New Hampton Courier

Died at her home in this city, Monday, Jan. 2nd 1911, Mrs. Mary Reilly Galligan in the 87th year of her age.

Miss Mary Reilly was born in County Cavan, Ireland, Feb. 2nd, 1824, when 18 years old she came to this county, first making her home in Providence, R.I., where on April 2nd, 1844, she became the wife of Mr. Patrick Galligan. Together they came to Wisconsin and in 1854 they became residents of this county, settling near Lawler; in 1891 her husband died and since that time she resided in this city.

She was the mother of 12 children, nine of whom survive her and all except Mrs. J.J. O’Donnell of Denver, Col., were present at the funeral.

The children are: Mrs. M. A. Burns, Lawler; M. J. Galligan, Puebo, Col., Mrs. J. J. O’Donnell, Denver, Col., Mrs. John Tooley, this city, Phil Galligan, Lawler, Misses Bridget, Margaret and Thresa, all of this city, and P.J. of Washington D.C.

This mother gave her best to the world and her children rose up and called her blessed. A family of splendid men and women wearing honors, some of them, all wearing honors of character and worth that challenge admiration.

She was a charming woman, graceful and sweet in her home, strong and useful in society and guided her children in the paths of usefulness with love and skill that gave the trend of usefulness to their lives and (illegible) brightness of her own character in them and their children.

She adhered through life to the teaching of the Catholic church and served God in a practical womanly way that makes the world better for her having lived in it.

The funeral was held today (Thursday) from St. Joseph’s Church, the pastor Rev. R. Slattery officiating and the interment was in the cemetery of the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel at Lawler.

January 5, 1911
New Hampton (Gazette or Tribune)


Pioneer Woman of Rare Endowments and Virtues Called to Her Final Rest

The afternoon of last Saturday, December 31, 1910, marked the going out of a life remarkable for its longevity and for its unselfishness, unvarying through all the years. It was the life of Mrs. Mary Galligan who has resided in New Hampton with her daughters for the past several years.

Mrs. Galligan seemed to have contracted a cold, and four days before her death she was compelled to take to her bed. Her ailment was pronounced to be pneumonia, and the disease gradually wore down the frail body until, at half-past 1 on Saturday, the tired eyes were closed forever to earthly scenes, and the freed spirit began the new life while a new year was being ushered in for us who [unfinished sentence] The maiden name of the deceased was Mary Reilly, and she was born in County Cavan, Ireland, February 2, 1822. In her youth she came to America, making her home at first in Providence, Rhode Island. Here she was united in marriage with Mr. Patrick Galligan April 2, 1844, the couple having been friends in the land of their birth. Three years after their marriage the call of the west as a field of opportunity for the young and ambitious found in this sterling couple ready listeners. They responded to the call and set out with brave hearts for the wilds of Wisconsin. In Washington county of that state they made a home, the young wife faithfully assisting her husband, who, equipped in education beyond most pioneers, was made to perform more than his share of public work while striving to better his private fortune.

In 1854, finding more of promise in the rich lands of Iowa, they came to Stapleton township, Chickasaw county, and the farm they settled on at that time continued to be their home for the next thirty-seven years, when Mr. Galligan laid down the burdens and relinjuished [sic] the honors and pleasures of a noble life and was taken to rest in the cemetery of Mt. Carmel Catholic church at Lawler. Some months after this sad event the widow and her daughters came to New Hampton and took up their residence in the Masonic Block, and there Mrs. Galligan was the central figure in an ideal home life during the remainder of her days.

These words of life-tracingbut [sic] inadequately, or rather do not at all, portray the wonderful sweetness and light of the gentle spirit that has gone from us. There was in her a balance, a mental poise, that was noted by all who came in contact with her. Hers was a social nature, and in the pioneer days her home was the gathering place for all the country side. In the joys and sorrows of those early people she shared earnestly, heartfully, and her ministering hand was extended times out of numper [sic] in succor of those stricken with disease and misfortune. The stranger, the neighbor, old and young, baptized and infidel, found hospitality in that home, for there the spirit of the Christ dwelt, and there His teaching found honest following. --

Mrs. Galligan was the mother of twelve children, two of whom died in infancy and one in early childhood. Those surviving her are Mrs. Mary A. Burns of Lawler; Mrs. Kate O’Donnell of Denver, Colo.; Judge Matt J. Galligan of Pueblo, Colo.; Phillip H. Galligan on the old homestead in Stapleton township; Attorney P. J. Galligan of Washington, D.C. connected with the War Department; the Misses Bridget, Margaret and Theresa Galligan at home.

She also leaves two sisters—Mrs. Ellen Tewell of Chicago and Mrs. Ann Colwell of Dougherty, Iowa. The funeral was held this morning at St. Joseph’s Catholic chuch in this city. High Mass being celebrated by the pastor, Rev. R. Slattery. A large number gathered at the church to honor thememory [sic] of the beloved dead. The pall bearers with the exception of John R. Husting were the grandsons of the deceased, being Will and Clement Tooley, Frank and Clement Galligan of Stapleton township and Claude Fitzsimmons of Lawler.

The remains were taken to Lawler for interment beside the grave of her loved life companion. A large portion of the residents of Lawler was at the station to meet the funeral and to pay their last tribute to one whoselife [sic] had for so many years blessed and hallowed their community.

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