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Murtha, Patrick, born in 1837, died in 1893, in memoriam. -The late Patrick Murtha whose death occurred in Croghan township in 1893, will always be held in pleasant memory as a type of man, parent and citizen, who by example and precept wielded a most beneficial influence for good upon the community. Their example being always depended upon for good, their example always so, though frequently, perhaps more often than not, they are less conspicuous in their careers than many men far more deserving of honors from their fellow men. Citizens of the class of Mr. Murtha seek no notoriety; more often they shun it. They do their whole duty, shirk none of life's responsibilities. Men of this character are usually forced into positions of trust. This was true of Mr. Murtha, a good and devout man in the best sense of the term. To him God, religion and his church were largely questions of duty and right living. A good man is always a benefit to a community although he may not be blessed with the gifts of great leadership among men, yet, as in the case of Mr. Murtha he was a leader in the sphere in which his lot was cast and thus his death is more to be regretted. He was born in Whitesboro and was a son of Peter and Julia (Finley) Murtha. His parents removerd to the town of Croghan during his infancy. His boyhood days, and in fact those of his mature manhood, were spent on his father's farm. His schooling came from that class of educational institutions known as the district school, whose advantages he early mastered. Both his parents died in 1881, his father in February, and his mother in July following. In 1882 he married Lucy, daughter of Patrick G. Byrnes of Croghan, and they had four children: Charles Frances, Lillian, Minnie and Patrick, jr. Mr. Murtha was a devout member of St. James church, Carthage, from which he was buried, the vast edifice being filled to its utmost with sympathizing friends of the deceased. He held for many years the position of justice in Croghan and was also a trustee in St. James church. By honesty he amassed more than a competency; by an upright life he won the esteem of his fellow men. A devoted husband and loving father, he has gone to his reward.

Our County and it's people
A descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers 1898

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