woman Catherine Elenora MARTIN‏‎, daughter of William Joseph MARTIN and Catherine Bridget ROONEY‏.
Born ‎29 Jul 1880 Bangor, Pope, Minnesota, USA, died ‎21 Feb 1953 St. Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota‎, 72 years
Catherine Gaffaney Becker said that in the winter and part of the summer before Catherine died, she stayed with Jim Gaffaney and family and 10 kids in their one-bedroom house with a curtain for a door.

Married ‎27 Jul 1904 Padua, Stearns Co, MN (42 years married) to:

man James Aloysious GAFFANEY‏‎
Born ‎31 May 1871 Leven Township, Pope Co, MN, died ‎13 Jul 1947 Fergus Falls, Otter Tail, Minnesota, USA‎, 76 years

Children:

1.
woman Mabel Agnes GAFFANEY‏
Born ‎11 Jun 1905 Leven Township, Pope County, Minnesota, died ‎30 Aug 2002 Evansville, Douglas, Minnesota, USA‎, 97 years
Mabel's son Arvid thinks they were married in Pope County - a '28 Ford Roadster drove her home (from North Dakota?) to Pope County. In 1937, during the drought, Arvid sold his turkeys to pay to move his family by train to Douglas County.
2.
man James Sylvester GAFFANEY‏
Born ‎29 Dec 1906 Leven Township, Pope County, Minnesota, died ‎3 Jan 1978 Stearns County, Minnesota‎, 71 years
Catherine said her father had a kidney removed at the U of M in 1953.

Ambrose Gaffaney was best man at Jimmy's wedding and Julia was bridesmaid.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or "Lou Gehrig's Disease": About 5-10% of the cases of ALS are hereditary, called "familial ALS." In those people, it is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. That means that on a statistical basis, 50% of their offspring are expected to be affected. Of the other 90-95% ("sporadic ALS"), no hereditary factor is evident, and therefore the children are not at risk of inheriting the disease. No cure or treatment is available in either case. Both forms of the disease are identical in terms of diagnosis, clinical courses and outcome. Most die within 2 to 5 years.

Rose Cooley Wolfarth (daughter of Mary Gaffaney and John Cooley and first cousin to James Gaffaney, senior) carried a gene of the version of ALS that is hereditary. I have heard that the University of Minnesota did a study on this disease in the Cooley family. Rose died of Alzheimer's at the age of 59. She had three children:

In 1973 Betty Wolfarth Winter died of ALS at the age of 47 after having it for five years. She and her husband Lloyd had three children, two boys and a girl, all of whom are subject to getting ALS. As of about 2000, none of them had children, and by choice. In 1986 Richard Wolfarth died of ALS at the age of 53, after having it for five years. Donald Wolfarth died of Alzheimer's in 1993 at the age of 66 after having it two years.

James Gaffaney (junior) and Harold Gaffaney (brothers) are first cousins of Betty, Richard and Donald. Jimmy Gaffaney died of ALS at the age of 71 in 1978, after having it five years or less. [A variant is called Progressive Bulbar Palsy, all of whose symptoms I think he had, and is very similar to what his brother Harold had].

None of Jimmy's 13 kids has shown and evidence of ALS that I'm aware of, and there's a 50% chance that any one of them would get it if it were the hereditary form, so I'm doubtful that he had that form. Update 2/14/2015: Jimmy's daughter Janet has ALS.

Harold Gaffaney died of Pseudobulbar Palsy at the age of 62 in 1973, which has many similar ALS symptoms, but also includes dementia. Harold's son Delbert died of either "Pick's Disease," according to his son Jim, or ALS according to some of his siblings.

Margaret Mary Egan Parks (1946-1995) died at the age of 48 of ALS. She is my (David Gaffaney) 4th cousin. She descends from the Rooney line.
3.
woman Mildred Cecelia GAFFANEY‏
Born ‎7 Apr 1909 Leven Township, Pope Co, MN, died ‎20 Mar 1964 Moorhead, Pope County, Minnesota‎, 54 years
Obituary in the Fargo Forum:
Mrs. Mildred Flannery, 54, of 1449 10 St. N., Fargo, died Friday in a local nursing home. She was born at Villard, Minn., April 7, 1909
Requiem Mass will be at 10 Monday in St. Bartholomew Catholic Church of Villard, with burial there.
Mrs. Flannery was the former Mildred Gaffaney. She taught school before her marriage April 7, 1931, at Glenwood, Minn. She came to Fargo in 1950.
She leaves two daughters, Mrs. Gary (Mary) Bietz, 408 10th St. S., Moorhead, and Patricia A. Flannery, 419 8th St. S., Moorhead; three brothers; five sisters and a grandchild.
Parishioners of the Catholic Church of the Holy Spirit and friends will recite the Rosary at 8 tonight in Boulder and Hughes Capel.

Catherine Gaffaney Becker says:
As a teenager I would spent a couple of weeks in the summers for 2-3 years with Millie and Mark when they were still together [in Moorhead, Minnesota]. They separated in about 1962 or before.
One summer there was a terrible storm. The big old oak tree in Mark and Millie's yard was uprooted and fell on the house next door. I was so scared, I wasn't use having houses so close to each other, I was from the country!!
Another summer I was probably 13 or 14 and I got to go to the city swimming pool – I had probably not seen one before. Millie brought me a two piece swimming suit. It was red, she dared me to jump off the high diving board, and of course I did. I jumped and when I hit the water and went under, my bathing suit top came off and floated away. I never went swimming there again.
We [Catherine and her husband Norbert] moved to the Fargo - Moorhead area in September 1961 from Minneapolis. Millie was working for Dillard's Department store and Mark was Road Master for the Great Northern RR.
Millie and Mark were my godparents and I was with Millie when she died. I had got a hold of Mark, he was working on the railroad. I only lived about a mile from the nursing home she was in, so saw her almost everyday. She had arteriosclerosis so bad. She was trapped in her own body. She couldn't speak or move in the last few months of her life.
The obituary said they were married in Glenwood, but I think it was Villard, because that is were Mark's Family went to church also, his par ents are buried there.

Kelly Sturtevant-Smith says (in our 3-way email exchange): Millie and Mark were separated when she passed. I am mostly sure Mother had moved by then (she would have been 18 and I think she finished High School in Moorhead).
Mother also had hardening of the arteries pretty severely. I don't think it is listed on her death certificate though. Do you remember, Anne? I think there were 3 causes listed. I just remember her surgeon telling us how hard her arteries in her abdomen were. I did not know of any ALS diagnosis in the family. That is news.
I was surprised to see how normal Millie and her sisters looked in her pictures [the ones taken June 29, 1958 on Ambrose's farm that I sent to them]. She always chastised us for our weight and said all of her mother's family were "as wide as they were tall". They look very normal to me. Maybe our values about weight have just changed that much .

Anne Sturtevant: "Mother was 16 and living in an apartment while finishing high school when her mother passed. She told me once that her landlord pretended not to know that she was under 18." [In her subsequent email Anne corrected the age to 18.] I do not believe her death certificate mentions the arteries. But the surgeon was pretty shocked by them. But she as a heavy smoker so it was not too much of a surprise for us." [She's referring to her mother Patricia, who was 64 when she died.]
4.
man Harold Francis GAFFANEY‏
Born ‎11 Jun 1911 Leven Township, Pope Co, MN, died ‎16 Nov 1973 Alexandria, Douglas, Minnesota, USA‎, 62 years
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) or "Lou Gehrig's Disease": About 5-10% of the cases of ALS are hereditary, called "familial ALS." In those people, it is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait. That means that on a statistical basis, 50% of their offspring are expected to be affected. Of the other 90-95% ("sporadic ALS"), no hereditary factor is evident, and therefore the children are not at risk of inheriting the disease. No cure or treatment is available in either case. Both forms of the disease are identical in terms of diagnosis, clinical courses and outcome. Most die within 2 to 5 years.

Rose Cooley Wolfarth (daughter of Mary Gaffaney and John Cooley and first cousin to James Gaffaney, senior) carried a gene of the version of ALS that is hereditary. I have heard that the University of Minnesota did a study on this disease in the Cooley family. Rose died of Alzheimer's at the age of 59. She had three children:

In 1973 Betty Wolfarth Winter died of ALS at the age of 47 after having it for five years. She and her husband Lloyd had three children, two boys and a girl, all of whom are subject to getting ALS. As of about 2000, none of them had children, and by choice. In 1986 Richard Wolfarth died of ALS at the age of 53, after having it for five years. Donald Wolfarth died of Alzheimer's in 1993 at the age of 66 after having it two years.

James Gaffaney (junior) and Harold Gaffaney (brothers) are first cousins of Betty, Richard and Donald. Jimmy Gaffaney died of ALS at the age of 71 in 1978, after having it five years or less. [A variant is called Progressive Bulbar Palsy, all of whose symptoms I think he had, and is very similar to what his brother Harold had].

None of Jimmy's 13 kids has shown and evidence of ALS that I'm aware of, and there's a 50% chance that any one of them would get it if it were the hereditary form, so I'm doubtful that he had that form. Update 2/14/2015: Jimmy's daughter Janet has ALS.

Harold Gaffaney died of Pseudobulbar Palsy at the age of 62 in 1973, which has many similar ALS symptoms, but also includes dementia. Harold's son Delbert died of either "Pick's Disease," according to his son Jim, or ALS according to some of his siblings.

Margaret Mary Egan Parks (1946-1995) died at the age of 48 of ALS. She is my (David Gaffaney) 4th cousin. She descends from the Rooney line.
5.
woman Julia Helen GAFFANEY‏
Born ‎30 Jun 1913 Leven Township, Pope Co, MN, died ‎3 Apr 1970 Anoka, Anoka, Minnesota, USA‎, 56 years
Julia is buried in the Ft. Snelling Cemetery in Minneapolis because Ed was a veteran.
6.
man Ambrose Benedict GAFFANEY‏
Born ‎17 May 1915 Leven Township, Pope County, Minnesota, died ‎29 Aug 2002 Alexandria, Douglas, Minnesota, USA‎, 87 years, buried ‎ Villard, Pope County, Minnesota, USA
Ambrose Gaffaney, 87

Ambrose Gaffaney was born May 17, 1915 in Leven Township, Pope County , Minnesota. He was the son of James and Catherine (Martin) Gaffaney . Ambrose attended rural school through eighth grade and graduated fro m Villard High School in 1932.

In 1940 Ambrose bought his farm in Hudson Township, Douglas County. H e married Florence Van Amber in 1946 at St. Mary's Catholic Church i n Alexandria. Together they had six children. They retired from milkin g Guernsey cows in 1980. Florence died in 1982. In 1988 Ambrose marrie d Frances (Thoennes) Herzog of Alexandria. Ambrose sold his farm and m oved to Alexandria where he and Frances made their home for 14 years.

Ambrose was a member of St. Bartholomew's Catholic Church in Villard f or many years. He was elected Hudson Township assessor for 14 years an d served on the Alexandria Library Board, the Douglas County Historica l Society Board, the Villard School Adult Education Board and the RE A Advisory Board. He was a farm mediator, Osakis KC Grand Knight, seni or citizen tax counselor and delivered Meals on Wheels. He was activ e in the Forada and Villard Senior Citizens Clubs and served as vice p resident of the Forada Club. He considered the raising and educating h is six children his major accomplishment.

Ambrose died at his home August 29, 2002 at the age of 87 years. He i s survived by his wife, Fran of Alexandria; sons: George (Mary Lou Thu nselle) Gaffaney, Alexandria; David (Karyn) Gaffaney, Roseville; and G reg Gaffaney of St. Paul; daughters: Kathy (Gary) Strunc, Maple Grove ; Lyn (Bill) McMurry, Dallas, TX; and Marybeth (Paul) Jubert, Plymouth ; step-children: Frankie Herzog, Arlene Oelrich, Phyllis Boesl, Mary A nn Zastrow and Lou Ann Carlson; one sister: Margaret Danielson, Carlsb ad, CA; 14 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. He was preceded in d eath by two brothers: James and Harold; and four sisters: Mildred Flan nery, Julia Neilsen, Loretta Gaffaney and Florence Anderson. One siste r, Mabel Johansen, followed Ambrose in death.

Mass of Christian Burial was said at 11:30 AM Tuesday, September 3, 20 02 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Alexandria with Reverend Al Ludwi g officiating. Interment was in the Calvary Cemetery at Villard. Organ ist was Lynn Lynch, cantor, Laurie Youngers and vocalists were Patric k and Stephanie Osterberg. Pallbearers were Jack Gaffaney, Nathan Stru nc, Phil Jubert, Chad Carlson, Jeff Boesl and Justin Swenson.
Arrangements were with the Anderson Funeral Home.

Echo Press, Published September 06 2002
7.
woman Loretta Marie GAFFANEY‏‎
Born ‎24 Jan 1919 Leven Township, Pope Co, MN, died ‎23 Apr 1982 Whittier, California‎, 63 years
Loretta liked to be known as "Peggy." Her daughter was adopted out July 7, 1947. Loretta spent her final years trying to contact her daughter.
8.
woman Margaret Elizabeth GAFFANEY‏
Born ‎19 Feb 1922 Leven Township, Pope County, Minnesota, died ‎9 Nov 2015 Carlsbad, San Diego, California, USA‎, 93 years
9.
woman Florence Eucebia GAFFANEY‏
Born ‎29 Dec 1923 Leven Township, Pope County, Minnesota, died ‎23 Feb 1990 Minneapolis, Minnesota‎, 66 years