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James Bergan

James Bergan pays no divided loyalty to Clayton county, Iowa, though he claims Macoupin county, Illinois, as the place of his birth, which there occurred on the 27th of July, 1862. He has been a resident of Clayton county since he was a child of about four years and here he is now associated with his brother John in the ownership of one of the large and splendidly improved farms of Sperry township, where they stand forth as enterprising and influential exponents of agricultural and live-stock industry in this favored section of the Hawkeye state. The parents, Patrick and Elizabeth (Stulley) Bergan were born and reared in Ireland and came to the United States in 1848. They continued their residence in Illinois until 1866, when they came to Clayton county, Iowa, and settled on a farm in Highland township. There they passed the remainder of their lives, earnest, kindly and upright folk who won independence through their own endeavors and who commanded the high regard of the community in which they long lived and labored, both having been communicants of the Catholic church. Of the eight children six still survive the honored parents.

James Bergan was reared on the old homestead farm and gained his early education in the schools of Highland township. He remained at home until the death of his parents and he and his brother John then purchased the farm upon which they and their families now reside, the same comprising a fine estate of two hundred and forty-five acres, in section 16, Sperry township, and the brothers having improved the property with substantial and essentially modern buildings. They are associated also in the ownership of twenty acres of land within the corporate limits of the village of Volga.

James Bergan has been loyal and liberal in the support of measures and enterprises tending to advance the communal welfare, is a staunch Democrat in politics but has never been imbued with any ambition for public office. He and his wife are zealous communicants of the Catholic church, and prior to her marriage Mrs. Bergan has been a successful and popular teacher in the district schools of Clayton county. They have no children. In 1912 was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Bergan to Miss Katherine Minihan, who was born in Highland township, this county, in the year 1870, and whose parents, Patrick and Mary (Gaynor) Minihan, were well known and highly esteemed citizens of this county at the time of their death, both having been born in Ireland and having been children at the time of the immigration of the respective families to the United States. Mr. and Mrs. Minihan became the parents of seven children, all of whom are living except one.

source: History of Clayton County, Iowa; From The Earliest Historical Times Down to the Present; by Realto E. Price, Vol. II; pg. 42-43

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