This database contains the Farley, Lass, McGuire, and O'Connor families of Union County, South Dakota; and, the Hass, Geldermann, Ranschau, and Wendel families of Sioux County, Iowa.

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  • ID: I158
  • Name: JOHN W. MAHER
  • Prefix: DR.
  • Surname: MAHER
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 10 JUN 1866 in near Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois, US
  • Death: 10 MAY 1917 in home, Beresford, SD, US of an illness of two or three years
  • Burial: St. John Cemetery, Beresford, Union County, SD, US
  • Event: Elected to State Legislature 1912 South Dakota
  • Note:
    In the general election in 1912, John was elected to
    represent the first district of the SD state Legislature in
    the House of Representatives. He was a Republican.
  • Occupation: Veterinarian, Representative in SD Legislature
  • Title: Representative 1
  • Note:
    John came from Illinois to Dakota in 1873 and settled in
    Union County. John and his wife had five children, two of
    whom, a boy and girl, died in infancy.
  • Note:
    When John first came to Beresford, he engaged in business
    but did not like it. So, he applied for a veterinary
    license and practiced veterinary medicine in Beresford. He
    lacked college training in veterinary medicine but did
    obtain a license and was recognized as a good practitioner.
  • Note:
    John constructed a hospital near his home and established a
    line of veterinary medicines that were said to have been
    widely used.
  • Note:
    John was described as having a strong will and forceful
    personality, and would go to any limit for a friend. He
    was also described as an energetic person who took on
    projects with enthusiasm.
  • Note:
    An article published in the "Beresford Republic" on May 9,
    1940 listed J. W. Maher as having been one of the sixty or
    seventy Beresford, SD men who attended a meeting in Sioux
    Falls, SD in the fall of 1911. The meeting was called by
    Dr. Hanson of Brookings, SD; and, its purpose was to
    organize the plans for a highway which passed from
    Winnepeg, Canada to the Gulf of Mexico, and passed through
    Beresford, SD. These plans resulted in the construction of
    US highway No. 77, which was completed in fall of 1939.
  • Note:
    During John W. Maher's last three years, he was in failing
    health and was said to have ended up in what his obituary
    called the invalid's chair. The cause of his failing
    health was specifically mentioned; but, his obituary blamed
    his strenuous life resulting from his heavy practice.
    Despite his health problems, he continued to take an active
    role in his business affairs. He eventually died
    peacefully in his sleep.
  • Note:
    During the hour of John's funeral, the businesses of
    Beresford were closed by proclamation of the Mayor.
  • Note:
    Name originally from list of James and Anna Maher's
    children in book found by Bob Jennings. Dates and marital
    relation from H. Dias. Dates verified and corrected from
    info on grave marker.
  • Note:
    Place of birth obtained from 1880 US Census and from
    biography in book, Biographical Directory of the South
    Dakota Legislature 1889-1989. John's occupations came from
    the same biography in that book. This information was
    verified by his obituaries published in the "Beresford
    Republic" and in the "Beresford News."

    Father: JAMES "JIM" THOMAS MAHER b: 1 JAN 1842 in County, Limerick, Ireland
    Mother: ANNA FARLEY b: 11 NOV 1839 in Parish of Stamullen, Co. Meath, Ireland

    Marriage 1 BARBARA A. COOPER b: 6 AUG 1861 in Brown's Station, Jackson Co., IA, US
    • Married: 31 MAY 1887 in Emmet, Dakota, US
    1. Has No Children JOHN BURDETTE MAHER b: 6 MAR 1888 in Beresford, SD, US
    2. Has No Children THOMAS "TOM" JAMES MAHER b: AUG 1890
    3. Has No Children NELLIE MAHER b: 16 JAN 1893
    4. Has No Children MADELINE M. MAHER b: MAR 1897
    5. Has No Children MAHER

    1. Date: AFT 1892
      Author: Beresford Republic staff
      Title: Beresford Republic
      Abbrev: Beresford newspaper
      Publication: Beresford, SD
        Name: Beresford Public Library

      Media: FILM
      The newspaper was first published in 1893
      and was known as "The Union County Republican."
      The name was later changed to "The Union County
      Republic" and then to "The Beresford Republic"
      in 1898. It was Beresford's second newspaper.
      No copies of issues that were published
      before 1897 are known to exist. The volume
      and issue numbers published on the front page
      were sometimes inconsistent with those published
      during the paper's earliest years and were
      therefore unreliable. Publication dates are a
      more reliable means of identifying specific issues.

      Page: 7 Vol. 22 No. 49
      Date: 17 MAY 1917
      Quality: 2
      Note: John W. Maher's obituary
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