Mrs. Catherine (Kate) Harkins, a native of the town of Mitchell and a
graduate of Plymouth high school with the class of 1901, and now a resident
of Mary-Jude nursing home, 9806 W. Lincoln ave., West Allis, recently
celebrated her 100th birthday.
Three generations of her descendants with other relatives and friends
comprised 110 people who visited her that day.
Mrs. Harkins received many cards of felicitations from absent relatives and
friends. She also received recognition from the Ronald Reagans, Gov.
Dreyfus, Princess Grace of Monaco and the Irish ambassador.
Mrs. Harkins, relatives and friends were deeply elated and touched when a
representative of the chancery office of the Milwaukee archdiocese delivered
a personal message and blessing from His Holiness Pope John Paul II.
Born Catherine Lindsay, Dec. 6, 1881, in the town of Mitchell, Sheboygan
County, she is the daughter of George W. Lindsay and Agnes O'Connell
Having graduated from Plymouth high school in June. 1901, and having taught
school in Sheboygan County until May, 1910, she married John Patrick
Harkins, a native of the town of Holland, also a teacher, the son of Patrick
Harkins and Margaret Donavan Harkins, on June 15, 1910, at St. Michael's
Church, town of Mitchell. The couple took up residence in Milwaukee, where
he became a policeman. He died in 1951, several years after his retirement.
In her later years, Kate lived with her daughter, Hazel, until Feb. 26,
1980, when she took up residence at Mary-Jude nursing home.
Mrs. Harkins has three living children: Hazel, Wauwatosa; Mrs. John
(Willette) Cass (sic - should be Carr), Annapolis, Md., and Mrs. Jean
Murphy, Milwaukee. A fourth daughter, Ethel Bultman, died in 1971. Ethel
was the mother of 20 children, 19 of whom are living.
The "tear-jerker" of the party occurred when her life-long friend, Margaret
Phalen Murphy, also a centenarian, a native of the town of Mitchell and a
graduate of Plymouth high school, came to visit her. They have been close
friends since their youth.
Margaret Phalen Murphy was born July 22, 1881, in the town of Mitchell, the
daughter of Richard Phalen and Delia Martin Phalen. As a graduate of
Plymouth high school in June, 1910, Margaret also taught school in Sheboygan
County until she married on Oct. 24, 1906, at St. Michael's Church, town of
Mitchell, William Murphy, son of Peter Murphy and Julia O'Brien Murphy, and
also a Mitchell boy.
As the Harkins couple did later, the Murphy's also moved to Milwaukee where
Will also became a policeman. For many years he was a familiar figure in
the downtown area where he walked his beat.
In late years until January, 1981, Margaret made her home with her daughter,
Cecile, the wife of the late William McGarry, when she went to the Marian
Catholic home, 3333 W. Highland blvd., Milwaukee.
Mrs. Margaret Murphy has three children living: Neil Murphy and Cecile
McGarry, both of Milwaukee, and Clare Conlon, Dallas, Tex.
The ladies also have two nieces. One of Mrs. Murphy's nieces, Mrs. Aloys
(Frances) Trimberger, resides in Plymouth. Mrs. Harkin's nieces, Mrs.
Maurice (Beth) Hughes Sr. and Mrs. Eugene (Cleo) Wifler, also reside in
Rarely does one witness a friendship which lasts a lifetime and has so much
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