"From History of Scott County, Iowa
1882 Chicago: Interstate Publishing Co."
Biographical and Historical
Record of Greene and Carroll Counties,
A History of Tama County, Iowa
Vol II; Chicago: Lewis Pub. Co., 1910.
History of Tama County, Iowa; Springfield, Ill.: Union Pub. Co., 1883.
Daniel Tierney is a native of county Limerick, Ireland, and was born in 1836. When he was but six years old his father died. At the age of sixteen he came to America and immediately proceeded (after being landed at New York city) to Utica, New York, where he was employed in a livery stable. There he remained six years, and them removed to his cousin's and engaged in farming in Monroe county one year. From there, he located in the State of Illinois, when in May of 1864, he enlisted in the 146th Illinois regiment, and with it, went south. He was honorably discharged in July of 1865,and returned to Illinois. During 1869, he came to Tama county, Iowa, and purchased land in the south half of the southwest quarter of section 12, Buckingham townsbip. Upon it he erected a house and continued to live there until 1882, when he sold out and removed to the southeast quarter of the same section, settling on land which he had previously purchased. His marriage with Honora Creagan, took place in 1865. They have been blessed with five children: Catharine, Maggie, John O., Nellie and Honora.
Conspicuous among the
representative business men of Clinton, Iowa, is the well-known gentleman whose
name introduces this biographical review. The industrious and well-regulated
life he has led has gained for him not only material success, but the
friendship, confidence and good-will of a vast acquaintance.
Wolfe's History of Clinton County, Iowa; Vol 2; B.F. Bowen & Co; Indianaplis, Indiana: 1911
Such a life as that led by Rev.
Fr. M.J. Hennessy, pastor of St. Patrick's church, near DeWitt, Iowa, is to be
held up as a worthy example to the youth of the land. He was born in county
Limerick, Ireland, in February, 1856. He received an excellent education in the
public schools and in Christian Brothers College, and in the Diocesan College at
Limerick and St. Patrick's College at Thurles, county Tipperary, where he spent
five years. In October, 1879, he came to America and located in Dubuque, Iowa,
where he finished his education and was ordained in August, 1881, at the
cathedral, by Bishop Hennessy. His first appointment was as assistant to Father
O'Dowd, of St. Mary's, temporarily, having remained there two months, then was
sent to Boone, Iowa, for a short time, one month, thence to St. Rose, at Waucoma,
Fayette county, Iowa. Then he was for a period of two years, by appointment, at
St. Theresa, Jackson county, Iowa, then served St. Patrick's church at Nevada
and Colorado. Then, after serving three years and six months on three charges,
in 1898, he was appointed to the pastorate of St. Patrick's church, Washington
township, Clinton county, and here he spends his entire time, having no other
charge, and is doing his utmost for the material and spiritual welfare of his
congregation, building up the church, as he has done in all his work, and
he is much beloved by all his congregation, being a faithful and devoted worker.
The church was established by a missionary priest, the first services being held
in a farm house, continuing thus until 1883, when the present substantial brick
structure was erected, at a cost of twenty-five thousand dollars. J.J. Garland
was pastor and Rt. Rev. J. Hennessy was bishop. The church has a fine altar and
is beautifully decorated, spacious and attractive. After its organization the
congregation was first served by Fr. Thomas McCormick, and the first baptism was
administered to Michael McDermot in 1875. The first marriage celebrated here was
that of Henry Winters and Sarah Showalters, by Rev. Fr McCormick. The good work
has been carried on here by the following priests since his day: J.J. Gafiny, J.
Garland, D. Reardon, T. Kiernan, Fr. Hennessy (nine months), John Maloy, and the
subject who took up his work here in August, 1898. He has kept up the property
and placed it in excellent condition, keeping the place sanitary, attractive and
inviting, spending considerable money on the cemetery and bringing everything up
to a high standard of excellence. An excellent water works system has been
installed, hot and cold water being available, modern bath and up-to-date
appliances, all at his own expense.
Past and Present in Allamakee County, by Ellery M. Hancock. 2 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1913.
Among the substantial
agriculturists of Allamakee county is Michael Kane, who owns a valuable farm of
one hundred and eighty acres in Franklin township. A native of Ireland, he was
born in County Limerick in 1848 and is a son of Michael and Bridget (Benson)
Kane, both born in the same county. The father always followed farming and about
1852 crossed with his family to the United States, locating in Ohio, where he
passed away. In that state the Kanes resided near Columbus. They only remained a
short time in Ohio, whence they removed to Iowa. A sister of our subject, after
her marriage, had gone to McGregor, this state and the family soon followed. The
mother located near McGregor but later removed to this vicinity where she spent
the remainder of her life, passing away in 1896. To Mr and Mrs Kane were born
six children, of whom Michael Kane of this review was the third in order of
History of Dubuque County,
Iowa; Weston A. Goodspeed, ed. by F. T. Oldt and
Patrick Norton, deceased, for many
years engaged in the teaming and real estate business in Dubuque, was a native
of the Emerald Isle, his birth occurring in County Limerick in the year 1821,
and a son of Edmund and Annora Norton. In 1832 the family crossed the Atlantic
ocean in a slow sailing vessel and after landing in America first located on a
farm in New York state. They then removed to Vermont, but later came west to
Higginsport, Iowa, where the father followed farming until his death. Patrick
Norton received a common school education in his youth, and about 1837 came to
Dubuque county, Iowa, at which time it was little more than a frontier locality,
scarcely free from the presence of the Indians. Here for a time he engaged in
draying and teaming and later dealt extensively in real estate building and
renting homes and selling same on time payments. In 1842 Mr. Norton married Miss
Amanda M.F. Key, who was a native of South Carolina and came with her parents to
Dubuque at an early day. To them the following named children were born: Mary,
Joseph S and Ellen C (deceased); John W., farming in Dubuque county; Annora
(deceased); Edmund F. marketmaster at Dubuque; Daniel D, who was killed in the
discharge of his duties as policeman in Dubuque; James P., jailor at Dubuque;
Amanda and Patrick S., both of Dubuque. In March, 1868, when in the prime of
life, Mr. Norton passed away, aged forty-seven, a man highly respected by all
who knew him, and now lies at rest in Kelly's Bluff Cemetery. His widow, a fine
and motherly old lady, yet survives him and resides at Dubuque. Many years ago,
when Bishop Loras first visited this city, she entertained him in her home and
is very proud of this fact. At the early age of sixteen she was converted to
Catholicism, this being brought about by her intimate acquaintance with Father
Kelley, whom she and several other young girls nursed during his illness. She
has since been a staunch advocate of the Catholic religion and has reared her
children in that faith to honorable and useful lives. Some four years ago Mrs.
Norton met with a severe accident in the breaking of her collar bone, which, at
her time of life, might easily have proved serious, but, through the careful and
loving ministrations of her children, she recovered entirely and is at present
in the enjoyment of the best of health. She takes great delight in the
association of her children and is grandmother to fifteen and great-grandmother
to two. She has hosts of friends throughout the county and is greatly beloved by
all who know her.
History of Dubuque County,
Iowa; Weston A. Goodspeed, ed. by F. T. Oldt and
Rev. Peter O'Malley, pastor of St. Anthony's Roman Catholic Church, Dubuque, since 1898, is a son of John and Nora (Kennedy) O'Malley, and descended from an old Irish family. The parents were farmers in the old country and there died and were buried. Peter O'Malley, the immediate subject of this memoir, was born in the city of Limerick, February 8, 1866, and was primarily educated in the Jesuit College at that place. He early decided that his life had best be spent in the service of the Master, and accordingly in 1883 he entered St. Patrick's College, Thurles, County Tipperary. On June 24, 1890, at Maynooth, he was formally ordained to the priesthood by Archbishop Walsh, of Dublin, and in September of that year came to America and Dubuque, Iowa, and until March, 1892, was assistant priest in St. Patrick's Church. His next mission was at St. Theresa's Church, Jackson county, Iowa, and due largely to his efforts a fine brick edifice was erected at Lamotte, that county. There he remained until called to Dubuque as pastor of St. Anthony's Church to succeed Father Kenny. His teachings and labors in this community have been of the highest order and much good has been brought about by his able ministrations. He erected a new church and school house and has improved the pastorage. Father O'Malley stands very high in the estimation of the citizens of Dubuque county.
History of Dubuque County,
Iowa; Weston A. Goodspeed, ed. by F. T. Oldt and
The Rt. Rev. Roger Ryan, vicar general of the archdiocese of Dubuque, and on whom also the high church title of monsignor was bestowed in 1896, is a native of Cashel, County Limerick, Ireland, and the son of John and Ellen (Coffey) Ryan, whose ancestry can be traced in a direct line for a period of 1,500 years. Both father and mother lived and died in their native country. Father Ryan was born on April 6, 1842, and after attending the parochial schools finished his scholastic training with a six years' course in Mount Melleray College, County Waterford, Ireland. He early determined to study for the priesthood and to spend his life in the service of the Master. In 1868 he crossed the Atlantic ocean to America, and on March 13, 1869, was formally ordained to the priesthood. Shortly thereafter he came to Dubuque, Iowa, and for a time was associated with St. Raphael's Cathedral, later being transferred to St. Patrick's parish, where he has since continued and become endeared to the hearts of all who know him and listen to his able ministrations and teachings. Dubuque county owes a good deal to the efforts of Father Ryan. He not only built the imposing St. Patrick's Church edifice, pastorage and school, but was one of the most instrumental in bringing about the erection of St. Joseph's College, and institution whose influence in the behalf of education and moral uplifting has been felt all over the Middle West.
Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties
ROGER RYAN, pastor of St. Patrick's Catholic Church of Dubuque, is a native of
the Emerald Isle. He was born in that country, in County
Limerick, on the 6th of April, 1843, and his education was acquired in Ireland.
There he remained until twenty-three years of age, when, in 1866, he crossed the
Atlantic to America. Here he entered Cape Girardeau College of Missouri, in
which institution he spent three years, pursuing a thorough and systematic
course of study, which well fitted him for his chosen life work.
--Contributed by Becky Teubner
History of Pottawattamie County, Iowa 1882... Chicago: O. L. Baskin & Co., 1883
Patrick Lane, farmer, P.O. Shelby,
Shelby County, was born in County Limerick, Ireland, son of John and Honora
(McCarty) Lane, natives of County Kerry, Ireland. John Lane was born in 1799,
was a farmer by occupation and died in County Limerick, Ireland, in 1850. His
wife died in New York City. They had two sons and two daughters, and of this
family one son is deceased. Mr. Lane was educated in Ireland, and began life as
a farmer, which occupation he followed in his native country. In 1847, he came
to the United States, came to Clinton County in 1849, and the following year
went to Tennessee, where he worked in the tunnel at Tunnel Hill, and while
working there saved the life of a fellow workman- an act which he considers the
best of his life. Returning to Iowa in 1851, he bought 320 acres of land in
Clinton County at $1.25 per acre, sold one-half of the land for $6.15 per acre,
invested the proceeds in stock, and succeeded well in all his undertakings. He
was a foreman on the North Western Railway for some time. In 1874 he came to
Pleasant Township, where in January, 1872, he had bought of J.P. Casady and Mr.
Haas, of Council Bluffs, 640 acres of wild land at $6.50 per acre. He at the
same time owned 200 acres in Clinton County, one of the best farms in that
county, which he sold in May, 1874, for $9,500 cash, then moved to his section
in this township. In 1874, he bought 830 acres of wild land at $9.50 cash per
acre, and he now owns 1,550 acres of land, all clear of incumbrance, one of the
finest stock or grain farms in the county. The Big Silver Creek runs through the
farm, one-half of which is valley. The farm is located four and a half miles
west of Avoca, and two and three-fourths south of Shelby. Mr. Lane carries on
general farming, and frequently goes to Chicago to buy cattle. At Lyons, Clinton
Co., Iowa, November 14, 1853, he married Mary Shannon, born in County Clare,
Ireland, in March, 1832, daughter of Michael and Mary (Neylon) Shannon, natives
of County Clare Ireland, he born in 1796, she in 1806. By this union they have
been blessed with the following children: James, Patrick Henry, Mary,
Margueretta, Katy and John (deceased). In politics Mr. Lane is a Democrat, but
conservative in his views.
Rev. Michael Barry is one of the most widely known of the clergy of Dubuque. He was born in Limerick, Ireland and there received his classical and theological training. He was ordained to the priesthood July 5, 1885, and shortly thereafter came to the United States and for two years was stationed at Lycurgus, Iowa. He then came to Dubuque and for seven years was professor of Latin and Greek in St. Joseph's College. This position he filled until his appointment to the very responsible office of chancellor to Archbishop Keane, in which capacity he has served ever since.
The History of Linn County, Iowa...Chicago: Western Hist. Co., 1878
Lynch, Michael, farmer Sec. 12, P.O. Mt Vernon; born in County Limerick, Ireland in Sept. 1820; moved to Massachusetts in 1844; was employed in a foundry for 10 years; followed railroading and boating several years; moved to Linn county, Iowa in 1857. Married Catherine Lynch July 14, 1860 in Linn county, Iowa; she was born in Limerick in 1834. They have six children-Mary Ann, Elizabeth, John Thomas, James O'Connell, William Henry, Catherine Ellen. Mr. Lynch owns 137 acres of land, valued at $50 per acre. Mr. Lynch was section foreman for 20 years. Mr. and Mrs. Lynch are members of the Catholic church. Mr. Lynch is a democrat.
Biographical Record and Portrait Album of Webster and Hamilton Counties, Iowa. Chicago: Lewis Publishing, 1888.
John D. Flanagan, Cooper Township, is a representative farmer and business man, although he has been a resident in the county only since January, 1885, becoming widely and favorably known through his business transactions and the interest he manifests in local improvements. He is a native of Ireland, born in County Limerick, April 14, 1850. His early life was spent in school and when in his eighteenth year he began teaching, continuing that occupation until the day he left home for America. March 27, 1871 he took passage in the steamer City of Montreal, bound for New York about three months and then came west to Chicago, where he soon found employment as bookkeeper and cashier in the retail grocery store of William Sullivan on Elston Avenue, with whom he remained until 1876. He then returned home to visit his parents and in the fall of the same year returned to Chicago and took the position of bookkeeper and manager of the large business of P.K. Bowen, remaining with him four years. In the spring of 1881 he started in business for himself at 646 43d street, where he carried on a successful business until December, 1884, when he sold out and the next month located in Cooper Township. While in the mercantile business in Chicago his enterprise and energy prompted him to invest in other speculations in the pursuit of which he visited California and purchased some very valuable property in the city of Tacoma on Puget Sound, now the terminus of the Northern Pacific Railroad. He now owns and managed a stock farm and is also devoting some time and attention to buying and shipping live-stock. He is a shrewd business man who is likely to make a success of any business venture he may make. In politics he is an ardent supporter of the Democratic party. He was married September 13, 1882, to Mary C. Broderick, who was a native of Ireland. They have two children- May, born July 1, 1883, and Maud, born May 24, 1886.
and Biographical Record of Dubuque, Jones and Clayton Counties
HUMPHRY, a retired farmer who is now making his home in the village of Monona,
Clayton County, still owns a tract of twenty acres of land which is within the
corporate limits of the place. For about thirty successive years he has made his
home in this county with the exception of two years when he was in California.
For a number of years he engaged in the cultivation of a fine farm of two
hundred acres in Giard Township, which he
~ Submitted by Becky Teubner
Harlan, Edgar Rubey. A Narrative History of the People of Iowa. Vol IV. Chicago: American Historical Society, 1931
JAMES HENNESSY, physician
and surgeon at Emmetsburg, has practiced medicine there longer than any of his
contemporaries. Doctor Hennessy has done his professional work well, and no
citizen has a larger body of loyal and devoted friends. He is a splendid
specimen of physical manhood, tall and straight, six feet, four inches high and
the lines on his face indicate his kindly character and a disposition for
helpfulness which has been manifested in all his work.