John McGlinchey

Payette Enterprise
Thursday, January 13, 1916

John McGlinchey Passes Away

The news of the sudden death of John McGlinchey, which occurred at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning, has cast a gloom over the community.

Mr. McGlinchey received a fall Monday morning while walking out to post a letter in his mail box, resulting in a broken arm. He had but recently partially recovered from a severe illness and it was realized that the shock was something to be seriously considered. After receiving surgical attention he appeared to be resting easy, which lead to hopes for his ultimate recovery. The worst was not feared until a few minutes before he breathed his last.

Mr. McGlinchey was 77 years old. He was a pioneer of the early days, having come to Idaho in 1862, when he engaged in the mercantile business at Idaho City. He afterwards lived in Uinta county, Wyoming, where he served both as a member of the legislature and as sheriff. He was married to Mrs. May Noggle Alvord in 1879 and became a resident of Payette in 1886. He had resided for 28 years at the present family home where he died, in this city.

The deceased is survived by his widow, a step-son, Mr. D.D. Alvord of Twin Falls, Idaho, a daughter, Mrs. W. B. Gilmore of this city and a sister, Mrs. John Phalan, of Pocatello, Idaho, all of whom are now present to attend the funeral, which will take place from the Church of the Holy Family, on First Avenue South, at one-thirty o'clock Sunday, after a short service conducted by Rev. Thomas Ashworth of St. James Episcopal Church, at the family residence.

Mr. McGlinchey was one of the best known and most highly esteemed citizens of this community, where he had spent the best years of a busy life. In his intercourse with the affairs of life it may be truthfully said of him that he had only one guide, his own conscience, which preserved his integrity and honored the Divinity in whom he placed his trust.

An obituary notice worthy of the life he lived and the achievements of a long and useful career will appear in the next issue of the paper.

(Thursday, January 20, 1916)

The funeral of John McGlinchey, the highly esteemed pioneer citizen of Payette, who passed away at his home in this city at 11 o'clock Wednesday morning, January 12th, took place Sunday afternoon. A brief but impressive service was held at the McGlinchey residence at 1 o'clock when a large number of the old-time friends and neighbors viewed the remains and extended their heartfelt condolence to the bereaved relatives.

The casket occupied a place in the large room where the deceased had spent the happiest hours of his life in the entertainment of those who were near and dear to his great heart - that ever beat in unison with the better things of life - love of home, family and friends.

The great banks of flowers, embracing many beautiful floral designs that bore works expressive of the love and esteem in which the memory of the deceased is held in this community, were more eloquent than any language the tongue could frame to utter.

The short and simple service at the house consisted only of the singing of a duet, "Perfect Peace," by Mrs. Hamilton of Weiser, and Mrs. Masonhelmer of this city.

The body was then borne to the Church of the Holy Family, where a most impressive funeral service was conducted according to the established rites of the Catholic church, of which Mr. McGlinchey had been a consistent communicant throughout his life.

The funeral was largely attended by the people of the community and by friends from Boise, Caldwell, Weiser and other towns of this section. The burial took place in Riverside Cemetery.

As a pioneer of the early days, in Idaho and Wyoming, Mr. McGlinchey did his full share of the important work that was necessary to be done by the men who gave the best of their lives toward the laying of a sure foundation for that prosperity and happiness now being enjoyed by those who followed later in their foot steps. He was plain and unassuming, but was firm in his convictions and intensely earnest in his efforts to be a factor for the betterment of the community in which he lived. He filled many important positions of public trust and moved in a large field of business activity during his life, and it may truthfully be said now that he is gone, that the record of his earthly stewardship is one that is altogether worthy of the very highest type of good citizenship.