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.
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
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 ofDubuqueCounty and mother of Mrs. R.J. (Ella) Sweeney,Dubuque, died Thursday afternoon
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 at.
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 toDubuqueCounty 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
andDubuqueCounty.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 highschool and teachers college.She was a teacher inDubuque and was a well knownleader 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
3.Alice3, born15 JAN 1881; married Thomas
Kingsley; died6 FEB 1920.
Aliceand 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
born 16 DEC 1907 atAsbury,
IA; died6 SEP 1988.Services forMrs.
Mary A. Reinold, 80, who lived with her granddaughter, Mrs. Paul (Sharon)
Eiffes of Route 4,LorePark, will be at Friday at Resurrection Church. Burial will be inResurrectionCemetery,
Asbury,IA.Mrs. Reinhold married Joseph A."Bud"
ReinoldJuly 22, 1926,
IL. She was preceded in death by
her husbandJune 12,1977,
and a daughter, Mrs. Donald (Joy) CasteelOct. 25, 1974. Survivingbesides her
granddaughter is a grandson, Donald Casteel of Warren,MI.
and Mary (Kingsley) Reinold were the parents of:
born 1927; married Don Casteel; died 1974. Don lived in Florida after his wife’s
death.Don and Joy (Reinold) Casteel
who married Paul Eiffes ofDubuque.The couple had no children.
who resided inWarren,MI.He did not havechildren.
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 maternalgrandparents.He and his brother, George, bought and
operated several adjoiningfarms.They accumulated 640 acres and operated as
"O'Connell Bros."Their mother, Mary, and George lived at the home
farm.Henry and Genevieve andtheir children lived on one of the other
Kennedy An Early October Bride: Bankston, Iowa, October 1 -- a very pretty wedding ceremony took place in St.
Clement's Church this morning, whenMiss
Genevieve Kennedy became the wife of Mr. Harry O'Connell.Rev. FatherBanfield
officiated at the solemn event and read the nuptial mass.The couplewas
unattended.The bride was very
becomingly attired in a Taupe coloredvelvet
suit with hat and shoes to match, and wore a corsage bouquet of bride'sroses. A wedding breakfast, following
the ceremony at the church was served atthe
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.
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
stateof 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 asuccess 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
(Harry) and Genevieve (Kennedy) O’Connell were the parents of:
born 5 DEC 1920; married1
OCT 1949 Bernard J. Burds. Rosemary graduated from St. Clement's
High School atBankston,IA.She attendedClarkeCollege inDubuque and
taught school inDubuqueCounty 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:
(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 atFinleyHospital 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
born 20 APR 1974.
born9 OCT 1976.
18 JUN 1981.
Gretchen6, born27 AUG 1984.
born23 JUL 1951.Ann is not married. She graduated fromMarycrestCollege
inDavenport,IA.She has a BA in social work.She
worked as a VISTA Volunteer inMontana and
then went toWest VirginiaUniversity 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.
born9 FEB 1923. Mildred
never married.She died of a lingering
illness4 JUL 1950
at the age of 27.
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 inCenterTownship,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:
born17 FEB 1950.
Sherry is a registered nurse.She received
her training at St. Anthony'sSchool
ofNursing atRock Island,IL.She is presently employed atMercyHospital
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:
born7 OCT 1976.
born6 JAN 1981.
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:
born 15 APR 1981.
born13 JUL 1986.
born 30 APR 1954. Daniel is employed at Northwestern Bell Telephone Co.He is married to Ellen Ludwig, who is a
social worker graduating fromLorasCollege inDubuque.Their home is at Bankston, near his father's
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
and Peri Fern O’Connell are the parents of:
born1 NOV 1980.
born29 SEP 1982.
born11 MAY 1985.
born11 JAN 1961;
died5 MAY 1961.
5.George3, born9 SEP 1883; died22 JUL 1963. George never
married.He livedwith his mother, Mary, until her
death.He and his brother, Henry were very
successful farmers inBankston,IA.George, Henry and Henry’s wife, Genevievelived together at the original family
farm from 1949 to 1963 when George passed away.
John O’Connell Jr.
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 inNewWineTownship inDubuqueCounty, and the other of 240 acres inIowaTownship
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 inNewWineTownship.Daniel received the older homestead inIowaTownship
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
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
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 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
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
70 to someone
125 to Dan
60 for John to
"go toSioux City
and get Dan out of jail and bring him
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,
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,DubuqueCounty, 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
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
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,
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 MAR1938.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
4.Ellen Ella3, born17 JUL 1873; married31 AUG 1903 C.J. Fox.Their daughterwas 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
SEP 1904; died1
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
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 wasJoseph Waigel. She was the former Miss Tetrault of
Kalispell.The couple hadno 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
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.ConradMemorialCemetery, after services
at the Kalispell St. Matthew's
11.John3. An undated record of the death and burial of twins is found back
at the St.
IA.John and Catherine, son and daughter of John and Catherine O'Connell.
Margaret Colleen O’Connell
Wife of Roger Riley Maxwell
Sister of William Henry “Billy” O’Connell
(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 atRossTownship, 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 farmerand 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 toClayCounty
with her parents and with the exception of three years spent inMontana,
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 atGlacierNational 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 theGlacierPark
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 isL8YBUG@msn.comThanks 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
1.Ella Mae4, born2 JUN 1897 near Vermillion,
SD; married3 JUN 1925
Earl Stevens; died9 MAY 1985.According to Colleen O'Connell, "Mae
taught schoolin 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 tallas it
was.She thought it was just a cloud
because nothing could be that high."
and Earl Stevens were the parents of:
born12 JUN 1926,
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.
and George Chausee were the parents of:
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 atAlcestor,
and died31 JAN 2001
atBellevue,WA. Frank Maxwell moved to the Philip,
SD, area, according to informant, F.L. Blair.
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 onthe
farm.He loved to tell stories about the
harvest, especially husking corn untilhis
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 toWashingtonState.Hecould
not stand all the rain on the coast and moved toYakima in 1946.He livedthere
the rest of his life.He was an auto
mechanic by trade, owning his own garage
until he retired.He died young from
Inez Maxwell were the parents of:
SEP 1936; married JUL 1956 Victoria Kosel, born1939.John died in MAY 1986 inCalifornia.John and Victoria Maxwell were
the parents of:
Kent6, born FEB 1964;
Ann6, born SEP 1965;
Kent6, born MAR 1971.
Margaret Maxwell O’Connell5. You asked how it is that I amusing the
O'Connell name--when we divorced I was going to school andhe 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
aunts were the ones who gave me these photos.Dora had the pictureof
her mother -Margaret & Ellen- hanging in her bedroom and then gave it to me.Mae had the pictures of the
grandparents.Norine had the singlepicture of her
mother.I'm so glad they gave me these
years ago and I justtucked
them away.Sometimes I feel like I am
the 'keeper' of the storiesand
am glad my daughter is showing interest in them.It is good to knowthat someone will care for them when I'm
married 30 DEC 1961 Michael Patrick (Donohue) Hoyt, born15JAN
WA.Michael was originally a "Donohue",
but was “adopted
to Hoyt".He and Colleen were divorced
in 1981. Michael andColleen
were the parents of:
Patrick6, born JAN 1963; died JAN 1963 atYakima,WA;
Donohue6, born 30 SEP 1964; married MAY 1997Kiernen Colleen Long, born17 NOV 1965 atRevelstoke,British Columbia,
and Kiernen are the parents of:
Patrick6, born 24 DEC 1965 atYakima;
married24 FEB 1990 Vicki Ann
Richardson, born10 OCT
Vicki are the parents of:
FEB 1970 atYakima; married TrudyWright, born JUN 1974 atYakima.Brian and Trudi are the parents
Lee Ann (Dee) 7, born26 JAN 1996;
born17 NOV 1972
atYakima; married12 AUG 2001Stephen 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 familywas
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 andnephews.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 theyowned 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 sheretired, having
taught almost every child in the area at one time or another.Shewas
able to go toIreland
and loved the Ring of Kerry, knowing that her peoplehad 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:
born JAN 1939; married Ella. Cyril and Ella Frick were the parentsof:
William Henry “Billy” O’Connell
Sheriff of Flathead
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,
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
William Henry (Billy) O'Connell, our ancestor, was John and
Catherine's eldest son.
Billy was both politician and farmer.Billy served as sheriff ofFlatheadCounty
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 at, 2 APR
1909 in the mail yard of theCountyJail,Kalispell,
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
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
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 atConradCemetery
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
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 inFlatheadCounty.He was married inSouth Dakota
to Margaret O'Connor, a daughter of Patrick and Margaret O'Connor.For several years after coming toFlatheadCounty, 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 ofFlatheadCounty, 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 atFortLeavenworth, 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 theKalispellHigh 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 thather 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 forWhitefishCity,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
Antonio twp.,Los Angeles,
O'Connell, 33, bornSouth Dakota, clerk, railroad,
and wife Anna L. 32, bornMontana.
Anna (Oellette) O’Connell were the parents of:
Vincentia5, born20 NOV 1920; died as a child.
2.Charles Joseph4, born27 SEP 1899; married Mary Hogan;
died19 NOV 1949
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 areligious recluse, according to family
members, atLake County,MT, not far from Flathead Co.
"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 wasCatherine
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 Thursdayafternoon in Polson.
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.
life was spent in Kalispell, where she was bornApril 11, 1905.Following graduation fromFlatheadCountyHigh School, she completed nurses'training atKalispell GeneralHospital.
Going on to
she completed all the subjects for her degree in nursing, and she served as a nursing instructor inNew York,Washington
London,Conn., andPittsfield,Mass.She was employed on the nursing staff atSt. JosephHospital
for four years prior to her retirement from ill health.
lived on the East Shore of Flathead Lake for 20 years before moving to St. Joseph ConvalescentCenter in Polson where
she resided at the time of her death. She
was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers.Survivors aretwo nieces and one nephew. Burial was in theConradMemorialCemetery.
4.John Willard4, born14 NOV 1909, (more of whom next).