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Francis "Frank" G. McMahon 1859-1909


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 9/13/2012 at 20:14:14

Frank G. McMahon is Dead
Passed Away Early Last Saturday Morning
Once more we are called upon to chronicle the passing of an esteemed and worthy business man and a ideal citizen. Saturday [July 10, 1909] morning Francis G. McMahon, whose serious illness had been frequently mentioned in these columns, was called from his happy home and loved ones to answer the summons that no mortal escapes. The most competent of physicians had been summoned and consulted. No effort was spared that would aid in his restoration to health but all was in vain. After many weeks of patient waiting, he yielded his soul to him who gave it. The funeral was held Monday forenoon. It was largely attended, for he was widely known throughout the county. Services were conducted at Assumption church, Very Rev. J.J. Smith officiating. The Catholic Order of Foresters, of which he was a member, attended in a body. The pall bearers were John Moncrief, W.E. Jackman, Joseph Martini, Wm. Laughlin, L. Reihsen, and W.I. Branagan. The interment was in St. Johnís cemetery.

Francis G. McMahon was born at Aplington, Butler county, October 24, 1859. He grew to manhood in that locality. He was married to Miss Nellie Moran August 29, 1895. Two sons, Francis LeRoy and Charles Eugene Ė together with the wife and mother, survive. There are also one sister and seven brothers living. The sister, Mrs. W.B. Moran, lives at St. Paul. The brothers are J.S. , of Greene, Iowa; Thos. F., of Brusnwick, Nebraska; J.J., editor of the Democrat, of Toledo, Iowa; S.E., of the law firm of Sullivan & McMahon, of Algona; A.P., who is a district judge at El Dorado, Arkansas; and P.F. and E.C., of this city. All were present at the funeral except A.P. and Thos. F. Mr. and Mrs. McMahon came to Emmetsburg thirteen years ago and subsequently made their home her. Mr. McMahon was engaged in the furniture business in this city for several years and later served two years as deputy sheriff. Three or four years ago he engaged in the flour, feed, and coal business continuing in it until the time of his death.

Mr. McMahon was one of the judicious, conservative, high minded business men of our county. He was genial and ready and he enjoyed the good will of all who had dealings with him. He was frank and at times decidedly outspoken, but his candor seldom lost him friends, because the public usually recognized the sincerity of his motives. He was methodical, careful and painstaking, and he was prompt in the discharge of his various obligations. He was straightforward and reliable. He could at all times be depended upon to do as he agreed. He served for two years as deputy sheriff and he was also a member of the Emmetsburg city council for some time. As an officer he was fully as prudent, capable and devoted to duty as he was actunted by commendable motives as a business man. His home life was such as to win for him the admiration of the most observing. He had no habits that could do otherwise than add to the strength and values of his manhood. Unaffected kindness, thoughtful attention and a spirit of constant helpfulness characterized his career as a son, husband and father. He loved sweet, innocent, playful childhood and he would defend at the greatest sacrifice, if necessary, all that is elevating in purpose, deed and character in Christian womanhood. His faith in Godís infinite love and justice was humble, earnest and unwavering. He believed that the constant practice of well defined religious duties would make him a better man as well as a more worthy citizen. The profitable, upright, ennobling life he led proved the efficiency of his convictions and his conscientious consideration for the things that are spiritual.

The labors of our respected fellow townsman, whom we all knew so long, so intimately and so favorably, are ended. The happy home in which his kindness and his love were so long and so fondly treasured is sad without his cheering presence. The heart of our sincere, manly friend beats hopefully, dutifully no more. The voice that so often spoke the convictions of a divinely enlightened and strongly fortified conscience has been stilled. A little mound in the midst of those of many others whom he knew in life marks the resting place of him whose passing is so widely and so sincerely mourned, but all that he hoped for, planned for, and toiled for during his career among us will do much to influence for good the lives of many who know him and appreciated his worth as a business man and as a citizen. The sympathy of all is extended to Mrs. McMahon and children and the other sorrowing relatives. (Emmetsburg Democrat, Emmetsburg, IA, July 14, 1909)


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