Murt Dailey, who is prominently known as one of the efficient commissioners of Cloud county as well as a valued citizen, came to Kansas in the autumn of 1876, and located a claim in Jewell county which he sold in 1882 and bought a farm in Summit township where he engaged in agricultural and stock-raising pursuits with marked success. His efforts were so well rewarded that he removed to Ochiltree county, Texas, in 1886, where he could pasture his increasing herds over a larger territory. Success followed him there, but owing to financial reverses he lost money in the removal. Nothing could foreshadow his old love for Kansas, hence in 1894 he returned, and after one year in Jewell county purchased one of the finest farms in Summit township, lying in that magnificent stretch of country adjacent to Scottsville. Mr. Dailey was born in County Kerry, Ireland, in 1848. He emigrated to America with his parents, Frances and Johanna (Casey) Dailey, and settled in Southern Iowa, Appanoose county, when that country was in a pioneer state. They subsequently removed to Missouri. Francis Dailey lived to see his entire family grown and established in homes of their own. The mother died in 1898, in Beloit, at the home of Dr. Dailey, a brother of our subject. Mr. Dailey is a veteran of the civil war, enlisting December 13, 1863 in Company D, First Missouri Cavalry. He was but fifteen years and three months old when he joined the army. Company D, along with fragments of other companies, were merged into Company A, First Missouri Cavalry. Their warfare consisted principally of guarding against the raids of the Younger and James boys. They were in a general engagement against General Price in his last invasion. Mr. Dailey says, he "did not miss any of the show" but was engaged in active service the entire time. His, company was mustered out at Benton Barracks, Missouri on July 11, 1865.
Mr. Dailey's first wife was Elizabeth Stevens, who died in the autumn of 1886, leaving thirteen children, ten of whom are living, four daughters and six sons. He was married in 1888 to Miss Nora Griffin, his present wife. The Daileys are members of the Catholic church. Mirrella, the eldest daughter is a sister in the convent at Leavenworth, Kansas. Mr. Dailey has always been prominent in politics and has filled various public offices. During the latter part of the seventies he was elected trustee of Jewell county and commissioner in 1880, having served about two years of the term (of three years) when he removed to Cloud county. While in Texas he was elected county treasurer of Ochiltree county. In 1901 was elected to his present office. He has served on the school board continuously wherever he has lived, one of the best references a man can give. He is an active member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mr. Dailey is a good citizen, an excellent manager, hence well qualified for his responsible position, the duties of which he is ably discharging.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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