MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 361
submitted by Tina Chown, Sept. 24, 2007
Sep 30, 1892 (handwritten)
JOHN MAHER, who passed away Friday evening, after seven months’ illness, was born in County Tipperary, Ireland ( the celebrated old fighting county of the Emerald Isle) in 1815. He grew to manhood on his native health and lived there until he attained his prime, and when two score years of age he lift the Old Sod to seek his fortune in the new world, as so many of his countrymen had done before to escape British oppression. After tarrying in the Empire State a fortnight he came direct to Iowa and Muscatine, where he had resided continuously ever since.
He was in industrious, law-abiding citizen of his adopted country, which he loved firmly and fervently. His departure leaves another vacancy in the fast thinning ranks of the old settlers and will be deplored by his numerous old-time friends, who esteemed him greatly.
His wife and six children survive, the latter being Michael, the eldest and favorite son, and Thomas and Mrs. Alice P(*)ei(**)er, of Burke, Idaho; John, Francis and Edward, of this city. All of the children were present at the funeral, excepting the daughter, who was unable to arrive in time to attend. Mrs. Mary Moan, of Marengo, Iowa, a sister of deceased, was also present.
The funeral occurred Monday morning from St. Matthias church, which was thronged with a large concourse of sympathetic friends of the bereaved family, who thus paid their final tribute of respect to Mr. Maher. The last sad rite over, the remains of this faithful and consistent parishioner were conducted by the pastor of the church, Rev. P. Laurent, whose appropriate remarks were touching and consoling.
The interment was made in St. Mary’s cemetery.
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