Alexander County

Biography - E B Garaghty

E. B. GARAGHTY, farmer and grocer, East Cape Girardeau. The father of the gentleman whose name heads this sketch is a son of Eugene Garaghty, a native of Westmeath, Ireland. He came to this country when a young man, settled in Ohio and there married Louisiana Burke, a daughter of Col. William Burke, a soldier under Gen. Harrison in the Indian wars. The twain came to Cape Girardeau, Mo., where the father carried on a dry goods store. There our subject was born February 18, 1840, and was the third of six children. His education was received in St. Vincent's College, and at its conclusion he clerked in his father's store. He next went to St. Louis, where he clerked for White, Billingsley & Co., and Adamantine, Johnson & Co. From there he came to Alexander County, and there commenced the life of a farmer on a tract of land given him by his father in Sections 32 and 33, Town 14, Range 3 west. It was originally 900 acres, but he now owns about 700 acres, 150 of which are in cultivation. In 1882, he commenced running a grocery and saloon at East Cape Girardeau, and now carries a stock of about $400. Mr. Garaghty was married, February 22, 1873, to Josephine Hutchinson, daughter of Vachael Hutchinson. She was the mother of five children, two of whom are living — Laura, born April 27, 1876, and Alice, born October 29, 1879. Mrs. Garaghty died December 18, 1881. He entered the service of the Missouri Volunteer Infantry, Twenty-ninth Regiment, in the fall of 1862, as Captain of Company B. Resigned in 1863 on account of sickness. He is a member of St. Vincent Catholic Church.

Extracted 29 Mar 2017 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union, and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, page 237.


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