Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, Oct 16, 1912

Her Death Occurred at the Home of Her Daughter, Mrs. J.F. Dealy, Friday Evening.

     Last week brief mention was made of the serious illness of Mrs. Catherine O'Toole. She had been about as usual and though advanced in years, was apparently quite rugged. Monday evening of last week she was stricken with paralysis while about to sit down to the supper table. She never regained consciousness. She lingered until Friday evening when she passed away. The funeral was held Monday morning. Services were conducted at St. Thomas church, Father McNerney saying a requiem high mass. The burial was in St. John's cemetery. The pall bearers were T.J. Duffy, M.F. Kerwick, Thomas O'Connor, J.P. Crowley, M Hester, and E.J. Higgins.
     Catherine Toole was born in Louisburg, in the county of Mayo, Ireland, November 1, 1826. She came to America at about the age of 17 and a year later was married in Pennsylvania to Patrick O'Toole. Mr. and Mrs. O'Toole were residents of Allamakee county, this state, for some time. Mr. O'Toole died a number of years ago. Mrs. O'Toole spent the greater part of the past forty years in Humboldt and Palo Alto counties. During the past eleven years she lived with her daughter, Mrs. J.F. Dealy, of this city and her son, Dr. C.S. O'Toole, of Vienna, South Dakota. She arrived in this city from Vienna a couple of months ago to spend the winter with Mrs. Dealy. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. O'Toole. Six are living. They are Thomas, James and Mrs. S. Berry of North Dakota, Edward F O'Toole of Isabel, South Dakota, and Mrs. Dealy of this place.
     Mrs. O'Toole enjoyed the privilege of a long, well spent, active, and useful career. She participated for nearly 90 years in the activities and in many of the achievements of the greatest centuries in the world's history. She was one of the pioneer women who toiled zealously and patiently for three score years and ten to make this, the land of her adoption, the abiding place of the advantages, comforts, and other blessings enjoyed by the present generation. Though humble and quiet, she did her part cheerfully and heroically in the great work that has been accomplished. Providence was kind and generous to her in many ways, bestowing upon her the blessings of health and strength, though her declining years brought some of the physical afflictions that the most favored are, at times, called upon to bear. Mrs. O'Toole was pleasant and humorous and she was usually disposed to look upon the bright side of affairs. She was loyal in her friendship. She would cling tenaciously to those in whom she had learned to place confidence. She was a woman of strong religious faith and she was a practical member of the church to which she belonged. What a source of satisfaction and consolation this is to the average mother in her most annoying and trying hours. The death of Mrs. O'Toole will be generally and sincerly mourned by the many who knew her and who had learned to esteem her for her high motives and her praiseworthy deeds. The sympathy of all is extended to the loss of her who was to them the kindest, the most loving and most dutiful, the best of mothers.

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, 13 Apr 1921


Patrick Hoben Who Settled in Highland Township in 1882

     Saturday evening at 10:20 Patrick Hoben, one of the oldest citizens of our county, passed away at the home of his son, Austin Hoben, in Highland township with whom he lived for many years. He was more or less crippled with rheumatism for nearly forty years but he did not become seriously ill until last Thursday. Having attained the age of 93, advancing years kept steadily undermining his health and strength and he was finally forced to yield to the inevitable. The funeral was held yesterday. Services were conducted in the Catholic church at Ruthven, Father Conley celebrating the requiem mass. The burial was in the family lot in the parochial cemetery at that place. A large number of old neighbors and friends were in attendance. Several from this city were present. The pall bearers were M.J. Donahue, John Burns, Michael Daily, C.C. Egan, John Bough, and John Joyce.
     Mr. Hoben was born at Eriff, near West Port, county of Mayo, Ireland in January, 1828. His age was 93. He was married in his native country to Winnie Hearrity in 1860. Mr. and Mrs. Hoben came to the United States in 1861 and located in Clinton county, this state. In 1868 they became residents of Boone county and in 1882 settled on a farm in Highland township this county. Their son Michael still resides on the place. Mr. Hoben is survived by two sons and two daughters. The sons are Michael and Austin of Highland township and the daughters are Mrs. Michael Golden of Valley Junction and Mrs. Henry Brash of Deadwood, South Dakota. Mrs. Hoben died in January 1913.
     Like millions of the men and women of his race, Mr. Hoben left sorely depressed Erin which always had a warm place in his heart's affections, and came to our great republic, the land of the free and the home of the brave, to enjoy the privileges, the opportunities and the material comforts that were denied him in the country of his birth. He was economical and thrifty and he provided carefully and successfully for the needs of his wife and family. He led a good life, was esteemed by his neighbors and friends, discharged conscientiously and faithfully his duties as a citizen and upheld with patriotic ferver the honor of his state and country. He was warm hearted, friendly and hospitable, and his associates of pioneer days always took an earnest interest in his health, his happiness and his welfare. He learned early in life his duties to religion and he always sought divine assistance when temptations and severe trials came to him. He lived to a ripe old age. His death will be widely and sincerely mourned. The sons and daughters have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.

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Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
22 Jan 1913

Winnifred HEARRITY Hoben

Mrs. Patrick HOBEN Dead.
Passed Away at Her Home in Highland Township, Saturday Morning.

     Mrs. Patrick HOBEN died at the home of her son, Austin HOBEN, several miles southwest of this city, last Saturday morning after an illness of some time. The funeral was held Monday. Services were conducted at the Catholic church at Ruthven by her pastor, Rev. L. CARROLL, of Ayrshire. The burial was in the Ruthven Catholic cemetery where rests the remains of one of her sons. There was a large attendance of old friends and neighbors at the funeral despite the coldness of the day. The pall bearers were M. FLEMING, M.T. WASHINGTON, F. HAGAN, Owen KELLY, D. FOLEY and J.J. BROWN.
     Winifred HEARRITY was born at Lewisburg, in the county of Mayo, Ireland, in 1831. Hence she was 82 years of age. She was married at Glasgow, Scotland, October 22, 1860, to Patrick HOBEN. Mr. and Mrs. HOBEN came to the United States in 1861. They came to Iowa in April of that year. They lived for some time in Boone county. In 1883 they moved to Palo Alto and located on a farm in Highland township. Owing to their advanced years, they lived with their son, Austin HOBEN, during the last few seasons. Mr. HOBEN, two sons and three daughters survive. The sons are Austin and Michael of Highland township. The daughters are Mrs. Mary VAUGHAN of Emmetsburg, Mrs. Margaret BRASCH of Deadwood, Nebraska, and Mrs. Sadie GOLDEN of Valley Junction, Iowa.
     Mrs. HOBEN was one of the truly devoted, earnest, zealous wives and mothers of the community in which she lived. She was considerate and active, but quiet and unassuming. She tried to do, in her own humble way, her duty in her home, in her church, and in society in general. Her neighbors found her obliging and hospitable and her friends cordial and loyal. Providence was generous to her, allowing her the use of a life that was long in years and rich in opportunities for spiritual development and material achievement. That she made good use of the blessings that were so generously bestowed on her is the testimony of all who had an opportunity of judging her motives and her deeds. The Democrat joins our many citizens in extending sincere sympathy to the aged husband and the surviving sons and daughters.

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Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto Co, Iowa
14 Jun 1911


The Funeral Services Were Held on Friday

     Last week brief mention was made to the Democrat of the death of Mrs. Edward RYAN who passed away early Tuesday morning. The funeral was held Friday. Her son John was absent in Utah and could not reach home before that time. There was a requiem high mass at Assumption church Very Rev. J.J. SMITH officiating. The interment was in St. John's cemetery. There was a large procession. The pall bearers were Owen McNULTY, J.K. MARTIN, Thomas KIRBY, Joseph MULRONEY, W.I. BRANAGAN and Henry HUGHES.
Miss Bridget HESTER was born at Westport, in the county of Mayo, Ireland, June 15, 1849. When she was nine months old her parents moved to Morristown, Canada. Several years latter they became residents of Butler county, Iowa. She was married in the Coldwater Catholic church at that place, October 26, 1873, to Edward RYAN.
     Mr. and Mrs. RYAN came to Palo Alto county in April 1878. locating on a farm in Walnut township. They were thrifty and economical and in a few years had a beautiful farm home. A few years ago they came to Emmetsburg. They were the parents of nine children, seven of whom with the husband and father, survive. They are John P., a railway conductor in Utah, Mrs. Chas McCOY, of this place, Wm. M., of Oregon, Misses Anna T. and Birdie E., and Edward M. and Thomas J., all of whom are present at home.
     Mrs. RYAN was an exemplary wife and mother. She was at all times intensely solicitous for the happiness and welfare of the members of her household. No effort was too laborious for her when performed for the well being of those who were bound to her by teh ties that are known to motherhood. Her affectionate solicitude was fully reciprocated. Seldom is there witnessed that loving devotion which marked the attitude towards her by those who were the recipients of her many maternal attentions. She was kind, neighborly and benevolent, and she was one of the most cheerful and contented of women. Her faith in God's goodness, generosity and mercy was sublime. She sought to direct her footsteps through life in accordance with providential light and guidance. She passed away strongly fortified with the hope that the great Creator would lovingly reward her for every worthy deed that she had performed and that he would grant infinite bliss to the sincerely contrite of heart. The Democrat joins our many citizens in offering sincere sympathy to the grief stricken husband and the other members of the family.

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Emmetsburg Reporter, Thurs., March 19, 1936


Mrs. Joe Jackman

Mrs. Joe Jackman died at her home in the northwest part of Emmetsburg Tuesday afternoon. She had been ill for six months with cancer. Funeral services will be held at St. Thomas church here tomorrow (Friday) morning at nine o'clock, with Father McNerney officiating. The pallbearers are Paul Schaney, P.C. Jackman, Francis Jackman and Charles Spies, all of Emmetsburg, T. J. Kirby of Sioux City and Robert Laughlin, of Mason City. Burial will be made in St. John's cemetery. The Foy Funeral Home is in charge.

Miss Mary Jennings was born in Westport, County Mayo, Ireland, in 1872. Thus she was 64 years of age at the time of death. She came to America at the age of fourteen, and lived in Massachusetts and later in Chicago. She was married in Chicago to Mr. Joe Jackman in 1899 and came to live at Emmetsburg, which since has been her place of residence. She is survived by her widower, two sons, Dr. Raymond, of Rochester, Minn., and James of Iowa City, and three daughters, Mrs. T. J. Cullen, of Cylinder, Mrs. Frank Spencer, of Chicago, and Sister Mary Hilarie, of Des Moines. She is also survived by two sisters and one brother, who reside in Ireland, and by an aunt, Mrs. Mike Crowley, of Emmetsburg. One son, William, preceded her in death.

Mrs. Jackman was a devoted Christian, a dutiful wife and mother and merited a wide circle of friends. She maintained a home where her family loved to live and where friends liked to call. Her useful life and great patience during her long illness are now no doubt receiving their reward. Sincere sympathy is expressed to her sorrowful family.

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From the Palo Alto Tribune, Wed. March 20, 1935:


Mrs. Myles McNally
     Mrs. Myles McNally died at her home in the Fourth ward Thursday, March 14, after a serious illness of a few days, though she had been ailing for a long time.
     Funeral services were conducted at the Assumption church at 9:30 Saturday morning. The Very T.J. Finnegan officiated and celebrated a requiem high mass. The pallbearers were all nephews of the deceased. They were Will McNally, Rob McNally, Paul Kerber, Pat Doerning, Ervin Joynt and Charles Kane. Burial was in St. John's cemetery.
     Miss Maria Kane was born in County Mayo, Ireland, September 8, 1844. The family came to America in 1848 and located at Oconomowoc, Wis. In 1873 they came to Iowa and Palo Alto county, where she has resided constantly since.
     She united in marriage with Miles McNally at Oconomowoc on January 27, 1868. Eight children were born to this union. Two sons and one daughter, preceded their parents in death. The surviving children are Mrs. Michael M Maher of Hastings, Neb., Mrs. Larry Murphy of Bonesteel, S.Dak., Mrs. Art Beaudry of St. Cloud, Minn., Mrs. Dick McNally and W.T. McNally of this city. All were present at the funeral. Mrs. McNally also leaves one brother, Martin Kane of Ayrshire to mourn her departure. Her husband died six years ago.
Mrs. McNally was a woman of fine character. She was humble, earnest and sincere. She was a good christian and a devout Catholic. Always devoted to her home, she was ever a true wife and a splendid mother.
     It was a half century ago or more since she came to this county. In those days luxuries were unknown., but trials and hardships were plenty. She bore her part bravely and was never known to complain of her lot. At that time the family lived on a farm west of this city. The children were taught lessons of industry and economy.
     Mrs. McNally's unselfish nature was always evident. She was charitable in word and deed, and kindly acts upon her part were noted everywhere. She lived a long and useful life, and met every duty with a pleasant willingness. Such lives as hers, humble though they may be, are a benediction to those about them.
     The writer knew Mrs. McNally well for many years and admired her for her true worth.
     To the children and other relatives who survive her the Tribune extends sincere sympathy.

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From the Emmetsburg Democrat, Aug 30, 1899:


Mrs. Hester, Sr., Dead
     Yesterday morning Mrs. Nappy [Happy] Hester, mother of Michael and P.J. Hester, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. James Nally. She had been sick about a week. Her death was largely the result of old age, as she was in her 75th year. The funeral takes place to-morrow. The procession will leave Mr. Nally's at 8:30 and will arrive at the Church of the Assumption at 10:30. The services will be conducted by Father Costello. The interment will be in St. John's cemetery.
     Nappy [Happy] Durkin was born at Louisburg, the county of Mayo, Ireland in 1824. She grew to womanhood in her native country where she was married in 1844 to Mr. Hester. They left Ireland in 1851 and came to Quebec. Later they moved to Ogdensburg, N.Y., and subsequently to Winchester, Ontario. About thirty-five years ago they moved to Iowa and settled near Greene, Butler county. Ther her husband died fifteen years ago. The following year she came to Emmetsburg and continued to reside here until last spring when she went to Emmetsburg township to live with her son and daughters. The surviving members of the family consist of four sons-Michael, P.J., John and William-and three daughters-Mrs. George Lummery, Mrs. Edward Ryan and Mrs. James Nally. All are widely and favorably known and rank among the most thrifty and prosperous people of this community.
     The deceased was a good, quiet Christian woman. Her aim was to lead an exemplary life and to devote herself to the domestic and religious obligations of true womanhood. Though those who, in their earlier years knew her as the patient, kind and deeply solicitous mother, have long since grown to maturity and have drifted out into the world of care and responsibility, they ever remembered her affectionately and did everything possible to add cheer and comfort to her declining years. The memory of her long and useful career and he many sacrifices will be long preserved by them as a priceless heritage.

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From the Palo Alto Tribune Jan. 24, 1929


Citizen Soldier Takes His Leave at Age of 87

Myles McNally Now Numbered With Those of Great Beyond. Died Wednesday.

     Myles McNally died at his home in the Fourth ward Wednesday evening , January 16, after a prolonged illness. Funeral services were conducted at the Assumption church at 9:30 Saturday morning. Very Rev. J.G. Murtagh conducted the service and celebrated a solemn requiem high mass assisted by Father McNerney and Father Dunn.
     It was a military funeral. Rev. William Veit of Estherville, a chaplain in the World war, preached the sermon. The regular pall bearers were Clem and Maurice McNally, Robert and William McNally and Charles and Edward Kane, all nephews of Mr. McNally. The honorary pallbearers were Legion boys-Sarsfield and Joe Deneen, Jack Higley, Phil Bough, Glenn Brown and Melvin Hand.
     Myles McNally was born in the County Mayo, Ireland in 1842. He came to America in 1861, when only a lad of 19 years. He enlisted in the Union army shortly after coming to the United States and served until the Civil War closed.
     His record as a soldier was that of a man unafraid-brave,true, and patriotic, ready and willing to suffer hardship and danger and to die, if need be, for the cause which he believed to be worth the sacrifice.
     After the war closed he established his home in Wisconsin. On January 27, 1868, he united in marriage with Miss Maria Kane at Mapleton, in that state.
     Mr. McNally came to Palo Alto county in 1871 and settled in Emmetsburg township. His wife came in 1873. Eight children, three sons and five daughters were born to them. Two sons and one daughter preceded their father in death. The family grew up in Emmetsburg township.
     Mr. McNally was one of the public spirited citizens of the county. He was interested in the schools and in all public affairs. He sreved as a member of the Board of Supervisors for nine years and was regarded as one of the alert businessmen on the board.
     The writer remembers one time when Mr. McNally was the only democrat in the county to withstand the ravages of the political battle put up by the republicans. He won, was elected, and qualified-one lone democrat among his friends- the enemies (politically).
He was successful and was able to provide his home with all necessities and many luxuries. He was a reader and kept himself well informed upon all public matters. There was probably no man in the county better known than he. His name was familiar to almost everyone.
He was a member of the Henry Dillon Post, G.A.R., and the last member of the post to survive.
     To have lived four score and seven years; to have raised a family of children to honest and honorable manhood and womanhood; to have served his country on the battlefield and in peaceful pursuits; to have borne the burdens of a pioneer; to have, through it all, acquired a goodly share of wealth; to have provided the best things for the home; to have enjoyed these with his family. and withal never to have wavered in the Christian faith or to have doubted the integrity of his adopted country, is a record of which few men can boast. Yet it is a record made by Myles McNally and one that he has left in the memory of his family and of his friends.

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Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto Co, Iowa
Wednesday, July 2, 1913

It is with a feeling of profound regret that we announce the death of Mrs. Patrick Weir, which occurred very suddenly at the farm home northwest of this town Monday afternoon at three o'clock p.m. Mrs. Weir had apparently been in her usual good physical condition and was up and about with the other members of her family until half an hour before her death. The first intimation her people had of her being sick was when she complained of feeling poorly and so rapid was her decline that in half an hour she was cold in death. The probable cause of her death was heart failure.
     The funeral was held at 10:30 o'clock today from the Catholic church in Whittemore and the remains laid to rest in the cemetery northwest of town. Rev. Father Dullard, pastor of the church, celebrated a requiem mass and preached a fitting sermon on the occasion.
Bridget Grady was born November 10, 1864 [Note error-probably c. 1844]in Ballahanus, county Mayo, Ireland. Her parents died when she was a child and she came to the United States, landing in New York in 1859. She remained in the east a couple of years and in 1861 came west and settled in Peotone, Illinois. At this place on June 7, 1864, she was united in marriage to Patrick Weir, who survives her. To this happy union nine children were born, eight sons and one daughter: Michael C. of Whittemore, Thomas H., who died in infancy, John M. of Mason City, James F. Peterson, Patrick E and George A and William M who reside at home, Julia who died in 1903 and Thomas who died in infancy in 1880.
     Mr and Mrs. Weir made their home on the farm all their married life. They farmed near Peotone, illinois, until 1891 when they moved to Palo Alto county and began building up their present beautiful home where, with her family and loving consort, she lived a happy and contented life until death claimed her. In the death of Mrs. Weir the community loses a truly good woman and her family loses its most valued member, a kind and loving mother. She lived a good Christian life and was devoted in a remarkable way to her family, her neighbors and to her church. Under her hospitable management the Weir home was one in which neighbors and friends always found a hearty welcome and only those who had the pleasure of being a guest at her home can fully appreciate how sadly that home will miss the lovely little mother with her cheery smile and hearty greeting. Her life was a busy and useful one and we sincerely hope and trust that her sleep may be a peaceful one. May her soul rest in peace.
     The following relatives from a distance were in attendance at the funeral:
     James Weir and wife of Peterson, John Weir and wife of Chicago, and Mamie Weir of Chicago.--Whittemore Champion.

The Boone County Democrat, Friday, April 7th, 1911

Dies at Advanced Age
     Terence McDermott., for a number of years a resident of a Angus, Iowa, died
at the home of his son, Andrew, at Iroquois South Dakota, on Wednesday,
evening, March 29, at the advanced age of eighty-seven years.  The deceased
was born in County Mayo, Ireland.  When a young man came to Canada and made
that his home for a number of years.  There he was united in marriage to
Mary Herron.  In 1850, who with seven sons and one daughter, survive.  In
1865 they came to Iowa and settled in Tame County, where they resided for
years.  Early in the 80's they removed to Angus, this county, and made their
home until the decline of that town. For the past eighteen or twenty years
Eagle Grove has been his home with the exception of short visits to his
children.  The funeral was held on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from the
Catholic Church in Eagle Grove.  Rev. Father O'Brien officiating, and the
remains laid to rest in the cemetery at that place.  All of the children and
many other relatives were present at the funeral and six of the same acted
as pall bearers.  The children who survive are William J. of Eagle Grove,
Mrs. Michael Feeley and T. W. of Des Moines, Matt of Minneapolis, John of
Pierre, South Dakota, Thomas of Woodbine, Iowa.  Andrew of Iroquois, South
Dakota and Edmund of Ishpeming, Michigan.  Two sons and one daughter,
Richard, Patrick and Mary are dead.  Besides the eight living children, he
is survived by Forty-Seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.  The
deceased was a man of fine qualities of character and remained in strong
mental and physical condition up to a short time before his death.
Here is an article on Terrence and his family - as you can see, many of his
sons worked on the railroad.

Chicago and North Western Railway, Chicago, May 20, 1948 (Newsletter)
  It is a great pleasure to pay tribute in this issue to a most remarkable
family and we believe it to be outstanding in the number of members who
worked for the Company and achieved great distinction in their line of work.
  All were engaged intrack work, and four of the brothers became
   The father of this remarkable family was Terrence McDermott who came to
America about 1840 and settled in Canada.  Later married Mary Herron and
came to the U.S. in 1865, buying a farm near Tama, Iowa.  After residing on
the farm for several years, Mr. McDermott engaged in the business of grading
and building railroads for both the C&NW and CMStP&P.  Six of his sons were
employed in track work on our railroad as follows:
  William J., the oldest, employed as track laborer in 1883, became
roadmaster in 1891 on Northern Iowa Division, retired account poor health in
1917 and passed on in 1919.
  Patrick F., employed as foreman on track work 1891 and in various jobs on
the Northern Iowa Div., until 1904 when he passed on.
  John M., began as track laborer in 1886, made roadmaster in 1908 and
retired on Dec. 31, 1937 at Butler, Wis., where he is still living.
  Thomas H., employed as track laborer in May 1888 on Northern Iowa Div., on
various kinds of jobs until January 1, 1921, when he was made roadmaster on
the Dakota Div., where he remained until his retirement on Jan. 1, 1941. 
Still living in Redfield, South Dakota.
  Andrew J., employed as section laborer in 1890.  Held various jobs in
track work until his retirement april 1, 1938.  Deceased in 1943
  Edmund M., employed as track laborer in 1894.  worked at various jobs
until November 19, 1909 when he was made roadmaster on the Peninsula Div. at
Escanaba, Mich., later transferred to the Dak. Div. at Huron, south Dakota,
where he served as roadmaster until his retirement Dec. 31, 1942.  Still
living at Huron.
  Miss Evelyn McDermott, daughter of John M., entered service in 1917 as
road master's clerk and is still employed in that capacity at Milwaukee,
  Bernard F., son of Thomas H., employed as section laborer in 1922,
transferred to roadmaster's clerk, served in the armed service during the
last war, and is now assistant roadmaster on the Iowa Div. at Clinton, Iowa.
  Miss Alice McDermott (now Mrs. George Wagner) daughter of Edmund M., was
employed by our Company from may 1929 to August 1941, as clerk to the
roadmaster and superintendent at Huron, South Dakota.
  Miss Eileen McDermott, daughter of Edmund M., employed Jan. 21, 1936 as
roadmaster's clerk and is now employed as roadmaster's clerk and clerk to
Supervisor of B&B, Huron, South Dakota.
  Five of thge above are members of our Association; Bernard F., John M.,
Thomas H., Edmund M., and Evelyn J.
  You will note four of these brothers became roadmasters and now the son of
one is an assistant roadmaster.
  Can any other family beat this record?

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Patrick J Kelly

Emmetsburg Democrat; Palo Alto Co, Iowa; October 10, 1917

He Retired, Said His Prayers and Soon Passed Away
Patrick J Kelly, Formerly of Emmetsburg, Laid to Rest at Graettinger on Saturday.

     Patrick J Kelly, a former resident of Emmetsburg, died at the home of his son, John Kelly of Jamestown, N.D., last Thursday afternoon. he was ill for a week or ten days but later he rallied and was able to be about. A short time before his death he went to bed, folded his hands, said his prayers, and quietly passed away. He did not appear to be ill or to suffer any pain.
The remains were brought to Graettinger for burial. The funeral was held at that place at 9 o'clock Saturday forenoon. Services were conducted by Father Kelly. The burial was in St. Jacob's cemetery. The pall bearers were J.J. Mahan, P.J. McCarty, J.P. Conway, M.L. Murphy, P. Bannon and E.J. Bradley.
     Mr. Kelly was born in the county of Mayo, Ireland, October 15, 1829. Hence he was rounding out his eighty-eighth year. He came to the United States at the age of twenty-one. He was employed in Pennsylvania for three years, after which he moved to Youngstown, Ohio, where he worked for the roller mills. He located in Fayette county, this state, forty-three years ago, where he engaged in farming. In 1891 he moved to this county, buying a quarter section farm near Graettinger. He lived with his son John in this city for a couple of years. A year ago last March he moved to Jamestown with his son. Mr. Kelly was married at Youngstown, Ohio, in 1858. The maiden name of Mrs.  Kelly has not been learned. She died at Graettinger in June, 1901. Mr. and Mrs. Kelly were the parents of seven sons and five daughters. Nine are living. The sons are J.J. of Greattinger, Will, Michael and Thomas of Omaha, and John, Patrick and Martin of Jamestown, North Dakota. The daughters are Mrs. J.H. Millea of Emmetsburg, Mrs. Margaret Haley of Fayette county and Mrs. William Kelly of Fort Dodge. A daughter, Miss Anna, was buried in St. John's cemetery of this place eight years ago.
     Mr. Kelly was not very well known to our local citizens, though he resided in our community for a couple of years. He was a plain, sensible, practical, inoffensive, old gentleman. He lead a clean, edifying life. he made a record as a citizen of which the members of his creditable family may justly feel proud. No one questioned his motives or doubted his loyalty to his modest ideals. He understood well his duties as a Christian and as a member of the community and he was very careful not to neglect them. The several neighborhoods in which he resided are deeply indebted to him for his laudable efforts and the wholesome influence of his helpful example. The several sons and daughters who mourn his death have the sincere sympathy of our numerous citizens.

Sarah Hearrity Radigan

Emmetsburg Democrat; Palo Alto Co, Iowa; Wednesday, June 29, 1921

Mrs. P.R. Radigan, One of Splendid Old Ladies of Our County.

     Mrs. Patrick Radigan, who was seriously ill for ten weeks, passed away Monday morning at 3 o'clock at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Nicholas Geelan, of Ruthven. Owing to her advanced years, her condition was practically hopeless. The funeral was held this morning. Services were conducted at the Sacred Heart church at Ruthven, the pastor, Father Conloy, officiating. The burial was in Calvary cemetery. The pall bearers were M.Fleming, M.T. Washington, T.J. Brennan, J.F. Nolan, Chas. Metz and James Torpey. There were a large number of relatives, neighbors and old friends in attendance.
     Sarah Hearrity was born at Eeiff, county Mayo, Ireland, in 1831. Her age was ninety. When quite young she left Ireland and went to Scotland where she lived for fourteen years. She came to the United States in 1867, arriving at Clinton, Iowa. On February 8, 1869, she was united in marriage to Patrick Radigan. Mr. and Mrs. Radigan lived at Fort Dodge for a short time. They located on a farm in Highland township in 1871. They became prosperous and in 1893 they bought a home in Ruthven where they subsequently resided. Mrs. Radigan is survived by her aged husband, one daughter, Mrs. Nicholas Geelan, and six grandchildren. Two daughters...[line missing]...typical Irish wives and mothers of Iowa. She had the keen, native with, the genuine humor and the warm hospitality of the women of her race. She was kind, neighborly, and charitable and her neighbors were her loyal friends during her fifty years residence in our county. She was quiet, unassuming, God-fearing and God-serving and she could not entertain any ill will towards anyone. She appreciated more than words can express the priceless blessings of liberty and opportunity that were offered her in this the land of her adoption and she gave hearty support to community, county and state undertakings. A few years ago Mr. Radigan lost his eyesight. This added greatly to her cares but she was more than ready to bear her increased responsibilities cheerfully month after month and year after year until failing health prevented her from continuing her labors of love and duty. The happy, cheerful disposition of Mrs. Radigan was a benediction to the community in which she resided and her influence for good will prove beneficial to all among whom she lived and toiled. Her death will be widely and sincerely mourned. Mrs. Radigan, Mrs. Geelan, the only daughter, and the other relatives have the sincere sympathy of all in their bereavement.


Nashua Reporter
Nashua, Chickasaw, Iowa
Jan 31, 1924

A Pioneer Mother Called
     On Thursday, January 24, 1924, Mrs. James O'Connor, a pioneer settler of Frederika, was called to a better beyond in the ninety-first year of her age. She was about to partake of her supper when death called her.
     Miss Mary Costello was born in Mayo county, Ireland, on March 17, 1833. When a girl she emigrated with her parents to America and located in Cleveland, Ohio. At the age of 19 years she was united in marriage to James O'Connor. In 1864 the couple settled near Frederika, Iowa. Thirteen children were born to this family. Nine of them are dead, but four sons survive, namely: James of Idaho, John, near Republic, Thomas of Montana and Robert of Frederika.
     The funeral services were conducted by Rev. B.A. Erdland at the home of her son Robert, and the remains were laid to rest in the old cemetery west of Frederika.


Palo Alto Reporter; Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa; May 29, 1896

     Saturday morning, at 9:25 o'clock Mr. Patrick Joyce passed to his eternal home. For weeks he has hovered on the border land of eternity and when the call came he quietly passed to the other shore. We presume that the real cause of his sickness dates back to the time when he erected the brick block which bears his name. During the erection of the building  he overexerted himself and since that time his health gradually declined. Last June he quit active business and in the early fall he went to Excelsior Springs, Mo., for his health, but received little or no benefit from the trip. After his return home his decline was gradual but sure.
     Mr. Joyce was born at Louisbourg, in the county of Mayo, Ireland, Nov. 16, 1839, and had he lived until his next birthday he would have been 57 years of age. At the age of eighteen years he determined to leave his native land and seek his fortune in America. Accordingly he proceeded to Liverpool and set sail, reaching New York City July 13, 1857, after a voyage of two months. A short time after landing he went to Kentucky, where he resided four years, but returned to New York in 1862 and remained another year. In 1863 he moved to Lansing, Ia., where for several years he was engaged in business. In 1871 he came to Palo Alto county and entered upon a business career at the old town. In the fall of 1874 he moved his business over to the new town and by close attention to business soon built up a large and lucrative trade. In 1890 he erected the large three story brick on the site of his old store, and continued doing business in it until last June, when he retired from active business.
     Mr. Joyce was married to Miss Ellen O'Meara at Lansing, June 21, 1868, and to them has been born four children-two sons, William and Joseph who survive him and two daughters who preceded him to the better land.
     Mr. Joyce was a man who always took an active interest in everything that tended to advance the welfare of Emmetsburg and her citizens, and was always willing to lend a helping hand in every good cause. He served a number of years on the city council and was chosen mayor in 1884. He was strictly honorable in all his dealings with his fellow men, and sought the same integrity in others that he himself possessed. In his death Emmetsburg loses a respected and honored citizen, the community, a kind, neighbor; and the church, an earnest, prayerful citizen.
     The home life of Mr. Joyce was certainly an ideal one, and it was always open to his many friends. His hospitality knew no bounds, and on many an occasion his home was open to the young people, and they always found a hearty welcome from him. His death is a hard blow to his faithful and loving wife and to his two sons who are called upon to mourn the loss of a fond parent.
     The funeral took place Monday morning and was the largest one ever held in the county, there being over 200 teams in the procession. It left the residence at 10 o'clock and was headed by carriages containing 24 of the prominent citizens, who acted as honorary pall bearers. These were followed by the city council and then the A.O.H. in a body, who acted as a guard of honor. The sad procession solemnly wended its way to Assumption church where the services were held. Here in the presence of the large assembly solemn requiem high mass was celebrated, Rev. J.J. Smith as celebrant, assisted by Fathers McInery, Kelly and Costello. The sermon was delivered by Father Carroll, of Ruthven, in a very impressive manner. After the church services the people sadly followed the remains to the cemetery where all that was mortal of Patrick Joyce was laid to rest.


Palo Alto Reporter

Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa

Oct 19, 1894
Terrence McDonnell Dead
     On Saturday afternoon, the sad intelligence was announced that Terrence McDonnell was dead. He had been ailing for several months, but like most men of stirring, active nature did not relinquish his business cares until he was forced to do so by order of his physician. He was confined to his bed about two weeks, and passed quietly away on Saturday, October 13 at 1:00 p.m.
     The deceased was born in Mayo county, Ireland, January 29, 1846 and when but a lad of 15 left his native land and came to the united States to make his future home. In 1871 he came to this county and at once became identified with it interests. He was a shrewd business manager and accumulated considerable wealth his property interests being roughly estimated at $40,000. He was also interested in the political affairs of the county and was twice chosen to fill the responsible position of sheriff of the county.
     The funeral services took place from the Catholic church on Tuesday at 10 o’clock, a.m. The service was conducted by Father Costello who pronounced the solemn service that consigned all that was mortal of Terrence McDonnell to the grave.


Perry Daily Chief; Perry, Dallas Co., Iowa; April 19, 1921

Had Lived for Over Half a Century in the Vicinity of Perry.
     Mrs. Martin O'Malley, pioneer Dallas county woman who has been a resident of this community for the past 56 years, passed away shortly before noon today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J.E. Donahoe, 1502 Warford street.
     Her death was due to a general breakdown and the infirmity of age, and followed an illness which became serious on New Years' Day. She has been in failing health for a number of years, and for the past ten years has made her home with Mrs. Donahoe, where every care and attention was lavished upon her.
     The funeral services will be held at nine o'clock Thursday morning at St. Patrick's Catholic church, and will be conducted by Rev. Father James Cleary. Burial will be at Violet Hill cemetery.
     The death of Mrs. O'Malley takes from the community one of the real pioneers, a woman whose long life was devoted to the upbringing of her family and the development of a country where hardships and privations were the lot of all. In the work she did her share willingly and gladly and there are many today who will learn with deep regret that she has been called home.
     Julia Basquil was born in County Mayo, Ireland, on June 31, 1835, and her youth and early womanhood was spent in that country. She was married there to Martin O'Malley and three of their nine children in the family were born in that country. In 1863 Mr. and Mrs. O'Malley came to America, joining relatives of the former at Clinton, Iowa. They resided there for two years and then came to Dallas county. For many years they were engaged in farming in the community east of Perry, finally moving to Perry and taking up their residence on Fourth street. Mr. O'Malley passed away six years ago. Of the nine children born to Mr. and Mrs. O'Malley, two daughters died in infancy, one daughter, Mrs. Mary Mahoney, passed away 24 years ago, and one son, J.F. O'Malley, was killed four years ago when his car was struck by a Milwaukee passenger train at the Fifth street crossing. The surviving children are John P. O'Malley of Des Moines; Mrs. John Flanagan, Bernard and Geo. O'Malley and Mrs. J.E. Donahoe. There are fifteen grandchildren and three sisters, Mrs. Catherine Doyle of Chicago and two who reside in the old country. John P. O'Malley is ill at the Mercy hospital in Des Moines.
     Although the death of the estimable old lady was not unexpected, it comes as a great loss to the relatives and close friends and the sympathy of hundreds goes to the family today.


Davenport Daily Republican; Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa; July 8, 1900

James Harkins, One of the Early Residents of Clinton County, Has Passed Away.
     One of the best known citizens of Clinton county died last week in the person of James Harkins. He was 89 years old and was one of the pioneer residents of that county. For many years he made his home at Dewitt. He is survived by his aged wife, one son and three daughters. He was born in County Mayo, Ireland, where he lived until 1841 when he came to America, locating in Lowell, Mass. In 1850 he came to Clinton county, in which he had since made his home.


Davenport Weekly Leader; Davenport, Scott Co., Iowa; November 21, 1899

     Mrs. Maggie Cosgrove of this city has received word from Ireland of the funeral of her brother, John A. Nolan, whose demise occasioned great regret in Belmullet and vicinity where he was mourned by the entire population who held him in the highest regard. Mr. Nolan had gone to Dublin for treatment for conjunctivitis of the eyes, and while there contracted pneumonia, which led to his death. The sad tidings created general sorrow in Erris, on the day the remains arrived from Dublin, the whole town suspended business and joined in the funeral. Solemn requiem Mass was celebrated by Right Rev. M.J. Hewson, deacon Rev. Quin; subdeacons, Revs. Munelly, Hale, Hegarty, O'Reilly and Kearney.
     The chief mourners were Miss C. Nolan, sister, Miss O'Dowd, Ballina; Mrs. Thos. O'Reilly, Carn house; Mrs. Cleary, Mrs. O'Boyle and P. Corcoran, Esq, Castlebar.
     The deceased had held many positions of responsibility of trust and for 23 years had acted in the capacity of relieving officer for the Belmullet Union. Since the inspection of the congested districts. Mr. Nolan had acted as their agent, and his work covered Mayo, Galway and Donegal, where he accomplished great good for the suffering peasantry. His works of mercy will live long in their greatful recollection. His works will follow him.


Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa; Wednesday, January 20, 1904

Mrs. John McDonnough Dead.
     Mrs. John McDonnough, one of the oldest residents of Emmetsburg township, died last Thursday evening after an illness of some duration. The funeral was held Saturday forenoon and was largely attended. The services were conducted at Assumption church and the remains were laid to rest in St. John’s cemetery.
     Winnie Loftus was born in Louisburg, in the county of Mayo, Ireland. She came to America when a young woman. She was married in the east to John McDonnough. Mr. McDonnough followed railroading for several years, after which they settled in Dakota county, Minnesota. About 1869 they came to Palo Alto county. Mr. McDonnough died shortly after coming here. Mrs. McDonnough and the children subsequently lived on a farm several miles west of this city where they made a good home and prospered. The survivors are three sons and one daughter. Thomas, Charles and Miss Katie still reside on the old homestead and another son, John, lives in some of the western states. The deceased was perhaps 85 years of age and until a short time before her death she was a vigorous, hearty, well preserved old lady.
     Those who knew Mrs. McDonnough intimately entertained only the highest regard for her. She was warm hearted and cheerful and gave constant, devoted and motherly attention to her home and family. The success her sons and daughters have attained and the terms of praise in which their names are mentioned by all who knew them speak more for the purpose and deeds of the wife and mother who has just passed to her eternal reward than can be fully expressed in a brief obituary notice.
The sympathy of the entire neighborhood is extended to the sorrowing relatives.


Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa; Wednesday, February 24, 1904

William Derrig is Dead.
     After an illness of some duration, Mr. William Derrig died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Sara McDonnell, of this city, Saturday evening. He had not been strong for a year or more, though he retained unimpaired his mental facilities until the last, notwithstanding the fact that he was 84 years of age. His remains were taken to Spring Green, Wisconsin, Monday evening for interment. Services were conducted at St. Patrick’s church at Loretto, a short distance from Spring Green, Tuesday, after which the burial took place in the parochial cemetery. Mrs. McDonnell and Miss Sadie attended the funeral.
     The deceased was a native of Kelogue, Mayo county, Ireland. In 1847 he came to the United States and located at Carbondale, Pennsylvania, where he was married January 2, 1852, to Bridget Ryan. Shortly after their marriage they moved to Madison, Wisconsin, where they lived for four years., when they moved to Sauk county, subsequently living on a farm near Spring Green. Seven years ago last October Mrs. Derrig died an in September, 1899, Mr. Derrig came to this city to spend his remaining years with his daughter, Mrs. McDonnell. There are four sons and two daughters living. John lives in Idaho. Matthew lives at Rosebud, South Dakota, William in Oregon and Charles at the old home in Wisconsin. Besides Mrs. McDonnell, there is one other sister, Mrs. Fargen, who resides near Flandreau, South Dakota.
     The deceased was a quiet, unassuming, and most exemplary old Irish gentleman. His long and eventful career was spent in the performance of the duties of the worthy son, the devoted husband, the provident parent, the charitable, upright Christian citizen. The lives of his sons and daughters bear unmistakable evidence of that attention, care, and zeal which only the worthy and painstaking parent can exercise. The memory of the life and deeds of him who has just passed away will be long and tenderly cherished by the surviving members of the family as well as by all others who has an opportunity of profiting by his well spent life.