Monday, 27 February 2017

                                                              Colorful Characters

 John Heaney was born in Ireland in 1830, one of 16 children. He immigrated to the USA with his brother and uncle and during his time there he was a Pony Express Rider during the Gold Rush in California and associated with the likes of Buffalo Bill Cody, Wild Bill Hickock and the infamous James Brothers. He then moved to North Dakota and married a widow and Stephen and Mary were born there. In 1911 the family moved to the Esther area and farmed a few miles Northwest of Esther. His son Steve and grandson Lawrence farmed and raised cattle on the homestead for many years. John passed away in 1938 at the age of 108 years.

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