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Patrick Chesire
November 1833–March 19, 1921
Patrick Chesire, for many years a respected resident of this locality, died last Saturday, at the home of his nephew, John T. Chesire, March 19th. He had reached the advanced age of more than 87 years, having been born near Dublin, Ireland, In November of 1833.
The life histories of Patrick Chesire and Matthew Chesire, who died in March of 1911, were closely interwoven during their active days. The strength of their attachments, the honorable way in which they held to their contracts, the industrious manner in which they toiled without discord and with full harmony of purpose, form a chapter which bears its lessons and reflects the strenth of their characters.
The two brothers came to America in 1850, and located in Rennselaer county, New York. Three years later, in 1853, they came west and located in Dubuque county. In 1859 they moved to Jackson county and located on a farm near Amber.
In the year 1860 the gold craze took grip on Matthew. He went to California and engaged in mining. A year after Patrick followed him to that locality. The two experienced the hardship and the excitements of those early boom days of the Pacific coast.
In 1867 the two brothers again turned towards Iowa, and returning to Jones county purchased the place east of Anamosa which remained the family home for nearly a full half century. Patrick Chesire never married. He made his home with the family of his brother. Between them there never was a word of discord, the scratch of a pen or a written contract of any character. They were men of integrity. They were successful in their farming operations, and accumulated property which enabled them in their last days to enjoy that independence which comes with assurance that want will never knock at one's door.
The Chesire brothers were not only honorable in their dealings with each other, but they were also honorable in their relation with their fellowmen. They were good neighbors and firm friends with those with whom they associated as friends.
Some years following the death of Matthew Chesire, Patrick came with his niece Miss Essie Chesire to make his home in Anamosa. They took up their residence on North Garnavillo street, where neighbors who had an opportunity of seeing Patrick daily, gained some idea of the modest, quiet manner of the man, and his claim to the good opinions of those who knew him. After a residence of some months in the city Patrick returned again to the country and to the neighborhood where he had so long lived. It was in that neighborhood that he passed away.
The funeral services were held Tuesday morning at St. Patrick's Church, by Rev. Father Powers. Interment was at Holy Cross cemetery.

Submitted by: Mary Kay Kuhfittig
Source: The Anamosa Eureka, 24 Mar 1921.

The sudden death of Patrick Chesire took place at the home of his nephew John T. Chesire in Jackson Township, Saturday, March 19, 1921, at the age of 88 years.
Mr. Chesire had been weakening from old age and while the end was not unexpected it came somewhat as a shock to the community where he has resided for more than half of a century.
The deceased was never married. For the greater portion of his life he made his home with the family of his brother Matthew, a pioneer farmer formerly residing east of Anamosa. After the death of Matthew in Feb 1911, he made his home with his niece, Miss Esther Chesire and nephew William P. Chesire, the latter being now deceased. For the past couple of years the home has been with his nephew John T. Chesire and family.
Patrick Chesire was born Nov. 11, 1833 in the county Meath, Ireland, twelve miles from Dublin. In 1850 he came to this country with his mother, two sisters and two brothers. The family settled in Rensselaer, New York, where they remained three years. In 1853 they moved to Dubuque county and settled close to the Trappist Monastery. In 1860 to be near his brother Matthew, the deceased went overland to California, spending several years in the mining regions of California and Nevada, both returning in 1867, and to work their farms near Anamosa.
In 1859 he and his brothers John and Matt purchased a large tract of land in Jackson Township, Jones Co.
The deceased carried on his farm and improved it until a few years ago when he sold it to one of the nephews. Mr. Chesire was a man of industry and frugality and was successful in accumulating a large fortune. Even in the wild west in pioneer days, among the roughest elements the frontier could furnish, he maintained his upright, clean christian character, which was his rule throughout his life. Mr. Chesire was a man of strong character, once your friend, always your friend.
The funeral took place on Tuesday forenoon at the Catholic church, Father R. Powers officiating at a Requiem High Mass. The choir was under the direction of Mrs. W. L. Harnett. The pastor delivered an eloquent tribute to one who had been his parishioner for the past 35 years, extolling the deceased as a model citizen and christian in every period of his long life. His original heritage of a sound constitution was deemed to have enabled Mr. Chesire, by right living to lengthen his industrious unselfish life to four score and ten years. In every respect he was held up as a model man and an edifying example to all.
The pall bearers were old friends of the deceased: T. L. Power, John Morrissey, M. H. Neville, Edward Foley, Michael Gorman, F. P. McNamara. Burial was in Holy Cross cemetery.

Submitted by: Mary Kay Kuhfittig
Source: The Anamosa Journal, 24 Mar 1921


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