Palo Alto County, Iowa Obituary Submissions

Emmetsburg Democrat
Thurs., December 24, 1936

Dave Millea Is Called To Beyond
Well Known Citizen Is Dead at Age 75. Was Born at Elgin, Illinois. Came
to Palo Alto County When 17. Funeral Wednesday.

David P. Millea, nearly 85 years of age, and one of the widely known and highly respected residents of this community, passed away at the home of his sister, Mrs. James Kane, in Emmetsburg township Sunday evening after
an illness of some time. Mr. Millea was stricken a few years ago with a hand injury, which later caused the necessity of having a part of the hand removed. Two months ago he became quite ill but it was not until last week that his condition became alarming.

The funeral was held in Emmetsburg Wednesday morning. The remains were brought to St. Thomas Catholic church where a requiem high mass was celebrated by the pastor, Rev. M. McNerney. There was a large attendance of relatives
and friends. Interment was in St. John's cemetery south of the city. The pall bearers were Francis Jackman, P. C. Jackman, M. W. Brennan, Michael Phalen, William Joynt and Thomas Mulry.

David P. Millea, son of the late John and Mary Millea, was born at Elgin, Illinois on Christmas day, 1851. When he was 17 years of age he came to Palo Alto county where he has lived most of the time. About forty years ago he went to Minnesota where he remained for three or four years. He later returned to Emmetsburg, however, and has since followed farming as
an occupation. Mr. Millea was known for many years as one of the most substantial farmers in this vicinity. Like most of his fellow citizens, however, he was subject to heavy losses during the depression period. Mr. Millea was never married. He is survived by three sisters - Mrs. James Kane and Mrs. J. F. Conway of Emmetsburg and Miss Margaret Millea of Chicago. Two brothers also survive. They are J. H. Millea of this place and Thomas Millea of Fort Dodge. Two sisters, Mrs. John Shea and Mrs. P. Laughlin and a brother, John Millea, preceded him in death.

David Millea was one of the finest citizens in our county. He was upright and honorable in his dealing with his fellows. He was a staunch and faithful member of the Catholic church and adhered conscientiously to its teachings. He was generous and helpful at all times and was ever willing to assist to the best of his ability in any task that made for the betterment of the community. He was progressive in farmer's affairs and was considered an efficient businessman. He won many friends for himself through his many sterling qualities as a man and by his high ideals of citizenship. The Democrat counted David Millea among its best friends and staunchest supporters for nearly half a century. We, along with a large number of friends in
this community, regret to learn of his death and express our sincere sympathy to those who are bereaved by his passing.

Kathleen Frailey Puls

Emmetsburg Democrat
Wednesday, May 24, 1904
The Passing of a Pioneer

On Wednesday morning of last week our citizens were surprised to learn of the sudden death of Patrick Nolan. He had been over town and at work
in his garden on Saturday, the day he was taken sick; and only a few had learned of his illness until the news of his death reached them. The funeral took place on Friday morning when a very large procession, including many of the old settlers of the county, followed the remains from the home of the deceased in the east part of town to the Catholic church where the last rites of the church were performed by Rev. M. J. Costello. The pall bearers were E. P. McEvoy, J. T. Mulroney, M. H. Crowley, James Dunigan,
Thos. Kirby and M. F. Coonan.

Mr. Nolan was born in Dunmore, Kilkenny county Ireland, in 1833. He came to America at the age of 21 and lived for one year at Brooklyn, New York.
He then moved west and spent a year at Elgin, Illinois. That year he started for northwestern Iowa. In company with Thomas Maher, who took a homestead on what is now a part of the town site of Emmetsburg, he went by team from Elgin, Illinois to Iowa City, and from there they came to this place on foot. He was one of the small party of pioneers from Kane county, Ilinois,
who came out in 1856. In the spring of that year a party of six consisting of Ed and Miles Mahan, James and John Nolan, Lot Laughlin, and John Neary
reached here and settled along the river. Mr. Nolan and Mr. Maher came later the same year. In the spring of 1857 Mr. Nolan was married at Fort
Dodge to Johanna Conway, a sister of Mrs. John Nolan, and for forty years he lived on the old farm on the east side of the river, a short distance north of the old town site. This homestead is one of the historic spots of the county - always known to the early settlers and to travelers for its open-hearted hospitalty. The old settlers and the young people of thirty years ago can tell of many a pleasant evening spent at the home of "Pat in the Bush".

Of the three children born to Mr. and Mrs. Nolan, two died of diptheria - one boy and one girl. The surviving son, M. J. Nolan, lives in the comfortable home on the east side where his father died.

Mr. Nolan was for many years one of the leading and most successful farmers in the county. He purchased and fed a large number of cattle and employed several laborers during the entire year. However, later he met with some business reverses and retired several years ago and came to this city to spend his remaining days. He was a frank, outspoken, open hearted old gentleman and was when he had ample means a generous contributer to all worthy public enterprises. He gave willingly a helping hand to many a needy pioneer and furnished him food and shelter beneath his humble roof when there was no Emmetsburg and when stopping places were few and far between. His name
and his praiseworthy deeds will often be recalled by those who knew him as a friend, benefactor, and upright citizen.

Kathleen Frailey Puls

Emmetsburg Thursday Reporter
January 6, 1938
James Kane

James Kane, a prominent farmer of northwest of Emmetsburg, passed away on his farm Tuesday evening of last week. Death came suddenly while he was assisting with the chores, and is said to have been caused by a heart attack. Son, Matthew, was a short distance from his father when the latter slumped to the ground, lifeless. Funeral services were held in St. Thomas church here Friday morning, with Father McNerney officiating. The pallbearers were James Mehan, Pete Randa, Harley Frederick, Will Henry, Fred Lorig and Bert Montgomery. Burial was made in St. John's cemetery here. The Foy
Funeral home was in charge.

The deceased was born in Wisconsin June 10, 1866. Thus he was 71 years of age at the time of death. He came to Palo Alto county 45 years ago and engaged in agriculture, and through hard work and thrift became one of the successful farmers of this locality, winning the respect and confidence of all with whom he came in contact. Two years ago he suffered a paralytic
stroke from which he never fully recovered. However, in late months he was able to do light work around the farm, and he was engaged in helping his son in the barnyard when death came.

He is survived by his widow and the following sons and daughters, Gene, Mathew and James, Emmetsburg farmers. Margaret of Grinnell, Mrs. J. H. Cain of Ashville, N.C., Mrs. Leona Carlyle of Des Moines and Mrs. Frank Campasino of Estherville. To them sincere sympathy is extended in the loss they have been called upon to bear.

Emmetsburg Democrat
February 8, 1927

Mrs. P.V. Nolan Dead, Ill Long Time
Funeral Friday. Family among the Early Settlers of Our County. a Splendid Christian Lady.

Early this (Wednesday) morning death entered our midst and claimed our most worthy neighbor, Mrs. P.V. Nolan. She had been in declining health for the past two years and day by day, week by week she grew weaker until the end came at 1:30 this morning.
The funeral will be held at Assumption church at 9:00 Friday morning. Rev. J.G. Murtagh will officiate. The burial will be in St. John's Cemetery. The pall bearers chosen are Joe Mulroney, Leo Mulroney, J.W. Neary, Pete Mulroney and Wm. H.J. Steiner.
Mary White was born at Ft. Dodge, Iowa, August 15, 1864. She was a daughter of Mr and Mrs James P. White, who were among the early pioneers of our county. Mr. White taught the first school in Palo Alto county. He also started our first newspaper-The Democrat-in 1869. Several years later it suspended publication. She was united in marriage in this city to P.V. Nolan January 23, 1888, subsequently residing in this city. Aside from her worthy husband, she leaves two daughters, Mrs. Dan Green of Ruthven and Mrs. Bessie Gundert of Emmetsburg and one granddaughter, Miss Mary Catherine Gundert also of this city. All were present at her bedside during the last hours. Her death is also mourned by one brother and four sisters. They are Thomas J White, publisher of the Monticello, Iowa Times; Mrs. J.J. Reardon, Monroe, Wash., Mrs. Geo F Herley, Bellingham, Wash; Mrs. P.C. Jackman, Emmetsburg; and Mrs. J.L. Esser, Faulkton, South Dakota.
Mrs. Nolan, knowing that the best of medical aid could not prolong her life and that the end was inevitable, bore her suffering with a Christian fortitude that was truly edifying. We have no words at our command to express the esteem in which she was held by all who knew her. If she ever had an enemy, no one knew it, as she was always spoken of very highly by everyone. She was the same to everybody and today we miss her kindly face and friendly greeting. We long in vain to feel again her genial presence. As we write today the sky above is trimmed with a gorgeous rosy hue. In fancy, we can see her not in deathly cold shroud of sorrow and despair, but smiling upon us from the sunset halo that marks God's farewell to the day, smiling with all the well remembered grace of love and devotion and saying to us.
"The sunset speaks but feebly of the glories of the day. All is well."
She was a devoted wife, a kind and loving mother. She was at all times a friend, true tried and devoted. She was truly a Christian woman. She believed that the one who scatters flowers in the pathway of his fellowman, who lets into the dark place of life sunshine of human sympathy and human kindness, is following in the footsteps of his master. Her cheerful, helpful life, her devotion to her family and to everyone will long linger as a sweet memory in the home which her presence brightened and which has now darkened by death. Though she has hope her record has been made and will remain with us as a lasting treasure.
We join the entire community in extending our heartfelt sympathy to the bereaved husband and other relatives in the loss of this most worthy member of their family.

Funeral Services For Marie Huberty

Marie Huberty died Monday July 2, 2001 at her home in Emmetsburg. She was 64.
A Mass of Christian Burial was  held Thursday ,July 5 at Holy Family Catholic Church in Emmetsburg, with the Rev.Ben Jensen celebrating. Burial was in St John's Cemetery, Emmetsburg. The Joyce Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.
Marie Theresa ( Terwilleger) Huberty  was born April 14,1937,in Emmetsburg, the daughter of Tim and Johanna Clare Terwilleger. She was a 1955 graduate of Emmetsburg Catholic High.
On December 27,1958 Marie was married to Venoyde Huberty at Assumption Catholic Church in Emmetsburg. The couple made their home in Emmetsburg. Marie worked for the Farm Bureau Insurance Company in Emmetsburg for 47 years. She retired this year following her illness.
Marie was a member of Holy Family Parish and the Catholic Daughters of America. She enjoyed spending time and taking trips with her family, and she was very fond of her cat "Kitty"
Survivors include a son,Bill and wife Kori of Emmetsburg; a daughter,Cathy and husband Leo Koster; and a brother Joe Terwilleger of Emmetsburg.
Mrs Huberty was preceded in death by her husband Venoyde;her parents; a brother John Terwilleger;and two infant sisters.

Gladys Wilcox

Emmetsburg Democrat
23 April 1953
Last Rites For Leonella Clare

Funeral services for Miss Leonella Clare,42,who died in the local hospital Wednesday morning, were held at Assumption church Friday morning with Monsignor W.F.Mason officiating. Burial was in St,John's cemetery with Martin Funeral home in charge.
Pallbearers were Oscar Decker,James Burns,Robert Dailey,Francis Murphy,Thomas Eaton and Jay Donahue.
Leonella Mary Clare ,daughter of Patrick J. and the late Catherine Clare, was born in Emmetsburg, November 24,1910.She graduated from the Emmetsburg Catholic High school and later taught in the rural schools of the county. She accepted a position as teacher in the Ruthven schools several years ago,a position she was forced to resign over a year ago, due to ill health. She is survived by her father and one sister, Mrs. Tim Terwilleger, of Emmetsburg.
Miss Clare underwent a long and trying illness which continued for several years,but she was patient in her suffering. She was neighborly and charitable and held in high esteem.
Sympathy is extended to the relatives

Gladys Wilcox

Emmetsburg Democrat or Reporter.
11 February,1997
Funeral Services for Johanna Terwilleger Will Be Held Today In Emmetsburg.

Funeral services for Johanna C. Terwilleger of Emmetsburg will be held at 10:30 a.m. today,Tuesday,February 11, at Assumption Catholic Church in Emmetsburg.  The Rev.Eugene Murray will officiate.
Burial will be in St John's Catholic Cemetery,Emmetsburg. The Ascherl Funeral Home in Emmetsburg is in charge of arrangements.
Casket bearers are Bill Huberty,Leo Koster,Nick Fank,Arlo Duhn,Bob Darrah,Jr and John Murray.
A Christian Vigil Service was held Monday,
February 10,at the funeral home.
Mrs.Terwilleger died Saturday ,February 8,1997,at Palo Alto County Hospital,Emmetsburg. She was 91.
Johanna Catherine (Clare)Terwilleger was born October 6,1905,near Emmetsburg, the daughter of Patrick Joseph and Catherine (Murray) Clare. She graduated from St.Mary's Academy,Emmetsburg in 1922 and from Teachers College in Storm Lake. She taught in rural country schools in Palo Alto County.
On November23,1931,Johanna and Timothy Matthew Terwilleger were married.The couple made their home in the Emmetsburg area and she helped her husband on the farm.Mrs Terwilleger was a member of Holy Family Parish in Emmetsburg and Farm Bureau.
Survivors include two children Marie Huberty and
Joseph Terwilleger,both from Emmetsburg ;and two grandchildren.
Mrs Terwilleger was preceded in death by her husband,Timothy, in July 1951;two infant daughters;a son John Terwilleger in 1952;her parents,and a sister, Leonella Clare.

Gladys Wilcox

Emmetsburg Democrat
30 Nov 1927

Mrs. S. McDonnell Dies At Peoria

Remains Came to Emmetsburg This Morning. Burial Tomorrow.
Located at Emmetsburg 52 Years Ago.

Saturday after a serious illness of a couple of weeks Mrs. Sarah E McDonnell, one of the pioneer homemakers of Emmetsburg passed away at Peoria, Illinois where she resided during the past ten or twelve years. Mention of her condition was made in last week's Democrat. The remains were brought to Emmetsburg this morning for burial. They were taken to the house of Mr and Mrs Joseph Mulroney. Mrs. Mulroney and Mrs. McDonnell were for many years intimate friends. Tomorrow morning services will be conducted at 9:30 in St. Thomas Church with Father McNerney officiating. The burial will be in the family lot in St. John's Cemetery. The pall bearers chosen are Joseph Mulroney, Dan Kelly, T.R. Martin, T.F. Rutledge, W.I. Branagan and J.W. Neary. Services were also held Monday in St. Mark's Church at Peoria, Father Burke officiating.
Sarah Elizabeth Derrig was born at Madison, Wisconsin, November 19, 1852. She was 75 years of age a day or two after she was taken to the hospital. She grew to womanhood in her native state. She was married Jan. 28, 1875, to Terence McDonnell. Soon after their marriage Mr. and Mrs. McDonnell came to Emmetsburg where they subsequently made their home. Mr. McDonnell was one of the early settlers of our county. He died in this city in 1894. Mrs. McDonnell continued to make her home in our community until 1912 when she went to Peoria to live with her step-daughter, Mrs. T.S. Hession. She occassionally came to Emmetsburg to visit old friends and from here she usually took trips to Flaudreon, S.D. to see her sister, Mrs. Dennis Fargin. Mrs. McDonnell is survived by her step-daughter, Mrs. T.S. Hession, one brother, Wm Derrig of Tacoma, Wash., one sister, Mrs. Dennis Fargin and several nieces and nephews among whom are Miss Margaret Ryan, Mrs. C.G. Stillman, Will Ryan, M.F. Ryan of Mobridge, S.D., and John Ryan of Cedar Rapids, all well known to our many readers.

Cathy Joynt Labath

Peter Metz, 24 January 1884-13 September 1936 

Obituary from The Emmetsburg Democrat, Emmetsburg, IA, Thursday, Sept 17, 1936, page 1 

Peter Metz Dies in Illinois

Former Emmetsburg Barber Succumbs After Illness, Burial in Emmetsburg Tuesday. 

   Peter Metz, former old time Emmetsburg barber, and father of Ray Metz of this city, died at the home of his son John in Chicago Sunday morning.  Mr Metz last week suffered a stroke of paralysis, from which he never recovered.

   Funeral services were held in Emmetsburg Tuesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock.  The Foy Funeral Home was in charge.  Rev. Edward Pruitt, pastor  of the Methodist Espiscopal church of Emmetsburg, officiated in services at the funeral home and at the grave.  Interment was in Evergreen cemetery.  The active pall bears were Bert Hughes, Elmer Ellis, F. W. Gilchrist, D. L. Johnson, E. M. Thompson and Melvin Church.  Honorary pall bearers were W. H. Vaughan, Gray Gowans, Peter Jones, John Miller, George Wright, James Robb and H. J. Pfiffner.

   Mr. Metz was born at Savannah, Illinois, January 24, 1854.  He spent his early life in that community.  On January 1, 1877 he was united in marriage to Emma Barmgardner at Forest City, this state.  In 1882 the couple moved to Emmetsburg.  To this union seven children were born.  Two sons, Frank and Hugh Metz, died several years ago.  Mrs. Metz passed away in 1918.  The sons and daughter who survive Mr. Metz are William H. Metz of Okeene, Oklahoma, Julia Flora of Chicago, John E. Metz of Chicago, Ray Metz of Emmetsburg and Mrs. Nona Miller of Algona.  Mr. Metz followed the barbering trade for over half a century, most of which time he and his family lived in our community.  He went to Chicago about five years ago where he has since lived with his son John.

Ray Schwartz

Charles Frank Metz, 9 Feb 1883-26 Sept 1920 

Obituary from the Palo Alto Reporter, Thursday, Sept. 30, 1920, front page


People in This Vicinity Shocked by Sudden Death of Two Well Known Men 


    Monday morning Peter Metz received the sad intelligence that his son Frank had passed away at his home in Okeene Oklahoma and that Will Metz was coming with the body to Emmetsburg where it was to be interred.  Nothing further was learned of the cause of his death until the body arrived here on Tuesday morning.  He was apparently as well as usual and was sitting in his room Sunday morning when he suddenly fell over dead.  His death was due to heart failure, but it was not known that he was ever troubled in this way.  The body arrived here on Wednesday morning and the funeral was held from the Episcopal church at 10:30 that morning the services being conducted by L. T. Weeks.  The interment was made in Evergreen cemetery.

    The deceased was born in this city February 9th, 1886 and in consequence was in the 38th year of his age at the time of his decease.  When a mere boy he met with an accident in which he lost one of his arms.  He was out hunting and the man whom he was with accidently discharged and shattered the boy’s arm.  He grew in manhood in this city and in spite of the loss of his arm he became a good worker and made his one arm answer for two.  He was very popular with his many friends, being a good natured, big hearted boy, kind and generous.

    Sis years ago he went to Okeene, Oklahoma, and at the time of his decease was in business with his brother, Will Metz of that place.  His death, coming so suddenly was a sad blow on his father, Peter Metz who has had his share of the world’s sorrows during the past two years being called upon to mourn the death of his wife and two sons.  All of the surviving members of the family were present at the funeral, these being J. P. Metz of Minneapolis, W. H. Metz of Oklahoma, Ray Metz of Des Moines, Mrs. Bert Flora of Des Moines, and Mr. and Mrs. Max Miller of Terrill.  These with the father mourn the loss of brother and son.  They have the sympathy of the community in their sorrow.

Ray Schwartz

Newspaper Unknown
personal_notes: My grandmother, Mary Hiltrude McEvoy Parle, gave me this old (and very long!!)obituary of my 2nd great grandfather, David William Summerville.
Ayrshire's Oldest Resident Passes Away

David W. Summerville had lived in Ayrshire for 35 years.

With the passing of David W. Summerville who died at his home here at about 5 o'clock a.m. on Wednesday, March 15 (1922), Ayrshire loses one of its oldest citizens.  Mr. Summerville had been in failing health for many years.  He continued active, however, and was able to attend to all of his business affairs up to about two years ago when his wife was compelled to assume active management of the business affairs, and since which time he had rapidly failed.  He remained on his feet up and until a very few days before his death and even after his sons arrived home he insisted on one more wrestle with them.  He knew no such word as "quit" and even after the body had become too tired and frail to work, his mind planned things that should be done on the morrow.

A military funeral service was held at the M.E. Church on Friday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  The services were conducted by Rev. Theodore Sharpe, pastor of the local Methodist church, who read the scripture lesson and Rev. D.T. McClure, pastor of the Community Church at Linn Grove, who preached the sermon.  William Coonan of Emmetsburg was present and sang "Face To Face." The interment was made immediately following the church services in the family lot in Silver Lake Cemetery.  The active pall bearers were, H.R. Pendelbury, H.R. O'Grady, Harve Johnston, Lloyd Hill, C.G. Nelson and Martin Thompson.  The honorary pall bearers were selected from among his old acquaintances and were F.A.Kassel, A.E. Gates, F.G. Kahley, L.A. Hill, M.B.Kane, and E. D. Treat.  His comrades in the Civil War, Milton Cain, Henry Dannewitz and C.O. Cookinham were given a place of honor in the procession, in the church and at the cemetery.  Their services at the cemetery were strictly military.  Edward Lind was in command of the firing squad.  Floyd Eggleston and Eddie Kiehl were color guards and James Anglum was color bearer.

David William Summerville was born at Pulaski, Pennsylvania on Jan. 27th 1843, hence he was, at the time of his death 79 years, 2 months and 6 days old.  He enlisted in the Civil War in 1861 and was honorably discharged on account of disability brought on my exposure.  He returned to his home and in the spring of '63 was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth Kirk at Wilmington, PA. and in the spring of '65 he and his wife went West and settled in Jones Co. in this state, near Monticello.  He bought and paid for a farm there, where he continued to reside until the year 1887 when he sold out and located here.  After coming here, he at once became active in the business life of the town and community and continued so until declining health compelled him to retire a few years ago.  He operated one of the first stores, hotel and livery stables in the village of Ayrshire and was also one of its first coal dealers.  He built the building where Albert Reno lives and did a hotel business there for years, and finally traded it for a large farm west of Rush Lake.  He purchased the original town site of Ayrshire and later enlarged it greatly by the annexing of Summerville's Addition.

He farmed extensively and speculated in town property and other real estate in this community so much, that his name appears on nearly all of the abstracts of title recorded from this township.  He was a community builder in every sense of the word and at the time of his death owned a number of houses that are occupied by tenants.

Mr. Summerville was the father of 7 children, two of whom, Mae, who was Mrs. Cookinham and Gertrude, who was Mr. J.J. McEvoy, have preceded him.  The living children are two sons, L.M. of Minneapolis, and D.K. of Platte, S.Dakota and three daughters, Mrs. Ola Wickens of Avon, S.Dakota, Mrs. J.D. McComber of Eagle Grove, and Mrs. C.H. Cookinham of this place.  They, together with his aged wife, who was his constant companion and helpmate indeed during the closing years of his life, together with 18 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren and a large number of intimate friends are left to mourn.

Owing to the fact that the deceased was the writers' father-in-law, it may be that some of our readers will consider our tribute to his memory out of place and expressed for selfish reasons, but such is not the case.  For the last 20 years we had been with him almost constantly and for the last 10 years was as close to him as anyone, but his companion, so we feel that we are qualified to give expression to the following:
Mr. Summerville was a home-man.  He belonged to no lodges or societies of any kind, preferring to spend his evenings at home.  If fact he put his home and family ahead of everything else in life, consequently he was a good provider and took the utmost delight in the realization that he had as good a home and that his family was as well kept as any in the entire community.  He was set in his ways, strong in his convictions but at the same time was willing to grant to his fellowman the same privileges that he claimed for himself.  He was charitable, both in thought and deed, and was a helpful and kind friend to the poor and needy.  He never gave for show, neither was he hypocritical.  The closing days of his life were filled with love and affection toward those who ministered to his wants and he passed out with a word of thanks on his lips, into the Great Beyond, there to remain throughtout all eternity with his Lord and Saviour.

Those who came from a distance, besides the children, to attend the funeral were as follows:  Mr. and Mrs. Ben Glecker of New Virginia, J.J. McEvoy of Fort Dodge, David McEvoy of Omaha, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Brown and Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Titus of Spencer, Mr. and Mrs. Chas Duhigg of Emmetsburg, Mr. and Mrs. Nels and S.E. Swansons of Laurens and Chas Stewart, Mrs. Paul Warwick, and Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Reed of Dickens.

The members of the bereaved family extend sincere thanks for the namy expressions of sympathy, for the beautiful floral offerings and for the help and assistance that was so freely given.

Debbi Abbott

Newspaper Unknown

personal_notes: Mrs. Elizabeth Kirk Summerville was the widow of David William Summerville of Ayrshire, Palo Alto, IA. She was born 22 Feb 1845 in Mercer Co., PA to James Young Kirk and Martha Shannon Donaldson.

Mrs. Elizabeth Summerville, mother of Mrs. C.H. Cookinham, died in her sleep Monday night (6 Jan 1925.)  Dr. Nelson said that in all probability she had gone to sleep and that her awakening was in eternity.

Debbi Abbott

Palo Alto Reporter
November 29, 1900
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa

personal_notes: This obituary was sent to me by Matt O'Dell.
Mrs. Margaret Cody was the oldest daughter of James and Sara Alice (Dunn) Conway.  Her father, sisters and brothers were early settlers in Palo Alto County.

Sunday morning Mrs. Margaret Cody, who resides with her sister, Mrs. John Nolan, was found dead in bed from heart failure.  For a week previous to her demise, Mrs. Cody had not been in her usual health, and complained some of her heart affecting her, but it was not thought that her condition was serious.

The deceased was born in the county Kilkenny, Ireland in the year 1819, and was married to Mr. Cody in her native land.  In 1847, the family emigrated from Ireland, and settled in Ogdensburg, N.Y., where they continued to reside until 1890.  In that year Mr. Cody died, and Mrs. Cody came to Emmetsburg shortly after his decease, and made her home with her sister, Mrs. John Nolan, who resides just north of town.  Mrs. Cody was an exemplary woman in many respects, and made friends with all whom she came in contact.  Her sudden death came as a shock to all, yet, perhaps, it was best that way, for death came without any suffering on her part.

The funeral took place from Assumption Church on Tuesday morning at ten o'clock, and the interment was made in St. John's Cemetery.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. M.J. Costello.

Debbi Abbott

Mankato Free Press
Mankato, Blue Earth, Minnesota

July 5 1916
personal_notes: Richard J. Nolan was born in Emmetsburg, Palo Alto Co., Iowa on September 29, 1869. He married Josephine Jackman(first cousin of my grandfather Francis R. Jackman and daughter of Michael Jackman and Margaret Lowery).

He Had Been ill One Week With Liver Complaint; Funeral on Thursday

   Richard Nolan proprietor of the saloon at 324 South Front street and residing in the apartments over that place, died Monday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock at St. Joseph's hospital.  He had been ill about one week with liver trouble.
   Mayor Lamm, on hearing of Mr. Nolan's death, at once ordered the saloon closed, as any saloon license, under the law, expires at the moment the holder dies.  This reduces the number of saloons in Mankato to twenty-five.  Before the closing of the mint saloon, there were twenty-seven.
   Mr. Nolan was forty-five years old.  He came to Mankato three years ago with his family from Oelwein, Iowa.  It is understood that his saloon has always been orderly and law-abiding.
   He is survived by his wire, and one adopted son, Martin Nolan, aged five.  Other surviving relatives of the deceased are his mother, Mrs. P. Nolan, Emmetsburg, Iowa; three brothers, Charles Nolan of Graettinger, Iowa; Ed Nolan of Des Moines, Iowa, and Frank Nolan of Chicago; and two sisters, Mrs. Alex Cullen, Emmetsburg, Iowa and Mrs. J. J. Martin, Ayrshire, Iowa.
   The deceased was a member of St. John's Catholic church.  He also belonged to the Mankato lodge of the Sons of Herman, the Oelwein lodge of the Eagles and the Emmetsburg Lodge of the Catholic Order of Foresters.
   The funeral will take place Thursday morning at nine o'clock.

Kathleen Frailey Puls

Palo Alto Reporter, page 1
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa

14 Nov 1918
 COMMENTS: Baumgardner should be Bumgardner. All research indicates that Emma was born in Forest City, IA and grew up there. She did not come to Forest City when she was 15. Her mother, Caroline Church, was 15 when she came to Forest City from the Chicago area.
Mrs. Petr Metz is Called

Last week we mentioned the serious illness of Mrs. Peter Metz who was suffering from influenza and its attendant bronchial pneumonia. Mrs. Metz rallied some Saturday and on Sunday she was considered to be improving very fast. Her condition was so much better that her daughter and husband who were here from Des Moines decided to go home. They had not reached their destination before Mrs. Metz was taken worse and she suddenly expired Sunday night shortly after midnight. Her death is indeed a sad one following as it did the death of her son, Hugh Metz who died from the same disease six days previous to the passing away of Mrs. Metz. Indeed it was in caring for him that she contracted the disease and being worn out by anxiety and sorrow over him she became a second victim of the family to the fatal malady. The deceased maiden name was Emma Baumgardner and she was born at Mason City November 12th, 1859 and had she lived one day longer would have reached her 59th year of her age. When fifteen years of age she removed with her parents to Forest City, Iowa where she grew from girlhood to womanhood. Here she became acquainted with Mr. Peter Metz and on January first 1877 she was united to him in marriage. The family resided in Forest City until October 1882 when they came to Emmetsburg and this has been their home ever since. The deceased was a woman of strong character and being a mother of quite a large family her home duties kept her pretty closely at home. She was certainly a devoted mother and only those who came in contact with her during the sickness in her family have any idea of her devotion to her children. It mattered not if they were grown up and some one else was there to care for them, she was almost constantly at their beside and doing something to soothe them and ease their suffer'ng. In return she received the devotion of her children. Mrs. Metz was a woman of religious convictions and believed in doing deeds of love and consideration for others and those with whom she came in contact felt her strong personality and was influenced by it. She leaves to mourn her death four sons, Will and Frank of Okeene, Okla, John of Minneapolis and Ray of this city; two daughters, Mrs. Bert Flora of Des Moines and Mrs. M. M. Miller of Gruver, Iowa. These with the husband and father are left to mourn the taking away of the loving wife and fond affectionate mother. They certainly have the sympathy of the entire community in the sadness that has come to them in the loss of son and brother and wife and mother in one short week. The funeral was held Wednesday afternoon from the Foy and Wilcox undertaking parlors, the services being conducted by Dr. L. T. Weeks rector of the Episcopal church. The remains were interred in Evergreen cemetery.

Ray Schwartz

newspaper_name: unknown
April 1997
Belmond, Iowa

Belmond - Mary Gertrude Lowenberg, 94, Belmond, died April 19, 1997, at the Belmond Community Hospital.
   Services will be 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Belmond, with the Rev. John Paisley officiating.  Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery, Belmond.  Visitation will be from 2 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Dugger Ewing Funeral Home, Belmond, and on hour prior to the service Wednesday at the church.  A parish rosary will be at 2:30 p.m. and a scriptural wake service at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home.
   Survivors include daughters Joan Janssen, Goodell, Elizabeth Jindrich, Kearney, Neb., and Therese Heminger, Ottumwa; sons Merlin, Belmond, Thomas, St. Paul, Minn., and Duane, Medford, Ore.; 28 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren; sisters Anastasia Thiel, Graettinger, and Florence Joyce, Graettinger.  She was preceded in death by her husband, William, her parents, one daughter, six grandchildren, one great-grandchild, two brothers and five sisters.
   Mary Nolan was born January 8, 1903, in Graettinger, the daughter of Charles and Elizabeth Quinn Nolan.  She attended  country schools, graduating from Graettinger High School in 1921 as the class valedictorian.  She attended the Iowa State Teachers College in Cedar Falls, then taught rural school in Goodell.  In 1925, she married Arthur F. Lowenberg in Graettinger.  The couple farmed near Goodell.  In 1969, the couple moved into Goodell. Mary loved to make bread, enjoyed gardening, crocheting ad tatting.
   She was a member of St. Francis Xavier Cathoic Church, and the rosary society.

Kathleen Frailey Puls

The Graettinger Times
Graettinger, Palo Alto, Iowa
Thursday, January 29, 1953

Funeral Services For Mrs. Nolan

   Mrs. Elizabeth Nolan, 75, passed away at her home southwest of Graettinger, Sunday, January  25th, of complications of old age.  Mrs. Nolan had been ill for quite some time.  Funeral services were held Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception church in Graettinger with the Rev. Father Duhigg of Estherville officiating.  Interment was in the St. Jacob's cemetery near Graettinger.
   Pallbearers were Wilfred McCarty, John Carney, Alfred Westergard, Gene Leonard, Ralph Graettinger and Emmett Murphy.  Honorary pallbearers were Theo. Suss, Tom Doyle, Phillip O'Connor Leo Hughes, Jim Leonard and Ben Boecker. Funeral arrangements were in charge of the Martin Funeral Service.
   Elizabeth Quinn was born January 23, 1877 in Pittsburg, Pa.  In 1902 she was united in marriage to Charles Nolan at Graettinger.  To this union were born 13 children.  Three infant children and her husband preceded Mrs. Nolan in death.
   Survivors of Mrs. Nolan include 10 children, Mrs. Arthur (Mary) Lowenberg, Goodell, Ia., Mrs. Laurence (Bridget) Smith, Wesley, Ia., Mrs. Andy (Ann) Johnson, Humboldt, Mrs. Jay (Josie) Donahue, Mrs. James (Nora) Brennan both of Emmetsburg, Mrs. Wm. (Bernadette) Hughes, Mrs. Wm. (Florence) Joyce, Mrs. Henry (Anastasia) Theil, Robert Nolan all of Graettinger and John Nolan of Emmetsburg, 53 grandchildren and two brothers Matt and Jim Quinn and one sister Mary Quinn all of Graettinger.

Kathleen Frailey Puls

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, Aug 20, 1924

At Litchfield, Minnesota. Lived in Emmetsburg Years Ago.

A few days ago Mrs. E.J. HIGGINS received word from Mrs. Mary JOYCE of Santa
Monica, California, stating that her only brother, L.J. O'MEARA, formerly of
this place, died at Litchfield, Minnesota, on August 8. We believe he was a
traveling salesman. He is survived by his wife and one daughter. Mr. O'MEARA
was born at Lansing, Iowa. When a young man he came to this city. He was
employed in the Palo Alto county bank for a long time after which he moved
to St. Paul. He was a genial, popular, deserving young man and had many warm
friends in this county. All who knew him will regret very much to learn of
his death and offer sincere sympathy to Mrs. JOYCE in her bereavement. She
is the only surviving member of the O'MEARA family.

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, October 10, 1917

Had Been Ill for Several Years-Funeral Held Tuesday

Walter Keating died at his home in this city last Sunday after an illness of several years duration. The funeral was held Tuesday forenoon. Services were conducted at the Assumption church. There was a solemn requiem high mass with Very Rev. P.F. Farrelly as celebrant. He was assisted by Fathers McNerney and Velt. There was a large attendance from this and surrounding communities. The burial was in St. John's cemetery. The pall bearers were J.J. and J.D. Higgins, James P. Jones, P.J. Nally, David Joynt and Joseph Joynt.
Mr. Keating was born at Ballymacord [Note: probably Ballymacward] in the county of Galway, Ireland, in April 1847. Hence he was in his seventy-first year. He came to America in April 1865. He spent some time at Marblehead, Massachusetts. In 1866 he came to Dubuque county, Iowa. In 1870 he located at Delaware county, this state. On November 25, 1875, he was married at Dyersville, this state to Catherine Joynt. Mr. and Mrs. Keating lived on a farm near Earlville until 1896 when they bought the Peter Jones homestead in Great Oak township. Seven years later they became residents of this city, subsequently residing in their comfortable home in the Fourth ward. Mr. Keating is survived by his wife, one son, John D. of Chicago and two daughters, Miss Nellie Keating and Mrs. W.T. O'Brien, both of this community. Three brothers-Patrick, John, and Timothy- are still living in Ireland. One sister, Mrs. W.A. Bartlett, resides at St. Paul.
Mr. Keating was a quiet, modest Christian gentleman. He never sought attention. He attended closely to his own private affairs but he was invariably ready to do a neighborly act of kindness and to extend a strong influence on the lives of those in need. He was a conscientious man. He was careful and conservative and he took pride in meeting his obligations. His personal conduct was always above criticism. He appreciated goodness in others and his influence was exerted to encourage thrifty, useful high class citizenship. He was a devoted member of his church and he lived up to its obligations. He never for a moment underestimated its influences on the lives of those who made a conscientious effort to observe its teachings. The passing of Mr. Keating will be sincerely mourned not only by his wife, son, and two daughters, but by the large number who knew him and respected him as a man and a neighbor. General and sincere sympathy is extended to the surviving members of his excellent family.

Cathy Labath

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Oct 26, 1921

The Funeral Was Held at New Melleray Abbey Near Dubuque

(Iowa Catholic Messenger)
Brother Timothy Ryan, an aged monk of the Trappist order, died at the New
Melleray abbey, near Dubuque, Iowa, in his 76th year. He was a member of the
Trappist order for fifty years. He was the son of Mr and Mrs Miles Ryan, who
resided three miles west of Petersburg, and were one of the pioneer families
of this section of the state. In 1871 they moved to Emmetsburg.
For twenty-five years he worked in the fields of the abbey and then became
guest master of the lodge. He acted in this capacity twenty-five years.
Brother Timothy is survived by three sisters, Sister M. Clemacus, B.V.M. of
Council Bluffs, Sister M. Benigna of St. Joseph's Academy, Dubuque and
Sister M Patricia, O.S.F. , Milwaukee; two brothers, E.E. Ryan of Des
Moines, and Miles Ryan of Houston, Texas. He is also mourned by a number of
nieces and nephews; Mrs. S.E. Crowe, Miss Frances Ryan, Mable and Lottie
Anderson, Joe Ryan of Chicago; D.E. and Miss Mary Murphy and Bert Ryan of
Emmetsburg; Frank Westemeyer of LeMars, Mrs. William Hagerty, Miss Elizabeth
Westemeyer of Dyersville and H.F. Westemeyer of Dubuque. He was preceded in
death by his brother, Jerry Ryan of Vail, Iowa, Thomas Ryan of Washington,
D.C., his sister, Mrs. William Anderson of Chicago, Mrs. Mary Westemeyer of
Dyersville and Mrs. Wm Murphy of Emmetsburg.
The burial took place on Tuesday morning at the Monastery cemetery following
a Solemn Requiem Mass and the chanting of the Office of the Dead.

Cathy Labath

This is an uncle of mine, obituary was sent me by a contact in La Crescenta ,CA.
Not to many details in it, such as :
Thomas Morris Clare  was born in Emmetsburg, IA, 20 Nov 1887.
Parents were Chris and Roseanne Clare.

Glendale News Press, Glendale, CA
29 October 1971

                               THOMAS  M. CLARE

Thomas M. Clare ,83, died Thursday ( Oct.28) in a Glendale convalescent home.
He was born in Iowa, and lived in the Glendale area for two years.
He is survived by two sons, Richard of La Crescenta, CA and Joseph of Montrose, Ca. and a daughter Mrs Ruth Nalbach of Kingman, AZ.
Rosary will be recited at 8 o'clock tonight ( Oct 29) at the Garden Chapel of  Woods Glendale Mortuary.
Requiem Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday  Oct 30) at the Holy Redeemer Catholic Church.
Interment will be at San Fernando Mission cemetery.

Gladys Wilcox

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, Feb 24, 1926

Late Mrs. Golden Who Died Feb 16
She Spent Her Girlhood Years in Highland Township, This County.

In our last issue we made brief mention of the death of Mrs. Michael Golden, which occurred in Valley Junction on February 16. The funeral was held at that place. Services were conducted at Sacred Heart church, high mass being celebrated by Father Gleason, the pastor. The burial was in the parochial cemetery. Those who attended from this county were M.C. Hoben and son Stephen, Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Hoben and son, Patrick Edward and Stephen Vaughn.
Sarah Hoben was born at Boone, Iowa, March 1, 1872. In March her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Hoben, moved to Highland township, this county, where they subsequently made their home. Miss Hoben was united in marriage to Michael Golden of Joliet, Illinois, on January 10, 1906. The ceremony was performed at the Sacred Heart church at Ayrshire. Mr. and Mrs. Golden soon after commenced housekeeping at Valley Junction where they subsequently made their home.
Mrs. Golden is survived by her husband and one daughter- Mary Frances, eight years of age. Her death is also mourned by her sister, Mrs. Henry Brasch of Deadwood, South Dakota and by two brothers-M.C. and T.A. Hoben of Highland township.
Mrs. Golden was a pleasant, cheery warm hearted Christian lady. She had a winsome personality and she was a favorite in the community in which she lived. She spent her girlhood days at her home in Highland township, this county, and she formed many early personal attachments that were strong during life. She was a devoted wife, a loving mother and a loyal, helpful friend. Mr. Golden, the little daughter, and the sorrowing brothers and sisters have, in their bereavement, the sincere sympathy of numerous friends in Palo Alto as well as in Valley Junction.

Cathy Labath

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
22 Jan 1913

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.

Cathy Labath

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wed., 29 Nov 1911

Mrs. Daniel O'Halloran
Former Resident of Emmetsburg

     Last week our Cylinder correspondent made brief mention of the death of Mrs. Daniel O'Halloran which occurred at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Alice Markham, Thursday, November 16. She suffered a stroke of paralysis the day before and never rallied. The funeral was held the following Saturday. Service were conducted at the Catholic church at that place, Father Regan officiating. The burial was in the Catholic Cemetery at Fayette, where the remains of her husband and other members of the family rest. Miss Phylis O'Halloran, grand-daughter of the deceased, sang the selection, "Face to Face," during the services. The four sons and two sons-in-laws were the pall bearers.
     Margaret McNamara was born in the county of Limerick, Ireland, April 11, 1835. Hence she was 76 years of age. When ten years old she came to the United States. She was married to Daniel O'Halloran at Cincinnati, Ohio, January 10, 1851. Twelve sons and daughters were born to them. Six are living. Soon after their marriage Mr and Mrs O'Halloran located at McGregor, Iowa. In 1870 they moved to West Union. They lived there until 1895 when they came to Emmetsburg. Several years after they became residents of Cylinder. Mr. O'Halloran died at that place February 10, 1901. Subsequently Mrs. O'Halloran made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Markham, of West Union. The surviving members of the family are M.B. O'Halloran of Minneapolis, T.B. O'Halloran of Rose Creek, Minnesota, Dan O'Halloran and Mrs. Alice Markham of West Union, Mrs. Kate Abernathy of Postville, and Frank O'Halloran of Cylinder.
     The deceased was well known by our many citizens, having resided in this vicinity for six years. She was a woman of high ideals, was zealously devoted to the interests of her home and family, and at all times showed her appreciation of elevating sentiment. She was as practical and as conscientious in the performance of her religious obligations as she was frugal, industrious and helpful in worldly matters. She was a kind and obliging neighbor and she made numerous friends, while a resident of Emmetsburg, who will learn with genuine regret of her death. Providence was kind to her, sparing her for nearly four score years to merit the enduring blessings so willingly and generously bestowed on those who earnestly seek to do his will in life. The sympathy of all is extended to the surviving members of the family in their sorrow.

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, Dec 3, 1919

She Was a Daughter of Patrick Gorman of Emmetsburg
(Graettinger Times)

     The funeral of Mrs. George Kent, mention of whose death was made in last week's Times, was held Friday morning. Services were conducted at the Catholic church, Rev. Father Kelly officiating. Interment was in the Catholic cemetery north of town. The pall bearers were Roy Hood, M.Weinholzer, Jr., George Truesdell, V.L. O'Connor, Vincent Kelly and P.J. McCarty. Many relatives and friends of the deceased were in attendance at the last sad services.
     The death of Mrs. Kent occurred Wednesday morning. She had not enjoyed the best of health for the past couple of years, but she was not considered seriously ill until a day or two before her death. Some time ago she went to Rochester for treatment but the specialists of that place advised they could not benefit her. Last winter her husband was stricken with paralysis and passed away in March. This, too, was a severe blow to her. Her health gradually failed and the past few weeks her sounds realized their mother would soon be called to her eternal reward.
     Mary Gorman was born at Rockford, Illinois, February 25, 1855. When she was nine years of age her parents moved to Badger, Iowa, and settled on a homestead. In February 1891, she was united in marriage at Estherville to George L. Kent. They resided in that locality for sometime, later moving to Livermore. A few years ago they moved back to Emmet county and subsequently went to Louisiana where they remained for a year, moving to the Graettinger vicinity about two years ago. Mr. Kent passed away March 28th of this year. Mr. and Mrs. Kent were the parents of two children-John and William, both of this locality. The deceased is also survived by her aged father, P. Gorman of Emmetsburg and four brothers and sisters. The sisters are Mrs. Peter Jones of Emmetsburg, Mrs. Dan Fitzgerald of Fort Dodge, and Elizabeth and Jennie who are at home. The brothers are Ed of Laurens, William of Emmetsburg....[rest of article not copied]  

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Jan 5, 1927

     Mrs. Peter Jones, one of the oldest residents of Iowa, passed away at her home in this city last Friday afternoon. While she had been an invalid for many years, her condition was not considered serious until Thursday afternoon. Her death was the result of advanced age as she was rounding out her ninety-ninth year.
     The funeral was held Tuesday forenoon. Services were conducted in the Assumption church of which she was a member for 54 years. Father Murtagh celebrated a requiem mass. He was assisted by Father Kelly of Graettinger. The good pastor paid a high tribute to Mrs. Jones as a wife, mother and home maker. He spoke with much feeling of the troublesome conditions in her native country when she was a young woman. She was by law deprived of desirable educational opportunities and could not enjoy religious liberty. This was true of all people in Ireland at the time. Still, she clung to her faith with a fervor that never faltered. She was the mother of fourteen children. They grew up dutiful, useful members of society. The burial was in the family lot in St. John's cemetery. The pall bearers were Charles Nolan, P.H. Donlon, John Burns, John O'Brien, Edward Ryan, and M.J. Fleming.
     Elizabeth Duffy was born in the parish of Amiskens in the county of Cavan, Ireland, May 15, 1838. She was closing out her ninety-ninth year. She grew to early womanhood in her home community. She was united in marriage to Peter Jones on November 28, 1847. She claimed her father and brother erected the edifice in which they were married. When young Mr. and Mrs. Jones were accustomed to walk eight miles to attend midnight mass at Christmas time. Mr. Jones' grandfather had a 999 year lease on the farm on which they lived. Mr. and Mrs. Jones sailed for America June 28, 1849. They embarked at Liverpool. They were on the ocean seven weeks, finally reaching Castle Garden, New York. The quarantine officers found that Mr. Jones had typhoid fever and he had to be taken to Ward Island, where he was detained for ten weeks. They had no money when they landed in America. A rascal on the vessel who knew them secured considerable of their cash and disappeared. Mrs. Jones found work in a button factory where she was kept busy during her husband's illness. When Mr. Jones recovered his health he found employment, but for several months his income was only $1 per week. In 1850 Mr. and Mrs. Jones sailed for Philadelphia. From there they went over land to Pittsburg where they took a boat down the Ohio river. They landed at St. Louis. Mr. Jones found work in a rolling mill in that city for three years when they moved to Parksville, Missouri. In 1854, they decided to come north and live in Iowa. The trip was made by boat up the Mississippi river. At Keokuk, the vessel was damaged. Mr. Jones was appointed watchman for ten days while the vessel was undergoing repairs. Lansing, this state, was reached in November. Mr. and Mrs. Jones located on a farm near Wexford, Allamakee county, where they remained for seventeen years. Mr. Jones accompanied by his neighbors, John Hand and James Keenan, came to Algona in September, 1870. They walked from there to Emmetsburg. Each secured a farm in Great Oak township. Mr. Jones moved his family to this community in 1872. Sixteen years later they gave up farming and located in Emmetsburg. They built a fine home in the third ward, occupying it until Mr. Jones' death nine years ago. Mrs. Jones subsequently made her home with her son James, who still lives on the place. Mr. and Mrs. Jones were parents of fourteen children. Five are living. They are R.E. of Miami, Florida, P.D. of Hollywood, Florida, Bernard of Mason City and Mrs. Elizabeth Hopeton and James P. Jones of Emmetsburg.
     Mrs. Jones was a strictly home woman. She was a wonderful worker. Her industry never tired until a few years ago when, because of her advanced years, she became practically helpless. She was very devoted to her church, contributed generously towards its support and performed creditably and cheerfully her duties as a member of society. She was an ample provider, a faithful wife, a loving mother. Her attachments to her friends was exceptionally strong. She could not do too much for them. For 41 years the writer and family knew Mrs. Jones as an obliging neighbor and as a staunch business supporter. She prided herself in meeting her obligations promptly. She was generous and ardent in her hospitality. The members of the household were earnestly devoted to their aged parents. This is an admirable trait in any family. Mrs. Jones' son, James P., who lived with her during her declining years, took care of her after she became practically helpless, manifesting a self-sacrificing spirit that won for him the admiration of all who knew him. No gentleman could do more for his aged mother. Providences will certainly reward him for all that he did, during the long years of her advanced life, to make her comfortable, to console her, and to relieve her sufferings. The memory of the affection, the attention and helpful deeds of one of the best mothers almost a centenarian will ever be treasured by the sons and daughters who mourn her death. They have the heartfelt sympathy of all our citizens in their bereavement.

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Thursday, May 28, 1931

(By Ayrshire Correspondent)

     Monday morning, May 18, James Smith passed away at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Joe Mehan of this place. He had been ill for a long time. The funeral was held Wednesday at St. Bridget's Catholic church in Grand Junction, Rev. Father Murphy of Jefferson, officiating at a requiem high mass. Interment was made in St. Bridget's cemetery beside the remains of his wife, who preceded him in death 17 years ago. The pall bearers were his six sons- Michael, James, Hugh, Edward, Thomas and John. There was a very large attendance of relatives, old friends and neighbors.
     James Smith was born in the County of Down, Ireland, in 1824. He was 107 years of age. He came to America with his parents at an early age and settled in Moston, Wisconsin. He was married in LaSalle county, Illinois, December 25, 1862, to Miss Ellen Moran. In 1864, he drove a covered wagon to Iowa and homesteaded on a farm near Cedar Rapids where he lived for 18 years. In 1882 he moved to Grand Junction where he resided until 18 years later when he moved to Willow Lake, South Dakota. He lived there until 1917, after which he came to Ayrshire and made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Joe Mehan, until death called him. He is survived by six sons and two daughters. The sons are Michael and James of Curlew, Hugh of Ayrshire, Edward of Estherville, Thomas of Dana and John of Grand Junction. Mrs. Joe Mehan of Ayrshire and Mrs. Chan Tiffany of Grand Junction are the two daughters. He is also survived by 47 grandchildren, all but two of whom attended the funeral and 43 great grandchildren, a large number of whom were present at the obsequies.
    Among those from Ayrshire and the surrounding towns who attended the funeral were Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Daily, William Mehan, Hugh Mehan, James Mehan, Martin Smith, and Mrs. Hugh Smith and daughter Monica, all of Ayrshire, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mehan, Jr., of Whittemore, Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Smith and family of Windom, Minnesota, Joe Smith and Mr. and Mrs. Harold Fisher and Misses Eleanor and Margaret Smith, all of Curlew.

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, 9 July 1919

He Was First Superintendent of Palo Alto Schools

     John McCormick the first superintendent of Palo Alto county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Jess Crook, at Rodman on July Fourth. He was not feeling very well since the latter part of December but he was not confined to his room until June 13. His age of course was against him, as he was almost a centenarian.
     The funeral was held at Rodman on Sunday. Services were conducted at the Presbyterian church Rev. David S. DeBest officiating. The burial was in the Rodman cemetery. There was a large attendance from the various parts of the county. Among those who came from Emmetsburg were Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Brown and family, Dr. and Mrs. Kulp and family, Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Frye and family, M.L. Brown, P.H. Donlon, J.K. martin and Edward McNally. The pall bearers were J.P. Walker, J.B. Watson, B. T. Stover, H. Sweeley, C.P. McGowen, and J.J. Knoer.
     John McCormick was born in the county of Tyrone, Ireland, April 19, 1825. His age was ninety-four. In 1848 his parents, Mr. and Mrs. John McCormick, came to the United States. They located in New Jersey. In July, 1856, his father and his  Robert came west and located in Palo Alto county. In a short time they pre-empted seven quarter sections along the river in what is now known as Fern Valley township. In the fall Mrs. John McCormick Sr., her son James and her daughter Isabel came to live with them. In the spring of 1858 John McCormick, Jr., left New Jersey to join the other members of the family at West Bend. On reaching Fort Dodge he started on foot across the prairie. He carried his satchel on his shoulders. He left several pairs of shoes, carpenter tools and other articles at Iowa City where the railroad ended. He found considerable difficulty in crossing the Badger creek north of Fort Dodge. The water was high and the current was strong. In giving his personal recollections of his experience at that place, as recorded in D.G. McCarty's history of our county, he says: "it was all I could do to keep my feet. If I had not done so, I would have been in Des Moines. They used to keep a Ferry, Bull's Ferry, they called it. The bull would swim the river with the people. When I came to Dakotah they said there were still some white fellow up the river. On man's name was Miller, a little this side of Rutland, Humboldt county. I stopped with this Miller, this side of Dakotah, on the edge of the river. He asked me if I had anything to eat. I was then quite dark. I said 'no'. Says he, ' I will fix you something.' He baked some buckwheat cakes. I think they got the buckwheat along with the dirt and ground all up together. I thought 'you don't need doctors in this country, you are pretty gritty.' I came from there on up to West Bend. The house was built when I got there. There was a little storm shed around the door. There was no floor in the house. Poles reached across them so they could lay sods over to make the house warm. There was no lumber in the county then. The grass was so high we had to stake out our cows. If we had not and had let them go we would never have found them again. That was before the house was built. My brother and I batched. Father got a homestead nearby. My brother and I lived in the first house, batched for eight years without a floor in the house, and baked our bread and at our meals off a shingle block and got fat. We kept a hotel and had plenty of customers. We never charged them anything and never paid any license. Some of my customers wondered how I baked such good bread. We had plenty of good cream, plenty of eggs, made it as rich as we could and baked it in a dutch oven."
     Mr. McCormick was united in marriage in Ellington township in 1869 to Miss Mary Badder. Mrs. McCormick died quite a number of years ago. Only two members of the family survive-a son, Thomas McCormick and the daughter, Mrs. Jess Crook, both of Rodman. All of Mr. McCormick's brothers and sisters are dead. In 1861 Mr. McCormick was elected county superintendent. He served for two years. In 1863 he was chosen coroner. In 1867 he was named sheriff, occupying the position a few years. He kept a postoffice in his farm home for several years during pioneer days.

(A Tribute by P.D. Donlon.)
     The passing of John McCormick calls attention to the marvelous progress made in the development of our county in many ways during the sixty years of his continuous residence in Fern Valley township. The lands over which his funeral procession passed a few days ago were open for homestead entry, or for sale at the government price of one dollar and a quarter per acre. Today these lands are held at three hundred dollars per acre. The little log school house of pioneer days over which Mr. McCormick had supervision as the first superintendent of Palo Alto county, was many times improved until today the consolidated school, with a full high school course and all modern equipment, overlooks the lands where his homestead cabin was located. He came from the Atlantic coast to Iowa City by rail. From Iowa City to Fort Dodge he made the journey by ox team and walked from Fort Dodge. He lived to see the day of hard surfaced roads, automobiles and airships.
     A few years ago he was an honored guest at a gathering of Palo Alto county teachers and all present were surprised at the speech he made in telling of his experiences of pioneer days. At that time he was ninety-one years of age. At the same meeting we had C.S. Duncan and D.L. Daley, both of whom had given many years of splendid service as teachers in our schools in the sixties and seventies. Both are yet in Emmetsburg and many men and women of today hold them and other successful teachers in high regard for he help given by them when school advantages were very limited.
     During the period of 1888 to 1894, when serving as county superintendent of schools, the work brought me in direct contact with teachers, directors, parents and pupils, school directors without pay and teachers with but very little, secured splendid results for the boys and girls who could spend but a part of each year in school.
     Today when we are enjoying all the advantages which material wealth can give, with schools, churches, daily papers, magazines, books and merchandise delivered daily at our doors by the postman, with the telegraph, the telephone, the wireless and the aeroplane, let us be mindful of and greateful [sic] to the pioneers who endured the necessary hardships to make these things possible for us.
     Only a few of our real early settlers remain with us and the time may not be long for us to show our appreciation of their worth and their presence. All honor to the pioneers living and dead.

Austin Daily Herald
November 29, 1949
Austin, Mower, Minnesota

Charles "C.J," McNally is my great-great-grandfather.  His family was from Ireland, Wisconsin, and Iowa,  He appears to be one of the lost McNally's.  He lived in Austin Minnesota.  His parents are Myles and Mary (McDonel) McNally.

Charles J. McNally

Charles J. McNally, 89, died unexpectedly at 1:15 p.m. Monday at the home of his son, C.W. McNally, 804 Clark.

Funeral Services will be held Wednesday morning.


Funeral services for Charles J. McNally, 804 Clark, will be held at 9 a.m. Wednesday at the Mayer Funeral home and at 9:30 at Queen of Angels Church.  Burial will be in the Catholic cemetery.  Rosary service will be at 8 o'clock tonight.

Shelly Alexander

Submitted by
Patrick Joseph Hoffman

Personal notes: Thanks to the Palo Alto Genealogical Society for their work in obtaining this obituary.

A sister of Charles Hoffman, Mary E. Hoffman Sterner, wife of Oscar, also lived in Palo Alto County.  She and her husband came to Iowa from Monroe County, Wisconsin about the same time.

Please contact me if you wish to comment or have further information on either of these two families.

 Palo Alto Reporter (Emmetsburg, IA) - Thursday, June 23, 1904
{No changes in spelling, punctuation or fact have been made to this transcript of the original newspaper article.}


HOFFMAN - Charles Andrew, son of John and Elizabeth Hoffman; born at Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 5, 1847; died of apoplexy at Spirit Lake, Iowa, June 17, 1904.
Mr. Hoffman remained with his parents (probably) until 1864, when he enlisted in Company H, First Wisconsin calvary, and with that regiment accompanied Sherman's army in its most arduous service and was with it on its march through the heart of the Confederacy.
After hostilities had ceased and the soldier boys had been mustered out, he returned home and shortly afterwards went to Chicago and took the full course in a business college, that with his natural abilities so thoroughly fitted him for his later business life.  He then spent some time in the employ of the United States express company and only resigned his position when called home on the death of his father to assist his mother in caring for the younger members of the family.
In June 1869 he came to Palo Alto county with several of his boyhood friends, looking for homes, in this the newer West, and he filed the first application for a homestead in what is now Silver Lake township, Palo Alto county, (and we believe that later on, on the organization of the civil township, he was accorded the privilege of selecting for the township its present name.)
After the perfecting of the entry to his land he went back to Wisconsin and on October 26, 1869, at the town of Sparta, was united in marriage with Miss Ella H. VanHoesen.
Early in November after the marriage the young couple started for their Iowa home; the young bride taking the train to Austin, Minnesota, where she was joined by her husband with his team and covered wagon.  From this point the journey was made together to their land.
Here logs were brought from the Little Sioux river and a house was built, and Mr. and Mrs. Hoffman went to work home-building and opening up a farm, expecting to make it their life's work.  Later Mr. Hoffman entered the employ of J. R. Jones of Algona, a pioneer dealer in farm machinery.
In the fall of 1873 he brought Mrs. Hoffman to the village, fitting up one of the very few private residences in the old town of Emmetsburg.
By the time the town was moved, in 1874, Mr. Hoffman was in the implement business for himself and carried it on until he had an advantageons offer in the early '80s to go on the road for a leading manufacturer of farm machinery.  In this business he continued until the end came.
In 1886, finding that he could be with his family more frequently by moving them to a point more central in the territory assigned him, he took them to Waterloo, Iowa, and fitted up a very fine home.
Later Sioux Falls, then Charles City, being more easily reached by him, (he always wanting to be with his family as much as possible,) their home was successfully established at these points.  His residence was at Charles City at the time he died.
Of his family, one daughter, Miss May, who was nearly grown, and an infant son and daughter now sleep beside him.  His wife, his son, William L. and his daughters, Misses Alberta and Ella, were at his bedside at the last.
Mr. Hoffman was a faithful member of the Episcopal church, a brother of the A. F. and A. M., a companion in the Royal Arch Chapter and a Comrade in the Grand Army of the Republic.
The funeral services were conducted at Trinity church, Emmetsburg, by the Rev. W. T. Jackson, assisted by the Rev. W. V. Whitten, rector of Grace church, at Charles City, Iowa.
The remains were escorted to Evergreen cemetery by his immediate family, by two of his brothers, by his fraternal brethren, companions and comrades and a large concourse of his friends of both the pioneer and the later days and lovingly and tenderly laid to rest in a flower-decked grave.
Of his life much might be said.  While with us he was active in promoting the welfare of both the county and the city; he was one of the commissioners appointed by the Circuit Court to arrange for the incorporation for the City of Emmetsburg; he was a charter member of Earnest Lodge No. 399, A. F. and A. M., and was its first Master.
The writer knew him well.  His life was clean; he was true to his convictions; he was faithful to his friends and untiring in his zeal for the welfare of his family.
More might be said, but we will sum up this good bye with -
"A good man has gone home."

The sword carried by the Tyler at the head of the Hoffman funeral procession was presented to the Masonic lodge by the deceased - being the sabre he carried through the civil war.
The large maple in the walk at the south-west corner in the court house square was brought from his Silver Lake homestead by Mr. Hoffman and planted in its present position in the centennial year.
Mr. Hoffman was one of the few pioneers who retained their homesteads through the grasshopper years.  It still remains as a part of his present farm in section 30 in Silver Lake township.
His house in the old town was moved to the new and stood on the corner where Mr. Schirmer now lives.  Next he built the little brown house where James Doyle lives.  It originally stood on the corner where Wm. Ruthven now lives.  When built it was one of the neatest homes in the little town.
Mr. Hoffman was town marshal, probably in 1878 - also did much of the work in the office of the clerk of courts during Mr. Prouty's incumbancy.
His machine warehouse was probably a portion of the J. D. McCarty hotel building on the east side of south Broadway.
Mr. Hoffman was one of the Reporter's firm friends.  His name has been on its list since its first issue.
The floral tributes from his employers at Madison, from several Masonic bodies and from friends at Waterloo, Sioux Falls, Spirit Lake, Charles City and one or two other places, in addition to the local offerings, were numerous and beautiful.
Mr. Hoffman was a good connversationalist and his description of the trip from Austin to Silver Lake stood re-hearing.  The roads were ill-defined.  The sloughs were all but bottomless and the only bridge encountered was the Blackford bridge across the East Des Moines at Algona.
The first night spent by himself and wife in Palo Alto county was in the log house with Mr. and Mrs. Michael Jackman, on the lake shore.  The next night was at the Michael Kirby farm in Great Oak, and he invariably spoke of the kind treatment they had at both places.
Those from a distance who were attending the Hoffman funeral were: John and William Hoffman, of Sparta, Wis., brothers of the deceased.  Mr. and Mrs. Francisco, cousins, and J. E. King, of Algona and Mrs. Bert Harris, old time neighbors and friends.

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, June 19, 1912

Was a Resident of Palo Alto County for 42 years.

Last week, owing to our absence from Emmetsburg, the Democrat had only a very brief notice concerning the death of David Baker, who passed away at his home in this city Tuesday, June 6. He had been an invalid for a very long time. He spent several months at San Antonio, Texas, hoping that the change of climate and surroundings would benefit him, but there was not improvement in his condition. He was brought home and for several weeks he quietly, patiently awaited the last sad summers.
The funeral services were held the following Thursday. They were conducted by the Rev. Herbert Clegg, pastor of the M.E. church, assisted by Rev. J.E. Brerton, pastor of the Congregational church. The burial was in Evergreen cemetery.
Mr. Baker was born at Stanbridge, Quebec, Canada, December 12, 1843. Hence he was 69 years of age. He grew to manhood in the locality in which he was known as a child. In 1870 he came to this county and located on a farm in Vernon township. Six years later he moved to Jones county, this state, remaining there until 1882 when he came back to Palo Alto. He remained on his Vernon farm until a few years ago when he became a resident of Emmetsburg. He was married to Miss Eliza Starr at Monticello, Iowa, March 21, 1871. One son, Arthur Baker, was born to them. He lives on the old homestead. Mrs. Baker died October 2, 1880. October 5, 1882, Mr. Baker was united in marriage to Miss Lottie Groat of Whitby, Ontario, who, with the son named survives him.
Mr. Baker was an industrious, thrifty farmer, and an upright dutiful citizen. He was kind and obliging and he enjoyed the confidence and the good will of those among whom he lived and mingled in his business dealings and in social affairs. He gave good example and is life was edifying. He fully appreciated the motives and the efforts of those who did not agree with him when he knew that they represented the promptings of an earnest sense of duty. He was loyal in his friendship and would not knowingly make little of the attachments of those who confided in him. The community is deeply indebted to him for his many and helpful services and for the elevating influence of his long and useful career.

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, January 14, 1925

The Remains Were Taken to Masonville for Burial

     Mrs. Martin Culligan, who was very ill for several weeks at the house of her daughter, Mrs. Mary Callahan of this city, passed away on Monday morning at 5:40. Her condition for several days was hopeless. The best of care and medical attention were given her but owing to her advanced years she did not gain in strength. Funeral services were held at the Assumption church this morning at 8:00 o'clock, Very Rev. J.G. Murtagh, the rector, celebrating the requiem mass. Many local friends and relatives were in attendance. The remains were taken to Masonville, Delaware county during the day for interment. Services were also held in the Catholic church at that place this morning, the pastor, Father Lonergan, officiating. The burial was in the parochial cemetery.
     Mary Kane was born in the county of Clare, Ireland, January 6, 1845. Her age was 77. When she was five years old her parents came to the United States. Some time later they located at Dubuque this state. She grew to womanhood in that city. November 15, 1870, she was united in marriage to Martin Culligan. Five years later Mr. and Mrs. Culligan moved to Littleport, Clayton county, where they resided for many years. Twenty years ago they located at Masonville. Mr. Culligan died in October, 1918. With the exception of her temporary absence in visiting members of her family, Mrs. Culligan subsequently made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Callahan of this place. Mr. and Mrs. Culligan were the parents of twelve sons and daughters. Six sons and one daughter are living. The sons are Michael, who resides in the state of Washington, John of Huron, South Dakota, James of Waterloo, Jud of Manchester, this state and Simon and Frank of Emmetsburg. The only daughter is Mrs. Callahan.
     Mrs. Culligan was one of the worthy Christian ladies of Iowa. She came to Dubuque when a small girl. She gave over 70 of the active, useful years of her long career to the building up of our great state. She was a helpful, devoted wife, a provident, affectionate mother and a kind, benevolent, sympathetic neighbor. She raised a large family of sons and daughters, a number of whom survive to cherish her memory and exemplify, in their daily lives, her many redeeming qualities. Though not long a resident of Emmetsburg, she was fairly well known to a number of our citizens. Those who had occasion to meet her learned to prize her virtues as a woman and to appreciate her worthy purpose. The sympathy of all is extended to the sons and daughters and to the other relatives.

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, January 14, 1925

He Spent Forty-four Years in the Vicinity of Ruthven.
(Ruthven Correspondence)

     Last Thursday A.M. Smith, one of the oldest gentlemen in our county, passed away at the home of his son, Ralph Smith, with whom he made his home for some time. His death resulted from pneumonia. Because of his advanced years, he could not resist the severity of the attack. The funeral was held Saturday afternoon. Services were conducted at the First Methodist church. Rev. Whiteside of Des Moines officiating. Numerous relatives and friends were in attendance. The burial was in Crown cemetery. The pall bearers were Ole Norris, Christian Norris, Wm. Capner, Guy Courtright, and Harold Barringer.
     Mr. Smith was a native of England. He was born November 30, 1833. His age was 91. He came to the United States, the land of opportunity, when he was a young man and settled in northeastern Iowa. He was married in Chickasaw county to Miss Martha Tisdale. Mr. and Mrs. Smith lived in the vicinity of Fredricksburg for many years. In 1880 they came to Ruthven, buying a farm north of that place. They were thrifty, frugal and painstaking and they prospered. Mrs. Smith died eight years ago. Mr. Smith is survived by four sons and four daughters. The sons are Grant of Mason City and James, Seth and Ralph of Ruthven. The daughters are Mrs. Wm. Hovey of Oklahoma, Mrs. Wm Klein of Dickens and Mrs. John Hanson and Mrs. J.E. Johndahl of Ruthven.
     Mrs. Smith was a gentleman of true integrity, courage and candor. He held well defined views on local and general issues and he was definite and fearless in expressing them. He stood for law, order and good citizenship. He was  provident home maker, a faithful husband, a loving father and a helpful neighbor. Our community prized his manhood and his loyalty to the highest and best interests of the our country. We offer heartfelt sympathy to the several worthy sons and daughters in their bereavement.

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
March 24, 1915

John Fleming, One of the Sterling Citizens of our County.
     The funeral of John Fleming of Highland township was held Thursday. Services were conducted at Assumption church. Father Stork of Ruthven officiating. The burial was in the family lot in St. John's cemetery. There was a large attendance of old friends and neighbors. Mr. Fleming was born in Boone county. He came to Palo Alto with his parents when he was very young. He was 45 years of age. His parents died quite a number of years ago and his sister, Miss Margaret, passed away at Sioux city in February. He is survived by his brother, M. J. and his sister, Miss Bridget, who are at home and his brother, Patrick Fleming who is engaged in business at Belmond.
     Mr. Fleming was one of the most exemplary men in our county. He was frugal, humble and manly. To know him was to entertain the highest regard for him. He was a kind neighbor, a dutiful son, a loving brother, an ideal citizen. His family, his community will miss him and all who knew him will mourn his death.

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Jan 13, 1899



     Mrs. Mary Mahan, wife of M.E. Mahan, of Walnut township, died at her home in that township, on Sunday morning, January 9th, at 10:00 o'clock Her death followed confinement and was entirely unexpected, for a few hours before her death, she was feeling quite strong and thought that the services  of the attending physician were no longer required. A sudden change for the worse took place, and in a couple of hours afterwards she passed away. Mary Ann Conlon, was born in Morris, Ill., in in the month of December, 1861. Her parents, M. and Mrs. Thomas Conlon, removed to this county in the early sixties, and were among the early pioneers of Great Oak township. It was here that the deceased grew to womanhood, and prepared herself for the duties of life. For several years, she taught in the public schools of the county with success, and followed her chosen avocation until her marriage with M.F. Mahan which took place thirteen years ago.
    Mrs. Mahan's death was sad indeed as she leaves six children without the tender care and love so essential to childish nature, and which makes a home a place of sunshine and happiness. The deceased was a devoted and exemplary member of the Catholic church and ever sought to put into practice those christian virtues that should characterize every true follower of the lowly Nazarene.
    The funeral took place from Assumption church, on Tuesday morning at 10:00 o'clock, the services being conducted by Reverend Kelly of Graettinger. The remains were borne to the grave, in St. John's Cemetery, by Chris, John, Thomas, William, Frank and Michael Conlon, the six brothers of the deceased.

[Deceased was the daughter of Thomas Conlon and Anna Muldoon, of county Westmeath, Ireland.]

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
May 10, 1895

Died of lung fever, at his home in Booth township, at 9 o'clock p.m. Friday, May 3, 1895, Michael Fitzgerald, aged 24 years, 5 months and 28 days.
    Deceased was the eldest son of J.P. and Honora Fitzpatrick and was born in Allamakee county, Iowa, Oct. 7, 1879. At the age of thirteen he came with the family to the farm in Booth township, where he has since resided.
    His illness was of fourteen days duration, during which time all that medical skill and unremitting attention could do was done for his relief.
    Anticipating the possible approach of death three days before he died, he called the members of the family to his bedside, addressing to each words of counsel and admonition.
    The end came Friday evening, and ere all the members of the family could be summoned, the spirit of the Christian son, brother and friend had returned to God who gave it.
    The funeral took place at 9:30 a.m. Sunday when a procession of over seventy teams attended his remains from his home to the Catholic church, in Ayrshire, where services were conducted by the Rev. L.J. Carroll, who spoke on "Preparation for Death." his sermon was instructive and highly appreciated by all, and very consoling to the members of the bereaved family. His remains were laid to rest in the Ayrshire Catholic cemetery. May his soul rest in peace.

[Note: the surname on Michael is Fitzpatrick, I believe, not Fitzgerald as listed in the first sentence of obituary.]


Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
September 6, 1895

An Old Settler Gone.
Jeremiah Crowley, one of the Early Pioneers of Palo Alto County, Passes Away.
     Mr. Jeremiah Crowley died at his home in Walnut township, Thursday morning, August 20, at about 8 o'clock. His last illness was of less than a week's duration, he having been taken ill the Friday previous. The cause of his death was a kidney disease from  which he had previously suffered. In the death of Mr. Crowley Palo Alto loses one of her oldest settlers, he having settled in this county in the year 1856. He was born in Ireland in the year 1816 and emigrated to this country in the 1846, but resided in the East ten years previous to coming to this county. When Mr. Crowley first settled in Palo Alto there were but a very few hardy pioneers in the country, but he lived to see the wilderness give place to hundreds of happy homes, and out of the solitude of a vast prairie rise the busy activities of civilization. It is to men such as Mr. Crowley that Palo Alto county owes her civilization and the large concourse of friends who followed his remains to the cemetery last Saturday forenoon testify to the esteem in which he was held.
     The last sad obsequies was held by Rev. Father Smith, of Assumption church. Mr. Crowley leaves an aged companion of 80 years to travel the balance of life's way alone.

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Aug 1, 1895

     Death of Bridget Nolan
     The community was saddened by the death of Miss Bridget Nolan, who died at the residence of her uncle, Patrick Nolan, who resides a couple of miles northwest of Emmetsburg. When Mr. Nolan returned from his trip to Ireland some six weeks ago she accompanied him to America, but her stay here proved of short duration. She was taken the first of last week with inflammation of the bowels, and so severe was the attack that she died on Saturday evening after an illness of only five days. Miss Nolan was in the neighborhood of thirty years of age, and during her brief sojourn in America had made many friends, who sincerely mourn her sudden death.
     The funeral took place Monday morning at 10 o'clock from the Catholic church, and all that was mortal of Bridget Nolan was laid to rest in the cemetery in this city.

Emmetsburg Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
March 28,1935

              Sudden death comes to R.L.Culver
            R.L.Culver died very suddenly at his home here Sunday afternoon. from a heart ailment. Two years ago he suffered a similar attack,and since that time he was subject to occasional heart illnesses,but they were not considered dangerous. Sunday noon he complained of not feeling very well,ate only a small amount of dinner and went to rest on the davenport,without showing any indication that the end was near. About 4:30  in the afternoon, his wife,who was sitting in the next room,heard him give a slight gasp,and before she could get to him death had come.
           Funeral services were held at St.Thomas Church here Wednesday morning..Father Urban offered a requiem high mass.The pallbearers were Tom Rutledge,Tom Nolan,Leo Shea,Melvin Jeppeson,Tom Parker, Frank Culligan.    The local Knights of Columbus lodge  attended the service in a body.
          The deceased was born at Orangeville,Michigan, May 12, 1878 .  Thus he was  almost 57 years of age at the time of his death. He came to Curlew 45 years ago. He was educated  and grew to manhood there.He was married at Ayrshire in 1905 to Miss Mary Brown. Twelve years ago the family moved to Emmetsburg and since have resided here.
          Four children were born,all of whom,with Mrs Culver,survive as follows.  Mrs Maurice Murphy,Miss Bernice,Harold and Robert,all of this community. To know " Bob" Culver was to like him.  He was pleasant to meet  and valuable as a friend.He had a kind and gentle disposition,not at all given to finding fault with others. He was a hard worker ,and his services were valued by those for  whom he worked during several years  here . His sudden death was indeed a shock to his family,and his absence is keenly felt  in the home where his presence was a source of solace and comfort to his loved ones.He had several meritorious characteristics which deserve an eternal award, and this thought should be of much solace to the sorrowful widow,daughters and sons,who may be sure that they have the sincere sympathy of the community at this sad time

Gladys R.Wilcox

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Friday, November 8, 1895

Edward Mahan, of Walnut Township, Passes Away Monday Morning.

     Monday morning at two o'clock occured the death of Edward Mahan, one of the best known of the earlier pioneers of Palo Alto county. For four months Mr. Mahan has been suffering from dropsy of the heart and for the past few weeks his death has been expected at almost any moment. Edward Mahan was born in Ireland in the year 1825 and emigrated to this country in the year 1847 and settled in the state of Massachusetts. He resided there only about four years when he moved west and settled near Morris, Ill., where he remained until January, 1856, when he came to this county. He was one of the first colony that settled  here and for a year most of them lived in a number of log cabins near the site of the old town. In the spring of 1857 the refugees of the Spirit Lake massacre passed through the settlement on their way to Fort Dodge. When the relief expedition came from Ft. Dodge, Mr. Mahan joined it and went with it to the relief of the people near the scene of the massacre. His name in on the monument among those of the others who were on the expedition. Along with the other hardy pioneers of that day he had to endure many privations but he lived long enough to see the vast prairie of Northwestern Iowa turn into well cultivated farms with comfortable houses and out buildings. He made many friends and had the respect of all who knew him. The funeral took place Tuesday at 10 o'clock from the Catholic church being conducted by Rev. Father Costello and the remains were intered in the cemetery of this city. He leaves a family of seven children to mourn his loss.

Palo Alto Reporter
February 21, 1880
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa

     On Thursday last the neighborhood commonly known as "Jack's Creek" in this county was the scene of a most appalling accident resulting in the instant death of Thomas Fahey, a young man of about 18 years and a resident of Palo Alto.  From the various reports in circulation concerning his untimely end, we glean that Mr. Fahey was driving along the road contiguous to Jack Creek, when his team became unmanageable and plunged over an embankment and into the water.  In the descent the wagon was overturned up-on the unfortunate youth--pinning him helplessly to the bottom of the creek, as it were.  The body was found in this position by Mr. Patrick Nolan, supposedly about 3 hours after the occurrence.  A coroner's jury was empanelled and after due deliberation and in accordance with the evidence submitted, rendered a verdict of "Accidental Drowning."

Personal_notes: Thomas Fahy (Fahey) was the son of James Fahy and Elizabeth Cassidy Fahy.  He was born abt. 1859 in Wisconsin.  He is buried in St. John's Cemetery along with his mother.

Lora Treadwell

Palo Alto Reporter
10 July 1885
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa

     We learn of the sudden and unexpected death of Mrs. Fahy of Vernon Township at the home of her brother at High Lake, Emmet county, on Wednesday evening of this week.  Our informant says that Mrs. Fahy had just arrived at her brother' that day for a short visit.  Soon after retiring for the night she was taken with a choking sensation and soon after expired in her brother's arms.  The remains were brought to Emmetsburg for interment in the Catholic cemetery on Thursday evening.

Personal_notes: Elizabeth Cassidy Fahy was my great grandmother. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1840 and died in High Lake on 8 July 1185 at the home of her brother, Henry Cassidy.  She is buried in St. John Cemetery along with her son, Thomas.  This information was supplied to me by the good folks at the Palo Alto Genealogical Society namely Vickie Kesler.  Thank you Vickie.

Lora Treadwell

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
May 14, 1897

Richard Donlan's Death.

   Sunday morning May 9th, 1897, P.H. Donlan received a telegram from Ruthven, containing the sad intelligence of the death of his brother, Richard, who resided in Highland township, a few miles north east of Ruthven. The death of Mr. Donlan is the result of the accidental discharge of a shotgun the contents of which entered his left breast, just above the heart. The circumstances surrounding the case are shrouded in somewhat of a mystery, as the balance of the family was asleep at the time the accident occurred. He occupies the room with his brother, and both retired as usual, Saturday evening, the shot gun having previously been placed under the bed. It is thought that hearing some disturbance or perhaps dreaming of some disturbance, he reached for the gun and in getting it, it was accidentally discharged. The coroner was summoned, and a jury impanneled, which returned a verdict in accordance with the above.
    Mr. Donlan was a young man 26 years of age, quiet, industrious, and of excellent habits. His sudden death is a severe blow to his relatives, surviving brothers and sisters. The funeral took place from the Catholic church at Ruthven, Monday, conducted by the Rev. McInerny of Livermore. The relatives certainly have the sympathy of all in their sad bereavement.

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
May 14, 1897


    Mrs. Mary E. Beach died at her home in this city, Tuesday evening, at 8 o'clock. For nearly twenty years she has been subject to severe attacks of sickness, arising from some disease of the liver and kidneys. Sunday evening she had another of these attacks which terminated in a heavy sleep, from which she never regained consciousness but quietly passed away.
    Mrs. Beach's maiden name was Mary E. Black, and she was born in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, nearly 52 years ago. She was united in marriage to George H. Beach in Sullivan county, Pennsylvania, Aug. 21, 1861. In the spring of 1869, Mr. and Mrs. Beach with family, moved to Des Moines where they resided for two years. In 1871, they came to Palo Alto county, where they have continuously resided.
    Mrs. Beach was a woman who was highly esteemed for her Christian virtues, and was a consistent member of the Episcopal church of this city. In her death the church loses a devoted member, her husband a loving help meet, and her children, a fond mother. She was the mother of seven children, of whom three sons and one daughter survive her.
    The funeral services will take place from the Episcopal church, Friday morning, at 10 o'clock, conducted by Rev. W.T. Jackson.

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Friday, April 17, 1896

Died in Her Chair.

     Mrs. Ellen Wilson, wife of George Wilson, who resides about six miles west of this city, died very suddenly, Saturday evening, form heart failure. Saturday afternoon Mr. Wilson had been sowing some oats and having a finished the piece drove to the house, about four o'clock, to throw out the oats that remained in his wagon. As he drove up he saw his wife come out of the house and get some clothes that hung on the line and then enter the house again. Their two little girls, who were playing in the yard, entered the house a few minutes later and the elder one seeing her mother sitting on a chair with her head resting on her arms, which were lying on the table, went up to her and asked her what was the matter. Not receiving any answer she took hold of her hand, when her mother partially raised her head, and she immediately seemed to realize that her mother was dying and told the smaller girl to run and tell her father, which she did. Mr. Wilson hurried to the house and lifted his wife in his arms to lay her on the bed, but she had already passed away.
      The cause of her death was heart failure. About one month before she had had an attack of LaGrippe and had been quite ill from it, but lately had been feeling quite strong again.
    Mrs. Wilson was born in Cluny parish, Perthshire, Scotland, Feb. 13, 1854, and grew from childhood to woman's estate in her childhood home. She was married to Mr. Wilson Aug 9, 1876 and they continued to reside in that vicinity until five years ago in March, when they came direct to this county from Scotland.
    Mrs. Wilson was a member of the Methodist church of this city and was striving to live according to the precepts of the Master.
    The funeral took place from the house Sunday at 1:00 p.m., the services being conducted by Rev. Bagnell. The remains were brought to this city and laid to rest in Evergreen cemetery.
    Mrs. Wilson is the mother of five children, all of whom survive her. Her death is especially sad as it leaves the father with the care of two small children.

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Friday, April 17, 1896

Died of blood poison, at her home in Plover, Ia., on Tuesday, April 7, at 6 a.m., Mrs. Nancy L. Curtis, aged 55 years, 9 mos. and 22 days.
    Nancy L. Brown was born in Indiana, June 15, 1840. At the age of four years she went with her parents to Rock county, Wisconsin, where she resided during her young womanhood. She was married to Geo. M. Curtis October 14, 1858, and in 1861 moved with her husband to Iowa, settling in Fayette county. They removed in 1871, with the three children that had been born to them, to Cedar Rapids, and in  1882, came to the northwest part of the state, settling in Palo Alto county.
    About three years ago, Mr.s Curtis became a widow, when she and her daughter moved to Plover, where they have since resided.
    When about fifteen years of age she confessed her faith in Christ, and united with the Seventh Day Baptist church of Milton, Wis. After her removal to Iowa, she severed her connection with that church and has never united with any other. Although she has not of late years may any public profession of religion, she has always endeavored to live in a righteous, Christ like manner and often expressed her belief that God would be merciful to her and receive her to himself. About thirty years ago Mrs. Curtis had a shock of paralysis, which left her almost helpless for a year and a half, and from which she never entirely recovered. For the past fifteen years she has been afflicted with terrible sores on her feet, which about two weeks ago developed into blood poison. The poison went to her brain, and for several days she was unconscious and on Tuesday morning passed quickly away.
    Mrs. Curtis was a woman who was respected and beloved by all who knew her. Although her poor health has not permitted her mingling much in society for a number of years, still she always had a kindly greeting for her friends. Especially will she be missed in the little home circle, where she always reigned as queen in the hearts of her children.
    She leaves to mourn her departure two sons, L. Curtis, of Emmetsburg, Ia., and one daughter, Lillian J. Curtis, of Plover, one sister, Mrs. G.H. Huffman, of Smyth, S. Dak., two brothers, D.Brown, of Dell Rapids, S. Dak., and A.A. Brown, of Milton, Wis.
    The funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church on Thursday, at 10 a.m., conducted by Rev. Fraser, after which the remains were taken to Curlew and laid beside those of her deceased husband.

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Friday, April 17, 1896

    Mr. John Hand, one of the old and esteemed residents of Great Oak township died Sunday night, about 12 o'clock. For some years Mr. Hand had been feeling the weight of his years, and it took but little to cut asunder the slender thread of life. A few days previous to his demise he took cold, which together with his age carried him away.
    Mr. Hand was born in the county of Cavan, Ireland, in the year 1818, and had thus attained the ripe old age of 78 years, when death summoned him to the other shore. In the year 1847 he left Ireland and came to America, settling in the vicinity of New York City for a number of years. Later on he removed from New York State to Allamakee county, this state, where he continued to reside until 1873 when he again moved westward and settled on a farm in Great Oak township, this county. Since then he has been a continuous resident of Palo Alto and has always taken a keen and active interest in everything pertaining to her welfare. He was a capable, intelligent citizen and took his position on questions of public policy after due thought and consideration. It was due to this fact that his judgment was always respected and won for him the well wishes of his fellow men.
    The funeral took place from Assumption church Tuesday morning, at 10:00 o'clock, the services being conducted by Rev. Father Costello. His six sons, John Hand, Thomas Hand, P.V. Hand, P.H. Hand, James Hand and T.E. Hand were the pall bearers and theirs were the hands that sorrowfully laid the remains of their beloved father in its final resting place in the cemetery of this city.

[Additional Information: John Hand was married to a woman named Margaret, surname unknown. His daughters, not mentioned in the obit, were Mary Hand, Bridget Hand O'Brien, Elizabeth Hand, Margaret Hand Egan. Bridget, Elizabeth and Margaret were all born Allamakee Co., IA]

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Friday, October 7, 1898

    Miss Clara Dealey, sister of Mr. Frank Dealy, died at the home of her brother, Tuesday, September 27th, 1898, at 6:30 o'clock.
    The deceased had been an invalid for many years, but during her entire illness she bore the pain of bodily infirmities with a christian fortitude, trusting that sooner or later she would enter that heavenly land where sickness and pain are known no more.
    Miss Dealey was born in Fairfield, Me., in August, 1858, and had passed her fortieth year but a few weeks before her decease. She resided in her native state until five years ago last spring when she came to Palo Alto county, and has since made her home with her brother in this city. Being an invalid she was of necessity compelled to pass the greater share of her time indoors, yet such was her patience and fortitude, all with whom she came in contact learned to love her. Her remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery in this city, Thursday. The last sad obsequies being conducted by Rev. J.J. Smith.

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Friday, Dec. 17, 1897

    Died at the residence of her son, in Emmetsburg, Iowa, on the evening of Friday, Dec. 10, Catherine M. Coonan, aged 73 years, 3 months and 25 days.
    The deceased-whose maiden name was O'Connell-was born in Cork, Ireland. Came to the United States in 1845, and in 1847 was married in Boston to Martin Coonan. A few years late they came to Morris, Ill, where Mr. Coonan was engaged in railroad work. In 1859 they came to Palo Alto county and settled on what is now known as the Riverdale farm. Here they opened up a general farm and endured all the struggles and privations of a pioneer life. In a little while their farm became one of the landmarks of the valley of the West Des Moines. As the settlers began to come in, their homestead, with the adjacent river crossing, formed the nucleus by which the original town of Emmetsburg was built and the farm house for a time became the village tavern and was constantly filled to overflowing with restless, moving humanity of every type, and each guest whether prince or peasant received from Mrs. Coonan a cheerful welcome on arriving, the best that was going while he stayed, and a hearty god-speed on departure.
    The told town began to take on village form about 1870-71 and all of the first settlers for a longer or a shorter period made their homes at the Coonan hostelry, and as we have heard them talk over those crowding, pushing, bustling times, in the later years the good-heartedness of Mrs. Coonan has almost invariably been spoken of. When the town moved, Mr. and Mrs. Coonan sold the old home farm and moved to the "eighty" that now forms the B. & R. addition, east of Emmetsburg, where she lived till sometime after the death of her husband in June, 1886. Her later years have been spent with her son William, at whose home she died. To the last her hospitable disposition stayed with her, and she would never hear to a hungry man being sent from the door.
    During this period she has been a sufferer from rheumatism and to some extent had passed from the general view, but whenever you came in contact with her, the warm heart and the cheery, "How are you," was there; she loved to talk over the old times, and to enquire after the welfare of those of her old boarders who had moved away. She had a good word for each and all of them, and always saw the good points, rather than their failings. But her life's work is done, and we believe that her purpose was to do all the good she could.
    The estimation in which she was held, was somewhat shown by the large number of mourning friends who followed her mortal remains to the church, and to their last resting place in the cemetery.
    We knew her well- she was more than an ordinary woman in her sphere and we feel that many sad hearts will join us in bidding her this last good-by.

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Friday, Dec. 17, 1897

    Died, at his home, one-half mile north of Osgood, Ia., at 2 o'clock a.m., December 12, 1897, H.T. Dickinson, of sciatic rheumatism, aged 77 years, 11 months and 12 days.
    Henry Townsend Dickinson was born at Bath, Steuben county, N.Y., January 2nd, 1820. His mother died when he was four years old, and he being the second youngest of ten children, had to depend mainly on his own labor for his support, and his education was obtained by working for his board and walking three miles to a country school. In the spring of 1836 he went with a sister and her husband to Sahron, Washtena county, Mich., where he helped to clear off and subdue one of the finest farms in that section of country, and on October 2nd, 1844, he was married to Miss Elizabeth W. Wosburg [transcriber note: unsure of complete name..crease in paper here] of the same place, and they  settled on a small farm nearby. Owing to failing health they moved in the spring of 1854 to Decatur, Green county, Wis., where he again located on an unimproved farm. In March, 1868, they moved to Broadhead, in the same township, and he there engaged in the mercantile business until his health again failed. In 1882 they moved to Palo Alto county and settled on the farm which has since been their home, and where on October 2nd, 1894, they celebrated their golden wedding. He was converted in 1846 and united with the M.E. church and had ever since been a most faithful, zealous worker. He was a great reader and was thoroughly posted on all the current events of the country and also of the church of his choice. His faithful companion and their only child. Z.F. Dickinson, his wife and two sons, Harry and Albert, survive him. Father Dickinson was a man of great moral and religious strength of character. He had never uttered an oath, or, it is believed, willfully told a lie or intentionally wronged anyone; had never used tobacco or intoxicating liquors in any form, and had always contributed very largely, according to his means, for the support of the church, and died praying the Lord Jesus to come quickly and take him to Himself. Surely he could say with the Apostle Paul: " I have fought a good fight; I have finished my course; I have kept the faith." II Tim., 4-7.


The Reporter
Emmetsburg, Iowa 50536

Funeral Services For Edward Conlon Were Monday In Ayrshire

AYRSHIRE - Edward C. Conlon of Bussey and formerly of Ayrshire died Thursday, January 1, 2004 at the Pella Community Hospital in Pella, Iowa. He was 96. Funeral services were Monday, January 5 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ayrshire with the Rev. Father Peter Nguyen officiating. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery in Ayrshire. The Martin-Mattice Funeral Home of Ruthven was in Charge of arrangements.
   Edward C. Conlon, the son of Chris and Bertha (Peterson) Conlon, was born July 16, 1907, in Great Oak Township, Palo Alto County, Iowa. He attended country school in Great Oak Township.
   On Feb. 24, 1941, Ed married Berneadine Martin at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Ayrshire. The couple raised two sons and farmed southeast of Ayrshire. In 1952 Berneadine died and Ed continued to farm and raise his sons with the help of Ottilia "Brunie" Brungardt, who was employed as a nurse at the hospital. She and her daughter, Dolores became part of the Conlon family as Ed and "Brunie" were married. In 1966, the family moved to a farm near Ruthven and after "Brunie's" death in 1976, Ed moved back to Ayrshire. He lived a short time in Emmetsburg and most recently had lived in Bussey, Iowa with his daughter Dolores.
   Survivors include a son, William, of Chicago; daughter Dolores Fay and husband Tom of Bussey; daughter-in-law Marilyn Gappa and Jack of Emmetsburg; grandchildren Christopher Conlon of Altamonte Springs, FL; Donna and Mike Slevin of Oak Hill, VA; Theresa and Tony Davis of Bussey; Sarah and Donald Stoops of Bussey, IA and Michael Fay, with the 82nd Airborne Division in Baghdad, Iraq; great-grandchildren Hannah and Bridget Slevin and Emma, Josh and Kristina Davis. Also surviving are a brother, Maurice Conlon of Ruthven; sister Dorothy Malloy and Morris of Galesburg, IL and numerous neices and nephews, as well as many other relatives and friends.
   He was preceded in death by his parents, his wives, a son, Pat, brothers Ray, Frank, Charlie, Bob, Jim and Joe and sisters Marie Baxter and Irene Christiansen.

Personal_notes: (Edward Clarence Conlon was only in the hospital in Pella, Iowa for 2 days.)
(Ed may have had a sister Margarine Conlon who died May 1909, as a young baby, and a brother Harry Conlon who died in 1917, 3 years old.)
(I have some info on the half brothers of Ed, including William)

Marilyn (Sause Conlon) Gappa

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Friday, June 7, 1895

An Old Settler Gone
    Wm. Greeley died at his home in Great Oak township, Sunday, at 1:30 p.m. after an illness of a few days.
    He was in town Thursday apparently as well as usual and yet in three days time he had passed from earth.
    Mr. Greeley was born in Ireland and in his early manhood emigrated to this country and lived for quite a number of years in Illinois. In 1872 or '73 he removed to this county and has resided ever since.
    The funeral ceremonies took place Monday at 10 o'clock from the Catholic church and his body was laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery, by the side of his wife who had preceded him some 14 years.

10 Jun 1962
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa

 Mrs. Harold Hoard of South Dakota Dies; Rites here
       Word was received in Emmetsburg Monday of the death of Mrs Harold Hoard, 62, of Flandreau, S D. Mrs Hoard, the former Lois Swanton, died at her home in Flandreau early Monday morning after an illness of several months. Services will be held in Flandreau at 2 o'clock this afternoon (Tuesday), and the body will be brought to Emmetsburg. Friends may call at the Ellsworth- Beiter Funeral home this evening from 7 to 9 o'clock. Funeral services will be held here Wednesday at 2 o'clock at the First Congregational church with the Rev Dallas E Minnick officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery. Lois Swanton was born in Emmetsburg Aug 2, 1919, only daughter of E Gerry and May Swanton. She received her education in the Emmetsburg schools and graduated from Emmetsburg High school in 1936 and from Emmetsburg Junior college in 1938. She was very musical and belonged to several musical groups while in school. She was a member of the First Congregational church and was very active in church circles. On June 23, 1940 she married Harold Hoard in the Congregational church in Emmetsburg. She is survived by her husband and two sons E Gerry and Jeffery; her father E Gerry Swanton and one grandchild. The Hoard family visited here often and Mrs Hoard will be remembered by her many Emmetsburg friends. Pallbearers will be Henry Brumm, Carl Klingerman, Carl Spies, Dr Warren Marks, James McFadgen and Edward Sweaney. Her mother preceded her in death.

Arlene Christensen

26 July 1960
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa

May Swanton, 70, Lifelong Resident Dies: Set Rites.
      Funeral services for May Viola Swanton, 70, a lifelong resident of Emmetsburg will be held Wednesday at 2 pm in First Congregational church with the Rev Alvin H Boettcher officiating at the services. Ellsworth-Belter funeral home will be in charge and burial will be at Evergreen cemetery. Mrs Swanton, who had been in ill health for two years, died Sunday. Born May 1, 1890 at Emmetsburg she was the daughter of Joseph S Atkinson and Martha Piester Atkinson. She married E Gerry Swanton Sept 2, 1918 at Emmetsburg. Surviving, besides her husband, is a daughter, Mrs Harold N (Lois)Hoard of Sioux Falls, S.D. Other survivors include two sisters, Mrs Cora Hoelzner and Mrs Nell Carlisle;two grandsons, E Gerry Hoard and Jeffery Hoard; a great-grandson and several nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, three sisters and four brothers. The pallbearers will be Carl Klingaman, Henry Willingham, Harley Wilson, James Craford, Carl Spies and Henry Brumm. The body will be taken to the church at 1 pm Wednesday to lie in state. The casket will not be opened after the services. Mrs Swanton was always known for her friendly personality and hospitable ways. Cheerful during her long illness, she was an inspiration to her many friends who mourn her passing.           

Personal_notes: This was my great aunt

Arlene Christensen

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Friday, August 5, 1898

Mary Bradley
At her home in Vernon township, on Sunday, July 31, Mary, wife of B.J. Bradley, aged 30 years, 3 months and 21 days.
    The deceased was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.P. McEvoy, and was Mr. McEvoy's assistant while in the County Treasurer's office. She was married to Mr. Bradley May 30th, 1893 and to them were born a son and a daughter who are thus early called on to mourn the death of a mother.
    While Mrs. Bradley had not been in robust health for some time, her death at this time was entirely unexpected and she carried on her household work till the day preceding her death. During Saturday afternoon a physician was called but did not regard her as in danger. Sunday forenoon a message was again sent for him, but before he arrived Mrs. Bradley had breathed her last.
    As we knew her she appeared to be a quiet, patient, Christian woman, always courteous and obliging, and this appears to be the prevailing opinion of her.
    Her remains were laid to rest from the Catholic church on Tuesday, and notwithstanding the down-pouring rain were followed to their last resting place by a long procession of sorrowing friends.

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Friday, August 5, 1898

Mrs. J.W. Hanson
At Ruthven, Iowa, on Saturday, July 30, 1898, Dora Doolittle, wife of Jno. W. Hanson, aged 32 years, 9 months and 16 days.
    The deceased was born at Lake Mills, Wisconsin, and spent most of her early life there and at Fennimore until she came to Ruthven about eleven years ago. She was married to John W. Hanson at the latter place on October 12th, 1892. During the four years that Mr. Hanson was sheriff they made their home in Emmetsburg, and Mrs. Hanson' great good nature made a friend for her in each person who formed her acquaintance. They returned to Ruthven in the early spring and had either commenced, or had in contemplation the building of a handsome new home. But the plans are abruptly changed and she has gone to the house not built with hands.
    Her funeral was held on Monday, the services being conducted jointly by Rev. Mr. Bryon, the M.E. pastor at Ruthven, and Rev. Robt. Bagnell, of LeMars, who was her pastor during her stay in Emmetsburg.
    The floral offerings that decked her casket and her bier were profuse and tastily arranged and some of them were made of favorite flowers that had grown in the nooks and dales where she had loved to wander when a child. Perhaps she saw them. Who knows?
    Her mother had reached her bedside the day before her death and had the melancholy though heart-breaking satisfaction of bidding her a last good-bye.

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Feb 10, 1899

Nellie Hefley Dead.
    Nellie Hefley, the eight year old daughter of Mr and Mrs. William Hefley, died Friday night, February 3, 1899. She had been sick with some bronchial and heart trouble for more than six weeks and on the Tuesday before her death she was stricken with paralysis. Nellie was a sweet little girl, the only daughter in the home, and a favorite at home and among her playmates. It always seems sadder to have one so young taken away, than for an old person because the latter has reached the stage when life is behind, and strength and vigor has departed while the former has youth and all of life before them. The funeral took place from Assumption church, on Sunday, at 11:30 o'clock and was largely attended. The services were conducted by J.J. Smith.

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Feb 10, 1899

An Old Settler Gone.
    On last Friday, February 3, occurred the death of Mr. Patrick Brady, at his home in Great Oak township. The immediate cause of Mr. Brady's death was la grippe, from which he suffered several weeks. The deceased was born in county Cavan, Ireland, on April 13, 1816, consequently had he lived until April he would have reached his eighty-third year. At the age of twenty-one he emigrated from Ireland to this country and settled in Virginia. A few years later he moved to Joliet, Ill., where on February 9, 1874 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Bannon. In 1882 he came to this county, and settled on a farm in Great Oak township, where he continued to reside until his death. Mr. Brady was an upright man, and was universally respected. He was well versed in the history of his native country, and always took an active affairs of this country. He leaves a wife, a son, Frank Brady, and a daughter, Miss Kittie Brady, to mourn his loss.
    The funeral took place from Assumption church on Monday morning, at 10:30 o'clock It was held under the auspices of the A.O.H., of which he was a prominent member. The services at the church were conducted by Rev. Father Carroll of Ayrshire, to whose parish the deceased belonged. The remains were interred in St. John's cemetery.

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
May 4, 1928

Death Calls Mrs. M T Washington
Lived Close to Ruthven and in Town for Over 40 years. Parents Members of Irish Settlement

     Mrs. MT Washington of Ruthven, whose serious condition was mentioned in a couple issues of the Democrat, died at the hospital in Spencer Wednesday morning. She had not for some time been enjoying the best of health but she was able to be about until quite recently. Two weeks ago she was taken to Spencer for special treatment but her condition proved hopeless. The funeral will be held Saturday forenoon. The services will be conducted in the Catholic church at Ruthven to which she belonged for more than 40 years. Father Coleman will officiate. All of the members of the family will be present. The burial will be in the parochial cemetery. Many from this community will doubtless attend.
     Bridget Washington, daughter of Mr. & Mrs. James Nolan, members of the original Irish colony, was born several miles northwest of this city May 19 1860. She was almost 68 years of age. She grew to womanhood in this community. The members of the family were widely known by the pioneers of our county. February 10, 1885, she was united in marriage at Milwaukee WI, to Mr MT Washington. She had for some time been living with an aunt in that city. Mr & Mrs Washington subsequently made their home on their farm a couple of miles east of Ruthven. Mrs. Washington's death is mourned by her husband, five sons and 2 daughters. The sons are Edward of Spencer, John of Ruthven, and Vincent, George and William of Omaha. The daughters are Mrs. Roy Beselin of Omaha and Mrs. Vern Ball of Ruthven. Two sons, Charles L and James, died during the World War. The former was in the service in the Navy and the latter in the army. Both were interred with military honors....(apparently a typo here, next line is as follows) only brother, James F Nolan of Ruthven is also among the mourners.
     Mrs. Washington lived in our county from childhood. She grew up in the warm regard of the early residents of the community. As new settlers came, they soon learned to esteem her. She became an honored wife and the affectionate mother of a large family of creditable sons and daughters. She was stongly attached to her church and she was at all times a leading and influential member in its many undertakings. She was mild, unassuming, kind, considerate and obliging. Timely community enterprises could always count on her for assistance and encouragement. When her two sons, splendid young men, made the supreme sacrifice during the World war, she and her good husband accepted the heavy burden with Christian resignation, feeling that theirs was a real contribution to the cause of true patriotism. The people of Ruthven and vicinity and many in Emmetsburg and throughout the county will often recall Mrs Washington's many virtues as a Christian lady and her strong influence and earnest efforts for the welfare of society. The large number who knew her will learn with deep sorrow of her passing and offer sympathy to the sorrowing husband, sons and daughters.

Personal notes: written on the back of this clipping by Marge Washington Ball "mother died 2 May 1928"
This is my husband's ggrandmother. We are happy to trade information about this family if you are a long-lost cousin.

Chris Hansen

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
May 4, 1927

Native of Kentucky, Came to Our County Twenty- one Years Ago.
                          (by Rev. Marion Sunderlin )

               Born Lincoln county, Kentucky,on June 7,1864. Died at Rodman, Iowa April  28,1927 Age 62 years,10 months  and 21 days.  
                James Monroe Phelps spent his boyhood and young manhood in Kentucky, Here in  1883  he  was united in marriage to Miss Sarah  Lou Hare . To this union 10 children were born.
             Four of the children, Iva, Coy, Edward and Roy ,have preceded the father in death  .
               After his marriage the young couple moved to the State of Illinois, remaining there for some 13 years, and then to Iowa, moving first to near Fort Dodge and then to Palo Alto  county where they have resided for the past 21 years.
               The deceased joined the Baptist church 19 years ago and remained a member to the time of his death.
               He leaves to mourn his sudden departure, his beloved wife ,the children  Mrs Arthur Wilcox of  Curlew, Mrs John Korleski  of Fort Dodge,  Mrs Arthur Johnson  of Emmetsburg, Claude  of Emmetsburg, John  of Slayton,MN.,Raymond  of Des Moines. And a host of neighbors and friends who shall miss his  kindly presence .
               Mr. Phelps  was born in one of the border states during the close of the great Civil war .He lived to see national  harmony restored and to witness the remarkable  development and prosperity that followed Many of the best years of his life were given to the upbuilding of northwest Iowa. he was a useful citizen and he was a provident, zealous husband and father. The entire community in which he lived mourns his death and offers true sympathy to his dutiful wife and and his loving sons and daughters.
             The Democrat learns with profound regret of his passing.

Personal notes: James M. Phelps died at Rodman

Gladys R.Wilcox 

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
May 28, 1928                 

                    Mrs Sarah Lou Hare Phelps, Mother of Several Palo Alto Citizens.
                                             Died at Slayton Minnesota.                

            Sarah Lou Hare Phelps was born in Maryville, Kentucky, August18,1861. Died                     
      Slayton, Minnesota, May 3,1928.   Age 66 years,8 months and 15 days.
               The deceased was one of five children of the family of Mr. and Mrs. David Hare.
     Two sisters and her mother have preceded her in death.
                Her girlhood days were spent in Kentucky.  Here she was married to Mr.James 
     Phelps  to  whom she was a devoted wife  and companion for nearly 46 years. To this union ten  
     children  were  born -- Iva ,Coy ,Edward ,Roy ,Claude , John , Raymond , Maude , Minnie and 
                With her husband she moved to Illinois in 1883, where they lived for  about  13 years,   
    removing then to Fort Dodge, Iowa, and  22 years ago coming to Palo Alto County.. Here  they 
   have lived and served  and died. Friendly, charitable, kind, patient, enduring, she made a
   large place for herself in the hearts of  those who knew her. She had the respect and 
   confidence of all.
                Very early she gave her heart to God and joined the Baptist church. Later she affiliated
    with  the Baptist church of Curlew, Iowa. and was a member of that body  to the time of her death. 
                Those who remain  of the  immediate family are the aged father living at Fort Dodge, Iowa
    Sons and daughters ---Claude of West Bend, John of Slayton,  Minnesota,  Raymond of Des Moines,
    Mrs. Arthur Wilcox  of Emmetsburg, Mrs John Korleski, Fort Dodge, Mrs Arthur Johnson, 
    Emmetsburg,     Brother C.M.Hare, Fort Dodge, Sister Mrs Joseph Crane, Dayton, Ohio.           
Gladys R.Wilcox 

Emmetsburg Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Feb. 3, 1953

 Personal_notes: My grandmother.

             Mrs. Alfred Krieg Is Dead At 57

   Mrs. Alfred Krieg, 57, died at her home four miles northwest of Marathon Thursday.  She recently underwent minor surgery in the University hospital at Iowa City.
   Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock this afternoon (Tuesday), from the First Methodist church at Mallard, the pastor, the Rev. Frank Webb, officiating.
   Burial will be in Evergreen cemetery in Emmetsburg.  The Foy funeral home is in charge of arrangements.
   Pallbearers are her six brothers.  They are Orlan Hersom of Ruthven, Everett, Lester, Alfred, Richard and Frank Hersom of Mallard.
   Rhoda Maurine Hersom, daughter of Richard L. and Luella Walsinger, was born at Searsboro, Poweshiek county, Iowa, Nov. 29, 1895.  She was married at Mallard, March 6, 1912, to Alfred Krieg. Seven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Krieg.  They are Mrs. Fred (Marie) Yates of Forest Grove, Ore., Mrs. Lester (Marion) Bowman, Watertown, N.Y., Mrs. Arnold (Maurine) Gates of Collage Grove, Ore., Marlene Krieg of Collage Grove, Ore., Arden Krieg of Lake City, Alden Krieg of Portland, Ore., and Mrs. James (Marilyn) Roberts of Sacramento, Calif.,  Her twin sister, Mrs. Rose Wilhite, and a half sister Edith Tisor, preceded her in death.
  She is survived by her husband, seven sons and daughters, two half sisters, Mrs. Bertha Strube of Waterloo and Mrs. Mathilda Leslie of Beaulieu, Minn., and Mrs. Lloyd Ziegler of Emmetsburg.
   The sympathy of a wide circle of friends is extended to the sorrowing relatives in their bereavement.

The Mallard Leader
Mallard, Palo Alto, Iowa
Thursday, February 5, 1953

Personal_notes:  My grandmother.  The name of one son, my uncle Alden is spelled incorrectly as Eldon.+

          Mrs. Alfred Krieg Rites Held At Mallard

   Final rites for Mrs. ALfred Krieg, 57, who died at her home near Marathon last Thursday evening, Jan. 29, were held at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon at the home of her brother, Lester Hersom near Mallard, and at 2:00 o'clock in the Mallard Methodist church, with Rev. Frank Webb officiating.  Interment was in Evergreen cemetery at Emmetsburg, with the Foy funeral home in charge of arrangements.
   A quartet, composed of Mrs. Lyle Foster, Carolyn Hersom, Ulrich Truog and LeRoy Wills, sang "Will There Be Any Stars In My Crown?" "The Old Rugged Cross" and "In The Garden."  Mrs. Lester Gehrt was the piano accompanist.
   The flowers were arranged by Mrs. Kenneth Larson, Mrs. Bella Lowe and Mrs. Clarence Weller.
   Casket bearers were six brothers of Mrs. Krieg.
   Rhoda Maurine Hersom, daughter of Richard L. and Lu Ella Wallsinger Hersom, was born Nov. 29, 1895 at Searsboro, Iowa.  When she was eight years old the family came to Mallard.  She spent most of her life in this vicinity.  She was united in marriage to Alfred J. Krieg on March 6, 1912 and to his union seven children were born.  They moved to Marathon in 1948.  Mrs. Krieg had been in ill health for a number of years and had just returned from the University hospital at Iowa City the Monday before her death.
   She is survived by her husband and seven children, who were all present at the funeral.  They are Mrs. Fred Yates of Forest Grove, Oreg., Mrs. Lester Bowman of Watertown, New York, Mrs. Arnold Gates and Marlene Krieg of Cottage Grove, Oreg., Mrs. James Roberts of Sacramento, Calif., Arden Krieg of Lake City, Iowa and Eldon Krieg of Portland, Oreg., one sister and six brothres, Mrs. Lloyd Ziegler of Emmetsburg, Everett, Lester, Richard, Alfred and Franklin Hersom of Mallard, and Orlan Hersom of Ruthven: two half-sisters, Mrs. Bertha Strube of Waterloo, Iowa and Mrs. Alfred Leslie of Beaulieu, Minn.; 13 grandchildren and many other relatives and a host of friends.
   She was preceded in death by her parents, a twin sister and a half sister, Mrs. Rose Wilhite and Edith Tisor.

Nedra Krieg Bennett

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
July 1993

        Charles C. Krieg Funeral Services Held Friday

   Former Mallard resident Charles C. Krieg died Tuesday, July 27, 1993, at Palo Alto County Hospital in Emmetsburg.  He was 97.
   Funeral services for Mr. Krieg were held Friday, July 30, at the United Methodist Church in Mallard.  The Rev. Jon Gaul officiated.
  Burial was in Evergreen Cemetery, Emmetsburg.  Military rites were conducted at the grave site by members of the Mallard American Legion.  The Martin Funeral Home in Emmetsburg was in charge of arrangements.
   Casket bearers were David Krieg, Doug Krieg, Terry Krieg, Jim Krieg, Tony Krieg and Mark Krieg.
   Charles Casper Krieg was born Oct. 1, 1895, in Mallard, the son of John Casper and Cora Alma (Young) Krieg.  He received his education in Ellington Township Country School and served with the U.S. armed forces during World War I.
   On Feb. 4, 1925, Charles Krieg and Elizabeth Lurene Crawmer were married at Mallard.  The couple farmed in the Mallard area and retired in 1962.  They made their home in Mallard until 1983, and then moved to Emmetsburg. Mr.Krieg had been a resident at PARC Hall.
   Charles Krieg was a charter member of the Mallard American Legion; in 1988 he had been a member for 70 years.  He was a lifetime member of the Mallard Methodist Church and he was a member of the Mallard and Emmetsburg Senior Citizen organizations.
   Survivors include his wife, Elizabeth; four children, Marvin Krieg of Des Moines, Betty Guinn of Emmetsburg, Roger Krieg of Ruthven and Karen Boeckholt of Gerber, Calif.; 15 grandchildren.  Also surviving is a sister, Mabel Holen of Hemet, Calif.
   Mr. Krieg was preceded in death by a daughter, Vivian Krieg; his parents, three sisters and three brothers. 

Nedra Krieg Bennett

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
30 Sept 1925

Personal_notes:  Charles Krieg was the son of John and Anna Sutter Krieg.  A small notice in the Emmetsburg Democrat of Wed. March 20, 1912 noted: Chas. Krieg has a nice new line of buggies for sale which he will handle this summer along with Ford Autos.

        Remains Taken to Dubuque
        He Came to Palo Alto in 1869

  Last Friday night, at 10:30, Chas. Krieg, one of the oldest residents of Mallard, whose serious condition was mentioned in last week's Democrat, passed away at Palo Alto hospital in this city.  He underwent a surgical operation and never gained in strength.  Saturday evening the remains were taken to Dubuque for interment.  They were accompanied by Mrs. Krieg and one or two other relatives.  Services were conducted by Rev. Lee.  The pallbearers were G.G. Sands, J.A. Hughes, J.P. Mulroney, T.J. Dawson, Geo. Wening and Joseph Mulroney.
   Chas. Krieg was born in the vicinity of Cincinnati, Ohio on April 19, 1863.  His age was 62.  When he was a small boy his parents moved to Ottawa, Illinois, where they lived for some time.  Later they came to Dubuque. In August 1869, they located in the south part of this county.  This was long before the town of Mallard was started.  Mr. Krieg grew to manhood in that locality.  A number of years ago he became a resident of Patterson, Iowa,and he also lived at Milroy for some time.  He was in Dubuque a few years, but finally came back to Mallard where he made his home. Mr. Krieg was married at Dubuque on November 18, 1890, to Miss Lena Steiner, who survives him.  His death is also mourned by one brother, John, of Mallard, and a sister, Mrs. Rose Stafford, of Reliance, Nebraska.
   Mr. Krieg was a sincere, substantial, upright citizen and he had the respect and good will of all who knew him.  He was careful and conservative and he was economical and thrifty.  HE was loyal to his friends and they had confidence in him.  He was an old resident of our county and his influence was widely felt.  All who knew him will regret his passing and offer sincere sympathy to Mrs. Krieg and the surviving brother and sister.

Nedra Krieg Bennett

Emmetsburg Thursday Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
June 1, 1939

Personal_notes:  The names of his sons should read Charles and Alfred.

        Horse Kills Elderly Man At Mallard
        John Krieg, 88, dies in Local Hospital 24
        Hours  After Being Kicked and Trampled

    John Krieg, 88, retired farmer, died in the local hospital Saturday of injuries suffered when trampled by a horse on Friday at the home of his son, Charles Krieg, two miles northeast of Mallard.  The victim sustained a fractured scull, a broken arm and other injuries.  Mr. Krieg, a resident of Mallard, had gone to his son's farm to visit.  While there, he went out to the barn unaccompanied and it is thought he stumbled and fell near the horse, when the animal kicked and tramped on him.  He was found by members of the Charles Krieg family and was rushed to the Emmetsburg Hospital about 7:30 Friday evening and passed away about 24 hours later.  The deceased was preceeded in death by his wife and is survived by two sons, Charles and Elmer of Mallard and two daughters, Mrs. John Zubler of Mallard and Miss Mable Krieg of Des Moines, formerly employed in Emmetsburg. He retired from the farm about 25 years ago.
   The funeral services were held at Mallard Tuesday.  We have not been supplied with further obituary details before going to press.

Emmetsburg Thursday Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
June 8, 1939

    The following obituary facts were received too late to be included in the account of the death of John Krieg, of Mallard in last week's issue.

    John Casper Krieg was born in Switzerland December 25, 1851.  At the age of three he came with his parents to the United States on a sail boat, the trip taking 65 days.  They settled in Cincinatti, Ohio and lived there for several years, moving to Ottawa, Illinois and from there to Dubuque.  In 1869 the family moved by ox team to Palo Alto County and settled in Ellington township.  Their only possessions at the time were two cows, yoke of oxen, a mare and colt and 50 cents in cash.  Logs were hauled from the timber to build their log house.  At that time the land was all virgin prairie and the sod had to be broken up in preparation for the planting of crops the following spring.  Feed and grain for seed were bought on credit.  In 1870 Mr. Krieg worked for Tom Tobin, and in 1871 he worked in the brick yard in Fort Dodge.  Lumber to build frame dwellings was hauled from Fort Dodge.  The old town of Emmetsburg got all its wholesale products from that city also.  When the family settled in Palo Alto County there were no railroads in that territory.  In 1875 and 1876 Mr. Krieg broke 50 acres of Prairie, part of which was where the town of Mallard now stands.  In 1881 he married Cora Young.  They built a frame dwelling on 80 acres of land in Ellington Township, which land was homesteaded.  They also planted trees on another 40 acres for a timber claim.

Nedra Krieg Bennett

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, June 19, 1927

Personal_notes:  One line was omitted as it was printed twice and the material in () was added.

        Mrs. John Krieg Called Sunday
        Was One of Pioneer Ladies of Ellington Township.
        Burial in Evergreen Cemetery.

  Mrs. Cora Krieg died at her home at Mallard Sunday, January 16, at 12:45 a.m., at the age of 63 years, after a lingering illness of several months.  She had undergone an operation in March, 1925, and never fully regained her strength, continually growing weaker until the end.  (She was born in)Warrensburg, New York April 12, 1863.  At the age of ten, she moved with her parents to Pocahontas county where she grew to womanhood.  March 23, 1881, she was united in marriage to John Krieg of Mallard, the ceremony being performed by Rev. Bennett of Emmetsburg.  The same spring they settled on a homestead in Ellington township, being among the pioneer settlers of the community.  On this homestead all of their eight children were born.  The sons are John F., Alfred J., and Charles C. of Mallard and Floyd A. of Mason City. The daughters are Mrs. Rose Hillmer of Mallard and Mrs. John Zubler and Miss Mabel Krieg of Emmetsburg.  One daughter, Alma, Died October 18, 1893.
   Her husband and all of her children were at her bedside when the end came. She leaves, besides her husband and children, two brothers  --Dr. Alfred J. and Sanford Young of Warrensburg, N.Y.  The burial was in Evergreen cemetery at Emmetsburg. The funeral was held Monday and was very largely attended. Rev. H.I. Pharo of Mallard officiated.
   Mrs. Krieg was a devout member of the M.E. church for several years and was an ardent and tireless worker for the interests of Christianity.  She was not pretentious and did not aspire to any social position, but her interest was centered in her home and the loved ones she held dear.  Her attachments to her friends were exceptionally strong and no sacrifice was too great for her to make for one in need.  She was ever solicitous for the welfare of her husband and children and denied herself in order to give to those whom she held dear.  Her hospitality was unbounded and no traveler in pioneer days ever passed her door without some show of her hospitality.  She was a loving mother, and a true Christian and she enjoyed the respect of all who knew her.  
Nedra Krieg Bennett

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
7 Sept 1910

        Mrs. John Krieg Sr., Dead
        Passed Away at Mallard August 25th at the Age of 87.

   Mrs. John Krieg, Sr., one of the oldest ladies in the county, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Stafford, at Mallard Sunday, August 25th, at the ripe old age of 87.  She had been gradually failing for some tiem, but she had a rugged constitution and made a determined but unsuccessful struggle against the inevitable.  The funeral took place Tuesday of last week.  Services were held at the M.E. church.  They were conducted by Rev. Arthur.  The burial was in the Stratton cemetery.  The funeral was largely attended, as she was an old settler and was widely and highly respected.
   The deceased was born in Switzerland June 27, 1823.  Her maiden name was Anna Sutter.  Her girlhood days were spent in her native land.  She married to John Krieg in 1850.  They emigrated to the United States in 1854 and settled in Ohio.  Later they moved to Illinois and finally to Dubuque, Iowa.  In 1869 they came to Palo Alto and located on a homestead not far from the present town of Mallard.  The country was new and was sparsely populated and of course, as is the case in all newly settled countries, many hardships had to be encountered.  Mr. and Mrs. Krieg were the parents of five sons and daughters.  Three are living.  They are John and Charles, well known to many of our readers, and Mrs. Charles Stafford.  One daughter Anna, died at sea and one son, Martin, passed away while the family lived in Ohio.  Mr. Krieg died at Mallard in 1898 at the ripe old age of 95.
   Mrs. Krieg was one of the best known pioneer ladies of our county.  She spent nearly half a century in the locality where she was known so long.  She saw it develop from a bleak prairie into one of the most prosperous farm communities in our state.  She was a typical representative of her race.  She possessed many of the ennobling traits that made her people widely known throughout Europe and America.  She was a devoted wife and one of the kindest of mothers.  The memory of her exceptionally long and truly edifying career will long be treasured by the worthy sons and daughters who survived her.  They have the sympathy of the wide circle of neighbors and friends in their sorrow.

Nedra Krieg Bennett

Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
2 Feb 1898

Personal_notes:  He immigrated to the US in 1854 and gained his citizenship in Brown Co. Ohio in 1860.  He homesteaded in Palo Alto County in 1868.

    Mr. John Krieg, Sr., who was perhaps the oldest resident of the county, died at his home at Mallard last Wednesday after an illness of eleven weeks.  His illness was caused by an accident.  He was passing along the sidewalk when a door, blown by the wind, struck, him, throwing him to the ground and causing injuries from which he never rallied.
   Mr. Krieg lacked but five days of being 95 years of age.  His wife, who is perhaps 75 years old, is still living.  His two sons, Charles and John, and one daughter, Mrs. Charles Stafford, reside in the vicinity of Mallard.
   Mr. Krieg was a native of Switzerland, but little has been learned of his early history.  He has resided for nearly 30 years in this county, although he was a resident of Milford for a short time.  He was a rugged, quite, honorable old gentleman and those who knew him intimately entertained a warm regard for him.  Many of the older residents in and about Emmetsburg knew him well and all have learned of his death with profound sorrow.

Nedra Krieg Bennett

Ayrshire Chronicle
Ayrshire, Palo Alto, Iowa
August 30, 1917

Personal_notes:  G.V. Kane is the way his name was printed in the paper from Fort Dodge, but is wrong.  His wife called him Joe, but to his family he was Vince. At the end of the Fort Dodge Messenger quote it says brot instead of brought - paper is misspelled.  Vincent was my Grandmother's twin, her name was Veronica Madonna Kane Trusty.

In Memoriam

     Vincent Joseph Kane was born on his father's farm just east of Ayrshire on September 8th, 1892.  He attended the local schools, finishing the course that was then provided and when he was eighteen years old, went to Fort Dodge to work.  He got employment with the Adams Express Co. and was with them for two years.  While working at Fort Dodge he made several trips as baggageman on the train that runs through here.  After two years he was transferred to Mason City, where he stayed for one year, afterward returning to Fort Dodge.  About four years ago he got a position as brakeman with the Illinois Central road and for a considerable length of time ran as an extra man.  About two years ago he got a regular run which was from Fort Dodge to Council Bluffs.  Three years ago he was united in marriage to Miss Ethel Kyle.  To this union a daughter was born, who, with the widowed wife, mourn the loss of a loving and devoted husband and father.  He also leaves his father, M.B. Kane, who lives here, a step-mother, four sisters, who are Vernie, his twin, who now lives at Ft. Dodge, Mrs. John Wessar, also living at Fort Dodge, Mrs. David Latt, Enderlin, N.D., and Mrs. J.J. Kahley of this place, three brothers, who are Chas.,residing at Richland, Neb., John, now living at Wener, S.D., and Martin of this place, to mourn his untimely death.

 The following account of his death is taken from the Fort Dodge Messenger under the date of Wednesday, August 29th.

"G.V. Kane, 914 South Eleventh St., who fell beneath an Illinois Central freight train at Ulmer yesterday noon, died at the hospital at Denison at 7:15 last night.  Both legs were cut off below the knees.  Kane, who is a brakeman at train 91 out of Fort Dodge, was riding in the engine cab as his train pulled into Ulmer, forty-three miles west of Ft. Dodge at 11:50 A.M. yesterday.  As the train reached the depot Kane attempted to jump to the station platform, but slipped and fell between the platform and the train, his legs projecting over the rail.  He was rushed to Denison, but medical aid was unavailing.  Kane leaves a wife and a two-year-old child.  The body was brot to Fort Dodge this afternoon."
Interment was made in the Catholic cemetery at Fort Dodge on Thursday, August 30th.  Those from here who attended the funeral were his father and mother, his sister, Mrs. J.J. Kahley, and brother, Martin.  Others from here were Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Higgins and Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Higgins.
     Deceased was one of those fine manly young men whom everybody liked.  His ambition was to do and be something in the world, and he was realizing this ambition, more rapidly, perhaps, than many other men of his age.  It does seem too bad that he should be cut down just at a time when he had so much to live for, but the reason for it all will be made clear, perhaps, on the day of the great accounting.  May his soul rest in peace is the sincere wish of the writer.

Michelle Meyers

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Friday, Dec. 4, 1896

    Miss Mazie E. Roberts, the notice of whose death appeared in last weeks issue of the REPORTER, was born in Wellsboro, Pennsylvania, May 1st, 1874, consequently she had passed her 22nd year a few months when she was called upon to enter into her eternal rest. She was the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. D.P. Roberts, and as such has been the sunshine and comfort of their declining years. She was of a bright, buoyant nature and always had a smile and a word of cheer for all. This was especially true of her home life and it mattered not what the state of her own feelings were she always greeted her parents with a bright smile and words of love. She came to Emmetsburg with her parents in 1886 and almost her entire life has been spent among the young people of this city; with them she was a favorite and her taking away so suddenly from among them was deeply felt. Mazie was a consistent member of the Episcopal church of this city and took an active part in the young people society of the church. She was president of the order of the Daughters of the King and a member of the young people's Guild. The funeral services took place at the Episcopal church Saturday morning, Nov. 28, at 10:30 o'clock being conducted by Rev. Dr. Jackson, rector of the church. The floral offerings were very fine and came as the last tribute of love from her many friends. After the church services were over the funeral procession slowly wended its way to Evergreen cemetery where the interment took place.

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Friday, Dec. 4, 1896

The Death of Thomas Smith.
    Thomas Smith died at his residence in this city Saturday morning, Nov. 28th at 4:20 o'clock. It will be remembered that three weeks previous to his demise he was working at his trade on a barn a few miles north of town and fell from the scaffolding to the ground and fractured one of the vertebrae of his back. His entire body below the seat of injury was completely paralyzed and although medical skill did all that could be done, it was realized that his case was hopeless from the beginning.
    Mr. Smith was born in Iroquois County, Ill., June 5th, 1861, and passed his boyhood days in this vicinity. On the 31st day of December, 1881, he was united in marriage to Miss Jerusha A. Morris at Earl Park, Indiana, and for some time afterward lived at or near Sheldon, Ill. Here he was converted and united with the M.E. church of that place in Feb. 1887. In March, 1887, he left Sheldon and came to Emmetsburg, where he continued to reside until death called him hence. During nearly ten years residence in this city Mr. Smith always conducted himself so as to win  the respect of his fellow citizens. He was honest, industrious and always endeavored to make the best of life. He was patient and persevering and always took a hopeful view of everything. This was exemplified perhaps more than at any other time during the three weeks that elapsed from the time he was hurt until his death. He was hopeful to the last and bore his pain patiently. He seemed to be worried more over his family than himself. One day his children came home crying, having heard on the street, that their father was dying. He learned the cause of their grief and had the writer called and asked that he would tell the public that he was going to get well. Although desiring to live he was not afraid to go, and expressed himself as willing to trust in his Master at all times.
    The funeral services took place in the Methodist church Sunday at 1:30 o'clock. The services being conducted by Rev. Bagnell. The funeral was largely attended, the I.O.O.F. Lodge of which he was a member, turned out in a body and paid their last tribute of respect to their deceased brother. They also marched in a body to the grave yard where the last rites of the living were paid to the dead.
    Mr. Smith's death is particularly sad in that he leaves a wife and five small children, ranging in age from eleven to four years of age to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father. He also leaves a father and mother and several brothers and sisters.
    Mr. Smith had his life insured in the I.O.O.F. Annuity of Des Moines, and the term of his insurance are such that his wife will draw fifty dollars per month for forty-four months or 2,200 dollars in all. This will be a big help to his family.