|Birth: ||Aug. 12, 1860|
|Death: ||May 9, 1949|
CARTHAGE EVENING PRESS OBITUARY
MAY 10, 1949
MRS. MARTIN McNERNEY DIES
WIDOW OF EARLY DAY CONTRACTOR WAS 87
Mother of Paul McNerney Expires in Flagstaff, Arizona - Body Will Reach Here Friday
Mrs. Margaret Werner McNerney, 87 widow of Martin A. McNerney, early day prominent Carthage contractor and quarryman, and mother of Paul McNerney of South Garrison, died at 11 o'clock yesterday morning in a hospital in Flagstaff, Arizona where she had been a patient 10 days.
Mrs. McNerney had made her home in Flagstaff about 25 years with a daughter, Miss Olive McNerney, a teacher in the schools there. Miss Bernice McNerney, a registered nurse, also makes her home there.
Coming to Carthage as a bride from Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, Mrs. McNerney made this her home more than 40 years.
She was born August 12, 1861, in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Her parents later moved to Lock Haven, where she met Mr. McNerney and was married to him in 1880.
Mr. McNerney came to Carthage prior to his marriage and engaged in the contracting business. In the period of 1879 to 1881 he took part in the construction of the Missouri Pacific Railroad between Pleasant Hill and Joplin, constructing the grade, bridge piers and several of the bridges.
He and his family lived for a time in Waverly, Missouri where Mr. McNerney built a bridge and one at Osceola for the Ft. Scott & Memphis Railroad. Returning to Carthage, he constructed the Carthage Western between Carthage and Pittsburg in 1902 and also constructed the stretch of the White River division from here to Aurora.
Mr. McNerney was one of the pioneers in the early development of the Carthage marble industry. In 1879 he built the piers for the Missouri Pacific bridge from Pleasant Hill to Joplin and opened a quarry northwest of Carthage to obtain stone for these piers. The quarry later was called the Superior Stone Company. Stone used int he Central National Bank building, built by Mr. McNerney, came from that quarry. In 1898 he opened the Carthage Quarry company plant and was it's manager many years. After his death in 1907 it became the Steadley Company plant.
He was contractor for the two homes built by the late Colonel W. H. Phelps, the one onn Grand avenue where Mrs. W. H. Phelps now lives, and the former country home of the Phelps, northeast of Carthage now the home of C. B. Guinn. He and his brother, the late P. J. McNerney, were in contracting business here together for many years.
Surviving Mr. McNerney are three daughters;
Misses Olive and Bernice McNerney of Flagstaff, Arizona and
Mrs. J. Sam Thornton of Joplin and
Leo McNerney of Monrovia, California and
Paul McNerney of Carthage;
Mrs. Anna Griffin of Lock Haven, and
and eight grandchildren
Services were held at the Knell service home
The Rev A. J. Koehler, pastor of St. Ann's Catholic Church, officiated.
Martin A. McNerney (1851 - 1907)
Leo Woerner McNerney (1881 - 1964)*
Cecil Margaret McNerney Thornton (1883 - 1967)*
Bernice N. McNerney (1885 - 1969)*
Helen Katherine McNerney (1890 - 1907)*
Martin Paul McNerney (1892 - 1950)*
Olive Anna McNerney (1893 - 1987)*
Plot: Traditional Sector Bl 25 Lot 7 Sp 10
Created by: I Remember When
Record added: Jul 22, 2010
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