Dr. William T. Daly


Was Practicing Physician in Cresco For 30 Years

This community was inexpressibly shocked on Monday morning to learn of the debt of Dr. W. T. Daly which occurred about 10:30. He had been indisposed for several days with a bowel trouble but attended to his practice as late as the Thursday afternoon before Christmas, but was ordered to bed that evening by his brother, Dr. Joseph Daly who had called to pay him a short visit. However, his condition was not considered serious until Sunday night he collapsed in the bathroom and remained unconscious until his debt, his heart, evidently affected by a poisoning through his system caused by a failure of organs to function properly, failing to respond to all agencies used by the attending positions.

William Thomas Daly was born March 31, 1871 at Elkader, Iowa. He received the rites and baptism and grew to manhood in that town, graduating from its high school.

He attended Northwestern University at Evanston, Illinois finishing with the class of 1899. Immediately after graduation he came to Cresco to practice medicine and since that time has been one of the cities efficient physicians. The deceased was a fellow in the American College of Surgeons and a member of the American Medical Association.

On March 1, 1905 Dr. Daly was united in marriage with Miss Kate Reed and to this union one son was born.

August 15, 1917 Dr. Daly offered his services to his country, being first assigned to Ford Riley. Later he was transferred to Lowe Field at Dallas, Texas and while there was assigned to be 169 Aero Squadron and went with them overseas where he saw service at the English Base Hospital No. 29 from February 11, 1918 to November 28, 1918. On returning to the United States he served for seven additional months at the Debarkation Hospital in New York City and was discharged August 11, 1919.

On returning to civilian life, Dr. Daly practiced his profession in Cresco until his sudden death, after only a few hours illness, Monday morning, Dec. 28th.

Services were held Thursday morning at 9: 00 at the Assumption Church with the Rev. E. J. Dougherty officiating. Burial was made at Oak Lawn Cemetery.

The deceased is survived by his wife; son, Reed; two sisters, Miss Mary Daly of Chicago and Sister of Immaculata, Sister Superior in the parochial schools at Dougherty, Iowa; two brothers, Dr. J. J. Daly of Decorah and M. A. Daly of Seattle, WA. All were in attendance at the funeral except the latter. Mrs. F. L. Stoudt of Hastings, Minnesota, a friend of the family, was also present for the service.

Dr. Daly will be greatly missed in this community where he had been a familiar figure and had practiced medicine for 30 years. He had a large practice and was a skillful surgeon, for a longtime a valued assistant of Dr. Kessel. In addition to his medical practice he was active in many civic affairs and in societies where he was always welcome for his councels and is uniformly good nature.

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