Jonathan W. Croston was born in Cork County,
Ireland in 1814 and died at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Wm. mCCartney,
Thursday morning, January 5, 1905, at the age of 90 years, 3 months and 22 days,
his wife having departed this life 17 years before his release. He leaves to
mourn the loss of a father, eight children, four of them in this county - Ann
CROSTON, Mrs. William MCCARTNEY, Mary and G. C. CROSTON; Mrs. Jas. MCCARTNEY of
California, Mrs. J. W. HAWKINS of Missouri; John Croston of South Dakota and
Mrs. Geo. DAVIS of Nebraska. Year ago while living in Cascade, this state,
Mrs. Ellen Callaghan of Spencer, Iowa. Was Born Sept. 29, 1816
One hundred years ago last Friday Mrs. Ellen Callaghan of Spencer, Iowa, was born and baptized Ellen Regan in County Cork, Ireland. In 1837, the year Michigan was admitted to the union, she was married to Daniel Callaghan. They had eight children, four of whom died in infancy. In September, 1860, the family came to America, locating first at Green Lake, Wis. Thirty-three years ago they again moved, this time to government lands in Clay county, Iowa, near the present site of the village of Royal. Five years ago Mrs. Callaghan took up residence with her son John in Spencer. Her four surviving children are Owen, aged 77, and John, aged 68, of Spencer; Patrick, aged 75, of Sioux City, and Michael, aged 70, of San Diego. Patrick and Michael are both veterans of the civil war.
Correctionville News; Correctionville, Woodbury, Iowa; Sep 25, 1913
ROMANTIC NOTE IN OBITUARY OF MRS. SULLIVAN
Iowa Recorder; Greene, Butler, Iowa; January 4, 1939
"Imogene News".-- The entire community mourned the death of Mrs. Johanna O'Connor which occurred February 14, after an illness of three months' duration, from the infirmities of advanced age.
Johanna Keefe was born in County Cork, Ireland, 71 years ago. At the age of two years she immigrated from Ireland to Godridge, Canada with her parents in 1880 (sic). When Lincoln was elected president the family came to the United States . She well remembered the rally of the Civil War.
They located first at Clinton, Iowa, her father being employed in building railroads. They gradually moved westward until they settled at Glenwood.
In the year 1870 she and her sister went to Council Bluffs, where she was employed in several homes. Four years later she was united in marriage to Patrick O'Connor in the St. Francis Church at Council Bluffs, by the late Rev. Father McMenomy. They first lived as overseers of the Christian Brothers range in Mills county, but in the year l877 they purchased a farm two miles northwest of Imogene, where they resided for 14 years, then moved to her present home where she spent the remainder of her life.
Mr. O'Connor's death occurred in 1898.
Mrs. O'Connor was a devoted member of the St. Patrick's parish and was a constant member of the altar society since it was organized over 40 years ago. She has assisted in building five churches in southwestern Iowa. Her piety and devotion were so well known by all her friends that her casket was decked with spirituals instead of flowers.
She was the second eldest of a family of ten children and her youngest sister, Mrs. Mary Malloy of Galveston, Texas, is the only one of the family who survives. She was unable to attend the funeral.
Mrs. O'Connor was the mother of several children, five of whom survive. They are Thomas, Mrs. F. F. Maher, Joseph, Daniel and Nellie. Two sons, John and James, preceded her in death. She is also survived by 13 grandchildren.
The funeral was held Monday, with services at 9:30 from the St. Patrick's church. Requiem mass was celebrated by Rev. Edmund Hayes, who preached a very touching sermon. In a very few words he told how the church was made up of such
common devoted servants as Mrs. O'Connor whose names are not in history but in the records of the church.
The honorary pallbearers were farmer neighbors, John McGinnis, James Laughlin, John Hughes and Thomas Shaber of Imogene; Harry Berrrigan of Council Bluffs, and Thomas Kennan of Shenandoah.
The active pallbearers were relatives, Ed and Tom Horrigan of Imogene; James O'Connor of Dennison; Mike O'Connor of Kansas City; Mike and Ed O'Connor of Council Bluffs.
The out-of-town friends who were present at the funeral were:
Henry Berrigan of Council Bluffs
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Davenport of Tarkio.
Mrs. George Gilmore of Council Bluffs
Mr. Gutchenritter of Shenandoah
Thomas Keenan of Shenandoah
Walter Keenan of Shenandoah
Mike Magner of Dennison
Mrs. J. J. Meekan of Dennison
Agnes O'Connor of Carroll
Mr. and Mrs. B. S. O'Connor of Council Bluffs
Ed O'Connor of Council Bluffs
Florence O'Connor of Carroll
James O'Connor of Dennison
Jerry O'Connor of Dennison
Mary O'Connor of Council Bluffs
Mike O'Connor of Kansas City, and
Mile O'Connor of Council Bluffs
The family wish to extlend their sincere thanks for the kind assistance
and sympathy shown them in their recent bereavement.