Jonathan Fairbanks and Clyde Edwin Tuck

Past and Present of Greene County, Missouri

Early and Recent History and Genealogical Records
of Many of the Representative Citizens

WILLIAM H. A. McGINTY. With the higher prices for land and increase in labor cost we must produce more per acre and get a larger proportion, of the cost to the consumer. The young men who are using scientific methods today will hasten the solution of many agricultural problems and it will pay those interested to keep up with the methods of the young men. One of the successful farmers of Jackson township, Greene county who is an advocate of modern methods of farming is William H. A. McGinty

Mr. McGinty was born at Marshfield, Webster county, Missouri, December 12, 1856 He is a son of Abner C. and Mary S. (Haden) McGinty. The father was born in Tennessee, June 28, 1833. He came to Greene county, Missouri, when a small boy, and began his career working in the general store of John Debruin on the west side of the Public Square in Springfield, later entering the mercantile field for himself, and finally went to West Plains, Howell county, this state, where he was in business for a while. During the war he had a general merchandise store in Rolla, Missouri, and was postmaster there for a short time. The last twenty years of his life was devoted to the ministry of the Methodist church, in which he ranked high and did a great deal of good. He became owner of a valuable farm in Greene county and was a very successful and influential man, highly esteemed by all who knew him. Politically, he was a Republican. His death occurred in Springfield, June 26, 1893. The mother of the subject of this sketch was reared in Greene county, where her birth occurred May 10, 1837, and here she received a common school education. She was a member of the Christian church. Her death occurred in Springfield, February 16, 1882. To these parents eleven children were born, namely: Mary V., born August 14, 1854, married John B. Foster, of Marshfield, Missouri; William H. A., of this review; Elizabeth, born January 10, 1859, married M. C. Vinton, of Strafford, Missouri; Sarah G., born September 13, 1861, married George E. Dillard, of Springfield; Abner J., born March 7, 1864; Freddie, born -November 14, 1866; Clara, born November 7, 1868, married Dr. W. L. Smith, of Springfield, Missouri, he is deceased; Abner C., Jr., a merchant of Neosho, Missouri, born February 17, 1872; James, a merchant in Neosho, Missouri, born March 13, 1874; Ralph, born November 23, 1876, a farmer of Neosho, Missouri; and Susan, born February 12, 1882, died in childhood.

The subject of this sketch grew to manhood in Webster county, receiving his education in the schools of Marshfield. He was in the merchandise business in Marshfield with his father for four years. When about thirty-five years of age he inherited the homestead consisting of eighty acres, and he soon took up general agricultural pursuits, which he has since followed with success. He now owns a well-kept farm of eighty acres in Jackson township.

Mr. McGinty was married on April 28, 1879, to Catherine Pritchard, who was born in Stone county, Missouri, March 28, 1860. She is a daughter of John and Mary (Sallee) Pritchard. The father was a soldier in the Union army and died in Arkansas while in the service. The mother died in Greene county on May 14, 1906. Mrs. McGinty was reared in this county and educated in the public schools. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Five children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. McGinty, named as follows: Mrs. Myrtle May Gillespie, born January 4, 1880 lives in this county; Mrs. Catherine F. Galloway, born July 22, 1882, lives in Springfield; Charles W., born February 16, 1884, lives in this county; Susan E., born March 23, 1888, died December 23, 1891; Abner P., born January 27, 1892, lives at home.

Politically, Mr. McGinty is a Democrat. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.


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