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Michael Maloney
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Birth: Aug. 23, 1823
County Galway, Ireland
Death: Feb. 29, 1884
Lyon County
Kansas, USA

Married to Ellen Heffernan on 08 May 1880.

Also found this Lyon County Civil War Record:

Maloney, Michael
Eleventh Regiment Kansas Volunteers Cavalry, Company C
Mustered September 10, 1862
Mustered out with company August 7, 1865

William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas

MICHAEL MALONEY, real estate dealer, was born in County Galway, Ireland, August 23, 1823. He came to the United States in 1848, and resided the first two years after in Berkshire County, Mass.; then removed to Ohio, where he resided until he came to Kansas, in the fall of 1858, locating in Lyon County. He took a claim of 160 acres, and farmed it until the commencement of the War of the Rebellion, when he enlisted as private in the Eleventh Regiment Kansas Volunteers, and served three years, participating in all the battles and skirmishes in which the regiment was engaged. He was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth in the fall of 1865. He returned to Center Township, Lyon County, and farmed until the fall of 1866, when he removed to Emporia and started in the real estate business, in which he has since been engaged. In 1877 he went to Ireland as land and emigrant agent of the A., T. & S. F. R'y. Co.; remained about six months. He married Miss Ellen Hickey, of New York, in October, 1858. He was a Justice of the Peace in Center Township for four years. He was one of the organizers of the town, and the school district, and was a member of the school board five years.

The Emporia Weekly News, 06 Mar 1884, Thursday


Michael Maloney Meets A Horrible Death While Attempting To Alight From The Cars At This Place Last Evening

John C. Holmes Also Sustains Painful Injuries And Very Narrowly Escapes With His Life

Full Details Of The Melancholy Affair As Related By Mr. Holmes And Others

An extra issues from this office Friday evening contained in brief the intelligence of the shocking death of Michael Maloney, who was run over by the cars between Commercial and Merchant streets about 7 o'clock p.m. and instantly killed. The deceased had been to Topeka, attending a meeting of the state board of charities, of which he was a member, and was returning to his home in this city when he was overtaken by the FRIGHTFUL FATE which terminated his life. The train was between two and three hours late, and it was quite dark when it pulled into this place. Being desirous of avoiding all possible delay in joining his family, Mr. Maloney suggested to Mr. Holmes that they get off the train at the old depot. They took positions on the platforms of two cars nearly in the middle of the train, Mr. Maloney standing on the rear platform of one car, and Mr. Holmes on the front platform of the adjoining car. According to the story of the latter, Mr. Maloney stepped with his left foot upon the long platform south of the freight depot between Commercial and Merchant street and failing to let go the railing of the car was DRAWN BETWEEN THE CARS, and falling under the wheels was almost instantly killed, the train passing over his body near the middle and cutting it almost entirely in two. In falling, the unfortunate man struck Mr. Holmes who lost his foothold, and he was dragged nearly the entire length of the platform, and only regained his position on the car by the most superhuman efforts. He informed the writer this morning that language could never describe the sensations of that AWFUL MOMENT OF PERIL. His mind was fully awake to the cruel fate of poor Maloney, and to the realization of the awful fact that unless he could succeed in climbing onto the platform of the car, a similar death awaited him. By dint of a determination which nothing but the imminent character of the situation could have inspired, he finally drew himself up onto the car, and then, for the first time, he discovered that his right leg was broken near the ankle.

Mr. Holmes says that Mr. Maloney was DRAGGED BY THE CARS for some distance, and that his body seemed to roll over and over as the wheels struck it. He heard no outcry and it is probable that the unfortunate man never realized the terrible nature of his taking off.

The body of Mr. Maloney was first discovered by W. I. Dynes, who was returning to his place of business from the Park Place, where he board and at which he had just had supper. He sent word to the officers and Policeman Romanie shortly appeared and the mangled body of poor Maloney was conveyed to the platform of the old depot, where the remains were speedily identified as those of the old and respected citizen whose death is so universally mourned in this community. The bleeding and mutilated form presented a MOST GHASTLY AND SICKENING SPECTACLE, and it was difficult at first to recognize the features, which were covered with dust and blood. The body was tenderly conveyed to the undertaking establishment of C. Wolf, where an inquest was held under the direction of Coroner Overstreet, the following gentlemen composing the jury: J. C. Morgan, O. D. Rasmussen, John L. Wells, L. H. Chapmah (sic), J. E. Lewis and C. B. Brewer.

The verdict was as follows:
State of Kansas, Lyon county:
We, the undersigned jury, on an inquisition holden on the 29th day of February, A.D. 1884, in Emporia, Lyon county, Kansas, before J. A. Overstreet, coroner of said county, on the body of Michael Maloney, there lying dead, do find that said Michael Maloney came to his death between the hours of 7 and 8 o'clock p.m., on the 29th day of February, A.D. 1884, by carelessly attempting to jump off a moving passenger train on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad while running on Third avenue between Commercial and Merchants streets, in the city of Emporia, Lyon county, state of Kansas; and it appears from the evidence that the train was moving at an excessive rate of speed while running through the corporate limits of the said city of Emporia, Lyon county, Kansas.

J. L. Wells
O. D. Rasmussen
C. B. Brewer
James E. Lewis
L. H. Chapman
J. C. Morgan

The body was then prepared for burial and enclosed in a very handsome casket, preparatory for removal to the late residence of the deceased on Mechanics street.

THE SORROWFUL MISSION of conveying the terrible intelligence of their great loss to Mrs. Maloney and the adopted daughter of the deceased was intrusted (sic) Mr. Hickey, a brother of the stricken widow, who arrived here from Ireland a few weeks ago. The terrible news was received with demonstrations of grief which showed how fondly Mr. Maloney was loved by his little family. The wife had been depressed all day by a PREMONITION OF COMING DISASTER, and had frequently expressed the fear during the day that something would happen to her husband, though she was not prepared for the terrible reality, and she almost sank beneath the heavy blow which has desolated her once happy home.

THE DECEASED was a native of Ireland and was born in County Galway in 1823. He came to the United States in 1848. In 1858 he came to Kansas and took a claim on the Verdigris in this county, which he improved, and where he resided until 1862, when he enlisted in Company C, of the Eleventh Regiment of Kansas volunteers, and served with honor in the war of the rebellion until 1865, when he was mustered out at Fort Leavenworth. He sold his farm in 1876, when he removed to Emporia, where he resided up to the time of his death, being engaged in the real estate business with H. E. Norton. Mr. Maloney, during his residence in the county, filled different offices of honor and trust, and always with acceptability. In 1877 he went to Ireland as land and emigrant agent for the Santa Fe road, and remained there six months. He was a justice of the peace in Center township for four years, and was a member of the school board in this city for five years. In January 1883, he was appointed a member of the state board of charities by Governor Glick, and served the state in this capacity with singleness of purpose which was characteristic of the man. He was of a singularly genial disposition, generous in all of his impulses, and was a universal favorite with the people. The writer met him in Topeka a few hours before his death and found him in that happy mood with which him was perpetual and which made him so popular with all classes. He was a most indulgent husband and father, a kindly and helpful neighbor, and an upright and useful citizen. He was reared in the Romish faith and was one of the leading members of that communion in this city. He was readily touched by the misfortunes of others and his charities though unostentatious were well known among the poor and afflicted of this city. There are few men in Emporia whose death would have been more sincerely mourned than that of Michael Maloney and the grief which the loss of so good a citizen has caused here is so intensified by the tragical character of his taking off.

A visit to Mr. Holmes this morning disclosed the fact that he had passed a very wretched night and is still suffering terrible pain. His injury is a compound fracture, and several of the upper ankle bones are involved. The nervous shock which he experienced is a source of great restlessness and he informed the writer that, sleeping or waking, he could see nothing but poor Mr. Maloney. It is a source of general congratulation that Mr. Holmes escaped with his life and that his injuries though serious, were not of a graver character. We trust that his recovery may be sure and speedy.

We feel that we should be lacking in our duty to the public if we neglected to set forth, in the light of this fearful warning, the almost suicidal temerity in attempting to alight from trains passing through this city while in motion. The practice of jumping from the cars at the freight depot to save the walk from the passenger station is very common, and we earnestly trust that the shocking occurence (sic) of last night may put an end to this dangerous practice. In this connection we also wish to call the attention of the authorities to the charge that the ordinance requiring trains to make their maximum rate of speed through the city six miles per hour is daily violated, and recommend that immediate steps be taken for its rigid enforcement, should the above accusation prove to be well founded.

The Emporia Weekly News, 06 Mar 1884, Thursday


The funeral of the late Hon. Michael Maloney took place Monday [Mar. 3] from the Catholic church, of which the deceased was a member. The attendance was very large and the audience room was not nearly adequate to the accommodation of those who thronged to the place to show their respect to the memory of the deceased.

The services were opened by requiem mass, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Father Dominic Meier. This was followed by an eloquent eulogy upon the virtues of Mr. Maloney, by Rev. Father Swembergh, of Newton.

The remains were then conveyed to the Catholic cemetery, east of the city, the following gentlemen acting as pall-bearers: Hon. A. T. Sharp, D. O. McAllister and A. Bondi, of the state board of charities; and Dr. A. P. Tenney, superintendent of the asylum for the insane at Topeka; Dr. J. F. Buck, superintendent of the state reform school, and Geo. H. Miller, superintendent of the asylum for the blind at Wyandotte.

The body was followed to its last resting place by an immense concourse of sorrowing friends, there being between thirty and forty carriages in the procession. The services at the tomb consisted of the consecration of the grave and the body and the ceremonial was highly impressive.

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