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John Farley
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Birth: May 24, 1848
New York, USA
Death: Jun. 16, 1913
Iron County
Michigan, USA


HEADSTONE says father. With Elizabeth.

STAMBAUGH, MICHIGAN CENTENNIAL,1882-1982: 100 YEARS ON THE HILL centennial book "Family Histories: The Farley-White Family" page 52
John Farley, one of the pioneer settlers of the then village of Stambaugh, was born in New York in 1848.
Engaged in road construction, he left New York and settled in Gillette, Wisconsin, where his daughter Margaret was born in 1868.
Of North Ireland ancestry, Mr. Farley came to the Menominee Range in approximately 1880 and became involved in various railroad construction projects which eventually led him to Iron River.
He built one of the first homes in the village of Stambaugh, the structure being located at the alley of Fourth Street, where he also had a large barn which housed his several horses.
He rented teams to the Verona Mining Company, and for delivery purposes.
Mr. Farley also served as postmaster in Stambaugh.
He later constructed a second dwelling at 118 Fourth Street for his daughter Margaret Farley White and her husband. The home is now occupied by Gerald Fitzpatrick, great great grandson of John Farley.
The Fitzpatrick home was previously occupied by Carl and Erma Johnson. Erma was the daughter of Margaret Farley White and her husband Mike. They also had two other daughters, Ada and Myrle.
Erma operated a beauty salon in her home, and her husband Carl was employed by the area mines and also Stambaugh Township.
Carl and Erma were the parents of two daughters, Hazel and Bernice.
Hazel Johnson married Daniel Fitzpatrick of Lansing, Michigan and they became the parents of twins sons, Gerald and Gary Fitzpatrick.
Bernice Johnson married Donald Cunningham of Newald, Wisconsin. They have no children.
Ada White married Bedford Lunn, a stonemason, who built many of the stone foundations in the area. They had four children: Harry of Stambaugh, Mildred Lunn Salisbury and Gordon Lunn of Lansing, and a daughter Beulah of Detroit, now deceased.
Myrle White married George Casteele and they became the parents of four children: Margaret VanderBrock of Grand Rapids, Wilbur of Oregon, Howard of Wisconsin and Ernest of Norfolk, Virginia. Ernest had served in the United States Navy for 26 years.
John Farley and a brother Johnson Farley acquired several forties of land east of Stambaugh on the Kofmehl Road, and John also owned additional forties in the same area.
Some of the early settlers who purchased farmlands from the Farleys included Charles Stolberg, John Glemboski, "Cap" Nelson, Gust Anderson, Gust Soderquist and Walter Muleski.
Gilbert Farley, a brother of Margaret Farley White, also lived in the area and never married.
Margaret was well-known throughout the district as a midwife and worked with local doctors on quarantine cases.
Her husband Mike worked as a grader operator for the township.

STAMBAUGH, MICHIGAN CENTENNIAL,1882-1982: 100 YEARS ON THE HILL centennial book "Family Histories: The Charles Stolberg Family" page 85 (excerpt)
Charles Stolberg and Ellen Anderson Stolberg were the parents of seven children including Hazel. Hazel married Harry Lunn, [great]grandson of the John Farleys.

STAMBAUGH, MICHIGAN CENTENNIAL,1882-1982: 100 YEARS ON THE HILL centennial book "Family Histories: John Farley Home" with photo page 89
PHOTO CAPTION: The old John Farley home, one of the first homes built in Stambaugh in the alley of Fourth Street. Gilbert Farley, son; Jack Young, Earl McQuown and Margret Farley, daughter.

A HISTORY OF IRON COUNTY MICHIGAN by Jack Hill "Stambaugh Township" page 106 (excerpt)
Stambaugh Township was set apart from Iron River Township in the year of 1886. The first recorded meeting was held on July 12 of that year. The officers elected at the organization included John Farley, highway commissioner and John Farley, constable.

NEWS ARTICLE Iron River Reporter July 18 1949 "Bates Pioneers Amputated Acreage To Get Rid Of Political Opponents"
Bates Township has an hour-glass figure when viewed on an Iron county map, and the gerrymandering of pioneer politicians can be blamed.
Old records contain the explanation why a wasp-waist connects the main portion of the township with a beautiful lakeland area nine miles wide and six miles long. The rectangular northern appendage embraces a lush forest recreation area studded with such attractive lakes as Winslow, Perch, Norway, Kidney, Nesbit, Marten, and Hannah Webb lakes, and such lesser lakes as Muskrat, Marah and Black.
In the archives of the township can also be found the answer of history to the question of why a three-section indention was cut into the northwest corner of the township, a chunk gouged out due east of Stambaugh city.
Back in the dim days before the establishment of Iron county, when Bates township was a part of Marquette county, the township politicos resorted to a neat method of eliminating political adversaries whom they disliked.
Gibbs City was then the thriving village of Atkinson where early settlers and lumberjacks could swing an election and control Bates township offices. The Bates old guard amputated the Gibbs City area, ceding it to Iron River township and retained only a mile-wide alley as connection with the potential resort area around the northern lakes. Thus the threat of control by Atkinson votes was automatically cut off.
A man named Farley who lived in the southwest corner of the township was clerk of the township and when he fell into disfavor with the ruling clique, the bosses quietly arranged to slough off sections 31, 32 and 33 of Township 43, Range 34. Farley then found himself a resident of Stambaugh township, ineligible for Bates township office. The amputated square lies east of Stambaugh and between easterly projections of First street and 19th street, the Dober location dividing line, and extending from east of the Bengal mine to a point west of Wagner lake.
The northern Bates lakeland comprises all of T43R35 and the eastern half of T40R36.

OBITUARY of John Morningstar (buried Bates) 1938 says in 1910 Morningstar took charge of the Stambaugh post office, working as assistant for Postmaster John Farley, who was ill until Mr Farley's death.

OBITUARY of Gilbert Farley 1928 says his father John Farley came to the district in 1882 when the first railroad came and the area was a wilderness. He died 18 years ago (1910)[incorrect-1913].

INFORMATION FROM RELATIVE great-great-grandson Gerald Fitzpatrick (wife Sharon =
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  Elizabeth Dazelle Farley (1848 - 1910)*
  Margaret Farley White (1868 - 1943)*
  James H. Farley (1870 - 1897)*
  John Johnston Farley (1876 - 1905)*
  Gilbert Farley (1888 - 1928)*
*Calculated relationship
Stambaugh Cemetery
Iron River
Iron County
Michigan, USA
Plot: Block 3 Lot 22
Created by: Dale Safford
Record added: Mar 02, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 13498560
John Farley
Added by: Dale Safford
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This person was featured in the 3rd annual cemetery tour in west Iron County, held at Stambaugh Cemetery in June of 2010. May your memory live on.
- Dale Safford
 Added: Nov. 29, 2014

- Legsie11
 Added: Jul. 6, 2013

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