Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Friday, Jan. 29, 1897
Death of John McCoy
Mr. McCoy, one of the old and respected residents of this
county died at his home in Great Oak township, a few miles south of this city,
Wednesday morning at 6 o'clock. For a number of years he has been ailing with
rheumatism and some spinal trouble and for the last year he has been confined to
his bed. The deceased was born in Limerick, Ireland, March 6, 1839, and was 57
years old and ten months at the time of his decease. At the age of six years he
came with his parents and settled in the central part of the state of New York.
Here he grew to manhood and in the early sixties when his country called her
sons to fight her battles, he enlisted in the 147 New York infantry, and for 14
months saw active service. While at the front he was taken with the typhoid
fever, and was sent north to recuperate and subsequently received his discharge.
After the war he and family lived for a short time in the state of Michigan, but
in 1867, he came to Palo Alto county and settled on what he called his old
homestead in the western part of Great Oak township. About nine years ago he
disposed of this and bought the place where he resided at the time of his death.
Mr. McCoy was married at Oswego, N.Y., to Miss Ann Devine, and to them has been
born four sons and five daughters all of whom with the exceptions of Mrs. P.F.
O'Brien who resides in this city, were at home.
Mr. McCoy was an honest, industrious man and ever sought to
deal uprightly with his fellow men. He was highly respected and his death was
deeply regretted by all who knew him. His wife and children have the sympathy of
all in their sad bereavement. The funeral will take place from Assumption church
this morning (Friday) at 10:30 o'clock and will be conducted by Rev. J.J. Smith.