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Biographical Sketch of Mary Rebecca Maxwell Doran

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The following is copied from a newspaper article which was published October 3, 1895.


A brief sketch of Mrs. James Doran, of Chase, who reached the age of 94 –

Mrs. James Doran, who resides with her daughter, Mrs. J. M. Holler in Chase, is 94 years, 2 months and 20 days old.

Mary Rebecca Maxwell, was born July 13, 1801, near Strabane, Tyrone County Ireland. There she spent her early childhood, getting a meager education at a little country school near her home. Her father dies when she was thirteen, and her mother a year later, which left her to battle with the world for herself.

She came to America in 1825, settling in New Brunswick, where she lived until 1849. Here she was married to James Doran, with whom she lived for sixty-five years, he having died in Chase in December, 1893 at the age of 90 years.

She joined the Presbyterian church at the age of fourteen, remaining a member for ten years, when she joined the Free-will Baptists, and after twenty years in this church, joined the Methodist church, of which she is a member at present.

While Mr. and Mrs. Doran lived in New Brunswick they were twenty-five miles from the nearest post-office, and when the trip was made for the mail they either walked or paddled a canoe, or perhaps skated in winter. For every letter received they had to pay fifty cents postage.

Mrs. Doran used to walk six miles to church through snow, carrying a child in her arms.

They next moved to Boston, where they lived two years, when they came west to Sparland, Marshall county, Illinois. In 1885 they came to Rice County Kansas.

Mrs. Doran is the mother of ten children, six sons and four daughters all of whim are living except one son, who fell in battle in the rebellion. Four of her sons served in the Union Army. She has twenty-six grandchildren, and fifty-six great-grandchildren. Her mother bore thirteen children, while her father had born to him twenty-two.

Mrs. Doran is well preserved and intelligent, and although somewhat deaf reads or sows without the ade of spectacles. She has pieced fifty-seven quilts since coming to Kansas, nearly all of which have been presented to her grand-children.

The accompanying engraving is from a photograph taken at 81, but a very fair representation of her appearance.


Written by Michael S. Doran

May 29, 2011 at 4:00 pm

Obituary of Phoebe Ann Doran Holler and spouse James Mason Holler

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Protection Press
March 11, 1915


Phoebe Ann Doran was born in New Brunswick, February 22, 1847.  She died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Roy German, at Coldwater, March 4, 1915, at the advanced age of 68 years and 10 days.

She moved with her parents to Illinois in 1849.  There she was married to J.M. Holler on February 2, 1868.  Seven children were born to this union, six are left with their father to mourn the loss of a loving wife and mother.

In 1912 they moved to Protection where they have since made their home.  Mrs. Holler joined the Methodist church in 1880, and remained a true and faithful worker for Christ.  She was a devoted wife, a loving mother, and a good community worker.  The funeral was held Saturday at two o’clock from the Methodist church, Rev. Shields officiating.  Interment was in the Protection cemetery.

She leaves a host of friends to mourn the loss of a good woman, one who could always be looked to as an example of a true Christian.  She was a lover of young folds, and many of her spare moments were used in comforting them.  May she rest in peace.


The Protection Post
October 18, 1928


J. M. (Grandpa) Holler, prominent resident of the Collier Flats neighborhood died at the home of this daughter, Mrs. Roy German, in Protection, Saturday evening, October 13, at 7:00 o’clock.

While Mr. Holler had been in failing and delicate health for several months his immediate and fatal illness had been for only a few weeks duration.

Mr. Holler was advanced in years, being at the time of his death over 81 years of age.

He was an early day settler in Lyons county, Kansas, and one of the early settlers in Harper county, Okla.

Mr. Holler had devoted his life in major jortion to farming or merchandising, in both Kanses and Oklahoma.

He was a man of quiet and unassuming character and habits but of sterling qualities of manhood.

In his home life and by his children and his grandchildren he was dearly loved and reverenced and Grandpa’s wishes were ever tenderly cared for and obeyed.

Mr. Holler was scrupulous in his business dealings and as a neighbor and personal friend highly regarded and esteemed.

In his more active years, he was prominent in the affairs of his community and always had a kindly word and enjoyed the society of the younger folks of his immediate family and neighborhood.

He had been a member of the Odd-fellows at Buffalo, Oklahoma since 1909 and until later years and age had prevented, always took an active interest in the affairs of the order.

Since his early manhood he had been a consistent Christian, affiliating with the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Mr. Holler had made the Collier Flats neighborhood his home since 1912, and has a host of neighbors who had grown to esteem him and his loss will be poignantly felt by his friends and family.

Mr. Holler is survived by six children; two daughters, Mrs. Roy German of Protection, and Mrs. Margaret Strohmeyer of White Deer, Texas; and 4 sons, the Messrs.  Charles, Boyd and Will Holler of Protection and R.M. Holler of Ashland, Kansas; 36 grandchildren and 23 great grandchildren.

Funeral services conducted by his friend of 40 years standing and his former paster when he lived at Chase, Kansas, Rev. J.B. Handy of Coldwater, Kansas, assisted by the Rev. Walter H. Dellinger, pastor of the local M. E. Church, was held from the Protection Methodist Church, Monday, October 15, 1928, at 2:00 p.m.

The services were attended by the members of Buffalo, Okla., Lodge No. 286, I.O.O.F. of which Mr. Holler was a member and by members of Protection Lodge No. 419, I.O.O.F.

E.G. Tharp, Clay Woolfolk, Clarence Condra, H.O. Bauers, M.L. Webster and Willis Bratcher were the active pall bearers and interment was in the local cemetery by the side of his deceased wife.

The Peacock Mortuary of Protection were in charge.

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Written by Michael S. Doran

May 17, 2011 at 6:00 pm

Article from Winter 1997 American Quilter magazine features quilt from Rebecca Doran

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Linking Logs by Wanda Mallow in the Winter 1997 issue of American Quilter magazine.


Wanda Mallow was a descendant of Phoebe Ann Doran Holler.

Mallow, Wanda Lee
February 02, 2005
Wanda Lee Mallow, nee Pettigrew, of Fox Lake, IL, formerly of Palatine and Colorado, dear wife of Richard C. Mallow; beloved mother of Nancy Ann (Craig) Miller of LaGrange, Kenneth Richard (Kathleen) Mallow of Palatine and Paul Kevin (Sharon) Mallow of Minnesota; devoted grandmother of eight; great-grandmother of 10; fond brother of Lawrence Curtis (Jeanne) Pettigrew of California, Keith Glenn Pettigrew of Colorado and the late Willa Lee and the late Marilyn Pettigrew. Retired Vice President of Palatine National Bank, also formerly of State of Illinois Credit Union and Union Bell Credit Union. Memorial Services 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 5, 2005 at the the K.K. Hamsher Funeral Home, 12 N. Pistakee Lake Rd., Fox Lake (The Chapel on the Lake, 1 blk W. of Rt. 12, 1/2 blk N. of Grand Ave.). Friends may attend from 12 noon thru time of Services. Memorials for the Wanda Mallow Memorial Fund for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, 651 W. Washington Blvd., Suite 400, Chicago, IL 60661. Information 847-587-2100 .


Written by Michael S. Doran

May 12, 2011 at 7:33 pm

Obituary of Mary Rebecca Maxwell Doran

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The Lyons Republican
November 5, 1897


DORAN, – At the home of her daughter, in Pioneer township, on Tuesday, November 2, 1897, at 2 o’clock p. m. Grandma Doran, aged 96 years.

The deceased has been poorly for the past year or two but previous to that time she enjoyed good health and was able to read a newspaper without the use of spectacles.

She was probably the oldest person in Rice county and leaves a large circle of friends to mourn her loss.  She has been a resident of that section for the past 15 years.

The funeral services were held at the M. E. church at Chase at 2 o’clock p. m. Wednesday.


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Written by Michael S. Doran

May 7, 2011 at 12:16 pm

Obituary of James Doran

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The Chase Record
October 26, 1893


  James Doran died at his home in Chase, Tuesday the 24 inst.  He was born on the Isle of Man in 1802.  When he was 19 he crossed the Atlantic and settled in the Province of New Brunswick where he was married in 1827 to Miss Rebecca Maxwell.  To them were born ten children.  All but one (who died in the service of his country) and his aged companion survive him.  Leaving New Brunswick he came to Massachusetts in 1847 and and from there he removed to Illinois in 1850 where he remained until he came to Chase nine years ago.  When a young man he was converted and united with the Freewill Baptist church, but since 1852 he has been an earnest and faithful member of the M. E. church.  During the greater part of the time since he came to Chase he has been a member of the board of trustees.

Card of Thanks.
We hereby extend our thanks to all who so kindly assisted us during the illness and death of our beloved companion and father.
Mrs. Rebecca Doran, and Family.

  The funeral of Grandpa Doran Wednesday was one of the largest ever witnessed in Rice county and even a stranger gazing on the vast assembly that followed him to his last resting place would know that one of Rice county’s greatest and most respected men had been called hence.

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Written by Michael S. Doran

May 7, 2011 at 11:37 am

Newspaper Article Regarding Mary Jane Doran Dunlap 80th Birthday and 1909 Family Reunion

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Shelby County Republican
July 15, 1909

Nearly one hundred people gathered at the Dunlap farm Tuesday to celebrate Mrs. Mary J. Dunlap’s eightieth birthday. The weather was fine and the day was spent in visiting and merry making. Dinner lasted all the afternoon. There were present three of her brothers, one sister, one son and six daughters, besides a host of grandchildren and other relatives, also many neighbors. Another sister, Mrs. J. M. Holler, and her husband of Yelton, Okla., arrived one day late having been delayed by washouts and wind storms. All present enjoyed the day and the dinner and wish Mrs. Dunlap many returns of the day. The list of those present is too long to print, owing to limited space, but friends and relatives were present from Spartin, Ill., Fairview, Okla., Isabel, Kan., Henry Ill., Hartford, S. D., Scotland, S. D., Troy, S. D., Aral, S. D., and Farragut, Manilla, Smithland, Avoca, Dow City, Botna and Irwin, Iowa.

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Written by Michael S. Doran

March 24, 2011 at 7:37 pm

Mary Jane Doran Dunlap 80th Birthday – 1909 Family Reunion

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Following is a copy of a news account of the eightieth birthday of Mary Jane Doran Dunlap. She was the grandmother of Ilo Irwin Schroeder. Ed Irwin mentioned in the article was Ilo’s father and a nephew of E.W. Irwin for whom Irwin was named.

TUESDAY, JULY 13, 1909”

Tuesday, July 13, Mrs. J.M. Dunlap celebrated her eightieth birthday, surrounded by over a hundred of her relatives and friends who had gathered at her home, one and one-half miles north of Irwin by invitation to assist in this, her “red letter” day. Among those present were three brothers, Thomas Doran of Oklahoma, Wm. Doran of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, and Robert Doran of Henry, Illinois, and one sister, Mrs. Wm. Monier of Sparling Illinois, and six daughters, Mrs. Alex Mitchell of Hartford, South Dakota, Mrs. Charlie Goodner of Anderson, Iowa, Mrs. A.L. Reed of Raymond, South Dakota, Mrs. Charles Barr of Manilla, Mrs. Frank Beymer of Avoca and one son, Roy Dunlap of Irwin. Also present were Mrs. Nellie Dunlap and three daughters of Smithland, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Mitchell and two children of Troy, South Dakota, Mr. and Mrs. James Mitchell and three children of Scotland, South Dakota, Mr. John Mitchell of Hartford, South Dakota, Mrs. Ray Rathburn of Hartford, South Dakota, Mrs. Margaret Thomson and son also of South Dakota, and Mr. and Mrs. Frank O’Dell of Dow City. There were about thirty grandchildren and five great-grandchildren and a large number of neighbors and friends.

A large tent had been secured for the occasion in which the tables were set – seating about sixty five people. The day was an ideal one for the reunion. All Monday afternoon until the wee small hours of the morning, the relatives began to arrive from a distance and were stored away in the many places prepared for them. Long before the chickens began to crow the men were awakened by the ladies of the party, calling them to get up – some to milk, others to turn the separator, bring water, take care of the children, hunt fresh eggs – for some who had not seen “fresh eggs” for many moons, while the ladies prepared a breakfast that seldom has its equal. How so many good eatables could be gathered together in so short a time puzzled the hungry men!

The home, which is situated on a hill a quarter of a mile from the mail road, surrounded by a large fine grove and beautiful lawn, was soon one of the happiest and busiest places on earth. Old friends who had not seen each other for forty years were renewing old acquaintances and were as happy as in their childhood days. It was one of the largest gatherings of relatives and friends held in that vicinity for years. Ed Irwin acted as chef and surely did a fine job – until he came to the chicken.

Mrs. Dunlap has lived in her present home near Irwin for over thirty years and is one of the oldest settlers in the area and is enjoying excellent health. Words cannot be found that will express the happiness and thanks to her relatives and friends who bestowed upon her, this happy gathering on her eightieth birthday, and may she live to see many more is the wish of her large circle of friends.”

Mrs. Dunlap was born in New Brunswick in 1829 and came to United States when she was fifteen. She and her husband came to Shelby County in 1880 and moved one and one-half miles north of Irwin in 1882. She lived to be over ninety years old. Her daughter, Louemma, married Ed Irwin who was born in Washington County, Iowa in 1862. He was the son of Ebeneezer Irwin. Eben Irwin, brother of E.W. Irwin, was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania January 28, 1822.

Ed and Louemma had seven children: Alice who died in infancy, Orval (died 1962), Mabel (Mrs. George Delaney) of Chicago, Ilo Schroeder of Irwin, Rea Grieder of Harlan, Rhoda Mitchell (died 1971) and Agnes O’Brien (died 1942).

Ilo Irwin married Carl Schroeder, son of Jochim and Elfrieda Frank Schroeder March 5, 1919. Their daughter Arlene married Jerry Gustafson of Stratford, Iowa. The have two daughters: Lee Ann (Mrs. Gary Leinen) and Gwen of Denison. The Leinens also live at Irwin and have two daughters: Cori born in 1975 and Wendy born in 1979.

Ebeneezer Irwin had eight children. A daughter, Cora, was the grandmother of Max Edwards of Irwin.

Written by Michael S. Doran

March 24, 2011 at 7:14 pm