Matt Hannon, a well known merchant of Parnell, Iowa, and likewise engaged in the fire insurance business there,
is a native on of Ohio, born on the 1st of May, 1853, of the marriage of Thomas and Mary (Cordan) Hannon. His parents
were born in Ireland but in the late '40s emigrated to America and located in Ohio, removing to Iowa county, Iowa,
in 1856. They took up their residence upon a farm in this county and both lived here until called to the great
beyond. The mother died in 1864 and the father subsequently remarried. Six children were born to his first union
and eight to his second and all but one are still living.
Matt Hannon remained at home until he became of age and then purchased a farm, which he operated for about ten
years. At the end of that time he sold out and entered business circles of Parnell as a merchant. He has continued
in mercantile pursuits and as his business methods are honorable and as he carries a good stock his trade is steadily
growing. For the past twenty years he has also written life insurance and does a good business in that line as
he represents excellent companies.
On the 28th of February, 1876, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Hannon and Miss Margaret Hogen, who was born
in Muscatine, Iowa, a daughter of Patrick and Mary (Bolton) Hogen, both natives of Ireland. They came to America
many years ago and lived for some time in Iowa county, both passing away here. They were the parents of six children.
To Mr. and Mrs. Hannon have been born ten children: Mary, the wife of D. P. Ward, now a resident of South Dakota;
T. J. and P. J., both residing in Parnell; Katherine, the wife of C. J. Scanlan, of Oelwein, Iowa; Margaret and
D. M., both of whom are teaching school; Etta; William C.; Frank; and Matt, deceased.
Mr. Hannon is a democrat and for more than two decades has been justice of the peace. For six years he was mayor,
for four years township assessor, for fifteen years was a member of the school board and for the last ten years
has been town assessor. He has also been justice of the peace for twenty one years and his verdicts have never
been reversed in any of the higher courts. He is a social member of the Modem Woodmen of America of Parnell, and
both he and his wife are communicants of the Roman Catholic church. He is a representative business man and in
addition to his store he owns a good residence in Parnell, where he has made many friends and where he is highly
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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