Jerry Dailey, a well known farmer of Center township, was highly esteemed by all who came in contact with him,
and his demise was the occasion of deep and widespread regret. A native of County Cork, Ireland, he was born in
1838 of the marriage of Daniel and Mary (Driscoll) Dailey. The father died during the childhood of our subject,
leaving a widow and six children. In 1854 Mrs. Dailey emigrated to America with her children, landing at Boston,
whence she went to Lowell, Massachusetts, where she remained until 1856. In that year a removal was made to Grand
Rapids, Michigan. The brothers and sisters of our subject are: Daniel, Dennis, Katie, Ellen and Mary.
Jerry Dailey began working as a section hand in Michigan on the Detroit & Milwaukee Railway but subsequently
engaged in teaming for a short time. In 1858 he secured work in a plaster mill, where he remained for three years,
when he turned his attention to farming, following agricultural pursuits for one year. In 1862 he went to the Lake
Superior region and worked in a copper mine until 1867, in which year he came west, settling at Fremont, Nebraska,
where he worked for a year on the Northern Pacific Railroad. In 1868 he preempted one hundred and sixty acres of
land on section 4, Center precinct, Saunders county, and during the remainder of his life he concentrated his energies
upon the development of his farm. He gained a gratifying measure of success and as the years passed his capital
steadily increased. He was energetic and efficient in his work, planting his crops in good time and cultivating
them carefully during the growing season, and seldom failed to secure a good income from his land.
Mr. Dailey was married in Michigan to Miss Johanna Lynch, also a native of Ireland, and to them were born nine
children, namely: Mary Ann, deceased; Maggie; Daniel, a sketch of whom appears elsewhere in this work; Nellie;
Johanna; Kate; Jessie; Thomas, deceased; and Timothy.
Mr. Dailey supported the democratic party at the polls but was never an office seeker His personal characteristics
were such that he made and retained many warm friends and all who came in contact with him respected him for his
uprightness of life. He passed away April 22, 1913, and his demise was felt as a distinct loss to the community.
His wife died in 1907.
Past and Present Saunders County, Nebraska
A Record of Settlement, Organization,
Progress and Achievement
Charles Perky Supervising Editor
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Saunders County, NE
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