Biography of James M. Kenney, Jr.
Columbiana County, OH Biographies

James M. Kenney, Jr., who ranks among the well and favorably known young men of Wellsville, is a veteran of the World War. He was born at New Cumberland, W. Va., Jan. 13, 1897, and is the son of James M. and Blanche (Smith) Kenney.

James M. Kenney, a native of West Virginia, settled in East Liverpool in 1898 and two years later removed to Wellsville, where he has since been employed at his trade as a cooper in the local potteries. He is a Republican and a member of the Christian Church. To Mr. and Mrs. Kenney were born six children, as follows: James M., Jr., the subject of this sketch; George, lives in Michigan; Ella, married Wesley Wilson, lives in Wellsville; Pearl, lives in Michigan; Joseph and Willis, students.

James M. Kenney, Jr., grew up in Wellsville and attended the public schools here. He was in the employ of the American Sheet & Tin Plate Company for ten years and in July, 1919, became connected with the local police force. He is also identified with the fire department.

During the World War he enlisted from Wellsville, June 5, 1918, and was sent to Camp Sherman, Ohio, as a member of Company I, 1st Gas Regiment, Chemical Warfare Service. He was discharged Dec. 16, 1918.

On Feb. 26, 1920, Mr. Kenney was united in marriage with Miss Nancy May Todd, who was born at East Liverpool, Ohio, May 3, 1899, the daughter of Homer and Ella (Rigby) Todd, residents of Wellsville and the parents of the following children: Mrs. Kenney; Homer, Jr., lives in Wellsville; Grace, married Denton Thomas, lives at Wellsville; Dorothy, married Morris Parker, lives in East Liverpool; Clara, married Herbert Hawkins, lives at East Rochester, Ohio; William and George, both students. Mr. and Mrs. Kenney have a son, James, III, born Jan. 8, 1923, and daughter, Ruth Ella, born Dec. 16, 1925.

Mr. Kenney is a Republican and takes an active interest in local politics. He is a member of the First Christian Church and is affiliated with the Odd Fellows Lodge and American Legion. He is a public spirited young man, who holds the high regard of all who know him.

History of Columbiana County, Ohio
By: Harold B. Barth
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis 1926

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