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Bedford Free Press
Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa
Page 7

OBITUARY - MICHAEL N. HART

Michael N. HART departed this life on the 18th day of May 1909. He was born in Bombay, Franklin County, New York, February 22, 1847. He was the oldest son of Richard and Mary [Theresa] (O’CONNELL) HART, who were both natives of the county of Cork, Ireland. In the year of 1868 he with his parents and other members of their family emigrated from the state of New York and settled in Lake County, Illinois, near the town of Lake Forest, but a year later moved to Louisa County, Iowa, remaining in that county one year.

In the spring of 1871 he with his father’s family settled in Grant Township, Taylor County, Iowa, on section 21, a few miles east of the present town of Conway and a few miles to the southwest of Clearfield. Here he remained engaged in the pursuits of farming until 1875 when he was married to Margaret E[llen] SHAY, a daughter of Luke and Julia (WHELAN) SHAY, pioneer residents of Ringgold County, and shortly after his marriage he with his bride took up their residence on section 18, Benton Township, Ringgold County, where they resided until 1888, when he engaged in the hardware and implement business in the then new town of Maloy; still however retaining his farm from which he had just moved and which he later exchanged for the farm immediately north and adjacent to the town of Maloy and known as the Bazil TURNER farm. Here he resided until his death. His death was very sudden and a shock to his relatives and friends. He was employed about his farm as usual on Monday, May 17, 1909 and was to all appearances in the best of health. Upon returning to the house, on the evening of that day, he was seized with a violent pain in the region of the bowels. Dr. KING was called but he grew no better and it was decided to remove him to St. Joseph’s Hospital, St. Joseph, Mo., in the hope that an operation might save his life. The sufferer was taken to St. Joseph on Tuesday morning, May 18, his wife, pastor and a large number of relatives and friends accompanying him. Upon reaching St. Joseph he was removed to the hospital where an operation was performed by Dr. PORTER, of St. Joseph but the operation was not successful and death relieved his sufferings at about 9:30 p. m., Tuesday, May 18, 1909.

He was industrious and prosperous, a kind and affectionate husband, a loving and indulgent father and his family is among the most highly respected in the community in which they live. He leaves surviving him, a devoted wife, three daughters and five sons, as follows: Julia M[ary] NOLAN, of Maloy, Iowa; Mary M[ercedes] SHIEL, of Enid, Okla.; Luke E[dward] and Richard C[leveland], of St. Louis, Mo.; Leona, Michael, O’Connell and Herbert [Malcolm], the latter four still being members of the parental home. All of the children were present at the funeral, which was one of the largest ever held in the county. Besides the immediate family he leaves to mourn him three sisters and one brother: Elizabeth [Ellen] JORDAN, of Mooreland, Okla., Mary E[llen] LAMBERT and Anna M[argaret] SHAY, of Maloy, Iowa and W[illiam] R[ichard] HART, of Iowa City, Iowa. Besides these a multitude of friends and no enemies, because his life was such that he made no enemies, performing his duties and transacting his business with his fellow men on a basis of honesty and manliness. Those who knew him best loved him most. When a duty was to be performed he knew no personal danger and no man can say that anything ever deterred him when he believed his duty called him. He was a man among the best of men. He despised hypocrisy and abhorred greed and avarice. The measure of value he used in estimating was Worth and worth to him, as he interpreted it, did not mean “how much money have you” but what are you worth as a man, as a citizen, as a neighbor. He did his duty, as he believed a citizen should. He reared his children in the faith of his father, teaching them their duty to their neighbor, their country, their God and he died with a full knowledge that his teachings had not been in vain. He died as he had lived, a fervent and faithful member of the Catholic church, comforted and solaced by its last rites and sacraments administered by a priest of that church, Rev. J. C. WHITE of Maloy, who was not only his pastor but his most dear and honored friend. He faced death without fear of punishment because he had lived a life of honesty, integrity, purity and charity and his soul was replete with happiness, entitled to receive the reward of a life well spent---an eternity with God. Requiescant in peace.

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