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Blairstown Press; Nov. 11, 1930
Benton's Oldest Resident is Dead
Paul Cantwell

Paul Cantwell, sr., Passed Away Aged 104 Years

Paul Cantwell, sr., Benton county's oldest resident, passed away the age of 104 years at this home near Van Horne, Tuesday, from a gradual weakness and infirmities of old age. Funeral services were held Thursday morning at Immaculate Conception Catholic church at Van Horne, conducted by the Rev. Father James Delay.

Mr. Cantwell, who was a native of Tipperary county, Ireland, came to this country in 1848 and located in Cedar Rapids. There he was an employee of the Northwestern railway company and helped construct the tracks between Cedar Rapids and Belle Plaine. In 1867 he came to Union township, Benton county, and purchased 8 acres of land 1 1/4 miles southwest of here.

In 1872 he was united in marriage to Miss Mary Hickey and they made their home on the farm, living in a one room undecorated and unplastered house. Thru had work and economy they added 120 acres more land to their farm in a few years.

Mr. Cantwell is survived by six children, Tom, of Keystone, Paul, Jr., and Mrs. James Nolan of Van Horne, and William Patrick and Mae at home. He also leaves 27 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mrs. Cantwell preceded him in death a few years ago.

Mr. Cantwell was a devout christian, a staunch democrat and a conscientious and respected citizen.

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Submitted on 31-Oct-2019 by
John Shuck,

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