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Title: Nelle Brogan, Michigan, To Mrs. B. McKenna, Ireland.
CollectionIrish Emigration Database
FileBrogan, Nelle/74
SenderBrogan, Nelle
Sender Genderfemale
Sender Occupation
Sender ReligionCatholic
OriginBattle Creek, Michigan, USA
DestinationGarvagh, Co. Derry, N.Ireland
RecipientMcKenna, B.
Recipient Genderfemale
SourceCopyright Retained By Ann Conroy Bordeaux, 531 Dennison Rd., Deerfield, Mi. [Michigan?] 49238, U.S.A., e-Mail Address, Bordeaux @ Cass-Net.
ArchiveUlster American Folk Park.
Doc. No.9802462
Partial Date
Doc. TypeEMG
LogDocument added by LT, 09:02:98.
Word Count662
TranscriptBattle Creek, Mich. [Michigan?]

Feb. 26. 1916.

Mrs B. McKenna



My Dear Aunt –

I will try to write you a few lines to inform you of the death of our dear Father which occurred [occurred?] on Oct. 29. 1915. it was such a shock I think we will never get over it. He had been in failing health for some time in fact he has failed ever since Father Brogan's death. My Father was only sick in bed one day, he didn't feel very good that morning so we had the doctor he did not think he was very sick, but he took a bad turn at 12 o'clock and I got the Doctor, and Father Burke and my sister Mrs Conroy, as
she had not been down home as he had been sick just that day. Father Burke
administered the last Sacremants [Sacraments?] the Priest and Doctor
stayed with us and poor Father passed from this life at 3 a.m. Pneumonia set in so you see he lasted only a few hours. We pray that God in his goodness and mercies if there is any thing that keeps him out of heaven
it don't seem possible that there could be any as Father was such a grand good man a friend to every one. He was respected by all. As time goes
in we feel our loss greater, it is very lonesome, as Father was of a sunny disposition, and an one of us never got a cross word. He worked around home for the past five years he thought if he could go back to Ireland and go to Down Hill he would be all right, and he would have gone only for the War
he talked a great deal about Ireland and home, we sold his fine driving horse yesterday as we could not keep her. Father drove her whear [where?] ever he wanted. My dear Aunt I am getting away from my story but I could
go on and write about his kindness forever. His funeral was held from
St. Philips church, and the priest spoke beautiful of him. He had a very large funeral our house was filled with beautiful flowers, and Mass cards sent by sympathizing friends. father looked just like he was asleep in a beautiful oak carpet, he was laid in a cement vault beside his wife who he has morned [mourned?] for twenty years. My brother J.J. Brogan came
home for the funeral he is married and lives in [Placervill?] Idaho, he has two children, he stayed here two weeks. There was also here to attend
the funeral, Mrs John Tighe and son Charles, and daughters Helen and Eva, of Gary Land Tom Kirk of Chicago and Mr & Mrs M. Cromeford of
Jackson, Mich. [Michigan?]. My sister Mrs Conroy has been very sick since Fathers death but is slowly recovering, also my uncle Pat Brogan has
been very sick he was up to our house all the time when Father was layed out but the night before the funeral, he was taken sick he got a little better and went out doors and fell and broke his arm and his hip he has
been in the hospital 12 weeks they have taken him home but I have waited I don’t think he will get better, he felt as bad about Father's death, they were just like brothers, now dar [dear?] Aunt I have written you a very long letter hope that it will not tire you reading it. I must tell you that God blessed my father in many ways and that he left us all well provided
for and that his last years were as happy as we could make them.
Kindly remember him in your prayers, and we will be glad to hear from you at any time. I remain your niece

Nelle R. Brogan

I an sending a 188 cherry St.
letter to my uncle
Felix, but I am Battle Creek
not sure of the
address. I am sending Mich. [Michigan?]
it the same as
yours. U.S.A.