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Biography of Charles A. Daly

Charles A. Daly of Philo Township has surrounded himself with all the evidences of prosperity and enterprise as a farmer and stockman. Largely through his own efforts and enterprise he has acquired a large acreage of Champaign County farm land, has it under improvement, and for many years has been a successful raiser of good stock and gets his profit out of his land largely through feeding the crops at home.

Mr. Daly has lived in Champaign County most of his life, but was born in Ontario, Canada, February 8, 1859. His parents, John and Mary Ann (McKipill) Daly, were both natives of Ireland. From Canada the family came to Champaign County in 1868, locating in section 1 of Crittenden Township. John Daly followed farming, was a man of industry and stood well in the community, and lived there until his death on April 5, 1885. His widow survived him until January 8, 1892. They reared a family of ten children: Sarah, widow of William Moran of Philo; Hannah, widow of Michael Reiter of Philo; Andrew, deceased; Elizabeth, widow of Joseph Donalson of Urbana; Mary and Margaret, both living at Philo; John and Anna, also of Philo; Ellen, deceased; and Charles A. Daly.

Charles A. Daly finished his education in the district schools of Champaign County. Being the youngest child, he remained at home with his widowed mother for a year or so and in 1887 bought eighty acres in section 36 of Philo Township. That acreage was only a beginning and he has steadily increased his holdings until he now owns and controls the operation of 280 acres in that township.

Mr. Daly was married October 9, 1889, to Miss Susie Clennon. They have reared children who are a credit to the parents and there were seven of them: Margaret Mary, at home; John Joseph, at home; Ellen Loretta, wife of Vincent Cain; Myrtle Frances, deceased; Albert Vincent, at home; Mary Josephine and Leo Yunon. Mr. Daly is a Democrat, a member of St. Thomas’ Catholic Church of Philo and affiliates with the Knights of Columbus. He has served as road commissioner and has always endeavored to do his part in community affairs.

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