J. H. FITZGERALD.
On the list of those who have passed away but who during active life were numbered among the most worthy citizens
in Marion county, taking part in its pioneer development and in its later progress, was J. H. Fitzgerald, who was
born in Clinton county, Ohio, September 29, 1828. His parents were Jesse and Sarah (Taggart) Fitzgerald. The family
became residents of Black Hawk county, Iowa, about 1845 and some years later removed to Marion county, where the
parents spent their remaining days. At length, called to their final rest, their remains were interred in one of
the cemeteries of this county.
J. H. Fitzgerald spent his boyhood and youth in his parents' home and his training was that of the energetic farm
lad who is taught the value of industry and perseverance. In his youthful days much of the farm work that is now
done by machinery was accomplished by hand and his youth was a period of earnest and unremitting toil. He always
followed the occupation to which he was reared and at one time was the owner of one hundred and fifteen acres of
rich and productive land, which he carefully cultivated and improved, making it a valuable farm.
On the ist of August, 1884, Mr. Fitzgerald was united in marriage to Miss Henrietta Lemmon, a daughter of Elias
and Catherine Lemmon, who were pioneers of this county, coming here in 1849. Mr. and Mrs. Fitzgerald became the
parents of eight children, J. D., Elias, Charles, John, Jane, Henry, Sarah and Alice. Of this number four are still
living, Elias, John, Sarah and Henry having passed away.
Mr. Fitzgerald was a republican in his political views and kept informed concerning the questions and issues of
the day but did not seek nor desire office, his entire time being given to his farm work. He was, however, interested
in public affairs that pertained to the improvement and upbuilding of the community and was recognized as a public-spirited
citizen. He served as a school director and the cause of education found in him a stalwart friend. He guided his
life by the teachings of the Methodist Episcopal church and was honored wherever known. His widow, who was born
November 1, 1834, and has therefore reached the eightieth milestone on life's journey, still survives and since
the death of her husband, which occurred on the 12th of September, 1902, she has removed to Attica, where she is
History of Marion County, Iowa
And its People
John W. Wright, Supervising Editor
W. A. Young, Associate
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Marion County, IA
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