Johnson Co, Iowa

Daily Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson Co, Iowa
April 12, 1893

Patrick Donovan, Jr., brother of J.A. Donovan, died at his home in Nolan Settlement, near Solon, this morning at five o'clock. He was a prosperous young farmer of twenty-one years, and his death is deeply mourned by his friends in this city, as well as by his many friends in the country. The funeral services will occur Friday morning at nine o'clock.

Daily Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson Co, Iowa
April 14, 1893
     Quite a number of Iowa City people attended the funeral services of the late Patrick Donovan, which occurred this morning at Nolan settlement.

Daily State Press
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Oct 8, 1894

Died at his home in Graham township, Johnson county, Iowa, on Saturday, Sept. 29th, 1894, James Galvin, age 77 years. Mr. Galvin was one of the oldest settlers of this township, coming here when the county was almost a wilderness and working early and late to make for himself and family a home to be his comfort in his declining years. He was an honest man in the full sense and was highly respected by all who knew him. The funeral occurred on Monday, Oct. 1st. and was attended by a very large concourse of people. The remains were taken to the Catholic churchy in Nolan settlement where Rev. Father Mahoney offered up the sacrifice for the repose of his soul. The Rev. Father delivered a very fine eulogy on the life of Mr. Galvin and in his discourse he told of the promptitude and liberality, of the deceased when last summer the Rev. Father was soliciting funds for the erection of the new church now nearing completion but which it was not God's will to let him live to see finished, after the last sad rites had been performed all that remained of Mr. James Galvin was lowered in a grave in the family lot in the grave at Nolan settlement, here to rest till the judgment day. He leaves a wife and four daughters and one son  and a host of friends to mourn his demise. To his wife and family we offer our heartfelt sympathy in their affliction. May his soul rest in peace.

Daily State Press
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Oct 10, 1894

Mr. Alois Kessler living west of the city, and Miss Ella Ryan of Nolan Settlement, were married this morning at 10 o'clock at Father Mahoney's church north of Morse. The following people from Iowa City will attend the wedding this evening. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Hunt and family, Mr. Frank Donohue and wife, Mr. J.A. Donovan and wife, Mrs. F. McInnery and Miss Bea. McGuan.

Daily State Press
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Oct. 15, 1894

     The fine large new bell for the new Catholic church which is under course of erection in Nolan Settlement was taken out from Morse on Wednesday, Mr. S.H. Hemsteds team drew it out and it was no small load as it weighs almost 2500 lbs. It will be placed in the tower the coming week.

Married at the church in Nolan Settlement on Wednesday Oct. 10th, 1894, Mr. Alois Kessler of the parish of Cosgrove, Iowa, to Miss Helen Ryan of the Nolan Settlement parish, Rev. Father Mahoney officiating. There was one of the largest wedding feasts served to attending guests at the home of the bride's parents. After the ceremony the happy couple were made recipients of many and costly presents. There were crowds of people from Iowa City, Cosgrove, West Liberty, Cedar Bluffs and other places that came to wish the new married people good luck on their voyage down the stream of life. On Thursday Mr. and Mrs. Kessler went on their wedding trip to Dubuque, where one of the brides sisters is a member of the order of Sisters of Charity. May they have every good luck is our wish to the happy couple.

Daily State Press
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Oct 20, 1894

Miss Lizzie Brennan, daughter of Jas. Brennan, of the Nolan Settlement, died after a short illness. She was most estimable young lady and her early departure is sadly regretted by her many friends. The funeral will be from the Catholic church in the Nolan Settlement at 1 p.m. Sunday.

Daily State Press
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Nov 10, 1894
Miss Alice Donohue, of Nolan Settlement, left this morning for Des Moines, where she will attend school for the winter in the Sister of Charity Seminary of that city of which order her sister is a member.

Daily Iowa State Press
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Jan 21, 1899

The funeral of the late Mrs. John Larkin will take place from the Nolan church, Nolan Settlement, on Sunday, Jan 22nd at 9:30 a.m.

Mrs. John Larkin passed away at her home in the Nolan settlement on Friday morning at two o'clock. The funeral will take place at the Nolan church to morrow at 9:30 the Rev. Father Mahoney officiating. Mrs. Larkin leaves a husband and four small children to mourn her loss.

Iowa Daily State Press
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

May 25, 1899

Clerk Hotz has issued a license to wed to Edward Brennan and Miss Sarah Peters. Both the young people live in the Nolan settlement.

Iowa Daily State Press
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

June 13, 1899
     Mrs. James Ryan aged 55, died at her home in the Nolan settlement this morning at four o'clock. She is an old resident of the county and is mourned by a large circle of friends. The funeral takes place from the family residence at ten o'clock Thursday, the interment being in the Nolan church cemetery.

Iowa Daily State Press
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Feb 26, 1904
Father Marshal has succeeded Father Walsh as pastor of St. Mary's Catholic church in Solon. Father Marshall is a Bohemian directly from Europe and the change is made for the benefit of St. Peter and Paul's church in Cedar, who desire a Bohemian pastor. Father Walsh will give his whole attention to the Nolan settlement parish in the future.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Jan 20,1921

Morse Couple Married Tuesday
     The marriage of Miss Kathryn Donohue and Edward O'Neil, both of Morse, Iowa, occurred Tuesday morning, January 18 at Nolan settlement. The ceremony was performed at 9 o'clock by Rev. Father Donohue, of Davenport, an uncle of the bride.
     The attendants of Miss Anna O'Neill, sister of the groom, and James Donohue, of Holbrook, brother of the bride. The bride wore a navy blue suit and carried Killarney roses. Miss O'Neil also wore a navy blue suit and her flowers were pick carnations.
     Miss Nora Donahue, of Iowa City, the bride's aunt, played the wedding march and Misses Cecelia and Marie Walsh sang "Ava Maria."
     At the conclusion of the ceremony a wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride's uncles, John and Patrick Peters.
    Out of town guests at the affair were M Donohue and P.J. Donohue and families of Holbrook, Miss Nora Donohue of Iowa City, Rev. Father Donohue of Davenport, Miss Elizabeth McGee of Elma, Iowa and Mr. and Mrs. Andrew O'Neill of Iowa City.
    Mr. and Mrs. O'Neil left in the afternoon for Spring Valley, Minn., where they will visit Mrs. O'Neill's sister, Mrs. H.A. Fisher. They will be at home to their many friends after February first, on a farm three miles east of Morse.

 The marriage of Miss Catherine Donahoe and Edward O'Neill was solemnized at St. Bridget's church in Nolan settlement, Tuesday morning, Rev. Corcoran officiating. After the ceremony the bridal party returned to the home of the bride where a sumptuous wedding feast was spread. Mr. and Mrs. O'Neill will spend their honeymoon in Minnesota at the home of the bride's sister.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Feb 28, 1921

     Loyal sons of Erin, native and descended from a long line of liberty-loving ancestry, assembled at the Knights of Columbus' hall, Sunday and organized the Jack Barry branch of the American Association for Recognition of the Irish republic.
     Resolutions were adopted, copies thereof were ordered, after the unanimous passage thereof by rising vote, sent to the Press-Citizen, the Commercial club, Senator Cummings, Senator Kenyon, and Congressman Hull.
     The authors of the document, an officially-selected committee, were Dennis Maher, Leo A. Kerrigan, and Elizabeth M. Carville.

Charter Officers Named.
     Charter officers of the Jack Barry branch, A.A.R.I.R. were elected as follows:
President-James P. Carroll.
Vice-president-Miss Mary Quinlan
Secretary-George H. Duker
Treasurer-J.E. Gatens.

An Eloquent Address.
     The eloquent address, based on first hand observations and impressions gleaned while visiting in Ireland, in the summer of 1920, was delivered by Rev. Henry Corcoran, of Nolan Settlement, who thrilled every auditor to the heart's core, as he told his stirring tale of the happenings of the Emerald Isle.

Ringing Resolutions.
     The resolutions in full follow:
     We the undersigned, citizens of Iowa and of the United States ever mindful that the interests, the dignity and the safety of the United States hold the first place in our loyal citizenship; mindful also of the principles of liberty and human rights set forth in our own Declaration of Independence, principles written into the Constitution upon which our fathers with the aid of France and Ireland built the greatest nation of all time, do hereby declare.

Believe in Constitution.
     First; That as citizens of free America we necessarily believe in the right of every people to determine for themselves the form of government under which they will enjoy " life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness."
     Second: That our contribution in lives and treasure in the World War was given with  the declared purpose of making the world safe for the adoption and exercise of the rights of self-government by all peoples large and small.
     Third: That England accepted our aid and agreed to our terms thereby saving her empire.

What England Did.
     Fourth: That no sooner had the armistice been signed and her destruction averted than she returned to her centuries old relentless persecution of the Irish people for the sole reason that the Irish people had accepted in good faith the declared purposes of the United States and formed a government of their own.
     Fifth: That we emphatically condemn England's war on the Irish people. We condemn her war methods unsurpassed in their barbaric savagery by any civilized people at any time or in any place.

Why England is Condemned.
    Sixth: Because we condemn England because last year she killed two hundred and three unarmed, non-resisting Irish citizens; because she violated the sanctity of Irish homes; because she assaulted and killed helpless men, women and children; because in a time of threatened famine she sacked and burned towns and industrial plants destroying four hundred million dollars worth of property; we condemn England because she recruits her army of invasion with mercenaries from the slums and prisons of London to carry on her war of murder; rapine, loot and outrage; we emphatically condemn her for the expenditure of $600,000,000 annually to carry on her campaign of murder and destruction in Ireland while professing her inability to pay even the interest on the $5,000,000,000 past due and owing to the United States.

Declare News Is Suppressed.
     Seventh: That we condemn England's suppression of news from Ireland, for depriving the press and the people of the United States of any news from the British empire that has not first been "doctored" by British officials.
     Eighth: That having paid our debt to France, we Americans should now be mindful of the debt, we owe to Ireland, mindful of the fact that, in our own struggle for self-government Irishmen rendered assistance that received the special praise of Washington and Franklin and other patriots of our Revolutionary period.

Say It's American Question.
     Ninth: That we declare that England's war on Ireland is an American question; it inspires every true American citizen with feelings of horror; it affects seriously the material interests of every American citizen. The American committee for the Relief of Ireland composed of prominent and patriotic citizens ask for $10,240,000 of American money as the sum immediately necessary to save the lives of the victims of this unnecessary war. England's methods in Ireland threaten to destroy not only our peaceful political relations with that country, but what affects our citizens more, our commercial relations with different parts of the world.

Irish in World War.
     Tenth: In-as-much as we entered into, fought and won the World War to establish peace and friendship among all of the nations of the world and since there can be true peace or friendly dealings between the United States and England until she recognizes Ireland's right to self-government and permits her to enter unmolested the family of free nations to live in the sunlight of freement, peace and prosperity, therefore.
    Be it Resolved, by this assemblage of citizens of Iowa City, Iowa, made up of people of many creeds and racial lines,
     That we appeal to all Chambers of Commerce, Boards of Trade, City and State Governments, the President and the Senate and the House of Representatives of the United States, to use their influence and every means within their power compatible with their duty as American citizens and official representatives of the people to stop her uncivilized warfare in the interest of American peace.

Want Traditional Policy Maintained.
    Be It Further Resolved, That as American citizens we urge our government to adhere to its traditional policy of recognizing new republics and in accordance therewith recognize the Republic of Ireland which is the choice of more than 80% of Irish people.
     Resolved Further and Finally, That a copy of these resolutions be furnished to the Press-Citizen of Iowa City, to the Iowa City Commercial club and that a copy be sent to the President of the United States, to Senator Cummins, to Senator Kenyon and to the Congressman of this District, Harry E. Hull.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Apr 14, 1921

Pierre Wall of Nolan Settlement, who has spent the winter in Iowa City, was an over Sunday visitor with his sons Tom and John Wall, east of Morse.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Apr 15, 1923

Rev. Father Henry Corcoran of Nolan Settlement, who toured Ireland during the last year, is visiting in Johnson county. He patriotically sings the praises of America, the "land of the free and the home of the brave", despite his love for down-trodden Erin.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

June 20, 1921

Mrs. Ford Is Called Home
     Mrs. Mary Ford, a loved pioneer of Iowa City, died Friday night, at the age of 71 years. Her husband preceded her in death 24 years ago this very month. She was a native of Ireland, but passed her life largely in America, coming hither after her marriage in the parish church in County Clare, 46 years ago. After a residence here the Fords removed to Nolan Settlement; and thence to Iowa county. Mrs. Ford died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. M.J. Gaffey, at Holbrook.
     Surviving, also are four other daughters and five sons-Mesdames John Jones and Hugh Gallagher, Darnell; Nellie Hanson, Williamsburg; and Patrick Galvin, Atlantic and William and Michael Ford, Idaho; Daniel, California and Edward and Bert, Holbrook.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

July 5, 1921
     Edward Franey, street commissioner of Marengo, died at his home here Thursday and was buried on Monday morning. He was born in Wexford County, Iowa [should be Ireland], in October 1871, being the sixth of seven children born to Catherine and Martin Edward Franey. In 1862 he was brought to America by a sister and a brother, John, the latter, a soldier in the Union army who had the unusual battle of engaging in fifty-two battles without sustaining injury of any description. Following a short time in New York Mr. Franey came to Davenport and was employed for several years at the Rock Island Arsenal. Going thence to Iowa City he worked for ten years at the old Terril mills and was during that time, the close friends of the president of the mills, Albert Hemmer. On January 9, 1877, he was married to Miss Mary Butler at the Nolan Settlement by Rev. James O'Reilly whereupon the young couple came to Marengo where they have lived continuously. Fourteen children were born to the union, two daughters. Margaret and Anne, preceding their father in death. The other twelve, all of whom attended his funeral, are Patrick of Valley Junction, John of Marengo, Mrs. Mary Killcoin of Victor, Mrs. Catherine Appleby of Iowa City, Mrs. Margaret Murphy of Iowa city, Genevieve of Rock Island, Martin, Leo, William, Agnes, of Marengo and Joseph of Victor. He is also survived by fifteen grandchildren. Mr. Franey was for many years a railroad employee and about 20 years was appointed as street commissioner by Mayor A.M. Henderson. The position, tho usually awarded as a political spoil, has always been given to Mr. Franey because of the splendid manner in which he administered the affairs of his office. During the installation of a new sewage system and the paving of seven miles of city highway his service was regarded as unsurpassed. His pall bearers were Mayor William E. Hankey, Postmaster J.J. Glenn and Councilman W.F. Hogan, J.W. Thompson, Dennis Sullivan and F.H. Karsten. The funeral was held from St. Patrick's church, Rev. Father Carroll, celebrating the solemn requiem Mass, with Rev. Herman Frencken of Victor as deacon and Rev. Maurice Hannon of Grinnell as sub-deacon. The choir sang the Gregorian requiem Mass with Irwin Moynihan at the organ in the absence of the regular organist, Mrs. F.W. Franey, a daughter-in-law of the deceased. During the Offertory Labat's Ave Maria was sung in duet by Mrs. E.J. Sullivan and Mrs. E.P. Hogan, Jr., and following the Mass, Mrs. Hogan sang, "I Would Not Live Away." After the prayers for the dead Mrs. Sullivan sang "O Dry Those Tears." Father Carroll paid a beautiful and highly merited tribute to the memory of the dead man and recalled his fine example to his family, his friends, his church, and his community to all of whom he held a life of Christian devotion and service. The body was interred in Calvary cemetery , out of town relatives in attendance being: Mr. and Mrs. Frank McInerny and daughter, Ella, Mrs. E.A. Mannah, all of Iowa City, and Edward Butler of North English.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa
Nov. 14, 1921
     Mr. Edward O'Connor, of Nolan Settlement, passed away in an Iowa City hospital, about 10:30 o'clock Sunday morning.
     He was aged 70, and had been in frail health during the last two years. He has been a hospital patient before, and during the last three weeks, had been here for renewed, but futile treatment.
     The remains will be taken to his home in Nolan Settlement and the funeral will be held Tuesday morning, at 10, from St. Bridget's church there, and the interment will be in the nearby cemetery.
    Mr. O'Connor had resided hereabouts something like 60 years. He never married. Surviving are his two brothers and one sister, Charles, of Dell Rapids, S.D.; and John, of Nolan Settlement; and Mrs. Will Nolan, of Rutland, N.D.
     Mr. O'Connor was a fine, old man and throughout his community, and whereever else he was known, he was held in great respect, and affection by a large circle of friends.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Dec 2, 1921
Chas. O'Connor of South Dakota returned home Wednesday after a short visit with relatives in Nolan Settlement.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Feb 15, 1922
M. Brennan Dies at Tipton
Michael Brennan, a pioneer of Nolan's Settlement, died at Tipton and was buried there yesterday. He was about 50 and unmarried. He was a prominent horseman for years. Many friends here will mourn.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Jan 19, 1923
     Miss Agnes L Leonard and Mr. John J Beecher were quietly married on Tuesday morning at 9 o'clock at St. Bridget's church at Nolan Settlement. Rev. Raymond J. Beecher, a cousin of the bridegroom officiated. Miss Elulalia Beecher, a sister of the bridegroom and Mr. George Leonard, a brother of the bride, were the attendants. Following the ceremony, a wedding breakfast was served at the home of the bride's parents, Mr .and Mrs. John Leonard, of Nolan Settlement. After a six weeks' trip to Denver, Colorado, the young people will make their home at Elmira, Iowa. The bridegroom is the son of Mr and Mrs James Beecher, of Iowa City and was graduated from the Iowa City high school, while his bride is an alumni of the Sacred Heart Academy of Cedar Rapids.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Mar 12, 1923
Death Calls Patrick Devaney
Brief Warning.
    Mr. Patrick Devany, aged 85, died with little warning at his home in Rock Island, Ill., during the last week.
    He was ill Tuesday, March 6th, but seemingly recovered fully, and, on Thursday morning, March 8th, he was well as usual apparently. Shortly after a light luncheon, he sat down on a chair and passed away a few minutes afterwards, at 1:30 p.m.
     Burial was at Nolan Settlement, on Saturday, March 10th.
     He was a native of Ireland, where he was born in 1837, and he came to America when a youth, accompanying his parents. He lived at DeWitt, Iowa, before coming to Johnson county, where he resided on a farm a short distance east of Iowa City. He resided here about ten years, and left for Rock Island, in September, 1921.
     He was united in marriage fifty-five years ago to Ellen Welsh, who passed away in 1891.
     Surviving are three daughters , three sons and five grandchildren. The children are Mesdames E. (James F.) Kelly, Iowa City, Mary (William) Crock, Tipton, and Miss Margaret Devany, home; and Messrs. John, Patrick and Martin Devany, all at home.
     Mr. Devany was a man of many fine qualities. He was a good husband, a devoted father, and true friend. His children are heart-heavy over his startling and sudden demise, and a large circle of old friends will also be shocked and grieved to learn the sad news.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Apr 18, 1923

Mrs. M. Dwyer
Called Beyond
     Mrs. Mary Dwyer passed away this morning at 8 o'clock at her home, 10 East Court street. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 9 o'clock from St. Patrick's church. Interment will be at St. Bridget's cemetery, Nolan Settlement.
     Mrs. Dwyer was 83 years of age on Christmas Day, 1922,and had been a resident of the United States since she was 13 years of age, when she came from overseas. She was born in Templemore, County Tipperary, Ireland. Since then she has lived 70 years in America, most of the time in Johnson county, although she has resided in the far west also.
     Surviving are her two sons, John, of Iowa City; and Maurice, Oasis; and four daughters-Mesdames William Cahill , Nolan Settlement; John Leonard, Nolan Settlement; and Michael Leonard, Davenport; and Miss Ellan ,at home.
     Mrs. Dwyer was a woman of many excellent characteristics of mind and heart. She was a loyal daughter of the church, being a member of St. Patrick's and the Altar and Rosary society thereof; and she was a devoted wife and mother throughout the long years of her home life. Many friends will also grieve.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

    Mar 28, 1925

     Mr. John McCraith passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. James Ryan, near Solon, at 5:30 o'clock this morning.
     The funeral will be held from St. Bridget's church, in Nolan Settlement, and the interment will be in the nearby cemetery. Mr. McCraith was born in Boston, Mass., May 17, 1852, almost 73 years ago, and came here early in life.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Mar 31, 1925
Mr. Joseph McCraith suffered a stroke of paralysis while choring at his farm in the Nolan settlement Thursday. He is still unconscious according to latest reports.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa
June 11, 1925
     M.J. Leonard and Agnes Dwyer of Cedar township are wed at St. Bridget's church in Nolan settlement.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Aug 18, 1925

Hundreds Attend Services at St. Mary's Yesterday; Legion Figures Prominently in Tribute
     Three victims of the dreadful tragedy west of Iowa City now sleep in hallowed ground. Slain in a moment by electricity, and mourned now by the community and the entire county, because of the horror that marked their sad fate, John and Paul Miller rest in St. Joseph's cemetery, Iowa City; and Joseph Wall in St. Bridget's cemetery, at Nolan Settlement.
     As briefly reported herein last evening, the triple services were held at St. Mary's church, in Iowa City, Monday morning at 9 o'clock.
     Military services were conducted for Mr. Wall, by his Legion brothers, the Stinocher Post, of Solon, playing a larger role in the sad drama. Chopek Post, Iowa City, was also conspicuous in the solemnities, as were the Iowa City Knights of Columbus.
     Each of the young men was honored by his mourning fellow-citizens, in the appointment of six pallbearers.
     The military exercises in memory of Mr. Wall were participated in by a sextet of World War comrades-four of the six being Stinocher Post members- Andrew Kessler, Ed Panzer, George Seroy, and Frank Steinbrech. The other two were John Rourke and John Kennedy. Stinocher Post, also contributed a firing squad, which fired a salute over Mr. Wall's grave at Nolan Settlement. As his body was lowered to its last resting place there, taps was sounded by two musicians of Chopek Post, Iowa City- Allen Wallen and Vincent Lalla.
     The church services here were extraordinary in respect to the attendance. Fully 1500 people packed the beautiful cathedral like edifice and a third as many more could not gain entrance at St. Mary's.
    Solemn requiem mass was celebrated impressively for all three young men, at St. Mary's here. The celebrant was Very Rev. A. J. Schulte, dean of the Iowa City deannery; the deacon, Very Rev. William P. Shannahan; sub-deacon, Rev. A.L. Panoch; master of ceremonies, Rev. George Volz; and the second master of ceremonies, Rev. Joseph Wagner. Other priests in the sanctuary were Rev. Father Maher, Nolan Settlement; Rev. Father Michalek, Solon; and Rev. Father Finefield, formerly of Oxford.

Iowa City Press Citizen
Iowa City, Johnson, Iowa

Sep 16, 1925
    Ed. Gaten, aged fifty, a Cedar Valley resident, passes away in Iowa City, at the home of his brother, William. Two other brothers mourn, John and Frank, also of Iowa City and Mrs. Stephen McCook, of Nolan Settlement, is a sister.

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