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Flannery, Thomas 1830-1897


Posted By: Linda Ziemann, volunteer (email)
Date: 5/21/2019 at 21:11:46

The Sioux City Journal, Friday Morning
September 3, 1897

News Briefs.
Thomas Flannnery, who lives in Plymouth County, twelve miles up on the Perry Creek road, is lying in a dangerous condition as a result of an encounter with a cow Wednesday evening. He was in the pasture when one of the cows became enraged and rushed at him. He was knocked to the ground and gored. He sustained a severe cut in the neck and serious internal injuries. A physician from this city was called to attend him, and reports that his condition is very dangerous. He returned to the farm again yesterday afternoon to see the patient, and expresses grave doubts as to his recovery.

The Sioux City Journal, Sunday, September 5, 1897
Old Settler Dies from the Effects of a Vicious Cow’s Attack.

Thomas Flannery, who lived twelve miles north of the city, died yesterday afternoon at 4 o’clock as the result of injuries received in an attack made upon him last Wednesday by a vicious cow. The funeral will be held at the residence tomorrow morning at 9 o’clock. Interment will be in Mt. Calvary cemetery, in this city.

The deceased man was a native of County Clare, Ireland. At the time of his death he was 67 years of age. He has resided in Plymouth County for twenty-four years. During that time he has operated a farm, but of late years he has retired, and the duties about the place have been attended to by his sons. He was well liked and respected by his neighbors, and the large number of friends he has made during his long residence in this vicinity. He was well known in Sioux City.

Mr. Flannery had been suffering greatly from the wounds sustained in his encounter with an enraged cow last week. He was engaged in driving a cow and a calf into a pasture at the time of the accident. In crossing a little stream of water, he found to necessary to push the calf along. The old cow resented the interference with the whims of her young one and angrily rushed at Mr. Flannery. One of her horns caught him in the neck and cut a deep gash. He was thrown to the ground, where the cow continued its attack and succeeded in inflicting internal injuries.

LeMars Semi-Weekly Sentinel
Thursday, September 9, 1897

Thomas Flannery died at his home here Saturday afternoon at 4 o’clock after an illness of only three days. On Wednesday Mr. Flannery went to the pasture to drive a cow and young calf home. The cow became angry, threw Mr. Flannery and hooked him badly in the neck and breaking one rib and tearing two others loose from the back bone besides causing internal injuries. Mr. Flannery being about 70 years of age was unable to rally from his injuries. Mr. Flannery and his wife took up a claim here about 25 years ago, on which they have lived ever since and was one of the wealthiest farmers in Plymouth county. He leaves a wife, five sons and three daughters, all grown and all at home, to mourn. The funeral was held in the Catholic church in Sioux City Monday morning, Father Tracy conducting the services. The procession was about one mile in length. Mr. Flannery was a very pleasant man to meet and held in high esteem by all who were acquainted with him.

Research Note: Thomas Flannery was married to Rosa Dorsey Flannery.


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