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Farrell O'Rourke
Died February 12, 1916

Was at Least 98 When Death Came—
Probably Centenarian

After a life which began during the administration of Thomas Jefferson or James Madison, Farrell O'Rourke died Saturday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Anna McDonnell of the Bostwick Apartments, 421 West Third street.
Mr. O'Rourke was at least 98 years of age and probably more than that. His granddaughter said that his birth records had been lost, and that he did not know his exact age. Just how much more than 98 years of age he was, she was unable to say.
Four months ago, Mr. O'Rourke came to Duluth from Anamosa, Iowa, to visit his daughter and his son, James O'Rourke, who also lives in this city. He is believed to have been the oldest resident of the city at the time of his death.
The body will be taken to the O'Rourke family home at Anamosa and burial will take place in that city. Mr. and Mrs. O'Rourke, Mrs. McDonnell and James Wilsey of Superior, a grandson will accompany the body.
In addition to a number of grandsons, great-grandsons and granddaughters, Mr. O'Rourke leaves the one son and four daughters. The daughters are Mrs. Margaret McKenstry of Sioux City, Iowa; Mrs. E. J. Wilsey of Dubuque, Iowa; Mrs. John Wilsey of Pittsfield, Mass., and Mrs. McDonnell.
Mr. O'Rourke was superintendent of the state quaries of Iowa for thirty-nine years.

Submitted by: Patrick McDonnell
Source: Duluth Herald, Duluth, Minn., February 14, 1916


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