatsworth. He was married a second time and to them were born two sons. Mrs. Gertrude Donovan died in 1939. A sister, Mrs. Dennis Deaney, lives in Rantoul, Ill. Services were held at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday in St. Leo's Roman Catholic church in Chicago, with additional services at 9:30 a.m. Thursday in the chapel at 508 E. Cass St., Joliet. Burial was in a Joliet cemetery.