As a farmer in Polk township, Nodaway county, Charles H. Roney has done as much as any man in his township for the promotion of its interests and its moral, educational and material progress during the quarter of a century he has here resided. He stands high for integrity of character, his family being equally well respected with himself.
Mr. Roney was born in Peoria county, Illinois, November t8, 1862. His father was Henry Roney and his mother Julia Roney. They were natives of Ireland, from which country they came to America when young, and married in Illinois. In the spring of 1883 they left the Prairie state and bought a new home in Nodaway county, Missouri, where they remained until their deaths, being successful at general farming, Mr. Roney dying in Maryville and his wife in Quitman.
Eight children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry Roney, named as follows; Peter F., living in Polk township; James, also of Polk township: Charles H., of this review; Alice is deceased; Ella; Anna is deceased; Mamie is the wife of J. E. Costello, of Maryville; Thomas is deceased.
Charles H. Roney grew to maturity on the home farm in Illinois where he assisted with the work during the summer months and attended the district schools in winter. He came to Nodaway county, Missouri, with his parents in 1883. and with them he remained, doing what was his full duty in developing a new home in a new country, not leaving his parental roof-tree until he was married. Then he settled in Green township, where he lived three years and then settled in Polk township in 1892. of which he has since been a resident.
On August 20. 1888, Mr. Roney married, in this county. Annie Tobin, who was born in Ireland, November 1, 1868. She was the daughter of James and Mary (Cummings) Tobin, of Nodaway county. To Mr. and Mrs. Roney eight children have been born, named as follows: James, Edward. Julia, Ered, Rov, Earl. Blanche and Paul.
Mr. Roney has been very successful since beginning his life-work here. Starting in a small way, he has managed well and worked hard and now has a well-improved and well-tilled farm of two hundred and thirty-five acres in Polk township. He raises abundant crops, handles some good stock and he has a very pleasant substantial home. He takes a great deal of interest in political affairs, and he and his family are members of St. Patrick’s Catholic church in Maryville, of which they are regular attendants and liberal supporters.
Source: B. F. Bowen & Company. Past and present of Nodaway County, Missouri. Indianapolis, Indiana: B. F. Bowen & Company. 1910.