Daily Times, Davenport,
Scott, Iowa, October 29, 1896
At 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon at her home, 1013 Gaines street, occurred the
death of Mrs. Mary Meehan from dropsy, in the sixty-ninth year of her age. The
deceased was born in county Monehan, Ireland, in 1827, and came to this state
thirty-nine years ago. She was twice married, her husband being named Gibbons,
by whom she had one son, Patrick Gibbons, who survives her. Her second husband
died some time ago. A brother, James McClean, also survives.
The funeral will be held tomorrow morning at 8:30 o'clock from her late
residence, 1013 Gaines street, with services at St. Anthony's church at 9
o'clock. Interment will be made at St. Mary's cemetery.
Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Palo Alto,
Iowa; July 15, 1914
MRS. JAMES DUNGAN DEAD
Had Lived in Palo Alto County Since 1881
Last Wednesday after noon Mrs. James Dungan passed away at her home in this
city after a rather brief illness. Last December she was taken ill but, as
her condition was not at all serious, the members of the family were in no
way alarmed. It seems however, that she never fully recovered from the
ailment. She was confined to her bed only six days before her death. The
best of medical aid was secured but, owing to her advanced years, very
little could be done to revive her. The funeral was held Saturday forenoon.
The services were conducted at Assumption church. A solemn requiem mass was
celebrated by Rev. P.P. Farrelly assisted by Rev. John Gruenewold of
Wagoner, Oklahoma, and Rev. M. Farrelly of Denison, Iowa. The burial was in
the family lot in St. John's cemetery. The pall bearers were Thos. Kirby,
P.J. Wagner, Jos. Mulroney, W.I. Branagan, Thos. O'Connor and Edward Keenan
of Ruthven. There were many old friends and neighbors in attendance.
The maiden name of Mrs. Dungan was Mary Woods. She was born in the county of
Monaghan, Ireland, January 6, 1839. She came to the United States when quite
young. She was married to James Dungan in 1867. Soon after they located on a
farm in Allamakee county, Iowa. In 1881 Mr. and Mrs. Dungan moved to Palo
Alto county and settled on a farm in Great Oak township. In 1890 they built
a home in this city, subsequently residing here. They were the parents of
ten children. Seven of them are living. They are Mrs. W.P. Jones of Oakes,
North Dakota, Mrs. Thos. Higgins of this city, Mrs. M.F. Steil of Wagoner,
Oklahoma, Miss Nellie Dungan of Emmetsburg and James Dungan of Los Angeles,
California. Another daughter, Mrs. George W Downs, died a year or two ago.
All the living members were present except Mrs. William P. Jones. Mr. Dungan
died May 8, 1911.
Mrs. Dungan was long recognized among the worthy wives and mothers of our
county. She made her household the abiding place of Christian faith and
humility and she succeeded in bringing up her son and daughters intelligent,
thrifty and dutiful members of the community. Mrs. Dungan attached far more
importance to deeds than she did to professions. Her example was pleasing
and elevating and it had an edifying effect on the motives and the actions
of those who knew her and mingled with her in social and other affairs. She
was a thoughtful, kind and obliging neighbor. Her charity was practical. She
did not stoop to frivolous things. From childhood to old age she was a
humble, pious, devoted member of the Catholic church, to which she belonged,
and she was ever ready to do her share in contributing towards its various
needs. She lived to a ripe old age and she passed to her eternal reward
consoled by the knowledge that her career had been one of obedience to God's
commands and of usefulness to society in general. The sympathy of our many
citizens is extended to the sons and several daughters.