County Clare Obits


Mt Pleasant Weekly News ;Mt. Pleasant, Henry Co, Iowa; Wednesday Feb 5, 1896

  Mr. Peter O'Loughlin, one of the staunch business men of Henry county, a man, who, by natural ability and untiring energy arose from the conditions of a comparatively poor man, to wealth and influence, died at his home in Rome on Sunday evening about 10 o'clock. Mr. O'Loughlin has been an invalid for a great many years, and his demise was really a blessing to him. His case was a peculiar one, and no hopes were entertained from the beginning that he would ever recover. The immediate cause of death was pneumonia.
Peter O'Loughlin was born in the County Clare, Ireland, in 1839. While yet a young man he emigrated to America and settled in New Jersey in 1857. In 1858 he came west and settled in Henry county, at Rome, then a stirring village. He received a business education in Burlington and afterward entered the flooring business firm of O'Loughlin Bros. His heart feeling the emotions of love too strong to withstand, his mind naturally reverted to Old Ireland the
land of his birth, and the home of his loved one. In 1865 he went home to Ireland and secured his bride. He was married to Miss Margaret Quinn. This good couple were blessed with six children. The elder daughter, the mother's namesake, passed from life a few years ago and left a void in the family circle. The other children, Michael, James, Peter, Jr., Patrick and Marie,
were present at the bedside of their father.
  Mr. O'Loughlin, while in health, before the sad affliction befel him, was recognized as being one of the best financiers and business men in the county. He was noted for his integrity and honor. His word was as good as his bond. His friends were many and true. His good wife, during the whole
period of his infirmity has been a noble and true support. Her life must have been sad, but how sweet to think she did her very best. Her reward will be great.
  The funeral services took place at St. Alphonsus Catholic church this morning, Rev. Father Bassler conducting the services. his remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery.
Requiescat in Pace.

Daily Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Oct 21, 1895

Last evening at 8:40 occurred the death of Mrs. Catharine Hassett at her home, 1816 west Third street. The deceased was eighty-six years of age and when attacked by the dread disease, typhoid fever, which lasted three weeks, her extreme years had left her physical condition too enfeebled to withstand the shock. All the loving efforts of relatives and friends proved unavailing and with her children gathered around her bedside she departed this life. Mrs. Hassett was born in County Clare, Ireland and 45 years ago she came to Iowa. Her husband, Thomas Hassett, died some time since. The deceased leaves four children, all of whom were at the bedside of their mother when the final summons came: Patrick J. Hassett, an engineer on the C.M. & St. Paul railroad; Martin Hassett of Horton, Kan., an engineer on the C.R.I.& P.; Mrs. Cornelius Haugh and Mrs. Michael Lamb. A brother, Martin Burns and a sister, Mrs. Mary Walsh, also survive the deceased.
The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 22, with services in St. Mary's church and interment in St. Marguerite's cemetery.

Daily Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Oct 28, 1895


The death of Martin Burns occurred at the family residence, 1826 west Third street, yesterday morning at 10:45. For several months past he had been in feeble health and the end was hastened by the complications of old age. The deceased was seventy-five years of age and was a native of County Clare, Ireland. He came to America at an early age and settled in Davenport forty-five years ago. He has continuously resided here since that time and was widely acquainted throughout the city. He is survived by one sister, Mrs. Mary Walsh and the following children: Mrs. Richard Hermann, Mrs. Michael Manion and Mrs. William Lavery, of this city, Thomas Burns, of Rock Island, Ellen in St. Louis and Mary, James and Walter at home. The deceased was a brother of Mrs. Catherine Hassett whose death occurred on the preceding Sunday.
The funeral will be held from St. Mary's church tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock with interment in St. Mary's cemetery.

Daily Times
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Jan. 9, 1896


While on His Way Home He Falls in the Street and Death Ensues Almost Instantly-His Demise a Shock to His Friends

Death came quickly and unexpectedly to John Lillis last evening, and the announcement of his sudden demise will come as a shock to his many friends and acquaintances in Davenport.
For sometime past, Mr. Lillis had made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Joseph F Volz, resideing at 616 east Sixth street, and after partaking of supper there last evening, walked down town with his son-in-law, Mr. Volz. He was apparently in his usual health and neither himself nor his immediate relatives had any intimation that he was so soon to succumb to the inevitable. While returning home about 8 o'clock, he tottered and fell upon the sidewalk on Case street, between Iowa and LeClaire. Two young men, J.F. McCabe and N.W. Nelson, were a short distance behind him and seeing him fall, ran to his assistance. A glance revealed the distressing fact that he was in the throes of death, and in a twinkling almost the spark of life left its moral tenement. It being apparent taht he was beyond medical aid, word was sent to the station and in response to the summons the body was removed to Halligan's undertaking establishment. The remains were there examined by Coroner McCortney, who confirmed what had been apparent-that Mr. Lillis was beyond all earthly aid.
John Lillis was one of the oldest and best known residents of Davenport, this city having been his home for nearly half a century. He was born in County Clare, Ireland, June 9, 1831, and came to America in 1842. After a residence of several years, he came to Davenport in 1851 and shortly after engaged in the grocery business. This he continued until eight years ago when he retired in favor of his son, William M Lillis. Subsequently he was engaged in the commission business in Chicago for several years, but returned to Davenport sometime ago, making his home with his daughter, Mrs. Volz, the greater portion of the time. At various times he has filled positions of municipal trust, having been city clerk in 1867 and 1868 and also having served as a member of the council.
The deceased is survived by four children-William M Lillis, Mrs. T.F. Halligan and Mrs. J.F. Volz of this city and Mrs. M.J. Kinnalley of Chicago. He is also survived by his aged mother, now past her ninetieth year, who lives with his brother, Michael, at Long Grove.
A postmortem was held this morning by Dr. McCortney and it was found that fatty degeneration of the heart was the cause of Mr. Lillis' death.

The Manilla Times [Crawford Co, IA], Friday, January 12, 1900

The death of Thomas Collins who passed peacefully to rest Thursday afternoon January 4 at the home of his daughter, Mrs J[ames] J Finnegan after a lingering illness, the victim of complications of diseases. Mr. Thomas Collins was born in County Clare, Ireland nearly 74 years ago emigrated to Canada in 1850, thence to St. Louis, MO, and in the spring of 1870 came to Crawford County, residing all of this time in Iowa Township.
Notwithstanding some discouragements, no one ever toiled more faithfully to provide for his family and honor his obligations than did he and with the help of a true christian wife who preceded him to the grave some nine years ago his work was successful and he became wealthy but through reverses of one kind and another, he lost all, dying a poor man. He was one of the foremost members of the Catholic Church in this city and he gave substantial aid and support in its erection. The funeral services were held in the Catholic Church conducted by the Rev. Father Tierney and the remains were laid to rest in the silent city of the dead by the side of his wife who had gone before surrounded by a large circle of friends some of whom came from Charter Oak, Kenwood, Neola and Omaha to give their last sad services to the dead and their sympathies to the living. The deceased leaves two sons and one daughter, Martin Collins of South Omaha, Pat Collins who is at an asylum, and Mrs. J. J. Finnegan (Mary Ellen) of Iowa Township with relatives and friends to mourn his loss

Being researched by Ron Collins

Emmetsburg Democrat, Palo Alto Co, IA, Wed., April 25, 1917

Was For Many Years a Resident of West Bend Township

John Rogers, formerly a resident of West Bend township, died at the Iowa Soldiers' Home at Marshalltown the last of the week. The remains were brought to this city and were taken to the home of his brother, Patrick Rogers, to await interment. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon. Services were conducted at St. Thomas church, Father McNerney officiating. The burial was in St. John's cemetery. The local members of the G.A.R. attended. The pall bearers were members of Henry Dillon Post. They were J.K. and J.L. Martin, J.J. Kane, Myles McNally, David Starr and D.L. Randall.
Mr. Rogers was born in the county of Clare, Ireland, in 1842. He died in his 76th year. He was married in 1866 to Ann McManus of Henry, Illinois. Mr and Mrs. Rogers moved to Fort Dodge in 1867. Mr .Rogers helped to build the Illihois Central railroad west from that place to Sioux City. They were among the early settlers of West Bend township. Mrs. Rogers died quite a number of years ago. Some time later Mr Rogers sold his interests in this county and being rather advanced in age, entered the Iowa Soldiers' Home at Marshalltown. He frequently visited his brother Patrick of this city and he enjoyed meeting his old friends in this locality. He is survived by his sons Jammes of Adams, Minnesota, Ted of Wilton, North Dakota, as well as by his brother of that place to whom he was very much attached. When the Civil War broke out he joined the 184th Illinois Cavalry and later he was a member of the 52nd Iowa Infantry. He was a loyal and plucky soldier and he served his country with the fervor and the determination of a most devoted citizen. He was a man of good habits and was ardent and sincere in his friendships. He was genial and obliging and those who knew him were always glad to speak highly of his motives and conduct as a citizen. His Palo Alto friends will learn with profound sorrow of his death. The Democrat extends sympathy to the sons and to the aged brother.

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, February 2, 1916

Catherine Markham Roach
The funeral Was Held Friday, Services Conducted at Assumption Church

Last week we made brief mention of the rather unexpected death of Mrs. Michael Roach, which occurred at her home in this city Tuesday evening of last week. The funeral was held Friday. The services were conducted at Assumption church, Rev. W Veit celebrating a requiem high mass. There was a large attendance of old friends and neighbors, despite the inclemency of the weather. The day was exceptionally cold. The pall bearers were F.P. Brady, J.P. Jennings, James P. Jones, Edward McNally, Thos. Cullen and W.I. Branagan. The burial was in St. John's cemetery.
Catherine Markham was born at Kurlfin, in the county of Clare, Ireland, May 5, 1847. When she was four years old her parents came to the United States. They lived in the vicinity of Iowa Falls, New York until 1855, when they came west and settled in Clayton county, this state. Miss Markham was united in marriage at Elkader, Iowa to Mr. Michael Roach, in October, 1865. Mr. and Mrs. Roach resided in Clayton county until 1885, when they came to Palo Alto county and settled on a farm in Independence township. In 1895 they bought a farm in Kossuth county, a short distance north of Whittemore. In December, 1901, they came to Emmetsburg and bought a home in the Third Ward, where they subsequently resided. Mr. Roach is survived by her husband, two sons and seven daughters. one son, Clement, owns a drug store at Rock Rapids, Iowa and the second son, Earl, owns a barber shop at Wyonet, Illinois. The daughters are Mrs. W.H. Coonan, Mrs. Peter Daily, Mrs. Celia Hand, Mrs. J.R. Martin, and Mrs. Curt Beck of Emmetsburg, Mrs. James Pender of Waterloo, and Mrs. Wm. Pender of Dubuque. All the members of the family were present at the funeral. There are also two sisters, Mrs. P. Larkin of Denver, Colorado, and Mrs. John Roach of Elkader. An only living brother, James Markham, lives at Elkader, Iowa. Among the relatives who came from a distance to attend the funeral were Michael, Joseph, and William Roach and Misses Bid and Cloe Roach, all of Elkader.
The death of Mrs. Roach removes from local domestic circles one of the most esteemed women of our community. Like most of the good, old ladies of her race and her time, she toiled hard during her early life and her more vigorous years and she came to Emmetsburg to spend the closing days of her long and active career among the members of her respected family and her devoted friends. She seemed rugged and hearty and for twelve years she and her good husband enjoyed the peace and the comforts of retirement in their substantial home on the south side. Their yearnings for worldly things were modest and their important cares were few. When the weather was pleasant, they were, on week days, frequent attendants at the morning masses at the Assumption church, wisely and fervently seeking, in their declining years, the spiritual nourishment which, from childhood, had given them strength and hope in many a trying hour. Mrs. Roach was always lively and pleasant and she believed in looking on the bright side of life. She had a word of good cheer for the discouraged and was every ready to give a helping hand to those who needed assistance. She was prized as a neighbor at Elkader and Whittemore long before coming to Emmetsburg.  She was a home woman and she continued, until death called her, the frugal habits she had uninterruptedly pursued through life....

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, March 7, 1923

She Was a Resident of Palo Alto County for 58 Years

Mrs. Robert Carney, Sr., of this city, whose serious condition was reported in last week's Democrat, died on Thursday morning. The previous Sunday morning she received a stroke of paralysis. She never rallied. Her advanced years and worn down physical condition were against her.
The funeral was held Saturday forenoon. Services were conducted at the Assumption church, Rev. L.J. Savage celebrating the requiem high mass. At the close he paid a high tribute to the worth of Mrs. Carney as an exemplary, Christian lady, as a patient, dutiful mother and as a useful and helpful member of society. All who heard his remarks were more than satisfied that his estimate of her worth as a woman was not overdrawn. The burial was in St. John's cemetery. The pall bearers were six of her grandsons, R.J., F.J., E.F., Hugh, Leo and Joseph Carney. Numerous relatives and old neighbors were in attendance.

Mary Gardner was born at Ennistimon, county of Clare, Ireland, in December, 1829. Her age was 93. When she was sixteen years old she came to the United States and settled at Cherryfield, Maine. Later she came to Oshkosh, Wisconsin. In November, 1857, she was united in marriage to Robert Carney. Mr. and Mrs. Carney came to Palo Alto county in 1865. They settled on the farm which is now the property of Mrs. William Molloy. It is situated in Great Oak township. Later they moved onto their place south of the old William O'Brien homestead where they resided for many years. In 1900 they came to this city, building a home in the Fourth ward a short distance east of the Assumption church. Mr. Carney passed away in 1903. Mrs. Carney is survived by four sons and one daughter. The sons are John J., Robert, William and James P. All live in this vicinity except Robert, who resides at Algona. The only daughter, Miss Mary Carney, made her home with her mother. There are twenty-three grandchildren and four great grand-children.
For 58 years Mrs. Carney labored patiently and tirelessly and made numerous and costly sacrifices for the members of her household and for others with whom she came in contact in her regular duties. She often gave wise counsel and timely assistance to those about her. She was unusually humble and quiet. She was charitably inclined towards all but she made no display of her anxiety to lead a helpful, useful life and to do what she could for the betterment of society. The lofty aims and the substantial assurances of her faith always encouraged her in every serious undertaking in which she engaged. She was greatly attached to the teachings of her church, always regarded them as strengthening and uplifting in her trials and found them a source of abiding comfort in her declining years. She generally enjoyed health and strength and she lived to a ripe old age. The influence of this mild, lovable, exemplary Christian mother is well reflected in the lives of the four sons and the daughter who survive her. How consoling it must have been to her before the end came to realize that those whom she had trained and directed in childhood and in youth had turned to enduring benefit in her good example and the kindly admonitions she had so often given them. The surviving members of the family have the profound sympathy of the many who knew Mrs. Carney and who justly honored her for her many redeeming virtues.

Obit dated Tuesday, Aug 21 1941


Mary Maddigan Mullen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Maddigan was born December 8, 1866, in County Clare, Ireland, and came to this country when she was nine years old, the family locating at Perry, Iowa, later moving to Jolley. 

In September of 1890 she was united in marriage to Dan W. Mullen at Fonda, the couple making their home on a farm near town where she resided until the time of her death.  Mr. Mullen preceeded her in death in 1935. 

To this union were born four children, a daughter, who died in infancy, and three sons, James A. of Pomeroy and J. F. and W. E. Mullen, both of Fonda. 

Mrs. Mullen is survived by her three sons and two brothers, Ed Maddigan, St. Paul, Minn., Eugene Maddigan, Council Bluffs, Ia., and one sister, Mrs. Anna Quam of Pipestone, Minn., seven grand-children, Jack of Omaha, Jean, Helen, Kathleen, Bruce, Dorothy and Leo. 

Funeral services were held at Our Lady of Good Counsel church, Wednesday morning, Rev. J. J. Howley officiating. Pall bearers were nephews of the deceased, Frank Murphy, Artie Murphy, Pete Mullen, William Mullen, Kenneth and Melvin Maddigan.  Interment was in the Mt. Zion cemetery. 

Among those from a distance attending the funeral were: Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Maddigan, Melvin and Robert Maddigan all of Council Bluffs; Mr. and Mrs. George Coins, Mrs. Cad Pace, Mrs. Ektor Roschford, all of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Maddigan and daughter and husband, St. Paul, Minn.; Mrs.  Anna Quam, Mrs. Herb Dreis of Pipestone, Minn.; Mrs. Wesley Collins, Mrs. Wm. Stumbaugh, Misses Margaret and Mary Malone of Flanders, S. D.; Mrs. Margaret Pearson, Mankato, Minn.; and Mrs. Frank McShane and son of Lake City.

Submitted by: Patti Bacon

Daily Times; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; Monday evening, November 4, 1897


     At the family home, 1811 West Third street, at 9:30 o'clock last evening, occurred the death of Anthony COLLINS, one of the most respected of the residents of the western end of the city. Mr. COLLINS was stricken with paralysis while at this work in the T.W. McCLELLAND factory, where he had been employed continuously for thirty-six years last Friday evening and had lain in a stupor until death intervened.
     The deceased was born in Kilkee, County Clare, Ireland, in 1834 and came to this city forty-five years ago. With the exception of eight years he had since been employed at the T.W. McCLELLAND factory. His wife, Margaret, and six sons and one daughter survive-Thomas at Red Oak, Austin, John, Anthony, Lawrence, Joseph and Mary, all at home. A brother, John, of St. Louis, also
survives. He arrived Satruday night upon hearing news of the precarious illness of his brother.
     The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9 o'clock from the late residence, 1811 west Third street, with services at St. Mary's church and interment in the Holy Family cemetery.

Iowa Recorder; Butler, Greene Co, IA; Dec 16, 1903


Sudden Death of M. Lynch
     On Monday forenoon at his home in this city occurred the death of Michael Lynch. Mr. Lynch ate his breakfast as usual but soon after complained of feeling sick, and asked Mrs. Lynch to help him to the bed on and on the way he fell to the floor and expired before medical aid could be summoned.
     Michael Lynch was born in County Claire, Ireland, and would have been 84 years old in January. He came to this country and landed in Buffalo, New York, when 27 years old. Fifty-one years ago last September in York State he was married to Bridget Burke. They came to Greene twenty-four years ago, where they have since resided. Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Lynch, only one, Simon Lynch of Aberdeen, South Dakota, surviving the father. Four of the family have died in Greene, Martin, John and James Lynch and Mrs. Harvey Porter, nee Katie Lynch.
     The funeral will be held at the Catholic church tomorrow at 10 o'clock, Father Sheehy conducting the services, and the remains will be interred in the Coldwater cemetery by the side of those gone before. Simon Lynch will arrive this afternoon to be present at the funeral.
     All will regret the passing of Mr. Lynch. He was ever a kind husband and indulgent father and although he lived to a good old age, his sudden taking away was a severe shock to the aged wife and the other members of the family, who loved him dearly. All will extend sympathy to them at this time.


Nashua Reporter
Nashua, Chickasaw, Iowa
Wed., July 30, 1930

John Stapleton Dies at St. Anthony Home Dubuque
Deceased Was Resident of This Community More than Sixty Years
Funeral Saturday Morning.

     John Stapleton, a resident of this community for more than sixty years, died at St. Anthony's Home in Dubuque, Iowa, Thursday morning, July 24, 1930, to which place he had gone about a year ago. He was sick only about a week, his death being due to infirmities of age.
     Deceased was born at Kilkee, in County Claire, Ireland, March 17, 1843, being at the time of his death in his 87th year. He came to America when twelve years of age, settling first in New Jersey. From there he went to Chicago, where he remained for a few years, then coming to Nashua. For about ten years he was employed by the late G.T. Bellamy who was engaged in the lumber business now owned by his son S.B. Bellamy. Mr. Stapleton later moved to the farm north of Nashua which was his home for more than half a century.
     In 1895 he was united in marriage to Miss Bridget McMahon who passed away several years ago. A son and daughter also preceded him in death. Surviving are two sons, Frank, of Allentown, Penn., and James, who lives on the old homestead. The body was brought to Nashua, and funeral services were held from St. Michael's Catholic church Saturday morning, Rev. B.A. Erdland officiating.


Ottumwa Daily Courier
Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa
July 16, 1903

 Mrs. James King, 93 Years of Age Passes Away in South Ottumwa
Was One of the Earliest Settlers of Wapello County- Old Resident of Ottumwa- Funeral Friday Morning at St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

    Mrs. Mary King, wife of James King, died at 5 o'clock last evening at the family residence, 311 South Ward street. The funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Friday morning at St. Patrick's Catholic church at solemn requiem mass. The services will be conducted by Rev. Father John O'Farrell. The interment will take place in Calvary cemetery.

Was 93 Years of Age.
    Mrs. King was 93 years of age and was one of the earliest settlers of Wapello county and oldest residents of Ottumwa. She was born in County Clare, Ireland, September 29, 1810. In 1834 she was married to James King and in 1848 the young couple moved to this country and to Wapello county, where they lived for many years on a farm in Green township. A few years ago they left the farm and moved to Ottumwa to the family residence in South Ottumwa where Mrs. King's death occurred.

Her Death Unexpected.
    About six weeks ago Mrs. King fell on the sidewalk and injured her left hip. At her advanced age the shock was a serious one and she never fully recovered. Her death last evening came very suddenly and was wholly unexpected.
    Mrs. King was widely known and she leaves a large circle of friends. She is survived by her husband, Jas. King, and three children, Joseph King of Omaha, Mrs. Andrew Smith, 309 West Second street, and Miss Mary King, who resides at the family residence.



Ottumwa Daily Courier
Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa
July 23, 1903

Was 91 Years of Age- Funeral to be Held at St. Patrick's Catholic Church Tomorrow Morning at 9 o'clock at Solemn Requiem Mass.

    James King, aged 91 years died at his residence 311 South Ward street this morning at 1:40 o'clock. The funeral services will occur tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock at the St. Patrick's Catholic church, Rev. Father John O'Farrell will celebrate solemn requiem mass. The interment will take place in Calvary cemetery.
     Mr. King was born in County Clare, Ireland, in 1812. He was married to Miss Mary Daily in 1834 and the young couple came to America in 1840. They moved to Wapello county in 1848 and resided on a farm near Mt. Zion. Five years ago they moved to Ottumwa and have since continued to reside at 311 South Ward street. The wife, Mrs. James King, died on July 15, and since her demise the death of her husband has been constantly expected.
    Mr. King is survived by three children, Joseph King of South Omaha, Mrs. Andrew Smith, 309 West Second street and Miss Mary King who resides at the family residence.


Sun Herald
Lime Springs, Howard, Iowa
March 29, 1917

     The Christener of Clare, Iowa, M.T. Griffin, died in the town in which he has lived since its organization, at the age of eighty-four years. Born in County Clare, Ireland, he came to the United States sixty-five years ago. When he settled in the country west of Fort Dodge forty-two years ago, he honored his birthplace in Ireland by naming the town that sprung up on the Iowa prairies after County Clare.



Davenport Weekly Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Oct 17, 1899

    At 3 o'clock Saturday morning at his residence, 1743 West Fourth street, occurred the death of Robert McGrath, a long time resident of this city and one of its oldest citizens. He was born in County Clare, Ireland and was 91 years of age. The cause of death was old age.
    Deceased has been ailing for a long time past and has been very feeble. Mr. McGrath came to this state 47 years ago locating in this county. He has made his home here continuously and has been a substantial citizen.
    He is survived by his wife and four sons, Dennis of Salt Lake City, Utah, John of Alamas, Colo, Daniel of Hofton, Jas., and Michael at home, and two daughters, Mrs. Patrick Costello and Miss Annie, at home.
    The funeral will be held from the residence with services at St. Mary's church at 9 o'clock Monday morning with interment at St. Mary's church.


Humeston New Era
Humeston, Wayne, Iowa
Aug 24, 1910

Michael Nugent, aged 99, a native of County Clare, Ireland, and a resident of Dubuque county since 1852, passed away at his home near Dubuque.


Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa
July 15, 1920

     Sad news from Davenport tells of the death of Mr. Margaret Lamb, who passed away in that city, at her old home, after a protracted illness.
     She was a native of County Clare, Ireland, and came to the United States with her parents, more than half century ago, having lived in Davenport more than 50 years. She was a beloved and valued member of the W.C.O.F. Surviving are her husband, Michael Lamb, and one son, James J. Lamb, of the Scott County bar, an alumnus of the S.U.I. college of Law, class of 1907.
     Friends of the latter will grieve to learn of his sorrow, and will tender deep sympathy.


Davenport Daily Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa

March 10, 1895

    The death of Thomas O'Laughlin occurred yesterday morning at 11 o'clock at the residence 1803 West Fourth street. The deceased was born in County Clare, Ireland, in 1820, and has been a resident of Iowa 35 years. A wife and eleven children, nine daughters and two sons, survive, all grown. Funeral will be at 9 a.m. Monday, at St. Mary's church, interment at St. Mary's cemetery.


Davenport Daily Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Jan 31, 1894

     Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. occurred the death of Mr. Simon Gorman an old and respected citizen, at the family residence 313 Fillmore street. The cause of his death was an attack of the grippe, from which Mr. Gorman had a relapse that resulted fatally. While the deceased was away from Davenport for about twenty-five years, he was one of the earliest  residents of this city, and one of the first members of the Sodality at old St. Marguerite's church. He was born in the County Clare, Ireland, about 65 years ago and came to Davenport about 45 years ago, at a time when, according to his statement, the greater part of what is now the business district of Davenport was a cornfield. There survive to mourn his loss his wife and three children, J.P.C. and M.F. Gorman of Davenport and Mrs. C.M. Johnson of Albia, Iowa.


Davenport Daily Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Nov 29, 1897


    Mrs. Mary Flannery died at Independence last week. She was the oldest person in Iowa, having been born in County Clare, Ireland, Feb 2, 1791. Her husband died about 15 years ago and their only child has also been dead many years. The surviving relatives are nine grand-children, twenty-three great grand-children and three great great grand-children.


Davenport Daily Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Jan 8, 1893


     An old resident of Davenport, who had reached the patriarchial age of 93 years, died Saturday night at 10:30 o'clock. The deceased is Mr. James Marinan and his death occurred at residence of his daughter on West Third street, Mrs. Bridget Cotterell.
     Mr. Marinan was born in the county Clare, Ireland, in the year after the Irish rebellion of '98 and his span of life thus measures from the closing decade of the 18th to that of the 19th century. He was married in Ireland but emigrated with his family to America and for the past forty-five years his home has been in Davenport. His long residence here entitles him to a place among the old settlers of this city.
     Mr. Marinan was an unusually hale old man. Despite his ninety years he walked with erect form and firm step and up to two months ago enjoyed unusually good health. When stricken down by disease, however, his great age rendered him an easy victim.
     Six children survive to mourn his loss, Michael, Patrick, Cornelius, Mrs. Peter Quinn, Mrs. Cotterell, and Martin. The son Cornelius Marinan is the well known and respected grocer at Third and LeClaire streets.
     The funeral of Mr. Marinan will take place Monday morning at St. Mary's church at 9 o'clock.


Ottumwa Courier
Ottumwa, Mahaska, Iowa
Jan 8, 1903

Patrick Marrinan Pioneer Resident of Ottumwa Passes Away.
After Three Weeks' Illness From the Grip Death Claims Respected Citizen - Wife and Four Children Survive.

     After a three weeks' illness with the grip, Patrick Marrinan, one of the earliest settlers of Ottumwa, passed away at about 2:30 o'clock this morning at his home, 522 West Main street. The deceased was 70 years of age and has resided in Ottumwa for forty-nine years. He has been ailing for several months past but was not taken seriously ill until about three weeks ago, when he was stricken with an attack of the grip, and bronchial trouble from which he never rallied, passing away this morning, his wife and four children being at his death bed. The deceased was hightly respected and his death will be mourned by a large circle of friends whose sympathy is extended to the family in their bereavement. The funeral will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Mary's Catholic church.

Lived Here Forty-Nine Years.
     The late Patrick Marrinan was born at Milltown, County Clare, Ireland, March 17, 1833, and emigrated with his parents to this country when but nine years of age. The family settled in New York state and there he spent his youth, moving west and settling in Ottumwa in 1854. He was united in marriage at Ottumwa in November 1862 to Miss Jennie Burke and lived here with his wife continuously except a few years spent on a farm three miles southwest of the city. Four children blessed this union, Joseph, May, Jennie, and John, all of whom survive with Mrs. Marrinan the death of their deceased husband and father. Mr. and Mrs. Marinan resided continuously for thirty-six years in the residence at 523 West Main street.

Death was Expected.
     The deceased always enjoyed good health until the past few years when his increasing age sapped away his former vigor and health. His death was not unlooked for when he was taken seriously ill a few weeks ago as it was seen that his system was not strong enough to withstand the ravages of the disease.

Funeral will be Saturday.
     The funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Mary's Catholic church, where solemn requiem high mass will be solemnized by the Very Rev. Father F.W. Hoppman rector of St. Mary's church. The funeral cortege will leave the late residence of the deceased at 8:30 o'clock. The remains will be interred in Calvary cemetery. The deceased was a member of St. Mary's parish for forty0nine years and was a devout Christian man.


Davenport Daily Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Aug 29, 1901

At 9:30 o'clock last night, at his home, 418 Division street, occurred the death of James McMahon at the age of 72 years. Deceased was a native of County Clare, Ireland, and had resided in this city for the past 40 years, where he was well known and popular with a large circle of acquaintances. For a long time he was foreman for a leading construction company and held the respect of his employers and fellow workmen alike.
     Ten children survive him, five sons and the same number of daughters, the former being Jaems, Bernard, John, Martin, and David, and the latter, Mrs. George Murphy of Wichita, Kan., Mrs. John Britt, of this city and Katie, Annie and Ella, at home.
     The funeral will be held Friday morning with services at 9 o'clock at St. Mary's church and interment at Holy Family cemetery.


Perry Daily Chief
Perry, Dallas, Iowa
Jan 17, 1908

Last Tribute to James Graney
Many Friends and Relatives Pay Tribute to Memory of Man Well and Favorably Known.

     The funeral services of James Graney were held Thursday morning at 10:30 o'clock at the Catholic church, the sermon being preached by Rev. Father Cleary. Many friends and a large number of relatives joined in showing the esteem in which the deceased was held and the church was filled by those gathered to pay the last tribute to a man well known and respected by all.
     James Graney was born in County Clare, Ireland, in 1830, being 79 years, three months and twelve days old. At the age of 19 he came to this country and located in Indiana, where he lived for several years. In May 1857, he was married to Mary Hogan, who passed away a number of years ago. Four daughters and one son are left to mourn the loss of a just and honorable father. They are: Mrs. Ellen McCarthy, Mrs. Mary Kashbohn, Mrs. Margaret O'Conner, Mrs. Julia Shields, Miss Kate Graney and Edward P. Graney. There are also twenty-nine grand children and three great grandchildren. The sister Mrs. Margaret Dooley, and one brother, John Graney, of Des Moines, survive him. Death was caused by old age and a general breakdown.


Daily Iowa State Press
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa
Feb. 11, 1901

Death of Dennis Hogan

     Mr. Dennis Hogan died quite suddenly at his home, 831 Bowery, at half past five o'clock Saturday afternoon. He had been sick for several months and recently confined to his bed, but on Saturday his condition was better than usual, and he was so much brighter and cheerier that the family felt quite encouraged. Towards evening he fell into a quiet sleep, and so peacefully passed across the boundary line of this world and into the next that the watchers did not for the moment recognize the change.
     Mr. Hogan was eighty-six years of age. He was born in County Clare, Ireland, May 4th, 1815. He came to America as a young man in 1847, first landing in Canada, thence went to Boston, and in 1853 came to Iowa City, where he remained a short time before going in 1860 to the fine farm in Clear Creek township, where most of his after life was passed, and his home made one of the best in the county. He remained here until about ten years ago, when the burden of advancing age warned him that the time had come to give up labor and he removed to the city with his wife and younger children. The sunset of life was passed in restful retirement from active cares, as far as a man of his active life could consent to lay down his participation in passing events.
     Dennis Hogan had been a participant in much of the strenuous pioneer life out of which has come the present west. A man of positive character, strong in purpose, and loyal to the best sentiments in public and private affairs, he had all the courage of his convictions, and was esteemed in city and county as a man among men.
     If there was a trait more conspicuous in his life than any other, it was his unbending and direct integrity. He was not only "honest' in the sense that he fulfilled the commands of the law of morals, as it is laid down by men, but he was scrupulous in that his fine sense of honor weighed and estimated all his words and acts by that test. - "Is it right?"
     Resolute in his own convictions of what was right, he had the greatest charity for others. He sought no hearing and cared for no leadership. He was not ambitious and in all his long residence in Clear Creek, could not be induced to hold no office save that of trustee of his township.
     Mr. Hogan was throughout his life a devoted member of the Catholic church, and was a leading member of the congregation of St. Patrick's church. His broad charity was conspicuous throughout his long life in the open hand that never closed against want or suffering and that ministered in kindness and delicacy to all.
     He leaves a family consisting of his widow, six sons- Dennis, John, William, James, Richard, and Albert, the present Auditor, and three daughters, Mrs. Smith of Des Moines, Mrs. P.W. Murphy of Clear Creek and Miss Anna.
     The funeral took place this morning from St. Patrick's church and was attended by a large concourse of sorrowing friends, who gathered to pay the last tribute of respect to this good man whose life has been so fruitful in good works and noble influence.


Obit: M. J. Burke, Olathe Mirror, April 19,1900, from the Kansas Scrap-Book, Biographical Bu - By, Clippings, Vol. 5
M. J. Burke departed this life Thursday, April 5, 1900. His death was due to a general breaking down of the tissues, resulting from old age. The fires went out of his weak body, but his mind and memory were clear to the last. A large concourse of people followed the remains to Shawnee, where a high mass was celebrated, thence to the cemetery, where the last solemn rites were performed. He was born in the county Clare, Ireland, in the year 1810, and was descended from parents whose ancestors on both sides were remarkable for their learning, and where one object in life was to educate their only son.
He spent several years in the grammar school in Limerick and later was graduated from Trinity College, Dublin, at which place he had spent seven years. He was a civil engineer, a surveyor, a school master and later a farmer. During the famine, 1846 and 1847, in Ireland, he officiated in government relief to the starving people and was an eye-witness to the awful spectacle of the strongest men succumbing to the agonies of death by starvation. He was personally acquainted with any of the celebrities of is time, listening often to the oratory of Daniel O'Connell and O'Gorman Mahan, and when he decided to leave his native land, his friends gathered around him and bade him goodbye, advising him at the same time not to leave or give up a sure thing for an uncertainty.
He came to America in 1849 and settled in Dubuque, Iowa, remaining there nine years, being a surveyor of public land for the government in that state and Minnesota for several years. Here in 1852 he married Katherine Martin, who has been a constant and faithful companion through success and adversity 
Mr. Burke settled in Johnson county Kansas, three miles east of Lenexa, in 1858. His first surveying here was for the Indians on our wild prairies and he was afterward county surveyor of Johnson county.
There are few hills and dales in Johnson and Wyandotte counties that his feet have not trod and his eyes have not seen. He experienced and shared the dangers of border warfare, which was waged so ruthlessly along the state line during the civil war. He was the greatest admirer of trees; every kind bore a charm for him and many his tender care. Few birds or beasts escaped his observation and oft won his consideration, yielding him joy in return.
The day before his death was the first day he remarked that he was not able to read the newspaper and eagerly asked the important news. Nahum Tate, poet expressed the thought exactly to his liking as to a rule of life: "Some books I'd have acquaintance to but very good and very few." He found much rare pleasure in reading and memorizing the poems of Oliver Goldsmith, and could quote copiously this charming and delightful anchor. He was fond of Pope, Dryden, Thompson, in fact most of the poets had a message that was sure of his appreciation. He devoted studiously the last twenty years of his life to reading and his mind was well stored with the best authors. His thoughts were deep and wide to those who could come at him. A man with an individuality, a character stamped so strong that it may be said he stood
alone and the world stood by him. He was a religious man that never commended as a example his own virtues.
Mr. Burke was a good citizen, a kind father and husband and a true friend. He left a memory to be cherished with pride by those who knew this
courageous useful soul known to so many early settlers. His family were all gathered around him in the last moments, the near and dear ones when he gave up the life he had loved. He traveled long in this world and at last feebly, the common dust-beaten road of humanity, faith and hope, his two companions, at last pointing to God, he turned aside to enter the green fields of springtime a place to rest. Thus passed away the life of a scholarly and able man of four score and ten. His neighbors and friends will miss a familiar figure from the stage of life, nor need we beg of them to think of him a little.   J. D. Patrick.

--Contributed by Carol Veio


Pocahontas Record; Pocahontas, Iowa; Thursday, September 15, 1898

     Michael Collins, whose axe was one of the first to ring in the woods of the Lizard, whose stalwart form was among the first to startle the Indian in Pocahontas county and whose log cabin, always open to welcome and shelter and feed the traveler when no other civilized human habitation could be seen upon the banks of the historic Lizard creek, has given his soul back to his Maker and gone to his eternal reward.
     His demise occurred at his home in Clare at six o'clock last Saturday evening. Friends in large numbers were there to administer to him the last sad office for the dead, to fittingly prepare him for burial and sympathize with and console his mourning relatives for in all his large acquaintance Michael Collins hand not one enemy. To know him was to be his friend for he died as he lived- honorable and honored.  The funeral, which took place Monday, was one of the largest ever seen on the Lizard that community of large funerals and eminent respect for the dead. His funeral service was the beautiful mass for the dead of the Catholic church and surely no more touching tribute could be paid to one than were the prayers of the kneeling throng for the repose of the soul of Michael Collins, the pioneer, the patriarch, and the honest man.
     Michael Collins was born in the parish of Dunbeg, County Clare, Ireland, March 10, 1821. At an early age he came to America and settled in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania. On June 9, 1855, he came with his wife and three children to Pocahontas county, Iowa, and settled on the banks of Lizard Creek about a mile north of where the Catholic church now stands. His brother, Hugh, now deceased, and R.P. Furlong, who had come the year before, were his only neighbors. Walter Ford, friend and neighbor of Richard Collins for over 40 years says of him: "In those early days people on search of homes were directed to Collins' grove and there found Mr. Collins always willing to assist them in finding homes, and of the many that were welcomed under his roof while finding or securing a home, not one was ever charged a cent for anything. He took them over the prairies in his wagon and showed them the choicest homesteads. He was often called from his work several times a day when the Lizard Creek was high to ferry travelers across the stream in his dugout which was hewn from a basswood tree. These services were always gratuitous."
     Could anything more or better be said of the man? And Michael Collins prospered, as he should, and leaves behind him a fine estate which has already become famous in the historical annals of Pocahontas county. Thus we have outlined his life as accurately as possible from the data at hand. A more extended and complete obituary should be written for in this world there are not many men more greatly loved and admired and more deeply mourned than was Michael Collins. May his soul rest in peace.
     He leaves an aged widow, one son and two daughters, Miss Bridget Collins and Mrs. John Calligan, of Clare.--Manson Democrat.


Davenport Weekly Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; Wednesday, March 29, 1893

    At 8 o'clock a.m. Tuesday occurred the death of an old and respected citizen of Davenport, Thomas Gorman, at the residence of his brother Simon, No. 313 Gaines street. Mr. Gorman had long ago passed the traditional limit of human life, having reached the ripe old age of 86 years. He was born in the county Clare, Ireland, but for the past forty years was a resident of this city.
    The funeral will take place Wednesday morning with services at 9 o'clock in St. Mary's church. Interment will be in St. Marguerite's cemetery.


Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; Friday, Feb. 22, 1929

Was Pioneer Resident of Muscatine and Prominent in History.

     Muscatine, Ia., Feb. 22- John Wesley O'Brien, pioneer resident of Muscatine and prominent in its early political history, died at 5 p.m. Thursday at his home 410 East Seventh street following a heart attack suffered two weeks ago.
     Mr. O'Brien was born in County Clare, Ireland, March 15, 1840. He was a mail carrier in London, England, as a young man and in Muscatine for 35 years. He was married to Regina Meyers, who preceded him in death, April 15, 1900.
     To them seven children were born three of whom surviving are Mrs. C.A. Lambe, Charles, and Nellie, all of Muscatine.
  The body is at the late home. Time of the funeral will be announced.


Iowa Recorder; Greene, Butler, Iowa; Wednesday, November 3, 1937

Mrs. McClure, Former Resident, Is Claimed
Widow of Late Charles V. McClure Buried Tuesday.
Passed Away in Washington, D.C. at Age of Eighty-Eight- 
Lived Here 55 Years

     The remains of Mrs. Mary McClure, widow of the late Charles V. McClure, was brought to Greene on Sunday for burial. Funeral services were held Sunday morning at St. Mary's Catholic church and interment was in the parish cemetery.
    Mary Barrett McClure was born in County Claire, Ireland, May 21, 1849, and when five years of age came with her parents to America. They settled in Dubuque where she grew to womanhood.
     May 30, 1871, she was united in marriage with Charles V. McClure at Dubuque and in 1873, when the railroad was built through Greene, they came here to live. This was their home until Mr. McClure died in 1928 and Mrs. McClure went to Washington, D.C. to be near her son, James.
     She suffered a severe heart attack last Friday, October 29, and passed away soon after the doctor arrived. Her age was 88 years, 5 months and 8 days.
     She leaves four sons to mourn her death: William R., of Sumner; Charles A., of Iowa Falls and James B., Washington, D.C. and a host of old friends who regret her passing.


Iowa Recorder; Greene, Butler, Iowa; February 15, 1939

Rev. Father Sheehy, Former Local Priest 20 Years, Dies.
Served as Priest for 43 Years Since Ordained at Dublin.

     Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning at 10 o'clock at Waucoma, Iowa, for Father James Sheehy, former pastor of St. Mary's Catholic church here.
     He passed away at his home in Waucoma Sunday evening after an illness extending over a short period. Even though he had not been in the best of health for the past few months, his death came as a surprise to his many friends and former parishioners here.
    He was pastor of St. Mary's church in Greene for nearly 20 years and in 1916 was transferred to Waucoma where he served up to the time of his death.
     Father Sheehy was born in county Claire, Ireland, May 28, 1873, completed his studies in his native land. He was ordained at All Hallows college, Dublin, Ireland, on June 20, 1896 and immediately took up his work in the archdiocese of Dubuque. He served as assistant at St. Patrick's church in Dubuque and from there he transferred to the pastorate at Greene.
     He is survived by a sister in New York and two sisters as well as many other relatives in Ireland.
     Funeral mass will be held at Waucoma on Thursday at 10 o'clock and burial will be Thursday afternoon at Mt. Olivet at Dubuque.
     Quite a number from Greene, including Father Hogan and Father Murphy, expect to attend the funeral services at Waucoma tomorrow.


Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; Monday, September 7, 1925

Mrs. Mary Downs Martinelli, wife of John Martinelli, died at the family home, No. 23 Courtland apartments, Davenport, at 5:30 a.m. Sunday. She had been ailing for some time but her death was sudden and unexpected.
     Born in County Claire, Ireland, on Aug. 15, 1857, Miss Mary Downs was united in marriage to John Martinelli, on April 27, 1880, in St. Mary's church by the Rt. Rev. Msgr M. Flavin. She was an exemplary Christian mother and active in church and charitable affairs. She is survived by her husband; five daughters, Mrs. Dr. C.V. McCormick, Mrs. T.J. McCarthy, both of Davenport, Sister Mary Azaria of the Sisters of Holy Cross at Fairbury, Neb., Mrs. C.G. Brown and Miss Florence, both of Davenport; two sons, M.C. Martinelli of Seattle, Wash., and John A. Martinelli of Sarasota, Fla., and nine grandchildren.
     The funeral will be held from the home of her daughter, Mrs. C.V. McCormick, 704 East Fourteenth street, Davenport at 8 a.m. Tuesday to St. Anthony's church at 8:30 a.m. Interment will be made in St. Marguerite's cemetery.