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Quinn, Robert 1830 - 1917


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 10/3/2021 at 11:18:14

Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 19 July 1917. From the Clayton County Democrat, undated.

On last Friday morning, Robert Quinn peacefully passed away in his home, this city, surrounded by his family.

He had been an invalid for several years but patiently and cheerfully bore his affliction. Deceased was born in Kildare, Ireland, Nov. 17, 1830, and had lived more than 86 years. In 1849, at the age of 19 years, he came to the United States, locating in New York, where, in 1852, he was united in marriage with Sarah Carroll. Three years later they came west, in 1855 they located in Elkader for a while and later they moved to the farm in Cox Creek.

Sixteen children came to bless their home, ten of whom are living: Robert F., Mrs. D. E. Gleason and Mrs. James Byrnes of Elkader; L. S., of Volga City; Pete, on the old farm, John and Mrs. Joe Ivory of Cox Creek; Ed of Panama; Thomas and Clem of Honolulu, Hawaii. He is also survived by 57 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, other relatives and a long list of friends.

About 27 years ago he and his companion came to Elkader where he has since resided, his wife having passed away about fifteen years ago, since which time he has been alone, but not lonely as his housekeeper, kindred and friends did everything possible to make his declining years pleasant.

Funeral services occurred Monday in St. Joseph's church, conducted by Rev. Father Nivard, assisted by Rev. Father Casey of Strawberry Point, who delivered the sermon, and Rev. Father Heatherington of Volga City. The pall bearers were six grandsons chosen by himself, viz., Harry and Robert, sons of Mr. and Mrs. John Quinn, Ray and James, sons of Mr. and Mrs. Robert F. Quinn, James Byrnes and Clem Gleason. Miss Margaret Cain sang a beautiful solo, Face to Face.

The funeral services were attended by many, not only kindred but neighbors and long time friends, for "Gov Quinn" as he was familiarly and affectionately called by those nearest and dearest to him, was esteemed and loved by all who knew him. He came from his native land with nothing but a strong healthy body, a clear intellect and a brave heart with which he carved out success, and departs leaving as his monument a large and respectable family and the respect of his fellowmen.

At rest is the devout hope of all who knew him. - Clayton County Democrat.


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