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The Mount Ayr Record-News, 1931

DEATH CLAIMS WORTHY and RESPECTED CITIZEN

Announcement of the death of James O'CONNOR at his home in Maloy last Friday morning, January 2d, was received with sorrow by his relatives and a large circle of friends.

Mr. O'CONNOR was born in County Kerry, Ireland, March 10, 1845, and came to this country in 1861 at the age of sixteen. He spent the next few years in Cleveland, Chicago and St. Louis before locating in Chicago, where he resided until 1879, when he moved to a Ringgold county farm about half way between Blockton and Maloy, which he has purchased a few years previous. Upon coming to Ringgold county he engaged in farming and stock raising and became one of the largest and most successful farmers in the county. He was married in 1870 at Chicago to Mary GRIFFIN, who preceded him in death in 1919. To them were born six children - Dr. Thomas G. O'CONNOR of Imogine (sic), Iowa; Maurice G. O'CONNOR; Mrs. Luke E. HART of St. Louis, Mo.; J. E. O'CONNOR; Mrs. Monica SHAY and John T. O'CONNOR, all of whom survive except Dr. O'CONNOR, who died in 1923. In the summer of 1910 Mr. and Mrs. O'CONNOR retired to a new home which they had built at Maloy, where they resided until Mrs. O'CONNOR's death in 1919. Among other relatives surviving are several grandchildren and Miss Margaret GRIFFIN, a sister of Mrs. O'CONNOR.

Mr. O'CONNOR was a man of sturdy principles and strong conviction and he was highly esteemed by all who knew him. A devout Catholic, he was loyal to his faith and generous in his support of its institutions. He was charitable and sympathetic and for many years a large portion of his income was devoted to charitable purposes and there are many persons who were the recipients of his generosity.

The funeral servces were conducted from the church of the Immaculate Conception at Maloy on Monday, January 5th, with interment in the Catholic [Saint Mary] cemetery. The soleumn mass of requiem was celebrated by Reverend Patric O'CONNOR, of Rennsville, Minn., a nephew of the deceased, with Rev. Joseph O'CONNOR, of Medina, N.Y., also a nephew, as deacon and Reverend Maurice J. CULHANE, of Maloy, as sub-deacon. May his soul rest in peace.

NOTE: Mary (GRIFFIN), wife of James O'CONNOR, was born on May 16, 1848, and died February 2, 1919 with interment at Saint Mary Cemetery near Maloy, Ringgold County, Iowa.

Transcription and note by Sharon R. Becker, 2008

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