Ottumwa Daily Courier
January 27, 1903
Allen A. Boles of Drakesville transacted business here Monday. Mr. Boles will manage the hardware and lumber business recently purchased of Ritz & Co., by William Irelan, recently, at that place.
Bloomfield, Davis County, Iowa;
Thursday, April 16, 1925
WILLIAM IRELAN, DRAKESVILLE PIONEER LAID TO REST WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
William Irelan, son of Thomas and De lilah Irelan was born in Ohio, May 3 1840 and departed this life in Drakesville, April 13, 1925 at the age of 84 years, 11 months, 10 days. He came with his parents to Appanoose county , Iowa at the age of 13 years. Here he was united in marriage December 23 1859, to Miss Elizabeth Jane Fullerton. To this union was born nine children. T. W. (Thomas Wesley) and F . M. ( Francis Marion) of Drakesville; Mrs. Meta Baker of Bloomfield, G.W. (George Washington) of Unionville; Mrs. Alice (Sarah Alice) McReynolds of Ottumwa; H. H. (Henry Harrison) of K?; C. B. ( Charles Burton) of Centerville, and John and Janie who died in childhood. He united with Christian church of Drakesville in 1909 and remained a member until death. He was preceded in death by his wife, March 11 (?) 1917. He had a stroke of paralysis March 1923 and has been an invalid since. Besides the children he leaves 46 grandchildren and 21 great grandchildren. The funeral was held at the Christian church in Drakesville. Wednesday afternoon, April 13 at 1:30 oclock. Services was conducted b y Rev. C. W. (?) of Bloomfield. Internment was made in the Drakesville cemetery.
DEATH: Bloomfield paper: William Irelan, Funeral services for William Irelan, pioneer of Davi s County, took place Tuesday at the Christian church in Drakesville. Burial took place at th e Drakesville Cemetery. A number of relatives scene from distant parts were present. Willi am Ireland died at his home in Drakesville at 12:30 o'clock. Monday morning. He was born i n Ohio, May 3, 1840. Mrs. Irelan preceded him in death. Mr. Irelan was the father of nine c hildren of whom seven survive. Mr.. And Mrs. Frank Benge resided with and cared for him dur ing the latter days of his life.
In 1877, he invented end patented what is known as the A. A. Truss bridge, which has been used extensively in Davis and Appanoose counties to 1978, he patented what is known as the combination section truss Bridge which in also used by Davis and Appanoose counties and by the Wabash Railway company. In 1879, he made an improvement on the latter bridge which he patented . In September of that year he purchased a farm of 349 acres of the best-improved land in the township, with good building, where he now lives. He is now running a 25 horsepower saw mill, in connection with his farm. He has sold a half interest in his bridge business for $300 0 to Charles Baurn of Centerville. He has not been out of a bridge contract since his first bridge was built seven years ago, and he has $14,000 worth of work engaged. Mr. Ireland is the father of nine children, Thomas W., George W., Sarah A., Francis M., Henry, Nellie, Charles B., Jennie and an infant (Deceased). Mr. Irelan is on of the wealthiest men in Davis County, honored and respected by everyone who know him.
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