Word has been received in Butte from Arkansas Pass, Texas, of the
death there yesterday of Jeremiah H. McCarthy, once mayor of Butte and
twice its city treasurer. Mr.
McCarthy had been in failing health for several years and had made his
home in Arkansas Pass most of the time on account of the milder climate
and because of his interests there.
While it was known he was not in good condition physically, his
death was not expected by his friends and relatives in Butte, among whom
it caused profound sorrow.
Jerry McCarthy was a
native of St. Lawrence County, New York, where he was born 66 years ago.
He came to Butte in the days of wooden walks and unpaved streets
and engaged in business. His
prominence and his popularity made him mayor of Butte in 1899, and he
served two years in that capacity. He
had previously served a term as city treasurer, and some years later was
again elected to the same position.
On his retirement from public life he spent much of his time in
Texas. His most recent visit to Butte was the latter part of last year,
when he was drawn on the jury panel of Judge Dwyer’s court.
Mr. McCarthy is
survived by his wife, formerly Miss McNeil, a well-known school teacher
of Butte and by one son, Jerry. Miss
Florence McNeil of the Butte public library, and Clint McNeil, deputy
sheriff, are sister and brother, respectively of Mrs. McNeil.
Sunday, May 25, 1919
Sunday, May 25, 1919
OF BUTTE IS DEAD
News of the death at Arkansas Pass, Tex., of Jeremiah H.
McCarthy, one time mayor of Butte and treasurer of the city for two
terms, was received late Saturday. While
Mr. McCarthy had been in ill health for some years, his death came as a
shock to his hundreds of friends and acquaintances among the residents
Mr. McCarthy was born in New York
66 years ago. He came to Butte in the early days and through his
popularity and marked ability won election to the mayoralty in addition
to two terms as city treasurer. Upon
retiring from public life he spent most of his time at this Texas home
in search of health. Last
winter he spent more than a month in Butte and was present when the city
passed from what had been termed the “wettest” city in the northwest
to a “dry” one and at that time commented on the change from the
Butte of his early days.
In addition to his widow, formerly Miss McNeil, a Butte school teacher, Mr. McCarthy is survived by one son, Jerry; Miss Florence McNeil of the Butte public library, a sister, and Deputy Sheriff Clint McNeil, sister-in-law and brother-in-law.