Patrick Delaney


Among Allamakee county's substantial and progressive agriculturists is numbered Patrick Delaney, who since 1898 has resided upon his fine farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Hanover township. He was born in 1866 and is a son of James and Margaret Delaney, natives of Ireland, both of whom upon coming to America settled in Indiana, where their marriage occurred. They later removed to Iowa and in 1856 the father purchased land in Hanover township, Allamakee county, a property which he operated until his death in 1906. His wife passed away in the same year. To their union were born ten children, eight of whom survive: Johanna, the wife of William O'Meara, of Minnesota; Katherine, who married John Fitzgerald, of Tacoma, Washington; Terrence, of Hanover township; Patrick, of this review; Thomas, a merchant in Allamakee county; Mary E., who married Bryan Mahoney, of Allamakee county; John, who resides in Hanover township; and James, who is operating his father's homestead.

Patrick Delaney was reared at home and he learned the details of farm operation through practical experience upon his father's property. At the age of twenty-seven he began farming for himself, renting land upon which he operated for five years thereafter. He then purchased one hundred and twenty acres in Hanover township and upon this property has resided since that time, steadily carrying forward the work of improvement and development and gaining recognition as one of the substantial and able men of this locality.

Mr. Delaney was married in 1901 to Miss Anastasia Byrnes, a native of Allamakee county and a daughter of Thomas and Katherine Byrnes, natives of Ireland. The parents have passed away, the mother dying in 1908 and the father many years previously. Nine children were born to this union, as follows: Eugene, who resides in North Dakota; Annie, the wife of Thomas Collins, of Allamakee county; Katherine, who married Michael Bresnahan, of Allamakee county; Lawrence and Thomas, also of this county; Anastasia, wife of the subject of this review; Ella, who married Michael Burke, of Allamakee county; Margaret, and Mary, the deceased wife of William Gavin, of Allamakee county. Mr. and Mrs. Delaney became the parents of four children: James, born in 1903; Thomas B., who died when he was ten months old; John J., who died in infancy; and Margaret. The family are devout members of the Roman Catholic church.

Mr. Delaney is a stanch democrat and takes an intelligent interest in community affairs, cooperating heartily in all measures for the public good. His life has been one of well directed activity, resulting in the attainment of a fair measure of success, and wherever he is known he is respected and esteemed by reason of his genuine personal worth.

-source: Past & Present of Allamakee County; by Ellery M. Hancock; S. J. Clarke Pub. Co.; 1913
-transcribed by Cathy Joynt-Labath

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