ANNA MAE GALLIGAN


New Hampton Tribune, Tues. Sept 27, 1904

[Mrs Anna Gallig] an Dies

.......... 1904, after a [long illness?] passed away at [her home in Utica] township, Mrs..... the oldest and ..... of Chickasaw [County].

[She was born in] County Cavan, .... [in 181] 5. There she [was married at the] age of eighteen [to William Gall] igan and al.... e name they ...... Like thousands....[of others] ....en in those.. [times] ... [the] couple soon. .[emigrated] to the land of [opportunity in] 1849, there to.. .and growing ......competency ....... [moved to Washing] ton county, [where they live]d for about.... [Then they homest] ead in Utica [Township] . . . .[w]as the scene...struggles of .... which she was....morning. To [this] stanch couple... [were born seven children] six of whom [came to Chickasaw Co.?]...life and the.... honest and hon[orable]. . . [Wo]hood and .... [m]ost respected [Willia]m Galligan...ased, died in . . . .ing children.... [ho]mes of their.... [James] H, who has [possession of] the old home and who has ministered faithfully and loyally for many years to the wants and comforts of his aged mother.

Of the deceased it is difficult to say anything that will express the fine significance of her life. To those who knew her, words but feebly convey the strength and the goodness of her character. There is something peculiarly sacred about the lives of many of the good old pioneers, whose numbers are so rapidly decreasing and the last of whom shall soon answer the final summons.

The deceased was among the first here and one of the last to go. The sturdy hearted characters who came west in the early days and endured the privations and hardships of pioneer life, not that they themselves but that their children might enjoy the fruit of their labors, are worthy of our ardent admiration. The deceased and her husband hewed and carved out of the timber and prairie of old Utica a home, not in name but in fact. They blessed it with the spirit of their goodness and their faith. They reared their family in the holy righteous way and this good mother taught at her knee her growing brood the child-like, simple faith with which a generous creator had endowed her. The most beautiful trait of the character possessed by many of these old settlers was their simplicity and their integrity. The deceased typified these instincts and in addition to all that is noble in the life of a dutiful christian mother. As a consequence of her solicitude, in her declining years she could look upon a family that reflected the virtues and honor of her own pure life.

In the early days when neighbors were scarce and advantages few there were none but who knew the kindly, sympathetic, charitable woman, Mrs. Galligan. Her generous spirit found action in her love to devote her time and substance in relieving the poor and suffering and from her door none went away unfed.

She was possessed of a most staunch faith and was obedient and faithful as a member of her church. She lived in close proximity to St. Ignatius' Church and to it she frequently went to invoke the blessings of her Divine Master, and from it she drew the consoling graces of "Him who doeth all things well". She leaves a life and chain of acts that shall be a heritage to her survivors, a legacy that is inspiring to dwell upon and which can be pointed to as the life of the ideal wife, mother, neighbor and friend.

The large concourse that assembled at her funeral Thursday, Sept 22, testified to the esteem in which she was held. Father Hassett, her pastor and friend, officiated at the services and paid a most fitting tribute to her worth as a woman and true Catholic.

She is survived by one brother, Charles Galligan of Canton, Mass., and one sister, Mrs Mary Commerford of Utica Township, and the following children, all residents of this county: Mrs Mary Stanton, Mrs Wm Ralph, P. W. Galligan, C. J. Galligan and J. H. Galligan. All have the sympathy of their countless friends who will ever remember their good mother and who will sincerely pray that she may Rest In Peace. A Friend.


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