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WHEELER, J.H. Vol. II. Pp. 706-07. Lewis Pub. Co. Chicago. 1910


Philip W. Carmany, mayor of Plymouth, Iowa, was born in Summit county, Ohio, December 18, 1838. His parents, John and Rebecca (Harter) Carmany, natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively, were married in the latter state, reared their family, passed their lives and died there, the father dying in 1890, at the age of seventy-seven years, the mother, March 2, 1906, at the age of eighty-four. They led the quite, honest life of farmers, and were worthy members of the Lutheran church. Of their eleven children nine grew to maturity and six are still living and scattered in five states. Mrs. Catherine Powless, a widow, resides in Michigan; Levi, at Massilon, Ohio; Frank, near Akron, Ohio; Mrs. Rohanna Allen, in Nebraska; Mrs. Emma Werzbaugher, in Idaho; and Philip W. in Plymouth, Iowa.

Philip W. Carmany spent his youth and early manhood on his father's farm in Ohio, and at the age of twenty-four years came west as far as Plainfield, Will county, Illinois. There on the 13th of August, 1862, he enlisted as a member of Company C, One Hundredth Illinois Volunteers. He served with this command until the close of the war, almost three years, when he was mustered out at Nashville, Tennessee, after which he returned to Plainfield, landing there July 11, 1865. The following year he married and settled down to farming in Will county, and made that place his home until 1876, when he moved to Iowa. He purchased a farm of one hundred and twenty acres in Lime Creek township, Cerro Gordo county, and established his home on it, and here he lived and carried on agricultural pursuits until 1892, when he removed to Plymouth. Two years later he sold his farm. For three or four years after coming to Plymouth he was engaged in the coal business, but sold that and became a hardware dealer. After conducting a hardware store for eleven years he was succeeded in business by Charles Sheldon. On March 1, 1909, he was elected may of Plymouth, the office he now fills, and aside from the duties of this position he lives retired from active life.

Mrs. Carmany, formerly Miss Tina Deepe (sic), was born at Defiance, Ohio, May 25, 1842, daughter of Henry Deppe. She and Mr. Carmany are the parents of seven children: Arnold, engaged in farming at Rice Lake, Wisconsin, is married and has nine children; John, of Joliet, Illinois, has a wife and four children; Charles of Chicago, engaged in insurance and mercantile business, has two children; Mary, wife of John Montgomery, resides at Houston, Texas; Jennie and Jesse, at home, the latter in the employ of the Farmer's Telephone Company at Plymouth; and Daisy, wife of W. F. Jacobs, resides at Deer Creek, Minnesota.

Reared by Lutheran parents, Mr. Carmany identified himself with the Lutheran church and is a consistent member of the same.

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2014



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