Tara Township Autographs

Best friends Nellie Regan and Minnie Foley

I am currently working on a project involving my great-grandmother Mary Foley McMahon’s autograph book from the early 1900s. Mary, or “Minnie” as she was known, grew up in Tara Township. The autograph book includes signatures and inscriptions from friends, relatives, and neighbors. Most are from the years 1903-1905, but there are a few entries from when her children got their hands on the book in the mid-1920s.

I recognize most of the names in the book – they are either relatives of mine or I have seen the names on the Tara plat maps. Fortunately I have many photographs to correspond with the signatures as well.

But, there are several people I don’t know anything about. If you can help me out, please leave a comment. Of course, if you have a photograph you would like to share, even better! I have listed the date and location of the autographs (if given) along with the name.

  • Teresa McAuley – Tara, Minn – Aug. 13, 1904
  • Lizzie D. – Tara, Minn – Jan. 3, 1904
  • Julia Connolly – Ettrick, Wisc – Jan. 3, 1904
  • Mary McCant (?) – Feb. 15, 1894
  • Thomas Doran
  • M.V.D. – Benson, Minn – Jan. 10, 1904
  • Katie Kane – Benson, Minn – Jan. 10, 1904
  • Mary Fleming – Tara, Minn – Jan. 21, 1904
  • Annie Doran – Tara – Jan. 5, 1905
  • Celia A. VanDervoort – Tara – Jan. 10, 1904
  • J.L. Gaul – Chicago, Ill.

Anyone ever heard of someone with the nickname “Woddle”? Or “Nibbs”?

Let me know if any of this catches your eye…I’d love to hear from you!


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13 responses to “Tara Township Autographs

  1. Colleen Galvin

    My grandmother was Mary Ann Fleming, and she was living in Tara Township in 1904. She eventually married John Galvin, also of Tara. I am not sure when she was married, but her first child was born in 1908. I am sure I have a picture of her, so I will search for it and submit it at a later date. Thanks for the info.

    • Of course! I forgot Mary Fleming was your grandmother! I bet she and my great-grandmother were good friends. They lived a couple of miles from each other, if I remember the map right. I would love to see a photo of Mary, as well as your grandfather John Galvin. There are so many mystery men in photos I have of my Foley and Regan relatives from that time period. Just let me know when you find them! I will send you a copy of the page Mary signed when I get the scans together.

      Thanks so much Colleen, and I hope you are having a nice weekend!


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    My grandmother Mary Ann Fleming was living in Tara in 1905 according to the census. She married my grandfather, John Galvin (also from Tara) in about 1907. Her mother. Delia Bridget Fleming was quite the character of the town I have heard. Let me know if you want to know more. I do have there wedding picture too.

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