Posted By: County Coordinator
Date: 3/20/2009 at 01:27:01
Mike McLaughlin who, since 1865, has made his home in Boone county and is thereby numbered among the early settlers, was born January 3 184, his parents being Owen and Mary McLaughlin. On crossing the Atlantic to America the father first settle in Pennsylvania, where he was employed in the smelting works for a number of years. He also engaged n farming in the east and afterward removed to Wisconsin, where he carried on agricultural pursuits until his death. His wife also died in that state.
Mike McLaughlin of this review is the only member of the family that ever came to Boone county. He was reared under the parental rood and at an early age began to earn his own living. When a young man of twenty-one years he arrived here and worked as a laborer on the construction of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad at Boone. In 1867 there came to him a new impetus for active and earnest work, for he married and established a home of his own. He wedded Miss Sarah Crawley, of Marcy township, a daughter of John Crawley, who was one of the early settlers of this county and is now deceased. Eight children have been born unto our subject and his wife: Mary the wife of Fred Lurch, a resident of Wyoming, Eliza the wife of Dan Thompson also of Wyoming, Sadie who married George Mell and is living in the same state, Ann, Agnes, Margaret and Mike Junior, all under the parental roof, and John who is living in South Dakota.
After his marriage Mr McLaughlin of this review took up his abode in Moingona and for several years was employed in the coal mines. He then settled upon a farm which he rented, making his home thereon for several years. On the expiration of that period he removed to his present farm on Sec 8, Marcy township. Here he now owns 80 acres of good land, which is well improved. He has placed it under a very high state of cultivation and his thrift and enterprise have been the means of bringing to him a very desirable prosperity. In politics he is independent, supporting the men whom he things best qualified for office regardless of party affiliations. Both he and his wife are members of the Catholic church of Ogden. His life has been one of untiring industry, for he has realized that if a man succeeds in life it must come through, diligence and perseverance. His example in this regard is certainly worthy of emulation and he deserved great credit for what he has accomplished.
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