- Born: 19 May 1861, Fulton, IL
- Marriage: Hickey, Mary on 17 Jul 1896 in Clarence, Iowa
- Died: 5 Sep 1920, Vail, Iowa
- Buried: Catholic Cemetery, Vail, Iowa
OBITUARY in the Denison Review.
A deep Bloom was cast over the entire community Monday when it was learned that Mayor Morris O'Connor of Vail, had passed away at St. Joseph's Hospital in Omaha Sunday Night at 9:30 pm, following a sickness of less than three weeks' duration. The news was a shock to most of our people who were not aware that he was not enjoying his usual good health. Two years ago Mr. O'Connor suffered with an attack of influenza and since then had never enjoyed his usual good health, although he was able to be up and around attending to his practice and serving as mayor of Vail. About three weeks ago he was taken sick and not showing any improvement it was decided to take him to St. Joseph's hospital in Omaha, where he was under the care of Dr. Dunn, who diagnosed his trouble as creeping paralysis, followed by a blood clot on the brain, causing his death. During his confinement at the hospital in Omaha his sons, John and Charles, his sisters, Mrs. M. Magner and Mrs. John Meehan and brother Michael were at his bedside comforting him in every way possible.
Morris O'Connor was born in Fulton, IL., May 19, 1861, and thus was a few months over 59 years of age at the time of his death. H was the son of John and Mary O'Connor, both natives of County Kerry, Ireland. In 1867 he moved with his parents to a farm in Crawford county. He received his early education in the rural school of the township and having decided to engage in law as a profession he entered the St. Louis law school in the fall of 1885 and graduated, receiving his degree of L.L.B. in the class of 1888. After receiving his degree he located here in Denison, where he practiced for two years then moved to Vail, where he has since made his home. He was united in marriage to Mary Hickey of Clarence, Iowa, July 17, 1896, and to this union was born two children, John H. and Charles G. On January 20th, 1912. Mrs. O'Connor departed this life and her death was a great blow to the devoted husband and true companion. He leaves to mourn his death his two sons, three brothers, Jeremiah and James, .of Denison, and Michael, of Kansas City, Kansas and two sisters, Mrs M. Magner of Denison and Mrs. John Meehan of Manilla. Many years he took an active part in everything pertaining to the advancement and welfare of the town which he loved. It may truthfully be said that Morris O'Connor did not have an enemy in the county and was one of the most beloved men in the community. During the many years of his residence here he has maintained a reputation of spotless integrity and purity of character. In business he received the confidence of hundreds of people and no such confidence was ever betrayed. While he .was always a staunch democrat and a great party worker he never sought public office other than that of mayor of Vail, his friends there prevailing upon him to accept the position that the town might receive the benefit of his .judgment and good business policies. There was never a movement launched for the betterment of the community in which he lived but what he did his full store, both financially and through well directed and enthusiastic i efforts. During the late war he was is never a bond campaign, a Red Cross drive or .K.C. drive but what he put his shoulder to the wheel and helped to put it successfully across. He was president of the Farmers State Bank, a bank organized at Vail a few years ago and under his guidance he lived to see it grow into one of the strong financial institutions of the county. Mr. O'Connor was a man of sound business judgment and public foresight who took a broad view of all public questions. He was of a quiet and unassuming disposition but loyal and warm hearted and one whom everyone was proud to call a friend. His memory will always be revered by scores of residents of Crawford county who came into contact with him.
Funeral services were held this Wednesday morning at 10:00 am at St. Ann's church in Vail, which was filled to overflowing with friends who gathered to pay their last respect to the memory of this honored citizen. Members of the Crawford County Bar association of which Mr. O'Connor was a member attended the funeral in a body. Requiem Mass was celebrated by Father Murphy assisted by Father Harty, officiating. Interment was made in the family plot in the Catholic cemetery at Vail.
Maurice had a twin brother who is buried in the Catholic Cemetery in Fulton, IL.
Maurice married Mary Hickey, daughter of John Hickey and Johnna Butler, on 17 Jul 1896 in Clarence, Iowa. (Mary Hickey was born in 1866 and died on 20 Jan 1912.)