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Houlihan, Patrick died 1928


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 5/24/2011 at 21:40:08

The death of Patrick Houlihan, an esteemed old gentleman and one of the pioneer settlers of this county, occurred at the home of his son Vincent of this city, on Monday, Feb. 27, 1928. Had he lived until March 15th he would have attained the age of 95 years. He enjoyed very good health during the closing years of his extraordinary long life that were marked by contentment and cheerfulness on his part and his last moments were attended by the utmost peacefulness. - Waukon Democrat

~Postville Herald, March 8, 1928 (reprinted from the Waukon Democrat)

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Added by S. Ferrall 5/17/2017:

This news article, published just a few months before his death, gives additional info. about Mr. Houlihan ....

Patrick Houlihan is Oldest Resident of Waukon

Patrick Houlihan, a faithful member of St. Patrick's Church, is the oldest man in Waukon.

He was borne in County Clare, Ireland, 95 years ago, and came to America in March, 1869, settling in Allamakee county. He lived on the farm until twelve years ago when he moved to Waukon to make his home with his son, W.F. Houlihan.

When asked as to smoking, chewing tobacco, hours of sleep, he replied: "I smoke about four cigars a day, I have chewed tobacco moderately but I quit chewing several years ago. I have used some liquor, but I quit it years ago and think I am better without it." He sleeps 12 hours a day.

In reply to a question about old and present day conditions, he replied, "No, I saw lots of hardships in the pioneer days and I like the modern improvements and modern ways of travel best. If we could have a little more of the old time honesty with our modern improvements of t-day, I would like to live another hundred years. However, I have not lost faith in the present generation."

~The Witness; Dubuque, IA; Thursday, December 8, 1927 (Around the Archdiocese column)


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