Biography of Dr. Calvin E. Carney
Carroll County, IN Biographies





CALVIN E. CARNEY, M. D.

The man who devotes his talents and his energies to the noble work of relieving the ills and sufferings of mankind, pursues a calling which in dignity, importance and beneficial results, is second to no other. If the physician is true to his profession and earnest in his efforts to relieve the sufferings of humanity, he is indeed a benefactor to all mankind. Belonging to this class of professional men in Delphi, is Dr. Calvin E. Carney, a well known physician and surgeon, who has perhaps no superior among the physicians and surgeons of Carroll county. Realizing early in his professional career that those who attain success in the medical profession, must have not only technical ability but a broad human sympathy, he has dignified and honored his profession by noble services. In 1903 he visited Europe, attending the clinics in Berlin and Heidelberg, Germany; Edinburgh, Scotland; and other places. No part of his training has been more helpful in the practice of his profession than the information, inspiration and insight he gained on this tour of study and investigation.

Calvin E. Carney is a native of Logansport, Cass county, Indiana, and was born on May 23, 1868. His parents, Robert M. and Lucy A. (Chapman) Carney, were born in Indiana. the father in Logansport and the mother in Colburn, Tippecanoe county. Reared on his father's farm in Cass county, Robert M. Carney lived on the farm all of his life, but he was also a contractor and built many miles of gravel roads in this section of the state. He served as county commissioner by appointment and lived a most active life up until the time of his death in November, 1909, when he was sixty nine years old. His wife still survives and is now sixty eight years old. She is a member of the Lutheran church as was her husband also. They were the parents of four children, of whom two are physicians, Dr. Calvin E., the subject of this sketch; Dr. John R., a physician at Pyrmont, this county; Effie. the wife of William Beal, of Logansport; and Carrie, the wife of Henry Swier, of Logansport.

Doctor Carney's paternal grandfather was James Carney, who married a Miss McCain. He was a native of County Cork, Ireland, and his wife of Ohio. After coming to America at the age of nineteen, he settled in Delphi, where he owned the old carding mill. Subsequently, he sold the Delphi mill and purchased the carding mill on Deer Creek, which he traded finally for four hundred acres of land in Cass county. He was a thrifty citizen and a most enterprising farmer and, at the time of his death, his estate amounted to twenty two thousand dollars. He died in middle life, but his wife lived to be seventy seven years old. They were the parents of a number of children, among whom were Robert M., Henry, who was familiarly known as "Bruce"; Mrs. Elizabeth West, Mrs. Laura Nicodemus and Dr. Marietta Bradfield. The maternal grandparents of Dr. Carney were Jacob and Maria (Richardson) Chapman, who were natives of the Hoosier state and who lived at Chapmanville, a town named for the family. Jacob Chapman was a farmer. He and his wife had seven children, six of whom were Anthony, Lucy A., Albert, Bud, John and Effie.

Calvin E. Carney grew up on his father's farm in Washington township, Cass county, Indiana, attending the district schools and finally the high school at Logansport. After finishing the high school course, he taught school for about three years in the old home school and, during this period, became interested in medicine and studied the subject at home. Later he entered the Indiana Medical College at Indianapolis, and was graduated in 1895. He immediately began the practice at Pyrmont, in Carroll county, and, for the past tenty years. has practiced medicine in the county. During the past twelve years he has been located at Delphi.

On November to, 1898, Dr. Calvin E. Carney was married to Della Petitgean, the daughter of Nicholas and Catherine (Buck) Petitgean, who was born in Tippecanoe county, Indiana. Mrs. Carney's father was a native of France and her mother a native of near Dayton, Indiana. Both are now deceased. They were the parents of twelve children, only three of whom reached maturity, the others dying of smallpox. Nicholas Petitgean was a soldier in the Civil War and served his country for a little more than a year as a private. Three children have been born to Dr. and Mrs. Carney, Ruth C., Paul E. and John R, all of whom are attending school.

Dr. and Mrs. Carney acre members of the Presbyterian and Catholic churches, respectively. Dr. Carney belongs to Mt. Olive Lodge No. 48, Free and Accepted Masons; to Delphi Chapter No. 22, Royal Arch Masons; to Delphi Commandery No. 4o, Knights Templar; and also to Murat Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, at Indianapolis. He is a thirty second degree Scottish Rite Mason, and a member of the Indianapolis Consistory. Dr. Carney belongs to Delphi Lodge No. 8o, Knights of Pythias, and to the uniform rank of this lodge. He is the surgeon of the eighth regiment, uniform rank, Knights of Pythias. Having been elected on the Democratic ticket, Doctor Carney served for one term as coroner of Carroll county. He belongs to the Carroll County Medical Society and to the Indiana State Medical Association and to the American Medical Association.

From:
History of Carroll County, Indiana
Its People, Industries and Institutions
By: John C. Odell
B. F. Bowen & Company
Indianapolis 1916


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