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Amos Mecartney
Posted by: donna gatts (ID *****2841) Date: August 21, 2008 at 07:02:15
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AMOS MECARTNEY Among the honored pioneers of northern California who worthily served their day and generation, contributing to the development and progress of their respective communities, and have passed on to higher scenes of activity was Amos Mecartney, who, braving the hardships and perils of the early days here, established a home and heritage and gained well earned recognition as one of the helpful and useful citizens of Alameda county. Mr. Mecartney was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, on the 13th of March, 1838, and was of remote German ancestry. His father, John Mecartney. who also was a native of Lancaster county, figured prominently in the public and business affairs of that locality, and at one time served as county auditor. Later he became the organizer of the Lancaster County Fire Insurance Company. Amos Mecartney was reared . in his native county and secured his education in its public schools. Hearing of the discovery of gold in California, he sailed from Philadelphia on the brig "Osceola," which rounded Cape Horn and arrived at San Francisco, August 5, 1849. He engaged in gold mining on the Yuba and Feather rivers, but, meeting with indifferent success, returned to the east. However, he could not resist the lure of the western country and in 1852 again came to California. Locating in San Francisco, he engaged in the general commission and real estate business, in which he met with substantial success, gaining a comfortable fortune and acquiring valuable properties in Kansas City and Chicago. In 1872 Mr. Mecartney bought from the United States tideland commission two hundred and ninety-eight acres of land on Bay Farm island, on which he located and established his permanent home. Here he erected a pleasant and attractive residence, which he surrounded with trees and shrubbery and created an ideal homestead, which is still occupied by the family. He greatly enjoyed this place and lived here until his death, which occurred January 23, 1903. In 1868 Mr. Mecartney was united in marriage to Miss Mary Killinger, who was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, a daughter of David and Margaret (Drepperd) Killinger. To this union were born five children, namely : Pearl S. ; Meda H.; Myrtle J., who is the wife of W. P. Willard ; Mignon K., the wife of E. J. Hall ; and Amoslita, the wife of Louis E. Aubert, of Paris, France. Since her husband's death Mrs. Mecartney has continued his business policies and is regarded as a woman of sound judgment in practical matters. She is of kindly and hospitable disposition, her gracious qualities of character endearing her to all who know her. Mr. Mecartney enjoyed a wide acquaintance throughout this section of the state ; was regarded as a man of marked business capacity and of the highest integrity, true to his ideals and consistent in all of life's relations, so that to a marked degree he commanded the confidence and esteem of all who were associated with him.


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