Biography of Mrs. Mary McCarty
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MRS. MARY (COWIE) McCARTY.
The life record of Mrs. Mary (Cowie) McCarty is one which has gained for her the esteem and admiration of all who know her, for she has accomplished much that others would have failed to do. When left a widow with four small children, she not only kept them together but came to a new country and through business ability and close application has succeeded in accumulating a comfortable competence. She was born in County Limerick, Ireland, where she was reared, and in young womanhood she crossed the Atlantic to the United States, settling first in Detroit, Michigan, where she formed the acquaintance of Michael McCarty, who sought her hand in marriage. He, too, was a native of County Limerick, Ireland, and as a young man had come to the new world, making his way to Detroit, where he was employed to the time of his death, which occurred when he had advanced but a little way beyond the milestone that marks arrival at adult age. At the time of his death they were the owners of a little home in Detroit.

In 1869 or 1870, not long after the demise of her husband, Mrs. McCarty with her four children, the eldest then six years of age, came to Iowa, living with and working for a sister of her deceased husband on a farm in Byron township. She saved her money until her industry and economical expenditure had brought her a sum sufficient to enable her to purchase eighty acres of land, and as her sons grew in years and strength they worked in the fields, more and more largely relieving their mother. Mrs. McCarty, however, did not scorn the out of door work and on more than one occasion drove the team which hauled the harvester or did other work in the fields. She displayed splendid business management and ability in the control of her business affairs and added to her land from time to time until she is now the owner of two hundred acres, constituting a very valuable property improved with splendid farm buildings. The home place is especially well improved. There is a comfortable and attractive residence, a large barn, the latest improved machinery, and all the other accessories of modern farm life. The family have always worked together, keeping but one pocket book and sharing with each other in all the adversity as well as in the prosperity which has come to them. They now have a herd of pure blooded Hereford cattle equal to any to be found in the state.

To Mr. and Mrs. McCarty were born two daughters and two sons: Mary, at home; Lizzie, the wife of Michael Greeley, a resident farmer of Byron township; John, at home; and Daniel, who married Clara Lorang, a native of New York state, and resides on the old homestead. Mrs. McCarty is now about eighty years of age but is still active, hale and hearty. She and her family are members of the Catholic church. She certainly deserves great credit for what she has accomplished, showing that she ossesses excellent business ability, initiative and executive force, as well as those womanly qualities which have made her a devoted mother.

From:
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
Vol II
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Chicago 1914


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