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Murray, Owen 1870 - 1913

MURRAY, NORTON

Posted By: Joy Moore (email)
Date: 8/9/2020 at 15:17:18

Source: Cresco Plain Dealer Aug. 29, 1913, P-5, C-6

Owen Murray, whose return from Colorado we mentioned last week, passed away Sunday last from tuberculosis at the age of 42 years. The funeral was held Tuesday morning from the Church of the Assumption and was largely attended. He leaves a wife and several children to mourn the loss of a kind husband and father.

Source: Cresco Plain Dealer Sept. 12, 1913, P-FP, C-5,6

Owen Murray, the subject of this sketch, was born Nov. 23, 1870, on a farm near Decorah, in Winneshiek county, Iowa. It was there he spent his boyhood days where together with his brother and sisters he helped his parents as far as his tender years would permit. When he was grown to manhood he still had that great respect for his parents that he had in his youth. Several years ago he and his mother came to Howard county, and settled on the Bullis farm in Paris township. On Sept. 3, 1901 he was united in marriage to Kate Norton, and to this union five children were born, four daughters and one son, the son dying in infancy nine years ago.
A few years ago his health began to fail. It soon became evident that tuberculosis was fastening itself upon him. Hoping to combat that dread disease he went to Colorado Springs and entered the Woodman Sanatarium for treatment. He gained rapidly while there and returned to Cresco in August 1912. Everybody was glad to see him looking so well, for seemingly he was on the road to recovery.
He was not here long, however, when the disease began to make its appearance again, so he and the family returned to Colorado in the fall of 1912. He gained for a while, but not as rapidly as was anticipated. Finally other complications developed and his condition became so serious that upon the advice of his physician, his wife brought him to Cresco on August 14th. He realized that the end was near and spoke of it to his wife. While he was desirous to live for those dear ones who were dependent on him, be never complained of his sufferings, but bore his cross manfully to the end.
Owen had many traits of character which are worthy of emulation. Among these we find two prominent ones, his generosity, and his kindness to the aged and infirm.
After receiving all the consolation that his church could offer, be passed away August 24th, surrounded by his wife, children and other relatives.
His funeral was held from the Church of the Assumption, August 26th, where Requiem High Mass was celebrated by Father Murtagh. After receiving the last blessing of the Church, his remains were laid to rest in St. Joseph's Cemetery. A Friend.

Calvary Cresco Cemetery
 

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