|Birth: ||Jun. 14, 1876|
North Lanarkshire, Scotland
|Death: ||Aug. 24, 1950|
McCartney Recalls Perilous Journey
John F McCartney, 74, long-time prominent resident of Canon City, succumbed to a lengthy illness early Wednesday morning in a Denver hospital where he had been confined for three weeks.
He was a retired mechanic and fruit rancher and had made his home at 308 North 15th since his retirement.
Mr. McCartney was a native of Scotland, where he was born June 14, 1876, at Morningside. His coming to the United States at the age of 10 was one of the exciting experiences of his lifetime.
During the Atlantic crossing, the ship's propeller broke leaving the ship adrift for 40 days. In that long ago day, the only means of communication with the outside world was by skyrocket and these were shot into the air many times without result. Finally one was sighted by a tugboat from Halifax, Newfoundland, which came to the rescue.
Even then, action was not immediate as argument continued several hours over the price wanted by the tugboat to tow the ship to Newfoundland.
The voyage was delayed 12 more days in Newfoundland while contact was made with the ship's company and another sent to finish the trip to New York.
From New York, the McCartney family came by train directly to Walsenburg, Colo., arriving there on November 1, 1886. With the exception of the three years at the turn of the century spent in Dawson, N.M., where Mr. McCartney was employed as night foreman at the Dawson Coal company, he spent the remainder of his life in Colorado.
He first settled in Canon City in 1904, but in 1909 went to Colorado Springs where he was associated for a time in the ice business with his brother-in-law Frank Wilgus. The second time he returned to Canon City, McCartney was employed as master mechanic at Chandler for seven years.
Later, he left again for Baldwin, Colo., where he was engineer for the Baldwin Coal company but that was his last period of residence away from Canon City. Upon his final return, he bought a fruit ranch and remained there until retiring and moving into town.
Mr. McCartney was active for many years in the First Presbyterian church and the Odd Fellows and Masonic Lodges here.
He was preceded in death by his wife, the former Margaret Westwater to whom he as married in Canon City in 1907.
Surviving are: One daughter, Mrs. Herman Jackson of Denver; two brothers, James D and William McCartney of Canon City; two sisters Mrs. Ann Forest Meikle of Richmond, Calif., and Mrs. Jennie Elkins of Canon City; one granddaughter, Joan Jackson of Denver; a number of nieces and nephews; two sisters-in-law; and a brother-in-law, Pete Westwater of Canon City.
Fern Margaret McCartney Jackson (1908 - 1979)*
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