After an illness of four weeks brot on from peritonitis, Mrs. Maria O'Brien, one of the oldest settlers in Mason City passed away at a local hospital this morning. Mrs. O'Brien has been a resident of Mason City for more than fifty years having moved here from North McGregor about 1870.
Maria Cross was born in Montreal, Canada, May 23, 1851, where she spent her early childhood. Later she moved to North McGregor, Iowa, where she married Timothy O'Brien on October 12, 1867. The couple then moved to Mason City, where Mr. O'Brien acted as special police for the Chicago Milwaukee and St. Paul railroad, losing his life twenty six years ago, when he was shot and killed protecting the interests of his company.
Mrs. O'BBrien is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Nellie Pratt and Mrs. Jennie Godfrey of Minneapolis and one brother. Thomas Cross, also of Minneapolis. Three children, Mrs. T.L. Hogan of Minneapolis, Ed. O'Brien of Austin, and John O'Brien of McGregor also mourn her death.
The funeral services will be held at St. Joseph's church Thursday morning. Interent will be at Elmwood cemetery.
The news of the death of Mrs. O'Brien will be received with sorrow by the large circle of friends which she has made since taking up her residence in this city. She was a loving wife and a fond mother and an untiring worker for her church and for the Ladies' Relief Corps of which she has been a member for many years.
Poster's note: Church & State docs show recorded date of marriage between Maria & Timothy O'Brien as Oct 8, 1867.)
The obituary references her child, Mrs. T. L. Hogan of Minneapolis, who was born: Mary O'Brien and married T. L. Hogan. (We believe T.L. was "Timothy L.")
Maria O'Brien did file to receive Tim's military pension after his death and the record shows Tim had been married prior but his first wife had been deceased.
Although only one brother, Thomas, is referenced above,we believe there were other Cross brothers (perhaps preceding Maria's death): William & Michael in same family.
If you are related to any relatives of Maria (Cross) O’Brien, mentioned in this obituary, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
(Kathy O’Brien, daughter of John Earle O’Brien, he was son of Earle O'Brien, who was son of John James O'Brien, who was Maria & Tim O'Brien's firstborn son.)
Obituary newspaper photocopy, which didnt show date on it or newspaper name),provided to me from Joen De Muth (daughter of Esther O'Brien (another child of John James O'Brien), who I believe obtained copy from Dan O'Brien (son of Daniel O'Brien, another son of John James O'Brien). Year of death is estimated to have been abt 1919 due to reference to of Timothy O’Brien “losing his life twenty six years ago” and we know his death occurred October 2, 1893.