Davenport, Scott, Iowa, Dec 30, 1895
Last evening at the family residence 1708 Iowa street, occurred the death of
Mrs. George Demery after a three week's illness from lung fever. The deceased
was born in Dublin, Ireland but for the past forty years has resided in this
state. She was sixty-eight years of age.
The funeral will be held from the Sacred Heart Cathedral tomorrow afternoon with
interment in St. Marguerite's cemetery.
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
Sep 25, 1900
At 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, at Mercy hospital,
death of John Bernes in the 47th year of his age. The deceased was a native
of Dublin, Ireland, and had been a resident here for twenty-seven years. The
deceased was a single man and is survived by a brother, Thomas Bernes, a
sister, Catherine Bernes and a half-brother, John Cavanaugh. By occupation
the deceased was a stone mason.
The funeral will be held from his brother's home, 908
LePage street at
9 o'clock Wednesday morning with services at the Sacred Heart cathedral and
with interment at the St. Marguerite's cemetery.
Davenport Democrat and Leader;
Davenport, Scott, Iowa; March 8, 1926
M.V. GANNON, WELL KNOWN LAWYER AND
ORATOR, DIES HERE SUNDAY AFTERNOON
Possessed "Golden Voice" Which Was Often Used in Espousing Cause of
Irish Freedom Before American Public - Practiced Law Both in Davenport and
Chicago - Was President of National Land League - Came to America Following Work
to Free Prisoners.
Gannon, dean of the local bar, prominent Democratic politician, and one of the
most eloquent of all the eloquent orators who pleaded the cause of Irish freedom
before the American public a score of years ago is dead. He passed away at 3
o'clock Sunday afternoon at the family home, 913 Charlotte avenue. On Feb. 14 he
celebrated his 80th birthday.
Born in Ireland he came to America in young manhood,
studied law and subsequently became a lawyer of national prominence practicing
both in Davenport and in Chicago. Those who knew him in his younger days declare
that he was one of the most brilliant and powerful orators that the city has
known. He was also the editor and publisher of the first Catholic paper
published in this section.
It was following an episode in which he and a group of
young Irish patriots succeeded in freeing Fenian prisoners from Castle Kilmain
that he came to America. An active Irish patriot, he became as intense a patriot
for the land of his adoption.
Funeral on Wednesday.
The funeral will be held at 8:30 o'clock Wednesday
morning from the Halligan funeral home with requiem high mass at Sacred Heart
cathedral at 9 o'clock. Burial will be made in St. Marguerite's cemetery. The
Knights of Columbus will meet at the funeral home for prayers at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
The family requests that flowers be omitted.
Michael Valentine Gannon was born in Dublin, Ireland,
on Feb. 14, 1846. His father, Michael Gannon, died when he was only three
months old, leaving a widow and three children of whom he was the youngest. He
lost his only sister in infancy, and his brother, John, died in Ireland in 1872.
His mother was before her marriage Miss Catherine
O'Brien and was a member of the noted and gifted Irish family the McGeorghegans
of West Meath and the O'Briens of Limerick. The boy often declared that he was
indebted for any talent he might possess to his mother, whose earnestness,
untiring true religious spirit and thoro patriotism were his highest
Family Was Prominent.
The family of the father had long resided in West Meath
near the city of Kilbeggin and it was in the Irish National School of Kilbeggin
that the young man received his education. In addition to his ordinary studies
the boy, who had a passion for learning, was intensely interested in historical
and biographical subjects as well as travel, and devoured every book of
the kind he could find. He also took a delight in outdoor sports and in amateur
theatricals and public meetings.
On Oct. 6, 1866, he emigrated to the United States and came
to the Tri-Cities, finding employment as a school teacher first in Rock Island
and then in Davenport. He was for a time principal of the old St. Marguerite's
school and prepared many well known Davenporters of today for college.
In the seventies he established the Iowa Catholic
Advocate which flourished for a few years but was allowed to die in 1873 when he
took the bar examinations and commenced the practice of law.
Was District Attorney.
A Democrat by conviction and a sagacious party leader,
he was not an unswerving partisan. In 1877, he was chosen as a member of the
Davenport City Council. In the following year he was nominated for district
attorney, but defeated. However, he was renominated and elected in 1882. In 1884
he was the Democratic candidate for attorney general of Iowa but went down with
his party in the state election. He moved to Omaha in 1887 and in 1891 was
chosen president of the National Land League.
Moving to Chicago he became a noted figure at the bar
in that city. He continued his practice in that city until 1905 when he returned
Married Three Times.
Mr. Gannon was married three times. His first wife, Miss
Addie Hodges of Geneseo, Ill., died four years later, leaving no children and
several years after he married Miss Cecelia Jordan of Davenport, a teacher at
Washington school. Five children, all now living, survived her death in 1884.
In 1894 he married Miss Mary Johnson of Cable, Ill,
daughter of his oldest and best friend, Michael Johnson, who had arranged for
the departure from Ireland in October, 1886, of a group of young men who
had taken part in the freeing of Fenian prisoners from Kilmain Hall. Mr. Gannon
was one of the group of young Irish patriots who accomplished the liberation.
He was fond of telling the story of having carried his
wife, then a child of five, to this country, on his knee. Mrs. Gannon died
suddenly in 1898.
Back to Davenport.
In 1905 Mr. Gannon and his family returned to Davenport
and resumed his partnership with A.P. McGuirk. The firm as at one time one of
the best known in the middle west. Three years ago he retired from active
practice and took a long planned trip to Ireland. Upon his return he often told
of conditions in "My Ireland" from the lecture platform, his last
appearance as a speaker being in Iowa City two years ago.
Eight children survive. Those are Miss Ada Katherine
and Miss Rosemary Gannon at home, Mrs. J.H. Finch and Mrs. J.E. Amos and Miss
Genevieve and John D. Gannon, all of Chicago, Lieutenant M.V. Gannon, USA, now
stationed at Schofield Barracks, Hawaii,and Sister Mary Cecelian of the Sisters
of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, now at Cresco, Ia. The first child,
Vincent Bradley Gannon died in infancy.