Posted by: Carmella Kelly
Savanna Daily Times Journal, Wednesday August 31, 1927
Mrs. Curran Is Dead AT Home at Age of 91 Years
Mrs. Mary Gately Curran, widow of Patrick H. Curran, died at her home, 19 Cook
Street at 4:55 p.m. yesterday at the age of 91 years from a complication of
diseases due to old age.
She was born at Athlone, Roscommon County, Ireland, on July 15, 1836 and died
Aug. 30 1927. She came to America with her parents at the age of 13 and settled
with her parents in Portland, Maine. She was united in marriage to Patrick
Curran in the year 1856* later moving to Savanna in the year 1864, which has
since been their home. Ten children were born. Two children died in infancy.
Patrick H. in 1913 and Francis in 1889. Those who survive are Mrs. Mary E.
Conway and Elizabeth. Mrs. R. J. Tighe, of Pawtucket, RI Thomas of Chicago and
Margaret, Julia and Timothy at home. Mrs. Curran’s husband preceded her in death
July 23, 1910.
Mrs. Curran has been in very poor health for some time and has been confined to
her room for the past 13 months. The funeral will be held at 9 a.m. on Friday
from St. John’s Church.
Curran Funeral Held Today, From Catholic Church. Moved to Savanna in 1864 and
Has Lived Here Since That Time
Mrs. Mary Gatley (stet) Curran, widow of the late Patrick Curran, who died at
home 19 Cook street, August 30, was buried from the Catholic church this morning
at 9 o’clock. The pall bearers were John M. Mullen, Tom Nevins, Tom Donahue,
Will Fulrath, Tom Bradley and J. Raymond.
Mary Gatley (stet) Curran was born at Athlone, Roscommon county, Ireland, on
July 15, 1836, and died in Savanna Aug. 30, 1927, at the age of 91 years. Death
was due to a complication of diseases caused from old age.
She came to this country with her parents at the age of 13 and settled in
Portland, Maine. She was united in marriage to Patrick Curran in the year 1856,
later moving to Savanna in the year 1864 which has since been her home. Ten
children were born to this union. Two of the children died in infancy and
Patrick H. died in 1913 and Francis in 1889. Those who survive are Mrs. Mary E.
Conway and Elizabeth. Mrs. R. J. Tighe of Pawtucket, RI, Thomas of Chicago and
Margaret, Julia and Timothy at home. Mrs. Curran’s husband preceded her death
July 23, 1910.
Savanna Daily Times Journal, July 23, 1910, p1
PATRICK CURRAN ENTERS LAST REST.
Was Resident of City For Many Years.
End Came Peacefully at the Noon Hour After Sickness of Several Week’s Duration.
Patrick Curran, one of Savanna’s old and well known residents, passed o his last
rest shortly after one o’clock at his home on Hill street today. (Saturday).
The announcement of Mr. Curran’s death will be learned with surprise by many of
our people, who, while they realized that his sickness was of a serious nature,
did not realize that the end was so near. Mr. Curran had been ailing for about a
year, but it is only about three weeks that his condition caused him to take to
his bed the greater part of the time. A dropsical condition developed at the
time and his decline was rapid. His daughter, Miss Julia, left her place as
book-keeper in I. S. Williams’ dry goods store and with her mother and sister
Maggie remained constantly at his bedside until the final summons came.
While they realized that their loved one was in a serious condition, they felt
hopeful that he would survive this attack, as he appeared somewhat brighter for
several days past and his death is a severe shock to them.
Mr. Curran has been a resident of Savanna for many years and is known to all
older residents and many of the younger ones of this city, and these will learn
with sincere regret of the death of the kindly old gentleman and fried.
We will not attempt at this house to give a history of the life of our worthy
citizen but will do so in our next issue.
Mr. Curran was past eighty years of age and leaves to mourn his faithful wife
and his daughters Maggie, and Julia of this city, Mrs. Mary Conway of
Marlborough, Mass., Miss Lizzie Curran of Providence, RI and three sons, Patrick
H. of Portsmouth Ia., Thomas of Chicago and T.B. of Eagan, S.D.
The heartfelt sympathy of our people is extended to the afflicted wife and
children who are separated from a beloved husband and father by the hand of
Monday Evening July 25 1910, Savanna Daily Times Journal
IN MEMORIAM PATRICK CURRAN
Patrick Curran was born in County Galway, Ireland, May 12, 1830 and came to this
country at the age of seventeen years and settled in Portland, Maine. After a
few years he left the east and came west and settled in Galena, where he was
united in marriage on January 19, 1856*, to Miss Mary Gately, also of Portland.
After a residence there of several years the family went to Tennessee and in
1864 came north to Freeport where Mr. Curran entered the service of the first
railroad running into Savanna. After coming to this city they first located near
Plum River bridge and then came to town. During these years the subject of our
sketch was employed as a section foreman on the railroad and held the place
until his retirement from service about twenty-five years ago.
Eleven children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Curran. Three died in infancy and one
son, Frank, lost his life in the service of the railroad company.
Those who survive are Maggie, Patrick H., Mrs. Mary Conway, Thomas G., Timothy
B., Lizzie and Julia.
Mr. Curran was in poor health for about a year but at no time was his condition
serious until about three weeks ago and from that time on his decline was very
rapid, due to this advanced years. He suffered but little until the day pervious
to his death and during the night appeared relieved. The end came rather
suddenly but peacefully he passing away as if he was sinking into a peaceful
sleep on Saturday July 23, at 12:40 o’clock.
He was always patient and appreciative of every kindness shown him and all his
family were ever ready with loving acts of thoughtfulness which made his
sickness bearable, and the memory of which now lightens their grief. They know
that all was done for him that human hands could do and in was given full value.
The faithful wife who for fifty years was his constant companion and the
children who survive mourn the passing of a good husband and kind, indulgent
father as he was always a home man in every sense of the word and it was here he
realized the supreme happiness of his life and they have the sympathy of the
large circle of friends who have witnessed their devotion as shown throughout
his illness. Those who were near attended him faithful and especially beautiful
was the devotion of his daughter, Julia, who left her place in the store to
administer to him and who with the wife and sister Maggie made his last days as
comfortable as it was possible for loving hearts to do. Those at a distance sent
daily messages of living cheer, and sympathy which were always eagerly watched
for and appreciated by the voyager travelling toward the unseen shore.
Patrick Curran was a man of warm and generous impulses. Possessed of much of his
native wit combined with a kind sympathetic heart it was always a pleasure to
meet him with his cheery, pleasant smile and friendly word of greeting.
His neighbors can testify as to his character. He was a moral, clean man, a
faithful Catholic and was honest and upright in all his dealings with mankind.
He did by others as he would be done by. His nature was without envy,
selfishness or ingratitude. He lived a peaceful, contented life in the home
circle and passed from the scenes of earth at peace with the world and his God.
May his spirit rest in peace and the last great day when all shall stand before
the great white throne may he hear the welcome voice of his Savior saying “Well
Done, Good and Faithful Servant.”
The funeral will be held Wednesday morning at 9:00 o’clock St. John’s church.
Requiem High Mass will be celebrated by Rev. R. J. Ande. Interment will follow
in the family lot in the city cemetery.
July 25, 1910, p1
A message was received by members of the family from Miss Lizzie Curran of
Providence RI states that she will arrive here tomorrow afternoon to attend the
funeral of her father. In consequence the date of the service has been changed
and will be held Wednesday morning at nine o’clock at St. John’s church.
Mr. and Mrs. P. H. Curran of Portsmouth, IA, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Curran of
Chicago and T. B. Curran at Eagan, S.D. arrived here to attend the funeral of
their father, Patrick Curran.
*county records show 1857