James P. Slevin, real estate agent and manager of a 325-acre farm, of Fenton, is one of the really progressive and prominent citizens of St. Louis County. He was born October 10, 1879, a son of William J. Slevin of St. Louis, who was engaged in the transfer business until 1882, when he came to Fenton and purchased a farm. He was twice married, his first wife being Bridget Monahan, and his second, Miss Josephine DeSalme. He was the father of six children, and died February 12, 1905.
James P. Slevin, after completing his studies in the public schools, went to work on the farm for his father. On January 31, 1895, he was married to Miss Fanelle K. Koch, a daughter of John Koch. To this union was bon October 24, 1906, a son, Bernhardt F. During the first two years of his married life, Mr. Slevin worked as manager of the Paul Brown farm. He then took employment with the hardware, implement and undertaking business conducted by his father-in-law. Remaining thus employed eight years he established a real estate business in Fenton. On March 5, 1909, his wife died and he remained single until March 4, 1916, when he was married to Lillian Davis. January 1, 1919, he was again made manager of the Paul Brown farm, which in 1918 was bought by B. Casserly of St. Louis. The farm contains 325 acres, and is stocked with 125 head of cattle, and a large number of horses and hogs.
Mr. Slevin is still active in the real estate business. Fraternally, he affiliates with the Knights of Columbus, Catholic Knights of America and Woodmen. He has served as secretary of the School Board since his father's death, and for four years was secretary of the Fenton Farmers' Club.
History of St. Louis County, Missouri.
Clayton, Mo., Watchman-Advocate, Frederick Essen and John J. Hartnett, 1920.