Ellen Kenna married Michael Conlogue on February 16, 1886 at St. Malachy Catholic Church in Clontarf. Ellen was born in Concord, New Hampshire on June 2, 1863 and moved to Tara Township with her family in the late 1870s. Michael Conlogue was born in Ontario, Canada in 1856 and came to America in 1884.
Ellen and Michael met while Ellen was staying with an aunt in Lakeville, Minnesota, studying to be a teacher. The couple purchased a farm in the northwest quarter of section 14 in Tara Township, and they farmed there until Michael’s death in 1922. Ellen sold the farm in 1923. The following auction notice appeared in the Swift County Monitor. It is fascinating to see the items for sale at this auction – the notice serves as an inventory of the contents of the Conlogue farm, but we can assume many other farms in the area would have had similar components.
Thanks to Leo Holl, a descendant of Michael Conlogue and Ellen Kenna, for providing the photo and auction notice!