||Patrick Hayes, Pioneer Settler Dies
The death of Patrick Hayes occurred at his residence on North Williams street last Friday, April 11.
Patrick Hayes was born in Ireland, June 9 1845. He was a son of Patrick Hayes and Johanna Hayes. He came to Anamosa with his mother when he was five years old. They came to Anamosa in 1856. In 1871 he was married to Nancy Kairn at Chillecothe, Missouri. Previous to his marriage he had been engaged for three or four years in rail road construction work. After marriage they settled on a farm in Castle Grove and later moved to the farm in Cass township where the family lived until eight years ago when they moved to Anamosa. To Mr. and Mrs. Hayes were born nine children, six of whom and the mother survive and were present at his bedside when the end came. The living children are Mrs. Nellie McNamara, Stone City, Will of Parnell, Iowa, Ceil of Des Moines, John, Frank and Sue of Anamosa. Leo, the youngest, died four years ago, and two died in infancy. Mrs. John Doherty, the only sister of Mr. Hayes, also a pioneer here, died recently.
The immediate cause of the death of Mr. Hayes was heart failure, and the end came peacefully. The funeral was held at the Catholic Church in Anamosa of which faith the deceased had been a life long and consistent member, on Monday, April 14, Father Powers officiating at the Mass. The Reverend Father paid an eloquent tribute to the laudable character of the deceased, one of the most upright and esteemed of self-made men who laid the foundation of the great prosperity of this community. His character was estimated by the speaker to be a model for all, some of whom it was impossible to speak to (?) high praise, one who lived for others and offered his young life when civil war cursed the nation and who later gave from his abundance to maintain our free institutions from a cruel foreign foe.
It was stated that Mr. Hayes died as he lived, without an enemy, one who never provided enmity by controversy, but who made hosts of friends by his gentleness and the sympathy which he felt for all mankind.
Mrs. Clara Niles sang “Lead Kindly Light”, “Somewhere the Sun is Shining”, and “Nearer My God to Thee”. The pallbearers were Thomas McNamara, John Flaherty, Edward Foley, M. Gorman, John Morrissey and William Troy. Burial was at Holy Cross cemetery at Anamosa
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Source: Anamosa Journal, Anamosa, Iowa, 17 Apr 1919, page 1, col. 4