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Martin McNertney


Posted By: Patrick Powers (email)
Date: 1/31/2021 at 10:03:58

Martin moved, with his family, near Manilla, Iowa in the 1870's, becoming one of the earliest settlers in the community.
In 1908 and for a few years, Martin ran for Sheriff, I think of Crawford County, but it might have been of the township. He also served as a representative for Iowa Township at the Replublican Convention held in Denison, Iowa in 1908.
In 1910 his son Maurice died age 19.
The 1900 and 1910 Iowa Township census shows Martin as farming.
In 1911 Martin was involved in a court case with Dyson and Calvin in District Court in Denison, Iowa.
From about 1912 to 1916 Martin and Maria lived in Buck Grove, Iowa.
The 1915 Iowa census shows Martin living in Buck Grove, Iowa and working as a Railroad Timekeeper. He is 50 years old and has a 9th grade education. He is a naturalized citizen, can read and write and has been in the US for 40 years. He doesn't own his home and he earned $800.00 in 1914.
They moved to Manilla in 1917 and then moved to Sioux City that same year.
In 1920 the family moved back to Manilla from Sioux City.
They lived in the Manilla vicinity until 1922 or 1923 when they moved to Alliance, Nebraska.
He was killed in a railroad accident in Topeka, Kansas and his body brought back to Manilla and waked in the home of Thomas and Elizabeth Powers (Elizabeth is his daughter).

** Manilla Times information**
On 29 September, 1904 the farmhouse occupied by Martin McNertney and family located on the Gilman farm in Iowa Township was burned to the ground with nearly all of the contents. Fire was discovered at noon as the family was at the dinner table. Martin was away at the time in Omaha at the office of Mr. Gilman. The loss to the McNertney's and the Gilman's was extensive, as no insurance was carried on the house or the household effects. Mr. McNertney has rented the John Finnegan (his father-in-law) property in the south part of town until a new house is erected.


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