JOHN DONOVAN is the son of Maurice and Mary Ellen Shanahan Donovan. He was born on October 23, 1889, in Dubuque County, Iowa.
John Donovan married Loretta Carew (born in Jackson County, Iowa, on January 13, 1894, [daughter of Rodger Carew and Ellen Kennedy Carew]) on June 17, 1913, at St. Aloysius Church in South Garryowen, Iowa.
They had nine children:
From left, back row: Paul, Maureen, John T., Loretta, Helen, Bernadine.
From left, front row (seated): Sister Maureen, John, Rita.