James Francis Finkral was born in Bohemia on December 7, 1835. He came to America in 1866 and lived in Tama, Iowa for 5 years. Then he went to Taylor county, Iowa where he remained for 12 years. In 1883 he came to Madison county, Nebraska. In 1866 he was united in marriage to Mary Vete and to this union were born three children, Joseph, James, and Mrs. Anna Sobotka. Mrs. Finkral passed away 12 years ago.
Mr. Finkral was a kind father and a good neighbor. He had a host of friends throughout this part of Nebraska. Until within a few months ago he enjoyed excellent health and bore a keen memory. His death came quietly and peacefully at the home of his son James on June 24 at the age of 89 years, 6 months and 17 days. The funeral services were held Friday at St. Francis De Sales Catholic church. The interment was made in a nearby cemetery. Besides his two sons and one daughter, he is survived by 22 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren. Source: excerpts from Madison Star.Mail, July 2, 1925, page 1.