"From History of Scott County, Iowa 1882 Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co."

John Connor, deceased, was born in County Carlow, Ireland, May 22, 1802. He immigrated to Canada when 17 years of age; from there he went to Cedar Co., Ia., in 1846. He came to Scott County, and in 1850 settled on a farm in Allen's Grove Township. He was married in 1831 to Ellen O'Brien. They had a family of six children - Michael, Rebecca, John P., Hannah and Mary A. Margaret J. died September, 1881, at 18 years of age. Mr. John Connor was one of the most popular men of the county; he was the first to hold the position of postmaster in Allen's Grove Township. He died as he had lived, honored and respected by all.


"From History of Scott County, Iowa 1882 Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co."

Michael Connor, section 2, Hickory Grove Township, was born in the Province of Ontario (then Upper Canada), March 25, 1835, and is a son of John Connor, deceased, a native of Carlow Co., Ireland. John Connor came with his family to this county in 1846, locating in Liberty Township, and in 1850 removed to Allen's Grove Township. Our subject was a soldier for Uncle Sam in the late war, in Co. C, 2d Iowa Cavalry, and was present at the siege of Corinth, Nashville, Rienza, Coffeeville and others; for further information as to the battles, raids, etc., see the biography of Daniel Snyder, of Liberty Township. Mr. Connor went into the war as a private, and returned as first lieutenant. In 1865 he removed to his present farm. He was married Nov. 10, 1869, to Jennie, daughter of James Stephens, of whom we speak at greater length elsewhere in this work. They have four children - Jennie J., Nellie L., Adda M. and Williard E. Mr. Connor is the present school treasurer for Hickory Grove. He is a member of the following societies: A.F. & A.M., I.O.O.F., and A.O.U.W. He owns over 200 acres of land.


Past and Present in Allamakee County, by Ellery M. Hancock. 2 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1913.

John Brennan, now retired, though for many years a representative and prosperous farmer of Paint Creek township, owns eighty acres of valuable land on section 34. He was born in County Carlow, Ireland, in December, 1841, and is a son of Thomas and Mary (McDonald) Brennan, also natives of the Emerald isle. John Brennan spent his early life in his native country and as a young man emigrated to the United States with his parents. He settled first in Wisconsin where he engaged in various occupations, spending a great deal of time in railroading, and in 1861 he enlisted from that state for service in the Civil war. He spent four years as a member of Company D, Sixth Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry, reenlisting at the expiration of is first term as a member of the same company and regiment. He was with the Army of the Potomac and took part in all engagements in which his regiment participated, these including some of the most important and hotly contested battles of the Civil War. He was on the field at Gettysburg and attended the fiftieth anniversary of that engagement.
After the close of the hostilities Mr. Brennan returned to Wisconsin and there remained until 1873, when he came to Allamakee county, Iowa, purchasing his present farm. This was at that time slightly improved, the buildings being all of logs, and through the passing years he steadily carried forward the work of development, erecting a modern residence and excellent barns and outbuildings.  Of late years he has rented his land and lives in retirement, his leisure and active, honorable and useful life.
At Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin, July 12, 1867, Mr. Brennan was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Johnson, a native of Ireland and a daughter of Robert and Catherine (Chogren) Johnson. Mr and Mrs Brennan have one daughter, Mary, who is now the wife of M.J. Hart, of Waterville. They are devout members of the Roman Catholic church and Mr. Brennan is a democrat in his political beliefs, taking an active and intelligent interest in community affairs without being an office seeker. He is widely known in Paint Creek township, where he had resided for forty years, and his substantial characteristics have gained for him the warm regard and unqualified trust of his fellow citizens.


Biographical History of Pottawattamie County,.. Lewis Pub. Co., 1891

     Archibald Glynn, who resides on section 27, Silver Creek Township, is one of the enterprising and prominent citizens of Pottawattamie County. He has made this place his home since 1881. A brief sketch of his life is as follows:
     Mr. Glynn was born in County Carlow, Ireland, September 20, 1853, son of Walter and Frances (Alger) Glynn. The mother died in 1879 and the father in 1880. Archibald was reared on a farm and received his education in the Protestant schools and at the National Catholic School. His parents were members of the Church of England. To them were born eleven children, eight sons and three daughters. One of the latter died at the age of two years and one of the sons is also deceased. At this writing the other nine are living.
     Archibald Glynn remained in the Emerald Isle until 1876, while he sailed from Queenstown to Philadelphia, arriving there at the time of the Centennial Exposition. He came to Mills County, Iowa, where he had an elder brother. He made his home in that county until 1881, when he came to Pottawattamie County and bought his present farm of 160 acres. At the time of purchase it was all wild land. He has since improved it and made a good home. He has a comfortable frame house, one and a half stories, with a veranda on one side. The main part of the house is 14x26 feet, with an L, 20x20 feet. it is beautifully situated among shade and ornamental trees. Mr. Glynn is engaged in general farming and stock-raising, and every thing about his premises-the stables, yards, feed-lots, and modern wind-pumps- all show thrift and prosperity.
    August 23, 1877, Mr. Glynn was marred to Marcia King, daughter of Lewis and Bessie (West) King, both natives of New York State. The mother was born near Lake Erie, and still resides in Mills County, Iowa, to which place she and her husband removed at an early period in the history of that county. The father died there. Mrs. Glynn was reared and educated in Mills County. Four children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Glynn. Their names are: Frances, Bertha Rosa, Lottie May, and Alfred Ed. In his political views Mr. Glynn is independent. He is a member of the Church of England, and Mrs. Glynn is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of Lone Star. Her parents were Congregationalists.


Portrait and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties
Chicago: Chapman Pub. Co., 1894

     BERNARD J. O'NEILL, one of Dubuque's capitalists now extensively engaged in real-estate dealing, is a native of County Carlow, Ireland, his birth having occurred there on the 15th of August, 1846. His parents were John and   Mary (Harmon) O'Neill.  In Ireland they were born, reared and married, and there made their home until 1852, when with their families they emigrated to the New World and settled in Jefferson Township, Dubuque
County.  The father was a farmer by occupation. He died June 11, 1888, and his wife passed away December 12, 1892.
     The gentleman whose name heads this sketch was a child only six years old when, with the family, he came to the New World. They landed in New York City and thence made their way to Dubuque, and the father secured a farm in Jefferson Township, Dubuque County, upon which our subject was reared to manhood, early becoming familiar with the arduous duties of farm life, his education was begun in the district schools of the neighborhood, after which he attended the public schools of Dubuque and then engaged in teaching for two winter seasons. At the age of twenty-one he embarked in business for himself as a brick manufacturer in Dubuque, carrying on operations along that line for thirteen years. At the same time he was also engaged in the grain business, and in his undertakings met with most excellent success, his business career proving a very profitable one. In the meantime Mr. O'Neill was married, the lady of his choice being Miss Mary J. Gandolfo, a native of Dubuque, and a daughter of Dominick and Catherine (Roche) Gandolfo. Both are now deceased. Their union was celebrated October 29, 1872, and has been blessed with eight children, four living as follows, three sons and a daughter, Harry E., Bernard J., Edith M. and Emmet G. The parents and children are members of the Catholic Church. Those deceased are Dominick J., Paul C. and two infants.
         In June, 1888, Mr. O'Neill began real-estate dealing and platted and laid out five additions to the city, comprising an area of one hundred and twenty-five acres, all inside the city limits. In 1887 he aided in the organization of the Dubuque Wagon Bridge Company and secured from the city a bonus of $25,000. He was made President of the company and for three years filled that position. He was one of the organizers of the Dubuque Board of Trade and is now serving as its Vice-President. During 1892 it was instrumental in securing the establishment of five factories in this city. Mr. O'Neill has always taken an active part in public affairs and in public improvements, giving his support to any enterprise calculated to promote the general welfare. He deals extensively in real estate, and during the past three years has erected sixty houses. For his success in life he deserves great credit, as it has been achieved through his own efforts and is the reward of earnest labor, capable management and good business ability. He may truly be called a self-made man. In politics he is a Republican, but has never sought office, preferring to give his entire time and attention to his business interests, in which he has met with signal success.


La Crosse Tribune; La Crosse, WI; March 18, 1928

James Odam, of Dubuque, Well-Known in La Crosse, is 101 Years Old Today
     Dubuque, Ia. - (Special) -- A hundred and one years old Sunday.  That is James Odam, an old-time seaman, now residing in Dubuque, who for over 60 years sailed to the four corners of the earth, and who is known in every river port from New Orleans to the Twin Cities.
     No particular reasons are given by Mr. Odam for his longevity.  but he naively admits having "drank my share" and still finds comfort in a battered briar pipe.  He is a "a little under the weather right now" as he puts it, but despite this and his advanced age, he is hale and hearty, to use that time-worn phrase.
     For the past five years, Mr. Odam has lived at St. Anthony's home here.  He likes it, with the association of other venerable old-timers, and enthuses over the view.

Born in Ireland.
Born in County Carlow, Ireland, on March 18, 1827, James Odam came to America with his parents when he was two years old.  His parents settled at Kingston, Ontario, when they first came from Ireland, and then later moved to New York.
     As near as he can remember, Mr. Odam started his life on the water when he was about 27.  There is hardly a port in the entire world that he has not visited.  He went around Cape Horn twice, before the Panama Canal was opened.  He has travelled the entire Mississippi river and all its tributaries.  All this time he served chiefly as steward or cook.  For sixty years, "off and on," he has gone up and down the Mississippi or on ocean-going vessels.  He recalls old-time residents, especially in Dubuque and La Crosse.
     Because of his many years spent on the Mississippi, James Odam is an interested follower of the attempts to revive river traffic.  In his
opinion, the government, by the installation of dams, has ruined the river "It would have been better the way it was,"  he contends.  "I remember how we could start out from St. Louis on about April 15, and the river would still be navigable November 15.  The flood in New Orleans last year proves that the dams ruined the river.  They had to dynamite the dams out." Advantages of river traffic, however, were pointed out by Mr. Odam, who said that with the average daily production of 100,000 barrels of flour in Minneapolis, the same can be sent to the gulf cheaper by water than by rail. He also sees another vantage point in that goods shipped by water require less handling.
     Mr. Odam has not allowed his travels to decrease to a minimum since he has been living at St. Anthony's home.  It was only Thursday that he walked down town, and any Dubuquer knows the hill that must be descended -- and climbed later -- to make that walk possible.

Visits Daughter.
Last Christmas Mr. Odam visited his daughter in Chicago, Mrs. Mary E. Duffy, where he enjoyed the company of his great grandchildren, Mary, Jack and Billy.  He made the trip from Dubuque to Chicago alone And in connection with the old river-man's hundredth Christmas, although the Volstead followers may object, James Odam celebrated the day with a drink of good Irish whiskey.
     He has lived a long and eventful life, and during an interview did not give the slightest hint that he expects his 101st birthday to be his last.  He looks back on his life with satisfaction.  He said:  "I would not criticise any man for doing anyting I have done."