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Patrick Fox (1837 - 1887)


Posted By: Karen Brewer (email)
Date: 6/8/2020 at 15:41:34

The Osceola Sentinel, Osceola, Iowa
September 02, 1976, Page 4

Clarke County History

Patrick Fox

Patrick Fox resided on section 12, Jackson Township, and owns one of the best farms in eastern portion of the county. It consists of 280 acres. When he first occupied it, in 1883, no furrow had been turned nor tree planted. Now the broad fields gladden the heart of their owner. March 11, 1875, Mr. Fox first made his home in this county. He settled on section 1, Jackson Township, contracting for 140 acres. Poor crops caused him to fail in his payments. Surrendering his land with his stock in 1883, he occupied his present home. He brought to this country about $2,000, all of which was lost in that first investment. Mr. Fox was born in County Leitrim, Ireland, December 11, 1837. His parents, Frank and Catherine Fox, never left their native land. To better his fortunes, he embarked for the United States in 1861, landing at New York City. He first settled in Albany, that State, where he lived five years. June 19, 1864, he wedded Miss Ann Meehan, a native of County Roscommon, Ireland, March 4, 1866, they moved to Galesburg, Illinois, where Mr. Fox rented land, and remained upon it until his removal to the county. The names of their children are--Frank, Thomas, Kate (who died at the age of eighteen months), Ella, Maurice (who died at the age of sixteen months), Annie, Marie, Maggie, Lizzie, and John (who died in infancy). Mr. Fox came to this county a poor man, but his energy and frugality have been well rewarded. The family are members of the Catholic Church. Politically, Mr. Fox is a Democrat.


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