Daniel O’Connell

Younger Brother of John Jr.

Daniel2 (John O’Connell I1) O’Connell, born 20 SEP 1852; married Mary Callahan; died6 AUG 1896 atIndependence, IA. Daniel and Mary lived on the original family farm atBankston, IA, which was owned by his father, John I.  John I lived with his son Daniel for several years.  Daniel was a township assessor.

Daniel and Mary separated due to alcoholism, financial difficulties, and domestic problems.  Mary and the children went to live with her brother Henry, and sister Margaret Callahan.  They all lived at the original Callahan farm, homesteaded by her father, John, in 1846.  Mary's brother and sister helped her raise the five children.

Nothing is known of how Daniel spent his years separated from Mary.  It is known that he died atIndependence,IA, in 1896.  Mary was bedridden with arthritis the final eighteen years of her life.  Daniel was buried with his wife Mary at St. Clement's Church atBankston,IA.  Two of their children, John and George are buried in the same lot.

DEATH NOTICE:  Dan O'Connell, a former resident of Bankston, died Tuesday atIndependence.  He is survived by his wife and five children.  The funeral was held Wednesday at Bankston.  Additional information regarding Daniel and his relationship to his family is found under the notes for his brother John, Jr.

Mrs. Mary O'Connell Passes At Bankston: Mrs. Mary O'Connell, 86, a pioneer resident ofDubuque County and mother of Mrs. R.J. (Ella) Sweeney,Dubuque, died Thursday afternoon at2:30 o'clock following a lingering illness at her home near Bankston. The body is at the family residence, from where the funeral will be held to St. Clement's Church in Bankston, Saturday morning at9 o'clock. Burial will be in the adjoining cemetery. Mrs. O'Connell was born at BankstonMay 5, 1853, daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Callahan.  Her parents came toDubuque County more than 100 years ago. She was a member of St. Clement's Church, Bankston. Surviving with her daughter, Mrs. R.J. Sweeney,Dubuque, are three sons, John and George O'Connell, at home, and Henry O'Connell, Bankston.  Four grandchildren and several nieces and nephews also survive.

Preceding her in death with her husband, Daniel O'Connell, was her daughter, Mrs. Thomas (Alice) Kinsley.  Mrs. O'Connell was the last surviving member of the Callahan family.

Daniel and Mary (Callahan) O’Connell were the parents of:

1.         John Bernard3, born24 JUN 1879; died22 SEP 1941.  John Bernard never married.  He helped work on the family farm and was a carpenter inDubuque andDubuque County.  He is buried with his parents at St. Clement's Church inBankston,IA.

2.         Ella J. 3, born 1880; married Robert Sweeney; died7 AUG 1947. Ella and Robert had three children, all of whom died in infancy Ella left Bankston when she was   eleven years old.  She attended schools inDubuque and graduated from high school and teachers college.  She was a teacher inDubuque and was a well known leader in Catholic organizations.  In her later years, she was employed as a caseworker for social services. Ella's husband, Robert, was a dentist inDubuque.  They lived inDubuque all their lives and are buried at Asbury, aDubuque suburb.

3.         Alice3, born15 JAN 1881; married Thomas Kingsley; died6 FEB 1920. Alice and Thomas lived on their farm atAsbury,IA.   She suffered a stroke early in life and died as a result of influenza, in the epidemic in 1920.  Thomas and Alice (O’Connell) Kingsley were the parents of:

            1.         Mary4, born 16 DEC 1907 atAsbury, IA; died6 SEP 1988.  Services for Mrs. Mary A. Reinold, 80, who lived with her granddaughter, Mrs. Paul (Sharon) Eiffes of Route 4,Lore Park, will be at10 a.m. Friday at Resurrection Church.  Burial will be inResurrection Cemetery, Asbury, IA.  Mrs. Reinhold married Joseph A."Bud" ReinoldJuly 22, 1926, in East Dubuque, IL. She was preceded in death by her husbandJune 12, 1977, and a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Joy) CasteelOct. 25, 1974. Surviving besides her granddaughter is a grandson, Donald Casteel of  Warren,MI.

                        Bud and Mary (Kingsley) Reinold were the parents of:

                        1.         Joy5, born 1927; married Don Casteel; died 1974. Don lived in Florida after his wife’s death.  Don and Joy (Reinold) Casteel were the parents of:

                                    1.         Sherry6 who married Paul Eiffes ofDubuque.  The couple had no children.

                                    2.         Donald6 who resided inWarren,MI.  He did not have children.

4.         Henry V. 3, born5 JAN 1882; married Genevieve Kennedy; died23 MAY 1967.  Henry grew up on the original Callahan farm which belonged to his maternal grandparents.  He and his brother, George, bought and operated several adjoining farms.  They accumulated 640 acres and operated as "O'Connell Bros."  Their mother, Mary, and George lived at the home farm.  Henry and Genevieve and their children lived on one of the other farms.

Miss Kennedy An Early October Bride: Bankston, Iowa, October 1 -- a very   pretty wedding ceremony took place in St. Clement's Church this morning, when Miss Genevieve Kennedy became the wife of Mr. Harry O'Connell.  Rev. Father Banfield officiated at the solemn event and read the nuptial mass.  The couple was unattended.  The bride was very becomingly attired in a Taupe colored velvet suit with hat and shoes to match, and wore a corsage bouquet of bride's roses. A wedding breakfast, following the ceremony at the church was served at the home of the bride's mother, Mrs. Catherine Kennedy to only near relatives and friends.  During the day the bridal couple department on a wedding trip east.

The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Catherine Kennedy of this place and a lady of a gracious and pleasing disposition.  She is well fitted for her duties in her new state of life.  The groom is also one of Bankston's promising young men, a son of Mrs. Mary O'Connell, a young man of ambitious habits, who is bound to make a success in life.  After their return from their honeymoon trip, Mr. and Mrs. O'Connell will reside on the groom's farm near Dubuque.  They enter the new   state of life with all the best wises and good luck this world has to offer.

            Henry (Harry) and Genevieve (Kennedy) O’Connell were the parents of:

1.                  Rosemary Alice4, born 5 DEC 1920; married1 OCT 1949 Bernard J. Burds. Rosemary graduated from St. Clement's High School atBankston,IA.  She attendedClarke College inDubuque and taught school inDubuque County for nine years.  In 1964, she took a position as a postal clerk in Peosta andDubuque.  She retired in 1984.  Bernard worked with his father on the Burds family farm after he graduated from high school.  In 1942, he served during World War II and was discharged in 1946.  They currently live on and rent out the Burds farm inPeosta, Iowa.  Both remain active in community, civic, and church activities.  Bernard and Rosemary (O’Connell) Burds were the parents of:

1.                  Mary Elizabeth5 (Beth), born4 AUG 1950; married Richard Hoefer.  Beth is a registered nurse.  She graduated from St. Anthony'sSchool ofNursing inRock Island,IL.  She is employed atFinley Hospital inDubuque.  Her husband, Richard Hoefer is a foreman at F.D.L., a meat packing plant inDubuque.  They also own and rent out the Hoefer family farm.  The family resides atFarley,IA.  Richard and Beth (Burds) Hoefer were the parents of:

            1.         Matthew6, born 20 APR 1974.

            2.         Megan6, born9 OCT 1976.

            3.         Rachel6, 18 JUN 1981.

            4.         Gretchen6, born27 AUG 1984.

2.                  Ann Michele5, born23 JUL 1951.  Ann is not married. She graduated fromMarycrest College inDavenport,IA.  She has a BA in social work.  She worked as a VISTA Volunteer inMontana and then went toWest Virginia University to obtain a Master of Social Work degree.  She currently lives inSeattle, WA and works as a child welfare consultant with the Institute for Human Services Management.

2.                  Mildred4, born9 FEB 1923. Mildred never married.  She died of a lingering illness4 JUL 1950 at the age of 27.

3.                  Henry J.4, born7 AUG 1926; married21 MAY 1949 Lois Keleher.  Henry (Hank) and his wife live on his great grandfather’s farm (John Callahan).  They have owned the farm since 1963.  It is located inCenter Township,Dubuque County,IA.  Lois worked as a long distance telephone operator for Northwestern Bell inDubuque prior to their marriage.  They are active member in St. Clement's parish in Bankston and participate in many community activities.  Hank and Lois (Keleher) O’Connell were the parents of:

1.                  Sherry Ann5, born17 FEB 1950. Sherry is a registered nurse.  She received her training at St. Anthony'sSchool ofNursing atRock Island,IL.  She is presently employed atMercy Hospital inDubuque and is working on her B.S. in Nursing.  She is married to Greg McGinn.  He is a businessman and is employed at Dan Bosworth, Inc., inDubuque.  The family lives inDubuque. Greg and Sherry (O’Connell) McGinn are the parents of:

            1.         Shannon6, born7 OCT 1976.

            2.         Michael6, born6 JAN 1981.

2.                  Mary Kim5, born19 JUN 1952. Mary Kim is a registered nurse.  She graduated from St. Anthony'sSchool of Nursing atRock Island,IL.  She is currently employed at El Camino Hospital inMountain View,CA.  She is married to Paul Forsberg, who is an associate with Forsberg Graphics.  The family lives inMountain View, CA. Paul and Mary Kim (O’Connell) Forsberg are the parents of: 

            1.         Eric6, born 15 APR 1981.

            2.         Brian6, born13 JUL 1986.

3.                  Daniel J.5, born 30 APR 1954. Daniel is employed at Northwestern Bell Telephone Co.  He is married to Ellen Ludwig, who is a social worker graduating fromLoras College inDubuque.  Their home is at Bankston, near his father's farm.

4.                  John H.5, born16 SEP 1957. John and his wife, Peri Fern, farm with his father on the original family farm.  They have a beef and hog program with diversified crops.  The family lives at Bankston.

            John and Peri Fern O’Connell are the parents of:

            1.         Emily6, born1 NOV 1980.

            2.         Christopher6, born29 SEP 1982.

            3.         Timothy6, born11 MAY 1985.

5.                  Kathleen Mary5, born11 JAN 1961; died5 MAY 1961.

5.         George3, born9 SEP 1883; died22 JUL 1963. George never married.  He lived with his mother, Mary, until her death.  He and his brother, Henry were very  successful farmers inBankston,IA.  George, Henry and Henry’s wife, Genevieve lived together at the original family farm from 1949 to 1963 when George passed away.

John O’Connell Jr.

Our Line

John Jr.2 (John O’Connell I1) O’Connell, born JAN 1846 atDubuque,IA; married Catherine Collins at the Dubuque Catholic Church on 25 DEC 1867.  He was 22 and she was 20.  The Rev. Thomas H. O'Reilly performed the ceremony.

In the1880 census, John and Catherine have four children -- William Henry, 11; Joseph, 9; Margareth, 7; and Ellen, five.  Frank and seven other children arrive later.

John I and John Jr. owned two farms, one of 22 acres inNew Wine Township inDubuque County, and the other of 240 acres inIowa Township of the same county.  John Sr. managed both farms and owned a large amount of stock and farming implements.

John I (Sr.), at the time of his younger son's marriage, told John Jr. and Daniel that he planned to give each son a farm -- but that he planned to live on the old place.  John Jr., being the eldest, had first choice.  He picked the newer farm inNew Wine Township.  Daniel received the older homestead inIowa Township with the understanding that his father would live with him until he died.

Daniel, according to court papers filed later, was an intemperate drinker. In fact, he was so intemperate that his father finally left and moved in with his older son.  Not long after, Daniel's wife and three children also left.

The father apparently decided not to deed over the old homestead to his younger son after all.  The only way to get rid of the souse was to sell the property out from under him -- which the father did.

The plan, according to Mary O'Connell, the estranged wife, was for the property to be sold and the proceeds given to her for the well-being of Grandfather O'Connell's three grandchildren.

The property brought $7,600.  Three thousand was used to pay off the mortgage; $700 was used to pay off Daniel's debts; and the remainder somehow fell into the hands of Daniel's brother John at the time of their father's death 14 DEC 1883.

John Jr. planned to keep the proceeds.  A court case ensued which went all the way to the Iowa State Supreme Court, being heard in October 1887 in Des Moines.

John Jr.'s recollections were somewhat different than described above.

At the time of Daniel's impending marriage in 1872, John Jr. remembers that his father had wanted John to remain on the old farm because 1.) it was a better farm; 2.) young John's family had lived there for the past ten years; and 3.) Old John thought he could get along better with young John than with Daniel.

Daniel, however, also wanted the old place and promised to take care of his father.  The old man finally gave his older son $150 to build a house on the newer property and allowed his younger son to move in with him -- with some trepidation.

When John Jr. asked for a deed to the new place in 1877, his father refused.  On 16 DEC 1876, he did give his older son a deed to the new "prairie farm."  Old John allegedly said that, since the younger John and his wife Catherine had worked on the old homestead for ten years without pay, that young John would eventually be given both farms.  The

Old man was convinced that Daniel couldn't or wouldn't cut the mustard.

The sons divided up the cattle and horses and attempted to Part Company. John Jr. also received a little more than 32 acres of timber at the time of receiving the deed to the new farm.

Old John did, at one time, offer to give Daniel a deed to the "homestead" farm in exchange for $1,500.  The money was to provide for the old man during his old age and to give John Mr.’s little boys something for "waiting on their grandpa."  John Jr. took the father and brother to Dyersville to make the transaction, but apparently Daniel was unable to get the money.

"We were to go back," John Jr. reports, “but before we went, Daniel and his wife parted."  The old man moved back and forth between his two sons, apparently carrying tales wherever he went.

The father allegedly told his older son that "Dan's wife would never get a dollar of his hard earned money if he could help it, but to the children he would leave $500 or $600 in the hands of Mr. Barry to clothe them."

At the time the old place was sold, John Jr. recalls pay8ing off the following debts:

    $3,000 to Peter Kiene for mortgage

      1,000 to Mr. Collins for another note

           30 to another man

           70 to someone else

         125 to Dan

           60 for John to "go toSioux City and get Dan out of jail and bring him home" and

         180 to pay Dan's board bill.

Apparently some other money was used to pay taxes and insurance on the home place.  "He gave money to Father Welsh and others, I don't know how much,” John Jr. says.

Daniel testified on behalf of his estranged wife, who was suing his half-brother.  After substantial testimony from several members of the family, and an appeal to the Supreme Court, on 12 APR 1886, Mary O'Connell was finally awarded $1,358.83.

No doubt tired, disgusted, and in bad sorts with his relatives, two years later John O'Connell sold his "fine farm south of Bankston Church" to Mr. John Conrad and moved with his family to Vermillion, South Dakota.  In about 1902, John moved his family again, this time toKalispell, Montana.

John died at Kalispell on22 JUL 1903, of heart disease, at the age of 58. His body was returned to St. Clement's Cemetery, near Bankston,Dubuque County, for burial.

The families of the two brothers lost contact with one another for just short of 100 years, until Henry O’Connell and his sister Rosemary O'Connell Burd wrote Chuck and Dianne O'Connell in 1984.

John O'Connell Jr. spent a dozen years inSouth Dakota.  It was here that his children matured and married.

Eventually in 1903, John, Catherine, and sons Charles Louis, 17; Frank (Thomas Francis), 21; Joseph, 32; and married son William Henry, 33, and family pulled up stakes in South Dakota and moved on to Montana.  Once there, they began ranching with characteristic fervor, making a success of the venture.

John Jr. and Catherine (Collins) O'Connell had twelve children.  Kate was survived by only four of her sons.  She died eight years after the family's arrival inMontana, 25 DEC 1910.

Kate's daughter Margaret Maxwell had died by the time the mother's will was probated.  Kate left her widowed son-in-law Riley of Vermillion $500 to help raise the children:  Ella Mae, Madeline Catherine, John Francis, Fred Everett, Sarah Marie, and Dora Lucille.

Son Thomas Francis was executor of Kate's estate.  William H. O'Connell received $1,000 from his mother; Joseph O'Connell received one dollar; Margaret's children divided up the $500.

Thomas and younger brother C. Louis were to "share and share alike" in the property, which included the family ranch -- 255 acres in the Niarada area, south ofKalispell, Montana.

Catherine's body was also returned to St. Clement's Cemetery,Bankston,IA, for burial.

John and Catherine (Collins) O’Connell were the parents of:

1.         William Henry3, born22 FEB 1869.  (More of whom below)

2.         Joseph3, born3 JUN 1870; married8 FEB 1921 Winifred Manning; died4 MAR 1938.  Winifred died8 NOV 1952. The couple had no children.  Joseph came to Flathead Co., MT, in 1902 with his parents and lived on his ranch in the Lower Valley at the time of his death. Joseph received one dollar in his mother Kate's will in 1910.

3.         Margaret Colleen3, born10 OCT 1871 at Dyersville, Dubuque County,IA. (More of whom below).

4.         Ellen Ella3, born17 JUL 1873; married31 AUG 1903 C.J. Fox.  Their daughter was born19 SEP 1904.  Ellen Ella died less than a month later on11 OCT 1904.  The baby lived only a short time and followed her mother on1 JAN 1905.

            a.         Jenney Marie4, born19 SEP 1904; died1 JAN 1905.

5.         Mary A.3, born22 FEB 1875. Mary died sometime prior to father's obituary written in 1903.

6.         Cornelius3, born25 SEP 1876. Cornelius also died sometime before his father's 1903 obituary.

7.         John J.3, born 1877; died prior to father’s obituary in 1903.

8.         Thomas Francis3, born20 JAN 1881; died 16 APR 1917. Frank was executor of  mother Kate's estate. He and younger brother Charles were to "share and share alike" in the property, which included the family ranch, 255 acres in the Niarada      area, south of Kalispell, MT. Frank (Thomas Francis) died five and one half years after the will was probated.  He had never married.

9.         K.S.3, born 1883, died prior to 1903.

10.       Charles Louis3, born20 JUL 1885; married30 MAY 1914 Helen Tetrault Waigel; died19 SEP 1945.  Helen died3 NOV 1968. Her first husband was Joseph Waigel.  She was the former Miss Tetrault of Kalispell.  The couple had no children of their own, but Mrs. Waigel's four children took the O'Connell name:   Francis, Charles, and Roderick O'Connell, and Margaret O'Connell.  Francis and wife Lois were still living on the property in 1981.  C. Louis -- by now referred to as "a prominent Niarada rancher" -- died in 1945.  He had fallen down a flight of cellar stairs after opening the wrong door while visiting a friend in Browning. Louis, like most of the Montana-branch of the family, was buried at theC.E. Conrad Memorial Cemetery, after services at the Kalispell St. Matthew's Catholic Church.

11.       John3. An undated record of the death and burial of twins is found back at the St. Clement's Cemetery,Bankston, IA.  John and Catherine, son and daughter of  John and Catherine O'Connell.

12.       Catherine3 (see above).

Margaret Colleen O’Connell

Wife of Roger Riley Maxwell

Sister of William Henry “Billy” O’Connell

Margaret Colleen3 (John Jr. 2, John I1) O’Connell married15 JUN 1896 Roger Riley Maxwell atSioux Falls,SD; died17 JUN 1910 at Vermillion, SD.  Riley was born13 NOV 1868 atRoss Township, Taylor County, IA; died MAY 1930 atSioux City,IA. He was the son of Joseph W. and Sarah (Dutton) Maxwell. A resident of Clay County, South Dakota, almost continuously for 54 years, his cause of death was given as bulbar paralysis.  He   was born at Bedford, Taylor County, Iowa.  He came toSouth Dakota with his parents when he was eleven years of age, and had lived here since that time, except for three years, 1904 to 1907, when he lived inMontana.  He was a farmer and became an auctioneer late in life.  He was a widower with six children in 1910 and married Emma Hall in 1912. "My dad (John Francis) always said that she burned the cookies and gave those to the children to eat," (Colleen O'Connell.)

Margaret Maxwell died of Addison's disease after having been sick for about six months, according to her granddaughter Colleen O'Connell.  Margaret came toClay County with her parents and with the exception of three years spent inMontana, South Dakota has always been her home.  She received her education  "at the University," according to her obituary. Her mother died Christmas Day, 1910.

We received this e-mail,12 SEP 2002:

Margaret and Riley Maxwell 1868 had 7 children in all. Ella Mea, Madeline Catherine, John Francis, Fred, Joseph, (died young), Noreen, and Dora. Francis 1902 (Frank) married Inez Irene Sheldon 1910. They had two children John Kent (d) and Colleen 1940, My Mom. She married Michael Patrick Donohue (adopted to Hoyt) and they had four kids Shawn 1964, Kevin 1965, Brian 1970, Rebecca 1972 (me). They divorced in 1981. I don't know much about the book but my mom does and she will be in touch with you soon (tomorrow) and I agree that it's late so... I will tell her that your family is close, she actually lives in Issaquah, Shawn and I live inEverett. Mom and I were at the archives by UW on Wednesday so that I could start to learn how to search. I got onto roots web and just because Mom didn't know much about Catherine Collins I put in for John and your email was on the page. The reason that there was so little know about them was that Margaret O'Connell (b1871, d 1910) died when the girls were still so young. They almost broke up the kids to other families. I know that my grandparents went toMontana in the 1930's to visit some of the family that was still there. Was William Henry the park ranger inMontana? And that is how that branch went that way?

This is so exciting and rewarding to find more relatives, we can also tell a few of the oldest generation that is left that we have found you too there are ones in South Dakota still and one out on the peninsula too. I'll close for now, have a great day! 

Becky :) Murdoch

And this e-mail,13 SEP 2002, from Becky's mother:

My grandmother, Margaret, died young so Dad didn't know much about the O'Connells, other than some uncles inMontana.  In fact he and Mom and Dora went to visit them in the late '20's or early '30's, I have some pictures from their trip.  I knew William had been a park ranger atGlacier National Park.

In 1994 I went to Glacier and stopped in Kalispell--found the graves there--have a copy of the cemetery card for William and Margaret--saw my name in granite!

Wondered if Catherine had gone toMontana but couldn't find her or John. One of the prayer books has a note in it from Ella Mae saying it was given to her in 1905 when John died--but it didn't say where.  So this is why it is so exciting to me to have this information--I've waited a long time and looked in many corners.

The one book was printed in 1899 and very worn--his name is written in it with very nice handwriting and then 'Holy Names' in pencil--if he died in 1905 he sure must have prayed a lot to have this book look so worn--or else someone else used it after he died.  The other one says "Belonged to Grandpa O'Connell-Margaret Maxwell (Colleen's grandmother) was given this at time of grandpa's death about 1905.  To Colleen from Aunt Mae Stephens"

I'm curious as to whether the 'Catholic connection' has remained alive in your family.  It has in ours--I work in a Catholic church as Adult Faith Formation director--however my children have all seen it as unnecessary.

It is also interesting to me to know that my grandfather Maxwell is also buried in Kalispell--I wonder how much connection these two families actually had.  I'd love to know any stories about these newly discovered people—also how your husband got toAlaska--was it theGlacier Park connection?  Let me know what you'd like to have/know about us.  There are 2 cousins in So. Dak. children of Ella Mae and 1 in Sequim, son of Dora--we are all that's left in our generation.  I look forward to hearing more from you--you can send my email to this address or my home, which is  L8YBUG@msn.com   Thanks for putting all this on-line--I had given up on doing much digging after going to SD in 2000 as felt 'stuck' so this has opened the gates again--thanks!

Margaret Colleen O’Connell and Roger Riley Maxwell were the parents of:

1.         Ella Mae4, born2 JUN 1897 near Vermillion, SD; married3 JUN 1925 Earl Stevens; died9 MAY 1985.  According to Colleen O'Connell, "Mae taught school in the state ofSouth Dakota for fifty years.  She came to visit her brother inWashington about 1960 and would not believe thatMt. Rainer was really as tall as it was.  She thought it was just a cloud because nothing could be that high."

            Ella Mae and Earl Stevens were the parents of:

            a.         Bonnie5, born12 JUN 1926,

            b.         Robert5, born27 FEB 1928.

2.         Madeline Catherine4, born18 JAN 1899 at Vermillion, SD, married17 JUN 1921 George Chausee.  Madeline lived in the Vermillion, S.D. area all her life.  She had died by 1995, when we received first letter from former neighbor F.L. "Dutch" Blair,Madison, SD.  When her first husband George Chaussee died,    Madeline married a Mr. Peterson.

            Madeline and George Chausee were the parents of:

            a.         Francis5, born26 NOV 1920.

3.         Joseph Ernest4, born28 JUL 1900; died in 1903 at Vermillion, SD.

4.         John Francis4,6 JAN 1902 At Vermillion; married11 JUN 1929 Inez Irene Sheldon; and died3 JUL 1971 atYakima,WA.  Inez was born11 OCT 1910 at Alcestor, Haakon County,SD; and died31 JAN 2001 atBellevue,WA.   Frank Maxwell moved to the Philip, SD, area, according to informant, F.L. Blair.

Frank's daughter Colleen writes, "Frank's sisters all went to college but he was pulled out of school after the eighth grade because his dad needed him to help on the farm.  He loved to tell stories about the harvest, especially husking corn until his hands were bleeding and he had to wrap them with rags.  He lived in Phillip with his wife and children until 1944.  They then moved toWashington State.  He could not stand all the rain on the coast and moved toYakima in 1946.  He lived there the rest of his life.  He was an auto mechanic by trade, owning his own garage until he retired.  He died young from arteriolosclerosis."

Frank and Inez Maxwell were the parents of:

            a.         John Kent5, born13 SEP 1936; married JUL 1956 Victoria Kosel, born 1939.  John died in MAY 1986 inCalifornia.  John and Victoria Maxwell were the parents of:

                        1.         Michael Kent6, born FEB 1964;

                        2.         Cecilia Ann6, born SEP 1965;

                        3.         John Kent6, born MAR 1971.

            b.         Colleen Margaret Maxwell O’Connell5. You asked how it is that I am using the O'Connell name--when we divorced I was going to school and he just kept doing one thing after another until I finally decided his name was not going to be on my diploma--and since Dad had named me after his mother I decided to take her maiden name—caused quite a stir in the family!  But with wanting to claim my Irish heritage from an early age it                           felt right and I love it-- Colleen

7 OCT 2002

(In an answer to a thank you note for e-mailing photographs of John and Catherine (Collins) O'Connell, Riley and Margaret (O'Connell) Maxwell, Margaret and Ellen O'Connell, Louie and Helen (Waigel) O'Connell, Norine O'Connell, and Dora O'Connell Frick.)

My aunts were the ones who gave me these photos.   Dora had the picture of her mother -Margaret & Ellen- hanging in her bedroom and then gave it to me.  Mae had the pictures of the grandparents.  Norine had the single picture of her mother.  I'm so glad they gave me these years ago and I just tucked them away.  Sometimes I feel like I am the 'keeper' of the stories and am glad my daughter is showing interest in them.  It is good to know that someone will care for them when I'm gone!  Colleen

Colleen married 30 DEC 1961 Michael Patrick (Donohue) Hoyt, born15 JAN 1940 atDayton, WA.  Michael was originally a "Donohue", but was “adopted to Hoyt".  He and Colleen were divorced in 1981. Michael and Colleen were the parents of:

                        1.         Michael Patrick6, born JAN 1963; died JAN 1963 atYakima, WA;

                        2.         Shawn Donohue6, born 30 SEP 1964; married MAY 1997 Kiernen Colleen Long, born17 NOV 1965 atRevelstoke,British Columbia, Canada. Shawn and Kiernen are the parents of:

                                    1.         McKenzie Shawn7, born2 OCT 1997,

                                    2.         Morgan KC7, born3 JUL 2000.

                        3.         Kevin Patrick6, born 24 DEC 1965 atYakima; married24 FEB 1990 Vicki Ann Richardson, born10 OCT 1966 atYakima. Kevin and Vicki are the parents of:

                                    1.         Katy Anne7, born15 OCT 1990;

                                    2.         Megan Marie7, born2 SEP 1994.

                        4.         Brian Timothy6, born23 FEB 1970 atYakima; married Trudy Wright, born JUN 1974 atYakima.  Brian and Trudi are the parents of:

                                    1.         Shanna Marie7, born5 MAR 1990;

                                    2.         Chelsie Lee Ann (Dee) 7, born26 JAN 1996;

                                    3.         Michael Charles7, born4 JAN 2000.

                        5.         Rebecca6, born17 NOV 1972 atYakima; married12 AUG 2001  Stephen Vincent Murdoch, born2 SEP 1968 inCalifornia.

5.         Frederick Everitt4,4 NOV 1903; died about 1965.  Fred went to high school with informant F.L. Blair.  Blair believes Fred re-located to the Wessington area.   Colleen writes, "Fred lived with or near his sister Mae all of his life.  The family was always sure that his basic needs were met."

6.         Norine4, born8 JAN 1907 possibly inMontana; married in 1928 A.J. Benesh; died13 OCT 1963 atSeattle,WA.  Informant F.L. Blair knew "Sarah Marie" as "Norine" Maxwell.  He went to high school with her.  Does not know to where she re-located.  It would seem that "Sarah Marie" and "Norine" are the same     person, because Blair had all the other siblings' names correct and they only lived "a smidgeon over a half mile from our farm," he said. Colleen writes, "Norine was as Registered Nurse.  Her husband, Benesh, was a doctor and he served in World War II.  They lived inWyoming in the 1930s.  They moved toSeattle,WA, in 1952.  They never had children but she was wonderful to all of her nieces and nephews.  She died of ALS."

7.         Dora Lucille4, born18 FEB 1908; married in 1930 Douglas Frick; died14 FEB 1998 atSequim,WA.  Dora Maxwell was back to Vermillion three years ago for a high school reunion (letter written in 1995), according to informant F.L. Blair.  He didn't know where she lived. Colleen writes, "Dora was a teacher for many years.  They lived inSequim, WA, from 1947 on.  Bud was a pharmacist and they owned the Rexall store, which they passed on to their son, who is also a pharmacist.  Dora was the Grand Marshall of their annual parade the year she retired, having taught almost every child in the area at one time or another.  She was able to go toIreland and loved the Ring of Kerry, knowing that her people had come from there.  She used to get in her motor home and go toSouth Dakota almost every year."  Dora and Douglas Frick were the parents of:

            1.         Cyril5, born JAN 1939; married Ella. Cyril and Ella Frick were the parents of:

                        1.         Doug6,

                        2.         Sonia6,

                        3.         Craig6.

 

 

William Henry “Billy” O’Connell

Sheriff of Flathead County, MT

William Henry “Billy”3 (John Jr. 2, John I1) O’Connell, was born21 FEB 1869 and baptized22 FEB 1869 atBankston, Iowa.  The records show his parents as John O'Connell and Catherine Collins.  Sponsors were John and Mrs. Hannora Connell (sic), according to a letter from the then current pastor of the church dated21 April 1937.  It would seem that John and Hannora would be close relatives of the family, but we do not know the exact relationship.

William Henry (Billy) received his first communion on28 MAR 1880, and was ceremoniously confirmed into the Catholic Church like his ancestors on29 JUN 1883, all inDubuque.

At age 26, he married Miss Margaret J. O'Connor 9 JAN 1895 at the Catholic Church atGarryowen, South Dakota.

He and Margaret (Maggie) re-located toKalispell,MT, in 1903 with the elder John and Catherine O'Connell and their children.  Billy and Maggie had four children before illness overcame Maggie, causing her to live out her life as an invalid, in and out of hospitals.  Maggie died from pulmonary tuberculosis.

William Henry (Billy) O'Connell, our ancestor, was John and Catherine's eldest son.

Billy was both politician and farmer.  Billy served as sheriff ofFlathead County from 1906 to 1910.  Later he was to serve two terms as the area's representative to the Montana State Legislature.  He was employed as a special agent for the Great Northern Railroad for more than 20 years, and also was a deputy game warden in the Flathead district for some time before his retirement.

The family has retained several clippings relating incidents in Sheriff O'Connell's career.  One is an invitation to the hanging of Fred Lebeau, signed by Sheriff W.H. O'Connell.  Lebeau was convicted of killing Riley R. Yoakum at Yoakum's cabin.

Lebeau had fired at Riley's son and the father attacked the intruder with a hoe.  Lebeau shot and killed both the father and the son.  The hanging was at7 a.m., 2 APR 1909 in the mail yard of theCounty Jail,Kalispell, MT.

Another clipping tells of the trials and tribulations Sheriff O'Connell had in keeping McDonald and Frankausen, the train robbers, in jail.  The setting was January, 1908.  First the robbers attacked a fellow inmate until "his face presented the appearance of raw beefsteak."  They had hoped to bolt jail when the sheriff came in to break up the riot; but O'Connell outsmarted them by first locking the cell behind him.

Later the robbers tried to cut the bars and escape in that fashion; but the sheriff foiled them again.

Billy was 77 years old at the time of his death6 JUN 1946.  He had been living with his son John's family inColumbia Falls,MT, but was visiting his others sons inButte at the time of his death.

Billy O'Connell's political and professional life must have been his solace as illness took its toll on his family life.  Wife Maggie contracted pulmonary tuberculosis in 1911, about a year after the birth of her youngest son, John Willard.  Little John was raised primarily by his older sister Catherine, his mother being hospitalized frequently. Maggie died 1

MAY 1921, at the age of 49.  Both she and her husband are buried atConrad Cemetery in Kalispell. There is a memorial in her name -- a stained glass widow -- at the St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Kalispell.

A biographical sketch of William and Margaret, published in a History of Montana, follows:  (Some errors in early detail are evident, but the flavor is overflowing):

W. H. O'Connell.  One of the big-hearted and typical westerners who has endeared himself to everyone that knows him is William H. O'Connell of Kalispell, whose activities in ranching have placed him among the prosperous men of his section, just as his many acts of kindness entitle him to place among the desirable citizens ofMontana.  He was born atDubuque,Iowa, a son of John and Catherine O'Connell, who located there prior to 1834, but during the Indian troubles which terminated in the Black Hawk war were driven from their home.  After peace was declared they returned toDubuque.  John O'Connell was a brave man, and his experiences with the Indians are worthy a place in this volume did space permit their insertion.

Growing up in his native city, W.H. O'Connell attended its schools, and then in the fall of 1895 came west toButte, Montana, and in 1900 located inFlathead County.  He was married inSouth Dakota to Margaret O'Connor, a daughter of Patrick and Margaret O'Connor.   For several years after coming toFlathead County, Mr. O'Connell was engaged in buying wheat for the Kalispell flour mills, and did an extensive business.  He became so well known to the people of the county that he was elected on the democratic ticket as sheriff ofFlathead County, and was re-elected to that office.  During his administration some very interesting and exciting events took place, among which perhaps the most important was the robbing of the Great Northern Railroad, known as the Rondo Holdup, when $40,000 were stolen from the safe of the express manager by two robbers who escaped.  They were George Frank Hauser and Charles McDonald.

Sheriff O'Connell and his deputy, William Parent, followed these men, tracing them by their lavish expenditure of money, to Bonner's Ferry. There the outlaws boarded a train, and were followed by the fearless sheriff and his deputy, who, awaiting their opportunity, arrested the men when about twenty miles fromSpokane, Washington.  The men occupied a stateroom and were enjoying themselves by drinking heavily.  Sheriff O'Connell knowing that the outlaws were expert gunmen took no chances, but went into the stateroom with a gun in each hand, his deputy similarly armed, accompanying him, and ordered the men to raise their hands.  It needed but one look into the determined faces and firmly held guns of the officials to convince the robbers that resistance was not only useless but impossible.

The men had $14,395 on their persons, much of it in the original packages easily identified as part of the "loot", and so no question was raised as to their guilt.  The sheriff and his deputy brought the men back to Kalispell for action by theUnited States authorities.  They were indicted and placed in the jail atHelena, from whence they escaped six weeks afterward by cutting through three sets of bars.  George Frank Hauser was recaptured about a year later atBarnesville,Minnesota, by Martin Delaney and is now serving a life sentence atFort Leavenworth, but his partner in crime has never been apprehended and is still at large. It was while Mr. O'Connell was sheriff that the notorious Fred Lebeau was hung for murder.

In addition to being sheriff Mr. O'Connell has been deputy state game warden for years and in both offices has displayed the courage which has made his name one to be feared by the lawless all over this section of the state.  He is a strong support of President Wilson and his policies, and has always voted the democratic ticket.

Mr. and Mrs. O'Connell have four children:

Leo who is now ticket agent for the Great Northern Railroad at Kalispell, is a veteran of the great war, serving for seventeen months overseas as chief operator at the First Army Headquarters, which were bombarded several times, but he remained at his post and faithfully transmitted the orders which had to pass through him, making his position a very important one.

Charles J. who is also a veteran of this war, served in the navy on freighting transports which carried ammunition overseas, extremely dangerous work, and he also assisted in establishing coaling stations in theAzores, receiving his discharge in January, 1919, after which he returned home to his parents' ranch ten miles outside of Kalispell, where he is now living.

Kathryn (misspelled) is a student of theKalispell High School and John is attending the grammar grade of the district schools.

Mr. O'Connell is exceptionally kind hearted, as the following instance will show, and it is but one of many.  One day while calling at the home of a young girl fromSweden, crippled for years from infantile paralysis, who had come to the vicinity in hope that she might be benefited by the waters of the famousHot Springs.  The ordinary person would have been contented with a courteous wish for her recovery, but not Mr. O'Connell. With the kindly smile upon his face, he asked in his own genial manner if she had plenty of money to carry her through the course of treatment necessary if she were to hope for a return to health, and finding that  her resources were at low ebb he told her to give the matter no more thought, that he would attend to it, which he did by taking up a subscription, heading it so generously that those who followed him were ashamed not to be liberal, and the helpless, crippled girl through his thoughtfulness was enabled to remain at the springs until restored to health.  Many men who today are useful members of society owe their present prosperity to his helping hand when they came to the West, penniless and friendless.  Big of heart, he has always found room for one more in his regard, and is never too busy to stretch out the hand of friendship to either stranger or neighbor, as the case may be, who needs his assistance.  In all of his good work and charities he is backed by his wife, who is equally popular.  It is such people as the O'Connells who restore faith in humanity and bring about a realization that the Golden

Rule is not a dead letter but a bright, burning and living thing, actuating the lives and actions of many of the people of this generation, even if the acts of a few sometimes does obscure it and cause the melancholy reflection that the good old days of interdependence of one upon another has forever passed.  To such a one, contact with such people as Mr. and Mrs. O'Connell is a revelation and one not easily forgotten. :::Wow:::

1930 Census forWhitefish City,Flathead County,Montana, lists William H. O'Connell, 61, as head of household.  His employment is listed as "police work, railroad."  He has a roomer named Emerson Placey, 42.

As stated above Billy and Maggie (O’Connor) O’Connell were the parents of:

1.         Leo Leonides4, born 29 NOV 1895; married Anna Oelletee; died 20 MAR 1951; buried at Conrad Cemetery, Kalispell, MT. Flathead County 1920 census shows      Leo L. O'Connell, 24, and wife Anna, 23. 1930 Census forHuntington Park,San Antonio twp.,Los Angeles, CA, shows

Leo L. O'Connell, 33, bornSouth Dakota, clerk, railroad, and wife Anna L. 32, bornMontana.

            Leo and Anna (Oellette) O’Connell were the parents of:

            1.         Jeanne Vincentia5, born20 NOV 1920; died as a child.

2.         Charles Joseph4, born27 SEP 1899; married Mary Hogan; died19 NOV 1949 atButte,MT. The couple had no children.  Uncle Chuck was remembered fondly as a prominent saloon owner inButte,MT.  The establishment was quite successful until it was devoured by "The Pit," thanks to the nearby copper mines. The 1930 Census for Northwest Centerville,Silver Bow County, MT, shows Charles O'Connell, 30, living with his wife, Mary, 29, at the home of his mother-in-law Nellie Hogan, 50.  Mrs. Hogan was born in the "Irish Free State".  At the time   of the census, Charles was listed as a "salesman in cigar store.

3.         Catherine M.4, born11 NOV 1905; died5 MAY 1977 atLake County,MT.  Catherine had a short lived marriage which was never discussed and died as a religious recluse, according to family members, atLake County,MT, not far from Flathead Co.

This "recluse" view of Catherine was somewhat challenged when we received a note and photograph of Catherine from a cousin inSouth Dakota showing her mountain climbing with friends.  It was further challenged by her obituary. It was Catherine who bore primary responsibility for raising her younger brother Billy after her mother became ill.

Obituary:Thursday, May 12, 1977 The Flathead Courier,Polson,Montana:  Catherine M. "Kay" O'Connell, 72, retired Polson nurse, died last Thursday afternoon in Polson.

Rosary was recited Sunday evening at the Johnson Chapel in Kalispell.  The Rev. Fr. James DeGroat officiated at the Mass of the Resurrection celebrated Monday    morning at the St. Catherine Catholic Church in Big Fork.

Her early life was spent in Kalispell, where she was bornApril 11, 1905.  Following graduation fromFlathead County High School, she completed nurses'training atKalispell General Hospital.

Going on to Cincinnati,Ohio, she completed all the subjects for her degree in nursing, and she served as a nursing instructor inNew York,Washington D.C.,New London,Conn., andPittsfield,Mass.  She was employed on the nursing staff  atSt. Joseph Hospital for four years prior to her retirement from ill health.

She had lived on the East Shore of Flathead Lake for 20 years before moving to St. Joseph Convalescent Center in Polson where she resided at the time of her death. She was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.  Survivors are two nieces and one nephew. Burial was in theConrad Memorial Cemetery.

4.         John Willard4, born14 NOV 1909, (more of whom next).

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