Biography of William W. McCarthy
Franklin County, NY Biographies





William Wilber McCarthy, who lives retired at Tupper Lake, is one of the highly esteemed and widely known men of Franklin County. He was born at Constable, N. Y., Oct. 5, 1872, the son of David and Margaret (Rafferty) McCarthy.

David McCarthy was born at Albany, N. Y., April 11, 1832, and throughout his life he was interested in general farming and stock raising. He died in 1908 and is buried at Constable. He was married in 1859 to Miss Margaret Rafferty, the daughter of Patrick Rafferty, of Trout River, N. Y., and a native of Ireland. Margaret (Rafferty) McCarthy died in 1894 and is buried at Constable, N. Y. To Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy were born the following children: 1. Dennis, born in 1861, retired farmer, lives at Tupper Lake. 2. Mary, born in 1863, died in 1880. 3. Patrick H., born in 1864, for many years engaged in the grocery and meat business at Tupper Lake, now lives retired. 4. David, born in 1865, died in 1912. 5. John B., born in 1870, also engaged in the grocery and meat business at Tupper Lake, now retired. 6. William Wilber, the subject of this sketch.

William Wilber McCarthy obtained his early schooling at Constable, N. Y., and is a graduate of Franklin Academy, Malone. At the age of 20 years he entered the employ of the Adirondack Supply Company as a bookkeeper. In 1896 Mr. McCarthy became interested in the grocery business at Tupper Lake in partnership with his brother, Patrick H., and this association continued until 1903, at which time John B., another brother, became associated in the business. They also had extensive lumber interests in this section of the state in which they are still engaged.

On June 26, 1907, Mr. McCarthy was united in marriage with Mrs. Effie Sullivan, the daughter of John Quinelle, of Brasher Falls, N. Y. They have no children.

Mr. McCarthy has always been a Democrat and has been a member of the Democratic County Committee for 30 years. Many years ago he served as tax collector and town clerk of Tupper Lake, and in 1899 was a member of the board of supervisors of Franklin County.

Mr. and Mrs. McCarthy are members of the Catholic Church, and he belongs to the Knights of Columbus and Elks Lodge.

From:

The North Country
A History, Embracing
Jefferson, St. Lawrence, Oswego, Lewis
and Franklin Counties, New York.
By: Harry F. Landon
Historical Publishing Company
Indianopolis, Indiana 1932


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