Obit: Gallagher, James (1833 - 1913)

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Surnames: Gallagher, Salter, Cole, Hartley, Brouwer, Doesbuy

----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wis.) 20 Feb 1913

Gallagher, Mr. (11 May 1833 - 5 Feb. 1913)

J. W. (John W.) Salter was called to Madison, Saturday, by the serious illness of Mrs. Salter’s father, Mr. Gallagher.

Word was received here Sunday, of the death of Mrs. Salter’s father, who died that morning at Madison.

Bio: Gallagher, James (1833 - 1913)

----Source: History of Dane County, Wisconsin, pg. 306 - 307.

James Gallagher, an esteemed citizen of Madison, was born at; Rock Island, county of Cork. Ireland, May 11, 1833. He is a son of; John and Martha (Johnson) Gallagher, both natives of the county; of Cork, both of which families went from England into Ireland; at an early date. The subject's paternal grandfather was the first; Gallagher to come to this country, settling in Rochester, N. Y.; John Gallagher followed in 1855, coming directly to Dane county,; and started farming near Cottage Grove. John Gallagher and his; wife were devout members of the Church of England. Of their; twelve children there are only three living, James, the subject of this; sketch. Thomas, a farmer in Clark county, Wis., and Frank, a; farmer in Deerfield. Thomas and another son, Michael, were members of the Eleventh Wisconsin infantry during the Civil War.

James had little opportunity to go to school. He learned the shoemaker's trade in Ireland and worked at it there until 1851, when he; determined to seek his fortune in the New World. After a passage; of five weeks and three days on a sailing vessel he landed in Quebec, with only two dollars in his pocket. From Quebec he went to; Kingston, Ontario, and for three months drove team at $3.50 per; month. At Rochester, N. Y. he worked at his trade for a year; and then came to Madison where he established a shoe store on; Webster street. For twenty years Mr. Gallagher continued in the; shoe business and later went into the grocery business. For the; past few years he has been dealing in real estate in a small way. Mr. Gallagher is the owner of considerable improved real estate in; the city. Together with his son-in-law John W. Salter, he has; just completed one of the most modern and up-to-date flat buildings; in Madison. This is situated at 12 and 1-4 Webster street and; contains six five and six-room flats, all square, finished with hard; wood floors, furnished with steam heat, electric lights, etc.; Another flat building facing on Hamilton and Webster streets contains six four, five and six-room flats, finished the same as the; new flat except as to heating. He also owns a rooming-house at; 334 W. Main street; his home residence at 114 North Hamilton; street; two houses on Baldwin street, 205; three full lots; one house; on East Dayton street; also the California Fruit store, a three;; story building; five lots on the bay where the new park is being; made; a lot on Wingra Heights, and twelve acres near the fair; grounds. All the Gallaghers have been and are stanch Republicans, and although James Gallagher has never been an aspirant; for office, he has always worked hard for the success of his party.; He is a member of the Congregational church of Madison. On; October 26. 1857 he married Jane, daughter of William H. and; Ann (Jackson) Hartley. Mr. and Mrs. Hartley were natives of; Yorkshire, England, and came to Westport, this county, in 1850.; Although Mr. Hartley had been a brewer and later a sailor in the; British navy, he took up farming with great success when he came; to this country. Both he and his wife died on their Westport farm.; They had three children: Jane, (Mrs. Gallagher), "William H. and; Mary, deceased.

James and Jane Gallagher have had eight children, only three of whom are now living: William H., living at; home and engaged in the real estate business with his father;; Jennie A., the wife of John W. Salter of Unity, Wis.; and Arthur; J., employed in the post office at Madison. All of the children were; educated in the Madison schools. Mr. Gallagher was a member; of the old Fire Company. No. 1, of Madison. Both the sons are; Elks and Knights of Pythias. Not many years ago it was a common belief that "Jim" Gallagher knew everybody in Dane county.

----Source: Wisconsin, Its Story and Biography, 1848 - 1913, pg. 1766

James Gallagher was born in Ireland and his son, Arthur J. (Bio below) entered life in England. James Gallagher was reared and educated in his native land and as a youth he severed the home ties and set forth to seek his fortune in America. He landed in the city of Quebec, Canada, with his financial resources reduced to but two dollars, but with a goodly stock of energy, ambition and self-reliance. He worked for a short time as a teamster and in 1852 he came to Wisconsin and established his residence in the little village of Madison, capital of the new state. Here he engaged in the work of his trade, that of shoemaker, and through well directed efforts and impregnable integrity of purpose he finally became one of the honored and representative business men of the little town that has been developed into the beautiful capital city of the state. For more than a quarter of a century he conducted a shoe store in Madison and he gained independence and generous prosperity through his own ability and well ordered endeavors. His mature judgment prompted him to make judicious investments in local real estate and he accumulated a fortune of fully two hundred thousand dollars, which he left as a heritage to his family upon his death, which occurred on the 15th of February. 1913, his widow still maintaining her home in Madison and having attained to the venerable age of seventy-five years, in 1913. James Gallagher was one of the pioneer business men of Madison at the time of his death and was well known in this section of the state, with a circle of friends that was limited only by that of his acquaintances. He was loyal and liberal as a citizen and was deeply appreciative of the attractions and advantages of the city and state which had afforded to him opportunities for the acquiring of success and independence after he had left the Emerald Isle and earnestly set to himself the task of winning his way through his own efforts and by  methods guided and governed by the highest principles of integrity and honor. His name merits enduring place upon the roll of the sterling pioneers of the capital city. He was a devout communicant of the Congregational church, as is also his widow, and his political support was given to the Republican party. Of the eight children, five sons and three daughters survive the honored father, and he whose name introduces this review was the seventh in order of birth.

Bio: Gallagher, Arthur (1869 - 1954)

Mr. Arthur Gallagher was born in Madison on the 2nd of May, 1869, and is a son of James and Jane (Hartley) Gallagher.  Arthur Gallagher gained his early educational training in the Public schools of Madison and supplemented this by an effective course in the Madison Business College. At the age of sixteen years he assumed a clerical position in the Madison post office, and with this department of local government service he continued to be identified for sixteen years, within which time he won consecutive advancement and held responsible positions, his long retention of his post offering the most effective voucher for his ability and faithful and effective service.

In 1908 Mr. Gallagher formed a partnership with W. J. McKay and engaged in the general real estate business in Madison, under firm name of McKay & Gallagher, and this alliance continued until 1911, when Mr. Gallagher engaged in the same line of enterprise in an independent way, as the founder of the substantial business which he now controls, as a dealer in real estate and as representative of leading fire insurance companies. On his books are to be found listed at all times most desirable investments in improved and unimproved farms in Wisconsin, as well as properties for exchange, and he also handles all kinds of city realty and has adequate facilities for making loans on real estate.

Mr. Gallagher's loyalty to his native city is on a parity with his appreciation of its manifold attractions, and he takes a lively interest in all that touches its welfare. He maintains an independent attitude in politics and gives his support to men and measures meeting the approval of his judgment, without special regard to partisan lines. Both he and his wife hold membership in the Unitarian church and they are popular factors in the social activities of the capital city.

On the 30th of October, 1905, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Gallagher to Miss Minnie Marian Ellis, daughter of William H. Ellis, of Milwaukee, and they have a winsome little daughter, Ione Hartley, who was born on the 14th of March, 1907.

Family Notes

James Gallagher was born in Rock Island, Cork, Ireland on 11 May 1833 to John Gallagher and Martha Johnson. James married Jane Hartley. He passed away on 15 Feb 1913 in Madison, Dane, Wisconsin, USA. Both he and Jane are buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Madsion, Dane Co., Wis., group Y1G2, section 29.  Their son, William Harvey Gallagher is also buried in that same plot.

Wisconsin Marriage Records

John W. Salter
birthplace: Jackson, Washington, Wis.
spouse's name: Jennie A. Gallagher
spouse's birthplace: Madison, Dane, Wis.
event date: 24 Aug 1881
event place: Madison, Dane, Wisconsin
father's name: Francis Salter
mother's name: Elizabeth Cole
spouse's father's name: James Gallagher
spouse's mother's name: Jane Hartley
race: White
spouse's race: White

Arthur Gallagher
birthplace: Madison, Wis.
spouse's name: Minnie M. Ellis
spouse's birthplace: Madison, Wis.
event date: 30 Oct 1895
event place: Milwaukee, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
father's name: James Gallagher
mother's name: Jane Hartley
spouse's father's name: Nellie Morgan
race: White
spouse's race: White

Michigan Marriage Records

William H. Gallagher
age (expanded): 32 years
birth year: 1860
birthplace: Madison, Wis.
spouse's name: Marie Katterina Doesbuy
spouse's race (original):
spouse's age (expanded): 25 years
spouse's birth year: 1867
spouse's birthplace: Holland, Michigan
event date: 16 Mar 1892
event place: Holland, Ottawa, Michigan
father's name: James Gallagher
mother's name: Jane Hartley
spouse's father's name: Cornelius Doesbuy
spouse's mother's name: Rumfje Brouwer

1880 Federal Census, Madison, Dane, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 121

James Galliger, married American male farmer
father's birthplace: Ireland
mother's birthplace: Ireland

Household Members
self James Galliger M 45 Ireland
wife Jane Galliger F 41 England
son William Galliger M 21 Wisconsin, United States
daughter Jennie Galliger F 18 Wisconsin, United States
son Arther J. Galliger M 11 Wisconsin, United States

1900 Federal Census, ED 47 Madison city Ward 2, Dane, Wisconsin, United States, pg. 3, family 57

Jane Gallagher, white, married, female

years married: 43
marriage year (estimated): 1857
mother of how many children: 8
number of living children: 3
immigration year: 1850
father's birthplace: England
mother's birthplace: England

Household Members
head James Gallagher M 67 (May 1833) Ireland, landlord
wife Jane Gallagher F 62 (Dec 1838) England
granddaughter Vera Bell Salter F 18 (Jul 1882) Wisconsin, student at the University
son Will H Gallagher M 41, (Jun 1859) Wisconsin

1910 Federal Census, Unity Village, Marathon, Wisconsin, pg. 3, family 44

John W Salter, white, married male
father's birthplace: Ireland
mother's birthplace: Ireland

Household Members
self John W Salter M 58y Wisconsin
wife Jennie M Salter F 48y Wisconsin
daughter Vera B Salter F 26y Wisconsin
daughterJennie M Salter F 21y Wisconsin
daughterDorothy A Salter F 19y Wisconsin
daughter Elizebeth M Salter F 15y Wisconsin
son Arthur M Salter M 13y Wisconsin
daughter Marion Salter F 10y Wisconsin
son Teddy Salter M 8y Wisconsin

Veteran's Administration Pension Payment Cards, 1907-1933

James Gallagher, Army invalid
event: Pension
event date: 1907-1933
event place: United States
form type: Army Invalid
death date: 5 Feb 1913



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