Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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Stephen Connolly

STEPHEN CONNOLLY. This gentleman is one of the thrifty and prosperous farmers of Labette county, Kansas. He has a fine farm in section 1, Labette township. Mr. Connolly was born in Ireland, in 1846, and is a son of James and Mary (Manning) Connolly.

James Connolly was born in Ireland, where he carried on farming all his life. His wife was also a native of Ireland, and they reared the following children: Mary; Peter; James; Patrick; William; John and Martin, deceased; and Stephen.

Stephen Connolly, at the age of fifteen years, sailed for America, and landed in New York. He went to Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, where he made his home until 1871. During this time he worked at different tasks, but learned no trade. In 1871, he removed to Labette county, Kansas, and located on the northwest quarter of section 1, in Labette township, which has been his home since that time. He has made many improvements on the place, and it is now one of the best and most substantial farms in the county. In 1873, Mr. Connolly erected a large, two-story, frame house, of eight rooms, which adds greatly to the general appearance of the property. He also owns a farm of 160 acres in section 36, Walton township. He has a thorough knowledge of agriculture, and is engaged in general farming and stock raising.

Mr. Connolly married Margaret Keif, who was born in Ireland in 1843. They have reared four children, namely: Mary, who married Henry Gars, a farmer of Labette county; Margaret; Anna; and James W.

Mr. Connolly is a member of the Democratic party, and takes an active interest in the affairs of the county. He belongs to the A. 0. U. W., Lodge No. 1, of Parsons. Mr. Connolly is a man of firm principles and purpose, and is one of the most loyal and upright citizens in the county. He has many warm friends, and is well known.