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Champaign County, Illinois

Biography of Francis M. McArty

SOURCE: "History of Champaign County, Illinois," by J. O. Cunningham, 1905

SURNAMES: BEAR, HOLLENBECK, JONES, MCARTY, SMITH


FRANCIS M. MCARTY was born in Piatt County, Ill., in 1867, and acquired his education in the public and State Normal schools. He is a son of Charles W. and Mary J. (BEAR) MCARTY, the former of whom was a native of Ohio, and the latter, of Pennsylvania. His paternal grandparents were William H. and Anna (SMITH) MCARTY, the latter a native of Ohio. Francis M. spent his youth on a farm. In 1897 he went to Arizona and enlisted in the "Rough Rider" Regiment under Theodore Roosevelt, on May 1, 1898. He served through the Spanish-American War in Cuba, at the close of which he came to Champaign County and settled at Rising Station, Hensley Township, where he had charge of a large grain elevator, holding the position of manager. Later he moved to Champaign and resides there at the present time. He still retains his interest in a farm in Piatt County. He is a Republican in politics, and socially he belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.

In 1893 Mr. McArty married Miss Nellie M. JONES, of Macon County, Ill., who died in 1896, leaving one son, Francis M., Jr. In 1904 he was united in marriage to Miss Grace HOLLENBECK, a native of DeWitt County, Ill., where she was educated in the public schools.

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