Peter Shannon

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Beginnings

Peter was born 10 Feb 1865 in Elphin, Roscommon, Ireland, son of John Shannon and Ann Fox.

Shannon home, Elphin, County Roscommon, where Peter Shannon was born
Shannon home, Elphin, County Roscommon, where Peter Shannon was born

His Life

Marriage and Family

Peter Shannon, Mary Jane Eddy and daughters Evy, Helen, and Estie.
Peter Shannon, Mary Jane Eddy and daughters Evy, Helen, and Estie.

Peter married Mary Jane Eddy 19 Apr 1896, in Great Falls, Cascade, Montana.

A newspaper at the time noted:

At his residence at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon, Rev. Father Dols officiated at the wedding of Peter Shannon and Miss Jennie Eddy, both of Sand Coulee. A large number of friends were present. After the ceremony an elaborate wedding dinner was served at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Max Lohe. Mr. Shannon was for some time manager of the Boston store at Sand Coulee, and is a young man of much worth. The bride is well known and a very popular young lady. Mr. and Mrs. Shannon are at home at the Burlington hotel.[1]
Shannon-Eddy Marriage License
Shannon-Eddy Marriage License

Peter and Mary had three daughters:

Evelyn Wilmot Shannon, b. 16 Jan 1897
Estelline Eddy Shannon, b. 21 Aug 1898
Helen B. Shannon, b. 15 Nov 1900

Immigration, Residences and Occupations

According to family story, Peter initially immigrated to Deadwood, South Dakota. The story continues:

Peter later ran general stores in the silver mining town of Niehart and then in Great Falls, finally and for many years in Lewistown, Mont. While the family were there, they homesteaded, a process which required some members of the family to "prove" their claim by living on the land during the summers for three years and producing crops. The third year, there was a good crop of wheat and then along came a hail storm which ruined it and therefore their hopes of becoming ranchers. But undaunted, Mary Jane told the girls to gather up some of the hail stones and then made ice cream. Real British fortitude.[2]

Peter filed his declaration to become a citizen of the United States in the Territory of Montana, 01 June 1889. He was naturalized 27 August 1894 in Cascade county, Montana.

In 1892 Peter bought land in Cascade county near his brother John Shannon. He purchased 160 acres, Twp 18N, Range 5E, Montana Meridian, Aliquot NW, in section 25. (Link will take you to a close up view of the homestead land, notable by the tracks from vehicles or livestock.) His brother John had land north of him in section 24.

At the time of his marriage in 1896, his residence was noted as Sand Coulee, Cascade, Montana.

In 1900 Peter and his family are residing in Neihart City, Cascade, Montana. Peter is working as a dealer in furnishing goods.

In 1910, Peter and family are residing in Lewiston, Fergus, Montana, and Peter is working as a merchant.

In 1914 Peter bought land in Fergus county.

By 1920, Peter and family had moved to Bremerton, Kitsap, Washington. Peter was now 50 years old, and working as a clerk at a dry goods store. His two daughters, Evelyn and Estelline, were working as stenographers in the civil service.

Death and Burial

Peter Shannon Grave
Peter Shannon Grave

Peter died 07 Jan 1928 in Bremerton, Kitsap, Washington, being run-down by a police car as he was crossing the street on a grey and drizzly day. An article published regarding his death said the following:

"Peter Shannon aged sixty-four years and a member of the business office of The News Searchlight was instantly killed early Saturday evening when he was struck by a city police car driven by Patrolman W.S. Sockwell. The accident occurred at the corner of Sixth and Park just beyond the intersection of Sixth street.

Mr. Shannon, a native of Roscommon, Ireland, came to America at the completion of his education and business training in the merchandise world. He first engaged in his trade at Great Falls, Mont., later assuming part ownership of a large business at Lewiston, Mont., where he remained active in trade until 1918 when the family moved to Bremerton.

A student of fine literature Mr. Shannon was particularly interested in the works of Shakespeare, having possessed some of the English author's finest works. Engaging in the merchandise field until but a few months ago, Mr. Shannon then became associated with The News Searchlight staff and he was engaged on a mission for that firm at the time of the fatal accident.

Surviving is the bereaved widow Mrs. Mary Jane Shannon, and three daughters, Mrs. Evelyn Poirer of Harlowtown, Mont.; Miss Este Shannon of Bremerton and Mrs. Helen Duke of Long Beach, Calif. Miss Este was visiting with the sister, Helen, in California at the time of the accident, both leaving for home with word of the death. Mr. and Mrs. Poirer and two children will arrive today to be with Mrs. Shannon. Richard Eddy of Spokane, a brother of the widow, arrived here last night.

According to the report made by Officer Sockwell and the version of eye witnesses, the mishap was unavoidable and caused partially by the drizzling rain. Mr. Shannon was passing across Sixth street, below the intersection, stepping onto the street behind a car coming to town and meeting the police car shortly afterward. According to Sockwell and the witnesses, Sam Miller and Bob Whitson, the police car could not have been travelling faster than twenty-five miles an hour because it was stopped within six paces from the point of impact.

The body is being held pending arrival of the surviving children, after which funeral arrangements will be made. Services will probably be held under auspices of the Catholic church of which Mr. Shannon was a member. The accident was investigated by County Prosecutor and Coroner JW Bryan, city and county officials and Undertaker F. R. Lewis."[3]


  1. Unknown newspaper; transcription via personal email from Terrill Walters
  2. Personal email from Terrill Walters, October 11, 2005
  3. Bremerton Daily News Searchlight, 09 Jan 1928, Page 1
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