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History of Iowa
Vol IV

HENRY O'CONNOR was born in the City of Dublin, Ireland, July 26, 1820. When old enough to leave home he was sent to Tullow where he received private instruction from the monks who kept a free school. He finally emigrated to America, going to Cincinnati, where he began the study of law when about twenty-six years of age and took six moths' instruction in a law school, working at his trade to support himself. In 1849 he was admitted to the bar and came to Iowa, locating at Muscatine, where he opened a law office. He united with the free soil movement in 1854, supporting James W. Grimes for Governor. In 1856 he was a delegate to the State Convention which organized the Republican party in Iowa and made a speech on the evening of the ratification meeting which for impassioned eloquence has seldom been equaled. It place him in the front rank of Republican orators. In 1857 Mr. O'Connor was chosen District Attorney in the Seventh District. When the War of the Rebellion began in 1861, Mr. O'Connor enlisted as a private in the First Iowa Regiment and fought bravely until his term of service expired. In 1862 he was commissioned major of the Thirty-fifth Regiment. In 1867 he was elected Attorney-General of Iowa, serving by reelections until 1872. While holding this position, a young woman was elected to the office of superintendent of schools in Mitchell County. Her eligibility to the office was questioned and submitted to the Attorney-General. He decided that a woman was eligible to hold office-the first decision in the United Stares upon that subject. In 1872 Mr. O'Connor was appointed by President Grant Solicitor of the Department of State and served in that important position under four secretaries-Hamilton, Fish, Wm. M. Evarts, F. T. Frelinghuysen and James G. Blaine, a period of nearly fourteen years. In 1872 he was warmly supported for Governor before the Republican State Convention but the nomination went to C. C. Carpenter. Major O'Connor died at the Soldiers' Home, November 6, 1900.


Redding Herald, 1926


F. N. OLLIVER (sic), Highly Respected Resident of Redding Vicinity, Dies Suddenly.

The community was saddened on Friday when word was passed about of the sudden death of F. N. OLLIVER (sic) at his home east of town. He was taking his usual after dinner nap when he suddenly passed away. Mr. OLLIVER had been in a rather feeble state of health for some time. He will be greatly missed in our community for he was one of our most highly respected citizens.

"Frederick Newton OLLIVER was born in Randolph county, Indiana, September 10, 1847. He came to Iowa in his boyhood days with his parents, settling at Allendale, Missouri, where they resided for about three years, then removing to a farm south of Redding, near Honey Grove, where he remained until he enlisted at the age of eighteen years in Company I, of the seventh Iowa Infantry, where he served his country until the close of the Civil war. His enlistment was voluntary. He was with General SHERMAN on his historical march to the sea, and still vividly recalled the stirring incidents of that memorable journey. In the death of Mr. OLLIVER the country loses one of its best citizens, a man who, during all these years of his long residence in
this county, had by his manly demeanor commanded the admiration and respect of the people of the community. He was known as a true Christian gentleman and his influence was always found on the side of justice and right. He was noted for his loving, quite disposition. He will be greatly missed in the home and community.

"After his return from the Civil war it was necessary for him to rest and remain quiet for a number of months, after which time he engaged in farm labor and worked until the year 1874, when he purchased the farm where he passed quietly away, at the age of 79 years, eight months and four days, having resided sixty-one years as a citizen following his service for his country.  On November 10, 1871, he became united in marriage with Martha Jane GRIFFITH, who
survives the loss of husband and companion.

"To this union were born six children, five of whom live to suffer the loss of their father; namely, Mrs. Mary SAVILLE, Mountain Park, Oklahoma; Mrs. Della PARKER, Houston, Missouri; Mrs. Carrie SAVILLE, of Redding, Iowa; Willard OLLIVER, of Redding, Iowa; and G. A. OLLIVER, of Pleasantville, Iowa; also James Wesley, who having preceded his father to the great beyond on July 7, 1896, now enjoys the reuniting with his father, who together beckon to one and all to come to this heavenly abode. Besides those relatives named, he leaves thirty-eight grandchildren and thirty-three great grandchildren; also a host of friends to witness the passing from this world into the next, that of heaven. He early united with the M. E. church at Middle Fork, Iowa, and there remained a faithful member. He was a kind and loving father, husband and grandfather, and was loved by all who knew him. Interment was made at the Middle Fork cemetery, Tuesday, May 18, Rev. L. G. CHANNELL officiating."

When pining sickness wastes the frame,
And dimly burns life's feeble flame,
When clouds of guilt the mind o'er spread
And sorrow bows the aching head
Then how reviving mercy's voice,
That bids the humble heart rejoice,
Reveal a Saviour's smiling face,
And in that smile a resting place!
Oh, when my spirits tempest tossed,
Feels that all earthly scenes are lost,
And trembling views the immortal shore,
Where grief and sin are known no more
Then may I see that Saviour near,
To hush each sigh and dry each tear,
And grant me in his blest embrace
An everlasting resting place.
Peaceful be thy silent slumber;
Peaceful by resting in the arms of Jesus.
Thou no more will join our number
Thou no more our sorrows know,
Yet again we hope to meet thee
When the day of life is fled,
And in heaven with joy to greet thee
Where no farewell tears are shed.


We desire to thank each and every one for the kindness shown us during the time of our deep sorrow also for the words and letters of sympathy which we have received. All will long be cherished and remembered by us all.


NOTE: Martha Jane (GRIFFITH), wife of Frederick Newton OLIVER was born in 1853, and died in 1935. They were interred at Middle Fork Cemetery, Ringgold County, Iowa. Of their children: Williard N. OLIVER was born in 1881, and died in 1962 with interment at Middle Fork Cemetery; and James Wesley OLIVER died at the age of 22 years, 5 months and 10 days on July 7, 1896 with interment at Middle Fork Cemetery.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

JACKSON ORR was born in Fayette County, Ohio, September 21, 1832. He was reared on a farm and by his own labor earned the means to pay his way in the University. After attending the public schools in boyhood, he attended the University of Indiana. In 1857 he came to Iowa, locating in Greene County. He studied law and was admitted to the bar. At the beginning of the War of the Rebellion he raised a company of which he was chosen captain. This company was incorporated into the Tenth Regiment of Iowa Volunteer Infantry. Captain Orr was a gallant soldier and rendered distinguished service at the Battles of New Madrid, Island No. 10, Corinth, Iuka, second Battle of Corinth and in the Vicksburg campaign. He was strongly recommended for colonel of the Thirty-ninth Regiment but lacking the help of influential friends at headquarter, was not promoted to the position which he had nobly earned. After the close of the war he removed to Boone and engaged in mercantile business. In the fall of 1867 he was nominated in the Sixth District for Congress and was elected by a majority of more than 11,000. He secured the passage of a bill through the House of Representatives granting indemnity to the River Land Settlers for the loss of their homes but the bill failed in the Senate. He was reelected at the close of his first term, serving four years. Captain Orr removed to Colorado where he held several important public positions.