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O'NEILL, Matthew M.


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    Cambria Freeman, 20 Jan 1882, Page 3, Contributed by Mark O'Neill

Sudden Death of an old citizen

Mr. Matthew M. O’Neill died at his residence in this place on Monday night, January 16, 1882, aged about 61 years. Mr. O’Neill’s death was sudden and unexpected and was a great shock to the entire community. He appeared to be in his usual health on the previous day, was up in town when the night train arrived about half past ten o’clock and then went to his home.

About 9 o’clock the next morning his daughter Maggie went to his sleeping apartment to wake him, and was horrified to find him dead in his bed, the cause of his death as we suppose, being disease of the heart. Deceased was born in Derry County, Ireland, and came to this country with his parents in 1828, when he was about six years old. His father settled on a farm in what is now Munster township, and died there many years ago.

The deceased was a saddle and harness maker by trade, and carried on the business in this place during the last thirty years, and perhaps longer. We knew him well and can justly and truthfully say of him that he was upright and honest in all his worldly transactions, and conducted himself as a peaceable, quiet citizen. He was well known throughout the county and his large circle of friends will sincerely regret his sudden and untimely death.

His wife, a most excellent woman, preceded him to the grave a few years ago. Five daughters and two sons survive him. His remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery on Wednesday morning, after the usual religious exercises and an impressive and eloquent sermon by Re. Father Reardon. May his soul rest in peace.

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