County Clare, Ireland
|Death: ||Oct. 8, 1899|
Oct 9, 1899 - Carroll Sentinel - Last night about 12 o'clock Hon. P. M. Guthrie died at his home in this city after an illness of two weeks. For a number of years he has not been in good health, but has been able most of the time to attend to his business affairs. Two weeks ago, however, he was taken with an illness that proved to be his last and a week ago his condition became so serious that his son John was telegraphed for. Mr. Guthrie rallied again last week and was thought to be improving, but yesterday he grew worse and about midnight his soul passed to the better land.
Mr. Guthrie was born in County Clare, Ireland, in 1830, and came to America in 1848. Before leaving the old country he was in the employ of the British government, but during the troubles in Ireland at that time he was imprisoned for several weeks for taking his father's gun to shoot some hares.
He came west to Wisconsin and was a clerk in a store there for several months and was then employed as foreman on the Michigan Southern railroad, being engaged in that capacity when the road entered Chicago. This was the first railroad from the east to enter the western metropolis. After this he became a contractor, assisting in the construction of the Rock Island and Illinois Central railroads. He then engaged in the same business at Dubuque, building the city hall and other of the principal structures of that city. He was treasurer of Dubuque from 1862 to 1867.
In 1870 he came to Carroll and engaged in the land business with T. L. Bowman. They were general agents for the Iowa Railroad Land company and controlled much of the land in this part of the state, Mr. Guthrie was one of the founders of Der Demokrat and was always prominent in the affairs of the Democratic party, having held the office of county treasurer and various positions of trust under the party.
He was married at Galena, Illinois to Miss Emma Maher, a native of Pennsylvania, and four children survive him. They are John W, now living in South Bend, Indiana; Thomas F, Mary, & Fred. All the children & his devoted wife were with him when he breathed his last.
Mr. Guthrie has always been closely identified with the business interests of the city and county and was perhaps as widely known throughout this part of the state as any of our citizens. He was highly esteemed by all who knew him and while in later years he has withdrawn somewhat from active business, his loss will nevertheless be felt severely by his old associates as well as his immediate family, to whom the sympathy of the entire community goes out in their deep affliction.
Emma Maher Guthrie (1838 - 1912)
John William Guthrie (1866 - 1940)*
Thomas Francis Guthrie (1875 - 1932)*
Frederick J Guthrie (1877 - 1930)*
Mary Winifred Guthrie Kelly (1879 - 1973)*
Mount Olivet Cemetery
Created by: Geo Clinton
Record added: Mar 02, 2011
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