MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 428
submitted by Phyllis Hazen, Novmeber 26, 2007
Oct 23 1895 (hand-written)
Ex-Alderman John Tomney, one of the old-time residents of Muscatine, departed this life at 2 o’clock yesterday afternoon, in the 75th year of his age. Mr. Tomney had been in failing health since last spring, being affected with what physicians pronounced dropsy of the heart. He spent the greater part of the summer rusticating at the country home of his sister, Mrs. James Fanning of Cedar township, where for six weeks he was confined to the sick chamber until the sleep that knows no awakening overcame him.
Mr. Tomney first saw the light of day in County Carlo, Ireland, and leaving the old sod came to the country of his adoption in 1848, spending about four years in St. Louis ere coming to Muscatine where he had lived continually ever since. He was one of the best known of our Irish-American citizens and was esteemed not only by them but by citizens generally and for a term served acceptably as a member of the city council, having been honored by an election on the democratic ticket as alderman of the First ward. Quiet, unobtrusive and attentive to his own affairs his disposition won for him many friends who in his death will regret the loss of a true, honest and good citizen.
Mrs. Tomney, it will be remembered, preceded her husband to the great beyond, having passed away last January. The surviving relatives are a brother, Andrew Tomney, of Kellerton, Iowa, and two sisters, Mrs. J. Fanning, of Cedar township, this county, and Mrs. Margaret Glynn, of Williamsburg, Iowa. The funeral is appointed to take place Friday morning at 11 o’clock from St. Mary’s church in this city.
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