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In Memoriam

Daily Iowa State Press; Iowa City, Johnson Co, IA;

Apr 10, 1899

Patrick Doyle

     Patrick Doyle, one of the best known and most respected residents of Parnell, died at his residence on March 27th after an illness of several months, in the seventy-second year of his age.
     Fortified and consoled by the words of Christ's holy priest, comforted and cheered by the unremittingly and tender sympathies of loving wife and children, death to him seemed shorn of its terrors, and his last moments were a fitting climax to a long life well spent. For over a quarter of a century he has lived on the farm in this vicinity; coming thence from his former home in Iowa City.
     And all who had known him were strongly impressed with his unvarying honesty, sobriety, truthfulness and nobility of character. He was respected by all who knew him, and one would as soon think of impeaching the truthfulness of the Bible as to question or doubt the veracity of Patrick Doyle.
     He was of a genial, sunny disposition, warm hearted and generous, ever ready to assist a friend or minister to distress. Yet his was not the charity that blazoned itself abroad. His right hand spoke not to his left. He shrank from publicity, and became shy and embarrassed at the voice of gratitude.
     In him the religious and patriotic elements were strongly and harmoniously blended; he was a devout and practical catholic, a good faithful citizen, a true, unflinching democrat, and an ardent lover of liberty.
     He never forgot the land of his birth, but deep down in the corners of his heart were fondly cherished its glories and traditions together with the fervid hope of its future redemption, happiness and prosperity.
     He was born in Ireland, in the county of Carlow, November 25, 1826.
     He came of highly respectable parentage-scions of the "rale ould stock"- and inherited from them all the characteristics of a brave and noble ancestry. Pining for that freedom which was denied him at home, he at length turned his face westward, and arrived at New York 1846. Remaining but a short time in the Empire state, he again set out, arriving at Iowa City, where he remained until moving to his farm.
     A widow, five daughters and two sons, Mrs. Mat Lamo of Davenport, Mrs. Frank Wheelan of Rock Island, Miss Annie ,of Davenport, Miss Maggie at home, Charles and James of Chicago, also one brother, James Doyle of St. Paul, Minn., survive him. Many relatives also mourn his loss.
     The funeral service-a solemn requiem mass was held in St. Joseph's Church, Parnell at 10 a.m., March 28 by Rev. H.B. Kelly. After the mass Father Kelly spoke most feelingly and earnestly of the virtues of the deceased. If anything, however, could speak more eloquently than another of the life work of the man, and the esteem in which he was held in the community, it was evidenced by the great number of persons present at the church, and the long line of carriages that followed the remains to St. Joseph's Cemetery.


Davenport Daily Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa;

Wednesday, May 10, 1893



At 5:30 yesterday afternoon occurred the death of Mr. Patrick Bolger, at his home three miles southwest of Walcott. The deceased was 66 years of age, having been born in County Carlow, Ireland, having emigrated to this country over thirty-five years ago. He was well known in Davenport and had many friends, as he had resided in this vicinity for years. Three children are left to mourn his loss. The funeral services will occur at Sacred Heart cathedral on Thursday at 2 o'clock, the interment being at St. Marguerite's cemetery.


Davenport Democrat and Leader; Davenport, Scott, Iowa;

Thursday, September 3, 1925



 Patrick J. Dawson died at Pine Knoll sanitarium Wednesday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock after an illness of the past eight months.
     The deceased was born in County Carlow, Ireland, on March 17, 1877, and had been a resident of Davenport for the past 31 years. He is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Patrick Gaskin of 1102 Ripley street, Davenport and Mrs. M. Neill in Ireland and two brothers, James and Edward Dawson in Ireland.
     The funeral will be held on Saturday from the Halligan funeral home at 8:30 a.m. to St. Anthony's church at 9 a.m. Interment will be made in St. Marguerite's cemetery. The family kindly request that flowers be omitted.

Curtsey of Tom LaPorte

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