Source: History of Butler and Bremer Counties, Iowa, Together with
Biographies. Springfield, Ill.: Union Pub. Co., 1883.
History of Bremer County
The first settlement was made in June, 1854, by Patrick O'Day, locating
on section 2, where he yet lives; W.A. Moulton, Emmor Flood and Nelson
Long, on section 13.
Patrick O'Day was born February 15, 1824, in the parish of Parteen,
county Clare, Ireland. He is the son of P. O'Day and Kate Frost, natives
of the county Clare. In 1849, he emigrated with his family to America,
landing in New York July 4, and without waiting any time started for
the west, remaining in Chicago about three months, then went south and
worked for Captain J.B. Eads upon a wrecking boat on the Mississippi
river, making his home at St. Louis and New Orleans. He was married
in Chicago in August, 1850, to Miss Mary Foley, daughter of Hugh F.
and Bridget Foley, a native of county Clare, Ireland by whom he has
had ten children - Robert, Hattie, Kate, Mary, William and Anne. About
two years after marriage, Mr. O'Day came with his family to Bremer county,
and settled on the land in Leroy township, where he has since resided.
At the time of his coming to the township he found only one family.
Mr. O'Day is one of the leading farmers of his township, has at the
present time 613 acres of prairie, and 120 of timber. The year after
Mr. O'Day came to America he was followed by his father, mother and
three brothers, who came to Illinois, where his mother died, when they
all came to Bremer county, his father dying April 16, 1876. Mr. O'Day
has held several local offices; has always worked with the democratic
party, but is now a greenbacker. Himself and family are members of the