Long Family Notes

Julia Long

      OBITUARY: The Clinton Herald, Tuesday February 9, 1897.

The Tri Weekly Herald Thursday February 11, 1897 Mrs. Julia L. Casey died at her home in Vail, Iowa, on Saturday evening, aged 80 years, where she had resided since 1880.  The remains were brought here on Monday night and interred beside those of her husband at the Catholic cemetery.  The funeral was held at St. Joseph's church on Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock, Rev. Father Maher officiating.  She was an early settler of the county having immigrated to DeWitt with her husband, the late Francis Casey, and family from Boston in 1855.  She leaves on daughter, Mrs. Dan'l Manning, and three sons, M.J. and William of Vail, merchants, and Joseph of Minneapolis, to mourn her loss.  She was born in County Cork, Ireland.

Jane (Jain) Boyle      

      Obituary: Mrs. Jennie McCormick, for twenty-five years one of Manchester's highly respected residents, died Saturday morning, September 14, 1907, at four o'clock, at her home on Franklin street, as the culmination of a week's illness with inflammation of the bowels.  Mrs. McCormick was 63 years of age.  She was first taken ill on the Saturday previous to her death, but had been in poor health for several years.  Her death, which came after such a brief illness, was a severe blow to her family and friends.  The funeral was held Monday forenoon from St. Mary's Catholic church, with interment in the Catholic cememtery.  Requiem mass was read by Rev. John Collins and the sermon was by Rev. J.J. O'Meara of Williams, former pastor of St. Mary's.  He paid a deserved tribute to the life and character of Mrs. McCormick, who was a good and true woman in every sense of the word.  Her deep appreciation of the worthy and good in life, her motherly and ever cheerful disposition, her willingness to aid others in all ways possible - these qualities endeared her to the friends who were present in large numbers to testify alike to their regard and their sorrow.  To many of these this grief comes as a personal bereavement.  Mrs. McCormick was a true and faithful member of St. Mary's church, and she will be greatly missed from its devotions.

Mrs. McCormick was born in Boston, Massachusetts, August 9, 1844, and came to Manchester about twenty-five years ago.  She was united in marriage with Joseph McCormick July 7, 1869.  He died about seventeen years ago.  The surviving relatives are her three sons - Charles, William and Joseph, all of this city.  One brother, Cornelius Boyle of Davenport, also survives.  Another brother, Matthew Boyle, died at DeWitt in March last.

Those from out of town to attend the funeral of Mrs. McCormick were Cornelius Boyle of Davenport, Mrs. Matthew Boyle and Mrs. Wm. Hines of DeWitt, Mrs. and Mrs. L.C. Smith of Dyersville, Mrs. John Sullivan of Dubuque, R.W. Hohnston of Waterloo and Mrs. Ann Ward, Will Ward and Miss Margaret Ward of Ryan.

Matthew Boyle

      OBITUARY: The Clinton Herald Monday March 4, 1907; p. 1 News reached Clinton Sunday of a fatal accident in the Northwestern railroad yards in DeWitt, the victim of which was Matthew Boyle, an old resident of this county who was well known in this city, where he had many friends.  The Herald's DeWitt correspondent thus trites of the fatality: "The C.&N.W. yards at this place was the scene of another fatal accident yesterday morning at about 6:30 o'clock, the victim being an old resident of this city and an employe of the Northwestern road in the capacity of section man, Matt Boyle.  One of his duties was that of attending to a series of signal lights, in furtherance of which he was accustomed to using one of the railway velocipedes.  Yesterday morning he took the velocipded or "jigger" and started eastward.  He proceeded to the east end of the yeards when he discovered No. 3, which was late, bearing down upon him from the east, and as he was on the south track, he moved the velocipede over to the north or east bound track, not noting that second section of No. 6 a through passenger train was coming at the rate of 50 miles an hour.  It is said the engineer of No. 6 made an heroic effort to avoid the catastrophe, but in vain.  The mammoth engine strick the velocipede, utterly demolishing it.  The body of Boyle was thrown over on the south track and No. 8 was stopped just in time to prevent the body of the unfortunate man being ground to pieces beneath the whole of the second train.  The body was taken to the depot and later to the home just south of the track.  It was almost battered to a pulp, and it is doubtful if the poor man ever knew that he was struck."  Matthew Boyle was about 50 years of age, and was married.  He had been employed by the Northwestern for many years.  He was a member of the W.C.W.  It was decided to hold the induistion into the death of the late Matthew Boyle in this city, so witnesses were brought here this morning, and the unquest was conducted in the city hall.  The jurors impanelled by Coroner Kellogg were: W.P. Dennison, Ed Quigley and J.J. Connole.  The following verdict was returned by the jury shortly before noon: "We the jurors on oath do say that said Matthew Boyle came to his death at about 6:30 o'clock on the morning of March 3, 1907, as a result of a fracture of the skull, and other injuries sustained by being struck by the engine of the second section of train No. 6 of the Chicago & Northwestern Railway company, while attending to his work as a yard man of said company and while attending to the company's signal lights in the yards."  The verdict was signed by the jurors.

Cornelius Boyle      

      OBITUARY: The Daily Times; Davenport, Iowa; April 7, 1942

Clinton Herald; Tuesday April 7,1942 p. 8; Cornelius H. Boyle, DeWitt native and resident of this vicinity for many years, died about 10 p.m. Monday in his home in Davenport.  The body reposes in the Halligan Funeral home in Davenport.  Funeral services will be held Thursday morning in Sacred Heart cathedral, after which burial will be in St. Joseph's cemetery in DeWitt.  Mr. Boyle was born Aug. 5, 1963 in DeWitt.  He was married to Miss Mary Verstreet Jan. 14, 1882 in St. Joseph's church in DeWitt.  She preceded him in death about 18 years ago.  For about 35 years, he has been a resident of Davenport.  Surviving are eight children, Mrs. M.J. Kearney of DeWitt, Mrs. J.V. McManus, Miss Nell Boyle and Mrs. C.H. Miller, Davenport, William A. Boyle, Missoula, Mont., Mrs. C.J. St. Onge, E. Moline, Ill., Mrs. Maurice Burkhart, Peoria, Ill., and Joseph c. Boyle, Cedar Rapids, also 21 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his wife and by one daughter, Stella who died in infancy.

The Clinton Herald Friday April 10, 1942 p. 10 Last rites for Cornelius H. Boyle of Davenport, former resident of DeWitt and father of Mrs. M.J. Kearney of this city were held at 9 a.m. Thursday in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Davenport.  Requiem Mass was celebrated by the Rev. L.M. Boyle of Davenport, a nephew of the deceased.  Pallbearers included six grandsons, James McManus, Joseph Kearney and John Miller, Davenport, Charles St. Onge, East Moline, Ill., William Burkhart, Peoria, Ill., and Vincent Kearney, DeWitt.  Burial was in St. Joseph's cemetery DeWitt.

Mary Elizabeth Verstreet

      OBITUARY: The Clinton Herald; December 4, 1925

The Clinton Herald Monday December 7, 1925 Mrs. Cornelius Boyle died at her home in Davenport Saturday morning after an illness of several weeks.  The funeral was held this morning at the Cathedral in Davenport at 9 o'clock with burial in St. Joseph's Catholic cemetery in DeWitt.  The deceased was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. August Verstreet both deceased.  She was about 64 years of age and was married to C. Boyle in 1882 in DeWitt and for many years they made their home in this city, later moving to Davenport, where she had spent the past few years.  Mrs. Boyle leaves her husband, two sons, William of Wallace, Idaho and Joseph of Kansas City, and also five daughters, Mrs. M.J. Kearney of DeWitt, Mrs. James McManus of Davenport, Mrs. Maurice Burkhart of Peoria, Mrs. Charles St.Onge of Moline, Ill., and Miss Nellie at home, also three sisters, Mrs. Dan Carey, Miss Nellie and Miss Tessie Verstreet, all of near DeWitt.

The Clinton Advertiser Tuesday December 8, 1925 The funeral cortege of the late Mrs. C.H. boyle of Davenport arrived in DeWitt at 11 o'clock a.m. and the remains were taken to St. Joseph's cemetery for burial.  Rev. J.J. Nelson was in charge of the services, and the pallbearers were Frank Kearney, DeWitt, Terrence Reilley, A. Arnould, James Quinn, L. Sternburg and Thomas O'Brien, Davenport.  The husband, two sons and six daughters with their families were present, also Marie Boyle of Cedar Rapids, Joe McCormick, Cedar Rapids, William and Charles McCormick of Manchester, and a very large number of friends from Davenport, DeWitt and the surrounding country.  The floral tributes were both numerous and beautiful.  In addition to her family Mrs. Boyle is also survived by three sisters, Mrs. Daniel Carey and the Misses Nellie and Tessie Verstreet.

Elizabeth Donna Kelsey

Obituary from the Mancheser Press: Mrs. Donna McCormick, 90, passed away Tuesday morning, Feb. 23, at the Desert Samaritan hospital in Mesa, Ariz.

Funeral services for Mrs. McCormick will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27 at St. Mary's church in Manchester with the Rev. John Walsh celebrating the Mass of the Resurrection.  Burial will be made at St. Mary's cemetery here.  Friends may call at the Shelly funeral home after 1 p.m. Friday and the Parish Roasry will be held at 6:45 p.m. Friday.

Donna, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Kelsey, was born here in Manchester on Jan. 18, 1892.  Following her graduation from the Manchester schools, she attended the Iowa State Teachers college at Cedar Falls.  She received her teaching certificate from that institution and then returned to Manchester and taught in the Manchester schools for many years.

She was united in marriage with William John McCormick on Aug. 2, 1924 at St. Mary's church in Manchester and following their marriage they continued to live in Manchester until his death in 1961.

In 1961 she moved to Tempe, Ariz. and has been a resident there since that time.

She is survived by tow sons: William J. of Tempe, Ariz. and John F. of London, England and other relatives.

She was preceded in death by her husband, by her parents and by two brothers.