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Farley, Mrs. Alma (1856 - 1926)

Mrs. Alma Farley died March 14, 1926 at St. Joseph's hospital in Sioux City after a long illness.

Born: Alma DeShaw, October 27, 1856, at Brasure New York.

Married: Owen Farley, May 6, 1872, at Delhi, came to Vail in 1881. Owen died May 26, 1889. Children: William of Omaha, Maurice E. of Sioux City, Frank, Mrs. D.E. Green of Vail.

Funeral: St. Ann's Church Vail. Burial: St. Ann's Cemetery, Vail Pall bearers: William Harrington Sr., G.B. McAndrews, Howard McCollough, J.M. Duffy, Sam Buck, and John Hickey

Submitted by Helen Carey Papalekas

William H. Farley (1874 - 1929)

Denison Review 1-16-1929

William H. Farley, Former Vail Resident, Died Omaha Hospital

Mrs. D. F. Green of Vail mourns the death of her brother, W. H. Farley, of Omaha, which occurred at the St. Catherine's hospital in that city on December 31. He was taken ill with the flu and an abscess formed in his throat which caused his demise.

Wm. H. Farley was born at Hopkinton, Delaware county, Iowa, Feb. 14, 1874 and reached the age of 54 years, 10 months and 17 days. His early life was spent in Vail and later he conducted a livery barn in that town until 1908 when he went into business at 3012 Leavenworth Street, Omaha. At Omaha he was a member of the horse and mule commission company in South Omaha and a horse buyer for the Anspaw Commission company, one of the largest horse markets in the United States at that time. Later he devoted himself to stock raising and farming. Mr. Farley was well known in Denison and many old time friends will learn with regret that he has passed away.

He leaves to mourn his death his wife and daughter, Mrs. R. E. Clemner of Omaha; one foster child, Lavone Rose; two step-children, Mrs. Roland Collins of Valley, Neb. and Charles Clayton of San Francisco, also two brothers, Frank Farley of Omaha and Maurice F. Farley, chief of detectives at Sioux city; one sister, Mrs. D. E. Greene of Vail and one grandchild, Dariell Clemmen of Omaha.

Funeral services were held January 2 at his home, 7910 Market Street , Rev. Cartley of the Benson Christian church officiating and interment followed in the West Lawn cemetery in Omaha. Pall bearers were Joe Lundgreen, Rudy Berta, A. J. Adams, Jack Kirkpatrick, Jay Williams and F. J. Konosky.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Mrs. Mary Farrelly (1825 - 1899)

Denison Review, Tuesday, 12-19-1899

Died - Mrs. Mary Farrelly, at the residence of her son, rev. M. J. Farrelly, in Denison, after a brief illness, on Saturday, December 16, 1899, in the 74th year of her age.

Mrs. Farrelly was born in Dumhaldry county, Longford, Ireland, about March 1, 1825. Her maiden name was Fitzpatrick, an old and highly respected family in that part of the county. Her father, P. Fitzpatrick, was one of the ablest and most popular men in Longford in his day.

In 1845 she married Mr. Jas. Farrelly with whom she lived until about nine years ago when her husband having died she came to the United States where the greater part of her family had already settled. To their union nine children were born, two of whom died in Ireland, and of the seven surviving one still resides there.

Mrs. Farrelly was a woman of great strength and purity of character. She possessed the proverbial faith and piety of her race in a remarkable degree. Her charity toward the poor was limited only by her means and opportunity. She used to say that one of the chief blessings of life was to be able to help God's poor and afflicted children. She had a mind well stored with varied information and had the faculty of expressing herself with force and clearness. She was a favorite with all her acquaintances.

Her children loved her exceedingly and are deeply grieved over her loss. Her taking off was sudden; few in the community knew she was ill until they heard of her death. But though sudden, the end was not unprovided for, for several years she prepared herself for death daily and in her last moments she had the consolation of receiving the sacraments for the dying and thus fortified with rites of the church she loved so well, she fell asleep in the Lord. May God grant her good rest and peace.

The funeral was held at the Catholic church on Tuesday morning and was largely attended by friends from all over the county. A solemn mass of requiem was sung by her son, Rev. Father Farrelly of Sheldon with Rev. M. J. Farrelly and Rev. M. N. Tierney of Manilla, deacon and subdeacon respectively. Father Schulte of Arcadia was master of ceremonies while Father Murphy paid a deserved tribute to the memory of the deceased.

She was the mother of J. J. Farrelly of Chicago, Mrs. P. F. McGuire of St. Paul, P. J. Farrelly and Mrs. J. T. Haugh of this city and of Rev. Father M. J. Farrelly of Denison and Rev. Father P. F. Farrelly of Sheldon, Iowa. We believe that no good man ever lived who had not had a good mother and the best testimony to Mrs. Farrelly's faithful Christian life is found in the noble, upright sons and daughters whom she reared.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Finneran, Mrs. Bridget (1844 - 1914)

The Denison Bulletin, March 1914
Funeral Services of Mrs. Finneran
Highly Respected woman of Vail is laid to rest by loving hands on Sunday last.
Was Mother of 14 Children
Husband had preceded her to grave three years ago- Noble woman and a devout Christian

The funeral service of Mrs. Patrick Finneran, whose death occurred Friday morning, March 6th, were held on Sunday at 10:30 o'clock from the Catholic Church in Vail. Rev. Peter Murphy officiating with interment in St. Ann's cemetery beside the grave of her husband who died some three years ago. The pall bearers were Beck Mitchell, Richard Kinney, John Costello, Bert McAndrews, John McCormick and Peter Gaul.

Mrs. Finneran, whose maiden name was Bridget Mathern, was born in Glenamaddy, County Galway, Ireland, Feb. 4, 1844. She was married in 1860 in Ireland to Patrick Finneran and to this union fourteen children were born, all of whom are living except one son. In 1863 they moved to Scranton, PA., then in 1868 they moved to White Side county, Ill., and in March, 1881, they came to Vail and settled on a farm about three miles north of Vail, which has been their home ever since.

Mrs. Fineran was of a modest, retiring disposition, and for many years seldom left her home, where she had every comfort and was cared for by her sons. Also, her daughter, Mrs. Wm. Kral helped take care of her for the past five or six months. She was a noble mother and a devout Christian and will be greatly missed in the family circle. This is the second death in the family in about six weeks. Her son, William, preceded her but a short while. The sympathy of many friends is extended to the family in their hour of bereavement.

Mrs. Finneran also leaves two brothers, one residing Manchester, England, and one County Galway, Ireland.

Submitted by Martin Fineran
Note: This was transcribed from a photocopy of the newspaper article published in the Denison Bulletin, March 1914. I found it while looking in the library at Denison, Iowa (July, 2004) on some different back issues still on microfilm.

Fineran, Patrick H.(1845 - 1911)

The Denison Bulletin, May 17, 1911
Denison, Iowa, No. 20
Prominent Pioneer Passed Away
Patrick Fineran, Worthy Old Citizen, Comes to Sudden End at Home Near Vail.
Heart Trouble Caused Unexpected Demise, -Something of His Remarkable Life.

People of Crawford county were surprised last Thursday morning to learn that Patrick H. Fineran, one of the 0ld pioneers of this country, and a prominent citizen of the east part of the county, had suddenly expired at his home north of Vail that morning.

Mr. Fineran was apparently in his usual health the day before. He was at home with his wife on the farm. He got in a hurry for his supper and joked about beating the boys to the table for that meal. In fact, he was usually joking with his wife and the boys, so that just after he got up from the table and went into his room his wife paid little attention to him when he called her come there. He called again, and she went in, and there found him holding on a table to support himself and trying to get to his bed. She called help and he was gotten on the bed, and then it was seen he had received his call from on high. The numerous sons and daughters of the family were hastily summoned, and the father remained conscious until all had arrived, and he did not expire till seven o'clock the next morning.

Patrick H. Fineran was born Feb. 25th, 1845, in Kilbegnet, Roscommon, Ireland. He was married Feb. 4th, 1864, to Bridget Madders (Mathers) of Glenamadda, Ireland. In 1866 he moved with his family to Whiteside county, Ill., and in 1881 came to Crawford county where he and his estimable wife have lived ever since until his death, which came as a great shock to all, and was wholly unexpected by his family.

Mr. Fineran was a sturdy and hardy son of the Emerald Isle. In his early environment he had no chance to get that book learning which would have made him even a more successful man, but he did gain that experience through a life of hard work and earnest endeavor which made him highly successful without the book learning. Uneducated in figures, he yet was as sure and accurate in any calculations he made as the best mathematician; he intuitively knew values and solved problems that more learned men would have pondered o'er.

His judgment was always good; he was cautious and careful, -more so on account of the fact that he was always pitted against those better educated than he. He thus gained in wealth and property so that while raising a family of fourteen children he continued to add to his land and property interests until he was one of the wealthiest citizens of the community. His integrity was not disputed, and his amiable and courteous manners won him friends everywhere.

He died in the faith of the Catholic church in which he had lived, and received the last rites of his church which is on great comfort to his sorrowing wife and children.

Fourteen children survive Mr. Fineran, these being:
Mrs. W.S. Kelly of Ida Grove; J.H. of Arion; Mrs. H. J. Perrien of Central City, Neb.; Katherine, of Omaha; Mrs Thom. Fitzpatrick of Sioux City; John of Denison; Mrs. Perry Showers of Lewis, Iowa; James of Denison; Pat, Will, Mart and Benard, at home, and Harry and Charley at Holstein, Iowa. All were in attendance at the funeral, with their wives and husbands.

The funeral of Mr. Fineran was held Saturday morning at St. Ann's church at Vail, and interment was made in St. Ann's cemetery of that place. The pall bearers were: E.T. Ryan, Jerry Murphy, John McCormick, Richard Kinney, Maurice Casey and Richard McGuire.

The sympathy of the whole community goes out to the grief stricken wife and family in their hour of sorrow.

Submitted by Martin Fineran
Note: This was transcribed from a photocopy of the newspaper article published in the Denison Bulletin, May 17, 1911. Hopefully, there aren't too many mis-spellings since the copy wasn't as clear as one would want. Thanks to Marilyn Dose of Ida Grove for digging thru old newspapers and finding this one.

Frahm, Mrs. Elma (1904 - 1928)

Mrs. Edward Frahm died: June 27, 1928 at Wyatt Memorial Hospital.

Born: Elma Petersen born November 2, 1904, in Clinton Iowa.

Married: July, 8, 1925 to Edward Frahm, at the Presbyterian Manse, Denison IA. Moved to Avoca IA where Edward owns hardware business.

Survivors: Husband, daughter Letty Louise, parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.N. Peterson, 2 brothers, Bert and Edward, sister, Mrs. Herman Lamp of West Side.

Funeral: Methodist church Manning. Burial: Manning Cemetery. Pall Bearers: Henry Rohr Jr., Charles Rogers, William Mergel, Alfred Mohr, Raymond Sander and Willard Bailey.

Submitted by Helen Carey Papalekas

Friedrichsen, Hans (1836 - 1910)

Schleswig Leader - September 23, 1910

Hans Friedrichsen

The people of this community were shocked Monday morning to hear of the sudden death of our respected fellow citizen and neighbor, Hans Friedrichsen, but very few knowing that he was sick. The cause of death was cancer of the bowels.

Mr. Friedrichsen was born in Almdorf, Schleswig-Holstein, Germany, on April 12, 1836, hence was aged 71 years, 5 months and 6 days at the time of his death. He was married to Miss Caroline Hansen in 1861 at Halsted, Germany. Nine children came from this union, six boys and three girls, all of which are living except one son.

In 1872 Mr. Friedrichsen, with his family, left the Fatherland for America. They settled first in Clinton county, but in 1881 they moved west, settling on a farm in Ida County. Here they remained until ten years ago when they moved to Schleswig. Mr. Friedrichsen and wife were among the most highly respected of our citizens.

Appropriate services were held on the Friedrichsen lawn Wednesday afternoon, Rev Wetzler officiating, after which the remains were laid to rest in the Lutheran cemetery of Grant township, Ida county.

Family Message

Card of Thanks
We wish to thank the many kind friends for the assistance and sympathy given us in our hour of trouble. Mrs. Hans Friedrichsen and Children.

Submitted by Bob Kuehl

Anna Fitzpatrick (1853 - 1897)

Denison Review - November 10, 1897

Mrs. Anna Fitzpatrick, wife of Frank Fitzpatrick, died at her home southwest of this city last Thursday night, her death resulting from heart failure, which was brought on by a complication of diseases. Mrs. Fitzpatrick was a long time resident of this county and her acquaintance throughout this vicinity was widespread. Her friendship was highly cherished by those who knew her and her hospitality was extended to all. She was ardent in solicitious attention to the comfort of those whom she loved and she devoted herself to ministering to their wants. Her demise is particularly sad in that she was the mother of a large family, several of the children being quite young.

She was a native of Ireland, having been born near Kilkee in the county of Clare, June 22, 1853. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Griffin, who now live in this county, as do also her sisters, Mrs. Martin Magner and Mrs. P. Heffernan. When but eight years of age, Mrs. Fitzpatrick came to America and for eight years lived in Memphis, Tennessee.

From the south the family moved to Wheatland, Scott County, of this state. There she was married, thirty years ago and within a year removed with her husband to their home in the county, where they have since resided. The family included the following children; Lizzie, 28 years of age, who was married to T. C. McCarty, February 7, 1887, Thomas, 25 years old, Margaret 22, Nicholas 20, Anna 18, Mary 15, Gertrude 13, Jennie 9, Lucy 6, Leona 3 and an infant daughter who was buried a week before its mother.

The funeral took place Saturday forenoon at 10:30 o'clock from St. Rose of Lima Catholic church, and was largely attended. The impressive ceremony of the church was conducted and a short funeral sermon preached by the rector, Rev. Father Farrelly. Father Tierney of Manilla, an intimate friend of the family, also spoke briefly. The service included the singing of the Requiem by the choir. The pallbearers, all old-time friends, were John Griffin, D. Scanlon, Thos. White, Michael Houlihan, James Magner and Michael McMahon. The cortege which followed the remains to the last resting place in the old Catholic cemetery south of town, was of unusual length, including nearly 125 conveyances and attesting to the esteem in which the lady was held.

Submitted by Melba McDowell

Aaron Farnham French (1832 - 1901)

Denison Review - December 10, 1901

Our community was greatly grieved on Monday to learn of the death of Mr. A. F. French on the evening before. Although he had not quite achieved his three score years and ten, Mr. French had been an invalid for a number of years. During this time he did all that his strength would allow and the tender love of his family and his wide circle of friendship attest that he did his utmost to be true to the obligations of life. He was a prominent member of the Grand Army of the Republic and was one of the many who risked his life in the defense of the union. During his more vigorous days he was a contractor of reputation and standing and during his declining years he still followed his trade as a carpenter and cabinet maker.

Aaron Farnham French was born at Cabot, Vt. , April 2, 1832. By his first marriage in the east he had four children, two sons and two daughters, who still survive him.

After his service in the civil war he came to the west and was married to Mary J. Barker and she, with their two daughters, Gertrude and Frances, deeply mourn the departed husband and father. Mr. French also leaves three sisters and three brothers in the east and one brother in the west.

The cause of his death was Bright's Disease although the end was hastened by pneumonia. The funeral services took place at the Baptist church this afternoon, Rev. F. W. Bateson officiating, and were attended by a large number of old soldiers and the old friends who had known him for so many years. Mr. French lead a Christian life, having early become identified with the Congregational Church. His daughters are young ladies of whom he was justly proud and their exalted womanliness is proof positive of the good influences of their home and of their parents. We will miss the kindly greeting and friendly smile of this good and faithful man and we pray that the Universal Comforter may console the hearts of those who mourn.

Submitted by Melba McDowell