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Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Jan 13, 1899


    Mrs. Rose Dwyer, died at her home in this city on Saturday, January 7, 1899, shortly after twelve o'clock. The cause of her death was undoubtedly old age, as she had no specific disease that would result in death. Mrs. Dwyer was born in Tipperary county, Ireland, and had arrived at the advanced age of  eighty-six years, when she was summoned from earth. Her husband died in Ireland a number of years ago and thirteen years ago Mrs. Dwyer came to this country, and settled in this county. The greater share of this time she was a resident of this city, residing with her daughter, Mrs. Anna Dobensky. Mrs. James Carmody was another daughter, and Mr. M. Dwyer, her son. The funeral took place from Assumption church, on Monday, at 10:00 a.m. and the body was interred in St. John's Cemetery.


     On Sunday morning the people of Emmetsburg were startled by the intelligence that Mr. James Fitzgerald, one of the oldest and best known citizens of Emmetsburg, had passed to the great beyond. The Monday before his death, Mr. Fitzgerald was around apparently enjoying his usual health, but be contracted a severe cold, which brought on serious complications, and he quietly passed away on Sunday morning, after only about three days illness.
    James Fitzgerald was born in the county Kilkenny, Ireland, June 7, 1820, consequently he had passed his seventy-eighth birthday, when he was summoned thence. He studied for the priesthood in one of the schools of his native country, but upon the completion of his education, he changed his mind, and decided to enter upon a business career. In conformity of this idea, he emigrated from his native country to Australia and was engaged in business there. After a stay of five years in Australia, he decided to come to America, where he arrived in 1869, and settled in the old town of Emmetsburg, purchasing the only store that was then in the place. Here he entered upon a very successful mercantile business. When the Milwaukee road was built, and the new town located, Mr. Fitzgerald moved his building over and conducted the business until 1887, when he retired.
    As a business man he was quite successful, and accumulated considerable property. In those early days, when the country was sparsely settled, and times were hard, and money and crops scarce, and grass-hoppers plenty, Mr. Fitzgerald proved a blessing to many a poor man, for he carried them on his books for a number of years, and trusted them with the necessities of life, when it looked extremely doubtful whether they would be able to recompense him. Many of the old settlers can testify that he proved a friend in time of need. Shortly after coming to Emmetsburg, in 1869, he was united in marriage to Miss Theodosia Warren, who survives him. No children were born to them, and Mr. Fitzgerald has no near blood relation that survive him. His surviving relatives in this section are his three nephews, M.F. Kerwick, J.F. and Wm. Nolan, and his niece, Mrs. Washington, who resides near Ruthven.
    The funeral took place from the Catholic church on Tuesday morning, at 9:30 o'clock A requiem high mass was celebrated by Rev. J.J. Smith and the body laid to rest in St. John's cemetery.

[James Fitzgerald and Theodosia Warren adopted Honora Finn -adopted name Annie Fitzgerald- after the death of her mother, Honora Joynt Finn at her birth.]

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Petaluma (CA) Daily Courier, 14 January 1899
A Pioneer's Death
James Ahern, a well-known and highly esteemed pioneer resident of this county, died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. L. Green, at Sonoma on Friday night at 11:05. Death was due to general debility and deceased had been failing for several days. He was a native of county Cork, Ireland, aged sixty seven years and two months, and leaves five adult children as follows: Mrs. Thos. Bradley and James Ahern of Tiburon, Sarah and Henry Ahern of San Francisco and Mrs. Jennie Green of Sonoma. His wife died about twenty-five years ago and a son, J.C. Ahern died about two years ago. The funeral will take place in this city Monday morning on the arrival of the 9:30 train. Services will be held at St. Vincent's church and the remains will be interred in the family plot at Calvary cemetery.
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Petaluma (CA) Argus, 14 January 1899
AHERN—In Sonoma, Jan. 13, 1899, James Ahern, father of Mrs. Thos. Bradley, Henry, Jas., and Sarah Ahern, Mrs. S. Green, and the late J. C. Ahern, a native of County Cork, Ireland, age 67 years and 2 months. The funeral will take place from St. Vincent's church in this city, Monday 16th, at 10 o'clock.
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