"Decorah Public Opinion", June 28, 1916


Martin J. Daly, beloved father of Dr. J.J.Daly of this city, passed away at the latter's home Monday forenoon, after an illness extending since last December, when he suffered a stroke. The deceased was born in Ireland, county Roscommon, in the year 1843. He came to America when a boy of ten years and settled at Woodstock, Ill., where he remained for six years, when he came to Winneshiek county to the home of his sister, Mrs. Abbe Malanaphy, of Bluffton township. He learned the blacksmith trade in Decorah with Ammon Scott, and afterwards went to Elkader in 1868 and followed his trade for years. He was married there that year to Miss Margaret O'Brien, of McGregor. The family home was at Elkader for many years. Five children were born to the union Dr. J.J. Daly, Decorah; Dr. W.T. Daly, Cresco; Mary Daly, Opal, S.D.; Sister Mary Immaculata of the Presentation Convent, Dubuque; M.A. Daly, St. Paul. The wife and mother passed away at Elkader in 1903. For the past ten years the deceased had made his home with his son, Dr. J.J. Daly. He is also survived by one sister, Mrs. Ellen Henry of Cresco. He was a brother of the late Mrs. Abbe Malanaphy, of Bluffton and John Daly, of Fremont township. He was well and favorably known in this community and had many old friends here, who will be grieved to hear of his passing. He was a man who bore the respect and esteem of all, and the bereaved children have the sympathy of many in their loss of a kind and loving father.

The funeral services were held this Wednesday morning at eight o'clock from St. Benedict's Catholic church, Rev. Father Hawe, officiating. The remains were taken by auto to Elkader, his former home, and interred in the Catholic cemetery there by the side of his wife.

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At the home of his son, Dr. J.J. Daly, on Moday, June 26, Martin J. Daly passed away, death being due to chronic nephritis and a stroke of paralysis sustained six months ago.

Mr. Daly was a native of Ireland and was in his seventy-fourth year. He came to America in 1853 and for six years resided in Woodstock, Ill. In 1859 he came to Decorah and for a time lived wih his sister Mrs. Abbe Malanaphy in Bluffton township. He learned plowmaking and blacksmithing under Ammon & Scott and for a time worked under Mr. Holihan, of Waukon. In 1868 he started a shop in Elkader where he continued to live and work at his trade until the death of his wife in 1902. Mr. Daly is survived by his sons, Dr. J.J. Daly of Decorah, Dr. W.T. Daly of Cresco, and Martin A. Daly of St. Paul, supervisor of fuel supply of the Northern Pacific Railroad, and his daughters, Mary of Opal, S.D., and Julia, a nun in the Presentation Convent at Dubuque. He was a brother of John Daly, deceased, of Fremont township, and Mrs. Ellen Henry, of Bluffton. The funeral was held yesterday morning at St. Benedict's church, Rev. Hawe officiating, and the remains were taken to Elkader for burial.

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