THE IRISH IN IOWA

Biographies of Those Who Came From Ireland

 MADDEN

Wolfe's History of Clinton County, Iowa; Vol 2; B.F. Bowen & Co; Indianapolis, Indiana: 1911

The character of a community is determined in a large measure by the lives of a comparatively few of its members. If its moral and intellectual status be good, if in a social way it is a pleasant place in which to reside, if its reputation for the integrity of its citizens has extended into other localities, it will be found that the standards set by the leading men have been high and their influence such as to mould their characters and shape the lives of those with whom they mingle. In placing Malachi Kane Madden in the front rank of such men, justice is rendered a biographical fact recognized throughout Clinton county by those at all familiar with his history. Although a quiet and unassuming man, with no ambition for public position or leadership, he has contributed much to the material advancement of the community, while his admirable qualities of head and heart and the straightforward, upright course of his daily life have tended greatly to the moral standing of the circles in which he moves and given him a reputation for integrity and correct conduct such as few achieve.
Mr. Madden was born in ireland, December 7, 1844, of an excellent family of the Emerald Isle, being the son of Michael and Mary (Kane) Madden, also natives of Ireland, where they grew to maturity, and were married. They emigrated to America in 1847 and settled in Portage, Wisconsin, when the subject was three years old, and there continued to reside until their deaths, the mother passing away in 1877 and the father in 1880. They worked hard and established a good home in their adopted country, and being kind and honest were popular and highly respected among their neighbors.
Malachi K. Madden grew to maturity at Portage, wisconsin, and received a good education in the common schools there, spending his early life on the farm for the most part. He came to Clinton county, Iowa, in 1871 and entered the business world as a merchant at Lyons, in partnership with his brother, and carried on a very successful and ever-growing business for a period of thirty-three years, during which time he was an important factor in the life of the town and became widely known. He did not remain long in partnership with his brother, buying his interest in 1875, carrying on the business after that with the assistance of his wife. He was burned out in 1883, but, nothing daunted, he started up again, buying the building erected by A.B. Rodman, in which he continued the grocery business until 1904, when he sold out to Fredericks & Quinn, both of whom had clerked for him.
On November 1, 1874, Mr. Madden was united in marriage with Margaret Carvel, who was born at Provicence, Rhode Island, the daughter of William and Mary (Davy) Carvel, who came to Clinton county, Iowa, in 1858 and settled on a farm twelve miles west of Lyons, where they lived for many years, becoming well established and were highly respected. They are both now deceased, the mother dying in 1877 and the father in 1900.
Mr and Mrs Madden are pleasant people to know and it is a privilege to share their old-time hospitality in their beautiful and pleasant home. Having no children of their own, they adopted two children, a boy and a girl, the latter , Winnifred Duhrm, being the eldest; the other, Frank Cook, is now in the United States navy, now serving in his twelfth year. The daughter is married and lives in Monmouth, Illinois.
Mr. Madden has always been a very industrious and busy man and, although a life-long Democrat and interested more or less in party and public affairs, has never been an aspirant for office himself. Mrs. Madden leans strongly towards woman suffrage; she is a well read, refined, and pleasant lady and has been of great assistance to her husband in his life work. They are both devoted members of the Catholic church and are members of the Royal Neighbors of America and the Mystic Circle, the former and auxiliary of the Modern Woodmen of America and the latter of the Woodmen of the World, Mrs. Madden having been banker of the Mystic Circle for seventeen years, and she was also guardian of the Woodmen of the World. They are both prominent in local lodge, church and social life and number their friends only by the limits of their acquaintance.

HART

Wolfe's History of Clinton County, Iowa; Vol 2; B.F. Bowen & Co; Indianapolis, Indiana: 1911

One of the younger citizens of Clinton, who has stamped the impress of his strong individuality upon the minds of the people of Clinton county in such a manner as to render him one of the conspicuous characters of this locality, is Reuben Charles Hart, the well known and able civil engineer. He was born on June 21, 1870, at Lyons, Iowa, and is the son of John S and Harriet (Clark) Hart. The father is the son of Philip and Mary (McMahon) Hart. Philip Hart came to this country from Ireland where he was born in 1811, reaching Canada in 1832. He was a Democrat and a devout Roman Catholic.
John S. Hart came to Lyons, Iowa, in 1866, later moving to Clinton where he was in business for many years. He is a Democrat and thirty-second-degree Mason.
Reuben C. Hart was educated in the schools of Clinton, and, entering the service of the Chicago & Northwestern railroad, obtained, while in the civil engineering department of this road, a practical education in civil engineering, which profession he now follows. After ten years in railroad work, he entered the service of the city of Clinton in march, 1902, as assistant city engineer. In November, 1902, he was elected to the office of county surveyor and in March, 1908, to that of city engineer of Clinton, both of which offices he still holds. He is an associate member of the American Society of Civil Engineers, charter member of the American Society of Engineering Contractors and a member of the Iowa Engineering Society. As a public servant his course has been marked by fidelity to duty and a high grade of ability. Politically, he is a Democrat, and is prominent in political affairs, also in lodge circles, being a thirty-second-degree Mason.
Mr. Hart was married in 1895  to Martha Connor, of Clinton, and they have resided in this city since that time.

McDERMOTT

Wolfe's History of Clinton County, Iowa; Vol 2; B.F. Bowen & Co; Indianapolis, Indiana: 1911

Though a young man, Frank J McDermott has shown what earnestness of purpose can accomplish in connection with agricultural interests, and if he continues to use good judgment and energy that have characterized his past he will be abundantly rewarded by future years.
Mr. McDermott was born in Lincoln township, Clinton county, Iowa, on February 18, 1881. He is the son of Henry and Mary (Welsh) McDermott, he born in Ireland and the mother in St. Louis, Missouri. The father emigrated to America in about 1850 and located in Hampshire township, Clinton county, Iowa, where he took up a farm of about one hundred and sixty acres, which he improved and on which he placed an excellent group of buildings. He cleared the land, beginning life here in true pioneer fashion. Selling out there, he moved to Lincoln township, where he bought a farm of three hundred and twenty acres and there he became one of the leading agriculturists and was a man of influence, living there until his death, in 1904, at the advanced age of eighty-eight years. He was not a public man, preferring to live a quiet and retired life. His widow is still living. They were the parents of four children, and by a former marriage Mr. McDermott was the father of four children; all are living.
Frank J McDermott, of this review, was educated in the common schools and he was reared on the home farm where he began working in the fields, when but a lad and he has made agriculture his chief life work and now operates half of the home place, his brother, Paul, operating the other half. He has been very successful and is a general farmer and stock raiser and is succeeding admirably well. In politics he is a Democrat, and he belongs to the Catholic church at Lyons.
On September 8, 1907, Mr. McDermott was married to Anna Webber, a native of Clinton, Iowa, where she was reared and educated and where her family is highly respected. To this union one child has been born, Marian. Fraternally, Mr. McDermott is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, while, politically, he is a Democrat.

CUNNINGHAM

Wolfe's History of Clinton County, Iowa; Vol 2; B.F. Bowen & Co; Indianapolis, Indiana: 1911

One of the highly honored and successful farmers of Hampshire township, Clinton county, is John Cunningham, who has come to us from the beautiful and far-famed Emerald Isle, and, judging from his well-kept, well improved and altogether desirable farming property and also from the excellent reputation he has always borne, it is safe to say that he brought with him the characteristic energy, common-sense and high moral nature of that people.
Mr. Cunningham was born in Ireland in 1832 and spent his youth there, coming to America in 1852 and locating in Clinton county, Iowa. He has spent most of his life engaged in farming and when he first came here he rented land for some time until he could get a start, continuing that method, in fact, until 1874, when he bought a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in Hampshire township, this county. He improved the place and erected excellent and comfortable buildings of all kinds, and has been very successful here as a general farmer. He is now living retired. He has been township trustee for three years and has very faithfully performed the duties of the same.
Mr. Cunningham was married to Margaret McLaughlin, who was born in the state of Wisconsin. She was called to her rest on July 22, 1901. Eleven children were born to Mr and Mrs John Cunningham, ten of whom are living, namely: Frank is located at Albany, Illinois; Mary is the wife of John Manning, of Mt. Carroll; Rose is the wife of Oliver Prest, of San Bernardino, California; Thomas is a homesteader in Scenic, Dakota; Susan is in the employ of the "Lend-a-Hand Club," of Davenport, Iowa; Maggie and Annie are living in Minneapolis, Minnesota; James is also a homesteader in Butte, Dakota; Martin and Peter live on the home place, the former having been born here on February 22, 1887, and he was educated in the home schools, and is a very successful and well liked young farmer; Alice is deceased. These children have been well educated, having attended the seminary at Lyons and then the Clinton Business College.
This family is highly respected wherever its members are known and they have a wide circle of friends and are very well situated in reference to this world's affairs. Mr. Cunningham and his family are all members of the Catholic church. Politically, he is a Democrat.

THOMAS

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF CLINTON RESIDENTS (Pgs 669-697)
From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

CHAS. THOMAS, farmer, Sec. 15; P.O. Clinton; was born in Lewis Co., N. Y., in 1825; in 1835, his parents removed to Chicago, and, in 1837, to Iowa, locating in Clinton Co., on the farm they entered and improved, consisting of 160 acres, and which Mr. Charles Thomas now occupies. Mr. T. married, in 1858, Miss Ellen Little, a native of Ireland; she came to this country in the fall of 1856; they have six children-Francis, Maggie, Bennie, Lucy, Fannie and Nettie. Mr. T. is independent in politics. His parents, Robert and Elizabeth (Cady) Thomas, were natives of New York and came to Iowa in 1837, where they resided till their death-Mr. T. in 1862, in the 74th year of his age; Mrs. T. in June, 1876, in her 85th year. They were noted for their hospitality in the early settlement of the country, and a weary emigrant was never turned from their door tired and hungry. He was a wagon-maker and wheelwright, and, owing to his cunning workmanship in wood, the early settlers came from far and near to have their plows made, as the wooden mole-board plows were the style in that early day.

ROBB

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From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

ACHILLES ROBB, farmer, Sec. 25; P.O. De Witt. Mr. Robb was born in Knox, now Gibson Co., Ind., in 1801; in the fall of 1827, he removed to St. Louis Co., Mo., where he lived eight years; thence to Greene Co., Ill., where he resided three years; thence to Lewistown, Ill., where he engaged in the mercantile business for eight years; thence to Albany, Ill., and came to De Witt in 1846; here he entered the mercantile business, but his health failing, he concluded to resort to farming, and entered the farm where he now lives. He married, in 1822 Mary Youngman, of Indiana; she died in 1854; his second wife was Miss Sarah A. Burrowes, of Lancaster, Penn., a native of Ireland; she died in December, 1863; his present wife was Miss Chloe N. Merrill, of Lewis Co., N. Y. Mr. Robb has resided on his farm for twenty-seven years; has 200 acres.

LARGE

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From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

THOMAS LARGE, farmer and stock-raiser; P.O. De Witt; was born in Ireland in 1821. He married Elizabeth Rogers, a native of same country; he came to the United States about 1844; settled in Boston, Mass., and engaged in the boot and shoe business; he came to De Witt in March, 1859, and engaged in the boot and shoe trade; he located on eighty acres of the farm which he now owns in 1860, which he had bought in 1858; he has now 450 acres; is engaged principally in stock-raising. Mrs. Large died in 1864; his present wife was Miss Mary Gorman. Mr. Large has eight children, four by each marriage.

FLANNERY

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From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

PETER FLANNERY, dealer in machinery and hardware, De Witt; was born in Ireland in 1826; he came to the United States in 1849; first located in Du Page Co., Ill.; thence to Clinton Co. in 1850; after coming to Iowa, was engaged for some time in farming with his brother, Berard; settled in De Witt in 1861 was engaged in the grocery trade four years; then engaged in the hardware business. He married, in 1861, Rose N. Mattingly, a native of Maryland; they have six children- William T., Ellen G., John, Mary A., George and Henry P. Mr. Flannery is a member of the City Council.

TESKEY

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From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

GEORGE TESKEY, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Elwood. Mr. Teskey was born in Ireland, A. D. 1839 ; emigrated to this country in 1851 ; came to this county in 1855. He enlisted in Co. I, 12th Regt. I. V. I.; was in the battles of Fort Donelson and Shiloh; in the latter, was wounded and taken prisoner at the time most of his regiment were captured; they were exchanged Nov. 10, 1862; the regiment was organized, and participated in the siege of Vicksburg, battles of Tupelo, Miss., White River, Nashville and Spanish Fort; he was honorably discharged in December, 1864; returned to this county, and, in 1872, married Miss J. A. Mill. They have four children-Lincoln M., Ella May, Lincy T. and - . Mr. Teskey has held various local offices; is a Republican. Owns 120 acres of well-improved land.

RUDDY

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From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

BARNEY RUDDY, farmer, Sec. 23; P. O. Lyons; he was born March 20, 1814, in Ireland; in 1840, moved to Boston; in 1858, came to Clinton Co.; owns 105 acres of land. Married Ellen McDevitt in 1858; she was born in 1835, in Ireland; have eight children-Mary A., Susan, John, Sarah, Maggie, Ellen, Celia and Bridget; lost five children in infancy

OWENS

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF CLINTON RESIDENTS (Pgs 669-697)
From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

JAMES OWENS, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Lyons; he was born in 1824, in Ireland, and, in 1847, came to America; in 1851, came to Clinton Co.; he owns 160 acres of land. Married Bridget Gallagher in 1847; she was born in Ireland and died in Clinton Co., Iowa; have two children-Anna and Peter; his present marriage was in 1866, to Ann Radder. He has been Township Treasurer and School Director.

Wolfe's History of Clinton County, Iowa; Vol 2; B.F. Bowen & Co; Indianapolis, Indiana: 1911

Peter J. Owens
A native son of Clinton county, and one of the prosperous farmers and representative citizens of the community in which he resides, the subject of this sketch was born on the family homestead in Hampshire township, September 1, 1855. His father, James Owen, was born in Ireland in the year 1815, and married there when a young man, Bridget Gallagher, who was also a native of the Emerald Isle. Not long after this marriage, these parents emigrated to the United States, and in the early fifties came to Clinton county, Iowa, and settled in Hampshire, where Mr Owens bought one hundred and sixty acres of land, which he improved, and on which he lived and prospered until 1890, when he turned the farm over to his son, Peter, and moved to Lyons, where he spent the remainder of his days in retirement, dying in the month of June, 1909. He was a man of industrious and frugal habits, achieved great success as a tiller of the soil, and stood high in the esteem and confidence of his neighbors and fellow citizens. A Roman Catholic in religion, he was active in the work of his church, also manifested a commendable interest in the affairs of his township and at one time served as a trustee of the same. James and Bridget Owens had two children, Mrs. Anna McLaughlin, of Scott county, this state, and Peter J., whose name introduces this sketch.
Peter J. Owens' early life was spent on the farm which he now owns, and he grew to maturity in close touch with the soil and with well defined ideas of the duties and responsibilities which he would ultimately assume as a man and citizen. His labor in the fields was varied during certain months by attendance at the district schools of his neighborhood, and after attaining his majority he worked for some time on the home farm for his father. Later he left the parental roof and was absent seven years, at the expiration of which he returned home and assumed the management of the farm, and after the death of his father he succeeded to the homestead, which, as already stated, he now owns. The place which contains two hundred and forty acres of very fine land, lies in one of the most productive agricultural districts of Hampshire township and is admirably adapted to general farming and stock raising, comparing favorably with any like number of acres in the county. The buildings are substantial and up-to-date, the fencing is of best quality, and the excellent condition of the soil, together with the general appearance of thrift which pervades the farm throughout, bear testimony to the enterprise of the proprietor and indicates to the passerby a modern American home, in which thrift, content and hospitality abound.
Mr. Owens, like his father before him, is a Catholic in his religion belief and a loyal son of the mother church, his family being identified with the same. He is zealous in the various lines of good work under the auspices of the church, including the Knights of Columbus, a fraternal and benevolent order of great merit, and also lends his aid and influence to further all measures for the advancement of his fellow men. The domestic life of Mr. Owens dates from 1880, in April of which year was solemnized his marriage with Mary A, Laughery, of Elk River township, Clinton county, and a daughter of Patrick and Mary Laughery, whose ancestors were natives of Ireland. Five children are the pledges of this union, namely: John J., Clara, Leo P., Dorin and Alice, all living. Those doing for themselves are well settled in life and greatly esteemed in their respective places of residence.
Leo Peter Owens, second son and third child of Peter J. and Bridget (Laughery) Owens, was born in Lyons, Clinton county, Iowa, on the 21st day of February, 1886. As indicated in the preceding sketch, his family is one of the oldest and best known in the township of Hampshire, nearly, if not quite, sixty years having dissolved in the mists of the past since his grandfather, James Owens, left the Emerald Isle and established a home in the sparsely settled county of Clinton, now one of the finest and most progressive counties of eastern Iowa. At the proper age, young Leo entered the public schools of Lyons, which he attended for some years, the training he received being afterwards supplemented by a course in the Sisters' school, under the auspices of the Catholic church at the same place. Having early manifested a decided preference for agriculture, he turned his attention to the same on arriving at an early age to begin life for himself, and for some time thereafter cultivated a part of the family homestead in Hampshire township. Since 1907, however, he had been running a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in the southern part of said township, his success the meanwhile being very encouraging, as is indicated by the thrifty condition of his farm and the influential place he occupies among the leading agriculturists and stock raisers of the locality in which he resides.
Mr. Owens is enterprising and public spirited, not only as a farmer, but as a citizen, and ever since attaining his majority he has kept in touch with the times on the leading questions before the people and the issues on which men and parties divide. In state and national affairs he is a Democrat, but in matters local, he lets politics cut no figure, giving his support to the candidates best qualified for the offices to which they aspire, irrespective of party ties. Fraternally he belongs to the Woodmen of the World, and religiously the Catholic church holds his creed. Reared under the influence of the mother church, he has endeavored to make his life reflect its principles and teachings, and he is today among the influential members of the congregation, with which body his wife and children are also identified.
On June 28, 1901, Mr. Owens was united in the holy bonds of wedlock with Susie Manning, of Clinton county, the marriage being blessed with four children, namely: Mary Gertrude, James Legora, Joseph Francis and Helen Margaret. Mr and Mrs Owens are quite popular and move in the best social circles of community in which they reside. Although primarily interested in their own children, whom they are endeavoring to rear to lives of usefulness and honor, they are not unmindful of the welfare of others. Every laudable means for the moral advancement of the young people of their neighborhood is sure to enlist their co-operation and support, and in their daily lives they exemplify principles of honor and integrity, which bespeak a high standard of manhood and womanhood.

O'CONNOR

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF CLINTON RESIDENTS (Pgs 669-697)
From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

P. O'CONNOR, farmer, Sec. 30; P. O. Lyons; was born in Ireland in 1824; in 1844, went to Canada; in 1854, came to Clinton Co., Iowa; has been a resident of this county since; he owns 280 acres of land. Married Ann Welch in 1847; she was born in Ireland; had eight children, four living-Eugene O., Thomas, Ann and Sarah E.

LENAGHAN

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF CLINTON RESIDENTS (Pgs 669-697)
From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

PATRICK LENAGHAN, farmer, Sec. 7; P. O. Lyons; he was born Aug. 10, 1823, in Ireland; in 1844, came to New York; in 1852, he came to Clinton Co.; he owns 324 acres of land. He married Julia Butler in 1854; she was born in 1825, in Ireland; have four children-Mary Ann, Jane T., Charles P. and Francis J. He has held most of the township offices.

KENNEDY

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From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

JOHN KENNEDY, farmer, Sec. 29; P. O. Lyons; he was born June 2, 1826, in Ireland; in 1848, came to New York; in 1849, to Wisconsin; in 1854, he came to Clinton Co.; he owns 160 acres of land. Has been School Director and Township Treasurer. Married Honora Collins Nov. 10, 1854; she was born in March, 1830, in Ireland; had five children, four living-Michael, Julia, Maggie and John; lost one child in infancy.

HORNER

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF CLINTON RESIDENTS (Pgs 669-697)
From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

ROBERT HORNER, farmer, Sec. 6; P. O. Bryant; he is a native of Ireland; in 1850, he came to New Orleans; followed the river summers and worked in a pork-house for eight or nine winters; the first land he located was in Camanche; this he traded for land where he now lives; he owns in all 280 acres, which he has improved. He married Mary J. Johnson in 1864; they have eight children-William, Lizzie, Mary Jane, Robert, Moses, Maggie, Johnson and Maria

DOLAN

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From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

MARTIN DOLAN, farmer, Sec. 8; P. O. Bryant; he was born in 1812, in Ireland. In 1847, he came to Quebec ; in 1853, he came to Clinton County. He owns 600 acres of land. Married Bridget Ruddy in 1842 ; she was born in Ireland. Have ten children-Margaret, Ann, Patrick and Michael (twins), Kate, James, Ellen, ,John, Mary and Martin. Patrick enlisted in 1863, in Co. K, 26th Iowa V. I., and served to the end of the war.

GILL

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From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

PATRICK GILL, farmer, . 23; P. O. Lyons; he was born in 1812, in Ireland; in 1831, emigrated to Boston; in 1834, returned to Ireland, and, in 1836, came again to Boston, and worked for John Pearce thirty-five years, at sewer-building; in 1857, came to Clinton Co.; he owns 107 acres of land. Married Celia Ruddy in 1835; she was born in Ireland. Had ten children, six living-Catherine, William, John, Mary, Celia and Cornelius.

HANDS

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From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

JAMES HANDS, farmer, Sec. 21; P. O. Lyons; he was born in July, 1827, in Ireland ; in 1848, came to America; in 1851, came to Clinton Co. Owns 394 acres of land. He married Bridget Owens in 1851; she was born in Ireland. Have eight children-Andrew, Michael, Annie, James, Rose, Bridget, Catherine and Mary. Is President of the School Board; has been School Director for the past seven years.

McCLOUD

1914 Delaware Co., Iowa History

"Erwin E. McCloud
Erwin E. McCloud still owns four hundred and eighty acres of land in Adams
township and an entire section of land in Minnesota, but is not actively
engaged in the cultivation of any of his land as he lived retired in
Ryan.  He also owns an interest in the local creamery.  He was born the
12th of November, 1851, in Kane county, Illinois, a son of Noah B. and
Tabitha Maria (Parker) McCloud.  The father was a native of Vermont and the
mother of Massachusetts and their marriage occurred in Bennington,
Vermont.  In 1847 they removed to Illinois and settled upon a farm in Kane
county, near Elgin, where they remained until the spring of 1855, when they
came to Delaware county, Iowa, and purchased land in Prairie
township.  They were the first settlers in that township and were well
known in the early days of the county.   To them were born three children,
but the subject of this review is the only one surviving.  One died in
infancy and Harrison died in 1868.  The father died in December, 1860, and
was laid to rest in the Manchester cemetery.  The mother subsequently
removed to Manchester and lived there for some time. She later married John
Buce and they resided in Adams township.  She died in 1892 and is also
buried in the Manchester cemetery.  Mr. Buce survived her for a number of
years.
Erwin E. McCloud received his education in the public schools of this
county and when he reached mature years began farming, an occupation which
he followed for many years.  He received but little help from home and the
marked measure of success which he attained is due mainly to his own
initiative, industry, and excellent management.  While actively engaged in
agriculture he bought and shipped stock on quite an extensive scale as well
as cultivated his fields.  He owns four hundred and eighty acres in Adams
township and six hundred and forty acres, or a full section of land, in
Minnesota and his annual income from this property is considerable.  He
also owns his comfortable residence in Ryan and a third interest in the
Ryan Creamery Company, which concern is in a flourishing condition.  His
farm in Adams township is but two miles from Ryan and its favorable
location adds not a little to its value.
Mr. McCloud was married on the 17th of  February, 1870, to Miss Sarah
Baxter, a daughter of George and Elizabeth (Robinson) Baxter.  Mrs. McCloud
was born in Ireland in 1848, and when a child of four years, was brought by
her parents to this country, the family home being maintained at
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, for some time.  In 1857 they removed to this
county and settled upon a farm four miles west of Ryan.  Her father died in
1872 and her mother subsequently took up her residence in Manchester, where
she passed away in 1877.  Both were buried in the Silver Creek cemetery in
Adams township.  To Mr. and Mrs. McCloud were born four children, three of
whom survive, namely: Austin P., a resident of Alberta, Canada; Edgar E.,
living in Adams township; and Ida May, who married Anthony Swindell, of
Tacoma, Washington.
Mr. McCloud is a republican and is loyal in his support of that
party.  For four years he served as mayor of Ryan, giving the municipality
an honest and businesslike administration. He has also acceptably filled a
number of township offices.  His fraternal allegiance is given to the
Masonic order as he holds membership in Manchester Lodge, No. 165, A. F. &
A. M.  He is one of the well-to-do residents of Ryan and as it is no longer
necessary for him to devote his energies to the gaining of a competence he
gives a great deal of time and thought to promoting the public welfare,
manifesting a creditable civic spirit."

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MADDEN

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF CLINTON RESIDENTS (Pgs 669-697)
From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

M. D. MADDEN, wholesale liquors, Fourth street, Lyons; he is a native of Ireland; in 1846, came to Wisconsin; in 1859, to Lyons; most of his time has been spent here, in the grocery business; he has been Township Treasurer; is now a member of the Council; he enlisted in 1861, in Co. A, 16th I. V. I., and served about one year; was in the battle of Shiloh and others. Married Elizabeth Kelly in 1859; she was born in Canada; had ten children, nine living-Elma, Frankie, Josie, CIara, Louis, Fred, Charles, William and James; lost George in 1877, aged 5 years.

HANNAHER

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From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

P. HANNAHER, grain, residence on Main and Seventh streets, Lyons; born January, 1814, in Ireland; in 1848, moved to Pittsburgh, Penn.; in 1852, to Illinois; in 1856, to Lyons. Married Margaret O'Connor in 1843; she was born in Ireland; have seven children-John, Thomas, James, Delia, Margaret, Ann and Kate.

O'BRIEN

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF CLINTON RESIDENTS (Pgs 669-697)
From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

JOHN O'BRIEN, farmer, Sec. 9; P. 0. Calamus; owns 280 acres of' land in this county, valued at $8,000, and 120 acres of land in Boone Co., worth $20 per acre. son of James and Elizabeth O'Brien; born April 8, 1837, in Peterboro, C. W. In fall of 1853, emigrated with parents to this county; his father died Feb. 14, 1877. at the advanced age of 98 years. Married Elizabeth Smith, of Peterboro, C. W., in April, 1861; she was born in Ireland in 1842; have four children living-Mary C., James, John P. and Margaret F. Has served as Justice of the Peace two terms, and President of School Board seven years, and is present Assessor of township. Member Catholic Church; Greenbacker.

McDONNELL

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF CLINTON RESIDENTS (Pgs 669-697)
From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

JOHN J. McDONNELL, farmer, Sec. 26; P.O. De Witt; Mr. McDonnell was born in New York July 4, 1816. His parents moved to West Virginia, thence to Pennsylvania, then to Ohio, and to Iowa in 1854, and settled in Davenport. His father died in Davenport about 1856. Mr. McConnell came to Clinton Co. in 1858, and settled on Sec. 23, Washington Township. He purchased his present farm in the fall of 1866. He married Catharine McGarry, a native of Ireland; have four children -- Patrick, William, James and Hugh. John, the oldest son, enlisted, in 1861, in the 26th I.V.; was mortally wounded at the battle of Arkansas Post. Mr. McDonnell has 160 acres of land; his son Patrick owns 200 acres of land in Sec. 26; James has 160 acres in Sec. 23.

McELHATTON

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF CLINTON RESIDENTS (Pgs 669-697)
From the book "The History of Clinton County Iowa" by L. P. Allen (1879)

JOHN McELHATTON, farmer, Sec. 2; P.O. Charlotte. Mr. McElhatton was born in Ireland in 1834; his parents, John and Margaret McElhatton, emigrated to Ohio when he was an infant. They came to Clinton Co. about 1859; his father had charge of the Clinton Co. Poor Farm for three years; his parents afterward settled in De Witt Township; they are now deceased. Mr. McElhatton married Margaret Clarey, a native of Ireland; they have one child -- Elizabeth F.; also an adopted son. Mr. M. has 86 acres of land; settled on his present farm in 1861.


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