Name: JOHN W. MAHER
GIVEN: JOHN W.
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
Elected to State Legislature 1912 South Dakota
In the general election in 1912, John was elected to
Occupation: Veterinarian, Representative in SD Legislature
Title: Representative 1
represent the first district of the SD state Legislature in
the House of Representatives. He was a Republican.
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.
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.
John constructed a hospital near his home and established a
line of veterinary medicines that were said to have been
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.
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.
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.
During the hour of John's funeral, the businesses of
Beresford were closed by proclamation of the Mayor.
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.
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
BARBARA A. COOPER b: 6 AUG 1861 in Brown's Station, Jackson Co., IA, US
31 MAY 1887
in Emmet, Dakota, US
- JOHN BURDETTE MAHER b: 6 MAR 1888 in Beresford, SD, US
- THOMAS "TOM" JAMES MAHER b: AUG 1890
- NELLIE MAHER b: 16 JAN 1893
- MADELINE M. MAHER b: MAR 1897
- Date: AFT 1892
Author: Beresford Republic staff
Title: Beresford Republic
Abbrev: Beresford newspaper
Publication: Beresford, SD
Name: Beresford Public Library
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
Note: John W. Maher's obituary