Location: Lawrence County SD

Biography of John Leo Tierney, M.D.

Dr. John Leo Tierney, a St. Louis physician who specializes in internal medicine and diagnosis, was born in Lead, South Dakota, November 22, 1890, a son of William George and Mary (Yuren) Tierney. The family comes of Irish ancestry, although many generations ago representatives of the name removed to England, where one of the ancestors of Dr. Tierney was knighted as Sir Edward Tierney and a statue erected to his memory in Westminster Abbey. Another of the early ancestors was Sir Matthew Tierney, who was at one time court physician to King George III. William G. Tierney, father of the Doctor, in 1899 became interested in mining and went over the White Pass to Dawson and thence by dog team to Cape Nome, Alaska. He was twice elected mayor of Cape Nome but refused the office. He is now a retired mining engineer, making his home in California. His wife died in 1891, when her son, John L., was but a year and a half old. Dr. Tierney received his early educational training from the Sisters of Mercy at Manchester, Iowa, and for one year was a student in St. Viateur’s College near Kankakee, Illinois. Later he attended St. Mary’s College at St. Marys, Kansas, and next became a student in the St. Louis University of St. Louis, Missouri. He also pursued special courses in Harvard University and in...

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Cathey, Lawrence “Vern” – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Lawrence “Vern” Cathey, 75, of La Grande, died Nov. 27, 2004, at his home. A celebration of life will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at the New Life Center in La Grande (behind Shop ‘n Kart). Burial will be at the Summerville Cemetery. Daniels Chapel of the Valley is in charge of arrangements. Vern was born on Sept. 26, 1929, to Hugh and Laura Ray Cathey at Spearfish, S.D. He moved to Baker City where he joined the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was in the Signal Corps when he was discharged. He joined Labor Union No. 682 where he worked as a cement finisher in building and road construction. He laid pipe and was foreman at Wild Dish Construction and Salem Sand and Gravel. He married Maxine Kimball on Aug. 6, 1955. Survivors include his mother, Laura Cathey of Ontario; his two sons and their spouses, Larry and Kathleen Cathey and Calvin and Kerry Cathey, all of La Grande; two sisters and their spouses, Verla and Bill Boles of Baker City and Sharon and Harley Derrick of Ontario, and five grandchildren. Memorial contributions may be made to the Oregon Cancer Society, 0330 S.W. Curry, Portland, OR 97201. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, December 3, 2004 Transcribed by: Belva...

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Custer, Margaret Jones – Obituary

The mother of Mrs. George E. Ormsby of Alliance, Mrs. Margaret Custer, 66, of Deadwood, S.D., died at the home of her daughter, 524 Box Butte, Monday morning [December 30, 1935]. She has been in Alliance more than a month for medical treatment, having spent part of the time at the hospital. Mrs. Custer was the wife of John W. Custer and was a long-time resident of Deadwood. She was born March 30, 1869 at Dixon, Ill. Surviving her, besides her husband, are four daughters, Mrs. [Nancy] Ormsby; Mrs. George [Clara] Brink, Fairpoint, S.D.; Mrs. Alex [Della] Jacobson, Deadwood, and Mrs. A. T. [Myrtle] Morris, Thorp Springs, Tex.; one son, Charles Custer, Deadwood, and seven grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday at the Ormsby home with Rev. M. Allen Keith officiating. Burial will be at the Alliance Cemetery. The Landa Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Custer, John William – Obituary

John W. Custer, 89, died Saturday afternoon at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Nancy Ormsby, 412 Big Horn. He had been in failing health for the past several months. Mr. Custer was a retired farmer and had lived with Mrs. Ormsby the past five years. He lived on a farm near Deadwood, S.D. for many years. Mr. Custer was born October 2, 1864 in Harlan, Ia., and married March 23, 1888 to Margaret Jones, who died December 30, 1935. Besides Mrs. Ormsby [Nancy], he is survived by two other daughters, Mrs. Leo Mooney [Clara], Spearfish, S. D., and Mrs. Arthur Morris [Myrtle], Anchorage, Alaska; a brother, Rudy Custer of Avoca, Ia., seven grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren. Two sons and two daughters preceded him in death. Funereal services will be held at 2 p.m., Tuesday from the Landa Funeral Home. The Rev. K. Orlando Lee, pastor of the Methodist Church will officiate. Burial will be in the Alliance Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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