I just ran across this obituary. It is taken from the June 26, 1934 edition of the Swift County Monitor.
(from the Swift County Historical Society)
John H. Reardon, Pioneer of County, Dies Of Old Age
John H. Reardon of Clontarf, one of Swift county’s earliest settlers and a resident for nearly 60 years dies at the Swift County hospital here at 9 o’clock Friday evening, June 22, from the infirmities of old age. He had been ill and confined to his bed during the last year.
Funeral services were held at St. Malachy’s church, Clontarf, at 9 o’clock yesterday morning (Monday, June 25). Rev. Richard King officiated. Internment was made in the Clontarf cemetery.
Mr. Reardon was born in Credit River, Minn., February 26, 1856, and was 78 years old at the time of his death. When a young lad he was employed on the crew that built the first railroad running through St. Paul and he was a member of a posse that tried to capture the James brothers, famed Minnesota bank robbers. He came to Clontarf by ox team in 1875.
Always fond of the carpentry trade, he followed that trade at the Industrial School then located north of Clontarf and during his lifetime built many of the better homes in the Clontarf locality. He dug the first grave in the Clontarf cemetery. Mr. Reardon started for Alaska during the gold rush, but became discouraged after reaching California and walked all the way back to Clontarf.
He married Catherine Hogan at Clontarf in the spring of 1882. Mr. Reardon is survived by one son James Reardon of Clontarf; five grandchildren, Gertrude, Florence, Rose, Marge, and Elinor Reardon; three brothers Henry and Robert Reardon of Tara Township and Thomas of Clontarf; and two sisters, Mrs. H. Donovan of Tara and Mrs. Mary Long of Hazel Park, St. Paul.
Judging from his obituary, Mr. Reardon could be looked at as a symbol of the “American Experience” – he helped build the railroad, was a pioneer settler, tried to nab Jesse James, and participated in the Gold Rush!
John Reardon built a house for his brother Thomas, and it is still there in Clontarf. It is a pretty house. Indeed one of the “better homes” of Clontarf.