States: Michigan: Ottawa
Coopersville Observer, April 27, 1894
Thos. Malone Sr., died at Coopersville, Tuesday, April 10, 1894, aged 76 years, 3 months, and 17 days. He was born in Mountain Parish, town of Multy, Parma county, Westmeath, Ireland. He came to this country in June 1849, landing at New York, and went direct to Oswego in York State. In September of the same year, he started for Michigan, landing at Grand Haven, November 3, 1849. He went to Steele's landing by boat, the party consisting of Thomas and Patrick Malone, aunt Ann and child, and myself. Michael and Patrick McClure went ahead of us. We stopped with Mr. Dickerson, the father of Mrs. Hamilton, of Iowa City, on the corner of the town line and old state road ( opposite Stile's) until the men cut the roads from about one-half mile west of Coopersville to our home. A shanty was built just opposite Mr. Malone's old house. His occupation in those early days was mostly draying, as there was no railroad, and all the produce was carted from the farm to market, and generally purchased by the carmen, and sold in the market by him. He was a highly educated man, and did his share towards developing the county to it's present prosperity. As a pioneer worker, his memory will long be cherished by those who knew him best. His remains were interred in the Catholic cemetery near Berlin and his funeral was largely attended.
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