Howard Lake Herald, December 21, 1998

John Daily's not too old to believe

Did you know that Santa Claus is very important to many residents at Howard Lake Good Samaritan Center?

No matter what their ages, they were glad see him here on Santa Day, greeting him with all the joy of a long-lost friend. When Santa returns on Christmas Eve with presents for them, it will be even more exciting.

One of the happiest people to see Santa was John Daily, who has lived here for almost four years.

John was born on a farm near Maple Lake, and attended country school until his parents moved to town. He came from a large family, having two brothers and seven sisters. He is very proud of his Irish heritage and his lifelong connection to St.Timothy's Catholic Church in Maple Lake.

Before the end of eighth grade, John entered the work force, taking care of the milkman's horses. At age 20, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and spent about a year working hard in Missouri and Florida before returning to Maple Lake.

Over the years he worked for "almost everyone in Maple Lake." Most recently, he resided at County Meadows near Annandale.

John is probably the friendliest person living here, and likes to take part in many social activities. He loves visits from family, friends, and acquaintances, and was especially eager to visit with Santa.

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