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Joseph P. Funk


Posted By: Oregon Rain
Date: 1/19/2007 at 22:13:02

Joseph P. Funk is the owner of a good farm of one hundred and thirty-three acres on sections 10, 11, 14 and 15, Honey Creek township, a portion of which was unimproved land at the time it came into his possession. One of the county's native sons, his birth occurred February 2, 1881, in the township which is still his home, his parents being John and Bridget (Conley) Funk. The father was a native of Austria and in his boyhood days crossed the Atlantic to the new world, taking up his abode in Delaware county, where he remained until his death. In this state he wedded Bridget Conley, who was born in Pennsylvania and came to Iowa with her parents during her girlhood, since which time she has remained in this state. Mr. and Mrs. Funk became the parents of nine children, all of whom are yet living, but the family circle was broken by the hand of death when, in 1904, the father was called to the home beyond. He had prospered in his business affairs as the years had passed on and had become a large landowner.

Joseph P. Funk had the usual experiences of the farm boy who works in the fields through the summer months and attends school in the winter seasons. He remained at home until he attained his majority and then purchased the farm upon which he now resides, comprising one hundred and thirty-three acres of land on sections 10, 11, 14 and 15, Honey Creek township. Since that time he has labored persistently and energetically to make his farm one of the best properties of the district and his efforts are practical and resultant. He makes dairying a feature of his business and is also engaged in raising stock, for which he finds a ready sale and secures a good price.

In 1910 Mr. Funk was united in marriage to Miss Mary McTaggart, who was born in Clayton county, Iowa, a daughter of Michael and Nellie (Carr) McTaggart, the former a native of Ireland and the latter of this country. They are now residents of Clayton county, this state. Mr. and Mrs. Funk are the parents of one son, Paul J., who was born October 26, 1913. Mr. and Mrs. Funk hold membership in the Catholic church and he belongs to the Modern Woodmen Camp No. 225. Mrs. Funk was a school teacher prior to her marriage, successfully following that profession for several years. Politically Mr. Funk is a democrat. Both have spent their entire lives in this part of the state and have a wide and favorable acquaintance.

~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa and its People, Illustrated, Volume II. The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1914, Chicago. Page 302-303. Call Number 977.7385 H2m; LDS microfilm #934937.


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