THE IRISH IN IOWA

Biographies of Those Who Came From Ireland

  CONLIN

History of Dubuque County, Iowa; Weston A. Goodspeed, ed. by F. T. Oldt and P. J. Quigley; Chicago: Goodspeed Hist. Assoc. 1911

Thomas J. Conlin, president of the Conlin & Kearns Company, dealers in ice and fuel, was born in Washington township, Dubuque county, Iowa, a son of James and Sarah Conlin. James Conlin was a native of Ireland and came to America in 1840, locating for a short time in Kentucky and then coming to Dubuque county. He was a farmer by occupation, and an honorable man as was attested by his refusal to accept a pension for service during the Mexican war on the grounds that he had not actually participated in any battles and therefore was not entitled to a pension. On September 6, 1899, he died, aged seventy-seven years, and was followed by his wife on September 16, 1910, aged eighty-six years. They are buried in the cemetery at Cascade. Thomas J. Conlin was primarily educated in the district schools and during this time also assisted his father with the work of the home farm. He completed his schooling with a course in Bayless Business College, which he left in his twentieth year, and succeeding this was for eight years employed by the American Express Company. He then bought a livery stable, which he conducted for nine years, and in 1900 was elected sheriff of Dubuque county, serving as such two years. Following this he associated himself with Mr. Kearns in their present ice and fuel business and in 1907, owing to the growth of their business, was forced to incorporate. Aside from these interests Mr. Conlin is a director of the Dubuque Altar Manufacturing Company, is a Democrat in politics and a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Knights of Columbus, Independent Order of Foresters, Modern Woodmen of America and St. Patrick's Roman Catholic church. On October 24, 1895, in Dubuque, he married Miss Mary Theis, who died July 16, 1898. Mr. Conlin resides at 14 Grove terrace, Dubuque.

KEHOE

History of Dubuque County, Iowa; Weston A. Goodspeed, ed. by F. T. Oldt and P. J. Quigley; Chicago: Goodspeed Hist. Assoc. 1911

John C. Kehoe, one of the foremost farmers and stock-raisers of Dubuque county, was born in Brooklyn, New York, January 14, 1855, the son of Patrick and Ellen (Kelly) Kehoe, natives of Ireland. They came to America in the fifties, first settling at Brooklyn, and were there married. In 1853 they first came West to Dubuque county, and here the father for about two years was foreman in a saw mill, later moving onto and operating a farm in Dodge township owned by his former employer. Shortly afterwards he purchased eighty acres of partly improved land in Dodge township, and this was his home for a period of forty-five years. During this time he prospered and increased his holdings until he had 300 acres in this county and 320 in Floyd county. He was a general farmer and stock-raiser and also dealt extensively in dairy products, having some forty fine milch cows. He was a Democrat in politics and took a keen and active interest in local affairs of importance, and during his long residence here served as justice of the peace, assessor, trustee, and as a member of the school board. He died on the old homestead September 26, 1901, over seventy-seven years of age, and was followed by his wife two years later, aged seventy-five years. They were among the early settlers in this part of the country and with their passing Dubuque county has lost two true and loyal citizens. Ten children were born to them, of whom John C., our subject, was the eldest. He received his education in the public schools and remained with his parents on the home place until twenty-six years old. For a time he then farmed on rented land, after which he learned the blacksmith trade at Farley and continued the business for about twenty years. He then moved onto the place where he now resides, having purchased it some time previously, made various improvements in the way of barns, shed, outhouses, etc. and in 1908 erected a fine, modern, ten-room house, which is furnace heated and thoroughly up-to-date. Since taking possession of this property he has cleared the land of nearly all standing timber, has fenced in and divided same by strong barbed wire, and is thus enabled to carry on stock-raising on a large and profitable scale. He specializes in the raising of Aberdeen Angus cattle and Poland China and Duroc Jersey hogs, for which Dubuque county is noted. Mr. Kehoe is also interested in various business and residence properties in Farley, and shortly after building his own home erected also one for his son, modern and up-to-date in every respect. As a Democrat in politics he has taken an active interest in local civic affairs, being for four and on-half years mayor of Farley, a member of the city council thirteen years, chief of the fire department about six years, a member of the school board three years and also of the county central committee seven years, and is at present serving as constable. Socially he is identified with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Catholic Order of Foresters, being for the last seven years chief ranger of the latter organization, and Knight of Columbus. In religious views he is an adherent of the Roman Catholic faith and is a member and trustee of St. Joseph's parish at Farley. On October 25, 1881, Mr. Kehoe was united in marriage with Miss Mary Locher, daughter of John J. and Mary (Nigg) Locher, who were born and raised in Switzerland. They came to America in 1861, locating at Dubuque, and there for six years engaged in the furniture business. They then moved onto a farm of eighty acres near Monticello. There the father died in 1885, at the age of sixty-five, and the mother in 1890, also aged sixty-five. Although always active in public affairs, the father never aspired to hold office. To them were born five children, of whom Mrs. Kehoe was the third, her birth occurring April 9, 1855. To Mr and Mrs. Kehoe the following named three children have been born: Frances, wife of John Clement, formerly of Farley and now of Savannah, Illinois; John Patrick, married Miss Gertrude Morgan, of this county, now residing in Farley, the parents of one child, and Joseph W., married Miss Rose Schwendinger, residing in this county. The Kehoe family are among the first in the locality where they reside and are highly respected by all who know them.

REDMOND

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

George Redmond, farmer sec 30; P.O. LaMotte; born in Ireland in 1837; came to America in 1855 and landed at New Orleans; then came to Jackson Co and owns 246 acres of land; his wife Emily Gurdett was born in France in 1842; came to America in 1853; married in Jan. 1860; they have 7 children- Mary, Frances, Sarah, Rosa, Ann, Esther, Antoinette, Patrick, Henry and George Thomas.

MORAN

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

Michael Moran-farmer Sec. 28; P.O. LaMotte; born in Ireland in 1815; came to America in 1837; settled in Ohio and remained 2 years then went to Scott Co, Kentucky and remained 16 years; in 1852 came to Jackson Co, Iowa and owns 130 Acres of land; his wife, Miss Katherine Fitzpatrick, was born in Ireland in 1815 and came to America in 1833. Married in 1840; they have 4 children living-Ann, William, John, Mary; has been Trustee of Township.

McELROY

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

James McElroy-farmer Sec 2; P.O. St. Donatus, born May 1837 in Ireland; in 1849 came with parents to Jackson Co; his father died here in 1868, aged 70 years. Married Sabina Howard in 1863; she was born in 1844 in New York; have 8 children-3 sons and 5 daughters.

O'BRIEN

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

John Edmund O'Brien, controlling an important and representative business as a dealer in real estate in Waukon, was born in Oneida county, New York, in 1860,and was one of nine children born to Michael Smith O'Brien and Henrietta Alice Jenkins, who emigrated from Ireland in the early '50s and were married in Oneida county. They afterwards came to Iowa, settling in Ludlow township, Allamakee county, where the father still resides upon his farm.
John Edmund O'Brien was ten years of age when his parents came to Iowa. He worked on farms in this vicinity for several years and then engaged in carpenter work in various parts of the state, being employed in the construction of the buildings on the Illinois Central Railway between Onawa and Sioux Falls. Afterwards he spent two years working at his trade in Birmingham, Alabama, and Jackson, Mississippi, going from the latter city to Chicago, Illinois, where he assisted in the erection of the exhibition buildings at the World's Columbian Exposition and served for six months in the Columbian Guards. In the winter of 1893 he went to California and put up the Canadian exhibits at the Midwinter Exposition in San Francisco. Returning to Iowa, he established himself in the building business at Waukon and his ability becoming widely recognized, he soon secured a large and representative patronage.
Mr. O'Brien served in Company I, the Waukon company, Iowa National Guards, under Captain Gibbs, Nichols and Stewart. In 1898, a few days after the declaration of war with Spain, he went to Pensacola, Florida, and with Paul D. May, enlisted in the United States Navy for one year as carpenter's mate, first class. He served on the United States ships Tacoma, Lancaster and Cassius, under commanders Sutherland, Very-Perry, and Lieutenant Waters of Commodore Remy's fleet. At his own request and through Senator Allison's influence he received his honorable discharge at Norfolk, Virginia, at the close of the Spanish-American war. Returning home he studied law first at the Iowa State University and then at Drake University at Des Moines and was admitted to practice before the state and federal courts in 1900. In the following year however he turned his attention to the real-estate business and in this he has since continued, his patronage in Waukon being today profitable and important. He is known as an expert judge of land values and his opinion has come to be regarded as an authority on matters of this character. He is resourceful, far-sighted, capable and energetic and his sagacity is far-reaching and his integrity beyond question.
At Medord, Oklahoma, March 19, 1903, Mr. O'Brien was united in marriage to Miss Decorah Grattan, a daughter of Henry G. Grattan, a pioneer in Allamakee county and for many years one of the most prominent citizens in this part of Iowa. He was born at New Haven, Oswego county, New York, June 28, 1826, and was of English descent, a son of Amos and Abigail (Guyant) Grattan. The former, a blacksmith by trade, was born in Berkshire county, Massachusetts in 1797 and died in Ludlow township, Allamakee county, Iowa, June 2, 1889. In 1835 he took up a claim and built the first log cabin where Kenosha, Wisconsin, now stands. He was for fifty years a member of the Baptist church and voted with the first organization of the old abolitionist party. He fought in the War of 1812. His wife, who was in her maidenhood Abigail Guyant, was born September 8, 1794, in Caterbury, Connecticut, and died in Ludlow township, Allamakee county in 1886. She was for a time the only white woman in Kenosha, Wisconsin. One child was born to the union of Mr. and Mrs. Amos Grattan-Henry Guyant.
Henry Guyant Grattan was for many years well known in agricultural and journalistic circles of the middle west and as a leader in many public movements of a progressive and constructive character. He founded and published the Janesville (Wis.) Gazette, the Mt. Carroll (Ill.) Mirror and the Sterling (Ill.) Gazette. He also did considerable literary work after coming to Iowa, but in this state was chiefly interested in scientific agriculture, in the promotion of which he was one of the greatest individual forces of his time. He was a member of the board of trustees of Iowa Agricultural College and took a great interest in the work of that institution, organizing several new departments, among which may be mentioned that of domestic science. His own farm in Ludlow township was a practical exemplification of his theories and was one of the best equipped and most scientifically managed in the township.
Henry Grattan was married three times, first to Jane Trask who died in 1849, then to Phoebe Jane Tisdel, who died in 1865, and to Rosanna Russell who survives him. She was born in Shefford, Canada, and is of French and English parentage, the daughter of Francis and Susannah (Griggs) Bryant. Previous to her first marriage which united her with Franklin Russell who was killed in the Civil war, Mrs. Grattan engaged in teaching. She was married to Henry Grattan on the 9th of December, 1865. Henry Grattan's children are as follows: Marvin Trask, born in Janesville, Wisconsin, in 1848; Jane, who was born in Freeport, Illinois, in 1851; Orlando Tisdel, born in Mt. Carroll, Illinois, in 1855; Bertha, born in Ludlow township, in 1868; John ,born in Ludlow township, in 1869; and Decorah, the wife of the subject of this review. The last named was born at Waukon, Iowa, December 20, 1871, and acquired her education in the public schools of the city, in the South Dakota Agricultural College and at Drexel Institute, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was a teacher of Domestic Science for several years at Toronto, Canada, in St. Thomas Alma College and at Buffalo, New York. Mr and Mrs John E. O'Brien have two children: Henry Grattan, born April 2, 1904;and John Gordon, born January 23, 1908.
Mr. O'Brien is today one of the well known business men of Waukon, for he possesses as salient elements in his character, the energy, resourcefulness and sound judgment necessary to business success. His associates respect his integrity and honor and his straightforward dealings and his many sterling traits of mind and character have gained for him the esteem and confidence of a wide circle of friends.

McGEE

History of Dubuque County, Iowa; Weston A. Goodspeed, ed. by F. T. Oldt and P. J. Quigley; Chicago: Goodspeed Hist. Assoc. 1911

George McGee, resident of Farley, Iowa, was born January 14, 1841, in Iowa township, this county, and is the fourth in order of birth of ten children born to Joseph and Jane (McKinley) McGee, who were natives of Ireland. The family came to Dubuque county, Iowa, in 1836 and settled on a farm in Iowa township. They were thus among the very first settlers in Dubuque county, and their respective deaths occurred in 1885 and 1884. George McGee attained his majority under the parental roof. He made his start in life by breaking prairie land with ox teams, and later operated a saw mill. In 1865 he came to Farley and embarked in mercantile pursuits at which he continued for twenty years. He is now engaged in handling lumber and coal. To his marriage with Miss Jane Armstrong, which occurred in 1869, four children have been born: Elsie M., now Mrs. Edward Ellis, of Farley; Joseph H., married Mabel Owen and resides in Pueblo, Colorado; Bertha M., the wife of Clark Goodale, of Epworth, and Raymond, who married Irene James and resides in Farley. Mr. McGee is a member of Julien Lodge, No. 551, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of Farley, is a Democrat in politics, has served as town councilman and treasurer and he and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church.

GILLESPIE

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

Anthony Gillespie, farmer, Sec. 7, P.O. Duke; born in Ireland in 1812; came to America in 1837 and remained about 4 years in Pennsylvania; came to Jackson Co. in 1859 and entered land and now owns 200 acres. His wife, Ann Perryman, was born in Ireland in 1834; came to America in 1844; married in 1856; they have four children living- Myra, John, Sylvia and Etta; one deceased-Ann.

REGAN

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

Jeremiah Regan, farmer, Sec. 30; P.O. Duke; born in 1808 in Ireland; in 1834 came to New York, in 1838 to Chicago; in 1842 to Dubuque; in 1845 came to Prairie Springs township; he owns 405 acres of land; he is one of earliest settlers of this township. Married Ellen Brown in 1834; she was born in 1814 in Ireland; have 8 children- Michael, Patrick, John, Simon, Jeremiah Jr, Ellen, Hannah, Mary Rose. He has been two terms a member of Board of Supervisors.

CONLAN

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

Edward Conlan, farmer, Sec 8; P.O. LaMotte, born in Ireland in about 1825, at about age of four years he went with parents to Canada, in 1844 to Rochester, N.Y.; in 1856 to Iowa; the following year he removed to Jackson county; he owns 217 acres of land. Married Catherine Farrell in 1850; she was born in Ireland; at age of 18 she came with parents to Rochester, N.Y.; they have 3 children- Edward, Francis, Catherine.

CONNELL

History of Dubuque County, Iowa; Weston A. Goodspeed, ed. by F. T. Oldt and P. J. Quigley; Chicago: Goodspeed Hist. Assoc. 1911

Charles W Connell was born in Dubuque county, Iowa, July 26, 1861 and is second in a family of 7 children born to the marriage of Michael Connell and Catharine Seery, both of whom were natives of Ireland. Michael Connell came to the United states in 1850. He married in Dubuque county, followed agricultural pursuits, was a Democrat in politics, a Roman Catholic in religion, and died in May, 1907, at the age of seventy-six years, preceded by his wife in January, 1890, when sixty-one years of age. Charles W. Connell is one of the best known stock raisers and farmers in Dubuque county. He was reared to a farm life, received a practical education in youth and at the age of twenty-four years was employed by the government carrying the mail between Farley and Cascade. After two years he opened a buffet in Farley which, in addition to his other enterprises, he has since operated. In 1902 he became the owner of 358 acres of land in Dubuque county which he has brought to a high state of improvement. He devotes a great deal of his time to stock-raising, Percheron horses, Short Horn cattle, Poland China and Duroc Jersey hogs being his specialty. To his marriage with Miss Martha J. Keefe, which occurred in 1891, six children have been born, named Walter J., Pauline E., Harold J., Charles W. Jr., Francis M., and Florence M. Mrs. Connell was born February 4, 1870, the fourth in a family of eleven children born to Daniel and Ellen (Hogan) Keefe. Her parents were natives of Ireland, but came to America and Dubuque county, Iowa, in 1850. For a number of years Mr. Keefe was employed on the Illinois Central railway as section foreman, then was engaged in farming. In 1904 he moved to Farley, where he died in August, 1907, aged seventy-five years, and is survived by his wife. Mr. Connell is a Democrat in politics, has been treasurer of the Catholic Order of Foresters for a number of years and he and family are members of St. Joseph's Roman Catholic church of Farley.

FEENY

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

James Feeny, farmer, Sec. 7; P.O. Zwingle; he was born in Ireland June 21, 1827; and came to America June 27, 1840, and was over the U.S. generally before settling in Jackson Co.; he bought 250 acres in Jackson Co.; his wife was born in Ireland in 1837, and came to America in 1852; landed in New Orleans and settled in Galena. Married to Ann Moore July 16, 1855, and they have seven children-Mary Ann, Pat, Tom, Mikey, John, Bridget, James. Has been Road Supervisor and School Director.

MALONE

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

William Malone, farmer, Section 23; P.O. Cottonville; born in 1816 in Ireland; in 1841 came to Troy, N.Y., there hired out for farming; in 1854 he came to Jackson co. He now owns 380 acres of land. Married Ellen Dunne in 1853; she was born in Ireland; they had seven children, four now living.

McALLISTER

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

Daniel McAllister, deceased; born in September 1827, in Ireland, came to Iowa in 1847 and resided in Jackson co. till his death, March 29, 1872. His wife was born in Ireland in 1827 and came to America at the age of 16 and was married in 1845 in New Jersey. They own 120 acres of land; have 3 children-John, Elizabeth, and Matthew, lost 4 children- James, Susan Ann, David and Rhodie. James was killed March 20, 1873 by accident while blasting a log at their residence. Susan Ann married Mr. Donahue, of Dubuque, and died in April 1879; Rhodie died in infancy.

LINEHAN

History of Dubuque County, Iowa; Weston A. Goodspeed, ed. by F. T. Oldt and P. J. Quigley; Chicago: Goodspeed Hist. Assoc. 1911

Edmund A. Linehan, prominently identified with the retail drug interests of Dubuque, was born in this city, October 26, 1873, the son of Dennis W. and Mary A. (Cox) Linehan. Dennis W. Linehan was of Irish nativity, born in 1840, and when ten years of age was brought to the United States by his parents, Edmund and Mary (Donovan) Linehan, and the father for years engaged in the contracting business in Dubuque. To them were born seven children as follows: Dennis W., November 4, 1840; J.J.; Rev. T.M., afterwards a bishop (deceased); M.C.; Bart E., and Michael, both deceased, and Mrs. Mary Molo, of Dubuque. Dennis W. Linehan eventually succeeded to his father's contracting business. In 1910, owing to ill health, he retired from active participation in business affairs. Edmund A. Linehan, the immediate subject of this memoir, attended the public schools, St. Joseph School, St. Joseph's College and St. Mary's College, of St. Mary's, Kansas. For three years he then was with Walton and Bieg, stationers, of Dubuque, then with Linehan & Molo three years, and also as purchasing agent for the Union Electric Company seven years. From 1906 to 1910 he served as city recorder of Dubuque, and is at present engaged in the drug business at the corner of Iowa and Twelfth streets, which establishment was formerly owned by J.J. Fettgatter. In 1904 Mr Linehan was united in marriage with Miss Elma C. McLaughlin, daughter of J.T. McLaughlin, of Chicago, and to them have been born: Mary Elma and Edmund John. Mr. Linehan has always been an active Democrat in his political affiliations, is a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Foresters and resides with his family at 349 Hill street.

LEARY

History of Dubuque County, Iowa; Weston A. Goodspeed, ed. by F. T. Oldt and P. J. Quigley; Chicago: Goodspeed Hist. Assoc. 1911

James Leary, of the Leary Commission Company, dealers in stocks, bonds, grain, cotton, provisions, etc. with offices in the Bank and Insurance building, was born in County Wickford, Ireland, August 13, 1868. He received his education in the Canadian Sectarian schools, business college and in Bishop's Academy at Montreal. He then studied telegraphy and for a number of years was employed by the Canadian Pacific and other railroads as operator and train dispatcher. He later relinquished this, however, to engage in the brokerage business on the Chicago Board of Trade, being thus connected for a period of ten years. In 1902 he opened his present offices in Dubuque and has since made his headquarters in this city. He is independent in politics, stands high in social  and business circles, and is a member of the Dubuque Club, the Elks, and the Catholic Order of Foresters. In religious views he is a Roman Catholic and a member of St. Patrick's Catholic Church. To his marriage with Miss Matilda St. Pierre, of Montreal, two sons have been born, namely, Walter, now attending St. Joseph's Academy and William, a student in the public schools.

McGOVERN

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

Mrs. Bridget McGovern, farmer, Sec. 1; P.O. Bellevue. Born in Ireland in 1823; father dead, mother still living; came to America in 1848, and to Jackson Co. in 1850, where she has since resided; her husband, Mr. Francis McGovern, died in this county in 1873; they were married in the old country in 1842; have had ten children, seven of whom are still living, named as follows- Julia, Mary, Delia, Margaret Amelia, Francis Thomas, Johnnie and Edward; two of the children are married, viz., Julia and Mary; those dead were named Sarah Jane, Sarah and Mary. Mrs. McGovern and her entire family are Catholics; one of her sons, Edward, is in Montana; her husband, during his life, visited California twice. Owns 240 acres, has about seventy under cultivation; well watered and considerable timber upon it.

GIBBS

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

Thomas Gibbs, farmer, Sec. 11, P.O. Bellevue; he was born about 1821 in Ireland; in 1846 came to Pittsburgh, Penn.; engaged in merchandising for about nine years; in 1855, he came to his present farm, consisting of 360 acres of land, well improved. He married Miss Catherine Morris January, 1863; she was born in Ireland. They have four children-Andrew, Edmond, Mary E. and Thomas.

GLEASON

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

Malachi Gleason, farmer, Sec. 33; P.O. Cottonville; was born in Ireland in 1851; came to America, landed in New Orleans, and went up the Mississippi River to Maysville, Mason Co., Ky., and remained about four years, then to Dubuque, Iowa, whence he removed to Jackson Co., and bought 160 acres of land in Sec. 33. His wife was born in Ireland, where they were married and had two children when they came to America- Mark and John; David was born in Kentucky, Ellen, born in Kentucky, and died Oct. 29, 1869; Malachi, born in Kentucky March 5, 1847; Mary, born in Dubuque; Minnie, born in Dubuque; Maggie, born in Dubuque; Kittie, born in Jackson Co.

REED

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

William H. Reed, farmer, Sec. 4; P.O. Bellevue; he was born April 29, 1823, in Ireland. July 11, 1839 he came to Philadelphia; the following September, he removed to Jackson Co. He represented his county in the legislature three different terms; first in 1859, then in 1872, and again in 1876. He also has been a member of the County Board of Supervisors, and has held all the township offices. He owns about 1,000 acres of land. Married Catherine Lamborn in 1855; she was born in Pennsylvania. They have eight children.

SWANEY

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

John Swaney, farmer, Sec. 9; P.O. Bellevue; born in Ireland in 1839. Father still living and in the old country; mother dead; came to America and to Jackson Co. in 1859, where he has since resided. Lived with Mr. William Reed four years, also worked in Clinton one summer; balance of the time he has lived in Washington Township. He has a fine farm, well watered, and considerable timber upon it. His wife's maiden name was Julia McGovern, a native, also, of Ireland. Her father died in Iowa; her mother is living in Washington Township. The subject of this biography, Mr. Swaney and his wife, were married in 1865, in Bellevue, Iowa. Have seven children, all living, names as follows: Mary, Thomas, Frank, John, Edward, Daniel and Sarah. The religion of Mr. Swaney and his family is that of the Catholic Church. In politics, he is a Democrat; owns 110 acres, 50 of which is under cultivation.

CAHILL

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

Pierce Cahill, farmer, Sec. 32; P.O. LaMotte; born June 29, 1835, in Ireland; in 1842, he came to Canada; in 1844, to Chautauqua Co, N.Y.; in 1848, to Jo Daviess Co, Ill.; in 1850 to Wisconsin; in 1870 he came to Jackson Co.; he owns eighty acres of land. Married Mary Madden in 1870; she was born in Ireland; had four children, three living-Elizabeth, Margaret, Laura T., ; lost Mary in 1874, aged 13 months. Enlisted in 1861 in Co. F, 10th Wis. V.I.; was taken prisoner in September 1863, at the battle of Chickamauga; released in 1865.

GIBBS

The History of Jackson County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1879.

Martin Gibbs, farmer, Sec. 5; P.O. LaMotte; he was born June, 1815, in Ireland; in 1849 he came to Jackson Co.; he owns 300 acres land. Married Mary Hannafin in 1852; she was born in Ireland; have five children-Sarah, Ellen, Charles, Daniel and Thomas.

KERWICK

Emmetsburg Democrat, Palo Alto Co, Iowa; Christmas Souvenir: 1895

M.F. Kerwick is one of the most thrifty hardware dealers in this section of the state, and financially, one of the strong men of Emmetsburg. He was born in Ireland in 1850 and caem to the United States and settled in this neighborhood when but twenty-two years of age. Mr. Kerwick started in life at the foot of the ladder and the gratifying success which he has achieved is the result of his prudence, his caution, his industry and his natural adaption for the responsible line of trade in which he is engaged. He commenced business when Emmetsburg was but a village, and he has, in business progress, more than kept pace with its growth. He has an extensive trade and carries a large, carefully selected stock. Besides his fine residence and his mercantile showing, he is one of the directors of the First National Bank and he is also a director in the Graettinger and Mallard Savings Banks. There are few citizens of Emmetsburg whose property accumulations are larger than his. In 1882, Mr. Kerwick was united in marriage with Miss Mary Egan. They have a lovely home and they dearly treasure it. The subject of our sketch takes an active interest in local questions and he has for several years been a member of the public school board. He is conservative in his views and prudent in his expressions.


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