Thursday, April 14, 2011

Mary Agnes McCarthy Carney - Obituary

This clipping has a hand-written notation of "Blade - Oct. 11, 1937".  Likely this newspaper was the Concordia Daily Blade.


Mrs. James Carney, Claimed by Death Saturday Evening, One of the Pioneers Here

Mrs. James Carney, pioneer woman of this vicinity, died Saturday evening at her home, 312 East Seventh Street, here.  Mrs. Carney had been in ill health for some time but her death Saturday was unexpected.  She was 80 years old and had lived in Kansas since a girl of 16.

Mrs. Carney, whose maiden name was Mary Agnes McCarthy, was born in London, England, the daughter of D. W. McCarthy.  When she was 9 years of age her father came to the United States and, her mother having died, he left her in charge of the Sisters of Notre Dame in Philadelphia.  She had also attended the convent of the Sisters in London previous to coming to the States.

Her father went to Fond Du Lac. Wis., where he stayed several years, then the family came to Kansas and he took a homestead near Courtland.  She was married in 1876 to James Carney, who had homesteaded in 1872 near Kackley.

Their pioneer life together, although hard in many ways, Mrs. Carney protested was not full of hardships.  Relatives in England furnished them with reading material and other comforts, bridging the space between the older civilization and the wilderness of the West;  They had many friends of similar tastes to their own, splendid people who were also pioneering, and after the first few years she accustomed herself with ease to the prairie life.

Their stone house on the homestead, which still stand, was built by George Kackley, brother of the founder of the town of Kackley, and is surrounded by oak trees planted by Mrs. Carney.  With enterprise typical of the early day residents here, Mr. and Mrs. Carney planted and improved their homestead and made provide most of the necessities of their lives.

Six children were born to them; four, Margaret, John, Daniel McCarthy, and Mary Estella are deceased.  Surviving Mrs. Carney are her husband, a son, J. D. Carney, of Kackley, and daughter, Grace, of the home here.

When their children were old enough to attend school, Mrs. and Mrs. Carney left their homestead and moved to a farm south of Concordia; this home, "Lilac Hill", became known for the grace and hospitality of its hostess and was a joy to the many friends of the family.

Funeral Services for Mrs. Carney will be held Tuesday morning at 9:30 o'clock at the Cathedral here.  Pallbearers will be Frank Schmitt, J. J. Brown, Ray Campbell, James O'Rourke, John Schlax and Dr. J. S. Whelan.  Interment will be in the Catholic cemetery.

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