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GALLERY, Edmond. Born 1868, Springfield, Massachusetts. Fremont, Iowa, USA.
Donated by Cathy Joynt Labath, Iowa, USA.


Source: Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell. History of Buchanan County, Iowa, and Its People. 2 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1914.

Edmond Gallery, a well known and representative agriculturist of Buchanan county, is the owner of one hundred and twenty-seven acres on section 34, Fremont township, and also has another tract embracing one hundred and forty acres on section 27 of the same township, cultivating all except twenty-six acres which he rents. His birth occurred in Springfield, Massachusetts, on the 23d of August, 1868, his parents being Patrick and Johanna (McGrath) Gallery, the former born in County Clare, Ireland, March 17, 1822, and the latter in Tipperary, Ireland, in 1828. Their marriage was celebrated in Springfield, Massachusetts, Patrick Gallery having emigrated to the United States as a young man of twenty-seven years. All of their children were born in the Bay state. In 1869 the family came to Iowa, locating on a farm in Buchanan county which the father operated until within six years of his demise, which occurred on the 7th of June, 1900. He had lived here for more than three decades and his death was the occasion of deep and widespread regret. His wife was called to her final rest on the 8th of September, 1908. In their family were five children, as follows: James, a resident of Winthrop; Ellen, the wife of Michael Hogan, of Paoli, Kansas; Daniel, a farmer living near Paoli, Kansas; Frank, a resident farmer of Fremont township; and Edmond, the subject of this review.

Edmond Gallery was but little more than a year old when his parents established their home in this county and here he acquired his education. He remained on the home place until the time of his marriage and then started out as an agriculturist on his own account, having since operated the farm on which he resides at present. He cultivates the cereals best adapted to soil and climate and also raises and feeds stock, both branches of his business returning to him and a gratifying income. All of the improvements on the property stand as monuments to his enterprise and energy, and in its neat and thrifty appearance the place bespeaks the supervision of a practical and progressive owner.

At Masonville, Delaware county, Iowa, Mr. Gallery was united in marriage to Miss Alice Larkins, who was born in Chicago in 1874, her parents being Edward and Delia (Ryan) Larkins. The father, a native of New York and a carpenter by trade, passed away at Flint, Michigan, March 3, 1875. In September, 1853, in Chicago, Illinois, he wedded Miss Delia Ryan, a native of Louth county, Ireland, by whom he had one child, Alice. The daughter was educated in Iowa, coming to this state with her mother following the death of the father. She was a teacher in the country schools for five years preceding her marriage. She has become the mother of nine children, as follows: Eleanor, who was graduated from the Notre Dame Convent, at Independence, Iowa, in 1913 and now a teacher in the Middlefield No. 2 school; Anna, who finished her studies in the Winthrop schools in 1914; Josie; Alice, Edmond; Francis; Elmer; Walter; and James. All of the children are still under the parental roof.

Mr. Gallery gives his allegiance to the democracy, exercising his right of franchise in support of its men and measures. He is a devout communicant of the Catholic church and is identified fraternally with the Foresters. In the community where practically his entire life has been spent he is widely and favorably known, having in the course of his upright and honorable career gained recognition as a substantial and progressive farmer and a public-spirited and loyal citizen.

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