J.M. (Joseph M.) Nolan was a Corvallis, Oregon, business owner who operated a general merchandise store known as J.M. Nolan and Son. Nolan was born in Ireland in 1844 and immigrated to the United States (San Franciso) in 1872; in the 1870s he moved north to Oregon and established his first business in Albany. In 1884, he moved to Corvallis and established a new business. Two of his children, Gertrude and Victor Nolan, attended Oregon Agricultural College in the 1910s. J.M. Nolan died in 1917.