Buena Vista County, IA
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Extracted from:  Wegerslev, C. H. and Thomas Walpole. 
 Past and Present of Buena Vista County, Iowa
Chicago:  S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., 1909, p. 207-08.

Transcribed by Mary Alice Schwanke and Cyndi Vertrees

Biography of  Daniel F. Kennedy

Kennedy, Daniel F, a prosperous and progressive farmer and stockman residing on section 20, Washington township, where he owns and operates a rich and productive farm of two hundred and forty acres, was born near La Salle, La Salle county, Illinois, December 16, 1862. His father, John Kennedy, a native of Ireland, emigrated to the United States when a young an, first locating in the state of New York. Subsequently he removed westward to Illinois, becoming one of the pioneer agriculturists of La Salle county, that state, where he opened up a new farm. There he also celebrated his marriage to Miss Ellen Wolfe, a native of Ireland. He still resides in La Salle county, being now a hale and hearty old gentleman of eighty-nine years. His wife, however, was called to her final rest in 1899. Unto this worthy couple were born four children, two sons and two daughters, namely: Daniel F., of this review; John, who owns and operates the old homestead farm in La Salle county; Nellie; and Annie.

Daniel F. Kennedy was reared on the home farm and obtained his education in the common schools. After attaining man's estate he purchased a good farm near Streator, La Salle county, and there successfully carried on agricultural pursuits for a number of years. On the 21st of February, 1901, he was joined in wedlock to Miss Marry Flannigan, a native of La Salle county, Illinois, and a daughter of Edward Flannigan, who was also born in La Salle county and is a prosperous farmer there. Subsequent to his marriage Mr. Kennedy came to Buena Vista county, Iowa, and located on the place where he now resides on section 20, Washington township. In addition to the work of general farming he is also engaged in raising and feeding high-grade stock, his carefully directed labors and capable business management bringing to him a gratifying measure of success in his undertakings. He has fenced and tiled the fields and altogether has a model farming property, while his residence is equipped with all modern conveniences and accessories.

Unto Mr. and Mrs. Kennedy have been born four children: Mary, Alice, Mabel and Gladys. Mr. Kennedy gives his political allegiance to the men ad measures of the democracy but has no desire for the honors or emoluments of office. Both he and his wife are devoted and faithful members of the Catholic church at Storm Lake and are widely and favorably known as people of genuine personal worth and many excellent traits of character. Recognized throughout the county as a representative and progressive agriculturist, as well as public-spirited citizen, the life record of Mr. Kennedy cannot fail to be of interest to many of our readers.