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HOULIHAN, Michael L. Born 1840, Co. Clare. Waukon, Grinnell
& Crawford County, Iowa, USA.
Source: Meyers, F.W. History of Crawford County, Iowa. 2 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1911.
To attain success in life it is not necessary to possess either money
or influence, as is evidenced by the career of Michael L. Houlihan,
Sr., who, beginning with nothing, has acquired an independent competence
which he is now enjoying after many years of industry. Born in County
Clare, Ireland, in August, 1840, he is the son of Patrick and Bridget
(Hoogan) Houlihan, both of whom were also natives of County Clare, where
they died, the mother at the advanced age of ninety years. They were
the parents of nine children of whom four survive, as follows: Mary,
who is at home; Michael L., Nora, who lives in Ireland; and Cornelius,
retired, who resides in Kansas City, Missouri. Those deceased are John,
Patrick, Bridget, Austin and Thomas.
Mr. Houlihan rented his father-in-law's farm, upon which he remained
for four years, and then came to Crawford county, living in Hayes township
for one year. He subsequently located in East Boyer, continuing his
residence there for nineteen years, after which he removed to Soldier
township, and lived there for twenty years. In 1907 he came to Denison
township, where he purchased land, to which, as his circumstances would
permit, he added at intervals until he became the owner of eleven hundred
and thirty-nine acres, which he has developed to a high state of cultivation,
giving to it the benefit of his wide experience in agriculture, acquired
in former years, and today he has one of the most valuable pieces of
property in Crawford county, upon which he has made three sets of improvements
that go to make it one of the most modern and up-to-date farms in this
section of the state. Here he has continued to carry on general farming
and stock-raising on an extensive scale, and that he has met with success
is attested to by the flourishing condition of his estate and stock.
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