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1907 Past and Present Biographies

Thomas D. McCarney

Thomas D. McCarney, a prominent real-estate dealer of Churdan, is also serving at present as mayor of the town. He is a son of Patrick and Bridget (Hageny) McCarney, the former a native of Ireland. In 1877 the parents removed from Will county, Illinois, and took up their abode on one hundred and sixty acres of wild land in Highland township, Greene county. Patrick McCarney at once began its improvement and brought the tract under a high state of cultivation, carrying on agricultural pursuits here until his death in 1879.

Thomas D. McCarney accompanied his parents on their removal to Greene county and acquired his education in the schools of Churdan. He remained under the parental roof until eighteen years of age and then entered upon the insurance business. He was afterward a guard at Fort Madison state penitentiary for four years, but in 1893 returned to Churdan and opened a real-estate oflice. He has since built up a large and profitable business, his extensive knowledge of realty values enabling him to make judicious purchases as well as advantageous sales.

Mr. McCarney was joined in wedlock in Carroll, Iowa, in the year‘ 1898, to Miss Rhoda E. Roberts, a native of Greene county and a daughter of Frank Roberts, an early settler of this locality. Unto our subject and his wife have been born four children, as follows: Thomas D., George. Garfield, Jerrell D. and Benjamin Franklin,

In his political views Mr. McCarney is an active member of the republican party, having served as justice of the peace for nine years. At the present time he is serving as mayor of Churdan, his administration being characterized by all that tends toward reform and material development. Fraternally he is connected with the Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias and he is a worthy exemplar of the teachings of these different organizations. Both he and his wife are highly esteemed in the community in which they reside, their sterling traits of character having won for them the unqualified confidence and respect of all with whom they have come in contact.

Transcribed from "Past and Present of Greene County, Iowa Together With Biographical Sketches of Many of Its Prominent and Leading Citizens and Illustrious Dead,"
by E. B. Stillman assisted by an Advisory Board consisting of Paul E. Stillman, Gillum S. Toliver,
Benjamin F. Osborn, Mahlon Head, P. A. Smith and Lee B. Kinsey, Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1907.

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