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KIRK, Patrick Finnegan 1844-1923

KIRK, NOON, HUGHES, BEARD, SHEPHERD, KIRK

Posted By: Dick Offerman (email)
Date: 2/8/2008 at 11:56:42

Mr. Patrick Finnegan Kirk, Died July 15, 1923

P. Kirk Dies At Home In Lawler

Was Justice Of The Peace For Forty Years

Mrs. Andrew A. Hughes of New Hampton mourns the death of her father, Patrick F. Kirk who passed away at his home in Lawler Sunday. His age was 79 years, 4 months and 12 days.

The deceased was born March 3, 1844 in Townland of North Comasasana, County of Monaghan, Parish of Carrick-Macross, Ireland.

When he was 13 years old he came to America, landing in New York July 24, 1857, after a six weeks voyage on a sailing vessel.

He at once came west, arriving in Lake County, Illinois August 1. He came to Waucoma, Iowa in March 1865 and to Crane Creek, now Lawler Oct. 14, 1869, where he spent the rest of his life.

He was united in marriage with Bridget Ann Noon June 1, 1871. To them were born twelve children of whom the following survive: Mrs. Andrew A. Hughes of New Hampton, Mrs. James Beard of Charles City, Mrs. C. L. Shepherd of Lawler and L. E. Kirk of Dubuque. He is survived by his aged wife and several grandchildren.

The funeral was held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel church in Lawler yesterday morning. Mass for the dead being read by the rector, the Rev. Fr. Clune, and internment was in the parish cemetery.

Mr. Kirk was a man of great individuality. He endured the hardship of the early days with fortitude and was always full of kindness for those with whom he came in contact. He helped with the grading of the Milwaukee road through this section of the state. His uprightness of character is evidenced from the fact that his township regularly re-elected him to the office of justice of the peace for forty years.

Those who mourn the passing of this good man have the sympathy of many friends.

Source: New Hampton Tribune, July 1923


 

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