Biographies -- M

Mackay, T. C. L.

Magoon, Henry S.

Marshall, George A.

Martin, A. C.

Martin, Robert

Mayne, Richard

Matthews, John


McDermott, Stephen

Stephen McDermott. Farmer, Sec. 12; P.O. Darlington; born,1822, in Cavan Co., Ireland; came to America in 1839; stopped at Albany, N.Y., until 1846, when he started West, and settled in Willow Springs, where he entered part of his present farm, now owning 80 acres. In 1844 he married Miss Mary Lyons; thier family consists of David B., Ellen, John, Philip, Susan, Mary C., Stephen H. and margaret. Mr. McDermott served the public as Supervisor in 1850 to 1852; Town Clerk from 1853 to 1859; Town Tresurer from 1860 to 1866; and has been Twon Clerk since, upt to the present time. He is a Democrat, and belongs to the Catholic Church. [Expert from : Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess Co. IL. Chapman Brothers  1889]
Submitted by:
 Mary Katherine K Hebenstreit-Halbrook)


Meehan, John

Merriam, J. B.

Monahan, J. G.

Moore, Alexander

Moore, Henry A.

Morrow, John

Mosley, Edward

Murray, Patrick, farmer, Sec. 33; P.O. Darlington; is a native of Ireland, and was born in County Cork in 1822; he came to this county in 1850, and engaged in mining for three years; being a man if intelligence, he was not satisfied wot work as most miners did, and spend their money as fast as they earned it, so he gegan making a farm, and in order to get the first forty acres fenced, he for two winters, walked back and forth from the timber, ten miles distant, everyday, to split rails for his fence, making twenty miles daily, sometimes through deep snow; he worked four years, and as he says, 'did not see the face of a dime during that time,; as there was no money; he can tell a great many interesting incidents of the trials of the early days here; he owns a fine farm of eighty acres, and does not owe any man a dollar.  In 1858, he married Miss Catharine Flynn, a native of county cork, Ireland; they have two sons, John, 32 years of age, and Joseph, 18 years of age.
Biography in "History of Lafayette County, Wisconsin"   1881  Transcribed by Dori Leekley


Morgan,  B. F. is connected with various interests in Wagner and Charles Mix County, as he owns and operates six hundred and eighty acres of excellent land, is the present manager of the Farm & Home Telephone company and is quite prominent in politics, having represented his district in the state senate for two years. His birth occurred at Shullsburg, Lafayette County, Wisconsin, on the 12th of August, 1858, and he is a son of Daniel and Mary Morgan. The father, who followed agricultural pursuits, has now passed to his reward. B. F. Morgan was reared under the parental roof and in the acquirement of his education attended the public schools. Upon putting aside his textbooks he turned his attention to farming and was so engaged for some time. For six years he was engaged in business in Shullsburg but at the end of that time he returned to the farm and continued to follow agricultural pursuits until 1905, when he removed to South Dakota, arriving here on the 4th of March. He purchased six hundred and eighty acres of land in Charles Mix County, which he operates personally, and his labors have been very efficient and his resources have steadily increased. He is not only one of the extensive landowners of the county but is also a director of the First State Bank and of the Farm & Home Telephone Company, of which he is now president. He is an excellent business man as well as a progressive agriculturist, and under his management the telephone company has enjoyed continued prosperity. Mr. Morgan was married January 22, 1883, to Miss Maggie McCormish, a daughter of Ed McCormish, and they have become the parents of six sons and three daughters: Edward J., Daniel E., Bernie V., Emery, deceased, Chester, Orville, Gladys, Marguerite and Francis. Mr. Morgan is a progressive democrat and in 1911 was elected state senator, serving ill that capacity until 1913. He was a working member of the upper house and his efforts were particularly effective in behalf of the bank guarantee act. Mr. Morgan presented a bill to appoint two delegates from South Dakota to go to Europe to study the rural credit system. Fraternally he is connected with the Elks and the Knights of Columbus, which fact indicates his membership in the Roman Catholic Church. He is always ready to give of his time and means to movements whose aim is to advance the interests of his community and state, and his energy and initiative prove him to be a typical western man.

Biography in "History of Dakota Territory" by George W. Kingsbury, Vol. V (1915)  on pages 685-686
Transcribed by Dori Leekley


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