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Holyoke Enterprise, Holyoke, Colorado, March 21, 1940




Yuma County Pioneer Dies After Two Days Illness; Born in Ireland


Funeral services were conduced in Holyoke Saturday morning for James Patrick Brophy, Sr., resident of

northeastern Colorado the past 54 years, who died at 8:15 o’clock Thursday morning at the Holyoke

hospital, where he had been a medical patient two days. Death was due to complications of advanced age.

At the time of his death, Mr. Brophy was 75 years, 11 months and 19 days old.


A requiem mass was read at 10:00 o’clock at the St. Patrick church with the rector, Rev. Francis J. Brady,

officiating. Burial was made in the Holyoke cemetery. Serving as pallbearers were five sons, James, Peter,

Edward, Joseph and Michael Brophy, and a grandson, Paul Brophy, all of Yuma County.


The out of town relatives attending the funeral were Michael Brophy and son of Roseland, Nebraska, Mr.

and Mr. Terry Murray, Dennis Andrews and Mr. and Mrs. Timothy Sullivan of Yuma, and Mr. and Mrs.

Hubert Casey, Miss Agnes Brophy, Mr. and Mrs. Leon Loughman and Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Davis of



Deceased was born March 25, 1864 at Kullihill in Queen’s county, Ireland, a son of James and Hanora

Brophy. He was an only son in a family of four children. He immigrated to America in 1883, settling at Weston, Iowa, on September 7 of that year. He was married to Miss Julia Muldowney July 13, 1884 at Weston, Iowa. In 1886 he moved to Colorado and located on a tree claim south of Haxtun, where he remained until the year 1893, when he moved to Colorado Springs and engaged in railroad work. Returning to Phillips County in 1904, he located on a homestead southwest of Holyoke, where he resided three years. In 1907 he moved to a homestead in Yuma County, where he had since lived.


The late Mr. Brophy was a member of the St. Patrick church.


Surviving are his window, Mrs. Julia Brophy, Chicago, Illinois; seven sons, James, Joseph, Michael, Peter and Edward of Yuma County, Stephen of Chicago, Illinois and Dan of Oakland, California; one daughter, Mrs. Fred Lagler of Thurman; a sister, Mrs. Annie Jensen of Weston, Iowa; 42 grandchildren; four great grandchildren and six nieces and nephews. An infant daughter and two sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Murray and Mrs. Mary Brougham, preceded him in death.



We wish to express our heartfelt appreciation and thanks to our friends and neighbors for the many kindnesses and acts of sympathy extended us at the time of the death of our beloved James P. Brophy, Sr. Not only did we appreciate the kindnesses and acts of sympathy but also the many beautiful floral and spiritual offerings given in his memory. – Edward, Michael, James, Joseph, Peter, Stephen, and Dan Brophy and Mrs. Fred Lagler and families, the Peter Loughman family, Mr. and Mrs. Terry Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Byron Riley and other relatives.