Michael L Barrett
BARRETT, DEAN, JESSUP, MCMAHON
Posted By: Alvin C Poole (email)
Date: 3/9/2020 at 12:56:04
FUNERAL OF M.L. BARRETT HELD HERE LAST FRIDAY
Body of Logan Attorney Laid To Rest In Pleasant Hill Cemetery - Was Former Resident
M. L. Barrett was born near Dunlap, March 15,1869. His parents gave him the best educational advantages, being endowed, by nature, with exceptional ability, he took, advantage of the opportunities presented, and secured an education that well fitted him for the vicissitudes of life and made him a most agreeable companion. After Dunlap high school, he took a short course at Shenandoah, later going to Highland Park, thence to Iowa City, where he graduated with honor from the law class of the Iowa State University.
He began the practice of law in Dunlap, and February 6, 1890, was united in marriage with Miss Daisy Dean. To this union four children were born, Irene, Blanche and Jessie, aged 20, 15 and 11 years respectively. One child - a son - died in infancy.
Deceased owned a highly improved farm in Monona county upon which he resided for ten years, and where, by industry, prudence and good business practice, he was very prosperous. Later he returned to Dunlap to resume the law practice. At the time of his death he was a member of the law firm of Cochran & Barrett of Logan, where he resided. With a robust constitution, a lucrative and ever growing law practice, a bright and loving' family, and a modernly equipped home, the future held nothing but visions of happiness.
The festival of the King of Ak Sar Ben was in progress, and on the morning of October 4, he started with two gentleman friends in his car for the Nebraska metropolis. While crossing the tracks of the C. & N. W. railroad at Missouri Valley, his car was struck by the west bound Carroll local and he was instantly killed within a few yards of the passenger station. Strong men who saw the catastrophe turned pale and sick at heart, women screamed and fainted. The wires flashed the terrible story afar, and all hoped against hope that it was a horrible mistake. But the sad news proved to be too true. A bright life had been snuffed out in the twinkling of an eye.
The mangled remains were tenderly cared for and upon the following day were taken to the home of his mother, Mrs. Martin Barrett, in Dunlap. Friends came from far and near, and such an outpouring of sympathy is seldom seen. The funeral services were held in St. Patrick's church on Friday morning, conducted by Rev. Father Hansen. Scores of Knights of Columbus-of which order he, was a member-marched as escort from the residence to the church. Rev. Father Farrely of Denison, assisted by Rev. Father McNamus as deacon, and Father Hansen as sub-deacon, sang a requiem high mass, and the latter delivered the funeral sermon, truly depicting the life and character of the departed. A large automobile, preceded by the marching Knights, followed the remains to Pleasant Hill cemetery, where, with appropriate ceremony, all that remained mortal of M. L. Barrett was consigned to the hallowed ground, there to remain until the last trump shall sound to summon the quick and the dead. It is fi!
A kind and loving, husband, an indulgent father, a useful and valuable member of society, a loyal neighbor, and a patriotic citizen has gone to his reward. His work is finished and the world is the loser. No company could long remain somber where he entered. He brought a flood of sunshine into the lives of his associates. His quick wit and ready repartee made his presence most agreeable.
He leaves beside his grief stricken wife, children and mother, four brothers and two sisters, viz: W. H. of Mallard, P.F. of Dunlap, M. J. of Hamburg, Dr. J. F. of. Chicago, Ill., Mrs. C. G. Jessup of Dun1ap, and Mrs. P. D. McMahon of San Diego, Cal., and a host of sympathizing friends to mourn his untimely end.
The pall bearers were J. M. Albertson, Lynn J. Irwin, G. P. Berry, F. P. McCann, R. W. Wettengel and W. L. Wolf.
Among the out of town friends who attended the funeral were: Geo. Hart and two daughters, Chas. Hart, wife and two children, Roy and Jas. Hart, of Stewart; Ed. Hart and son, Peter, and Mrs. S. Kelly, of Davenport; Mrs. E. H. Barrett and son, Gerald, Mrs. Dela Doherty, Miss Bessie Devitt and, Leslie Kranz of Omaha; Jake Devitt and son, Lawrence of Boone; Mrs. Minnie Burnett and Jas. Gilroy of Lost Nation; Miss Mary Hart of Sioux City; Judge Hetzel of Des Moines; the Misses Catharine Munley, Mattie McCann, Jennie Hanigan and Gene Cronkleton of Council Bluffs; M. Holihan and family, Mrs. D. O. Johnson, Mrs. Conroy and daughter, of Denison; Al Dean and wife of Rockwell City; Lonny Dean of Terrill; Jas. Hartigan, wife and family, M. Flynn and family, Frank Shanihan and family of Ute; Attorneys H. D. Cochran, H. L. Robertson, and Paul Roadifer, L.J. Irwin, J. M. Albertson, Tim Shields, Chas. Isbell, Geo. Berry and J. M. Davis of Logan.
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