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KILFOY, Dennis T. Born 1858, Burlington, Iowa. Fairfield, Iowa, USA.
Donated by Cathy Joynt Labath, Iowa, USA.


Source: Fulton, Charles J. History of Jefferson County, Iowa. 2 vols. Chicago: S. J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1912.

Dennis T. Kilfoy, who for the past six years has filled the position of right-of-way agent for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad Company, makes his home in Fairfield, whither he was brought by his parents when but three months old. He was born in Burlington, Iowa, July 1, 1858, a son of Timothy and Bridget (Murphy) Kilfoy. The father was born in Scariff, County Clare, Ireland, in 1825, and the mother's birth occurred in Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland, in 1831. They spent their childhood days on the Emerald isle and both became residents of Burlington in the year 1856. They were married in that city and remained there until their son Dennis was three weeks old, when they removed to Fairfield where the remainder of their lives were passed. The father was a laborer, who was associated for a long period with the erection of public school buildings of the city. He died there in 1899 and for six years was survived by his wife, who passed away in 1905. They had seven children: Dennis T.; Kate, who married James Sullivan, both now deceased; Annie, living in Fairfield; Julia, the wife of T.J. Hynes, of Burlington; Bridget, who died February 12, 1911; Edward, whose death occurred September 29, 1895; and Mary, who died in 1899.

It was on the 22nd of July, 1858, that the family came to Jefferson county and Dennis T. Kilfoy has since made his home in Fairfield, covering a period of more than half a century. He acquired his education by attending the common schools and began earning his own living by working as a section hand for the Burlington & Missouri Railroad, now a part of the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy system. Subsequently he was employed in a lumberyard and also worked for a time for the Fairfield Gas Company. He then secured a position as a clerk in a grocery store and for twenty years was connected with that line of merchandising. At the present writing he is the right-of-way agent for the Chicago, Burlington & Quincy Railroad, which position he has acceptably filled for six years, while for six years he acted as assistant general agent for the same company.

On the 15th of June, 1887, Mr. Kilfoy was married to Miss Elizabeth Fritz, of Burlington, Iowa, who was born near that place in August, 1866, a daughter of Peter and Susan (Kurtz) Fritz, who are mentioned in this volume in connection with the record of their son, John H. Fritz. Mr. and Mrs. Kilfoy have three sons: John A., of Fairfield, who has charge of the Jefferson County Raging League; and Leo T., eighteen years of age and Edward Joseph, both at home and high school students. Mr. Kilfoy votes with the democratic party and is a communicant of the St. Mary's Roman Catholic church. He has always worked hard and to his diligence and industry must be attributed whatever success he has achieved.

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