|Birth: ||Feb. 2, 1849|
County Tipperary, Ireland
|Death: ||Apr. 9, 1925|
MY GREAT-GRANDFATHER (Dad's mother's dad).
"HISTORY OF MOWER COUNTY MN 1911"
Hon. John Joseph Furlong, son of William and Sarah(Carter) Furlong, was born in Tipperary county, Ireland, February 2, 1849 and came to America with his parents in 1852.
He attended the public school in Austin, spending most of his vacation and spare time in hard work on the farm.
May 25, 1880 he married Agnes Ryan, daughter of John and Johanna Ryan of Albert Lea. She died October 23, 1897 leaving four children; May V, Loretta D, William A and Charles, the latter of whom died at the age sixteen.
Mr Furlong's success in agriculture, his natural aptitude in politics, his genial nature, combined with hard common sense, won him friends in all walks of life. A man of great will power and tireless energy, he was a good fighter in politics and a good loser when the battle went against him.
For ten years he represented his district in the
legislature. He was the state treasurer of the World's Fair Commission in 1893. His success in thoroughbred stock raising won him prominent positions in the various stock breeders' associations.
He has also taken a great interest in agricultural fairs, and is a life member of the Mower County Agricultural Society, of which he was president for fifteen years.
He has been connected with the Minnesota State Fair Association and for two years was its vice-president. He is now president of the Federation of County Fairs of Minnesota.
Mr. Furlong is a strong believer in mutual insurance and he has been president of the Mower County Farmers' Mutual Fire & Lightning Company for many years. This company ranks first of all the mutual insurance companies of the state. He has also been vice-president of the National Association of Insurance Companies.
He is a life member of the Minnesota State Agricultural Society and was a member of the board of managers for five years. Also a member of the State Horticultural Society. In township affairs he has been chairman for
a number of years and is now a justice of the peace.
While Mr Furlong has been prominent in these various roles of life, his greatest work for Mower county was on his 320 acre 'Columbian' stock farm, which is located three and one-half miles east of Austin. Mr Furlong is a breeder of registered Shorthorn cattle, Cotswold sheep, Poland-China swine and high-grade Percheron horses.
Mr Furlong is past exalted ruler of the Austin Lodge 414 B. P. O. E. A member of the Austin Lodge A. O. U. W. Knights of Columbus, St. Augustine's Abstinence Society.
He has held township offices and is interested in all movements for the up-building of Mower county and the state of Minnesota. Is president of the Catholic Cemetery Association and was secretary of St. Augustine's parish of Austin for a good many years, both during and for many years after its organization.
William Furlong (1798 - 1879)
Sarah Ann Carter Furlong (1803 - 1872)
Agnes Bridget Ryan Furlong (1857 - 1897)
William A Furlong (1882 - ____)*
May V Furlong Epler (1883 - 1922)*
John Charles Furlong (1887 - 1903)*
Loretta Dorothy Furlong Bramham (1889 - 1975)*
Plot: Lot 64
Maintained by: Rosie♥Mooch
Originally Created by: K. Pike
Record added: Apr 16, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 26065358