Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Bridget Callery

Buena Vista Vidett
Storm Lake, Buena Vista County, Iowa
Friday, November 13, 1914

Mrs. Bridget Callery of Storm Lake died at the home of her daughter Mrs. H. E. West, in Estherville, Ia. where she had been visiting, on November 9th, 1914, at 12:30 o'clock.

Bridget Cooke was born in Meath county, Ireland, March 1st, 1840, and came to New York when she was thirteen years of age. She was married on March 17, 1865 to Joseph Callery and in 1875 they came to Iowa, settled on a homestead in Providence township being among the first settlers here. They continued to live on the farm until they retired to Storm Lake where they have since resided. Mr. Callery died on August 5, 1909, and was buried in the St. Mary's cemetery here. Since that time Mrs. Callery has been visiting with her children and has spent but little time in her own home. She was the mother of ten children, eight of whom are living as follows: E.F. Callery, Duncombe, Ia., Mary Mc Laughlin of Des Moines; Katherine West of Estherville; Margaret Flaharty of Miller's Bay, Ia.; Josephine Skeels of this city; Mrs. Annie Allen Sharp of Arnold's Park; Agnes Flaharty of Pocahontas; Mrs. Cecilia Foster of Storm Lake. About twenty years ago the daughter Julia, wife of Jim Toohey died and eight years ago, Rose,wife of Riezz Glowczewsky died.

The funeral services were conducted here Wednesday at 9:30 in the St. Mary's church by the Very Rev. Father Cooke. The service was eloquent and inspiring. Father Cooke dwelled on the good qualities of the deceased as wife, mother and neighbor. He told of how in all her life she had never had an enemy but was at peace with all and of her good christian qualities as an example for her children. All the children were present at the services and in addition there were present Mr. and Mrs. Jim Toohey of Fort Dodge, Mr. and Mrs. James Flinn of Duncombe, Ia.,
Mart Hopkins of Duncombe, and Mrs. Pete Clancy of Estherville. the pall bearers were all old friends of the family, as follows: Pat and Mike Toohey, M. McKenna, John Merin, Ed Wright and Neal McLaughlin.

One by one those who faced the early hardships of this community are pasing away. They are the ones that exemplified true neighborhood spirit and friendliness one toward another. Soon they will be but a memory to those who are left, but their influence and their kindness of heart will continue to be felt, for they laid the foundation stone for the community spirit. The children of Mrs. Callery have synpathy in the loss of their mother but they have the greater comfort of knowing that she was a kind mother and a true noble christian woman.

Post Script

In the original obit. the name Callery is spelled Callary which is not correct. I took the libery to change it as I am the great grandaughter of Mrs. Bridget Callery.
Laura Evans Schnabel, grandaughter of E.F. Callery.

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