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Obituary of Margaret Doran Brewster

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The Enterprise
November 2, 1933

Mrs. Margaret Doran Brewster passed away at the home of her son, J. M. Brewster, Monday, Oct. 23 following a brief illness.  Funeral rites were held at this home Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o’clock conducted by Rev. C.C. Norlin.  The remains were taken to Iowa early Wednesday morning and services were held there.  Burial was made at Alta Vista, Iowa beside the husband who died in 1912 Mr. and Mrs. Brewster accompanied the body to Iowa.  They returned home Friday.  Mrs. Brewster, at the time of her death was 98 years 6 months and 28 days old.  She was active and had been able to care for herself until the last days of her life.  She had made her home with a daughter at Clear Lake, Ia. For the past fourteen years.  She passed away last spring at her home there.  Mrs. Brewster came here a few weeks ago to live with her son and family.  Surviving beside the son is another son, Fred Brewster of Cleveland, Ohio and a daughter, Mrs. Lois Turnstall of Yakima, Washington, twenty-one grandchildren, twenty-six great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

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Probably taken from the Pilot-Tribune newspaper in Fort Calhoun, Washington County, Nebraska
Probably published around October 25, 1933

Mrs. Brewster, 98 Dies at Home of Son; Lived Here

Funeral Services at Bailey Home Thursday; Burial at Alta Vista, Iowa

Grandma Brewster, who has for the last 10 years made her home with her grand-daughter Mrs. W. H. Bailey, South Second street, died at the home of her son J. M. Brewster, at Herman, Neb., Monday.

Short funeral services will be held at the Bailey home, South Second street, Thursday morning.  Burial will be at Alta Vista, where her husband, Milo Brewster is buried.

Mrs. Brewster was born at New Brunswick, Canada, March 26, 1835, and came to Boston with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. James Doran, when she was 13 years old.  At that time the trend was to go west and get a farm and they migrated to Illinois in a covered wagon and settled in Illinois on a farm where they lived several years.

It was while they lived in Illinois that she married Milo Brewster and then started west again to seek their new home, having lived in Kansas, Missouri, and finally took up a homestead in South Dakota.

Mrs. Brewster had a very keen mind to her death and could relate experiences since her childhood and was endeared to all who knew her.  She has several great grandchildren and many grandchildren, all of whom have during her lifetime received something she had made for them as she was an artist with the needle.  She was always alert and never has seen much sickness and was of the sturdy generation who believed in home living and substantial foods to which she attributed her long life.

Grandma Brewster was a student of her Bible and was reared in a Methodist home and took keen interest in all things pertaining to the good of mankind.


Written by Michael S. Doran

June 8, 2011 at 7:17 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

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

Obituary of John Doran

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Hopkins Journal
March 18, 1897




John Doran was born in New Brunswick, Canada, March 19, 1830, and died March 9, 1897.  He lived in New Brunswick till 1850, when he came with his parents to Marshall County, Illinois.  On the 25th of December, 1855, he was married to Sarah A. White, of which union 12 children were born, five of whom have passed on before – Myram R., Jesse B., Eliza J., Clarence R., and Margaret E., while seven yet remain – Lucy W., Wm W, Pheobe A., Elsienore R., James C., Sarah A., and Beatrice C.  He moved from Illinois to Kansas and then to Nodaway County, MO., six and one-half miles southwest of Hopkins, in 1881.   He became a member of the Good Hope M.E. Church during Rev. Sapp’s revival about the number 13 years ago.  He served his church in the capacity of class leader for about six years, being Sunday school superintendent part of the time.  He was ever faithful to the trust reposed in him.  On Sunday night, two weeks before his death, he lead the prayer meeting and spoke with unusual interest.  He often said he wanted to be ready when the Master called him.  His suffering was excruciating, caused by dry gangrene.  He soon realized that he had but a short time to live.  His faith and hope were perfect, and his last words were, “Blessed Jesus on the Cross.”  He passed away calmly and sweetly.  Telegrams were sent to all the family, but all could not come.  None doubt his acceptance into the home prepared for him.  What a sweet comfort to trust in Jesus in death.  He maintained family worship in his home and will be greatly missed at the hour of prayer.  The family have the sympathy of all in their bereavement.  We are standing on the promises, but he has entered into his reward.  Rev. Wood conducted the funeral exercises in a very impressive manner, and the remains were laid to rest in the Hopkins Cemetery.

Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.



The Nodaway Democrat
March 25, 1897




It has again pleased Almighty God in his infinite mercy and wonderful works of nature to remove from our midst our beloved and much adored father and friend, John Doran.  He was born in New Brunswick, Canada, in 1830 and died March 9, 1897, at his home, six and a-half miles southwest of Hopkins.  He was taken suddenly ill with the dreaded disease gangrene, pronounced by the physician.  His sufferings were beyond expression of the human tounge.  All the medical skill and tender watch care from many faithful friends could not relieve his pains nor restore him to health again.  He was hopeful of recovery by many until about five days before his soul took flight to that better home beyond the river.  We have known the deceased only a few short years, but his daily life and actions have been such that any one might feel safe to take example of.  He was married to Sarah White in Illinois about the year 1855 and has made Illinois and Missouri his home most of the time since.

He was a true friend to his fellow man; always ready to lend a helping hand in any time of need, a kind and loving husband and father, setting good examples daily for his children to follow, and above all a true friend to God and a faithful worker in His cause.  But his days were numbered and the Lord saw fit to take him up to the land of glory where he’ll sing and praise His holy name forever.  Mr. Doran was a great lover of song and might be heard singing the beautiful hymns of praise most anytime he was round about his daily work.

During his illness his whole thought and attention were directed toward Heaven, in song and prayer.  He was a consistent worker in the M.E. Church, and will certainly be missed in the services of every kind.  No one was more faithful nor attended every means of grace more regularly than he.  His pastor called to see him.  But he did not talk very much, as he was so weak, yet he said, “The Lord has been with me all the time, and is with me still.”  A blessed thought.  The last words he spoke were, “Blessed Jesus on the Cross.”

He was the father of twelve children, of whom five have passed over the river of death.  He leaves his aged mother, wife and seven children, with many near relatives and friends to mourn his loss.  May all he loved meet him in that better land where all is peace and love.

The funeral services were held at Good Hope, a little country church near his home, on last Thursday, at 11 o’clock a.m., conducted by his pastor, Rev. C.E. Wood of Pickering, afterwich the remains were laid to rest in the Hopkins cemetery, and a very large concourse of people followed to pay the last side rites to the honored man.    A FRIEND.


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Written by Michael S. Doran

March 16, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Obituary of Robert Doran

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Henry News Republican
March 4, 1926

Robert Doran Dies of Neuralgia of Heart Thursday

Resident of Henry for over 20 years; funeral services Saturday afternoon.

Shortly after completing plans for his annual health trip to Hot Springs, Ark., Thursday afternoon, Robert Doran passed away while lying on a couch and with his wife sitting beside him.

They had been discussing their yearly excursion to this health resort when neuralgia of the heart brought about the end at 4:30.

Mr. Doran has always been held in highest esteem by a large circle of friends and acquaintances gained through his honesty, his uprightness and industry.

Until about twenty-two years ago Mr. Doran had farmed. Upon retiring from the farm he with his wife, Amanda Baker, moved to Henry.

Miss Baker and he were married December 31, 1898. To them were born six children, a daughter Clara and five boys. The daughter and one son died in infancy, and Clyde and Clifford passed away a few years ago. The mother passed away January 5, 1914.

He was married again several years ago to Mrs. Losty Clover, the ceremony being performed at St. Mark’s church in Peoria.

At the time of his death he was within a few days of his 82nd birthday, having been born March 7, 1844.

Two sons, Clarence of Lacon and Claude of Sioux City, Ia, with his wife, survive him.

He was a member of the Methodist church but never affiliated with any lodges.

Mr. Doran also served with the Union Army in the Civil War.

Funeral services were held at the late home Saturday afternoon at two o’clock, in charge of Rev. H.G. Dusenberry.

Edward, Thomas, Halsey and John Monier, Grover Kirby and Anthony Kern bore the remains to their last resting place in the City cemetery.

The singers were Mrs. H.F. Andrews, Mrs. J.E. Quinn and Sherman Littler.

The services at the grave were conducted by Henry Post. No. 323, American Legion.

Bert Wimer blew “Taps” as a last farewell.

Out-of-town attendants at the obsequies were: Mrs. Mina Monier and daughters, Anna and Alice of Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Henry Wombacher, Peoria; Mr. and Mrs. Edw. Monier, Princeton; Mrs. Mina Monier, Princeton; Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Doran and family, Lacon; Claude Doran, Sioux City, Ia., and Mrs. Mabel Doran, Peoria.

Written by Michael S. Doran

February 28, 2011 at 9:22 pm

Obituary of Willmina Doran Monier

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Relate History of Life of Mrs. Willmina Monier

Willmina Doran, daughter of James and Rebecca Doran, and one of a family of ten children, was born at St. Johns, New Brunswick, Canada, July 5, 1841 and passed away at her home, 1503 Knoxville Ave., Peoria, Ill. On May 24, 1932 at the age of 90 years, 10 months and 21 days.

When about eight years of age, she with her parents, six brothers and three sisters moved to Boston, Mass., where they lived one year.  On October 1, 1850, after a two weeks journey, they arrived Lacon, Ill.  Later on, the family moved to a farm west of the river.

She was united in marriage to William Monier, December 25, 1860 and all her married life was spent on a farm near Sparland, living for 46 years on the place which is now the home of her son, Halsey, and it was the dearest spot on earth to her.

Mrs. Monier was a woman of splendid character, endowed with every womanly grace and unassumed dignity and her stong mentality endured to the end of her long life.  She loved nature and had a wide knowledge of birds, trees and flowers.  It was one of her chief pleasures to impart this knowledge to her grandchildren, who found it a great wonder and delight.  She lived the life of a true Christian, having joined the Methodist Episcopal church when a young girl.  Since her residence in Peoria she attended the Arcadia Presbyterian Church near her home.  For her, death had no fears.  Her work was done and her memory is a blessed heritage to those left behind.

Mr. Monier died March 19, 1907, and in April, 1910, Mrs. Monier and her two daughters moved to Peoria, Ill.

She is survived by four sons and two daughters, James Edward of Princeton, Ill., Thomas of Galva, Ill., John and R. Halsey of Sparland and Anna and Alice of Peoria; also, 14 grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and a sister, Mrs. Margaret Brewster of ClearLake, Iowa, who is past 96 years of age.  The eldest son, Charles William Monier died April 20, 1920, one granddaughter, Nellie Willmina Monier April 7, 1921, and one little great-granddaughter, Carol Anne, February 26, 1932.

Funeral services were held on Thursday at 3p.m. at  the United Presbyterian church in La Prarie conducted by Rev. Ernest L. Fernandes of the Arcadia Presbyterian Church, assisted by the local pastor, Rev. A. S. Bailey.

There was a wonderful profusion of flowers, silent messangers of love and sympathy.  The pallbearers were six grandsons.  Interment was made in the family lot in the Saratoga cemetery.

Written by Alice Monier daughter of Willmina Monier

Written by Michael S. Doran

February 26, 2011 at 2:56 pm