From the Chatsworth Plaindealer
OCTOBER 24, 1940
Frank Murtaugh, 78, died at his home in Chatsworth Monday morning at 4 o'clock, following a four-day illnes with heart trouble.
Mr. Murtaugh had been down town and driving his car for fore part of last week and seemed to be in his usual good health. Thursday of last week he suffered a heart attack and his condition was critical from the first attack.
Funeral services were held Wednesday morning at 9:30 o'clock from Saints Peter and Paul's Catholic church, of which he was a devout member, with Rev. Father Walter McGinn, of Elkhart, assisting the local priest, Rev. Father Markey, in the services. Burial was in St. Patrick's cemetery. The casket bearers were Thomas Ford, Jerome Baldwin, Walter Quinn, William Lawless, W.C. Quinn and John Lawless.
Mr. Murtaugh had spent practically all his life in Livingston county. Born on a farm in Sullivan township, northeast of Chatsworth, October 20, 1862, he was a son of Owen and Bridget Lawless Murtaugh. He spent his boyhood and youth on the farm and continued through his long life deeply interested in agriculture.
During his early life he spent a few years in California and operated a stage coach out of San Diego, California, but soon returned to his native state.
He was married November 27, 1890, to Miss Sarah Harrington of Fairbury. They resided for a number of years on their farm northwest of Chatsworth until 1910, when they acquired a fine home in the village of Chatsworth and resided here for the past 30 years. Until a few years ago Mr. Murtaugh continued actively in operating his farm, although he also operated a livery and feed barn in Chatsworth for a number of years. He was a great lover of horses and was an expert in handling them. Many of the older residents will recall some of the fine driving teams he owned and drove. When automobiles took the place of horses he switched to a Ford and took as good care of it and was as proud of it as he was of his horses.
He is survived by his wife, one daughter, Mrs. J.W. Ford, of Wilmette; one son, James, of Chicago; a half sister, Miss Alice Murtaugh, of Chatsworth; four grandsons, Leo and Frank Garrity, of Chicago, James Ford Jr., and Willam Ford and one granddaughter, Hazel Ford, of Willmette. His only brother was the late Rev. Father William Murtaugh of Sheffield, Illinois.
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