Daily Times; Davenport, Scott, Iowa; June 13, 1900


     At the home of his daughter, Mrs. Mary J. McKenney, in Lincoln township, at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, occurred the death of Neal Hirl, one of the pioneers of Scott county, of old age. The deceased was a native of Ireland and emigrated to this country and to Scott county 28 years ago. He was born in County Donegal. He is survived by four children- Michael Hirl, Mrs. Mary J. McKenney, James and Patrick Hirl, all residents of Lincoln township.

     A brother, Dennis Hirl, of Arlington, Wis., also survives.

     The funeral will be held from the daughter's residence at 10 o'clock Thursday morning with services at St. Anne's church and with interment at St. Anne's cemetery adjoining.



Davenport Daily Leader
Davenport, Scott, Iowa
January 5, 1893


    At his home 12 miles northwest of the city, William Porter, one of the early settlers of the county, died on Sunday. Mr. Porter was born in Donegal, Ireland, in 1817 and came to this country in '44. He leaves a number of children to mourn his loss. It is not known what was the cause of his death, but it is supposed it was general decline, owing to his advanced age. The funeral took place today from his home.



Iowa Recorder; Greene, Butler, Iowa; Wednesday, October 19, 1938

Rites Held for Mary Kelly

     Rites were held at 9:30 last Thursday morning at St. Patrick's church for Miss Mary Kelly, 81, who died at her home Tuesday morning of old age and complications.
     Surviving are a brother, James of Rockwell and a sister, Mrs. Kate Quinn, of Mason City.
     Miss Kelly was born in Donegal, Ireland, June 1, 1857.


Sister of the above Mary Kelly.

Iowa Recorder; Greene, Butler, Iowa; February 9, 1938

By Vera Dougherty

Julia Kelly Rites Held
     Funeral services for Julia Kelly, 92, were held at 9:30 o'clock Friday morning in St. Patrick's church with the Rev. J.J. Collins officiating. Burial was in St. Patrick's cemetery. Miss Kelly died at her home here Wednesday of infirmities of old age. She was born in Ireland on March 1, 1846, and came to the United States in 1875. She had spent most of her life in the Dougherty vicinity. Surviving are a sister, Mary Kelly of Dougherty, a sister, Mrs. Una Quinn of Mason City and a brother, James Kelly, of Mason City.



DeWitt Observer; DeWitt, Clinton, Iowa; Friday, April 15, 1887

Death of an Octogenarian
    The death of Mrs. Anna Langan, widow of James Langan and mother of Dr. D. Langan of DeWitt, Mrs. Daniel Logan of Center Grove, Bernard, Hugh and James Logue [sic] of Vail, Mrs. Anthony Maltsey and Mrs. James Costello, of Crawford county, occured at Vail, Saturday, April 9th, one o'clock p.m., of old age. Deceased had been in feeble health for a long time.
    The remains arrived here for burial on the 8:30 train Monday morning, accompanied by the Rev. M.C. Linehan, her pastor, and the members of her family residing there, and were taken to St. Joseph's Catholic church where a solemn requiem high mass celebrated, Rev. M.C. Linehan acting as Celebrant and Rev. J.J. Garland, of Center Grove, as Deacon; Rev. Father Ward, of Clinton, sub-Deacon, and Rev. Father O'Dowd of Ceep Creek, Master of Ceremonies. After mass Rev. Father Linehan preached an elegant discourse on
the "Uncertainty of Life," and commented at length on the life and character of the deceased, with whom he was well acquainted as her Spiritual adviser. The remains were then taken to the Catholic cemetery where they were laid to rest beside those of her husband, who died in 1874. A large concourse of friends and acquaintances followed the remains to the grave.
    Miss Anna Sweeny was born in the county of Donegal, Ireland, in 1805, and the time of her death was in her 83d year - was married to James Langan in 1825, emigrated to America in 1852, and settled in Chester county, Pennsylvania, remaining there until 1857, removed with her family to Clinton county, Iowa, and settled in Center Grove, where she remained until 1871, when they became residents of DeWitt. In 1874, on the death of her husband, she moved to Vail, and made her home with her sons, Hugh and James, where she remained until the time of her death. Deceased was a faithful wife, and affectionate mother and an exemplary christian and highly respected and esteemed by all who knew her. Requiescat in pace.