Nashua Reporter; Nashua, Chickasaw, Iowa;
Aug 11, 1904
Michael Martin died at his home in this city last
Tuesday morning after a long and painful illness.
He was born in County Wexford, Ireland, in the year
1830. In March, 1854, he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Jane Blair, of
Ohio. They came to Iowa in 1863 and to Nashua in 1869, since which time he has
been a resident of this place. He was the father of fifteen children, nine of
whom are living. They are: Mrs. Mary Kelsey, Charles E., John, Michael, Patrick
H., Mrs. Catherine Fisher, Mrs. Lou Fuller, Delia and William.
He was a man of grand and noble character. He merited
that highest tribute that can be paid to mankind that of being an honest man. As
such he was known in this community where he lived and far outside. Kind and
generous, he was loved by all with whom he came in contact. His wife will mourn
the loss of a loving husband, and his children the loss of a kind, indulgent
The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the
The funeral services will take place at St. Michael's
Catholic church at 10 o'clock this morning, Rev. Father Kunkel, his beloved
pastor, officiating. The remains will be laid to rest in a beautiful new
cemetery, in Brooklyn, lately purchased for the City of the Dead.
Palo Alto Reporter; Palo Alto County, Iowa;
Friday, August 10, 1894
Thomas Eaton, One of the Oldest Settlers of Palo Alto County Called to His Final
Mr. Thomas Eaton, one of the early settlers of this county,
died at his home in Emmetsburg township, about three miles west of this city,
Mr. Eaton was born in Wexford county, Ireland, in 1819,
consequently he was 75 years old at his last birthday. He emigrated to this
country in 1852 and some time subsequently settled in Crawford county, Wis. He
came to Palo Alto county in the month of August, 1869, and has since made this
county his home.
For the past twenty-five years his health has been poor, he
being a sufferer from gravel, which finally terminated his life. During all this
time he has never been able to come to this city but has been compelled to stay
at home by reason of his infirmities. The last two weeks of his life he suffered
very severely, and death to him was a relief, coming as it did after years of
The funeral services occurred Thursday morning at 10 o'clock
at the Catholic church, conducted by the Rev. J.J. Smith. The remains were
followed to the cemetery by a large concourse of sorrowing friends.
Davenport Weekly Leader;
Davenport, Scott, Iowa; Wednesday, May 8, 1893
Sister Mary Alphonsus Murphy died on
Tuesday at Mercy Hospital. The cause of death was consumption. Sister Alphonsus
was born in Wexford, Ireland, and came to Davenport in company with a number of
other novices in the fall of 1889. Her brother Dennis Murphy, who had charge of
the insane department of the hospital a couple of years ago, but who now resides
in Chicago, is the only surviving relative in this country.
The funeral services will be held at 9 o'clock Thursday
morning in the hospital chamber.
Emmetsburg Democrat; Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, IA;
Wednesday, June 29, 1904
Died at the Age of 84.
At his house in this city, Tuesday morning at 4:30
o'clock occurred the death of Patrick Claer, Sr., aged 84 years, of
complications of stomach trouble and general debility, from which he had
been suffering for some time.
The deceased was born in Wexford county, Ireland, March
17, 1820, where he lived until he was 27 years old. He came to America and
settled at Toronto, Canada, in 1847, and worked for a number of years
boating on the Grand river and afterwards gave attention to agricultural
pursuits near Lucan, Ontario. In the year 1873 he moved to Palo Alto
county, Iowa, and settled on what is now the Iowa site of Ayrshire. Mr.
Clear has always been a thorough Christian, of Catholic faith, and a man
of noble character, beloved by all who knew him. He is survived by two
brothers, Chris Clear, of this county and Thos. Clear, of Ireland. Besides
these, he leaves a wife, two sons and a
daughter to mourn his loss. Funeral services were held in the church of
the Sacred Heart, and interment took place in the Catholic cemetery. The
entire community extends heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved family.-Ayrshire