Iowa Old Press
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Wednesday, Jan 8, 1919
MRS. JOHN JOYNT DEAD
She was one of the Highly Esteemed Ladies of our County
Mrs. John Joynt of this city, one of the best known ladies in
Emmetsburg, died Tuesday evening of last week, at 9:30, at the home of her
son, M.W. Joynt, of West Bend. She had been quite ill for some time. The
remains were brought to this city Wednesday evening and were taken to the
home of her brother, Edward McNally. The funeral was held on Thursday.
Services were conducted at the Assumption church. Very Rev P.F. Farrelly
officiating. He celebrated a requiem high mass. The burial was in St. John's
cemetery. The pall bearers were Peter Bough, John O'Brien, Michael Fleming,
J.S. Martin, Daniel Burns and J.K. Martin.
Rose Ann McNally was born at Ixonie Center, Wisconsin, January 19,
1850. She was nearing her 69th year. In 1872 she came to this county with
her parents, who located a few miles west of this city. She was married to
John Joynt in September, 1872. For many years they made their home on a farm
in Emmetsburg township. Sixteen years ago they moved to Emmetsburg. Mr.
Joynt died in February, 1912. Mrs. Joynt is survived by her son, M.W. of
West Bend, her daughter, Mrs. M.C. Hoben, of Highland township, and a son,
Henry Joynt of Emmetsburg township. Another daughter, Mrs. E.F. Murphy,
passed away four years ago. Three children died when quite young. Seven
brothers and a sister also mourn the death of Mrs. Joynt. The brothers are
Myles, John, Patrick, and Edward McNally of this city, Thomas of Green Bay,
Wisconsin, Alex of Rockford, Iowa, and C.J. of Austin, Minnesota. An only
sister, Mrs. J.J. Kane resides in this city.
Mrs. Joynt was one of the most humble, sincere, conscientious Christian
ladies in our county. For years she attended mass every morning and her
aspirations and her actions were in admirable harmony with her professions.
Providence was generous to her, bestowing upon her a cheerful disposition
and many rich spiritual blessings. That she treasured them and safeguarded
them was well known to all who were acquainted with her. Her life was
consecrated to her God, to the peace and happiness of her home and to the
welfare of her country. She was beloved by acquaintances and friends as well
as by the members of her own household. She was a thoughtful, obliging
neighbor, a watchful, indulgent mother and a warm faithful friend. She
provided amply and zealously for her own sons and daughters and her heart
went out in motherly sympathy to those who, early in life, were left without
the attention and the care of solicitous parents. Though of a highly
developed religious nature, she was always cheerful and she was ever willing
and ready to participate in innocent domestic amusements. No one could spend
a more congenial hour with a neighbor than Mrs. Joynt. In community affairs
she was ready for any task which she might, in the assignments of companions
and friends, be asked to perform. She had unbounded faith in divine guidance
and helpfulness and she was prepared to make the great sacrifices that
others might reap the reward and that society might in the end be
substantially benefited. All who knew Mrs. Joynt will learn with unfeigned
regret of her death. The Democrat extends sincere sympathy to the sorrowing
sons, daughters, and other relatives.
EXCELLENT YOUNG MAN DIED
Mr. and Mrs. Michael Murphy Mourn Loss of Their Son Joseph.
Joseph J., son of Mr. and Mrs. Michael Murphy, who reside sourtheast of
this city, died Tuesday evening of last week. On December 26 he went to
Algona where he had his tonsils removed. He became ill while at that place
and returned home. Medical aid was summoned and it was discovered that he
was suffering from the influenza. Complications followed and it seemed that
nothing could be done to relieve him. His heart was quite weak and he found
difficulty in rallying. The funeral was held on Friday. Services were
conducted at the Assumption church, Very Rev. P. F. Farrelly celebrating a
requiem high mass. There was a large attendance of sympathizing relatives
and friends. The burial was in St. John's cemetery. The pall bearers were
Hiliary Millea, Emmet Downs, William Shea, John Meyers, David Meyers, Fred
Mr. Murphy was born in Freedom Township March 29, 1898. Hence he was
nearing the completion of his 21st year. He attended St. Mary's Academy
during his boyhood years and made a very creditable record as a student.
After finishing his studies he remained on a farm with his parents. During
the fall months he registered but was not called to the colors. Had it not
been for the signing of the armistice, he would doubtless have been required
to report for duty at some of the cantonments. He is survived by his
parents, seven brothers and five sisters. The brothers are Jerry, Philip,
Leo, Frank, Maurice, Cyrel and Hiliary. The sisters are Misses Mary, Julia,
Anna, and Isabel Murphy and Mrs. E.R. Studor.
Mr. Murphy was a young man of ambition, energy and much promise. His
habits were highly creditable and his deportment was edifying to his parents
and friends. He was warmly esteemed as a schoolmate and was held in high
regard as a neighborhood companion. He was quiet and unpretentious but his
associates always found him dependable and they had confidence in his
ability to make good in all matters in which he took special interest. He
was a dutiful, obedient son, an affectionate, considerate brother and a
trustworthy friend. The successful career which the future offered him was
very encouraging to the members of the household and it is not surprising
that his early death has brought great sorrow to his parents, brothers and
sisters. Some claim that God calls people when they are best prepared to go.
This is doubtless true but weak humanity finds it difficult to be reconciled
with bitter disappointments when surroundings are full of high expectations.
The death of this most worthy young man is widely and sincerely mourned. Mr.
and Mrs. Murphy and the members of their family have the sincere sympathy of
our many citizens in their bereavement.
DEATH OF OLD SETTLER
Mrs. W.D. Power, Who Was Member of First Family in the County.
Mrs. Wm. D. Powers passed away at her home near West Bend last Thursday
evening. She was in poor health during the past few years. She suffered
intensely from her ailments, dropsy and heart trouble, but she bore her
affliction with true Christian spirit.
The funeral was held at the home Saturday afternoon. The services were
conducted by Rev. R.E. Cook, pastor of the M.E. church at West Bend. The
burial was beside her aged husband in Riverside cemetery.
Christianna Carter was born in Marion county, Ohio, on August 7, 1838.
Hence she was past eighty years of age. When a young girl she moved to West
Bend with her parents, who were among the first settlers of this county. On
August 16, 1856, she was united in marriage to Wm. D. Power. To this union
nine children were born-six daughters and three sons. Besides these she is
survived by one brother and one sister, twenty grand children, twenty-two
great grandchildren and one great, great grand child.
Mrs. Powers was well thought of by all who knew her. She was an
affectionate, helpful wife and a loving attentive mother. Her career was one
of patient, willing toil and devotion to duty. She will be sadly missed by
her family, especially by her three sons, who have always lived at home with
her. They have the profound sympahty of their many friends.
By MRS. M.C. BROWN
Jake Ruble's Brother Dies.
Jake Ruble of this city mourns the death of his brother, Henry, who
died at Maynard, Minnesota, Sunday morning. The remains were brought to
Havelock for burial. The funeral was held yesterday. Mr. Ruble lived near
Mallard a number of years ago. His father died in 1917. His mother kept
house for him at Maynard. Jake was quite ill and could not attend his
brother's funeral. He has the sympathy of our many citizens.
Lose Their Infant Son.
Mr and Mrs. Frank Smith of this city mourn the death of their son,
William Charles, who passed away Tuesday noon. He was quite ill for several
days. He was about sixteen months old. Mr and Mrs Smith have two children
left, a boy and a girl. They moved to this city from Pocahontas in October,
after which Mr Smith was called to the colors. He spent some time at Ames
but returned home a short time ago. Mr and Mrs Smith have the sincere
sympathy of our numerous citizens in the loss that has come to them. They
will miss very much their bright, playful, little child.
Will Build on His Farm
James McLein, who lives near Wallingford, had a very successful sale
Monday. His cows averaged $90 per head and his horses $173 per head. Mr.
McLein recently bought eighty acres of land near Osgood. He will build on
the place during the summer. He will reside in this city until he can
complete his improvements.
Mr and Mrs John Meents Lose Son
Mr and Mrs John Meents, who live several miles northeast of Emmetsburg,
mourn the death of their son, Theodore, aged eight years, who passed away
Sunday afternoon. The funeral will be held this afternoon. Services will be
conducted at the M.E. church in Vernon township, Rev. Nielsen of this city
will officiate. Mr. and Mrs. Meents have seven other sons and daughters.
Theodore was a bright, promising boy and his death will be sincerely mourned
not only by his parents, brothers, and sisters, but by all who knew him. The
sincere sympathy of all is extended to the members of the family in their
District Court in Session
Court is in session this week, Judge Lee of Estherville is presiding.
Tuesday the trial of the case of E.E. Green against Lars Solham of
Graettinger was commenced. Mr. Green alleges that on July 26, 1917, Mr.
Solham shot a valuable dog belonging to him and he commenced action for $150
damages. Thomas O'Connor is representing Mr. Green and Dan Kelly Mr. Solham.
There are quite a number of witnesses. The case promises to be very
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Jan 29, 1919
A VISIT TO IRELAND BY MICHAEL MILLER
Met His Aunt, Enjoyed Native Hospitality, Gained Valuable Information
Michael MILLER, who served during the summer on the mine laying ship,
Housatonic, which has the world's record in this line of naval work, arrived
in this city Friday morning for a ten day stay. He will return to Boston
where the vessel on which he is at present stationed is in dry dock. He
landed at Hampton Roads and from there went to Yorktown. Later the vessel
was taken to Boston.
Mr. MILLER visited his aunt at Athlone in the county of Westmeath, Ireland,
just before he left London which was the first and only trip to the Emerald
Isle. he found Athlone a place of perhaps 7,000. It has substantial
buildings and is very neat. In this respect it is much superior to American
cities of the same size. However, like most European places, it does not
begin to do the business of places of its size in this country.
In the summer of 1690, one of the most sanguinary battles in Irish history
was fought at Athlone. It was for the possession of the city and the control
of the bridge that crosses the Shannon river. The Irish,who were on the
defense, were greatly outnumbered by the British,who attacked them with
superior artillery. After a struggle of several days, in which courage
worthy of the heroes of Thermopylae was manifested, the defenders held their
position. As warriors, the Irish have, for 1,000 years, won fame on the
leading battle fields of Europe. It is not surprising that they are still
determined to gain their freedom.
Mr. MILLER found the people of Athlone genial, warm harted and frugal. They
are well dressed, though their clothing is plainer than American garments.
This is true of all countries in Europe. Though oppressed and persecuted for
centuries by a foreign government, the Irish people are fairly prosperous.
Crops were good last year and prices were high because of the war. Ireland
furnished more food for Great Britain than any other country except the
United States and more soldiers for allies than any other unfree country in
Mr. MILLER had some difficulty in locating his aunt. His father died when he
was a small boy and he did not have her address. He made inquiries of nearly
fifty people before he learned where she lived and everyone he asked about
her was willing to bring him home and entertain him free of charge until he
could locate her. The Irish are perhaps the most hospitable people in the
world. "God bless you," "Good night and God be with you," and "May you never
want for anything" are very common expressions in Ireland. One evening while
talking to his aunt he remarked to her how little he thought on Christmas
day in 1918 that he would so soon be poking the burning turf in the fire
place in her home.
Practically all the thatched roofs in Ireland have disappeared but they are
still to be found in the highlands of Scotland. Most of the buildings are of
stone and many of the roofs are of tile and slate. The houses are of course
Ireland has good, well attended schools and the churches are large and neat.
The Irish boys are passing the best civil service examinations in Great
Britain. Mass is said daily in the churches and there is always a fair
attendance. On Sundays the churches are crowded. The Irish are a very
religious people. Divorces are almost unknown in Ireland and suicides are
very rare. Erin has perhaps the least illegitamacy of any country in Europe.
Major crimes are very few.
In the vicinity of Athlone the roads are mostly of stone. They are narrow
and winding and there are generally stone walls on both sides. Some of the
roads are very rough.
There is an abundance of turf in the Green Isle. There are nearly 3,000,000
acres of it and runs from 15 to 40 feet in depth. It is cut like brick and
is dried in the sun. Some of it is of a light color, some red and more dark.
It is much lighter in weight than coal. It burns readily and is very clean.
It is sort of a vegetable growth. Some of it resembles matted roots. Ireland
has considerable coal but it is not used much in the homes of the common
Many of the farmers use donkeys and drive them in two wheeled carts. Such
outfits can be seen in the several countries of Europe. When the donkeys are
driven to town and are hitched to posts they often lie down and fall asleep.
Mr. MILLER saw many splendid horses and cattle in the parts of Scotland he
Mr. MILLER found excellent victuals in the Irish homes and eating houses.
The potatoes are large and mealy, the meat tender, the butter rich in color
and well flavored and the goats' milk as rich as American cream.
Mr. MILLER's father served several years in the British army before he came
to the United States. He fought in the bloody battle of Tel'el-Kebir in
Egypt in 1882 when he was wounded. Hence Michael comes from good old
The people of Ireland claim that 170,000 of their young men lost their lives
during the four years' struggle on the continent. This would be the
equivalent of 4,500,000 in death losses for the United States, considering
our population. Still, those who have charge of the pro-British propaganda
in this country claim that the Irish have done nothing to make the
Though he enjoyed the warm hospitality of the Irish and the good nature and
the friendliness of the Scotch, he would not care to live permanently in
Ireland or Scotland. The U.S.A. is the finest, fairest land under the sun
and there are no eyes so bright or so bewitching as those of the Iowa girls.
When he is mustered out of the navy he will, we wish to inform our readers,
in confidence, build a neat home of his own and will make a Palo Alto beauty
the queen of it.
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