From the Chatsworth Plaindealer
MARCH 18, 1910
One of the most sudden and shocking deaths which have occurred in Chatsworth, in many months, took place this morning, when Malachi Garrity, one of the best-known residents of this corner of the county, passed away at his residence on North Fourth street. He had been in his usual health and yesterday went to Forrest to pay the taxes on his land in that township. After returning on the three o'clock train he spent the major portion of the remainder of the day in the Plaindealer office. At about four o'clock this morning Mrs. Garrity noticed that he was breathing very heavily, although sound asleep, and called her son, James W., who resides but a short distance from the home of his parents. Efforts to arouse the sleeping man proved futile, and a physician was called. He made an examination and found the pulse about normal, although the heart was somewhat weak, which was thought nothing of, because Mr. Garrity had been troubled some with weak heart. It was decided to allow him to sleep. At about nine o'clock the end came. What was the direct cause of this sudden ending of the life of a man universally respected seems hard to understand, but the fact that he had been bothered for several months with stomach trouble, and was affected with a weak heart, probably explains his sudden demise.
Malachi Garrity was born in county Galloway, Ireland, August 10, 1845. He came to the United States in 1861, landing in New York, and from there he came to Illinois, locating at Ottawa. He resided at Ottawa and Watertown, Wis., until he came to this county in 1869. On February 2, 1870, he was united in marriage with Agnes Fitzgerald, who, with four sons and two daughters, survive him. Twelve years ago last month Mr. and Mrs. Garrity left their fine farm southwest of Chatsworth, in the edge of Forrest township, and moved to Chatsworth, where they had since made their home.
The children are: Fred P., of Chicago; James W., of this city; Margaret Agnes, wife of John P. O'Brien, of Chicago; Edmond C., of Chicago; Nellie, Sister M. Una, of Washington, D.C.; Leo F., who is attending school at Notre Dame. In addition to his immediate family deceased has two sisters, Mr. George Noonan and Mrs. O'Malley, who survive him.
Mr. Garrity was a member of the board of trustees of the village of Chatsworth for a number of years, being chairman of the street and alley committee several terms, which office he filled in a most efficient manner.
The funeral services will be held at SS. Peter and Paul's church on Monday morning at 9:30 o'clock.
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