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"Welcome To The Obituary Page For Cornelius McGee"

Cornelius McGee, River Captain, Dies
Cornelius McGee, a river man for 52 years and captain of excursion steamers on the Mississippi for the last 20 years, died of cancer at the Marine Hospital yesterday, following an illness of two months. He was 66. Since he was 14, Capt. McGee had been working on river steamers, and was employed since 1911 by the Streckfus Steamers, Inc., which operates excursion steamers out of St. Louis. For two seasons he was captain of the St. Paul, and for the last two years was in charge of the concern's boats at Paducah, Kentucky. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Ophelia Hoffmann McGee; a daughter, Miss Mary M. McGee, and two sisters. Funeral services will be held tomorrow morning in Dubuque, Ia. Burial will be at East Dubuque, Ill.

River Captain, 65, Dies at St. Louis
Cornelius McGee, 65, captain on boats of the Streckfus Co., for many years and more recently on the Capitol and St. Paul, died at 2:30 a.m. today in Marine Hospital, St. Louis, where he had undergone an operation three weeks ago. McGee was the husband of a former Alton woman, Miss Ophelia Hoffmann and two years ago with his wife and daughter, had spent the summer here at the home of William A. Hoppe and the late Mrs. Hoppe. About a year ago McGee had suffered a severe injury to his leg when it was badly cut by a heavy rope on the boat. The leg was so badly cut that amputation was necessary. McGee had recovered from the mishap to the extent that he had returned to work, but his health since than had only been fair. While Mr. and Mrs. McGee maintained a home at Davenport, Ia., because of McGee's work, they had lived in various places and last winter they had stayed at Paducah, Ky., where the Streckfus boats are harbored for the winter months. Besides his widow, McGee is survived by a daughter, Marjorie, 15. The body will be at the Burke Funeral Home, 3305 State Street, East St. Louis, this evening and Wednesday morning will be taken to Dubuque, Ia., for funeral services and burial.

Capt. McGee Died Tuesday in St. Louis
Captain Cornelius McGee, 66, old time riverman, who was well known here, died Tuesday in St. Louis, according to an Associated Press dispatch received Wednesday morning. Captain McGee had been a riverman for fifty-two years and captain of Mississippi River excursion steamers for the last twenty years. He was last with the Streckfus line and brought such familiar steamers as the St. Paul, the J.S. and the Dubuque to Quincy many times. Clat Adams, whose river front store is the Quincy headquarters for all rivermen, knew Captain McGee very well. McGee was at one time mate on the old Diamond Jo Lines, Mr. Adams recalled, and was known to most everyone who was acquainted with the river as "Connie" McGee. Burial services for Captain McGee will be held in East Dubuque.

Captain McGee Of Streckfus Boats Dies In St. Louis
Prominent Riverman Had Been Stationed Here With Big Steamers St. Louis, April 27--Captain Cornelius McGee, 66, recently in charge of boats of Streckfus Steamers, Incorportated, at Paducah, Ky., died here yesterday of cancer. He had been a riverman for 52 years and had been with Streckfus since 1911. For two seasons, he was captain of the excursion boat St. Paul. "Conny" McGee, as he was known by rivermen the length of the Mississippi and lower Ohio had been stationed here in charge of repairs at the Streckfus docks at the foot of Elizabeth Street where the line's great excursion boats are renovated for each summer season. Suffering from his ailment, Capt. McGee left Paducah for St. Louis about eight months ago where he remained until his death. During his 52 years of steamboating Capt. McGee became a familiar figure at Mississippi River ports between St. Paul, Minn., and New Orleans. At the age of 14, he got his first job as cabin boy on the Diamond Jo Packet line, plying between St. Paul and New Orleans. In 1911, when the Diamond Jo boats were bought by the Streckfus concern, McGee remained as captain. Since that time he has served as captain of each of the five Streckfus boats: The St. Paul, Washington, Capitol, J. S., and President. Despite the fact that he lost a leg in 1933 as a result of a gang plank accident, he was considered, until his death, one of the best steamboat men in the middle west. At the time of his death, Capt. McGee was a senior captain of the Streckfus Lines.

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Captain Connie McGee, 66, veteran Mississippi River steamboat captain and former Dubuquer, died at the U. S. Marine Hospital at St. Louis.  Death Date was: April 26, 1938

Printed in some newspaper on April 26, 1939

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