Henry B. Daily was one of the leading carpenters of Kenesaw and won an enviable reputation for skilled work
and business integrity. He was born in Lebanon county, Pennsylvania, on the 22d of May, 1838, of the marriage of
John and Catherine (Becker) Daily. His parents, who were natives of Pennsylvania, went to Putnam county, Illinois,
with their family in 1853 and three years later removed to Des Moines county, Iowa, where both passed away. The
father devoted his life to farming and met with a good measure of success in that occupation.
Henry B. Daily attended the common schools and also assisted his father with the farm work. He remained at home
until the 21st of October, 1861, when he enlisted in Company E, Fifteenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry. He participated
in the battle of Shiloh and on a forced march between Pittsburgh Landing and Corinth was ruptured and was forced
to remain for six months in camp. He was then discharged on the 10th of June, 1862, on account of disability and
returned home. He worked as a hired hand until 1872, when he came to Adams county, Nebraska, and located in Kenesaw.
He turned his attention to carpentering, winch he followed successfully until his death in May, 1897. He took a
great deal of pride in his work, which was always well done, and the demands upon his services were heavy.
On the 2d of February, 1865, occurred the marriage of Mr. Daily and Mrs. Anna (Landis) Daily, a widow of his brother.
She was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, on the 7th of February, 1838, and is a daughter of Christian
and Anna (Funk) Landis, who were also natives of that county. In 1850 the family removed to Des Moines county,
Iowa, and there both parents passed away. Mrs. Daily's first husband was also a soldier of the Civil war and while
serving as a teamster during the siege of Vicksburg his saddle mule fell with him. He was very badly injured and
also contracted swamp fever, from which he died in the Cumberland Hospital at Nashville, Tennessee. To Mr. and
Mrs. Henry B. Daily were born four children, namely: Alice, the wife of O. I. Roberts, who resides near Prosser;
John W., a resident of Jones county, Iowa; Emma, at home; and Joseph L., who lives in Wheeler county, Nebraska.
Mr. Daily was an adherent of the republican party and served acceptably as assessor. He belonged to the Methodist
Episcopal church and was also identified with the Grand Army of the Republic. He always discharged to the full
all obligations resting upon him and took a public spirited interest in the general welfare. He was a man of sterling
worth and the circle of his friends was almost coextensive with the circle of his acquaintance.
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