WARD, JEREMIAH (deceased). - The keenness of perception, brilliancy of intellect, and capability of the Irish race are generally recognized as potent factors in the advancement of its representatives in all branches of endeavor. Those of them who come to America find a congenial atmosphere in which to attain desirable success, and many annually avail themselves of the advantages here offered. One of those who for many years made Springfield his place of residence and field of action before death claimed him, was the late Jeremiah Ward, whose activities in the lumber trade are still remembered with interest. Mr. Ward was born in Ireland, a son of William and Rosa Ward, also natives of Ireland. A brother, Neil Ward, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Murray, still reside in Springfield.
Having grown up in Ireland, Mr. Ward lived with his parents until he came to the United States. He located in Springfield, where he became identified with the lumber trade, developing his business to large proportions. He was a Catholic in religious views. He was actively interested in the affairs of the community, although he had no desire for public advancement.
Mr. Ward was married in Springfield, to Mary Mathune, who has made Springfield her home since she came there from St. Louis at the age of twelve years. Four children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Ward: Rosa, born December 2, 1866, lives with her mother; Sophia, born January 1, 1874, also living with her mother; Jeremiah, born April 7, 1877, and Ruth Buckingham. The family residence is at No. 504 North Ninth Street. The Wards are well and favorably known in Springfield, and are highly esteemed in the Catholic Church, to which they belong.