MRS. MARY (COWIE) McCARTY.
The life record of Mrs. Mary (Cowie) McCarty is one which has gained for her the esteem and admiration of all who
know her, for she has accomplished much that others would have failed to do. When left a widow with four small
children, she not only kept them together but came to a new country and through business ability and close application
has succeeded in accumulating a comfortable competence. She was born in County Limerick, Ireland, where she was
reared, and in young womanhood she crossed the Atlantic to the United States, settling first in Detroit, Michigan,
where she formed the acquaintance of Michael McCarty, who sought her hand in marriage. He, too, was a native of
County Limerick, Ireland, and as a young man had come to the new world, making his way to Detroit, where he was
employed to the time of his death, which occurred when he had advanced but a little way beyond the milestone that
marks arrival at adult age. At the time of his death they were the owners of a little home in Detroit.
In 1869 or 1870, not long after the demise of her husband, Mrs. McCarty with her four children, the eldest then
six years of age, came to Iowa, living with and working for a sister of her deceased husband on a farm in Byron
township. She saved her money until her industry and economical expenditure had brought her a sum sufficient to
enable her to purchase eighty acres of land, and as her sons grew in years and strength they worked in the fields,
more and more largely relieving their mother. Mrs. McCarty, however, did not scorn the out of door work and on
more than one occasion drove the team which hauled the harvester or did other work in the fields. She displayed
splendid business management and ability in the control of her business affairs and added to her land from time
to time until she is now the owner of two hundred acres, constituting a very valuable property improved with splendid
farm buildings. The home place is especially well improved. There is a comfortable and attractive residence, a
large barn, the latest improved machinery, and all the other accessories of modern farm life. The family have always
worked together, keeping but one pocket book and sharing with each other in all the adversity as well as in the
prosperity which has come to them. They now have a herd of pure blooded Hereford cattle equal to any to be found
in the state.
To Mr. and Mrs. McCarty were born two daughters and two sons: Mary, at home; Lizzie, the wife of Michael Greeley,
a resident farmer of Byron township; John, at home; and Daniel, who married Clara Lorang, a native of New York
state, and resides on the old homestead. Mrs. McCarty is now about eighty years of age but is still active, hale
and hearty. She and her family are members of the Catholic church. She certainly deserves great credit for what
she has accomplished, showing that she ossesses excellent business ability, initiative and executive force, as
well as those womanly qualities which have made her a devoted mother.
History of Bachanan County, Iowa
And its People
By Harry Church and Katharyn J. Chappell
The S. J. Clarke Publishing Co.
Bachanan County, IA
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