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Rose McKanna Duffy McDade 1924-1906


Posted By: Merllene Andre Bendixen (email)
Date: 5/17/2011 at 22:57:16

Death of Mrs. McDade
An Old Settler of Emmet and Dickinson Counties – Funeral Held in Estherville on Monday

On the old homestead and at the home of her beloved daughter, Mrs. Ernest Briggs, on Saturday afternoon last occurred the death of Mrs. Rose McDade at the age of 80 years. Death resulted from the ills peculiar to old age and after a three weeks illness. The funeral was held from St. Patrick’s church, this city Monday forenoon and the burial was made in the cemetery south of the city. Thirty-five years or more ago the deceased set foot upon Dickinson county soil and where she made her home on the farm near what is now the little city of Superior. During the past ten or twelve years Mrs. McDade made her home with her daughter Mrs. Briggs, living with her at Wallingford and afterwards for a time in Estherville and for the past two or three years on the old place at Superior. Mrs. McDade was twice married, Mrs. Mary Briggs and Owen Duffy being the children of the first marriage, the latter now living in Curry, Minn. (Estherville Democrat, Estherville, IA, December 19, 1906)

Mrs. Tom McDade died of old age at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Briggs, Saturday morning, December 15th. Mrs. McDade was born in Ireland in 1824. A little later in life she moved with her family’s family to Scotland. She was married to Mr. Duffy at Ayrshire Scotland, and two children were born to this union, Mrs. Briggs of this place and Owen, of Lamberton, Minnesota. The husband died in Scotland and in 1865 she brought her little family to America. They resided at Newark, New Jersey, for a year and then came to Iowa. The first home in Iowa was at Decorah, and in 1871 they came to Dickinson county where they have lived ever since. About thirty years ago she married Tom McDade of this place. They were among the early pioneers of this county. The funeral was held Monday morning at Estherville. She was a faithful wife, a loving mother, and a kind neighbor. The sorrowing husband and children have the deepest sympathy of the entire community, in this the darkest hours of bereavement. (Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, IA, December 21, 1906)

Note: In October, 1908, the Dickinson county auditor was authorized to draw warrant on the poor fund for $60 for the purpose of procuring transportation for Thomas McDade from Superior to Gransha, Derry county, Ireland, he being a county charge. On October 4, 1908, Thomas McDade started for “the land of his birth, Londenderry, Ireland, after thirty-three years of roughing it in America. (Spirit Lake Beacon, Spirit Lake, IA, October 9, 1908)


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