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Patrick Garaghty
Boardman Twp.

Patrick Garaghty, harness-maker, Elkader, was born in County West Maid, Ireland, on the 3d day of February, 1833. In February, 1848, left his home in Ireland for America, landing in New York and went immediately to Litchfield, Conn., where he learned the trade of a molder, remaining there until Oct. 7, 1851. His parents being in Clayton County, he made it his objective point, and came here and engaged in farming. In 1862 he met with an accident which came near causing the loss of his life. As he was being lowered into a well he was sinking, the man at the windlass let go, letting him drop a distance of forty-six feet, breaking his left leg in two places. By this accident he was crippled, so that he was forced to sell his farm and come to Elkader, where he embarked in his present business. In 1883 he married Catherine Connorton who was born in New London, Conn., Sept 6, 1852. By this union there is a family of seven children, via.: Lawrence, Annie, Katie, Susan, Romana, Mary, and Philaphena. Mr. G. took a decided stand in early life for the cause of temperance, and from his boyhood up has never touched liquor of any kind. Mr. G. has been identified with the county for thirty years, and has seen the wild unbroken praries developed into a beautiful and cultivated county.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa, 1882, p. 656
transcribed by Sally Scarff and Marlene Chaney


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