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Biography of Rev. Daniel Kenneally

Rev. Daniel Kenneally came to Kansas fresh from his studies and his ordination as a Catholic priest in Ireland and after a few months at Wichita was assigned to the position as rector of the Immaculate Conception Church at Danville in Harper County. Danville had one of the oldest Catholic parishes in Harper County, established fully thirty years ago, and it had been growing in membership rapidly during Father Kenneally’s administration. He represents an old family of County Cork, Ireland, and was born at Ballylanders, Cloyne, in that county, May 3, 1883. He was the one of a large family selected for a priestly vocation, and until sixteen years of age acquired his preliminary education in the parochial schools. He then spent five years in the classical course of Mount Melleray Seminary in County Waterford, and for three years pursued his theological work in St. Patrick’s College of County Carlow. Ill health interrupted his studies about the time they were completed and he spent two years at home recuperating. In 1912 he was ordained a priest at St. Patrick’s College, and said his first mass in St. Patrick’s Church May 26, 1912, with the assistance of Rev. William Grace. After a brief vacation Father Kenneally came to the United States and on the 12th of October, 1912, arrived at Wichita, where for six months he was assistant to Father Monnier in the cathedral. He entered upon his duties as rector of the Immaculate Conception Church at Danville, March 26, 1913. Father Kenneally had a fine new church as the religious center of his parish. The cornerstone was laid in...

Biography of Hon. F. M. Benefiel

Hon. F. M. Benefiel. The State of Kansas can justly lay claim to many advantages, among these being a general citizenship that is enlightened and discriminating. It knows well how to choose its representative men, those to whom it entrusts its public responsibilities. Occasionally a mistake may be made but when public favor is shown to the same individual year after year and under many changing political conditions, it is made plain that merit and not mere popularity is at the root of such action. Among the favorite sons of Montgomery County is F. M. Benefiel, at present city collector in the water and light departments, Coffeyville, whose interests in the business affairs of his community have been extensive, and whose public activities have been of such importance as to materially affect and bring about beneficent legislation. Among the early settlers in the State of New York were the Benefiels. They were of Scotch extraction, seven brothers of the name coming from Scotland to the American colonies in 1754. In this as in many other families, useful data, early records were not preserved but, as the name is found in the annals of many states, the family presumably was a prolific one and undoubtedly possessed its national characteristics of perseverance and thrift. F. M. Benefiel was born in Hendricks County, Indiana, February 24, 1862. He is a son of James R. and Sarah (Page) Benefiel, the former of whom was born in Putnam County, in 1825, and died in Hamilton County, Nebraska, in 1900. The latter was born in Hendricks County, Indiana, in 1826, and died there in 1867....

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