Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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Michael T. McCarthy

MICHAEL T. McCARTHY, a prosperous business man, and well known farmer and stock raiser, of Walton township, Labette county, Kansas, was born in County Kerry, Ireland, in 1848. He is a son of T. M. and Julia (O'Leary) McCarthy. They were the parents of five children, namely: Jerome; Daniel; Michael T.; John; and Julia.

Michael T. McCarthy was brought by his parents to America, in 1849. They landed at New York, whence they went direct to Illinois. There Mr. McCarthy received his schooling, and learned farming. He remained in Illinois until 1872, when he moved to Kansas, and located on his present farm, which comprises the southwest quarter of section 9, and the north half of the northwest quarter of section 16, Walton township. He is engaged in the tilling of the soil, in which occupation he has had a thorough training. He is thrifty and industrious, and his farm presents a well kept, attractive appearance. In addition to his duties on the farm, Mr. McCarthy has the agency for the Page Woven Wire Fence Company for six counties in Kansas. He is also agent for the Tower Surface Cultivator Company, in which work he is meeting with good success. He further represents the Plano Manufacturing Company, and sells its mowers, binders, rakes and sickle-grinders. Mr. McCarthy takes a great deal of interest in stock raising, and has been very successful in that line.

Mr. McCarthy was united in marriage with Ellen McGough, who was born in Illinois in 1842. They have been blessed with nine children, as follows: Philip L.; John, deceased; Jerome; Julia; Hugh; Sarah; Loretta; Justin; and Mary. Mr. McCarthy is a member of the Populist party, and takes an active interest in the politics of the county and township. He has ably filled the office of trustee of his township for one term, and has been a member of the school board for ten years. He is generally and favorably known in Labette county, where he has many warm friends.