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Joseph Gavin
7 November 1852–January 2 1921
Joseph Gavin, who passed his entire lifetime as a resident of Washington township, Jones county, died at the family residence in that township at 2:30 a m Sunday, January 2, 1921. He was the son of the late William and Catharine (Tully) Gavin, pioneer settlers of that county, and was born on the old Gavin homestead in Washington township on November 7, 1852. His early manhood was spent upon the old home farm, and later he developed his own domain and was a successful farmer. Mr. Gavin was married to Miss Mary O'Brien, daughter of the late Mr. And Mrs. John O'Brien, of Whitewater township at St Martin's church in Cascade on February 23, 1881.
Twelve children were born to them. , seven of whom with the mother survive him as follows: Mrs. Patrick Callahan of Cascade, Mrs. Michael (Dunn?) of Davenport, and Leo, Bernie, Basil(?), William and Ervin. The brothers and sisters that survive him are as follows: John Gavin of Ryan; Charles E and James Gavin, Mrs Barney Leonard, Mrs. Jerry Callahan, Mrs. Hugh Dixon, Mrs. William Dolp___ of Cascade; Mr. M. Crowley of Ryan and Miss Lucy Gavin of Dubuque.
Mr. Gavin was well-known and respected citizen, a firm Catholic and one who was the embodiment of honesty and uprightness.
The funeral took place at St Peter's church Tuesday morning, January 4th. Rev Hehir officiating. Pallbearers were M. B. McQuillen, J. Skahill, Patrick Hughes, W. J. Burke(?), Joseph Kenny, John Takes, Peter Takes and John Hardeman.

Submitted by: Joanne Wilken
Source: Cascade Pioneer, 6 January 1921

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