Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens
MIKE SHEEDY. No people that go to make up our cosmopolitan civilization have better habits of life than those who have come from "'Erin's green isle." These people, as well as their descendants, are distinguished for their thrift and honesty, and these two qualities in the inhabitants of any country will in the end alone make that country great. When with these two qualities is coupled the other quality of sound sense, which all the Celtic race possesses, there are afforded such qualities as will enrich any land and place it at the top of the countries of the world in the scale of elevated humanity. One of this number is Mike Sheedy, of Campbell township, Greene county.
Mr. Sheedy was born in Ireland, in August, 1885. He is a son of Matt and Katy (Sexton) Sheedy, both natives of Ireland also, where they grew up, were educated and married and there they spent their lives on a farm. They were members of the Catholic church. They were the parents of three children, namely: Mike, of this sketch; Katie, who lives in Ohio; and Mrs. Mary Lathem who makes her home in Ireland.
Mike Sheedy grew to manhood on the home farm in his native land where he was taught to work diligently and intelligently. What education he has received has been through his own efforts. When he was fifteen years of age he emigrated to America with his sister Katie and settled in Cleveland, Ohio, later went to New Orleans, thence to St. Louis in 1868, and has lived in Missouri ever since. For some time he was in the service of the St. Louis & San Francisco Railroad Company. In 1873 he purchased the farm of eighty acres where he now lives in North Campbell township, Greene county. He has prospered through close application, good judgment and honest dealings and he is now owner of nearly eight hundred acres in Greene county, comprising one of the most valuable and desirable farms of the county, and he carries on general farming and stock raising on an extensive scale. He raises blooded short-horn cattle, keeping about one hundred head the year round, and feeds some two to three car loads of hogs yearly--also is an extensive wheat grower. In 1914 he had two hundred acres in wheat and raised five thousand bushels--an average of twenty-five bushels per acre. He has a substantial home and large outbuildings and is regarded as one of the successful self-made men of the county.
Mr. Sheedy was married on July 5, 1873, to Mary Gorman, a native of Iowa, but she was reared in Missouri. She is a daughter of Simon and Mary (Russell) Gorman, both her parents being now deceased. She is a member of the Catholic church.
To Mr. and Mrs. Sheedy nine children have been born, namely: John lives in Kansas City, where he is state grain inspector; Simon, Mike, James, Emmett, Mrs. Katie Gorman lives in this county and has five children as follows: Kate. Allen, Hal, Agnes and Margarite; Agnes, Maggie and Nellie. All these children but the one married daughter live at home.
Mr. Sheedy was on the school board for twenty years and was road commissioner for some twenty years. Politically, he is a Democrat, and he and his family are members of the Catholic church.
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