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Emmetsburg Democrat
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Nov 2, 1898

     On Thursday evening occurred the death of Mr. E. W. Kelly at his home in this city after an illness of about two weeks. The funeral was held Saturday forenoon and was largely attended, many having been present from a distance. Services were conducted at the Catholic church by Rev. M. J. Costello, who offered up a requiem high mass. The floral offerings were many and beautiful. The pallbearers were W. E. Cullen, E. F. Kelly, Alex Jennings, Wm. O'Brien, John Mohan and John Donovan. The remains were laid to rest in St. John's cemetery.
     Mr. Kelly was born in the county of Tipperary, Ireland, in 1821. He came to the United States when quite young and was among the first few and sturdy pioneers of Palo Alto county. He was a pleasant, kind, neighborly, warm-hearted gentleman and enjoyed the good will of all who knew him. He was quite and unassuming and was contented with his sphere in life. The surviving mourners consist on one son, W. H., and six daughters. The latter are Mesdames John and Louis Maguire, of Ayrshire; John McNally, T. W. Brandley and T. B. Wash, of this city, and Miss Aggie who lives with her mother. The general sympathy of all who know them is extended to those whose heads are bowed in sorrow.

Palo Alto Reporter
Emmetsburg, Palo Alto, Iowa
Friday, November 4, 1898

E.W. Kelly Called Home
    Thursday evening of last week occurred the death of Mr. E.W. Kelly, at his home in this city, after an illness of about two weeks. Mr. Kelly was one of the old settlers in this county, and was highly respected by all who knew him. He was born in Tipperary county, Ireland, in 1821, where he resided until 1857, when he emigrated to this country and settled at New York. Three years later he was married at Albany, N.Y. to Miss Margaret O'Brien, and soon after came west and was employed on the old Galena & Freeport Railroad which subsequently became a part of the Illinois Central system. In June, 1864, he came to Palo Alto county and took up as a homestead what is known as the old Grier farm, adjacent to this city. Here he continued to reside until 1878, when he built the residence in this city, in which he resided at the time of his demise. Mr. Kelly was a generous hearted man, a splendid neighbor and a whole souled man. He leaves a loving wife, one son and six daughters to mourn his death. The funeral took place from the Catholic church, Saturday forenoon, October 30th, and was largely attended.
    The services were conducted by Rev. J.M. Costello, who offered up a requiem high mass. The floral offerings were many and beautiful, coming from the hands of loving friends. The remains were laid to rest in St. John's Cemetery.


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