Iowa Old Press
Ruthven Free Press
Ruthven, Palo Alto, Iowa
December 9, 1925
- Charles Whitford is on the sick list and
unable to be about for a few days.
- Mr. and Mrs. Spaulding left this week for Chicago where they will make their home for the winter.
- Mrs. Hasting of Ayrshire is visiting at the house of her daughter, Mrs. Hanley Meek.
- Mrs. C.H. Richart left Tuesday morning for Des Moines for a visit with her mother.
- Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Anderson are the proud parents of a baby girl born Wednesday, December 2.
- Mrs. Ed Myers is nursing at the home of Lawrence Anderson.
- Lester Bicklehaupt, Walter Hiltonburg, Walter Williamson, left Monday morning for Coon Rapids to attend the funeral of Harley Ridgeway.
- Mr. and Mrs. O.B. Lee, Mr. and Mrs. Tim Stanton, Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Logan and family autoed to Storm Lake last Sunday to attend the funeral of Clint Stanton. Mr. Stanton passed away Friday after a long illness.
- Mr. and Mrs. M.T. Washington entertained at a three course dinner last Thursday in honor of Mrs. L.J. Belshaw of Chicago, who is visiting here with relatives. Those present were: Messrs. James and Cornelius Nolan, Miss Loretta Nolan, Mrs. Anna Nolan, Bernard Nolan, and Mr. and Mrs. LeGrand Goff and daughter, Mary.
- The Ladies Aid of the Sacred Heart church will meet Thursday afternoon at Miss Mary Donlon's residence. Important business will be brought up and all the members are urged to attend.
- Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Brennan went to Fort Dodge Thursday to consult a specialist in regard to an abcess on Mr. Brennan's ear. Mr. Brennan has been laid up the past two weeks and has suffered considerable.
- Miss Hazel Broadie of Grand Island arrived home Friday for a visit with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Broadie. Miss Broadie teaches school at Grand Island.
- Henry Culver of Dickens bought a new Ford touring car of the Ruthven Ford dealer.
- Theodore Paton of Graettinger has purchased a new Ford touring car of E.L. Archer of Ruthven.
- A.W. Burley was called to Harris, Iowa last Tuesday on account of the serious illness of his father.
- Mrs. George W. McMahon of Gowrie visited at the home of her brother, A.L. Bragg in Ruthven over the weekend.
- Walter Emerson of Nevada, Iowa, is spending a few days with his grandmother, Mrs. Jane Hallowell. He is also visiting several uncles.
- Rev. and Mrs. Halsey E. Dewey of Calcutta, India, have a baby daughter, who was born on December 3rd. The news came by cable last Friday.
- Ole Watt and family returned Monday evening from northern Minnesota where they visited a week with Mr. Watt's parents. This is their first visit home after fifteen years.
- L.E. Anderson received word last Monday that his sister was seriously injured in an automobile accident in Omaha. Her spine was broken in two places and she suffered other injuries. She will recover.
- Mrs. A.T. Gilbertson left Friday of last week for St. James, Minn. Her mother, Mrs. John Warling, having had the misfortune of falling down a flight of stairs and was quite severely injured. Mrs. Gilbertson returned home last Wednesday and reports her mother greatly improved.
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Dec 16, 1925
The Father of Will and J.J. O'Connor Who Live Near Curlew
On Wednesday, Dec. 2, 1925 at 8:00 a.m., James O'Connor, one of the few
pioneer settlers of Pocahontas county, age 84 years, died at his home nine
miles southwest of Pocahontas where he was faithfully cared for the past few
years by his son, Art.
Mr. O'Connor was a native of Ireland, and came to this country in 1865
while still a young man. After arriving in America he spent most of his
early manhood days in Illinois, and in the vicinity of Des Moines, Iowa.
In April, 1872, he was united in marriage to Margaret Jane Durigan, who
preceded him in death, March 17, 1923. This union was blessed with eleven
children, four sons and seven daughters, nine of whom still survive him. The
oldest daughter, Mary, died at the age of three, and Cecelia, Mrs. C.
Dillard, died February 4, 1916.
About forty-five years ago James O'Connor came to this county and since
then has lived on the same farm in Grant township. He understood pioneer
life to the fullest extent, for the country was a vast wilderness when he
arrived here, and he had many difficulties and inconveniences to contend
with in the new country, but he worked on patiently.
For the past few years Mr. James O'Connor has been on the decline, but
it was not until the last two weeks that he was confined to his bed. From
then on all care and medical skill were unable to stay the hand of death...
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