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Uriell, Michael 1816-1898


Posted By: Patricia Hamarstrom (email)
Date: 2/16/2008 at 05:09:49

Waukon Standard April 6, 1898

Michael URIELL died at Elkader March 31st, aged 81 years and 6 months. He was born in Ireland in 1816, his father having died he came to America with his mother and two brothers and November 1, 1838, they landed where McGregor is now when the population of the whole county was less than 300. They settled in what is Read township where he owned a farm for fifty-nine years. For sometime there was not a blacksmith in the county and he had to go to Prairie du Chien to get such work done. About the time the Indian Mission farm was opened near Ft., Atkinson he went there and for some years taught the Indians farming and was overseer. He returned to Clayton county and held several important offices, and was a member of the board of supervisors for ten years. He was a splendid man as a pioneer and citizen, a faithful member of the Catholic church.


Added by Reid R. Johnson, 5/6/2022:

Elkader Register, Thur., 07 Apr. 1898.

He was born in county Tipperary, Ireland, the son of John and Mary (Gleason) Uriell.

Mar. 1838, with his mother and two brothers, Patrick and John, he emigrated to the United States, landing in New Orleans, thence to St. Louis, and to McGregor, which they reached Nov. 01, 1838. going by ox to Farmersburg and the next spring to what became Read twp., locating on a farm.

Nov. 06, 1849, he married Catherine Sullivan at Dubuque. Seven children were born to them, only one, Frank J., surviving him. Mrs. Uriell died Mar. 02, 1895.

The funeral was held at St. Joseph's church, several Revs, officiating. Interment was at Garnavillo, beside his wife and children who had preceded him.

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