MUSCATINE COUNTY IOWA|
Source: REGISTER OF OLD SETTLERS , BOOK One, page 459
submitted by Neal Carter, November 28, 2007
AN OLD SETTLER SUMMONED
Jan 24, 1898 (hand written)
A venerable citizen and long time resident of this community who had lived the allotted three score and ten, passed from the earth to the great beyond yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock, when TIMOTHY FAHEY peacefully expired at the residence of his son, Philip J. Fahey, at 816 Easy Sixth street. The illness to which he succumbed was heart trouble, the aged patient having been in broken health for the past four or five months, while his confinement to the house dated back to Christmas day.
Mr. Fahey was a warm-hearted son of Erin, being a native of County Tipperary, where he grew to manhood. The wave of revolution against monarchial enthrallment which swept over Europe in 1848 was manifested in Ireland by an uprising of the liberty-loving natives, and Mr. Fahey was one of the brave young men enlisted in freedom’s cause, doing picket duty for General Francis Meagher, and with compatriots fled to America when to remain meant only certain defeat and death. General Meagher subsequently fought valiantly for the cause of union in the civil war, and when Gen. Grant became president he appointed the brave Irishman as governor of Montana. Mr. Fahey came via New Orleans, and resided in St. Louis for a year, where he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Murphy, sister of the lamented Ald. Michael Murphy. In 1850 they came to Muscatine to abide. For many years he served the C., R. I. & P. railroad company as baggage master at this station, the lines of the road at that time extending no farther west than Washington and Iowa City, and subsequently engaged in railroad construction, taking contracts on the Union Pacific, and also on Missouri and Iowa lines. When the war broke out he was a levee foreman in Mississippi, near the home of Jefferson Davis, and was offered a captaincy of a confederate company, but his sympathy was not with them and by resorting to a ruse he was enabled to return unmolested to his family in the north-land. In his late years he did considerable grading, Iowa avenue, Pine street and many other thoroughfares having been graded by him. He was a familiar figure in our midst and greatly will he be missed. The sharer ………(article cut off)...
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