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The Marin Journal
Thursday, May 23, 1901
Edward Gallagher, Nicasio Pioneer Passed Away
On May 18 another of Marin County's esteemed and respected pioneers answered Deaths summons. EDWARD GALLAGHER, passed away at his home at North Bend station, near Point Reyes. For many years he had resided in Marin County. He leaves a wife Mrs. Catherine Gallagher, 5 sons; John J., Daniel W., Edward L. Patrick II, and William Gallagher; and one daughter Mrs. R. Williams and a brother Patrick Gallagher, to mourn his death.
He had been long in failing health. No one who knew Mr. Gallagher could fail to love him, for a more amiable man never lived. His big heart seemed to have a warm corner in it somewhere for everyone. In his long residence here, no one ever heard him pass a word of criticism or disparagement of any human being. This characteristic, as might be supposed, won him a legion of friends, and no one could have departed this life more sincerely regretted. He was also a skillful farmer and accumulated a large fortune.
The funeral services were held at the church at Olema, and was conducted by Father Burne. Miss Murray, Miss Caesar, and Miss Eden went up to sing for the funeral. It was one of the largest funerals ever held in the County, there being nearly 200 carriages in the procession.
Thursday, May 30, 1901
Funeral for Ed Gallagher
The funeral of EDWARD GALLAGHER, which was held from his late residence at North Bend Station on Tuesday, May 21, was the largest ever witnessed in Marin County, there being nearly 200 vehicles in the procession. Representatives from Point Reyes, Olema, Tomales, Nicasio, Petaluma, Novato, San Rafael, and San Francisco attended the services.
Mr. Gallagher was one of Marin's old and highly esteemed pioneers. He came here some 40 years ago from his native country, Ireland, and entered the dairy business. He and Mr. Heilon of Nicasio, who was one of the pallbearers, were partners on an adjoining ranch for many years. Since then his business progressed and with the aid of scientific management and frugality, Mr. Gallagher became an extensive landowner.
Mr. Gallagher was a man with a liberal disposition and a large, kind heart, who would willingly give his all to a suffering neighbor or friend. And a kinder or more considerate man could not be found. He recently moved from his large ranch in Nicasio, now occupied by his son John, to a smaller one at North Bend, where his life expired.
A widow and 6 children survive him. John J., Daniel W., and Edward L., who are dairymen in this vicinity; Patrick H., who is at present at Cape Nome; Mrs. Williams of Stockton, and William Gallagher of San Francisco.
The funeral services conducted by Father Byrne were held in the Catholic Church at Olema. High mass was sung by Miss Carson, Miss Murray and Miss Eden of San Rafael. The remains were conveyed to the Olema Cemetery about a mile distant, where they were entered in that lone, dark sepulcher from which no traveler returneth. May he rest in peace and receive his reward in heaven. The floral tributes were the most beautiful and expensive ever seen in this locality. The bereaved family have the sympathy of this and other communities.
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