Oelwein, Iowa January 1905

Death of Elizabeth J. COOGAN
The death of Mrs. Elizabeth J. COOGAN occurred in this city Thursday,
January 5.  Funeral services were held Sunday at 2 p.m., Rev P.S. O'Connor
officiating.  Interment in the Oelwein Catholic Cemetery.

Elizabeth J. COOGAN was born in Arahma [prob. Armagh], Ireland in 1831, and came to America when she was 15 years of age.  In 1847 she was united with Terrence COOGAN
in New York and they came to Iowa in 1879.  To this union was born twelve
children, all born in New York and Pennsylvania.  There were eight sons and
four daughters - James and Patrick twins, Peter, John, M.J., Samuel F.,
T.E., P.J., Katherine, Mary Ann, Lizzie, and Teresa.  Those who survive her
are P.J. and T.E. of this city, Patrick of Knowles, Cal., Katherine DONAHUE
of this city, Lizzie McCUSKER of this city, and Teresa PIERSCH of Morris,

Her husband died on their farm home in Chickasaw County, Oct 14, 1893, which
left her to undergo the trials of managing the affairs of their farm.  The
death of her son, S.F., three years ago was a blow from which she never
recovered.  She began to fail soon after his death, and Thursday she bade
her loved ones the last goodbye.  At the last services Fr. O'Connor paid a
high tribute to her as a parent, and spoke of her as a high type of
christian womanhood.  She was a kind hearted, loving mother a true
christian, and a kind neighbor.  She was the mother of twelve children and
she had 52 grandchildren and eight greatgrandchildren, making a total of 72

Being Researched by Pat Coogan

New Hampton Tribune, Chickasaw Co, IA; Thursday, October 25, 1934, page 1.


"Mrs. Mary Sweeney Has Passed to Great Beyond, Age 84:

Is Survived by Her Husband and Two Daughters and Two Sons.  Funeral
Was Held Tuesday.

The death of Mrs. Mark Sweeney, aged 84 years, occurred at her home
in this city at 5 p.m., Sunday, October 21, 1934.  Her death came as
a relief from a lingering illness with which she had been afflicted
for a number of years.  Final rites were conducted for the deceased
at 7 a.m. Tuesday,  October 23 at St. Joseph's Church in this city,
Very Reverend Thomas J. Dowling, pastor, conducted the services and
interment was made in Calvary Cemetery here.

The following acted as pall bearers:  A.A. Hughes, J.F. Tiernan,
C.D. Gleason, J.C. Tierney, R.H. Smith and W.H. Smith.

Mrs. Sweeney was born Mary McGuin [Should be "McGuill"] on October
5, 1850 [more likely born in August, 1852], in Dandalk, [Should be
"Dundalk"] Ireland.  She came to the United States in 1868 and
settled in Dunmor [Should be "Dunmore"], Pennsylvania.  On August
19, 1876, she was happily united in marriage to Mr. Mark Sweeney at
Scranton, Pennsylvania and several years later the couple moved to
New Hampton, Iowa, which has since been their home.  

To this union seven children were born.  One daughter and two sons
preceded their mother in death.  Besides the father, two daughters,
Mrs. Lucy Sohrt of New Hampton, Mrs. Margaret Shea of Marty, South
Dakota, two sons, John Sweeney of Parkston, South Dakota, Charles
Sweeney of New Hampton, also seven grandchildren and two great
grandchildren survive.

The death of Mrs. Sweeney removes one of the older women of this
community.  A long period of illness was peacefully closed in death,
and as a life long and devoted Catholic, she met her Creator with
true resignation.  She was a member of the Rosary Society.  However,
her passing is a sad and hard blow to the family and friends for
which she was ever a splendid wife and mother and a good Christian
woman.  We join the friends of the Sweeney family in extending our
sincerest  and most heartfelt sympathy in their sorrow."

NOTE: The obituary has several errors which I've corrected in square brackets [...].  According to my father (R.I.P.) Mary McGuill always said she was born in "Dundalk, County Armagh."  Dundalk is actually just across the border from Co. Armagh in Co. Louth, but I am pretty sure she was actually born in Co. Armagh and said "Dundalk" in the way we'd say "Near Des Moines" if we were actually from 20 miles away from there.

Submitted by: Tom Fitzsimmons.

Iowa Recorder
Greene, Butler, Iowa
Dec 11, 1929


Reflections from the Recorder's Mirror
Happenings of the Years to Refresh the Memory
Items of Interest to Our Readers-Reminders of Ten, Twenty and Thirty Years Ago. 

Thirty Years Ago.

   On Sunday evening at his home south of town, came the final summons to Samuel McRoberts, after a lingering illness of many months. Deceased had been confined to his home for many months and had been gradually failing. Samuel McRoberts was born in county Armaugh, Ireland, Nov. 26, 1835.


Iowa Recorder; Greene, Butler, Iowa; June 10, 1903

Death of Mrs. Acheson Wilson
     Last Thursday morning the many friends and neighbors of Mrs. Wilson were sad to hear of her sudden death. She was well as usual on Wednesday evening but had an attack of heart disease during the night and died almost immediately after the family were summoned.
     Margaret Cooper was born in county Armagh, Ireland, Sept. 5, 1835. Emigrated to the United States in 1853. She was married to Acheson Wilson in 1853 and came to Butler county in 1860 where she continued to reside until the time of her death. She was the mother of ten sons and one daughter, four of whom are dead. The daughter recently came from Colorado with the hope that her mother might be able to return with her to that climate for the benefit of her health.
     Her son Robert,  of Salida, Colorado, arrived in time for the funeral. Two sons were unable to reach here in time. These with her husband and three sons who are at home, survive her.
     That Mrs. Wilson had many kind friends and neighbors, was attested by their performing many little duties for the bereaved family to help lighten their sorrow. Death being so sudden it was doubly hard to bear. The funeral services were held at her late home and was largely attended. Rev. C.S. Cole, of Greene officiated. The remains were laid to rest in the family lot in the Dunkard cemetery.


Nashua Reporter
Nashua, Chickasaw, Iowa
Aug 10, 1922

Patrick Turley Called
Aged Resident Answered Final Summons Saturday, August 5th.
Burial at Charles City.

     Patrick Turley, who had been a resident of Nashua for a number of years, was called to his last long rest on Saturday, August 5, 1922, at the ripe age of 86 years, 5 months and 19 days.
     Deceased was born in County Armagh, Ireland in 1856, a year after his marriage to Bridget Loye and for the past forty years he and his wife had lived in Iowa, first on a farm near Charles City and afterwards moving to Charles City and a number of years ago he bought a home in Nashua and moved here to spend his declining years.
     Mr. Turley was a friend to old and young, an honest, upright citizen who knowingly wronged no one and was a friend of every one who knew him. He was a member of the Catholic church, and a true follower of its teachings.
     Funeral services were held from St. Michael's church in Nashua on Monday morning, conducted by Rev. B.A. Erdland and burial was in the Catholic cemetery at Charles City.
     There were many friends from Floyd, Charles City, Waterloo, Waverly, Plainfield and Waukon, in attendance at the funeral, to pay their last respects to one they loved as a true friend and brother.