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John O'Hara
August 15, 1861
Although not one of the native sons of Wyoming township, John O'Hara has spent almost his entire life in the township and has become closely identified with its interests, agricultural and otherwise. He was born in Philadelphia, August 15, 1861, and is a son of John and Margaret O'Hara. They came to Jones county in 1861, locating in Wyoming and in 1869 settled on the farm where their son is living today. It was their own home until their deaths, the father dying in 1873 and the mother in 1894, and the place on which their eight children were reared to maturity. These are Mary, who is the wife of P. F. Kelly, now living in Omaha, Nebraska; Charles, whose home is in New Mexico; John, the subject of this review; Margaret, who is the wife of Ed Mulverhill: T. S., who resides in Rock Island, Illinois; Ella, who lives in Omaha, Nebraska; Jennie, who is the wife of T. J. Flannigan and lives in Omaha, Nebraska; and James, deceased.
John O'Hara received his education in the schools of the county, while he worked on the farm in the summer months and at such other times as were not given to the prosecution of his lessons. When he attained his majority he bought the homestead, so that his residence on it has not been interrupted since his parents located thereon. He has continued the diversified agriculture in which his father was engaged and has given considerable attention to the raising and feeding of stock, which he ships in large numbers to the important markets. Through care and industry he has won a pronounced success and is now reĀ­garded as one of the substantial men of his locality.
In 1905, Mr. O'Hara was united in marriage to Miss Frances Riches. She was born in Wvoming, Iowa, where her mother is still living. One son, John C., has been born to Mr. and Mrs. O'Hara, on the 11th of November 1908. They are consistent members of the Catholic church, whose teachings find exemplification in their lives, and they are attentive in the discharge of their religious duties. Politically Mr. O'Hara is in sympathy with the principles of the democratic party and never fails to) vote for its candidates. He has taken part in the public affairs of the township, for he has served as assessor for six years and has acted as road supervisor. Conscientious in the execution of his duties he has won the respect of those who placed confidence in his ability, so, that besides being a successful man he is one whose good fortune has obtained for him the good will of his friends and neighbors.

Source: History of Jones County, Iowa, Past and Present, R. M. Corbitt, S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, 1910, p. 568.


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