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John W. Fagan
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John W Fagan Died at Home of His Son Frank in Otter Creek Township
John W Fagan, well-known former resident of Jones county died at the home of his son, Frank Fagan, in Otter Creek township, Jackson county, Iowa, at 4 o'clock Monday morning, December 28th, 1925, in his 82d year. His death was due primarily to the infirmities of old age.
Mr. Fagan was born in county Meath, Ireland, April 20, 1844 and was a son of Thomas and Mary (O'Brien) Fagan. In the winter of 1847 when John was nearly three years old, his parents left Ireland and came to America. It required nine weeks to make the voyage in a sailing vessel. They landed in New York April 12, 1847. The father took his family to Jersey City, where he received employment as overseer in a starch factory and continued to live there until the fall of 1856 when they removed to Scotch Grove township, Jones county, Iowa and the family thereafter engaged in farming.
John W. Fagan grew to manhood and was engaged in farming which he varied with the manufacture of butter and cheese for which latter product he was widely known. He was married to Catherine Rogers and nine children were born to them, five of whom, Katherine, Mary, Joseph, John and David, with the wife and mother preceded him in death. The surviving children are Thomas L. and James H. Fagan of Brady, Mont.; Louis E. Fagan of Chicago; and Frank Fagan of Otter Creek township, Jackson county. One brother, P. J. Fagan, preceded him in death January 7, 1922. In 1918 Mr. Fagan took up his residence with his son, Frank, in Otter Creek, where he remained up to the time of his death.
Mr. Fagan was one of the most genial of men and counted his friends by the score. He was the soul of honor and a loyal friend. He was a devout member of the Catholic church, and his declining years and closing hours were fortified by an undying faith in religion.
The remains were brought to the home of J. E. Flanigan in Washington township Tuesday and the funeral took place at St Peter's church, Temple Hill at 9 o'clock Wednesday morning, Rev. J. Hehir Officiating.

Submitted by: Joanne Wilken
Source: Cascade Pioneer, 31 December 1925

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