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Robert B. Mabry

Funeral services for Robert B. Mabry, 57, a timekeeper for the Boeing Airplane Co., will be held at 1 o'clock tomorrow in the Clark-Rafferty-Putnam chapel.

Mr. Mabry died yesterday in a hospital. He came to Seattle in 1940 after several years as head of the farm-conservation office in Helena, Mont. He formerly was a salesman.

A native of Alma, Iowa, Mr. Mabry served in the Army during the First World War. He was a member of University Post No. 11, American Legion; Wild Life, Inc., and the Aero Mechanics, Union, Local 751, all of Seattle, and the Elks, Helena. He resided at 4506 Fremont Av.

Survivors are his wife, Myrtle; a daughter, Mrs. Stuart Hawkins; two stepdaughters, Mrs. Richard Manheimer and Mrs. William O. Proby, and a stepson, Robert J. Phelps, and three grandchildren, all of Seattle.

[Source: Seattle Daily times (WA) Friday, November 12, 1954, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Timothy Madden

Timothy Madden was buried by the Odd Fellows of this city Friday afternoon. The funeral occurred two days sooner than first intended on account of the weather being unfavorable for holding the corpse. Now that the body is in the ground it is of interest to know what property deceased had and what disposal has been made or will be made of it. When he left Maquoketa some nine or ten years ago he was known to have several thousand dollars in money and notes which he took with him for investment. By enquiry of his friend, D. S. Haight, he informs us that after his death $1,500 in gold was found among his papers; that he owned some mining stock and was proprietor of a large boarding house. Mr. Haight does not know what the estate is valued at and does not know whether he made a will or not, but he has been promised by Leadville lawyers a full explanation of the condition of his affairs at an early date, which will be furnished the Sentinel for publication.

(Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, January 7, 1886) Submitted by Ken Wright

Sgt. Evard Magruder

Sgt. Evard Magruder, 23, son of the late attorney E. L. Magruder of Maquoketa, has been listed killed in action. He was formerly listed as missing in action in flight over China, May 8, 1944.

Sgt. Magruder was born in Oxford Junction, August 25, 1924. While in high school he made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Hunwardsen in Oxford Junction and was graduated from the school there in 1942. He enlisted in the service that fall and was sent to India.

He is survived by a sister, Theo, of New York City, a brother, Pvt. David Magruder of Fort Lewis, Washington, a half-sister, Shirley Hendersen, and a half-brother, Wayne Waite of Oxford Junction, and a half-brother, Jackie Waite of Maquoketa. Memorial services for Sgt. Magruder are being arranged.

[Maquoketa Community Press, Published November 16, 1944, submitted by Ken Wright]

Mrs. Patrick Mahoney

Near South Garryowen, March 10.
Mrs. Patrick Mahoney, aged about 96 years, died at the home of a neighbor. Ellen O'Donnell was born at Castle Gregory, County Kerry, Ireland, about 1803, and emigrated to America in 1841. The following year she married Patrick Mahoney in the State of New York. Soon after the couple were married they removed to Iowa and settled in Butler township [Jackson County]. In 1883 Mr. Mahoney died at the age of 70 years. To her were born five children, one daughter and four sons. Andrew, the well known harness maker of Dubuque, died about nine years ago. The two surviving sons are John of Garryowen and James of Chicago. The funeral was held at the South Garryowen Church, where High Mass for the dead was celebrated by Father McNamara, assisted by Fathers Clabby of Otter Creek and Lanaragan of Fillmore. The remains were interred in St. Patrick's Church Cemetery, at Garryowen.

[Irish World, New York, New York, Saturday, April 15, 1899, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

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Michael Mahony

91 Year Old Pioneer Had Played Important Role In County Affairs

With the death of Michael Mahony at his home in Maquoketa last Saturday morning Jackson County lost a loyal and valuable friend, a progressive and useful citizen. Michael Mahony was born at Garryowen, Jackson county, Iowa, May 28, 1842, and received his early education in local schools, later attending business college in Dubuque. He was appointed Deputy County Treasurer in the 1870's and was elected County Treasureer and held that office for four terms. On January 24, 1883 he was united in marriage to Miss Anna Norcott of Otter Creek and to this union five children were born, two of whom passed away in infancy, while three, with the devoted wife, survive to mourn the loss of their husband and father. After retiring as Treasurer Mr. Mahony engaged in the clothing business and later was employed by American Savings Bank and later served as vice-president of Jackson State Bank. He was one of the founders of the Iowa Savings Bank in LaMotte and served as president of Hand-Fischer Lumber Company and served on the Jackson County Fair Board and was active in the Red Cross and was on the board of Sacred Heart Catholic Church. His surving children are Mrs. Ella Gagnon of Boone, Mrs. Clara Hamilton of Des Moines and Henry, at home. Funeral services were held from Sacred Heart Catholic Churc with interment made in Sacred Heart Cemetery.

[Source: Jackson Sentinel (Maquoketa, IA) September 26, 1933, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Edith Majors

- Died, March 21st, of rheumatism of the heart, Edith Majors, aged 14, eldest daughter of M. Majors of this city.

Last Monday when the family of Mr. Majors gathered for the evening meal an unbroken circle, little dreamed that this would be the last-that on their very threshold the death angel even then stood waiting; that even then he was softly wooing to himself their beloved daughter Edith, and that in the midnight watch of that very night he would bear hear away forever from that happy family circle.

Edith had always been a very delicate child, has always needed the tenderest care. During the past winter she had been a great sufferer from inflammatory rheumatism, but a few weeks past had been so much better, that her parents firmly hoped, with the coming spring, perfect health would be restored. All of Monday she was very cheerful, and had seemed unusually well. About 8 in the evening she began coughing, and soon after grew rapidly worse, showing symptoms that were at once alarming. Dr. Gibson, the family physician, was called who immediately saw the end was near; and though no one told Edith, she, too, knew she was passing into the valley and shadow of death, and though the summons came so suddenly, for her there was no fear, no dread. Thoughtful and loving to the last, she called each one, and taking them by the hand, bade them that last good-by; and so she ceased to live-ah! No! and so she died, and has passed from a life of suffering and death into the immortal that lies just beyond. And O, how precious the thought that this beloved daughter is safe "at home." Mr. Majors left Austin to-day for Maquoketa, Iowa, with the remains, and will deposit them in the family lot where rests another little daughter.

[Mower County Transcript (Lansing, Minn.) March 23, 1881, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Fayette Mallard

On Friday, May 16, 1884, of old age, Mr. Fayette Mallard, of South Fork township. Deceased was an octogenarian and one of the early settlers of this county. Many years ago he was postmaster at Buckhorn.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published May 22, 1884, Submitted by Ken Wright]

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Fayette Mallard of South Fork Township died on the 16th inst., of old age. He was one of the early settlers of this section.

Maquoketa Excelsior, Maquoketa, Iowa, May 24, 1884. Submitted by Ken Wright

James Malone

Lifeless Body of James Malone Found Near His Home.

On Saturday morning it was rumored about town that James Malone, a well - known and prosperous farmer living about a mile this side of Cottonville, had been killed by a bolt of lightning during the storm the afternoon previous while planting corn in his field. Later reports, however, set aside the rumor that lightening had caused his death, but that heart failure had done the deadly work. Mr. Malone was planting corn when the storm came up and had unhitched his team from the planter and was driving the horses to the barn some rods distant. The family noticed the team nearing the home, but that no driver was with them and began an immediate search for Mr. Malone, whose lifeless body was found some time later.

Dr. Heneke of Bellevue was called and stated the heart trouble was undoubtedly the cause of his death and that he had not been struck by lightning as was first supposed by the family.

Deceased was a man of honesty and integrity, quiet and unassuming in disposition a great lover of home and family, a splendid neighbor and a true friend.

Mr. Malone is survived by his wife and eight children. The funeral was held Monday from St. Lawrence's Church at Otter Creek. Interment was made in the Otter Creek cemetery.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published May 21, 1918, submitted by Ken Wright]

Morgan Maloney

The remains of Morgan Maloney, the young lad who so mysteriously disappeared from his home in Lyons last January was discovered in a ditch on a farm a short distance west of that place on Tuesday last. No marks of violence could be found on the body, and it is supposed that he died in a fit, which he was subject to.

(Sabula Gazette, Sabula, Jackson County, Iowa, May 17, 1884, reprinted in the Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa, May 22, 1884.) Submitted by Ken Wright

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Elizabeth Manders


Mrs. Elizabeth Manders wife of Mathias died at 12:00 Saturday November 25, 1893 aged 64 after a short illness with lagrippe. (Spanish Flu). Survivors include Annie Steins of Chicago, Mary Lehman of Worthington, MN, Mrs. Katie Pitz of Octavia, NE and Rosa and Peter at home.
[Jackson Sentinel (Maquoketa, IA) December 7, 1893, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Herbert F. Manders

Herbert F. Manders, 88, of 6899 Dayton Road, died Saturday morning, July 22, 2000, at home. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Columbkille's Catholic Church, with burial in St. Catherine Cemetery, St. Catherine, Iowa. Friends may call from 2 to 8 p.m. Monday at Hoffmann -Schneider Funeral Home, 1640 Main Street, where there will be a rosary recited at 2 p.m.

He was born on Sept. 10, 1911, in St. Catherine, son of Hillary and Anna (Harles) Manders. He married Edwina M. Hoffmann on April 18, 1945, at St. Catherine's Catholic Church. In his younger days, Mr. Manders was self-employed as a milk and livestock handler. In 1945, he started farming in the St. Catherine area until his retirement in 1980. He was a member of St. Catherine and St. Columbkille parishes. He enjoyed fishing, horse-shoe pitching and dancing. He was a good card player and also an annual fair-goer.

Surviving are his wife, Edwina; two daughters, Mrs. Dianne (Alan) Flesch, of Fennimore, Wis., Virginia Duschner, of Barnes City, Iowa; a son, Karl (Vickie) Manders, of St. Catherine; 11 grandchildren, Brian Flesch, of Fennimore. Wis., Sharon Flesch, of Melborne, Fla., Mrs. Paula (Larry) Hartman, of Anamosa, Iowa, Mrs. Patty (Dave) Welter, of Central City, Iowa, Susan and David Duschner, both of Monticello, Iowa; Jeremy, Danielle, Anthony, Amanda and Emily Runde, all of Dubuque; five great-grandchildren, Laura Hartman, of Essex, Iowa; and Jesse and Chase Hartman, of Anamosa; Taylor and McKenna Welter, of Central City.

[Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, IA, Published July 23, 2000, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

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Mathew Manders

BELLEVUE, Iowa - Services for Mathew Manders, 89, of rural Bellevue, will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Bellevue. The Rev. Daniel Knepper will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 5 and 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday at Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home, Bellevue, where there will be a scripture service at 7 p.m.

Mr. Manders farmed near Andrew and in 1937 moved to his present farm 31/2 miles west of Bellevue. He was born on Aug. 8, 1906, in La Motte, son of Peter and Margaret (Schartz) Manders. He died Friday morning, May 10, 1996, at Mill Valley Care Center, Bellevue. He married Marie Arensdorf on Jan. 17, 1933, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, La Motte; she died on May 29, 1974. He was a member of the Jackson County Farm Bureau and St. Joseph's Catholic Church, where he had been a trustee.

Surviving are four sons, Melvin (Serena), Dale and Lorin, all of Bellevue, and Glenn, of Preston; three daughters, Sister Algean Manders, FSPA, of La Crosse, Wis., Mrs. Donald (Darlene) Reuter, of Preston, and Carol Homrighausen, of Miles; 23 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Manderscheid, of Bellevue, and Katie Kaiser, of La Motte; and two sisters-in-law, Veronica Manders, of Bellevue, and Lavina Manders, of Cascade. He also was preceded in death by a daughter, Monica Kilburg, in February 1994; a grandson and a granddaughter, David and Grace Kilburg; five brothers; and two sisters.

[Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, IA, Published May 11, 1996, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

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Veronica Manders

Erich Manders


DUBUQUE, Ia., March 30-The bodies of two young St. Catharine residents were found in a vacant field here this morning with bullet holes in their heads. Their bodies were identified as Miss Veronica Manders aged 15 and her cousin, Erich Manders, 22.

The young people were last seen on Wednesday morning. Veronica attended church at St. Catherine with Mary Manders, her cousin and a sister of Erich. They walked home together and Veronica left Mary at her home to make a short cut through her uncle's farm to her own home half a mile away. After noon, Peter, a brother of Erich, started from his home to a barn about 200 feet from the residence and found the body of Veronica lying on her face. It was believed death was due to a hemorrhage until later in the day when the coroner prepared the body for burial he discovered a bullet wound in the back of the head where the girl's hair had covered it and prevented detection immediately.

Meanwhile, it was discovered at the Hillary Manders farm that Erich was missing and a search followed. The body of the young man was found in a field. It is believed to be a clear case of murder and suicide. Officials at Dubuque county are investigating. According to relatives there was nothing known to them of any love affair between the two cousins. Veronica was the daughter of Joseph Manders and Erich was the fourth son of Hillary Manders, Joseph's brother. The family is prominent in Dubuque and Dubuque county and there are many relatives in this city.
[Iowa City Standard (Iowa City, IA) Thursday, March 30, 1922, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Julian N. Manderscheid

Julian N. Manderscheid, 80, of rural Andrew, Iowa, died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012, at his home. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Maquoketa. Friends called from 4 to 7 p.m. Monday at Lahey Funeral Home in Maquoketa. Burial was in Sacred Heart Cemetery, Maquoketa, Iowa, with military honors. Julian Nickolas Manderscheid was born Sept. 15, 1932 in rural Andrew, Iowa, to Vincent J. and Alma (Sprank) Manderscheid. He graduated in 1950 from Andrew High School. On Oct. 30, 1956, he was united in marriage to Lorraine Manders at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, La Motte, Iowa.

He served in the U.S. Army in Germany during the Korean War. Julian farmed all of his life and also worked at Clinton Engines and Hoof in Maquoketa. He was a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Timber City American Legion Post #75, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Maquoketa, and the Andrew AMVETS. Julian loved to fish with his grandkids and spend time with his family.

Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Lorraine Manderscheid of Maquoketa; 5 children, Cheryl (Mike) Regan and Dennis Manderscheid of Maquoketa, Jean (Pat) Carlisle of Menomonie, Wisconsin, Janet (Dan) Herbers, Chesterfield, Missouri, and Diane (John) Miller of Springville; 15 grandchildren; one sister, Eileen (John) Robinson of Iowa City; one brother, Mark Manderscheid of Maquoketa; and sisters and brothers-in-laws, Mary Ann (Willie) Merfeld of Bellevue, Mary Ann (Vern) Haxmeier of La Motte, Dorothy Manderscheid of East Lansing, Michigan, John Pitz of Vinton, Ronald (Linda) Manders and Merlin (Vicki) Manders of La Motte, and Tom (Mary Ellen) Graham of Centerville, Ohio. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Lester on Oct. 23, 2012, a sister, Madonna Graham in August 1992, a brother-in-law, Kenneth Manders, and a sister-in-law, Janice Pitz. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.laheys.com.

[Maquoketa Sentinel Press, Published Maquoketa, Iowa November 2012, Submitted by Ken Wright]

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Leroy J. Manderscheid

Bellevue, Iowa – Leroy J. Manderscheid, 85 of Route 3, Bellevue died Friday night, Feb.. 12, 1988, at Mill Valley Care Center, Bellevue.

Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Bellevue, with burial in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 3 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Kingery-Gallagher Funeral Home, Bellevue, where the rosary will be said at 8 p.m.

Mr. Manderscheid was born Oct. 10, 1902 at La Motte, son of Peter and Mary (Gretchen) Manderscheid. He married Mary Manders Jan. 22, 1925 at La Motte, they farmed in La Motte until they retired in 1974 and moved to Bellevue. He was a member of St. Joseph Church.
[Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) February 14, 1988, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Mary Manderscheid

BELLEVUE, Iowa - Mary Manderscheid, 101, of Bellevue, died Monday morning, June 2, 2003, at Mill Valley Care Center, Bellevue. Services will be at I 0:30 a.m. Wednesday at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Bellevue, with the Rev. Stephen Meyer, officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Kingery Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Bellevue.

She was born on April 20, 1902, in La Motte, daughter of Peter and Margaret (Schartz) Manders. She married Leroy Manderscheid on Jan. 22, 1925, at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, La Motte. She was a homemaker and farmed with her husband south of La Motte until 1974, when they moved to Bellevue. She was a member of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, and its rosary society. She enjoyed crocheting, quilting and was a wonderful cook.

Surviving are a daughter, Imelda (Greg) Kueter, of Bellevue; six grandchildren, Lila (Tom) Rieckens, (Mike) Wolter, Chuck (Sharon) Kueter and Jan Nancy (Joe) Ploessl, Stan (Sandy) Kueter, Mary Jane (Dave) Brinker; 15 great-grandchildren; two great­great-grandchildren; a sister, Catherine Kaiser, of Bellevue; and two sisters-in-law, Florence Manderscheid, of Maquoketa, and Ursula Manderscheid, of Farley. She was preceded in death by her husband, on Feb. 12, 1988; six brothers, George, Peter, Leo, Mathew, Chris and Irvin Manders; and two sisters, Anna Koos and Loretta Till

[Telegraph Herald, Dubuque, Published June 3, 2003, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

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Charles Manning


Charles Manning was born in the state of New York, Jan. 6th, 1839. He came to Iowa when young and settled west of Maquoketa about three miles, where he died June 25, 1902, aged 62 years, 5 months and 19 days. He leaves a loving wife and three sons, Henry, Franklin and Perry Manning, and five brothers and two sisters to mourn the loss of a loving husband and father. The funeral took place at the home at 3 p.m. A large number of sympathizing friends paid due respect to their kind neighbor and friend. Services were conducted by Elder John W. Said. The deceased was laid to rest in the Buckhorn Cemetery.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, July 3, 1902 - Submitted by Ken Wright]

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L. F. Manning

By the death of L. F. Manning at the age of 76 years, on the 2d of February, 1889, the County of Jackson loses an excellent citizen, the village of Andrew an upright, enterprising man, and the United Presbyterian Church a faithful member.

Over 35 years ago he came to this state. Reared in New York, he manifested the sturdy traits of that once Puritan land. Beginning life without other capital than two willing hands, thrift, energy, integrity and mental vigor, he needed no other. Three times at the foot of the ladder financially,-twice through aiding others by endorsement, he ascended it again successfully. Mr. Manning was a man of few words, but of very decided convictions. He was kind and obliging to to everyone. Every good enterprise he ably forwarded. He despised meaness and said so. Although of charitable disposition no evildoer found shelter, nor lawbreaker gained entemperment from him. Of a sunny, hopeful temperment, he is greatly missed by those of all ages, and in all reputable gatherings. The wife, daughter, sons and friends deeply feel the loss of a sympathetic companion and kind helper, but cheered by thought of eternal gain, they seek to emulate his example and not mourning with bitter, hopeless sorrow. "Behold the upright, for the end of that man is peace."

[Maquoketa Excelsior, Maquoketa, Iowa, February 16, 1889, Submitted by Ken Wright]

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Martena Marburger

Bellevue Leader, reprinted in the Jackson Sentinel, November 20, 1902

Martena Marburger died at her home six miles south of Bellevue, early this morning. Mrs. Marburger had been sick less than two weeks with puerperal phlebitis. She was born November 11, 1880. Mrs. Marburger leaves a husband, August, and one child to mourn her untimely demise. The funeral will take place Saturday at the Lutheran church in Bellevue.

[Bellevue Leader - Bellevue, Iowa, November 20, 1902, Submitted by Ken Wright]

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W. P. Markland

Funeral Services For W. P. Markland Held Sunday Funeral services for William Parker Markland, 80, one of Maquoketa's oldest residents, who passed away at his home on West Locust street Thursday afternoon following several months illness, were held at the Harrison funeral home at 2:30 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Rev. George F. Baraslou, pastor of the Congregational church and Rev. H. H. Dill pastor of the Methodist church officiated and members of the I. O. O. F. lodge had charge of the committal service. Interment was made in Mt. Hope cemetery.

William Parker Markland was born on the prairies of Clinton county, near Grand Mound on August 25, 1856, the son of Sylvester and Margaret Markland, pioneer settlers who came from Indiana about 1850. His father volunteered his services for the Union and became Captain of Company F, 26th Iowa Infantry, dying of wounds on September 13, 1864. With his mother and sisters Mr. Markland remained on the farm until about 1870. In 1880 he was united in marriage to Ida J. Clutier of Maquoketa and for ten years the couple resided on a farm. In 1890 they moved to Maquoketa where they lived for the rest of their lives. For thirty years Mr. Markland was a traveling salesman for a Pennsylvania road machinery company, later joining the Sparks Nursery Company and was very successful in the sale of fruit trees and other nursery stock. He was of jovial nature and a kind and loving husband and father. Surviving are the son, Lyle, who for several year has resided at home, a grandson Norman Markland of Moline, Illinois, a sister, Mrs. F. B. Bradley and her children, Neal, and Mildred and Mrs. Blanche McAndrews, all of Silver Creek, New York and two senior sisters, Mrs. Rose Harman of DeWitt and Mrs. Alice Harman of Colorado Springs, Colorado.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, June 22, 1937, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Elizabeth Buckham Markle

Died-On Thursday morning, Mrs. Elizabeth Markle, in the 68th year of her age.

The deceased was the daughter of the late Mrs. Mary Buckham, and was born in Sutley Parish, Durham County, England, July 19, 1816 and in 1818 came to Canada with her parents.

At the early age of 16 she was married to the late Alexander Markle and was the mother of seven children, three of whom are now living-Miss Emily J. Markle of Maquoketa; Mr. James W. Markle, of Omaha, Nebraska; Mrs. Mary L. Freer, of Mt. Vernon, Iowa.

She came to Iowa in 1850, settling in Bridgeport, and in 1857 came to Maquoketa. Her husband died in 1868. She was a member of the Methodist Church.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, May 8, 1884] Submitted by Ken Wright

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Raymond Markus

Wm. Markus received work that the body of his son would arrive in New York about June 15. Raymond Markus, only son of Wm. Markus, was killed in action in France, November 1st, 1918, on the battlefield. The remains will be shipped to Lamotte for burial.

[Jackson Sentinel (Maquoketa, IA) Tuesday June 14, 1921, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Bridget Marr

Mrs. Solomon Marr, formerly a resident of Sterling, Jackson County, Iowa, for over a quarter of a century, died at the residence of her daughter, Jennie Kean at Fremont, Nebraska, on Tuesday, April 21, aged 68 years. The remains were brought to Sabula on Thursday last, and after services in the Sterling Church, conducted by the Rev. P. W. Gould, were interred in the Sterling Cemetery by the side of her husband who had passed away some two years ago.

[Sabula Gazette, April 25, 1885, reprinted in the Jackson Sentinel, April 30, 1885] Submitted by Ken Wright

Gladys Marr

SABULA - Gladys, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Marr of Sabula, who has been sick for some time, with Spanish influenza, passed away at about ten o'clock, Monday morning.

A private funeral was held from the house on Tuesday afternoon and interment was made in Evergreen Cemetery. The bereaved parents and other relatives have the sincere sympathy of the entire community.

[Excelsior-Record, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published October 25, 1918, submitted by Ken Wright]

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Lydia A. (Wright) Martin

Pioneers and Old Settlers - Called to Their Final Summons
Lydia A. (Wright) Martin was born in New York, Jan. 8, 1831; came to Jackson county, Iowa, in 1845; died in Maquoketa, Aug. 12, 1890; pioneer.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

James Martin

Pioneers and Old Settlers - Called to Their Final Summons

James Martin was born in Ireland, Dec. 25, 1821, and died in Farmers Creek township, May 10, 1910; an old settler and veteran of Civil war.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Sarah Martin


MARTIN—On Monday, May. 7, 1883, of dropsy, Mrs. Sarah Martin, of this city, aged 57 years. Deceased leaves a husband and a large family of grown children, who mourn her death.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, May 10, 1883, Submitted by Ken Wright]

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Susanna Buchner Martin

Old Settlers' Obituary Report
Susanna Buchner Martin born Ontario Province, Canada, July 26, 1819; came to Iowa 1838; died March 1906;
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society 1906, transcribed by mkk]

William Martin

Mr. Daniel Martin was notified by telegram from Clinton on Thursday that the body of his son, William Martin, who disappeared some six weeks ago, was found in the Mississippi River just below the Clinton bridge. The afflicted father and his brother, Mr. John Martin, went to Clinton soon after the dispatch was received, for the purpose of bringing the remains to Miles. William Martin had considerable money with him and it is probable that he was robbed and murdered.

Miles Reporter, November 14, 1885, reprinted in the Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa, November 18, 1885. Submitted by Ken Wright

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William Martin


The remains of William Martin were brought from Clinton to Miles on Friday of last week and interred in the Miles Cemetery. In consequence of the ill health of the almost broken hearted mother, there was no funeral and she was not permitted to see the face of her only child, her much loved but unfortunate son

The remains were in a sad condition, having lain in the water about six weeks. There was a mark upon his head which indicated that he had received a blow, and it is generally supposed that he was murdered. His watch and his empty pocket book were found upon his person, and in an inner vest pocket there was a $5 gold piece and the bill of lumber which he had purchased and paid for. He had between $160 and $200 with him. In the haste to get rid of the body, the villain or villains probably did not take time to search the inner pockets. The watch was of little value.

The idea of suicide has been suggested, but Mr. Martin had no cause for such an act and was not the kind of man who would end his ills by shaking off the “mortal coil.” He went to Clinton on business, which showed that he anticipated continuing the carpenter business in Miles. He purchased his lumber and a box of shelf hardware and went to the depot that same day, six weeks since, and reached there just in time to see the train leave. He left the box in the office and went away and no trace of him after that evening was had until his dead body was found in the river near the Clinton bridge.

William Martin was the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Martin, whose hearts are anguished by the sad circumstances of his untimely death. He was born in Antrim, North Ireland, May 4, 1843. He was married to Sarah Agnew in 1863, and came to America with his parents in 1866 or '67. He had crossed the ocean five times.

He has resided in Miles about 14 years and built five houses and left a shop on Main Street unfinished. He was the father of five children, the oldest, a boy, is 20 years old, the youngest is about nine years old. There are four girls and one son.

Mr. Martin was an inoffensive citizen, a peculiar man, whose ill health was the cause of his gloomy appearance. His afflicted relatives have the sympathy of the friends in this sore affliction.-Miles Reporter

Maquoketa Excelsior, November 28, 1885 Kenneth E. Wright

Mandana (Robertson) Maskery

Old Settlers Obituary List

Mandana (Robertson) Maskery, born in Pennsylvania February 23, 1831; came to Iowa in 1855; died in Maquoketa October 20, 1910.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Reiff Maskery

Rieff Maskery, beloved and only child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Maskery, at their home on North Summit street, Friday morning, March 28th, 1889, aged three years. Cause of death, croup. The funeral occurred Sunday afternoon and was largely attended.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published April 4, 1889, submitted by Ken Wright]

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William Mason

MASON. At his home on Vermont street in Maquoketa, Wednesday morning March 20, 1889, of general debility, William Mason, aged 79 years. Deceased was an old settler and leaves an aged wife and a large family of grown up children.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published March 21, 1889, submitted by Ken Wright]

Edna M. Mathews

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Edna Moorhead Mathews, born in Jackson County Iowa March 24, 1858; died October 11, 1910.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Calvin Edward Matthews

Calvin Edward Matthews was born in Ohio, November 26, 1853, and came to Jackson county in 1856 with his parents, and resided here until his death which occurred in Maquoketa, April 27, 1901, in the 48th year of his age.

April 25, 1878, he was united to Edna A. Morehead. To this happy union three children were born, one died in infancy, leaving Ada Belle, now Mrs. Edward Armstrong, and Byron L., to mourn his loss together with the wife, aged parents, a sister and three brothers.

He was an ambitious and industrious man and had succeeded in securing a good home and competence and was about to retire from active duties when he was suddenly taken away. As a man and neighbor, nothing but words of praise come from everyone. The unusually large attendance at the funeral on a week day in Spring gave full attestation to the high esteem in which he was held. He had always been strong and healthy, never having called a physician until his last sickness, which lasted only one week. Friday April 19th, he complained of not feeling well and the next morning he came to Maquoketa where he was taken violently ill and underwent a surgical operation, which revealed the fact that there were serious complications. In spite of all that medical skill and the kindness of friends, the Saturday following his coming to town, his end came. He exhibited the same patience and fortitude in his last distressing sickness that had characterized his life.

Monday, April 29th, funeral services were conducted by Rev. R. D. Parsons in the Advent Christian church of Iron Hill, under charge of the Odd Fellows Lodge of Maquoketa. The very large attendance of neighbors friends and relatives filled the church and yard. He was laid to rest in the cemetery connected with that church, by his brethren in the lodge with the impressive and sympathetic ritual of the order of which he was a member.+

[Maquoketa Excelsior, Published May 31, 1901, submitted by Ken Wright]

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William Matthews

William Matthews was born in Pittsburg, Penn., on the third day of August, 1820. He died after a very brief illness on the fourth day of June, 1903, being in his 83rd year at the time of his death. He was married on March 28, 1844, to Miss Adaline Ripple, who survives him. Fifty-nine years of wedded life granted this couple is an unusually long one and the separation seems all the harder, because of their long life together. Mr. Matthews moved from Ohio to Iowa in 1856, settling in Jackson County, which since that date has been his home. Of the nine children born to this couple four are now living and were present at the funeral. They are J. R. Matthews of Cass county, Iowa; Mrs. Lucy Pearce, Wm. C. and John A. Matthews of Maquoketa. A very large company of friends and neighbors attended the funeral on Sunday, June 7, 1903, at 3 o'clock, which was conducted by Rev. George B. Shoemaker of Maquoketa. The interment was in the Casteel cemetery, after sermon was preached in the church nearby. Six of Mr. Matthews grandsons served as pall bearers.

[Maquoketa Record, Published June 10, 1903, submitted by Ken Wright]

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Dora Mau

Andrew Lady Answers Final Summons Friday Morning

(By Our Andrew Correspondent.)

It is our sad duty to report the death of one of our aged pioneers, Mrs. Dora Mau, who answered the Master's call at 8:30 o'clock Friday morning, Oct. 17. Her death was not unexpected and all that kind care and medical skill could do was done to stay the death angel, but the infirmities of old age had done its work and with Christ as her pilot her bark moved off to heaven's port.

Doris Sharbenier ws born in Holstein, Germany, April 2, 1838 and in 1867 she was united in marriage to John Herman Mau at Chicago. Shortly after marriage they settled in Andrew purchasing the property then known as the Cobb estate, where they have continually resided. Mr. Mau passed away Nov. 11, 1904. Since which time Mrs. Mau and two younger children, Dora and Fritz, remained at the old home where the latter tenderly cared for their mother in her declining years. Mrs. Mau was a faithful member of the Lutheran church and always attended services when health permitted. A lover of home, a devoted mother, she lived for those around her and to the daughter Dora who was her constant companion, the parting is a bitter one.

Preceding Mrs. Mau in death were the husband, and two children, two daughters and three sons surviving. Mrs. Anna Huttee of Moline, Ill., and Dora at home; Herman of Maquoketa, Louis of Davenport and Fritz at home, also 17 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren and one sister Mrs. H. Blume of Berlin, Neb. The funeral was held Sunday from the Lutheran church at Andrew, Rev. Bredow officiating.

Messrs Gottlieb Hoerschelman, August Miller, Henry Rohlf, John Tisher, Charley Jacobs and Gustave Becker acted as pall bearers. Interment was made in the Andrew cemetery beside the husband. The beautiful floral gifts, large concourse of relatives and friends in attendance bespeak silent sympathy for the bereaved family, who extend to all their heartfelt appreciation.

Out of town attendants at the obsequies were Mrs. J. Huttee, who by a delayed telegram, arrived too late for the funeral, her husband, being in a very critical condition prevented her from being with her mother in her last hours; Mr. and Mrs. Louis Koenig and Miss Ardemia Huttee of Moline, Luie Mau, Davenport, Mr. and Mrs. H. Mau, daughter Helen, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Hamilton of Maquoketa Mrs. Wm. Voepelle, daughters Mary and Trula and sons Alva and Isaac and Mr. and Mrs. Frank Hoover of Baldwin.
[Jackson Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, Tuesday, October 21, 1919, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

James S. Mayes

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James S. Mayes born September 21, 1835; came to Iowa in 1860; died in Maquoketa August 12, 1911.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Owen McCaffrey

Like a thunderbolt from a clear sky came the word Sunday morning from DesMoines that Owen McCaffrey, one of our most prominent and highly respected citizens has passed away very suddenly at the home of his son, Dr. Eugene McCaffrey in that city. Mr. McCaffrey had not been in good health for some time, although none but his family and a few of his most intimate friends were aware of the fact. His local physician advised him some time ago to consult a specialist and as he was feeling very good on Satursday last, decided to go to Des Moines for consultation with his son and a prominent specialist there. Accompanied by his wife they departed on the three o'clock train Saturday afternoon, reaching Des Moines and the home of their son in the evening. Mr. McCaffrey was apparently feeling fine on his arrival and the evening was spent in pleasant and jolly visitation. About 11:30 o'clock he retired and about 11:50, his wife was awakened by a heavy gasp made by her husband, where upon she immediately called her son in from a near by room, who hurried to the bedside of his father only to find that life was no more, death having come almost instantly from an attack of angina pectoris. Dr. McCaffrey attempted to resuscitate the father, but all efforts proved futile. Long distance phone calls to members of the family advised them of the sad news, and it was but a short time until our entire city had learned of the passing of one of our foremost citizens.

"Mac" as he was familiarly known, was a selfmade man, building from a small foundation, one of the most prominent wholesale and retail enterprises in the state. His jovial manner, strict attention to business, and general merchandising ability coupled to being success and his counsel and advise in local business circles will be greatly missed. As a husband and father, his devotion was marked and sincere, his love for home folks daily exempified and as a neighbor and friend, none better or more loyal could be desired.

Mr. McCaffrey was born in Buffalo, N.Y., March 6, 1852, being left as an orphan when a child of three years. He with a baby sister were brought to Iowa by their grandmother McCaffrey and his early boyhood home was near Cascade. His first business experience was as a buggy salesman which he followed for some time, until coming to Maquoketa in the 1870's. He became associated with the late M. S. Dunn in the clothing business under the firm name of Dunn & McCaffrey, disposing of his interest about 1883, to enter into the cigar manufacturing business with the late F. Doubrawa. Mr. McCaffrey withdrew from this firm in 1886 and established a wholesale and retail cigar and tabacco store, his business increasing year by year until he became one of the largest tobacco wholesalers and jobbers in Iowa. He was the originator of the famous "Maquoketa" cigar which is conceded to have been the greatest advertising medium our city has ever had, the first automobile ever used for commercial purposes being used by one of his salesman in introducing the McCaffrey line of goods. His heart was in Maquoketa and although he had since established a chain of stores in Mason City, Des Moines and Sioux City, he always contended that "there was no place like the Timber City".

He was united in marriage to Miss Agnes Dunlap, Dec 17, 1884, to which union five children were born, three of whom with the wife and mother are left to mourn the loss of a kind husband and devoted father. He was a prominent member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in this city and also of the St. Edwards Council Number 707 Knights of Columbus order at Clinton. In politices he had alway been affiliated with the Democratic party, and had on several occasions served as delegate to the state and national conventions and in 1918 was honored with the appointment as fuel administrator for Jackson County. He was one of the orginal incorporators of the American Savings Bank, had always been its vice president and a director, taking an active interest in the management of that institution. Mr. McCaffrey was a member of the local Kiwanis club and was a regular attendant of the meetings of that organization. He was also a stockholder in the Sentinel Company, and we feel the loss of his friendship and co-operation keenly. He was also one of the incorporators and active supporters of the Maquoketa Hydro Electric Company.

Besides his devoted wife, there survived three children, William of Mason City, Mrs. Mabel Seamonds at home, and Dr. Eugene of Des Moines, also three grandchildren.

The funeral was held Tuesday morning from Sacred Heart Catholic Church at 10:00 o'clock. A solenn requiem Mass was sung by Rev. L. P. Craney, celebrant, Rev. Thomas O'Dowd of Charlotte, Iowa, deacon, Rev. W. E. Cullinan of Delmar, Iowa, sub-decon and Rev. J. J. Nelson of De Witt, Master of ceremonies. After the Mass, a touching funeral sermon was preached by Father Nelson, a lifelong friend of the deceased. About fifty members of the Knights of Columbus attended in a body, Delegrations from the Councils of Clinton, De Whitt, Bellevue and Cascade in addition to the local members were in attendance. The pall berarers were officers and directors fo the American Savings Bank, of which institution Mr. McCaffrey was vice president. Interment was made in Sacred Heart cemetery.

Amoung those from a distance here to attend the funeral were: Thomas Keegan, Mrs. As Burns, Mr.& Mrs Frank Devitte, Mrs. Delit Lehy of Masonville, Iowa; Mrs Frank Galley of Winthrope, Iowa; J. A. Holmes and wife of Perry, Iowa; P. E.
McCaffrey of Youngstown, Ohio; O. Keegan, Mrs. Johanna Bowden and daughter Miss Anna of Chicago; O. B. Duffey, Dr. Eugene McCaffrey, wife and little son of Des Moines; Mr. and Mrs. Frank Skelley, Mr. and Mrs. T. C. Carroll, Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Carroll, Dr. L. Branea, Miss Angelia Driscoll, Miss Elizabeth Gimble, Miss Genevieve Carroll of Davenport; J. A. Anderson of Elwood; W. D. McCaffrey and wife, J. Burnett of Mason City; C. M. Corey of Algona; J. E. Lawry, Mrs Mary Garnes of Cedar Rapids; Ben Esmay, Miss Katherine Cullen of Clinton; M. W. Burnett, Jas Gilroy, W. C. Rutenbeck of Lost Nation; Jas. Digman, Thos. Kelly, Jas. L. Linamen, Mr. DeCook, F. M. McMannus, J. F. Waters, Ed McGonegal, Mrs. Callahan, Miss Klise, A. Fitzpatrick and son Louis, Mrs. McGarry, John O'Mera, Art Goodall, P. F. Kelly of Delmar; Nick Godes of Preston and Chris Hickson of Otter Creek.

[Maquoketa Sentinel, Published April 20, 1923, submitted by Patrick Turner]

James McAllister

In Jackson county, Iowa, the other day, a young man named James McAllister, not satisfied with the ordinary method of splitting logs with an ax and wedges, concluded to facilitate his work by the application of powder. Accordingly he drilled a hole in a large oak log, filled the cavity with powder, applied a fuse, and touched it off. The explosion followed before McAllister could get out of the way, tearing the log into splinters, and almost literally beheading the unfortunate man. His brains were scattered in all directions, and the body mutilated in a horrible manner.

[Source: The Jasper Weekly Courier (IN) April 4, 1873, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Mary Jane Rhodes Wade McCallum

Mary Jane Rhodes was born in Granville, New York, March 27,1824, and passed away June 27, 1901. She was united in marriage with John W. Wade in Clymer, New York, February 2, 1843. To them three children were given. Two of these preceded her to the other shore, and one, Mrs. Emma J. Orcutt, remains and was present at her mother's death and funeral.

In 1858, nine years after the death of Mr. Wade, she was married to Mr. John McCallum and was again left a widow in 1879. One of the two children of this marriage, one is dead, and one, Lillie C., is living and was her mother's stay and support.

For a number of years she has been confined to the house and home yard. The procession of life for business or pleasure has passed her by and left her to the exclusive notice of her intimate friends and neighbors.

When fourteen years of age she was converted and became a member of the Methodist Episcopal church and continued in its fellowship until called to the church triumphant. She was ever a most faithful wife and mother, friend and neighbor. She was loved by those who knew her best.

Funeral services were conducted by her pastor, Rev. R. D. Parsons, at her late home, Monday, June 24, and the remains were laid to rest in Mt. Hope cemetery.

[Maquoketa Excelsior, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published June 28, 1901, submitted by Ken Wright]

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Thomas McCard

Thomas McCard was born Feb. 18, 1851, and died Aug. 5, 1909, aged 58 years, 5 months and 18 days. He died at the home of his sister, Mrs. Sarah Clary on South Second street, Maquoketa, Iowa. He leaves to mourn his departure a wife and four children, also four sisters and two brothers, namely-Mrs. Helen Head and Mrs. Sarah Clary, of this city, Mrs. Racheal Schlagle, Milwaukee, Wis., Mrs. Elvira Gorey, Tekamah,Neb., Henry P. McCard, Hurstville, Iowa and John S. McCard, Oregon.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published August 12, 1909, submitted by Ken Wright]

Hiram W. McCarron

Hiram W. McCarron was born September 1, 1827, at Akron, Ohio. In August, 1899 he was stricken with paralysis and never fully recovered. He had been confined to his home two weeks, passing away at 5 o'clock Tuesday morning, February 4th. He leaves a wife, one daughter, Mrs. Flora Maskrey and one son, G. L. to mourn their loss.

At the age of eighteen he began to advocate the anti-slavery and other reform movements. In 1829 he removed to Berea, Ohio, where he married Miss Sarah Tompkins in 1821. During that year he investigated spiritualism and became a firm believer in that philosophy, which he lived up to and advocated through his life.

In 1855 he removed with his family to Jackson county, where he has since resided. He first settled in Farmer's Creek township, where he entered the hardwood lumber business, in which he continued until the financial panic of 1857, of which he was a victim.

He removed to Maquoketa in 1860 and became active in all reform movements, especially on the school question. He was aggressive, but it must be said that he was always true and firm to his convictions; living as he talked; accepting his own advice or suggesting as his guide for right living. No man lived more true to his convictions. His life was full of activity and was rounded out like the ripened fruit.

The funeral services will be conducted by Harrison D, Barrett, President of the National Spiritualists association of Washington, D. C. at two o'clock Friday afternoon at Centennial Hall. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope cemetery.

[Maquoketa Excelsior, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published February 7, 1902] Submitted by Ken Wright

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Sarah (Thompkins) McCarron

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Sarah (Thompkins) McCarron, born in London England November 15, 1827; came to Iowa in 1855; died in Maquoketa November 15, 1910.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Catherine McCarthy

Mrs. Catherine McCarthy, of Butler Township, Jackson County, died May 13th at the age of 70 years. She was an old settler and held in high respect by the people of Garry Owen. Her maiden name was Sullivan. Mrs. McCarthy's husband Daniel, died several years ago and she is survived by her daughters, Mrs. David Crotty, Mrs. Andrew Noonan, Misses Katie and Bridget of Garry Owen, and her sons John of Garry Owen, Richard of Dubuque and James of Butte, Montana. The funeral took place at the Catholic Church in South Garry Owen, Rev. McNamara officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in St. Patrick's cemetery, Garry Owen.

[Cascade Pioneer, Cascade, Iowa, Published May 16, 1902, Submitted by Ken Wright]

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MCCARTHY-Sept. 23d at 8 p.m., at the old homestead in Otter Creek, Jackson county, Iowa, Mrs. Catharine McCarthy, widow of the late John McCarthy, aged 85 years. Mrs. McCarthy passed away suddenly and peacefully. She appeared well during the day, and at evening laid down. She complained of being chilly when a little while afterward was discovered to be dead, having scarcely made a struggle. She was a native of the Parish of Dysart, County of Cork, Ireland. Mrs. McCarthy came to Jackson county from Pittsburg, Pennsylvania in 1855, with her husband, John, who died last Spring. They raised five children, all of whom are living. She was a mother beloved by all her children and respected by her neighbors. The funeral took place at St. Lawrence Church, Otter Creek, on Tuesday. at 10:00 a.m.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published September 27, 1888, Submitted by Ken Wright]

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Patrick McCarthy

Patrick McCarthy, one of the most well liked and prominent farmers of this area, died at his home in Bernard at 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening following a considerable illness. Mr. McCarthy was a fine Christian gentleman, enjoyed a wide acquaintances and countless friends join his relatives in mourning his demise. Patrick McCarthy, the son of Ellen and Wm. McCarthy, was born at Bernard, March 6, 1870. He always followed the occupation of farming and on January 12, 1904 he was married to Miss Catherine Dunn, a member of another longtime prominent family of that vicinity. They have lived on their family homestead throughout their lives. Surviving are his widow, five sons and two daughters, Leslie, Vern, Clem, Lloyd, Clifford, Ardella and Lucille. Also a brother. William, and a sister, Mrs. Hannah Lawler of Dubuque. He was preceded In death by his brother, Owen. Funeral services will be held Friday morning at nine o'clock from the home to St. Patrick's church, Garryowen, with Rev. P. F. Malone officiating. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery.

[Cascade Pioneer, Cascade, Iowa, Published August 10, 1939, Submitted by Ken Wright]

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Emeline Angel McCarty

Monmouth News--Emeline Angel was born in Rutland, New York, January 18, 1812, where she grew to womanhood and married Hays McCarty, October 30, 1833.

In 1866 they came with their family to Iowa, living at Monticello until 1869, when they came to Monmouth where she has since resided. Since the death of her husband in 1893, she has made her home with her oldest daughter, Mrs. Mathilda Stoddard, where she died March 25, 1905, aged 93 years, 2 months, 7 days. In early life she was converted and united with the Christian church and remained a consistent Christian during her long life.

She was the mother of 9 children, two dying in infancy, one Mrs. Helen Kennedy died in 1873; the other six, Mrs. Mathilda Stoddard and Mrs. D. A. Bristol, Monmouth; Mrs. C. D. Bickford, Washington, Iowa; Mrs. R. F. Sullivan, Sheffield, Iowa; Mrs. Geo. Ralston and William McCarty, Lebanon, Nebraska, survive her. All but the last two mentioned were present with her during her last illness.

[Maquoketa Record, Published March 29, 1905, submitted by Ken Wright]

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Hayes McCarty

Cruel death has again robbed us of another citizen. On Friday, about four o'clock p. m., Hayes McCarty passed away. Mr. McCarty had been quite feeble for some time. He leaves a wife and six children to mourn his departure, to where rests the silent majority. The bereaved have the sympathy of many friends in their sadness. The funeral was presided over by Rev. J. Bretnall, Sunday, at 11 o'clock a. m. The remains were interred in the Monmouth cemetery.

[Monmouth-Baldwin News, Monmouth, Iowa Wednesday, January 25, 1893, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Luella Sweesy McCau


Mrs. W. O. McCau, the former Luella Sweesy of Maquoketa, died Thursday morning, February 1, in Aberdeen, Washington.

Death was attributed to a paralytic stroke which she suffered about six months ago. The funeral was held February 3 in Aberdeen.

Her husband, W. O. McCau died about a year ago. She lived southeast of Maquoketa during her earlier years and was graduated from Maquoketa high school in 1895. She taught school in this vicinity. She is survived by sons, Donald and Robert.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, February 9, 1951, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Walter D. McCausland

Walter D. "Mac" McCausland II, 81, of Maquoketa, died Wednesday, July 12, 2000, in Jackson County Public Hospital, after a long illness. Born September 6, 1918, in Malvern, Iowa, the son of Walter D. and Mildred Mae Tunison McCausland. Walter married Julia Jeanne Steele on December 24, 1942, in Malvern; Jeanne died July 22, 1994. Mac was an instructor at the College of Mortuary Science in St. Louis for two years and a funeral director for Carson Funeral Home, Maquoketa for seven years. He was a partner in Sagers & McCausland Insurance and Real Estate in Maquoketa, retiring Dec. 31, 1980. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church and the Maquoketa Country Club, where he had served on the board of directors. Walter was a former member of the Maquoketa Lions Club and the Knights of Pythian Lodge. He loved to play golf, collect political memorabilia and refinish antiques. Survivors include a daughter, Susan McCausland of Rockford; a son W. D. "Mac" McCausland of Waterloo; grandchildren Abby, Caitlin, Amy and Kent; and great-grandchildren, Michael and Jenna. Services were at the First United Methodist Church with burial at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

[Rockford Star, Published July 15, 2000, submitted by Ken Wright]

Melvin McCloy

Melvin A. McCloy, 72, of Baldwin, Iowa, died on Sunday morning, March 11, 2012, at the Crestridge Nursing Home in Maquoketa, Iowa.

Public graveside services and burial celebrating Melvin's life will be held at 11 A.M., Thursday, March 15, 2012, from the Union Cemetery, rural Maquoketa, Iowa. There is no visitation. The Carson Celebration of Life Center in Maquoketa is caring for the family.

Melvin Alfred McCloy was born on February 7, 1940 in Jackson County, Iowa, to William and Berniece (Risden) McCloy. He was educated in Jackson County country schools and then attended Elwood High School. He never married.

He first worked at the Buckhorn Creamery for ten years and then for Dubuque Bi-Products for four years. He then worked as a farmhand for the Tabor family for 33 years until retirement.

Melvin enjoyed mushroom hunting, loved kids and the outdoors. He always enjoyed having a few cocktails with friends at the local pubs. He was known in the area for living in the "car with a stove in it" for 28 years. He was additionally known as the "50 cents guy" because he always bought 50 cents worth of gas.

Melvin is survived by his siblings, Albert McCloy of Oxford Junction, IA, Billy McCloy of Baldwin, IA, Rita Manning of Maquoketa, IA, Allen (Charlotte) McCloy of Monmouth, IA, Larry (Liz) McCloy of Maquoketa, IA, and Rachel Litty of DeWitt, IA. He was preceded in death by his parents, a brother, Wayne, and a sister, Betty Edwards.

[Maquoketa Sentinel-Press, published March 14, 2012, submitted by Ken Wright]

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John McClurg

On Wednesday afternoon, at his home in Maquoketa, Mr. John McClurg, aged 66 years.

Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, May 22, 1884 Submitted by Ken Wright


Former Zwingle Farmer Dies

John McLurg died at his residence in this city on Wednesday the 21st, inst. Mr. McLurg was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania, February 7, 1818, and consequently was little past 66 years of age.

He came to Jackson County in the year 1850 and settled on a farm near Zwingle where he continued to reside until about four years ago, when he moved to this place.

He was a man of sterling integrity and was universally respected. He appeared to be in usual health until about four weeks before his death when he was taken with lumbago, which developed other diseases that carried him off.

He left him surviving four children, all of whom were present during his sickness but one, who resides in Texas. His remains were taken to Zwingle for interment beside his wife who died several years ago.

Maquoketa Excelsior, May 24, 1884. Submitted by Ken Wright

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Amanda Trump McComb

MCCOMB, Amanda Trump was born January 17, 1842, in Stark County, Ohio, and died April 28, 1908, aged 66 years, 8 months and 12 days. She married John Stuart McComb October 20, 1864, who died August 6, 1878. To their union twelve children were born, three of these died in infancy. The four whom she leaves to mourn her death are John A. McComb and Mrs. C. O. Webster of Maquoketa, B. F. McComb of Willow River, Minnesota, and Ed McComb of Shelby, Iowa. The deceased also leves two sisters to mourn her, Mrs. E. F. Weeman of Maquoketa, Mrs. Kate Crill of Pollock, South Dakota and one brother, Mr. Henry Trump of Hawarden, Iowa. Early in life she became a member of the Methodist- Episcopel Church and has since been a helpful worker in her sweet and quiet way. She was also a member of the Women's Christian Temperance Union of Pine Island, Minnesota, where she spent some time with her son, Frank, who was a principal of schools at that place. Funeral services were held Friday, April 30th at 2:30 p.m. at the home of the daughter, Mrs. C. O. Webster, Rev. A. T. Fester officiating with interment in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published May 7, 1908] Submitted by Ken Wright

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Alaska McCumber


Alaska McCumber was born June 28, 1853, at South Fork, Cheming County, New York and died at his home in Maquoketa, Iowa, in the early evening of Monday, August 29, 1927.

On July 4, 1873, he was married to Miss Ella Manning, who survives. On May 27, 1906, he was baptised into the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ at Chattanooga, Jackson County, by Elder F. B. Farr.

The surviving members of his family who mourn his death are his wife and three children, two daughters, Mrs. Anna Welch of Independence, Missouri and Mrs. Abbie Arterberry of Maquoketa, one son, Wilbur of Independence, Missouri, 19 grandchildren and 14 greatgrandchildren, one brother and one sister. Two daughters, Mrs. Albert Welch and Mrs. Clemence have preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 11 o'clock from the Buchner Chapel with Elder John Heide officiating. Interment was made in Mt. Hope cemetery.

[Maquoketa Eureka, Maquoketa, Iowa, September 6, 1927, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Florence B. McDonald

Florence B. McDonald, who with her deceased and beloved mother form this solemn double funeral today, was born in the year 1870, near Maquoketa, Ia. In the year 1889 she was united in holy wedlock to Mr. W. B. McDonald. To this union were born two children, Beulah and Lyle, both of whom with the father, are residents of Waterloo, Ia.

Mrs. McDonald has spent her married life at different periods in both Maquoketa, Ia. and Waterloo, Ia. For the last five months, Mrs. McDonald had been in very poor health, reminding her that the end was not far distant. The summons came on August 17, just twenty-four hours later than the death of her mother. She died at Waterloo in her 51st year.

The presence of kind friends at this hour is tangible evidence of the deep sympathy that throbs in their hearts which is also extended to all the dear relatives at this time of grief and sadness.

Funeral services were held from the Becker home Friday afternoon, with interment at Mt. Home cemetery, Rev. Brough of the Baptist church officiating. The W. R. C. of which Mrs. Wright was a member, attended in a body.
[Jackson Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, August 23, 1921, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

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L. B. McDonald

Death Calls Another of Our Honored Citizens

Again have the ranks of our old pioneers been entered by death which has removed from our midst L. B. McDonald who for the past fifty-four years has commanded the respect of this city and community, Mr. McDonald was one of the few living in 1921 who came to the city at an early date and had made it his home continually ever since. By industry and strict integrity he won his way into the esteem of the community, and his close application to business is evidenced in that he was a trusted employ of the Sanborn store for more than twenty-five years. After the death of Mr. Sanborn he was elected as care taker of the fine Fourth Ward school building, and his interest in this work, his kindness to the children and teachers stand ever fresh in the memories of the countless young men and women of today. A good man has gone; one who was a friend to all; devoted to his home and family and a firm advocate of good in every form.

L. B. McDonald was born at Pottsdam, N. Y. February 8, 1844, and came to Iowa in 1866, shortly after the close of the war. He tried on three occasions to enlist with the colors but was refused admission into the army on account of his age. He came direct to Jackson county and settled in this city which since has been his home. Mr. McDonald was united in marriage to Miss Polina Blake, April 23, 1865, and to this happy union were born 12 children, two passing away in infancy, and one daughter, Mrs. Ella Harrington, passing away several months ago. Besides his devoted wife, the following children survive: Lucian, Harry, George, Charles, and Mrs. Beulah Burmeister of this city; Leon of Delmar, Mrs. Belle Barnes of Davenport, and Mrs. Irene Stozier of Ft. Smith. Ark.

Mr. McDonald passed away at his home on South Main Street this Thursday morning shortly after six o'clock, death following an illness of several months. The funeral will held from the home Friday at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. E. A. Lang officiating. Interment will be made in Mt. Hope.
[Jackson Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, Friday January 7, 1921, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

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Nancy McDonald

At her home in Andrew, January 29, 1892, Mrs. Nancy McDonald, aged 73 years. She was born in Lawrence county, Pennsylvania, and came to Iowa in the Spring of 1857, where she has since resided. In her youth she united with the M. E. Church, of which she was a faithful member until her death. The funeral occurred last Sunday, Rev. Lee officiating.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published February 4, 1892] Submitted by Ken Wright

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Bridget Long McDonnell

Mrs. Michael McDonnell died at the family residence in West Cascade Friday, December 28th. Her maiden name was Bridget Long, and she was born in County Limerick, Ireland in 1841, and for 30 years resided in Garry Owen, Jackson County. Some years ago, with her husband, she came to Cascade. Mrs. McDonnell is survived by her aged husband, her nephew, Frank Foot, and a nephew and niece in Independence, all of whom deeply mourn her death. The funeral was held at St. Martin's church Saturday morning, Rev. L. Roche officiating, and the remains were laid to rest in the Catholic cemetery.

[Cascade Pioneer, Cascade, Iowa, Published January 3, 1918, Submitted by Ken Wright]

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Peter McDougall

On Friday afternoon last, Mr. Peter McDougall, a student at the College, was accidentally drowned while bathing in the Maquoketa River. Mr. McDougall's relatives, we learned, reside in Canada East. He was an estimable young man, and leaves many friends here to mourn his loss.

Drowned in the Maquoketa River on May 26, 1854, Mr. Peter McDougall, of Guelph, Canada East, a member of the Maquoketa Academy, aged 20 years.

By this sudden dispensation of Providence, the members of the Maquoketa Academy as well as the community, are thrown into deep mourning. All mourn his early death and deeply sympathize with his friends far away.

Not feeling very well, he received an excuse from school Friday morning after devotional exercises. Nothing serious was apprehended until Saturday morning, when immediate search was made for him and his clothes were found on the bank of the river about one mile outside the village. Soon after, a little below, his body was discovered cold in the embrace of death.

His mind was one of superior order. A retentive memory, aided by a quick and clear perception made him a superior scholar. His openheartedness and frankness gained for him many friends. We can hardly realize we have lost our dear friend, but so it is, he is gone, we fondly hope, to dwell with blessed spirits in a far better world. We buried him on a quiet Sabbath morn, and springing flowers in the spring of the year, in the opening manhood of his life. We left his body, but we would not if we could call back his immortal spirit from the mansion in the skies.

[Maquoketa Sentinel, Published June 1, 1854, submitted by Ken Wright]

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Joseph McElroy

Joseph McElroy, Who First Came to Iowa in 1837, Dies at Ripe Old Age

Through the courtesy of Editor Lambert of the Sabula• Gazette, we are enabled to produce the following life history, with cut, of Joseph McElroy one of Iowa's oldest settler's and to be made a part of the annals of the Jackson County Historical Society:

The death of Joseph McElroy at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. F. Schramling, in this city, Monday morning, marks the passing or Iowa's oldest pioneer, for such Mr. McElroy undoubtedly was having come to Sabula in 1837, the year that our little city was laid out in town lots. The other sturdy pioneers who braved the wilds of virgin Iowa at that early date or within, we dare say, live years of that time have all passed to the better world.

Joseph McElroy was born on a farm two miles from the city of Erie, Pa., on September 2, 1815, and at the time of his death was 90 years, 5 months and 17 days old. He was a son of Hugh and Margaret (Duncan) McElroy, natives of Cumberland county, Pa., and his father served as a soldier in the war of 1812. He participated In several active engagements and was wounded at the battle of Lundy's Lane, a ball passing through his liver. Notwithstanding this fact be recovered and lived to the advanced age of seventy-three years. To him and his excellent wife were born thirteen children, of whom the subject of our sketch was the last to pass away, and he was the eldest of the family.

The earlier years of Joseph McElroy's life were spent in his native county, but In 1837 he decided to investigate the then far west and set out for the Territory of Iowa. He reached Sabula during that year and finding the country to his liking went back to Pennsylvania for his folks and returned to this county in 1838 and entered 200 acres of land In Iowa township, west of the town of Sabula. In an exchange afterward with Mr. Grant he came into possession of the quarter section or land which he owned to the time of his death. When gold was discovered In California, Mr. McElroy and a number of other Sabula men organized a party and in 1849 made the hazardous overland trip to that state and engaged in mining until 1852, when they returned to their homes. The return trip was made by way or the Pacific ocean, crossing the isthmus of Panama and the Gulf of Mexico and up the Mississippi river to St. Louis.

On Sept. 22, 1853, he took unto himself a wife and helpmate, Mrs. Mary A. Winsor, a daughter of .G. Gilroy, then a resident of Jackson county. The fruit of this union were tour children. They are George, of Malvern; Margaret, who died In Infancy; Mrs. J. F. Schramling, of this city, and Joseph, of Norris, Montana. Three step-children who were reared to manhood and womanhood by the deceased, also survive him-Mrs. G. A. Bozza, of Marion; Mrs. G. A Hatheway, of Magnet, Neb., and Wm. Winsor. The esteemed wife and mother passed away on November 1, 1872, and soon afterward Mr. McElroy moved to a home he purchased in town, where he lived until the past few years when he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Schramling.

At the time of the rush to Pike's Peak, about the year 1849, Mr. McElroy and Clarke Cook (deceased) started for Colorado, but after getting as far as the Platte river returned. Of the Sabula party of "Forty-niners," Mr. McElroy was the last survivor and he was also the last original member of the Sabula Pioneers' Association to pass away. This association was formed on Nov. 22, 1872, by J. G. Sugg, E. A. Wood, James Murphy, J. S. Dominy, George Canfield, Robt. C. Westbrook, Royal L. Westbrook, Jos. McElroy, John Scarborough and Oliver Emerson. All of these gentlemen with the exception of Joseph McElroy passed away over ten years ago. The latter was always a familiar figure at the annual picnics of this association until the last one held when he was confined to his bed in his last sickness, the general breaking down caused by old age. On this occasion several of the older settlers called and spent a short time visiting with him and the parting of these old friends of the early days was a very pathetic one.

For the past three years Mr. McElroy has felt the weight of years and his health gradually failed until last February he was obliged to take to his bed and although his condition varied from better to worse It could be seen by those around him that he was gradually nearing the close of a well spent life. Sunday he conversed with the family and appeared brighter than usual, but at 6:25 the end came and his last moments were marked with peace and contentment and thus he passed away.

Eulogies to the life and character of this "grand old man" are needless; he was here before any of us and his life is like an open book, one with pages white and clear. He was not a member of any church, but in religious views was a Universalist, believing in the free and universal salvation of all. He was honest in all his dealings and treated all of his fellow men as he would be done by. His company was greatly enjoyed by both old and young and he could tell many stories of pioneer life in this town when it was known as Carrolport, then Charleston and later Sabula.

The funeral services were held at the M. E. church at two o'clock Wednesday afternoon and were conducted by Rev. T. H. Sheckler of Marble Book, former pastor of the church here. A large number of friends gathered to pay their last respects, among them being Henry Seeman, of Spragueville, and Geo. Helfert, of Almont, old pioneer friends of the deceased. The remains were laid to rest in Evergreen cemetery.

[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society 1905, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Eugene McGonegle

Eugene McGonegle Killed in Phillipines

Eugene McGonegle of Delmar was killed in a recent Japanese attack on the Phillipines, according to word received from Washington, D. C., by Miss Betty McGonegle, of DeWitt, sister.

McGonegle, a first class seaman in the U. S. Navy, had been in service since June 15, 1940. He was graduated from Delmar High School in 1939.

He is survived by his sister, Betty McGonegle, of DeWitt, and two brothers, Joseph in the U. S. Army and James, of Vincent, Iowa.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published December 19, 1941] Submitted by Ken Wright

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Mabel McGowan

The many friends of the family of Mr. and Mrs. William McGowan were pained to learn of the death of Mabel McGowan, their two year old daughter, which occurred Tuesday morning. The little one managed to get hold of a flask which contained brandy and drank a sufficient quantity of it to throw her into a stupor from which she never recovered. Drs. Dennison and Hanske were unable to give relief, possibly for the fact that their services were not secured at once, it being thought that the child was not in danger and that she would sleep off the effects of the liquor. The parents are grief stricken over their affliction. The funeral took place from the Presbyterian Church, Rev. Memmott officiating.

[Bellevue Herald Leader - Bellevue, Iowa, February 26, 1903, Submitted by Ken Wright]

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John McKeggan

Oldest Man in Jackson County

John McKeggan died of old age, at his home, near Cottonville, last Monday. The deceased was probably the oldest man in the county. He did not know how old he really was. He told a writer a few months since that he was a lad between 10 and 15 years of age at the time of the Irish Rebellion in 1798, 86 years ago. At any rate he was beween 95 and 100 years old at the time of his death. Mr. McKeggan came from Ireland with his family 53 years ago and settled in Canada. Some years later he removed to the United States and finally settled in this county in 1850. He leaves an aged wife, two sons and three daughters to mourn his loss.

(Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, May 1, 1884) Submitted by Ken Wright

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PFC Richard J. McKenna

PFC Richard McKenna Missing in Korea

Otter Creek, August 8, 1951- Mr. and Mrs. Frank McKenna received a government letter during the week confirming the telegram received earlier, stating that their son, PFC Richard McKenna, was missing in action in Korea since July 20th. Prior to the telegram, PFC McKenna had been wounded in action and had received two combat medals and the Purple Heart.

[Maquoketa Community Press, Published August 9, 1951, submitted by Ken Wright]

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Bridget McKillip

Mrs. Richard McKillip of Richland township, Jackson county, died suddenly of rheumatism of the heart while visiting her mother in Perry township, on July 8th., in the 50th year of her age. Mrs. McKillip was greatly beloved by her family and neighbors for her many noble qualities of head and heart. Not only her family, but everybody who ever knew her, mourns her untimely death. Mrs. McKillip's maiden name was Bridget Courtney. She was a sister of Mr. James Courtney, of Otter Creek township, and also a sister of Mrs. Dan Daugherty. The funeral took place from St. Joseph's church, Bellevue, last Thursday and was very largely attended. The deceased leaves a loving husband and several sons who idolize their mother to mourn her loss. They have the community's deepest sympathy.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published July 18, 1885] Submitted by Ken Wright

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Sylvia McKinley

Funeral services for Mrs. Sylvia McKinley, 92, were held Saturday afternoon. She died Thursday morning in her home in Maquoketa. The Rev. Wilbur Wilcox of the Methodist church officiated at the service in the Buchner Funeral chapel. Burial was in Mt. Hope cemetery.

Mrs. McKinley was born on March 30, 1857 at Maquoketa. She was the daughter of Nathaniel and Jane Bates Tubbs, pioneer residents here. She was married to James McKinley, who preceded her in death. Survivors are her two daughters, Mrs. Ben Kramer of Dubuque and Mrs. Floy Funderlin of Maquoketa. She was also preceded in death by one son and one daughter.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, October 11, 1949, Submitted by Ken Wright]

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Millard F. McKinsey

Services Held For M. F. McKinsey

Funeral services for Millard F. McKinsey, 88, who died Monday at the home of his sister-in-law, Mrs. A. C. McKinsey, were conducted in the Buchner Funeral Chapel Tuesday at 2 p.m. The Rev. Herman A Crawford, Baptist minister, officiated. Interment was made at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Millard F. McKinsey was born Dec. 27, 1855, in Thornburg, Indiana. He was the son of George W. and Isabel McKinsey, and the eldest of six children, all of whom preceded him in death. Mr. McKinsey never married.

Since retirement as an employee of the Big 4 railroad, he had lived in the home of his brother, the late A. C. McKinsey.

[Maquoketa Community Press, Published January 27, 1944] Submitted by Ken Wright

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Kenneth McLaughlin

Preston Times--Mr. and Mrs. D. A. McLaughlin, of Chicago, arrived Monday evening with remains of their 18 month old son, Kenneth, accompanied by Mrs. M. Courtney, sister of Mrs. McLaughlin. The little one died early Sunday from ravages of scarlet fever. The funeral was held at 8:30 Tuesday morning from the home of Mrs. Jane McLaughlin, Rev. L. Hayes officiating.

[Maquoketa Record, Published March 5, 1907, submitted by Ken Wright]

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Rev. William G. McLaughlin

Rev. William G. McLaughlin, 59, of Maquoketa, Iowa, died after a short illness at 10:10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 23, 1993, at Sacred Heart Rectory, Maquoketa. Services will be at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Maquoketa, with graveside services and burial at 3:30 p.m. in Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Key West, Iowa.

Rev. McLaughlin was the pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church since July 9, 1987. He was formerly Associate Pastor at Rockwell, Iowa and was on the faculty at Newman High School, Mason City, Iowa, from September 1959 to August 1964; a faculty member at Columbus High School, Waterloo, from 1964 to 1976; metropolitan coordinator of Catholic education from 1971-1976; archdiocese director of religious education in Dubuque from 1976-87; associate pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Dubuque from August 1976 to July 1980; pastor of St. Joseph's on the Prairie Catholic Church, Dubuque and Holy Family Catholic Church, New Melleray, rural Peosta from July 1980 to February 1983; pastor of St. Catherine Catholic Church from February 1983 to July 9, 1987.

He was born on December 7, 1933, in Dubuque, son of William C. and Mildred D. (Strub) McLaughlin. He received bachelor's degrees from Loras College and the American College of Louvain, Belgium and attended Creighton University, University of Iowa, University of Louisville and the University of Northern Iowa.

He was ordained on June 28, 1959 in Louvain, Belgium. He was a member and chaplain of the Knights of Columbus Council 8269 of Maquoketa, chaplain of the court of St. Raphael 1156, Catholic Daughters of America; Archdiocese of Dubuque Priest Council, Maquoketa Ministerial Association, DAC, Inc. Board, Maquoketa, PALS Board, dean of the Bellevue Deanery and an active member of Alcoholics Anonymous. He loved to work with handicapped and disadvantaged people and children. A group home, the McLaughlin Home, is being built and named after him. He enjoyed golf, playing cards and reading.

Surviving are his mother, Mildred D. Boekholder, of Freeport, Illinois; two sisters, Mildred Hodapp, of Dixon, Illinois, and Mrs. Catherine Kasch of Freeport; a brother, David McLaughlin, of Iowa City. He was preceded in death by his father, William C. McLaughlin, in 1958, and his stepfather, Gerald L. Boekholder, on Nov. 3, 1991.

[Telegraph-Herald, Dubuque, Iowa, October 25, 1993, Submitted by Ken Wright]

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Anastasia McLees

Death Claims Mrs. Earl McLees At Family Residence Near Garry Owen

Anastasia McLees died Sunday evening at 7:30 p.m., May 13, at the family residence near Garry Owen, following close upon the birth of a daughter. Anastasia Beatrice Henneberry was a daughter of Mrs. Catherine Hannifin Henneberry and the late John Henneberry and was born near Garry Owen, October 15, 1894. Her early years were spent upon the farm of her parents and her education was obtained at St. Mary's school in Cascade and the Immaculate Conception Academy in Dubuque. She was a teacher in the Jones County schools for a time.

She was married to Earl McLees, of Cascade, September 26, 1916. She is survived by her husband and two daughters, Mary Catherine and Anastasia Lucille, the latter an infant five days old. A son, Howard, died six years ago. Her death is also mourned by her aged mother, Mrs. Catherine Henneberry, a brother, Vincent Henneberry, of Garry Owen, and five sisters, Miss Mayme Henneberry, of Bernard, Mrs. James Kedley of Monmouth, Mrs. Albert Stickley of Bernard, Mrs. J. H. McLees, of Cascade and Mrs. J. A. Houlahan of Manchester.

The funeral services were held at St. Patrick's church, Garry Owen. Rev. D. P. Mulcahy officiated at the requiem high Mass and at the graveside in the adjoining cemetery, where the mortal remains were laid to rest.

[Cascade Pioneer, Cascade, Iowa, Published May 17, 1928, Submitted by Ken Wright]

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Eliza (Stephens) McMeans

Old Settlers Obituary List For 1908
Mrs. Eliza (Stephens) McMeans, born, Leesburg, Ohio March 17th 1841, came to Iowa 1844 died Dec. 26th 1907.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Sentinel, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, September, 1908-December, 1909, transcribed by mkk]

Martha McMeans

Miss Mattie McMeans, the subject of this sketch, was born in Jackson County, Iowa, December, 1850. She died in Chicago, Illinois, on April 14, 1895, after a severe sickness of nine days with typhoid pneumonia.

From a child Miss McMeans was the possessor of a keen and penetrating mind. Although in her girlhood days the educational advantages were somewhat limited, yet availing herself of every educational privilege, she early gave promise of marked scholarship. Her motto was attain as high a rank as possible in every work in which she engaged. Miss McMeans was for many years one of the leading school teachers in Jackson County. Several times she held the important position of secretary of the Teachers' Association. For several past years Miss McMeans has been in Chicago engaged as a type writer and stenographer.

Miss McMeans united with the Presbyterian church in Andrew in early life. At the time of her death she was a devoted member of the Third Presbyterian church of Chicago. She was an earnst student of the bible and a prominent worker in the Christian Endeavor Society.

The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon in the Presbyterian church in Andrew. Rev. D. A. Preston, pastor of the Presbyterian church pr esided. Miss McMeans was the daughter of the late Dr. McMeans and a sister of J. W. McMeans of Maquoketa and R. F. and Philetua McMeans of Andrew.

[Maquoketa Excelsior, April 19, 1895, submitted by Ken Wright]

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Mary C. McMullen

Death entered the home of James E. McMullen in Prairie Creek township Thursday, May 11, and robbed the pleasant circle of the gentle and beloved wife and mother. Death followed an illness of several days, subsequent to the birth of a babe, and the sad end was a severe blow to the young husband, the parents and the family of deceased. The little babe whose advent terminated the life of the parent, did not long survive, but on Sunday morning its small, pure spirit took its flight to join the departed mother. Mrs. McMullen's maiden name was Mary C. Dunn, oldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Dunn of Washington township, Jones county. She was born September 1st, 1876, in the above mentioned township. Six years ago she was married to James E. McMullen. She possessed the virtues of a Christian woman, a faithful wife, a devoted mother, a dutiful daughter and sincere friend. Her death is deeply deplored. She is survived by her husband and two children, Christina aged 1, and Joseph aged 2. Two children are dead, Viola, and the infant, Anthony Clifford, whose brief life terminated on Sunday. She is also survived by her parents Mr. and Mrs. E. W. Dunn, and the following brothers and sisters: W. J. Dunn of Hugo; E. F. Dunn of Prairie Creek; J.H. Dunn of Helena, Mont.; Ellen, of Hugo; Margaret, of Prairie Creek; and Frank Dunn, of Bernard. The funeral services took place Saturday morning at the Sacred Heart church, Fillmore, Rev. Lonergan officiating. The remains were laid to rest in the St. Patrick's cemetery in Garry Owen.

[Cascade Pioneer, Cascade, Iowa, May 22, 1903 , Submitted by Ken Wright]

Thomas McMurray

Old Settlers' Obituary Report
Thomas McMurray born in Delhi, N. Y., April 25, 1824; came to Iowa in 1845; died June, 1906. Pioneer.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society 1906, transcribed by mkk]

Fred McNamee

Fred McNamee, 60, died Sunday in City Memorial Hospital, Maquoketa. Funeral services were held Tuesday at 2 p.m. in the Carson-Balster Funeral Home. The Rev. H. D. Green officiated and burial was made in Pence Cemetery, near Baldwin.

Mr. McNamee was born July 8, 1884 in Jackson County, son of James and Catherine Welch McNamee. On March 1, 1911, he was married Matey Little.

He is survived by his wife, one son, Arlo of Baldwin, one daughter, Beulah Welch, of Monticello, and three sisters, Mrs. Gertie Moran, Mrs. Minnie Stanton and Mrs. Mabel Current, all of Baldwin.

[Maquoketa Community Press, Published November 30, 1944, submitted by Ken Wright]

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Dale McPeak

Rites Held Monday for Dale McPeake; Burial in Mt. Hope

Funeral services were held at the Harrison funeral home Monday at 2 o'clock for Dale McPeake, 22, who died at the Jack Eaton home in this city Friday. The Rev. H. H. Dill was in charge of the service and interment was made in Mt. Hope cemetery.

Dale McPeak, son of Arthur and Minnie McPeak was born near Maquoketa on Oct. 4, 1911 and died on Friday, March 9, 1934 in this city, death being due to a heart attack which followed a siege of influenza. His father and one sister preceded him in death.

Surviving are his mother, Mrs. Minnie McPeak; one sister, Mrs. Harold Swenson of Rockford, Ill.; two brothers, Harry and LaVille, both of Maquoketa; one aunt, seven uncles, and one nephew.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published March, 13, 1934] Submitted by Ken Wright

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Ella Mandigo McPeak

Ella Fidelia Mandigo McPeak was born in Canton, Jackson County, Iowa, September 29, 1871 and died December 25, 1917, aged 46 years, 2 months and 26 days.

She was married to Charles McPeak on December 6, 1894. To this union were born four children, two daughters and two sons. One son died in infancy. Amy departed this life at the age of sixteen. She leaves to mourn her loss, one daughter, Velma Myrtle, and one son, Claude Ray, both at home. Two sisters, Mrs. Minnie Wallruff of Monticello, Iowa and Mrs. Sarah Johns of Cedar Rapids and two brothers, Will Mandigo of Delmar, and Lincoln Mandigo of Scotch Grove.

Mrs. McPeak was a loving wife, a faithful mother and a kind neighbor. She was a very patient sufferer, never complaining and always thinking she was causing others too much work. She had great faith in God and said let his will be done.

Funeral services were held from Esgate School House Thursday morning at 11 o'clock, Rev. J. J. Kidder officiating. Interment was made in Esgate Cemetery.

[Maquoketa Excelsior-Record, Published January 1, 1918, submitted by Ken Wright]

Isaac McPeak

Old Settlers' Obituary Report
Isaac McPeak born in Magoupin, Ill., July 1, 1837; came to Iowa 1846; died Oct. 10, 1905.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society 1905, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Jannus McPeak

Old Settlers Obituary List
Jannus McPeak was born near Andrew, Iowa Jan. 18th, 1864; died April 8th, 1912.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

John Wesley R. McPeek

On the afternoon of August 9, 1871, in this city, John Wesley R. McPeek, aged sixteen years and nine months.

The subject of the above notice is a son of Mr. John McPeek, Under Sheriff of this county, and was born in Jackson county, Iowa. He was the sixth of a family of eleven children and was a favorite, not only at home, but in the whole neighborhood. Two years ago his parents moved to this place, where the family has resided the greater part of the time since; and where young Jonny made a friend of every one with whom he became acquainted. Not a more dutiful son could have been found; an honester or a more gentlemanly lad one seldom meets. Nothing has ever been said defamatory to the character of Jonny. He was a close student-loving his books next to his friends; but his duty he loved above everything else. He was a devout believer in the doctrines of the M. E. Church, but had never connected himself with any church organization. His religion was more especially of the heart - not demonstrative. He feared God, but obeyed the Divine law, not so much through the fear of the "wrath to come," as through that love he had of the Right. He was intelligent, and gave promise of much future worth. He was industrious and a hard worker, shunning idleness as a vice and the idler as an unfit associate. If the thread of life had not been broken, Jonny would have made an enviable mark in the world; but as it is, we can only regret his early demise, and remember his excellent virtues the better to improve our own living.

"In the midst of life we are in death." Jonny, however, has just passed over the river a little in advance of us; he has merely gone to receive his wages - a crown of light and a home with his God. He is deserving it; he is worthy of his hire; and his Divine Master, in His infinite wisdom, saw fit to early call him to the other side.

For some time past Jonny had been in feeble health, but was not considered at all dangerous. He had so far recovered, however, that his friends rejoiced over what they supposed his effectual cure; when in the morning of the day on which he died, he was suddenly taken worse, and although the best medical skill was employed, he sank rapidly, until 3 o'clock p. m., when he entered alone the Dark Valle of the Shadow of Death, and commenced his pilgrimage to the lad of the dead.

We know it is agonizing thus early to have the heart strings severed which bound him to his parents and to his brothers and sisters, and the bereaved family has the sympathies of an entire community. But in this as in all things else, we should learn to look up for comfort. - Though the family circle is broken here and a vacant chair is noticeable around the family board, yet remember that over there, one more is added to the happy angels and another jewel is set in the crown of Him who rules the universe. S.

[Source: The Eureka Herald (KS) August 17, 1871; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Harry J. McPherson

Last rites for Harry J. McPherson, 67, a retired day laborer, were held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the W. G. Carson & Son funeral home. The Timber City American Legion Post had charge of the services and interment was in Buckhorn Cemetery.

Mr. McPherson died Monday at the Jackson County Public Hospital. He was born July 7, 1895, in Jackson County, the son of Hugh and Martha Montone McPherson. Mr. McPherson was a World War I veteran. He never married and is survived by two brothers, Clifford of Maquoketa and Frank of Monmouth; three sisters, Mrs. Bertha Prindle, in Illinois, Mrs. Leola Bradley and Mrs. Lauretta Theilan, both of Clinton and several nieces and nephews. His parents and several brothers and sisters preceded him in death.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, July 4, 1963, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Lily (Chamberlain) McQueen

Mrs. Henry McQueen, formerly Miss Lily Chamberlain, died at her home at Fielding, Iowa, Wednesday, February 24th. Mrs. McQueen lived one mile west of LaMotte and was raised on the farm now owned by Ben Thompson. She leaves to mourn a husband and one child to mourn her loss.

[LaMotte Star, LaMotte, Iowa, Published March 2, 1897, submitted by Ken Wright]

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Hugh Means

Mr. Hugh Means was born in Jackson county, Iowa, September 12, 1840. He passed away at his home May 8, 1919, being 69 years, 5 months and 26 days old. He was married to Miss Sarah Dunn in Jackson county, Iowa, August 12, 1875, coming to Nebraska in 1901, where they have since made their home. Surviving him are his wife and four children, Albert, Elmer, Elihugh and Thomas, all of Walthill, and five brothers, Joe, George, John, Frank and Alf. The funeral was held from his late home Saturday afternoon at 2 o 'clock, conducted by Rev. Wilhide, pastor of the M. E. Church, and burial was made in the Walthill cemetery.
[Dakota County Herald, Dakota City, Nebraska, Thursday, May 22, 1919, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Pvt. Nick Medinger

Pvt. Nick Medinger Killed in France

Announcement of the death of another one of our Bellevue boys reached here Sunday afternoon when Michael Medinger received a telegram from Washington, D. C., stating that his son, Private Nick Medinger, died on October 21, 1918, from wounds he suffered in action. Mr. Medinger had not any word from Nick for over five weeks, but a week ago Friday received a letter from France, written by a Sister in the hospital where Private Medinger was being cared for, which stated he had been seriously gassed and was in serious condition, but was being given every care and attention.-Bellevue Herald

[Maquoketa Excelsior-Record, Maquoketa, Iowa, November 18, 1918] Submitted by Ken Wright

Susan Hoff Medinger

Death Claims Susan Medinger

Springbrook Woman, 79, Answers Final Summons Friday, Funeral Held Monday.

Mrs. Susan Hoff Medinger, 79 year old Springbrook resident passed away Friday at 8 a.m. in Moulton Hospital. Mrs . Medinger was born March 9, 1864, in Germany, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hoff. When a little girl of three years, she came to this country with her parents.

She became the bride of Mike Medinger, 57 years ago. They made their home on a farm for many years, but following her husband's death, Mrs. Medinger lived in Springbrook.

Her passing is mourned by two sons, Albert of Springbrook and Henry of Davenport, and a brother, Will Hoff of Clear Lake, South Dakota. Three sons, Nick, John and Jake preceded their mother in death.

Funeral services were held Monday morning at nine o'clock at S. S. Peter and Paul's Church at Springbrook, conducted by the Rev. P. J. Friedman with burial in the church cemetery.

[Bellevue Leader, Bellevue, Iowa, Published December 23, 1943] Submitted by Ken Wright

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William Wallace Meginnis

William Wallace Meginnis was born in Andrew, Jackson County, Iowa, March 16 1844 and passed into life eternal at his home in Maquoketa, June 4, 1920. He was united in marriage to Miss Emma Lyle, October 3, 1875 to which union were born four children, three girls and one boy, Harry of Lincoln, Nebraska; Mrs. Wm. H. Harrison of this city and Miss Lenore of Chicago, and one daughter passing away in infancy.

There were two sons by a former marriage, one being dead and the other, Charles, now resides in Wynne, Arkansas. There are two granddaughters Marian Harrison and Irene Meginnis. The deceased was a lifelong resident of Jackson county and his vocation was that of a carpenter and contractor.

He was a devout Christian man; an active member of the Methodist Episcopal church for many years and died with perfect faith in Jesus Christ. He was always a devoted husband, and a good, kind and loving father. In 1861 he joined the colors of his country, enlisting in the army at the age of seventeen and served throughout the entire war, and spent over nine months in the awful Andersonville prison. He took part in sixteen hard-fought battles and served his country well. The funeral services were held from the late home on Wednesday afternoon, June 9th, conducted by his old friend, Rev, Arthur M. Lewis of St. James church, Oskaloosa, Iowa, formerly rector of St. Mark's church in this city. His remains were laid to rest in Mt. Hope cemetery. May light perpetual ever shine on him.
[Jackson Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, Friday, June 11, 1920, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Mary F. Melloy

Miss Mary F. Melloy, 88, 1168 Center Place, a former Dubuque area teacher, died at 3:45 a. m. Thursday at Mercy Hospital. Friends called after 7 p. m Thursday at the Hoffman Mortuary. Funeral services were held at 10:00 a m. Saturday at the Church of the Nativity. Rev. Joseph V. O'Brien offered the Requiem High Mass. Burial was in St. Patrick's Cemetery, North Garry Owen. Miss Melloy was a member of the Rosary Society of Nativity and the Third Order of St. Dominic. She was born at Bernard, Ia., daughter of James and Catherine Cannon Melloy, and she lived in this community all her life. She taught in the public school system in this area for many years. Surviving is one sister, Mrs. William A. (Loretta) Clark, Dubuque

[Cascade Pioneer, Cascade, Iowa, Published March 4, 1965, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Elmer E. Meloy

Elmer E. Meloy, one of the best known, popular and successful farmers of Bernard, died at 6:20 a. m. Saturday morning, December l5th, at Mercy hospital in Dubuque, after a lingering illness, having submitted to an operation some weeks ago. The remains were brought to Devaney & Sons funeral home in Cascade and later taken to the residence of the deceased at Bernard. Mr. Meloy was born in Benton, Wis., August 29, 1869, and came to Iowa with his parents in 1878, and the family settled on a farm near Bernard. In February, 1899 he was married to Miss Anna McLaughlin in St. Patrick's church, Garry Owen and she survives him with seven sons and two daughters; their names are Raymond R., Elmer A., Edmund, Harold P., Gussie, Clara, Eileen and Cyril. One son, Melvin and two daughters, Mary and Grace, preceded him in death. He is also survived by his mother, Mrs. Matilda Meloy, and three sisters, Mrs. William Dwyer, Mrs. D. L. McDonnell and Miss Bertha Meloy, and three brothers, Louis F., Walter and Joseph Meloy, all of Bernard. The funeral services were held at St. Patrick's church, Garry Owen, Monday morning, December 17, at 9:30. A solemn requiem high Mass was celebrated by Rev. D. P. Mulcahy; Rev. Father Skahill, deacon; Rev. Father Steffen, sub-deacon; and Rev. Father Collins, master of ceremonies; the three latter named priests of Columbia College, Dubuque.

[Cascade Pioneer, Cascade, Iowa, Published December 20, 1928, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Melvin Meloy

Melvin A. Meloy, the 20 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Meloy of Bernard, passed away at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque on Wednesday evening, October 9, at 8 o'clock from burns received three weeks ago.

Melvin Meloy was born on a farm near Bernard and has made his home there ever since. He was educated in the district school and at Bayless Business College in Dubuque. He was a member of St. Patrick's Cathloic Church, Garryowen, and died comforted by the last rites. Melvin was a bright young man and held in high esteem by his many friends and acquaintances and will be greatly missed in the home and social circle.

Besides his parents the young man is survived by seven brothers, Raymond J., Elmer, Jr., Edmund, Harold, Gussy, James and Cyril, and two sisters, Clara and Eilene. The remains were taken from Dubuque to his late home and funeral services held from there Friday morning to St. Patrick's church at Garryowen where the requiem mass was read at 9 o'clock and he was laid to rest in the adjoining cemetery.
-Lamotte News

[Jackson Sentinel (Maquoketa, IA) October 21, 1924, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Lenora Coop Mereness

Rites Held Here For Mrs. Mereness

Funeral services were held at Buchner Chapel Monday morning for Mrs. Lenora Coop Mereness, 69, who died October 22, 1944, at her home in Pasadena, California. Burial was in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Born in Cedar Rapids in 1875, Mrs. Mereness resided in Maquoketa for several years. Among the survivors is a brother, Koon Coop, of Maquoketa.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, November 3, 1944] Submitted by Ken Wright

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Alfred Merrick

Maquoketa, Ia. (AP) - Alfred Merrick, 52, of Hurstville, Ia., was killed when struck by an automobile Saturday night. Merrick was walking on Highway 61 a mile north of Maquoketa. The driver, Lawrence Kroeger, 38, said he was passing a semi-truck and did not see the pedestrian.

[Omaha World Herald, Omaha, Nebraska, Monday, July 10, 1944, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman. ]

Henry Merrick

Henry Merrick was born in Washington county, Ohio, near Marrietta, Sept. 27, 1847, and served in the 16th Iowa Inf., during the Civil War.

He was married August 28,1864, to Celia Ballou; two children were born o this union, Mary Harrier, now of Senella Falls, N. Y., and Elmer, dying in infancy. The wife and mother passed to the great beyond December,1904.

He was married again to Mrs. Ella Platt, January 9, 1910, with whom he lived happily until the end came at 2:15 p. m., Thursday, Oct. 16, 1919 after several months of patiently suffering.

He was a member of the I. O. O. F. lodge of Onslow, also a member of Pope Rebekah lodge of Maquoketa. He leaves to mourn his loss besides his heartbroken wife and daughter, four grandchildren, besides other relatives and a host of friends. Funeral at 2 p. m. Sunday, Oct. 19, at the late home on Mattison Ave. Sermon by Rev. Kidder. Jackson lodge, No. 33 of Maquoketa.had charge of the service at the cemetery.
[Jackson Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, Tuesday, October 21, 1919, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

James A. Merritt

Andrew Items. The more aged residents here will remember the subject of this sketch whose death occurred at his late home at Aztec, N. Mex.

James A. Merritt died at Aztec, N. M., December 5, 1921, and the remains, accompanied by his son, Lant, arrived in Sturgis, Monday of this week. Funeral services were held from the Presbyterian church yesterday afternoon and were conducted by the pastor, Rev. Carrol D. Erskine, and were largely attended. The church auditorium was filled to capacity. Olive Branch Lodge No. 47, A. F. & A. M., Bear Butte Lodge No. 46, I. O. O. F., and Calvin Duke Post No. 143, G. A. R. attended in a body. The choir of the church under the efficient leadership of Miss Hammond, sang three very comforting selections. The casket was draped with the American flag and covered with a profusion of flowers. The body was laid to rest in Bear Butte cemetery beside the remains of his wife, who passed away seven years ago.

The pall bearers were George Lutz, J. D. Hale, O. J. Hanson, Chris Jordan, A. W. Anderson and George Herlecker. The Masonic services were conducted in the church and at the graveside. The G. A. R. also held service at the grave; a firing squad, consisting of American Legion men, fired three volleys after which tape were sounded by J. J. McGlone.

James Andrew Merritt was born in Jones county, Iowa, February 23, 1844, and at the time of his demise was 77 years, 9 months and 12 days of age. He joined the army while living at the home farm three miles north of Andrew, Iowa, with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph H. Merritt, at the age of sixteen years and served nearly four years. In 1866 at DeWitt, Iowa, he was married to Miss Alice McLaughlin. They came to the Black Hills in 1878, and lived on ranches on Whitewood and Deep Creek. About six years ago he went to Montana and then to Arizona and later to the soldiers' home at Los Angeles Calif., and shortly before his death had gone to New Mexico. The deceased leaves to mourn his loss five sons, Charles of New Mexico, Lane and Clifford of Loveland, Colo.; Ernest of Belle Fourche, and Walter of Taft, Calif. Two daughters, Mrs. Annie Beam of Townsend, Montana, and Mrs. Addie Ernst of Chadron, Neb; another daughter, Mrs. Jessie McCracken, died at Sturgis a number of years ago. A sister, Mrs. Jos. Merritt Sr. of Sturgis, and three half-brothers, one of whom, Charles Merritt, of Ponca, Neb., was present at the funeral. The other two are F. M. Merritt of Andrew, Iowa, and John Merritt of Fulton, Iowa.

Mr. Merritt was a charter member of the local Masonic fraternity. He was a member of the Presbyterian church at DeWitt, Iowa. He was a kind father, a good neighbor and of a big, generous heart, always ready to lend a hand to the needy and unfortunate. He was widely known throughout the Hills and had a host of friends who will regret his loss and also who extend sympathy to the bereaved.

Mrs. J. A. Merritt favored us with this obituary, taken from a Sturgis, S. D., paper.
[Jackson Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, December 30, 1921, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Josephine Merritt


Rites Held For Josephine Merritt

ANDREW - Funeral services were held at the Methodist Church in Andrew Saturday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock for Mrs. Josephine Merritt, 92, Andrew's oldest resident, Rev. D. C. Perry, pastor, officiating. Burial was in the Andrew Cemetery. Pallbearers were F. W. Gibson, H. W. Miller, O. H. Kelly, T. L. Irwin, C. E. Irwin and Carl Schenk.

Josephine Jenkins Merritt was born near Andrew May 2, 1850. She spent most of her life in this community, where she was a teacher in the rural schools, and a member of the Methodist Church, always active in church and Sunday school work. She was a charter member of the Andrew Ladies Literary Association, an organization which is still alive in Andrew.

In the year 1871 she was united in marriage to Absalom Dennis Merritt at Bellevue. To this union, one son, Luman, was born. Both preceded her in death, also four sisters and three brothers are deceased. For the past ten years Mrs. Merritt was in failing health and had been making her home at the Becker Home, Maquoketa for five years, where she was tenderly cared for until death called her to her eternal reward.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published January 15, 1943, submitted by Ken Wright]

Peter Mertz


Peter Mertz passed away Thursday morning, New Year's Day, at 5:30 o'clock at his home in the west part of town, after a one week illness of pneumonia. Mr. Mertz was the son of Michael and Kate Mertz and was born October 20, 1865 in Neudorf, Luxemburg. In 1866 he came to America and settled in South Dakota. A few years later he returned to his native land and remained there a year. He then came to Bellevue, where he lived until his death. He was married to Miss Mary Schlentz at Dubuque on June 19, 1892.

Mr. Mertz was employed by the railroad for many years. He was a devout member of St. Joseph's Catholic church and St. Joseph's society and he was an honest and upright citizen with a host of friends. Surviving besides his widow are one daughter, Mrs. Theo. Wagner, a grandson, LaVerne Wagner, and two sisters in Luxemburg, Germany. Funeral services were conducted by the Rev. J. E. Linkenmeyer. Burial was made in St. Joseph's cemetery. The casket was borne by members of St. Joseph's society, Charles Joerger, Joseph Seiler, Charles Gerlach, George P. Feltes, Frank Hoffman and Barney Dierksen.

[Bellevue Herald - Bellevue, Iowa, January 6, 1931, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Margaret Metheney

Mrs. Margaret Metheney died May 28th, at the home of her son, George, at Draper, South Dakota, and the remains were brought to this city Monday for burial in the family lot Iron Hill.

Deceased was born in Ohio in 1826, where she was married to Eli Metheney, who died some ten years ago. She came to Iowa in 1849 and lived here until a little over a year ago when she went to Draper, South Dakota to spend the remainder of her declining years with her son, George.

She is survived by three sons, namely: Oliver, Lafayette and George Metheney. Funeral services were held Monday in Iron Hill Church, Rev. J. W. Said officiating.
[Jackson Sentinel, Published June 3, 1909, submitted by Ken Wright]

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Mrs. Margaret Metheney was born in Ohio in 1826; came to Iowa in 1849, where she lived until 1907, when she went to Draper, S. D., and died there on May 28, 1909. Pioneer.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society 1909, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Mary Ann Burkey Metheney

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Mary Ann Burkey Metheney was born in the state of Ohio, March 2, 1842; came to Iowa when a child; died at Iron Hill, Iowa, May 28, 1913.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Charles Frederick Meyer

Charles Frederick Meyer was born in Germany May 30, 1836 and came to America with his parents in 1856, locating in Illinois. In 1874 he came to Elwood, Iowa, and about three years ago to Maquoketa. September 30, 1876, he married Miss Elizabeth Whitmer, who has been to him a most devoted and faithful wife, Three children were born to him, two girls and one boy. Mr. Meyer was ill for nearly three years with consumption which finally ended his earthly life. Monday, February 18, he passed away, trusting himself to humanity's best friend, the Saviour. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. J. G. Van Nees, Thursday, the sermon being preached in the Union Church, and the body laid to rest in its beautiful little cemetery.

[Maquoketa Excelsior, Maquoketa, Iowa, Feb. 28, 1889, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Robert W. Meyer

Robert W. Meyer, aged 20 years, and a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. John Geisel of Maquoketa, was drowned in the Maquoketa River near the Collipriest farm. The young man had been here since May 2, 1916 and decided that he would earn a little money and has been assisting on the farm of his uncle, Andrew Geisel and the last few weeks has been at the farm of Andrew Geisel near Andrew.

Sunday morning in company with his cousin, George Geisel, and three other friends he went swimming near Collispriests on the North Fork of the Maquoketa River. He was warned by the other members of the party not to swim down too far as down the river there were two big holes. But it was an extremely hot day and the young man was enjoying the water so thoroughly that he did not heed the warning and ventured too far away and it was thought he went under about 9:30 o'clock. A searching party scanned the river banks hoping to get sight of the young man and when they were unsuccessful they went for help and the search continued until after two o'clock when the body was found.

The unfortunate young man is the only son of Mr. Mrs. Robert W. Meyer, Sr., of Cleveland, Ohio. He was born in Cleveland and had just a short time ago completed his high school course there. He is survived by his parents and three sisters, all of whom are married and residing in Cleveland. A message was sent to the parents and the father arrived yesterday to accompany the body of his son to Cleveland for burial.

[Maquoketa Excelsior-Record, Published July 4, 1916, submitted by Ken Wright]

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Forrest M. Miles


Forrest M. Miles, was born in Wayne County, Ohio, April 14, 1840, and passed away September 8, 1918. His parents were Justin and Harriet (Rice) Miles, both natives of Vermont. Justin Miles came from Wayne County, Ohio, to Jackson County, Iowa, in 1855 and bought a farm on the border of Van Buren Township, where the Town of Miles is now located.

Forrest M. Miles was employed on his father's farm until 1862, when he enlisted in Company A, 24th Iowa Volunteer Infantry. During the period of his service he participated in many important battles of the Civil War, and was wounded at Cedar Creek, October 10, 1864. On April 14th 1865, he received his honorable discharge from the army.

On January 28, 1865, Mr. Miles married Miss Henrietta Graham, who passed away seven years ago. He leaves two sons, Hon. Harry J. Miles, on the home farm and Forrest Stanley Miles, now in France with the Army Engineer Corps. He is also survived by three brothers and two sisters, Hon. J. W. Miles of Manchester, Orson Miles of Olin and H. A. Miles of Miles, Mrs. Sarah Demming of Des Moines, Mrs. F. M. Rigby of Mt. Vernon. Mr. Miles death is the first break in his family of six whose average age is 82 years. A half-brother and two half-sisters passed away years ago.

[Maquoketa Excelsior-Record, Published September 27, 1918] Submitted by Ken Wright

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Elizabeth Millard

In the City of Maquoketa, Iowa, on the 2nd day of August, 1877, Mrs. Elizabeth Hopkins Millard, aged 67 years.

Sister Millard was born on the 11th of March, 1810, near the City of Hamilton, Ontario. At the early age of 18 she embraced the religion of her parents, and joined the M. E. Church, of which she was a consistent and exemplary member during her life. She was married to I. K. Millard on the 8th day of April, 1830, with whom she lived, a confiding and true companion until the day of her death.

She immigrated with her family to Iowa in 1850, and lived in the City of Maquoketa for the most of the time since. Her house was always a home for the ministry of her choice; her hand was ever ready to relieve the poor and needy.

She leaves a husband, five children, thirteen grandchildren, to feel the loss of a companion; and the kind and affectionate care of a mother.

Mrs. Millard was one of whom it could be truly said, she lived for her God, her church, her children, four of the latter having preceded her to the tomb.

Sister Millard lived to realize the answer to her prayer, that she might see her children comfortably settled in life and all members of some Christian Church, three of them having chosen the religion of their mother, one a Presbyterian and one a Congregationalist.-G.R.Manning

(Jackson Sentinel, August 16, 1877) Submitted by Ken Wright

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Death of Rev. H. N. Millard

Rev. H. N. Millard, many years a former resident of Jackson County, and at one time the Pastor of the Baptist Church of Lyons, Clinton County, died at the Insane Hospital on May 2nd. His remains were taken to Boone, Iowa and interred in the presence of his wife and thirteen children and a large concourse of friends. He was 51 years of age. All old acquaintances in Jackson County deeply regret his mental misfortune and death.

(Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa May 15, 1884) Submitted by Ken Wright

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Mrs. Miller and Daughter

Florence Heights, N. J., April 17.-While a party of twelve of the inmates of Dr. Trall's hygienic institution, at this place, were out sailing on Sunday afternoon, the boat, when opposite the Florence Iron Works, capsized, drowning Mrs. Miller and daughter of Maquoketa, Iowa. The boat was overloaded.
[The National Republican, Washington, D. C. April 18, 1876, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Abigail D. Gordon Miller

MILLER-At the home of her sister, Mrs. Harriet Weatherby, in the 2nd ward, this city, Wednesday, at 4:20 a.m., July 19, 1899, Mrs. Alex Miller, of dropsy of the heart, aged 69 years, 3 months and 16 days.

Abigail D. Gordon was born in Milan, Huron County, Ohio and was married at Findlay, Ohio in 1850, and moved to Maquoketa, Iowa in 1855. In 1884 the family moved to Clinton and in 1896 they went to Chicago to live.

Mrs. Miller leaves to mourn her death, her husband; one son, Eugene of Clinton; four daughters, Mrs. Mary Bates and Mrs. Florence Dyer of Chicago; Mrs. Cecelia Anderson of Clinton and Mrs. Hiram Aldrich of Sterling, Illinois, besides a large circle of friends.

The remains will be taken to Clinton this morning and the funeral will take place at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Anderson.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published July 20, 1899, submitted by Ken Wright]

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C. A. Miller

C. A. Miller was born April 14, 1855, in Franklin County, Ind. He died May 1, 1889, of pneumonia and heart disease, at Paragould, Green County, Ark., where he was buried by the I. O. O. F., of which organization he was a member. Deceased was well known in this county, where he spent the greater part of his life. He leaves a devoted wife, five children, an aged father, three brothers and two sisters to mourn his early demise.

(Jackson Sentinel, May 11, 1889) Submitted by Ken Wright

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Dee V. Miller

Relatives Think Man Summoned to Cedar Rapids by Fake Telegram Murdered.

Cedar Rapids, Ia., Oct. 24 (AP).-An inquest into the death of Dee V. Miller of Chicago, whose shot torn body was found here Thursday, will be held tomorrow at the request of relatives who believe Miller was murdered.

On the night Miller was summoned here from Chicago by a "fake" telegram, relatives said his room there was ransacked. It is not known whether anything was taken. The telegram falsely said his younger son has been injured here.

Police said they had learned Miller came here to attempt a reconciliation with his wife, but when he failed, told a friend he would kill her and himself. Police said Coroner R. A. Vorphal did not understand how a person shot so near the heart would have enough strength to stagger through several rooms before returning to his own room and bed. Miller's relatives live at Geneseo, Ill., and at Maquoketa, Ia., where his body was taken yesterday for burial.

[Omaha World Herald (NE) Monday, October 25, 1926, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Emma P. Sisler Miller

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Emma P. Sisler Miller born near Andrew, March 18, 1854; died March 30, 1906.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society 1906, transcribed by mkk]

Floyd Miller


Floyd Miller, the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Miller, who reside west of Maquoketa, is another boy from Jackson County to die in the service of his country. He enlisted in the Student Army Training Corps at the state agricultural college at Ames and left Maquoketa just three weeks ago today. He attended Maquoketa schools for several years and was a member of the graduating class of 1918. He was a studious scholar and was prominent in athletic circles of the school being a splendid specimen of perfect young manhood.

He was born on the home farm west of Maquoketa on September 14, 1899, and was only a few weeks past 19 years of age when claimed by the grim reaper, Death. Thus another home has been saddened and another father and mother bereft of their only son, who gave up his life that democracy may be enthroned throughout the world.

The father left early Monday morning for Ames in response to a message telling of his son's critical condition, but arrived too late. The body arrived here Wednesday noon and funeral services were held yesterday afternoon at two o'clock from the home. Rev. D. F. Boomershine officiated. Interment was made in the Buckhorn Cemetery. Besides the grief stricken parents, one sister, Miss Myrtle, survives.

[Maquoketa Excelsior-Record, Published October 18, 1918] Submitted by Ken Wright

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Mabel Miller

Maquoketa, Ia., Feb. 8.p-Mrs. Mabel Miller, 33. Committed suicide at her home today by inhaling illuminating gas. A Bible was open at the 39th psalm the first four verses of which were marked. Among surviving relatives is Mrs. John Campbell of Peoria, Ill.
[Source: The Republic (Rockford, IL) Tuesday, February, 8, 1927, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Maquoketa, Iowa, Feb. 7.-Mrs. Mabel Miller, 33, was found dead in the parlor of her home today with a gas hose in her mouth. She has only been dead a few minutes. No cause was assigned for her act. Her bible was open at the 39th Psalm with the first four verses marked. She was divorced from her husband. A sister, Mrs. John Campbell, lives at Peoria, Ill.
[Source: Daily Register Gazette (Rockford, IL) Monday, February 7, 1927, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

James Millwright

James Millwright, 77, former Warren blacksmith, died Thursday morning in a Freeport hospital. Mr. Millwright had been making his home in Maquoketa, Iowa the last 14 years. He was a veteran of the Spanish-American War, serving in Company I, 10th U.S. Infantry.

Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. Bernard Hicks, Warren, and Mrs. Robert Cross, Rockford; a son Harold of Maquoketa; and six grandchildren. His wife, the former DeLana Schliem, died in 1932.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Bartell funeral home, Warren. The Rev. Jay Davenport, pastor of the Presbyterian Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Elmwood Cemetery, Warren.

[Rockford Morning Star, Rockford, Illinois, May 15, 1957. Submitted by Ken Wright]

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C. M. Mishler

MISHLER-At Waterloo, Iowa, June 29, 1879, Mr. C. M. Mishler, of bilous colic, aged 52 years. The deceased is a brother of our worthy deputy clerk, D. C. Mishler, and was for 11 years a resident of this county with his home at Monmouth.
[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, July 3, 1879, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

Martha J. Pence Mischler

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Martha J. Pence Mischler was born in Monmouth township, Jackson county, Iowa, Sept. 25th, 1843; died in Maquoketa, where she had resided since 1879, on Sept. 13, 1913.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Burr I. Mitchell


Died at the home of his parents in this city, Oct. 11th, at 1:30 a.m., of valvular disease of the heart, Mr. Burr Irving Mitchell, aged 28 years, 8 months and 15 days.

Deceased was the third son of ex-senator and Mrs. P. Mitchell and was born in this city January 26, 1860. He grew to manhood among us and was one of the most beloved young men of the community. His character was pure, his thoughts elevating, and a more companionable, congenial associate could not be desired. Passing through the schools of our city he entered the merchantile trade with his brother George at the pioneer store as successors to their father in Feb. 1884. Soon Burr's health began to fail him and he sought a warmer climate and made the trip to Kansas, Texas and Mexico, in the winter of 1886-7. Returning in the spring quite improved he re-entered the store, though he refrained from giving business that close application he formerly did and sought out-door rest and recreation. This year he had contemplated a trip to Southern California, and upon the advise of his physician postponed the day until he might become stronger and more able to endure the trip, but his bright hopes and ambitions went down in death.

The funeral took place Sabbath afternoon from the Congregational Church of which deceased was a member. Peerless Lodge Knights of Pythias attended in a body and escorted the remains to the cemetery. The church could not accommodate the very large number in attendance to pay their last respects to a noble young man and many went away unable to gain entrance. The services were conducted in a very impressive manner by Rev. Oadams .

(Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa, October 18, 1888) Submitted by Ken Wright

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Frank P. Mitchell


Frank P. Mitchell Passes Away At His Home Early Monday Morning. Funeral Wednesday Afternoon.

"We know not what it means, friends,
this sleep so deep and still;
The folded, hands, the awful calm, the
cheek so pale and chill;
The lids that will not lift again, tho
we may call and call;
The strange, white solitude of peace
that settles over all.

Amid the sorrow and gloom which enshrouds our city and community occasioned by the passing of one our grandest citizens, Frank P. Mitchell, there is something in the very sadness that enveils us, a something that reacts a stimulus and gives us strength. lt is the life that was. A life resplendent with well-doing; a life filled with activity that reflected benefit to all whom he came in contact; a life pillared by honesty and kindness to others. What greater name could be used upon the memory of those who are left behind? Mr. Mitchell's devotion to home was of striking sincerity. That circle which he proudly called "his" was his shrine and around each member he webbed a love as tender as that of a child and the parental affection to his children was of an endless depth that not only commanded their deepest affection for "Father" and drew forth the admiration of an entire community. The loss of his devoted wife in 1895 came as a bitter blow to Mr. Mitchell, but Providence seemed anxious to provide for the husband and those left motherless; and, to, Miss Annie Langham, who cared for, the mother and wife and household fell the responsibilities of that home, and by her devotion to the home and the children left in her care the home-ties have been kept unshattered and f or this devotion there arises a volume of respect and admiration for her from the community.

But, these partings must be. Our homes must needs be transformed into a Gethsemane at times and our loved ones must in time be led by an Omnipotent hand to the glorious rest. How glad are we then that we can trace their pathway by the good deeds, the kind words that they scattered along the roadway, and in our minds eye we see them standing pure and earnest, loyal and submissive before that great river which guards the border of the celestial land. The bliss of those long-tried friendships; the happiness of that memory of father, brother, neighbor, friends who was, and who has left to a city, a community a heritage, priceless as it is perpetual.

The sun has gone down on a noble life and his work is done and done well, and we all feel that the passing of Frank P. Mitchell is a blow to every worthy home, organization and business house in our city, and could all but emulate his character and his virtues and his high type of manhood, the community would seethe in richness of happiness and glory in the accomplishment of the human ideal.


Frank P. Mitchell was born in Maquoketa, Iowa, September 3, 1853, and was the eldest son and child of the Honorable and Mrs. Pierce Mitchell, pioneers of Maquoketa. He was educated in the local schools and when a young man assisted his father in the general merchandise business. On October 9, 1878 he was united in marriage to Miss Ida V. Shellenberger, to which union were born three daughters all of whom are left to mourn the loss of a most devoted father. Mr. Mitchell later became engaged in the hardware business and served four years a sheriff of Jackson county. At the close of his term of office he engaged in farming which vocation he followed until he purchased an interest in the Maskery flouring mills of this city upon the advent of which the firm became known as the Mitchell-Maskery Mills.

His illness dates back several months, but his strong physique together with his ambitious nature and desire to live among those he loved, and the tender care they accorded him, served to stay the hand of death until Monday morning at 5 o'clock the thread was severed by the Master hand and he fell asleep to awaken in a more glorious land. He was a member of Peerless Lodge, No. 60, K. of P., and the true friendship portrayed by Damon and Pythias was never more beautifully re-acted than in the life of Mr. Mitchell in his dealings with his fellowmen.

The children who survive are Henry and Pierce of this city, George, residing on a farm near town, Mrs. Laura Samuelson of Osceola, Neb., Miss Imogene, engaged in educational work at Champaign, Ill., and Miss Ella at home. Also one brother, George L., and one sister, Mrs. Charles von Schrader of this city.

The funeral will be held from the late home on West Pleasant street Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock, Rev. D. F. Boomershine officiating. Interment will be made in Mt. Hope cemetery.
[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Tuesday, November 4, 1919, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Harriet Mitchell

Mrs. Harriet Mitchell Dead

Mrs. Harriet Mitchell, widow of the late James Mitchell, passed away Monday morning, Jan. 10, at 11:30 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Clara Barker, following an illness of several weeks.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday afternoon at 2:00 o'clock at the Buchner Chapel. Deceased is survived by one son, Edwin Mitchell, and two daughters, Mrs. Clara Barker and Mrs. Nettie Miller of this city, and one sister, Mrs. Elsworth Huff of Warsaw, Ind., and one brother George Binns of Iron Hill.
[Jackson Sentinel - Maquoketa, Iowa, Tuesday, January 11, 1921, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

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James W. Mitchell

A Pioneer Citizen is Called From Our Midst

James W. Mitchell, a life-long resident of this city and vicinity, passed away at his home on East Platt St., Saturday evening at 9:45 o'clock, following an illness of two years. Born in Maquoketa November 4, 1853, Mr. Mitchell had with the exception of a few years in Oklahoma made his home here all his life, following the trade of a cooper. For years he was employed by the Hurst company at Hurstville and enjoyed a wide acquaintance in this locality. He was united in marriage to Miss Harriet Bins to which union were born one son, Edwin and two daughters, Mrs. Clifford miller and Mrs. Scott Barker all of this city. Mr. Mitchell was highly respected by all who knew him and his death will be regretted by a long list of friends. Short services were held from the Buchner chapel were held from the Buchner chapel Monday afternoon at two o'clock, Rev. J. G. Morgan officiating. Interment in Mt. Hope cemetery.
[Jackson Sentinel - Maquoketa, August 31, 1920, Iowa, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

PFC Daniel Moeller

PFC Daniel Moeller Pays Supreme Sacrifice
Killed in Action on November 4th

On last Sunday evening, December 1st, Mrs. Maria Moeller received the sad news of the death of her son, PFC Daniel Moeller, who was killed in action in France on November 4th.

He left Maquoketa on April 26 and was sent to Camp Dodge and later was transferred to Camp Travis, San Antonio, Texas, where with several weeks hard drill on the rifle range, he became an expert marksman and was sent to England, arriving there shortly before July 4th. He was then sent to France where he saw active service in the trenches for about seven weeks before he gave his life as many others have for humanity to live forever from toil and care.

Deceased was born near Green Island, Iowa, on February 11, 1890. He was baptized and confirmed in the Evangelical Lutheran Church. With these influences and the constant teachings of a loving, Christian mother, he was an honest, upright loving son and brother, ever kind and helpful to his mother, who has been an invalid for thirty years and who greatly mourns, but bravely bears the loss of her son. He acted as a father to the younger brothers and sisters and from the time he was nineteen years old, with the assistance of his sisters and younger brothers, cared for the invalid mother. He worked and managed the farm near Maquoketa for several years before entering the Army. He spent the last few years as a successful carpenter and contractor.

Daniel was a great lover of music and athletic activities, was an agreeable companion, well known and well liked by many. He was one of a family of sixteen children, two brothers having died in childhood. Surviving him are six sisters: Mrs. William Ostert, Mrs. William Ehl, Mrs. Alfred Porth and Helena of Davenport, Amelia and Martha at home and seven brothers, Adam, Gustave of Burlington, Laurence of Preston, Henry and Paul of Camp Harrison, Indiana, Walter at home and Carl of Fulton, Iowa, all of whom deeply grieve over the loss of their brother.

[Maquoketa Excelsior-Record, Maquoketa, Iowa, December 5, 1918] Submitted by Ken Wright

Gesine Mohlenhoff

Mrs. John Mohlenhoff passed to her eternal reward Sunday afternoon at 3:30 at her home four miles from Andrew after an illness of a month's duration with asthma and heart trouble. Gesine M. Grieme was a daughter of Henry and Elsie Grieme and was born in Germany, July 25, 1876. She came to this country in 1888 and settled in Bellevue. Her marriage to John H. A. Mohlenhoff took place at Andrew March 15, 1894, and to this union seven children were born, one son and six daughters who survive their mother: Frederick, at home, Mrs. John Rickens, Mrs. E. H. Felderman, Bellevue, Palma Mohlenhoff, Washington, Linda Mohlenhoff, Chicago, Lille Mohlenhoff, at home and Mrs. Alva Daniels, Andrew. Mr. Mohlenhoff preceded her in death. She also leaves five sisters and one brother, Mrs. D. Lohmeyer, Bellevue, Mrs. H. Mohrmann, Mrs. A. Bruns, Mrs. H. Niehring, New York City, Mrs. H. Meyer, Neusstetten, Germany, Adolph Grieme, Eagle Grove.

Mrs. Mohlenhoff was a member of the Lutheran faith, an ideal mother, wife and homemaker. The funeral will take place at 10:00 o'clock Wednesday, being conducted at the late home, by the Rev. E. H. Doering of the Lutheran church and interment will be made in the Andrew cemetery.

[Bellevue Herald - Bellevue, Iowa, October 30, 1931, Submitted by Ken Wright] Return to top of page

Henry Mohlenhoff


Henry Mohlenhoff, one of the pioneers of Perry township, died Sunday afternoon at three o'clock at the home of his son John north of Andrew. He was 88 years, 5 months and 15 days old.

He was born in Germany, May 4, 1831 and was married to Miss Marie Wilms. They came to America in 1881. After a residence of one year at Long Island he moved to Jackson county and was engaged in farming for many years until he moved to Andrew, where his wife died in 1912. He then made his home with his son John.

He is survived by two sons, John and George, the latter of Galesburg, Ill; also eight grandchildren.

He was an honorable and upright citizen, one whose influence was always for that which is best.The funeral was held from the Lutheran Church at Andrew, conducted by Rev. Breadow. The pall bearers were Sim Shipper, Chris and Gus Hankemeier, John Daudel, Tony Tebben and James Janssen.

[Bellevue Leader, Published October 20, 1919, submitted by Ken Wright]

Dr. Elmer Elsworth Moler

Elmer Elsworth Moler, son of Dr. and Mrs. William Moler, was born at Marshalltown, Iowa, July 5, 1867 and on June 8, 1888 was united in marriage to Laura Dickerson of Lebanon, Indiana, at Chicago, Illinois.

Prior to marriage he had completed his course in veterinary surgery and with the exception of two years of practice at Lebanon, Indiana, had followed his profession at Andrew, Iowa, where he enjoyed the esteem of an entire community.

He was a kind husband, a loving father, a good neighbor and a loyal friend. Besides his wife he leaves four children, Edna Rommert, Zulu Siegel, Lanvil and Audrey Moler, all of Andrew.

After an illness of several weeks, Doctor Moler passed away at his home in Andrew June 14, 1925, the funeral being held last Wednesday, the 17th, with interment in the Andrew Cemetery.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published June 23, 1925, submitted by Ken Wright]

Sophia Moltzen

Mrs. Sophia Moltzen, a widow living near Green Island, committed suicide by hanging last Saturday, October 13. Her husband, Peter Moltzen, died suddenly from paralysis, a year or two ago, while on his way home from town, since when Mrs. Moltzen has been somewhat deranged and has at various times attempted self destruction and although watched by her family, she at last has succeeded in accomplishing the deed. She was born March 8, 1827 and was 68 years of age at her death. Burial was in the Reeseville cemetery, Green Island.
[Bellevue Leader (Bellevue, IA) October 17, 1895, submitted by Ken Wright]

Frank C. Montgomery

Kansas City, April 1.-Frank C. Montgomery of Topeka, for many years an editorial writer on The Kansas City Journal, is dead of a hemorrhage of the stomach, aged 48 years. He was born at Maquoketa, Ia., and he went to Kansas in 1861 with his father the late W. P. Montgomery.

[Omaha World Herald (Omaha, NE) Sunday, April 2, 1905, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

John Moran

John Moran, a brother of William Moran of LaMotte, died on the 23rd at the Sister's hospital at Deadwood, South Dakota. Mr. Moran was 55 years of age and unmarried. He was well and favorably known in this locality.

[Source: Bellevue Herald (IA) January 31, 1911, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Clayton Morehead

Clayton Earl Morehead was born in Jackson county, Iowa, June 4, 1882, and died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. David Morehead, three miles northwest of Nashville, September 8, 1901, at 8 a.m., aged 19 years, 3 months and 14 days. He was in his usual health until about a year ago when he contracted a complication of stomach troubles which baffled medical skill. He was taken to his bed five weeks ago and remained there until death released him from his physical suffering. During his illness he was patient and all was done for him that a loving mother and father could do. He was conscious to the last and bid parents and an only brother a last good by assuring them that he was willing and ready to go. Besides a large circle of friends and relatives he leaves a sorrowing father and mother and brother to mourn their loss in his early death. Funeral services were held at the Nashville church on Monday, September 9th at 2:30 p.m. and burial at the pence cemetery, Rev.D. F. Boomershine officiating.

[Maquoketa Excelsior, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published September 13, 1901] Submitted by Ken Wright

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Elizabeth Morehead

Mrs. Elizabeth Morehead, one of Jackson County's oldest residents, was born at Athens County, Ohio, April 10, 1840, and died at her home Tuesday morning, October 15, 1912.In 1856 she moved with her parents to Iowa, where she has resided ever since.

In 1858 she was united in marriage to Alexander Morehead, and to this union three children were born, Albert, Delmon, and Mrs. Lydia Sherman. The husband and father preceded her to the great beyond, December 21, 1910.

Mrs. Morehead was in her 72nd year and her death was due to infirmities of old age, though she had been a sufferer for many years. Everything was done that loving hands could do to relieve her, but to no avail. The end came Tuesday morning at five o'clock. She leaves to mourn her loss, besides the three children, two brothers, three sisters and many friends.

The funeral services were held at the M. E. Church in Baldwin, Thursday afternoon, October 17th, a large crowd attending. Rev. H. A. Dalrymple conducted the services. Interment at Baldwin Cemetery.

[Maquoketa Excelsior, Jackson Co., Iowa, Published October 18, 1912] Submitted by Ken Wright


Old Settlers Obituary List
Mrs. Elizabeth Morehead was born in Athens, Ohio, April 10th, 1840; came to Iowa in 1856; died Oct. 15th, 1912. An old settler.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Grandma Morehead


To The Editor of the Sentinel:-Seeing you have correspondents from other places and none from ours I thought I would send you a few items. J.H.

Grandma Morehead was buried the 20th aged 83 years. She was the mother of 12 children eight of whom still live. She had 45 grand children and 25 great grand children. Rev. John Saide of Cherry Grove preached the funeral sermon.

(Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa, May 15, 1884) Submitted by Ken Wright

Emma A. Morey

Old Settlers Obituary List
Mrs. Emma A. Morey was born in Grandville, New York, in 1828; came to Iowa in 1846; died in Maquoketa, May 21, 1913.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Darius F. Morgan

D.F. Morgan is Dead
The End Came This Afternoon at His Home in Kenwood
Severe Professional Labors Brought On the Malady Which Proved Fatal.

D. F. Morgan, counsel of the Northwestern Telephone Exchange company; and former state senator, died at his Kenwood home at 2:30 p. m. to-day. Last Friday Mr. Morgan returned from a business trip to Chicago suffering from an illness resembling apoplexy. Since then he has hardly been conscious, and great alarm was felt for him from the first. He grew steadily worse until the end came this afternoon. He had been a sufferer from heart trouble for years. He was 49 years old.

Of Revolutionary Stock
His Ancestors Migrated From Wales in Colonial Times.
Darius F. Morgan was born in 1854 in Jackson county, Iowa. His paternal ancestors were New England farmers, who migrating from Wales about the middle of the eighteenth century, played a conspicuous part in the revolution. By his mother Ruth Duprey of Meadvllle, Pa., he was descended from a French Huguenot family, which in early colonial times fled from persecution at home to the hospitable shores of the new world. His father, Harley Morgan, was a native of Vergennes, Vt. but in 1842 brought his family west to the Mississippi valley, settling first in Jackson county and fourteen years later in Winneshiek county, Iowa, in which latter county young Morgan spent his boyhood and youth, and laid the foundation of a substantial education in the common schools.

In 1876, until which time he had lived with his father, working on the farm in summer and going to school in winter, he began to study law and in the fall of 1877 he was admitted to the bar at Austin, Minn., which city had now been his home for almost a year and where he supported himself as a student as a reporter in Judge Page's court. A year after admission to the bar he went to Albert Lea, where he formed a professional partnership with John A. Lovely, which lasted for ten years. In November 1888, Mr. Morgan was elected to represent Freeborn county In the lower house of the legislature, and in the session of 1889 he was chairman- of the committee on appropriations. In 1890 Mr. Morgan removed to Minneapolis, where he formed a partnership in law with W. H. Eustis which lasted until Mr. Eustis was elected mayor of Minneapolis in November. 1892. In 1893 the firm of Hale, Morgan & Montgomery was organized, and it became in a short time one of the strongest at the Hennepin bar. In 1894 Mr. Morgan was sent to the state senate from the thirty-second district, comprising the Minneapolis fifth and sixth wards, for a term of four years. In the sessions of 1895 and 1897 he served with distinction as a member of the Judiciary committee of the senate. In 1895 he was, in addition, chairman of the finance committee. In 1897 he was chairman of the committee on corporations and a member of the committee on taxes and tax laws. These are among the most important committees of the senate.

Mr. Morgan early became attached to the republican party. His eloquence made him a power on the stump, and his good judgment and conservatism made him useful in party counsel. For almost eighteen years he was a member of the county and state central committees.

In 1876 Mr. Morgan was married to Miss Ella M. Hayward of Waukon, and a son and two daughters were born of the union. In March, 1893. Mrs. Morgan died, and after almost three years had passed by. Mr. Morgan married again. The present Mrs. Morgan was Lizette F. Davis, of Auburn, N. Y. Senator Morgan belonged to but one secret society, the Elks. He attended Gethsemane Episcopal Church with his family.

[The Minneapolis Journal, Published April 27, 1903, submitted by Dawn Minard]

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John Emmett Morgan

Remains of J. Emmett Morgan Brought Here for Burial

John Emmett Morgan, who for many years was a resident of Maquoketa, but who for the past several years has made his home with his son Will and family at Cedar Rapids, passed away at Cedar Rapids about noon Tuesday, May 29, aged 73 years, 11 months, and 6 days.

Mr. Morgan was a member of A. W. Drips Post, Grand Army of the Republic and served during the Civil War in Company B, 26th Iowa Infantry and ever took an active part in the work of the G. A. R. The remains arrived in this city Thursday morning and the funeral was held from the M. E. church at two o'clock in the afternoon, Rev. J. J. Kidder officiating. Interment was made in Mt. Hope cemetery. Deceased is survived by one son, William, of Cedar Rapids.

[Jackson Sentinel, June 1, 1917, submitted by Ken Wright]

Sarah E. (Allison) Morgan

Old Settlers Obituary List
Sarah E. (Allison) Morgan was born in Pa., March 3rd, 1848; came to Iowa in 1860; died in Maquoketa, May 4th, 1912.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Elizabeth Moriarty

At the Rock River Seminary, Mt. Morris, Illinois, on Tuesday morning, the 9th of November, A.D. 1852, Miss Elizabeth Moriarty, aged 19 years, 6 months and 7 days.

This sudden bereavement has fallen sorrowfully upon our little family circle. Our dear departed sister intended to spend the winter at the above institution, but she has been summoned to a higher and holier sphere. Her ripening intellect gave flattering promise of future usefulness, had it been the will of the Divine Being that her life should be prolonged.

Favored by nature with an amiable disposition, she was beloved by all who knew her, and her early death will be deeply regretted by a large circle of sincere friends and their sympathies, we feel assured, will be kindly mingled with our sorrowing tears.

Miss Moriarty was a member of the M. E. Church, and a sincere and zealous laborer in the cause of Christ. She has been called to her rest in the eternal home-no sorrow enters there, nor even a dream of pain. There are no breaking hearts in the mansions on high-nor lonely firesides there, but the souls that have won that holy rest, shall smile forever.

P. Moriarty, Editor

The Jackson Press, Bellevue, Iowa, November 17, 1852 Submitted by Ken Wright

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Peter Moriarty

Peter Moriarty, once State printer, also founder of the Maquoketa Excelsior died in Kansas recently.

[The Red Cloud Chief, Red Cloud, Nebraska, July 15, 1875, submitted by Mary Kay Krogman]

John H. Morris
Old Settlers' Obituary List
John H. Morris was born in Circleville, Ohio, Jan. 5, 1834; died Mar. 22, 1909; came to Iowa in 1850, Pioneer.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society 1909, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Margaret Hurlburt Morrow

Mrs. Margaret Hurlburt Morrow, wife of Federal Judge William W. Morrow, died early yesterday morning of pneumonia in her apartment at the Hotel St. Francis, San Francisco. Mrs. Morrow was born in Maquoketa, Iowa, October 31, 1847. She crossed the plains with her father and mother in 1852. Her father, a Methodist minister reached Placerville, California with his family and founded the first church there in 1852. His itinerary as a preacher took him through the mining regions, Grass Valley, Downieville and other towns. In 1865, in Santa Rosa, where she was attending school, Margaret met and married William Morrow, a young Santa Rosa teacher. She was the seventeen. In the years that followed, with her husband's rising career as a lawyer and jurist, Mrs. Morrow became a leader in civic and social activities in San Francisco and Washington, D. C., while her husband was a member of congress.

Mrs. Morrow is survived by her husband and three children, William H. Morrow of San Francisco, Mrs. Maude Fechteler, widow of the late Admiral Fechteler, U. S. Navy and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of H. L. Roosevelt of Paris, France.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock in the Gray and Company chapel. Interment at the Cypress Lawn Cemetery will be private.
[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, August 20, 1926, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Pneumonia Fatal to Social and Charitable Leader at St. Francis.

Mrs. Margaret Hurlburt Morrow, wife of Federal Judge William W. Morrow, died early yesterday morning of pneumonia in her apartment at the Hotel St. Francis. Mrs. Morrow was a pioneer Californian, and for many years was identified with social and charitable activities in San Francisco and in Washington, D. C., where Judge Morrow was at one time a member of Congress.

Born in Maquoketa, Iowa, October 31, 1847. Mrs. Morrow crossed the plains in a covered wagon with her father and mother in 1852. Her father, a Methodist minister, reached Placerville with his family and founded the first church there in 1852. His itinerary as a preacher took him and his family through the mining regions, Grass Valley, Downieville and other towns. In 1865 in Santa Rosa, where she was attending school, Margaret Hurlburt met and married William Morrow, a young Santa Rosa school teacher. She was then 17.

In the years that followed, with her husband's rising career as a lawyer and jurist, Mrs. Morrow became a leader in civic and social activities in San Francisco.

She is survived by her husband and three children, William H. Morrow of San Francisco, Mrs. Maude Fechteler, widow of the late Admiral Augustus Fechteler, U. S. N., and Mrs. Eleanor Roosevelt, wife of H. L. Roosevelt, residing in Paris, France. Her grandchildren are Mrs. Harold Mann of San Francisco, Mrs. Herbert E. Kays, Lieutenant William M. Fechteler, U. S. N., Mrs. John Vernon Manners of San Francisco, Mrs. Robert Iverson Hicks, William Morrow Roosevelt, Henry Latrobe Roosevelt, Jr., and Miss Eleanor Roosevelt. There are also three great grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday morning at 10 o'clock in the Gray Company chapel. Interment at Cypress Lawn Cemetery will be private.

[San Francisco Chronicle (San Francisco, CA) Friday, August 13, 1926, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Harris P. Morse
Old Settlers' Obituary List
Harris P. Morse, born in Monroe, Michigan, Oct. 1, 1837, died in Maquoketa, Dec. 1, 1908.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society 1909, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Perkins Morse

Pioneers and Old Settlers - Called to Their Final Summons

Perkins Morse was born in New Hampshire, Oct. 20, 1831; came to Iowa in 1855; died Jan. 29, 1910.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Aylmer Martin Mosle

Mr. and Mrs. John Mosle, of Springbrook, mourn the loss of their infant son, Aylmer Martin Mosle, who succumbed to the ravenges of that dreaded disease, cerebro spinal mieningitis, on Thursday, August 23.

[Jackson Sentinel, Published September 6, 1900, submitted by Unknown]

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Death of James K. Moss

This gentleman died near Bellview on the 4th inst. He was the Whig candidate for the Legislature in Jackson County, at the time of his death, and it was thought stood a fair chance of being elected. He represented that county winter before last in the Legislature, where he was deemed an active and industrious man. The Transcript says, "he was taken sick suddenly when riding at a distance from any house, fell from his horse, and lay for some time alone and insensible before he was discovered."

Davenport Gazette, Davenport, Iowa Territory, October 19, 1843 Submitted by Ken Wright

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Anna Moulton

Anna Moulton Services Held Monday

Bellevue, May 14-Funeral services were held Monday afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church at Bellevue for Mrs. M. W. Moulton, who passed away at Mercy Hospital, Iowa City, on Saturday. She had been a patient there for several months.

The body was brought to Bellevue Sunday afternoon and reposed in the home until two o'clock Monday, at which time it was taken to the Presbyterian Church where the Rev. Laurence Nelson officiated. Interment was in the Presbyterian Cemetery.

Anna Moulton was born in Bellevue, a daughter of George and Christena Hassig Young, piuoneer residents of Bellevue. She was a graduate of the Bellevue Public Schools and the State Teachers College at Cedar Falls. She has been a life long member of the Presbyterian Church and its various organizations. She was a charter member of Bellevue Chapter No. 359, O. E. S., Chapter FL, P.E.O., and the social circle of the Presbyterian church.

She married Dr. M. W. Moulton on Dec. 27, 1899. He died in 1945. She is survived by one brother, Joe A. Young. A brother, George and a sister, Minnie Young, preceded her in death.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published May 15, 1953]

Eli D. Moulton

Old Settlers Obituary List

Eli D. Moulton, born in New York April 16, 1829; came to Iowa in 1845; died in Maquoketa December 5, 1910.-A territorial pioneer.
[Source: Annals of Jackson County Iowa, Reprinted from the Maquoketa Record, published by the Jackson County Historical Society, January 1910-December, 1913, transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman]

Dr. Milo W. Moulton


BELLEVUE--Mr. Milo W. Moulton, 72, died at 4:00 a.m., Sunday in his home following a year's illness. Funeral was held Tuesday in the Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Lawrence Nelson officiated. Burial was in the Presbyterian Cemetery, Bellevue.

Dr. Moulton was born February 8, 1874, in South Fork Township, Jackson County, Iowa, near Maquoketa, the son of Mr. amd Mrs. E. E. Moulton. His mother was the former Margaret Wolse. He was married December 27, 1899 to Miss Anna M. Young.

Dr. Moulton is survived by his widow and several nieces. He graduated from the Maquoketa High School in 1893 and then taught school two terms. He then clerked in a drug store in Maquoketa and while working there he decided to enter the medical profession. He attended the College of Medicine at the State University of Iowa, Iowa City, graduating March 28, 1898.

Dr. Moulton came to Bellevue April 13, 1898, and opened an office for general practice. He served as a surgeon for the Milwaukee Railroad Company 11 years. In 1918 he opened Moulton Hospital, a two story building at that time operated as a private hospital. Two years later a third story was added. The hospital was operated until about a year ago when failing health forced Dr. Moulton to close the institution. He had practiced medicine in Bellevue 48 years.

Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa, April 26, 1946. Submitted by Ken Wright

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Arthur Mullen

Arthur Mullen, one of the oldest pioneers of this locality, died at his home about three miles northwest of Sabula, on Monday morning last. His death was caused by old age and a complication of diseases from which he has suffered more or less for years. Mr. Mullen did not know his own age, or could he remember exactly when he located here.

The old settlers, some of whom have known him for half a century, place his age at 80 to 85 years and think that he came down from the Dubuque lead mines and located near this city about 1837 or 1838. He was an honest inoffensive man and one who would not intentionally wrong another.

The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Father Bowen, at the Catholic church in Sabula on Tuesday.

[Sabula Gazette, March 16, 1889, reprinted in the Jackson Sentinel, March 21, 1889] Submitted by Ken Wright

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Corp. John Francis Mullen

Corporal Mullen is War Casualty

Zwingle Man Dies Sept. 26 in France

St. Joseph Church, Washington Township, has the sad distinction of adding its third gold star to its service flag with the death of Corporal John Francis Mullen, who lost his life in the service of his country. According to the War Department, his death occurred Sept. 26 in France.

Corporal Mullen was a member of the famous 90th Infantry Division that entered France on June 6 and participated in the capture of Cherbourg, the liberation of Paris and the surrender of Montre Castre.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published October 20, 1944] Submitted by Ken Wright

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Anna Viola Munger

At the home of her mother in this city on Thursday, October 2, 1884, of consumption, Miss Anna Viola Munger, aged 22 years.

Miss Munger was a native of Maquoketa, but not always a resident of our city. She lived in California for a time, returning to Maquoketa a few years ago. She had many warm friends here and was a devoted member of the Congregational Church and Sabbath School.

The funeral with Rev. S. F. Millikan presiding took place at their home, Saturday, October 4th.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, Published October 9, 1884] Submitted by Ken Wright

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Mary Reiling Murphy

A thick gloom darkened the social atmosphere of Bellevue last Thursday morning when the announcement came that Mrs. Mary Murphy, wife of Mr. J. C. Murphy had breathed her last the night before. No person who ever died in Bellevue was ever more sincerely mourned for than Mrs. Murphy, For ten years previous to her death the anxious inquiry after the state of her condition, which was known to be desperate, was on everybody's lips, so highly was she esteemed by her many friends. Mrs. Mary Murphy, whose maiden name was Mary Reiling, daughter of our esteemed townsman, Capt. Andy Reiling, was born in Tete des Mortes township December 24th, 1847.

Bellevue Leader, November 19, 1885, reprinted in the Jackson Sentinel, November 21, 1885. Submitted by Ken Wright

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J. C. Murray

Former Wellknown Attorney of Jackson County Passed Away Sunday
Was Head of Bellevue Schools Over Forty Years Ago

Attorney J. C. Murray of Onslow, just across the Jackson county line, died in a hospital at Iowa City last Monday following an operation. He was for many years a resident of Jackson county and more than forty years ago was head of the Bellevue Public Schools.

The Maquoketa Sentinel published the following obituary: Mr. Murray has been an attorney in this city since 1884, in which year he completed his law course at the state university in Iowa City. He has also been closely associated with the agricultural pursuits of the community, having been a stock raiser as well as professional man. He was born Feb. 26, 1854 in East Brook, Lawrence county, Pa., and in November, 1855, he came with his parents, Dr. and Mrs. George Murray, to Maquoketa, where his father practiced medicine. He was educated in the county schools here and finished his high school course in Franklin, Pa, where he lived with his uncle, the Hon. C. W. Gilfillan, a congressman from Pa. In 1878 he entered the State University of Iowa as a student and later went to Cornell college. He was Superintendent for four years of the Bellevue schools and in 1885 he and C. W. Farr became associated as attorneys here. He has been in active practice in law until about ten years ago.

In 1886 he went to Europe, bringing back the first Suffolk Punch horses ever brought to Iowa, as well as a number of cattle of the Red Polled variety, in which breed he was much interested, having organized in 1884 the American Red Polled Cattle Club. He also edited the American Red Polled herd book about 1888. He has always divided his interest between his profession and his agricultural pursuits. He is survived by two sons, Justus and Eugene, one daughter, Mary and one brother, besides the widow, Mrs. Bernice Murray. Funeral services were held Tuesday afternoon at the Buchner chapel.
[Source: Bellevue Herald (IA) December 10, 1925, Submitted by Ken Wright]

Louisa Sheppard Myatt

Louisa Sheppard was born August 12, 1840, in Birmingham, England, and with calm faith passed out of this world at 9 o'clock on Monday evening, February 17, 1919, at the home of her son, Walter Myatt, at Elwood, aged 78 years, 4 months and 12 days.

Her girlhood days were spent in boarding schools of England, where she received what was then considered a finished education for girls.

On August 17, 1865, she was united in marriage to Mr. Simon Myatt. One week after their wedding day they set sail for America. On arriving they came directly to Sharon township, where they settled on a farm. To them were born three sons, Fred, Walter and Howard. After seven years of happy companionship the husband and the youngest son, Howard, passed away. Shortly after her bereavement, longing to see her native land again. She took her two remaining sons and made a six months' visit to England.

Twenty-two years ago after a period of slowly failing eyesight, Grand Ma was left in total darkness. But never did the saints of the church face affliction with more heroic calmness than did she at the loss of her sight. She would compare her affliction to those of her Savior and would say "My suffering is nothing in comparison to that which my savior bore for me." She did not spend these days in idle repining, but busied herself with sewing and knitting and all through the war she was busy knitting garments for the Red Cross.

On January 2, 1918, she was bereaved of her oldest son, Fred. Since then she has spent the most of her time at the home of her only remaining son, Walter Myatt. Besides her son she has three grandsons, one great-grandson, a foster daughter, Mrs. J. L. Kingsley, and many more distant relatives, who will feel the loss of her saintly influence.

Mrs. Myatt was baptized and confirmed in the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, January 18, 1880, of which church she has remained a happy and contented member. It was her request that the funeral should be as plain as would conform to the wish of her children and no unnecessary expense should be incurred. It was also her desire that an elder of her church should officiate.

Funeral services were held in the Elwood M. E. Church, Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock, February 20, conducted by Elder John Heide, the Rev. J. J. Snyder assisting. Interment was made in Mt. Hope cemetery.

[Jackson Sentinel, Maquoketa, Iowa, February 21, 1919, submitted by Ken Wright]

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