Lee County Biography


William J. McCarty, a representative of an honored pioneer family of Lee county, devotes his attention to general agricultural pursuits with excellent success, operating a valuable farm of three hundred acres, known as Clear View Farm, on section 14, Marion township. His birth occurred on this farm on the 25th of September, 1876, his parents being William R. and Ruth A. (Conderman) McCarty. The father, who passed away on the 28th of December, 1898, lies buried in the Prairie Repose cemetery of Amboy, but the mother survives and makes her home with our subject. William J. McCarty attended school in his native county until sixteen years of age and subsequently spent his entire time in assisting his father with the work of the home place. Since the time of the latter's demise in 1898, our subject has remained at home with his mother in Marion township, where he has carried on general agricultural pursuits continuously and successfully since. He is engaged in mixed farming and the raising of horses, cattle and hogs. The residence and some other buildings which stand on the property were erected by his grandfather, an early pioneer, who settled on this farm in 1850, and became an early agriculturist and esteemed citizen of the community.

In politics Mr. McCarty is a stanch republican, and for two years he ably discharged the duties devolving upon him in the capacity of clerk of Marion township. Fraternally he is identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of America and the Royal Neighbors. A man of genuine personal worth and high standards of integrity, he commands the sincere regard and esteem of all who come in contact with him and in the course of his lifelong residence in Lee county has proved his loyalty in citizenship, his reliability in business and his fidelity to all the ties and obligations of life.

Transcribed by Karen Holt - 1914 History of Lee County Illinois Vol 2 by Frank E. Stevens.

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