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Worcester Telegram
November 11, 1907
Worcester Ma.


Becomes Worn Out Physically.

MILLBURY, Nov. 10 - Dennis Shackrow the oldest person in Millbury, died tonight at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nellie T. Byrnes, Sycamore Street, aged 103 years. Death was due to old age.

Mr. Shackrow had been able to walk about the dooryard and smoke his pipe under the trees during the summer, his mind was clear and his eyesight good as ever it was. He never wore glasses in his life, and the only time he ever was sick, was when grip was prevelent in Millbury a few years ago. In his working days he was a laborer, and helped to lay the double track on the Providence & Worcester railroad. He was said to be the most powerful man in Millbury, but was of quite disposition and never made brags of his strength, neither did he ever make an enemy.

Mr. Shackrow was born in county Kerry Ireland, where he married Catherine Shay. They came to America about the time of the Civil war, lived a little while in Worcester and Fitchburg before coming to Millbury, where they have lived since.

The wife died five years ago, and since that time Mr. Shackrow had lived with his daughter, Mrs. Byrnes who says there was no sign of disease about him, but he just wore out with old age.

He leaves six children, Mrs. Byrnes and Mrs. Mary Shay, Millbury: Dennis Shackrow California: Mrs. Bridget Connors Ireland: Mrs. Johanna Griffin, Sprinfield: Mrs. Kate Macmaster Chicago. He also leaves 29 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren in this country.

The funeral will be Tuesday morning with high mass of requiem at St. Bridgets church at 9 o'clock.

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