Mount Ayr Record-News, 1922
DEATH of Dr. M. F. [MICHAEL FREDERICK] HANNELLY.
After an illness which covered a period of a year and a half, Dr. M. F. HANNELLY passed away Monday evening [August 14,
1922] at his home in west Mount Ayr. His ailment was an affection of the kidneys brought on by overtaxation of physical
endurance. When Doctor HANNELLY felt his health giving way he gave up active practice for a time thinking a rest would
restore his wasted strength and for a time it seemed the hope was well founded, but disease had firmly fastened itself and
continued to prey upon his system, manifesting itself in a constant decline. Up until two weeks before his death, Dr. HANNELLY was
hopeful and the first of July thought to return to his office practice, but his physical strength was not sufficient and
after a few attempts he finally gave up his practice. Two weeks ago he became bedfast and constantly grew weaker until the death
summons came. The end came peacefully.
In the death of Doctor HANNELLY the community loses one of its foremost citizens, a man who was
interested in the welfare of the community and who in practice of his profession as a physician gave to the community the full measure
of his strength. Practically his entire life was spent in Ringgold county; in fact, his entire life except for the period
spend in school for the practice of medicine. He was reared on a farm in Grant township, where he obtained the rudiments of his
education in the public school. He also taught successfully and was ever inerested in the cause of education. After determining to
take up the study of medicine and surgery he entered the office of Dr. L. U. SINGER at Clearfield, afterwards attended medical
college, and made thorough preparation for his life work. Finishing his college course and receiving his diploma, he first located
at Tinley (sic), where for several years he was engaged successfully in practice and then moved to Mount Ayr and became
associated with Dr. F. C. SMITH, who had also read medicine in Dr. SINGER's office in connection with his college work. As a
physician Dr. HANNELLY felt keenly his obligation, always considering first the welfare of his patients rather than his own comfort.
As a citizen he was held in high regard and at his death the heart of the community is filled with profound sorrow. For many
years, and until his health became such that he was unable longer to serve, he served faithfully as a member of the Mount Ayr
school board and in all his relations with the public proved faithful and true in the discharge of his duties. Called by death in
what by human calculation seems the prime of middle life, the loss to the community seems irreparable.
Dr. M. F. HANNELLY was
born February 10, 1869, near Diagonal, Iowa. He grew to young manhood in this vicinity until leaving to attend school. He
graduated from the Keokuk Medical School in 1895 and then settled at Tingley, Iowa, to begin the practice of medicine. Later
he completed his medical course at Rush Medical School, Chicago, Ill.
He accepted the Christian faith when he entered the church
at Tingley, Iowa, in 1895. He always attended church unless hindered by sickness or other pressing reasons.
He was married
October 6, 1896, to Sarah Harriett KING, living near Diagonal, Iowa. To this union were born two daughters, Beatrice, now Mrs.
W. J. ALBERS, of Adair, Iowa, and Bernice, in the home.
In the spring of 1907, the family moved to Mount Ayr, Iowa, where
Doctor HANNELLY practiced medicine up to a year and a half ago, when he became afflicted with inflammation rheumatism, and suffered
six months, but he finally rallied from this and was able to practice some from the fall of 1921 to January of this year, when other
complications set in, which kept the doctor in his home up to the time the end came at about 10:30 p.m., Monday evening, August
He leaves to mourn, a wife and two daughters, besides five sisters and two brothers, who are: Mrs. Mary WHITE, of
Creston, Iowa; Mrs. Addie MILLER, of Gilmore City, Iowa; Mrs. Ella GARRETT, of Nonota, Okla.; Mrs. George KELLER, of Billings, Mont.;
and Mrs. Lillian A. KEEFOUVER, of Coffeyville, Kansas. The brothers: Robert HANNELLY, of Creston, Iowa, and Edward HANNELLY, of
Oklahoma City, Okla. One brother, Doctor Thomas C. HANNELLY, of San Diego, Texas, died before.
The funeral will be held
tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon from the Methodist church and will be conducted by Rev. Jay KIRKENDALL. [Interment was at
Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr, Ringgold County, Iowa.]
NOTE: Sarah Harriett "Sadie" (KING) HANNELLY, wife of Dr. F. J. HANNELLY, was born on March 1, 1876, and died on December
25, 1957 with interment at Rose Hill Cemetery, Mount Ayr.
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