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FORNEY, William C. (1854-1926)


Posted By: Janet M. Schuldt (email)
Date: 1/28/2021 at 11:42:24

Ida Grove Pioneer, Ida Grove, Ida, Iowa Wednesday, February 17, 1926 Page


William C. Forney, a resident of Ida died Friday, February 12, after having been, in feeble health for a number of months. The death of his daughter Mrs.-McKay, late last fall, is believed to have hastened the end.

Funeral services were held Tues day afternoon, February 16, at the family home on Seventh street, in charge of Rev. Raymond Jinkerson of the Church of God. The Masonic burial service was conducted at the grave by the brethren of Kane lodge.

William Christian Forney, son of Michael and Margaret Forney, was born in Harrisburg, Pa., October 13, 1854, and would have been 72 years old this coming fall. He was the third child of a family of six all of whom preceded him into the spiritual world.

He was educated in the Harrisburg public schools and later attended the Millersville state normal school. Upon leaving school he became associated with his father in the shoe business in Harrisburg.

He was married August 8, 1875, to Emma Kinter at Harrisburg and they have enjoyed a half-century of happy companionship. To their union, seven children were born. Harry, who died in infancy; George who died December 2, 1918; Emma Forney McKay who passed away October 25, 1925, and the surviving children are Mrs. Margaret Bosore, M J. Forney, W. C. Forney Jr., and Frank Forney, all of Ida Grove

He is survived by his widow and by eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

In 1882, Mr. Forney with his family and parents came to Ida county locating on a farm southeast of Ida Grove, where they remained for a year Then they moved to a place southwest of Ida Grove, a piece of unbroken prairie and which has become known as the Forney home farm. There they remained until February 1907, when they moved to Ida Grove where they have since resided with the exception of -----in Imperial, Calif.

Mr. Forney is entitled to rank among the pioneers of the county a man who by the breaking of the sod, planting trees, and enduring the privations incidental to life in a raw country, became a telling factor in the development of Ida county. He was likewise interested in the moral uplift of the community, converted at an early age, he has been a lifelong member of the Church of God and was a man of deep religious convictions. For more than 30 years, he has been a teacher in the Sunday School and the family alters has always been a part of his home life.


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