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Kenneally, Thomas 1837-1913


Posted By: Reid R. Johnson (email)
Date: 6/16/2019 at 21:27:38

Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 19 June 1913. Local News columns.

The death of Thos. Kenneally, of Cox Creek township, occurred at Des Moines last week while he was there attending the homecoming of Iowa soldiers. He was found partially unconscious in an alley by the house where he had been rooming at 3 a.m. Thursday, June 12th, and died a few hours later. He wore only his underclothing when found and it is thought that he fell from the window of the room he occupied in the second story. He was about 75 years of age.

The remains were brought back to his home and the funeral was held Saturday at Sacred Heart church in Cox Creek township, Father Hartigan officiating. Mr. Kenneally leaves four children, David, Earl, Julia and Mrs. Clarence Pugh, to mourn his death.

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Elkader Register & Argus, Thur., 26 Jun. 1913. From the Mail-Press.

This community was shocked on Thursday morning to hear of the sudden and most unexpected death of Thomas Kenneally, an old soldier, who had gone to attend the encampment at Des Moines.

Thos. Kenneally was born in Ireland May 4th, 1837, and died in Mercy Hospital at Des Moines at five o'clock, June 12th, 1913.

He came to America with relatives and friends when a mere child. In 1862 he enlisted in Company 4, 16th Infantry, in which he served three years. He was married at Elkader, Iowa, in 1879, to Margaret Scully. He made his home on his farm in Cox Creek township until the death of Mrs. Kenneally, which occurred Dec. 27th, 1911, when he came to make his home with his daughter, Mrs. Clarence Pugh.

Mr. Kenneally had gone to Des Moines to attend the Old Soldier's Encampment when in some unknown manner he fell from a second story window in the hotel in which he was rooming. It is thought he mistook the window for a door leading to other apartments. This accident occurred as nearly as can be ascertained, about 3:45 Thursday morning. It was some time before he was picked up, clothed only in his night clothing, and rushed to Mercy Hospital, where all medical skill failed and death followed after two hours of suffering.

He leaves to mourn his death four children, six having preceded him in death, two dying in infancy and four reaching womanhood and manhood. The following still remain to mourn their dear father: Mrs. Clarence Pugh, David, Earl and Julia, all of Strawberry Point.

Funeral was held on Saturday morning at 10 o'clock from Sacred Heart church on Cox Creek, of which he has lifelong been a member. Services were conducted by Rev. John Hartigan. The choir sang a Requiem Mass. The pall-bearers were: J. J. McDermott, J. J. Connolly, Michael McTaggart, Patrick Moyna, Michael Henry and John Alderson. May his soul rest in peace. - Mail-Press.

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