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Minnihan, Maurice 1858 - 1914


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 1/7/2020 at 12:33:26

Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 29 Jan. 1914. Volga City Views column.

Our community was shocked as well as grieved Wednesday morning to learn of the sudden death of Maurice Minnihan in Highland township. He had stayed all night in their new home in town, which they had nearly completed and left about seven o'clock to go to his Highland home. When his sons were going to the barn they found their father lying on the ground. He had apparently driven up to the barn, gotten out of the buggy and was taken with heart trouble. He was carried into the house and lived about fifteen minutes. The funeral will be held Friday morning at 10:00 o'clock at Sacred Heart church.

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Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 05 Feb. 1914. Volga City Views column.

Maurice Minnihan was born at Fondu Lac, Wis., April 9, 1858. When but three weeks old his parents moved to Dubuque, where they remained for four years, when they moved to Highland, where the deceased has lived ever since, or for fifty-two years. His death occurred Jan. 28th, 1914, suddenly and without a moments warning to his family. Mr. Minnihan had prospered on his farm and had decided to leave the farm work for his sons and had a new home nearly completed at Volga City. Tuesday he drove to Elkader and from there to Volga to see about his new home, remaining in the new house with his son over night. During the night he was taken sick and a physician called but he was so much better by morning that he started the drive home, leaving about six o'clock. About noon the team came into the barn yard at his home and Mr. Minnihan was seen to fall from the buggy but by the time members of the family reached him he was dead, probably having been stricken with heart failure.

The deceased was an honest, upright citizen, always standing for and ready to aid in any good cause, and could always be depended upon for what was right. He was decidedly a home man, being a model husband and father, his first thoughts always being for the welfare and happiness of members of his family. He was ever conscious of the fact that a man's first duty is to his home. His love, kindness and thoughtfulness will cause his loss to be all the more sorrowful to his family.

Funeral services were held Friday at Volga City, conducted by Father Hetherington.

The deceased leaves to mourn his departure, besides his wife, eight children, Mrs. Katie Cox, Michael, Maurice, Patrick, Martin, Agnes, Irene and Ella; two sisters, Mrs. Pat Sullivan and Mrs. C. J. Sullivan, of Clermont, and one brother, Michael, of Oklahoma, besides many other relatives.

The sympathy of the community is extended the sorrowing family in their home of sorrow.


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