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Kennedy, Philip H. died 1858


Posted By: S. Ferrall - IAGenWeb volunteer
Date: 12/21/2021 at 14:31:28

Death - The body of Mr. Kennedy who was drowned at Dunlieth last week, was buried near McGregor on Sunday last. We will have more to say about this in our next. The deceased was a brother to our respected fellow citizen Josephus Kennedy of this vicinity.

~Weekly North Iowa Times, Wednesday, June 16, 1858; pg 2


Philip H. Kennedy
Our readers are perhaps familiar with the circumstances attending the death by drowning at Dunleith of this man while on his way from Vermont to McGregor. We have been requested to give a detailed history of the events pertaining to it, and to indulge in some strictures upon the conduct of Dunleith officials, &c., &c.

Upon reflection we conclude to say but a few words because first the great mass of our readers are not interested in it, secondly our paper has no circulation at Dunleith, and thirdly there are two well sustained sides to the story afloat as to the behavior of the Dunleith and Dubuque officers.

Mr. Kennedy, our neighbor, and brother to the deceased feels much aggrieved by the conduct of the Dunleith authorities, and the Express & Herald contains an article or two reflecting severely upon them and highly applauding the Dubuque Policemen who officiated in recovering the body, but the Dunleith Advertiser is out in two articles, of over a column each, denying the charges of its Iowa neighbors and imputing the dissatisfaction of the Messrs. Kennedy (surviving brothers) to the misrepresentation of the Dubuque men and the consequent misapprehensions under which the brothers labored as to their legal rights with the body of the deceased. The Advertiser makes out a good case for the Dunleith officers and we hope all it says is true. Mr. Josephus Kennedy, for sometime a resident near McGregor, is a man whose statements can be relied on without hesitation.

The deceased was accidentally drowned. All his money and other valuables were found upon the body and it is therefore gratuitously unkind, not to say mean to insinuate that "foul play is suspected." Dunleith has some bad men about it, but it is not just or manly to impute crime to a city where circumstances flatly contradict the charge.

~Weekly North Iowa Times, Wednesday, June 23, 1858; pg 2


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