W.A. Connolley: Was Prominent in Many Things

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“The funeral services of the late William A Connolley will take place Friday afternoon from the home of LP Haldeman, 231 Gallia avenue, at 2:30 o’clock. The Knights Templar will be in charge of the services. Reverend Wyllis Hall will probably be the officiating minister.”

“The news of the death of Mr. Connolley was a great shock to his legion of friends here. His illness was only of three weeks’ duration. He was taken sick at Parkersburg three weeks ago. two weeks ago he came home and most of the time since then he has been delirious, his illness assuming a critical form right from the first.”

“Mr. Connolley was born in Mansfield June 4, 1842. He attended school there and in Portsmouth, where the family moved. Then he attended college at Gambier until he was 19. he entered the dry goods business in Portsmouth and continued in business until a few years ago, when he retired, and since then had looked after his interests in Kentucky and West Virginia. He was vice-president of the Louisville and Portsmouth Fire Brick company.”

“For many years Mr. Connolley was one of the strong, active business men and progressive citizens of Portsmouth. He served the town in many ways, and was ever ready to help in any enterprise for the benefit of the town. He was a member and president of the city council for some years. Politically, he was a Democrat, but his popularity was not confined to party. His memorable campaign for the legislature as a candidate against AF McCormick1 is vividly remembered, he coming with 200 votes of defeating McCormick, the Republican nominee in a senatorial year.”

“One sister survives, Mrs. Augusta Haldeman, of Cleveland.”2

  1. Alfred Floyd McCormick
  2. Was Prominent in Many Things. (1904, August 20). Portsmouth Times, p. 7.