|Birth: ||Feb. 15, 1850|
|Death: ||Apr. 24, 1925|
New Mexico, USA
W/O John Myers, M/O Helen, Mary Josephine, Frank Joseph, John Myers Jr., Louis Henry, May.
Dixon [IL] Evening Telegraph -- May 2, 1925
AMBOY WOMAN MOURNED BY ALL SHE KNEW
Life of Mrs. John M. Egan Was One of Usefulness
AMBOY, Illinois -- Amboy residents were grief stricken Saturday when news was received of the passing of Mrs. John M. Egan at Albuquerque, New Mexico last Friday, one of the most highly respected women ever living in this community. Since returning to Amboy with her husband in 1904, Mrs. Egan has been engaged in charitable work of all kinds.
She opened up her big house on Main Street for Red Cross gatherings during the war. Bandages were rolled there and Red Cross kits were prepared. Mrs. Egan was president of the Amboy Woman's Club from 1922 to 1924 and she was chairman of hospital committee of the club from 1919 to 1922. Later she became chairman of the Ladies' Committee of the Hospital Board, and it was while working in these latter two offices that Mrs. Egan won the sincere admiration and respect of all those connected with the Amboy Public Hospital.
Her work in leading the women in the work of providing linens, curtains, rugs and towels for hospital use, was untiring. Her time was unselfishly devoted to public cause, as was also a large sum of her money. The nursery room in the hospital was furnished by Mrs. Egan in loving memory of her daughter Helen. Mrs. Egan was also the organizer of the clubhouse fund in the Women's club in 1922. Philanthropy was one of Mrs. Egan's prime virtues. At all times and for every worthy cause, she was known to be a generous contributor.
Mrs. Egan was born in LaSalle, Illinois, February 12, 1850 and was 76 years old last February. Her maiden name was Suzanna Gallagher, Mr. and Mrs. Egan was married in LaSalle January 30, 1873 and celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary here in Amboy in January, 1923. That was just four months before her husband, John M. Egan, railroad builder and executive of international note, fell dead during the commencement exercise of the Amboy Township High School. After marriage Mr. and Mrs. Egan made their home in St. Louis, Mr. Egan being employed as assistant chief engineer of the Northern Missouri railroad. Mr. Egan's record of railroad service extended over a period of 52 years. It included two railroad presidencies and his fame went the Amboy shops. Mr. Egan rose to giddy heights in the hall of railroad fame. With his advancement in the railroad business came many moves and Mrs. Egan accompanied in many cases, from St. Louis to LaCrosse, Wis. thence to Winnipeg, Canada; from there to St. Paul with the John J. Hill Properties -- then to Chicago -- to Savannah, Georgia -- to Brazil in South America and back home -- to
Amboy -- where Mr. and Mrs. Egan established their home in 1904, in the house in which Mr. Egan's father had lived.
Mrs. Egan is survived by two daughters and three sons, Josephine, the eldest, was with her mother at death. The youngest daughter is Mrs. J. S. Stokes of Philadelphia. Frank, John and Louis are the three sons. Frank is president and treasurer of the Italian Commercial Corporation and president of the board of directors of the Lincoln Trust company of New York. John M. Egan, Jr., is a civil engineer and contractor at Aurora. Louis, whose interview in the January American Magazine was written for the December 26 issue of the Amboy News, is president of the Union electric Light and Power company of St. Louis. A strange coincidence was that Mr. Egan's death also came at the age of 76.
Funeral services for Mrs. Egan were held Tuesday, April 28 in the Cathedral of St. Paul, Minn., with the regular mass and services for the dead. Mrs. Egan was laid to rest beside her husband in Calvary Cemetery in St. Paul, where also sleep her two daughters who died when young. Mr. and Mrs. Egan made their home in St. Paul for 11 years. Now they both rest side by side in the city known as the Gateway of the West, the commerce, industry and wealth of which owe their beginning largely to the life of John M. Egan, who along with several other railroad builders of the time, opened up the West to settlement
John Myers Egan (1848 - 1923)
Helen Marie Egan (1874 - 1901)*
Mary Josephine Egan (1876 - 1950)*
John Meyers Egan (1880 - 1957)*
Louis Henry Egan (1881 - 1950)*
Alice Louise Egan (1885 - 1893)*
Created by: Jerry
Record added: Sep 21, 2007
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