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JOHN MCDANNELL, M. D., of Nashua (Iowa), has had a busy and active professional career of forty years. It has been a career of service, expressing not only the skill and knowledge borne of his training and experience, but also high ideals and a conscientious devotion to the work which he chose early in life as the medium by which he might best make his talents available to the world.

Doctor McDannell, whose home has been at Nashua (Iowa) since 1908, was born at Rock Island, Illinois, March 9, 1871, son of Decatur S. and Etola (Hughes) McDannell. His father was born in Ohio and his mother in Pennsylvania, and they were married in Ohio. Decatur McDannell was an artist by profession, painted many notable canvasses, and some of his favorite subjects were scenes in the Rocky Mountains. However, his great fame and his most notable artistic achievement was painting that magnificent panorama of the battle Gettysburg, which for years was housed as a feature in a building at Chicago and attracted thousands and hundreds of thousands of visitors. Decatur McDannell died at Moline, Illinois, in 1890.

John McDannell derived from his father a vivid sense of beauty and keen powers of observation. His early education was in the public schools of Illinois. Later he studied at the University of Wisconsin, and while in that state lived with Dr. W. P. Hartford, of Beetown. Doctor Hartford became his preceptor in medicine, but later, in 1888, he entered the Kentucky School of Medicine at Louisville, at that time rated as one of the leading schools in the country. Doctor McDannell distinguished himself by his student record and won the gold medal for proficiency in anatomy and was appointed demonstrator in anatomy. He was graduated in 1891 and began his practice at Glen Haven, Wisconsin. From there he went to Arlington, Iowa, and eight years later in 1908, located at Nashua. Doctor McDannell took post-graduate work in Chicago in 1907-08, spent six months in the New York Polyclinic and has been a constant student and has attended many clinics and medical conventions.

He is a member and past president of the Chickasaw County Medical Society and in 1927 had the honor of being president of the Austin Flint-Cedar Valley Medical Society. Before that society, in July, 1926, he read a paper entitled "The General Practitioner's Service to Medicine," which was published in the journal of the Iowa State Medical Society in 1927. A great deal has been said and written concerning the general practitioner, but perhaps nothing better as a concise review of all the essentials of the subject than that contained in Doctor McDannell's article. He has himself been a general practitioner, and his friends in the profession say that during his work of forty years he has realized many of the splendid tributes that have been paid to a family physician of both the older and modern times. Doctor McDannell is also a member of the Iowa State and American Medical Associations. He is local surgeon at Nashua for the Illinois Central Railway.

He married, September 18, 1892, Lottie E. Ishmael, of Cassville, Wisconsin. They have one daughter, Lucile. Lucile has many of her father's intellectual characteristics, and all through her school work was distinguished by her intellectual abilities. She had the highest average grade through four years in high school among all the high school students of Iowa, and this record was awarded a four year scholarship at Grinnell College, of which she is an honor graduate. Her record at Grinnell brought her the award of a year's scholarship at the University of Lyons, France. She is now an instructor of French at Northwestern University in Chicago, and is the wife of Z. S. Fink, also a member of the faculty of Northwestern. Doctor McDannell is a past master Mason and is affiliated with the Knights Templar Commandery at Charles City and Elkahir Temple of the Mystic Shrine at Cedar Rapids.
[A Narrative History of The People of Iowa, 1931]

John Mahoney

Joel Thompson and Henry McNeal were squatters in Hampton in the late 1820s.
John Mahoney, called Pat, hunted and trapped in these parts and viewed the beautiful area from the banks of the river.

Information submitted by Mary and Rock Nelson of the Hampton Historical Society; A History of Hampton, Illinois 1838-1938
by George McNabney 

William G. Marshall

William G. Marshall

William G. Marshall (known as Billy G.) was born on August 8, 1820 in Hopewell, New Jersey. He came to Cordova in 1839. He was the chief financier of the family, according to Logan Trent's book "The Trail of the Trents" and one of the wealthiest people in Cordova township.

William G. was born to Charity Golden Marshall and John Marshall. He married Catharine Phillips and had two childen who died in infancy. Second he married her sister Elizabeth who was widowed from Stephen Humphrey and who came to Cordova with her son Edgar and married William G.


Submitted by Cordova District Library; Jo Cohrs


Charity Golden Marshall

Charity Golden was the tenth child of Captain William Golden and who came to the United States in the 18th Century. She married John who died in 1832 leaving her with nine children from 15 years to one unborn. In the spring of 1842 when her youngest was ten years of age, she emigrated with this large family to Cordova, Illinois. Here she purchased land for $1.25 an acre a large tracat of unbroken prairie from the "S" curve two miles east of Cordova to the Docia along the Erie blacktop road. Both sides of the road were occupied by all her sons and daughters except one who married Isaac Crosby and lived north of time.

At the time of her death on October 7, 1878, Charity had nine children, fifty-nine grandchildren and thirty-one greatgrandchildren and thirty-one great grandchildren of whom two children, fourteen grandchildren and ten great grandchildren had died, leaving seventy three living descendants. Her children were: Mary (married to Andrew Ege), John (married to Mary Cool), William G. (married to Catharine Phillips & Elizabeth Humphrey), Henry (married to Charity Golden - daughter of Jared Golden), Elizabeth (married to Isaac Crosby), Sarah (married J. Evan Smith), Jacob Marshall (married to Sarah Cain), Theodore (married to Derinda Williamson) and Jared (married to Amanda Rockwell).

Charity Golden Marshall was a great woman. Good judgement, industrious and God fearing, she was a woman with foresight and guided her family through many difficult times.

A Mrs. C. V. Golden of Cordova was elected president of the Rock Island County Home Bureau on July 9, 1927. --from Today in History, Argus/Dispatch July 9, 2002. She was undoubtedly the wife of a descendent of this family.

Submitted by Cordova District Library; Jo Cohrs


Henry McNeal was born in Canada July 15th, 1811. At the age of 18 he ran away from home, arriving in this country in 1828.

Joel Thompson and Henry McNeal were squatters in Hampton in the late 1820s.

He had worked in the lead mines around Galena for a time, and later came here and became the proprietor of a wood yard which he conducted for several years. He married Louisa Wells November 20th, 1831. She was the daughter of Rinnah Wells Sr. She died January 3rd, 1848. They were the parents of three children, Ellen, George, and Dan McNeal.

Henry McNeal was one of the 58 men who composed the Rock River Rangers. He was a member of the first grand jury appointed in this country. He was a pioneer of the pioneers whose deeds and actions and influence are reflected in the early history of this place and count. He died in 1878 at the age of 67.

His oldest son, George, was a blacksmith by trade while he lived at Port Byron. He later served in Company G, 126 Reg. Ill. Vol. Inf. for three years during the Civil War, after which he followed farming near Watertown. He later purchased the old S. L. Brettun homestead in Hampton and moved in. Here he lived until his death until June 27, 1915 within 400 feet of where he was born, November 27, 1833, in the old log cabin. He was married to Caroline N. Addison May 1, 1856. They had one child who died in infancy. Mrs. McNeal died January 24, 1916. George McNeal, a grand nephew, now (1938) owns and occupies the old Brettun home.

Dan, second son of the pioneer Henry McNeal, was born December 5, 1839, on a farm near Watertown. He married Anna Crawford. They had four children. He was postmaste and took a prominent part in the affairs of Watertown and elsewhere. His osn, Henry, who donated the lot for the Soldiers Monument is married to Martha Wells, who is a daughter of Edward and Dora Wells. Dan McNeal died July 4, 1916. His wife died February 21, 1894.

Information submitted by Mary and Rock Nelson of the Hampton Historical Society, A History of Hampton, Illinois 1838-1938, by George McNabney

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