Well-known Citizen of Washington Township
|Mr. James Lang, an old and well known citizen of Washington township, Jones county, died at his residence near Supple's Ford, on Tuesday morning the 22nd inst. His death was not an unexpected event, for he had been an invalid for several years, and during the past few days it was apparent that the brittle thread of life was likely to be broken at any moment. Mr. Lang was a bright intelligent man well posted on all the leading events of the day and fearlessly expressed his convictions at all times. Two daughters survive him, Mrs. Wm. Kinney of Cascade, and Mrs. Hugh Lavery of Supple's Ford.
In the year 1877 we published the following brief biographical sketch of his life:
"Among the most opulent and well to do farmers in Washington township is Mr. James Lang, who was born in the parish of Dysart, county of Loud, Ireland. He emigrated to the United States in 1840, and lived in the city of New York for three years and from there came west to Iowa, and located in Dubuque, and was engaged in minning(?) until 1852. In the latter year he turned his attention to agricultural pursuits, and bought a farm in Richland township, Jones county, which he improved and afterwards sold to the late Patrick Dolan and then purchased the farm of Abraham Hosteter, on Farm Creek, near Temple Hill, and upon which he now resides. Mr. Lang has been very successful in his farming and stock raising operations, in fact has accumulated wealth, and is the possessor of one of the most productive estates in the Farm Creek Valley. In politics, Mr. Lang is an iron-clad democrat, and is ready at all times to discuss the relative merits of political parties. He took active part in several insurrections in Ireland, and for his prominence in affairs of this kind was compelled seek refuge in the United States. He was a compatriot and admirer of the late Thomas Francis Meagher, the Irish patriot and statesman, and still hopes to live long enough to see Ireland an independent nation."
The funeral took place on Wednesday morning at St. Peter's, Temple Hill, the Rev. E O'Farrell officiating. The remains were brought to Cascade for burial.
Submitted by: Joanne Wilken
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