Biography of John R. Carney
Cambria County, PA Biographies





John R. Carney, who ranks among the leading young dentists of Johnstown, was born in this city, Jan. 27, 1901, and is a son of Frank T. and Mary (McNeelis) Carney.

Frank T. Carney, deceased, was the superintendent of the police and fire departments of the Cambria Steel Company. He was born in Johnstown, Dec. 7, 1856, the son of John P. and Ellen (Keley) Carney. John P. Carney, second son of John and Bridget (Devaney) Carney, was born in County Mayo, Ireland, Jan. 6, 1817. He emigrated to the United States and after residing for some years in Boston, Mass., removed to Johnstown and later to Westmoreland County, Pa., where he engaged in farming. He died Feb. 24, 1901. To Mr. and Mrs. John P. Carney the following children were born: John, died in childhood; Margaret, born April 1, 1855, died Sept. 7, 1904; Frank T., father of the subject of this sketch; Mary E., born Jan. 2, 1861, married Peter Dowling; James Lawrence, born Aug. 12, 1863, died Sept. 10, 1904, was the husband of Laura Brown, and they had three children, Mary G., Laura E., and Ellen M.; and John Henry, twin brother of James Lawrence, married Loretta Fisher and they have two children, Peter H. and Mary G.

Frank T. Carney attended the public schools of Johnstown and when a young man entered the employ of the Cambria Iron Works, with whom he was connected until the great flood of 1899. On Sept. 16, 1890, he was appointed a member of the police force by Mayor Rose, Johnstown's first mayor. Ten years later he resigned his position to accept the superintendency of the police and fire departments of the Cambria Iron Works, an office which he filled with marked ability. He had an enviable reputation for faithfulness to the interests of his employers and conscientious discharge of his manifold duties. Mr. Carney was a stanch Democrat and a member of the Catholic Church. He was married Jan. 12, 1897, to Miss Mary McNeelis, the daughter of Edward and Ann (McCool) McNeelis, both of Irish descent. To them were born four sons: Francis T., a physician, Johnstown; John R., the subject of this sketch; Charles J., born May 29, 1903, and James L., born Sept. 19, 1905, both students at the University of Pittsburgh. Mr. Carney died July 20, 1924, and his wife died May 16, 1920. They are buried in St. John's Cemetery, Geistown.

John R. Carney attended St. John's Parochial School, and was graduated from St. Francis College, Loretta, Pa., in 1920. He also attended the University of Pittsburgh from which he received his degree in 1925. On Oct. 1, 1925, Doctor Carney engaged in practice at Johnstown, with offices at 209 Market Street.

Doctor Carney is a Republican, a member of St. John's Catholic Church, the Central Pennsylvania Dental Society, Pennsylvania State Dental Society, American Dental Association, Seventh International Dental Congress and the Johnstown Dental Study Club.


From:
History of Cambria County, Pennsylvania
By: John E. Gable
Historical Publishing Company
Topeka-Indianapolis, 1926

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