ALBIA UNION, January 27, 1899 (Vol. 37 No. 

Grim death, which is always ready and on the 
alert for victims, in all stations of life, 
the young, the old, the rich, and poor, last 
Friday afternoon bore to the realms of the 
great beyond the soul of Mrs. Michael 
Mahoney, a pioneer and a highly esteemed old 
lady who lived south of the city.  Death came 
peacefully and the last flickering flames of 
the candle of life was extinguished, the 
deceased, who had borne so patiently her 
sufferings for the past six months, looked 
for the last time upon the faces of a 
watchful family and a host of sympathetic 
friends.  Words are incapable of expressing 
the happiness of a mother as she has the 
consolation in her last moments of realizing 
that those whom she has loved and cherished 
are with her as she stands on the verge of 
the great chasm that divides us from the 
world beyond the skies, from which place no 
traveler ever returns, but awaits the 
opportunity of meeting us there.  While death 
is always viewed with much pain and grief, 
yet it has linked with it the pleasing 
thought that it is but the transition of the 
soul from a temporary home to a happy 
blissful one, which is a journey that we must 
all inevitably take and where we shall meet 
in joyful family reunion.  Mrs. Mahoney had 
journeyed down the stream of life until she 
had reached her 73rd milestone, and in the 
brief period which she spent on this mundane 
sphere of ours the world was better for her 
having lived.  Her kind neighborly and 
charitable disposition accounts for the many 
warm friends who attended her during her long 
illness and followed the remains to their 
long last home in the Melrose Catholic 
cemetery.  She was a devout member of the 
Catholic church, and the eloquent words of 
Rev. O'Reilly as he preached the funeral 
service were very impressive, as he eulogized 
the splendid traits of her noble character.  
A large concourse of friends, as well as a 
husband, two sons and two daughters, mourn 
her death.  The UNION also takes this means 
of offering its sincere sympathy to the 
bereaved relatives. 

Daniel Mahoney, a roadmaster on the B., C. R. 
& N. Ry., arrived here from his home at 
Sibley, Iowa, Saturday evening in response to 
a telegram announcing the death of his 

See additional information below

MELROSE BELL, March 9, 1916 

John Denman & Family have moved to John 
Mahoney's farm south of town and Mr. Mahoney 
has come to town to take life easy.

MELROSE BELL, June, 1920 


Tuesday evening June 8th marked the closing 
exercises of St. Patrick's school at 
Georgetown.  There were 13 graduates the 
largest class yet.  Consisting of six boys 
and seven girls. The auditorium was decorated 
in class colors, Gold, Blue and White, with 
flowers. A splendid program was given by the 
class and was enjoyed by all.  Margaret 
Sinnott gave the Salutatory address and 
Philip Mahoney gave the Valedictory. Rev. 
Father O'Neil of Albia delivered the 
Commencement address Many friends from 
Melrose, Albia and Hiteman attended.  Those 
from a distance were: Rev. Father McCormick, 
of Melrose; Rev. Father O'Neill, of Albia; 
Rev. Father Cash, of Weller; Rev. Father 
Ryan, of Lovilla; Sister Loretto and Sister 
Emmilla, of Ottumwa; Sister Patricia and 
Sister Berchman, of Melrose. 

Class Roll
John Crall 
Edmund Crall 
John Heffron 
John Brothers 
Patricins Judge 
Philip Mahoney 
Nora Cummins 
Anna Brothers 
Teresa Rowan 
Johanna Rowan 
Rose Murray 
Margaret Sinnott 
Mildren Montgomery 

Class Motto: 

Tonight we set sail.  Where shall we anchor.



        The following program will be given 
by the pupils of St. Patrick's High School, 
Georgetown, Iowa, Friday evening, May 5, at 
the A. O. H. Hall at 8 o'clock. 

                Drama in Four Acts 

                        Act I 

                        Act II. 
SCENE I.  Trixley Hall. 
        Lace Vender-"Gipsy in Disguise." 
   "Pat and His Countrymen"-----Philip 
Mahoney, Daniel Craig 

        (If weather does not permit the 
program being given on Friday evening it will 
be postponed.

Addiitional Notes

Through inquiries to RR websites I found out that the initials B.C.R.& N. stands for the Burlington Cedar Rapids and Northern. The route can be traced from Burlington, IA northward thru Cedar Rapids following the Cedar River to today's Iowa State Hwy 9 then westward to Sioux Falls, SD. Sibley, Daniel's home and the birthplace of Phil Sr is on this leg. In reference to the job of 'Roadmaster' I was given this description.

"I'm very familiar with the job today - I can't guarantee that it was the same 100 years ago!

The roadmaster is the highest in-the-field position involved in maintaining the right of way. He (I might as well say "he", since I doubt that even today there are any female roadmasters) is typically responsible for an entire subdivision. For example, a Roadmaster on the BNSF down here in southern Iowa would be in charge of all of the track maintenance from Albia to Creston and Albia to Des Moines.

The Roadmaster has a number of Foremen under him who in turn deal with the gangs working on the track.

This job is a huge responsibility, intimately linked to safety and train performance in the subdivision. The Roadmaster is never off duty except when he takes an official vacation. He is the first point of contact for any problem like a broken rail, a rough spot, grade crossing damage, etc. He is frequently called at odd hours of the night and must then gather a crew and go to the site of the problem and supervise the repairs.

The corresponding position on the operations side is the "Trainmaster" or "Road Foreman of Engines"."

The B C R & N was acquired by the Rock Island line. In the link below, dug up the following info.

In 1885, the Rock Island purchased the majority of the outstanding stock of the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern Railway. It later was to take over the line completely. The road, extending from Burlington to Manly Junction, Iowa and including lines to Estherville and Sioux Falls and Watertown, South Dakota, provided entry into Minnesota and the Twin Cities.

A historic development occurred near the close of this decade, when on June 1, 1902, the Burlington, Cedar Rapids and Northern leased its property to the Rock Island for 999 years. This added another 1,289 miles to the system.

Seems to me in the '.....Mary Ann' book that she remarked about Daniel spending some time at her place. The acquistion could well have been the end of that job.

In digging for info came across a site with old maps of Iowa RR's, they had this info. The RR was, at one time, the 'Burlington, Cedar Rapids, and Minnesota Railway', consolidated June 30, 1868, from the 'Cedar Rapids and Burlington' and the 'Cedar Rapids and St. Paul'. The info above would appear to have ignored the St. Paul link although in his text he mentioned the acquisition 'provided entry into Minnesota and the Twin Cities'.


The Rock Island