New Hampton Dispatch, August 29, 1940
James Thomas Feeney, prominent Lawler business man died suddenly of a heart attack at his home Monday evening at 10 o'clock. Mr. Feeney had apparently been in good health and was feeling fine when he retired at 9:45. Shortly after, he suffered a heart attack and lived but a few moments.
The deceased, son of the late Jane and Andrew Feeney, was born November 23, 1879 on a farm south of Lawler where he grew to manhood. He received his education in the Chickasaw County rural schools. On November 24, 1914 he was married to Josephine Galligan In Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church at Lawler by the Rev. P. H. Ryan. They settled in Lawler where Mr. Feeney became a successful livestock dealer. In which occupation he was engaged at the time of his death.
The death of Mr. Feeney marks the passing of a splendid man. He was held in the highest esteem by all. To his family he was all that a husband and Father could be, kind, indulgent and devoted, ready to make any sacrifice for the comfort of those he loved most. Towards his friends and neighbors he was always considerate and ready to lend a helping hand or offer a kind word of encouragement. To his loved family circle and to his associates, his untimely death not only represents a great shock, but an irreparable loss, because in his death they have been bereft of the influence of one to whom they looked for advice. His memory will continue to be a guiding influence to those who loved him best and miss him most.
He was a lifelong member of the Catholic Church and died fortified by its rites. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Order of Foresters.
He is survived by his wife, four daughters, Mary, Madonna and Lois at home and Sister Mary Helen Marie of Mount Loretta, Dubuque, and one son, James at home, three sisters, Lilly and Mae Feeney and Mrs. Tom Cooney of Lawler, two brothers Leo of Lawler and Frank of Blue Earth, Minnesota. His parents and two sisters, Catherine and Anna preceded him in death.
Funeral services were held at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, Thursday morning, August 29 at 9 a.m. Rev. Father MacAvoy officiating. He was buried in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.
New Hampton Dispatch, September 5, 1940
Those from a distance who attended the funeral of James Feeney were Rev. C. V. Seifert of Mason City, Rev. R. Schares of Ossian, Sister Helen Marie and Sister M. Camilla of Dubuque, Frank Feeney and Ed McNallon of Kellogg, Minn., Eileen Cooney of Mason City, Mr. And Mrs. F. A. Galligan and family of Dubuque, Mr. and Mrs. C. P. Galligan and Mr. and Mrs. J. M. LaVaque of La Crosse, Wis., Dr. and Mrs. J.C. Galligan of Mankato, Minn., Morgan J. McEnaney of Mason City, William Brannon and daughter, Doris of Oelwein, Mr. and Mrs. Dan Callahan, Mr. and Mrs. Mike Curly and Mr. and Mrs. Jim Curly of Rockwell, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Brannon and Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Brannon of Independence, Mr. and Mrs. John Haan and Dorothy of Crystal Lake, Mrs. Ursula Daughn, Helen and Bill of Algona, Mr. and Mrs. Pat Ronan, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Ronan, Leo Ronan, Mrs. Will Ronan, daughter Mary, and sons William and James, and Mr. and Mrs. Tom Ronan of Decorah, Bill Durham and Mr. and Mrs. James Flannagan of Coggon, Mrs. Tom Barry and sons, Leo and John, and Mr. and Mrs. Osborne O'Brien of Van Horne, Mr. and Mrs. C. B. Barron of Vinton, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Bonfig, Henry Dessel, Mr. and Mrs. Leo J. Bartholomew and Emerenthis Bartholomew of Ossian, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Murray and Elizabeth, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Bird, Mr. and Mrs. John Daly and Lyonel, Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Burns, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Arnold and Mrs. Leonard Mikesh of Cresco, Homer Carmichael, Walter Burkhart, and Louis Grimm of Hawkeye, Ed House and Doe Sexton of Sumner, Lee Folsom and George Watters of Postville, W. J. Murphy of Nashua, Eileen and Bob Stibal of Osage, Ed Quillin of Cedar Rapids, Jack Lawler of Dubuque.
There were also many friends from New Hampton, Ionia, Waucoma, Fredericksburg, Alpha, Fort Atkinson, Protivin and Jericho.
New Hampton Dispatch, September 5, 1940
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Galligan and daughters, Francis Ann and Jerry, returned to Dubuque Sunday after spending the weekend with his sister, Mrs. James Feeney and family.