submitted by Ronna Thuman, December 12, 2007


The funeral of Patrick Haragon, of Seventy-Six township, was held from St. Matthias church Tuesday morning, being attended by a large number of relatives and friends of the deceased. The services were impressively conducted by Rev. Father Nolan, of Nichols, an old and highly esteemed friend of the deceased. The pall-bearers were Jas. Fitzgerald, Cornelius Toohey, Patrick Purcell, Adam Wigim, John Hartman and James Healey.

Patrick Haragon was one of the old settlers of this country, having resided here about 40 years. He was born in County Kerry, Ireland, April 15, 1833. When about 24 years of age he came to this country and almost directly to Muscatine. He lived in the city about twenty years before moving out onto his farm. While in the city he was a contractor and did the first work towards grading Second street, his friends claiming that it was he who first got the street into any kind of a passable condition. When he was 34 years of age he was married to Miss Ella Dailey in Davenport, the ceremony being performed by who is now Bishop Cosgrove. About 22 years ago he moved to a farm in Seventy-six township, in which locality he has resided ever since. While making a small beginning, with the aid of good business management and hard, earnest toil he was the possessor of over 800 acres of land in that township. He has always been a prominent farmer and extensive stock-raiser.

Religiously he has always been a devout Catholic and was a faithful member of St. Malachy’s church in Seventy-Six township. He was also a member of St. Matthias Branch No. 13 of the Roman Catholic Mutual Protective Society of Iowa. For the past two years he had been in poor health. A little over a year ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis, but the direct cause of his death was organic heart trouble, he passing away Sunday morning at 8:30 o’clock. He had been confined to the house for some time. He is survived by his wife and two sons and two daughters, Mrs. Mary Weaver, residing in Rock Island, Mrs. Ella Groves, living in Durant, Mich., and Patrick and Christie, who live at home with their mother.

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