"History of McHenry County, Illinois"
James Walsh, now living retired from active participation in farm work, is one of the substantial men and property owners of Hartland Township. He was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland, in March, 1832, and was there married to Ellen Weston, of the same county. As young
people, in the fall of 1865, they came to the United States to join a brother at Chicago, three of the Walsh family having already come to this country, one of whom had served in the Confederate Army. For the first two years James Walsh worked as a laborer at Chicago, and
then came to McHenry County and after working for farmers, rented land for some 3 r ears. He then bought his present farm of 200 acres, three and one-half miles west of Woodstock, going heavily into debt to do so, but, with the help of his sons, he has cleared off all obligations.
There was a house and barn upon it, but he has added to its improvements, making it a first-class property. He has built a silo, done some open ditching so that it is well drained. Indeed, the entire premises show that one who takes an interest in the place has charge of it. Dairying and hog raising are carried on, the herd averaging from twenty-four to thirty cows, and the milk is sold to the Hartland branch of the Bowman Creamery Company.
Mr. and Mrs. Walsh have the following children: John, Thomas, James, William, Edward; Ellen, who is Mrs. William Fleming, of Dorr
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Township; and Mary, who is Mrs. Fred Ware, of Greenwood Township.
Three of the sons, Thomas, William and Edward, operate the farm, and James owns a farm in the same vicinity. This is a great family to work as one. The family arc all Democrats, and Thomas has been a member of the school board for six or seven years, and they are all members of
St. Patrick's Catholic church at Hartland, which is three miles from their farm. Neither Mr. or Mrs. Walsh had any special opportunities for obtaining an education, but, being very intelligent, they have kept themselves w r ell informed and are delightful people to meet. Mrs. Walsh is a remarkable woman. She has made so comfortable and happy a home for her family that her sons are loath to leave it, and she has ever proven herself a kind and helpful neighbor. In their upright lives her children reflect her teaching and example, and surely she is one whose offspring "rise up and call her blessed." There are not many families as united as this one, the sons working hard to clear off the indebtedness their father had to incur when he secured the farm of which they are all now so proud. Hard work, honest living up to all obligations, a conscientious carrying out of an exacting religious faith, these are some of the characteristics which mark the Walsh family, father and mother, sons and daughters, and their influence in their neighborhood can scarcely be overestimated.
MICHAEL F. WALSH.
Michael F. Walsh, editor of the Harvard Herald, and one of the leading men of McHenry County, was born in Hartland Township, McHenry County, January 17, 1867. He attended the common schools of his native county, and before he attained his majority he established the Harvard Herald, the first issue bearing the date of December 23, 1887. For the succeeding thirty-four years he has owned and edited the journal and its circulation is 2,200.
For sixteen years Mr. Walsh was postmaster at Harvard, and through that office and his paper has become known to probably every man, woman and child in McHenry County. Since May, 1917, he has been a member of the Illinois State Civil Service Commission, and during 1899 and 1900 he was president of the Illinois Press Association. For
over thirty years he has been a member of the Illinois Press Association.
The Herald is a live, newsy journal, edited and conducted in the
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interests of the people of McHenry County, and during the World War its stand on public matters was sound and intensely loyal, and it gave the administration's policies a generous support. In all of the drives the Harvard Herald did its full share in arousing the people to then-
duty in subscribing to their limit.
THOMAS J. WALSH.
Thomas J. Walsh, postmaster of McHenry, is one of the best-known men in McHenry County, and during the late war his patriotism was variously and effectively demonstrated. He was born in McHenry County, February 5, 1855, a son of William and Amelia (Payne) Walsh.
William Walsh was born in Ireland, and learned the trade of harness- making. He came to the United States in 1851, landing in New York City, from whence he came to Chicago, and thence to McHenry County, where he died in 1892. He and his wife had seven children, of whom three survive.
Thomas J. Walsh attended the common and high schools of McHenry County, and his first efforts towards self-support were at milling. Later he was in an implement and carriage business, which he sold in 1904, and then, until August, 1915, he was in a life insurance business. At that time he was appointed postmaster of McHenry by President Wilson,
and his selection met with universal satisfaction. Prior to that he had served as alderman and member of the school board, being elected on the Democratic ticket.
On September 10, 1877, Mr. Walsh was married to Miss Lola D. Bishop, a daughter of Richard Bishop, of McHenry County. Richard B. Walsh is their only child.
The Walsh family are Universalists. During the Liberty Loan drives Mr. Walsh and his son took an active part, and they and Mrs. Walsh have been influential in promulgating all kinds of war work.