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Daniel Brady
Funeral at St. Patrick's
Daniel Brady was born in Ireland August 15, 1827, and died at his home between Anamosa and Amber last Sunday at 5:30 A.M. He came to this country when a young man and was married forty-six years ago to Mary Coakley, at Harvard, Ill. He has resided in Jones county forty-two years, the last twelve years being in Jackson township. His children are Edward, of Montpelier, Idaho, who was here with his wife; John, Daniel and Cornelius, of Jackson; Mrs. Tom Powers, Mrs. Maggie Murphy and Misses Ella and Mary, all of whom, with the mother and a brother, Mr. Ed. Brady, survive. The funeral services were held at St. Patrick's Church Tuesday, at 11 A.M., conducted by Rev. Father Powers. Mr. Brady was one of the most esteemed pioneers of the county and he and his worthy companion are the parents of sons and daughters who are respected by all.

Submitted by: Mary Kay Kuhfittig
Source: Anamosa Eureka, 13 Feb 1908

Again the melancholy messenger of death has intruded his unwelcome presence among us and beckoned away one of the best known citizens of Jackson Township, in the person of Daniel Brady. After a long, laborious, and highly respected life in the community he was called from the land of the living at 5:30 Sunday morning the 9th of February. His death, although inevitably the cause of much natural grief among his many friends, was not a source of surprise. It was the result of old age rather than the effect of disease. Burdened with a weight of four score …. He had been subject to repeated sudden attacks during the past few years. After each acute illness he rallied sufficiently to be around as usual. A few weeks since he was seized with an attack of heart failure which his natural condition of weakened strength was unable to overcome. Ready hands and willing hearts were constantly at his bedside endeavoring to administer every relief, or at least to arrest the progress of pain. Medical skill was in regular attendance. Every effort that science could suggest—every sacrifice that health and love could offer to sickness—every aid that could hold out a hope was most devotedly rendered to him. But all was unavailing.
He had been blessed with a length of days far in excess of the scriptural allotment—“three score and ten.” He had seen a family arise around him to call his name blessed, which the President of the United States might be proud of, not only in point of numbers but much more in point of moral and social worth. He had gathered by honest industry a sufficiency of means to keep himself and leave to his dependents high above the wolf of want. He received, from waning nature, and merciful Providence a timely warning to “put thy affairs in order, for thou shalt die, and not live.” …….
Daniel Brady was a truly good man. He was not perhaps what this world would call a “great “man in the social sense ….
Daniel Brady was born in the County of Cork, Ireland on August 15, 1827. There he grew up to manhood, and there he acquired that sturdy strength of muscles, of mind and of morals, that stood him in good stead, among the various vicissitudes of two continents for a period of more than four score years. At the age of 29 [?] he crossed the Atlantic ….
Mr. Brady spent some time in Harvard, Ill. Forty years ago he settled in Jones Co., Iowa. At first he made his home near Amber, but eleven years ago he moved to Jackson township where he resided up to the time of his death. In Harvard he was united in Marriage to Mary Coakley. Their union was blessed by a family of nine children, of whom eight still survive. They are—Edward of Idaho, Kate (Mrs. T. L. Power), Maggie (Mrs. Murphy), John, Daniel, Cornelius, Nellie, and Mary, of this vicinity.
The funeral took place on Tuesday from St. Patrick’s church in this city to Holy Cross cemetery. Services of the usual solemn ceremonial were conducted by the local pastor……
The following from abroad were in attendance: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Brady from Idaho, P. Mack from Minnesota, Mrs. J. J. Nihan, and Frank Nabors [?] of Ill. and Den Nihan [?] of Davenport, Iowa.
The pall bearers were: M. O’Toole, F. Flaherty, J. Shefflin, P. Connors, T. McGuire and D. Doyle. W. A. Hogan had charge of the funeral arrangements. This was a very lengthy obituary. I have cut out parts which are mainly praise of John Brady’s goodness and musings on death by the author. These are indicated by a series of dots.

Submitted by: Mary Kay Kuhfittig
Source: Anamosa Journal, Anamosa, IA, Thursday, 20 Feb 1908, page 1, cols 1-3.
Note: This was a very lengthy obituary. I have cut out parts which are mainly praise of John Brady’s goodness and musings on death by the author. These are indicated by a series of dots. (MKK)


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