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CONSIDINE, Michael R. Born 1867, Buchanan County, Iowa, USA.
KEANE, Susan. Born Co. Clare.

Donated by Cathy Joynt Labath, Iowa, USA.


Source: Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell. History of Buchanan County, Iowa, and Its People. 2 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1914.

Michael R. Considine, a prominent factor in financial circles of Buchanan county, being vice president of the Jesup State Bank, is equally well known as a farmer and stockman of this section. He is a native son of the county, born on a farm in Perry township, September 8, 1867, his parents being Patrick and Ann (Crane) Considine, both of whom were natives of Ireland. In 1852 the father emigrated to Canada in company with two brothers, a sister and his parents, Patrick and Susan (Keane) Considine, natives of County Clare, Ireland. There Patrick Considine, Sr., and his three sons worked on a railroad for about five years during which time they carefully saved their money, and in 1856 the son Patrick, father of our subject, was sent to Iowa to buy a home for the family. Looking about for a suitable location, he decided upon Perry township, Buchanan county, as a desirable place in which to invest his money. He purchased a tract of one hundred and sixty acres near Littleton, and the following year he was joined by the other members of the household. Father and sons then bent their engines toward the improvement and development of the farm. In the course of time the sons married and established homes of their own, all becoming well-to-do farmers of Perry township. Patrick Considine, Sr., spent his remaining years on his farm in Perry township and there passed away. The mother of our subject, who bore the maiden name of Ann Crane, emigrated from Ireland to the United States in her girlhood, her arrival here being in the same year as that of Mr. Considine. They were married in this country and became the parents of four children. Through the death her husband Mrs. Considine was left with the care of her family but she managed to keep them together on the farm, carefully rearing them and giving them the advantages of an education such as were enjoyed in those early days. She is still living at the age of ninety years and now makes her home with her son Michael. She is a communicant of the Catholic church. The children are: Ellen, the wife of John Keane, a farmer of Black Hawk county, Iowa; Mary, who is single and makes her home with her brother, Michael; Thomas, who died at the age of seventeen years; and Michael R. of this review.

Michael R. Considine was deprived of a father's care at the age of two years but he was carefully reared by his mother, who is now in turn cared for by him. His older brother died when a youth of seventeen years, so that as soon as he was old enough the care of the farm devolved upon Michael. The place comprised one hundred and sixty acres, which he cultivated until 1912, when he rented the farm and with his mother and sister Mary removed to Jesup where they occupy a beautiful and substantial home. Prior to leaving the farm in 1901, Mr. Considine formed a partnership with Z.A. Comfort in buying and shipping stock, and he is still dealing in live stock, disposing of several carloads of cattle and hogs in the city markets each year. His business interests are varied, however, for in addition to his stock business he is acting as vice president of the Jesup State Bank of which he was one of the organizers and now is serving on the board of directors. He likewise owns stock in the telephone and creamery companies of the city.

It was on the 28th of October, 1895, that Mr. Considine was married to Miss Bridget Meaney, who was born on the Emerald Isle but in 1891 in company with a brother emigrated to the United States. Like the other members of the family Mr. Considine is a communicant of the Catholic church, while politically he supports the democratic party. For several years he has served as township trustee. He is an alert and enterprising business man, possessing all the requisite qualities of a sturdy Irish ancestry, and fully merits the high esteem in which he is held alike by business and social friends.

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