James Flaherty, During the past half a century farming methods has been revolutionized and the older agriculturalists have seen many changes effected.  They have also seen some failures as well as successes, and from their own experiences and those of others have been able to adopt the best ways of working.  One of those who belong to the older generation here in Rock Island county is James Flaherty, owner of thirty-two acres of stock and fruit farm land, of section 30, Edgington township, which has been his home since 1862.  He was born in County Galway, Ireland, in 1850, a son of Edward and Honora (Corbett) Flaherty.  The paternal grandfather was James Flaherty and he married a Miss O’Malley, and the maternal grandmother was Miss French, sister to Lord French of Killmore.  These grandparents all died in Ireland.  The father emigrated to the United States in 1853, his family following him in 1856.  He landed at New Orleans, from whence he went to Cincinnati, Oh., and there did general labor, until coming to Rock Island county in 1862.  He then began farming on the place now owned by his son, and there died, February 9, 1877, his wife also being deceased.  Their children were: Margaret, Mrs. Miles Joyce, deceased; Mary, Mrs. John Kelley of Buffalo Prairie township; James; John of Council Bluffs, Ia.

     James Flaherty was four years old when the family landed in America, and was brought up on his home place, receiving a good common education in the Monitor school.  Until he was of age, he worked for his father, and then took charge of the farm, which he has operated ever since.  In November, 1876, he was married to Miss Elizabeth Dailey of Rock Island, a daughter of Patrick Dailey.  Mr. and Mrs. Flaherty have had children as follows: Mary, Mrs. C.H. Ross of Rock Island; Margaret; Edward; Barnard, deceased; John; Kate, deceased; and Emmet.  They are all members of St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic church of Edgington, and helped to build the present edifice, having been among its first members.  In politics, Mr. Flaherty is a democrat.  He is a splendid type of the reliable men of his land, to whose ability and genius this country owes so much.


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