ALBIA UNION, January 27, 1899 (Vol. 37 No. 46) 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 mother.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 COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES 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.
MELROSE BELL, May 1916Addiitional Notes
PROGRAM 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. "THROUGH DARKNESS TO LIGHT" 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.
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"."
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