Kelley, James C. 1828-1902
Posted By: Mary Holub, volunteer (email)
Date: 9/18/2011 at 12:03:39
From: Le Mars Globe, February 5, 1902
Death of James C. Kelley.
The community was deeply shocked over the death of James C. Kelley, which occurred at 2 o'clock on Tuesday afternoon, January 31, at his home in Le Mars. He had been sick but a few days with pneumonia, but it was apparent that he would not live and his children were summoned to his bedside and were with him the last few days. He was 74 years old and unusually rugged in health, never having been sick a day in his life. He was born in County Galway, Ireland, on December 25, 1828, and came to the United States in 1848, locating in North Lee, Mass. He was united in marriage with Mrs. Anna Mee in September, 1858 at Lee. He moved to Michigan in 1863 and came to Plymouth county in 1871, where the family has since resided and where the remaining members of the family grew to useful man and womanhood.
Five children were born to them, three boys and two girls, four of which survive their father, Mat B. Kelley, a son, having died at Leadville, Col., on December 8, 1900, of pneumonia. The surviving children are F. P. Kelley, of Denver; Mrs. M. Keough, of Sioux City; Mrs. W, L. McAuliff, of Preston township and, James E. Kelly, residing at home. The funeral was held on Monday morning from St. James Catholic church. Mrs. Nora Manahan, of Sioux City, was here to attend the funeral. The funeral was largely attended by their old friends and neighbors from Grant township, where he had resided for thirty-one years and where he had a wide circle of friends who pay a touching tribute to his memory. He was held in high esteem by all who knew him and admired for his uprightness. All join in extending sympathy to the bereaved family, and especially the aged wife who is nearly prostrated by the death of him who for nearly forty-four years she had shared in his sorrow and his happiness.
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