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Sisters pardoned, attend Cooley funeral, 1886


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 5/18/2021 at 21:26:34

A Madison, Wis., special to the Chicago Inter-Ocean, dated yesterday, says: Gov. Rusk, of Wisconsin, last night pardoned Mrs. Rebecca Marroot, of Baraboo, Wis., and Mrs. Margaret M. Cooley, of Mitchell, Dak., two sisters who had been sentenced, nine months ago, to two years' imprisonment for perjury in an attempt to secure the acquittal of their brother, James Kirby, a noted cracksman, who was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary at Waupun.

The women above mentioned are sisters of Mrs. Albert Cooley, who, with her husband and three children, was burned to death in their dwelling near McGregor Friday morning. shortly after the papers were signed by the governor an application for pardon was received from the aged mother of the two women, who asked for their release so that they would be able to attend the funeral of their sister.

~Dubuque Daily Herald, February 7, 1886

Albert Cooley family obituary

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