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Orville Henry Lawless, (2), son of William Conrad and Mary Lawless, was born on October 31, 1855, at Columbus, Illinois. He was married to Mary Jane Henry on February 24, 1881. She was born in 1860 in Gilmer Township to Alexander and Julia Ann Morgan Henry.  They moved to Paloma, where he and his brother John farmed together for six years. He continued in farming in Adams County. He and his wife were both active members of the Methodist Church in Paloma and influential in community affairs. He died in Rochester, Minnesota, on August 25, 1927; and his wife died on October 3, 1934. They were buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Camp Point, Illinois. They had one daughter: Julia Ann.

 

Julia Ann Lawless, (3), daughter of Orville and Mary Lawless, was born on February 15, 1882, at Paloma, Illinois. She graduated from the University of Illinois with a B. A. Degree. Later she attended the Columbia College of Expression at Chicago, and in 1908-09 she attended Columbia University, New York City. In 1921 she graduated from Gem City Business College, Quincy. In 1920 she spent a short time in Havana, Cuba. Her teaching experience is as follows: First Grade Critic Teacher, Tahlequah, Oklahoma, 1917-1918; Second Grade, Tarpon Springs, Florida, 1919-21; Primary Supervisor, Salisaw, Oklahoma, 1921-22; Beginners’ work, Muskogee, Oklahoma, 1917-27. After her father’s death in 1927, she moved with her mother to Quincy, but continued teaching until May, 1930. She was a member of the Vermont Street Methodist Church.  She continued to manage her farms and led a very active life until her death on September 21, 1978 in Quincy, Illinois at Sunset Home.


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