James Cahill, who is successfully engaged in farming on section 32, Hartford township, was born in Maine on
the 2d of February, 186o, of the marriage of Edward and Margaret (Sullivan) Cahill, both natives of Ireland, where
they were reared and married. Upon coming to the United States they made their way to Bureau county, Illinois,
and located upon a farm there. Both passed away in that county, the demise of the father occurring in 1875 and
that of the mother in 1900.
James Cahill was reared upon the home farm in Bureau county, Illinois, and educated in the district schools. He
continued to live with his mother until 1884 and then came to Iowa, settling first in Poweshiek county. About two
years later, however, he located in Iowa county and for fourteen years farmed as a renter. In 1900 he purchased
the quarter section of land in Hartford township where he has since resided. He has made a number of improvements
upon the farm and his place is well kept up. His industry and good judgment are rewarded by abundant crops annually.
In 1886 Mr. Cahill married Miss Mary McGrory, a native of Wisconsin, and they have become the parents of seven
children, as follows: Mae, at home; Edward, who is farming in Lincoln township; and Winifred, James, Raymond, John
and William, all at home.
Mr. Cahill is a democrat in politics and for several years served as a member of the school board. He and his family
are communicants of the Catholic church and do all in their power to promote its advancement and growth. Mr. Cahill
owns stock in the Victor Savings Bank and is known as a well to do citizen and a man who has thoroughly identified
his interests with those of Iowa county.
History of Iowa County, Iowa
And its People
By: James C. Dinwiddie
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Iowa County, IA
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