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Bridget Delia Shortall


Posted By: Don W. Bradley (email)
Date: 12/10/2013 at 09:50:23

The Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Iowa
May 20, 1920

On Monday (17th), of this week occurred the death of Mrs. P. Shortall of this city. This sad event took place at the home of Mrs. Shortall’s sister, Mrs. Robert Shea. Sometime during the winter Mrs. Shortall had a attack of the influenza and never fully recovered from its effects. She was confined to her bed about three weeks previous to her death.

Bridget Quinn was born at Quebec, Canada, March 17th, 1844 and in consequence she was 76 years of age last March. When but a child of two years her parents moved to Watertown, Wisconsin and she grew to womanhood in this locality. She came to Emmetsburg in the year 1870 with the B. Bradley family, Mrs. Bradley being her sister. On June 3rd, 1871 she was united in marriage in this city to Mr. P. Shortall but the latter died in the year 1886 and from that time Mrs. Shortall has made her home with her sister, Mrs. Robert Shea. In all of these years Mrs. Shortall lived a quiet pious Christian life. She was ever ready to do kindly deeds and in this way exemplified the Christianity she professed. The Master had said that the one who gave a cup of water in his name has known him and that all such shall be acknowledged by him.

The funeral was held Wednesday from Assumption church and was conducted by very Rev. P. F. Farrelly. The interment was made in St. Johns cemetery.

Contributor Note: Bridget was married to Pierce Shortall. This name was frequently misspelled as "Shortal, Shortell,etc. Pierce was a saloon keeper, and died DEC 20, 1886. He is also buried at St. John's cemetery, but in a different location than Bridget. The cause of Pierce's death is unknown, but I'm sure there is an interesting story behind it!

1882 Iowa Business Directory-Emmetsburg, Palo Alto Co.
Shortall, Pierce; billiards and saloon

The Palo Alto Pilot : September 1, 1882
A painter, considerably under the influence of liquor, recently arrived in town, painted a mule's head on the screen door to P. Shortall's saloon on Wed. And being requested to wash it off refused. An altercation ensured between Mr. S. and the painter, which resulted in both men getting somewhat bruised. The drunken painter was brought before the mayor and fined $5 and costs.


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