William & Nettie Carty

William Emmett Carty grew up and homesteaded near Granville, North Dakota. The three girls married and lived in Iowa and South Dakota. William Carty died in 1909.

William Emmett was born in Bluffton, Winneshiek County, Iowa, on April 10, 1868. His boyhood was spent in the Bluffton area, and his first business adventure was a livery stable in Algona, Iowa. There he met Nettie MacMurray, and the two were married on April 8, 1896. They farmed near Algona for three years, then moved to a farm near Worthington, Minnesota, where they also remained for three years. In 1901, when many of their friends from the Algona and Britt communities came to homestead land in Granville, William Emmett joined them, filing on the W ½ of NE ¼ and W ½ of SE ¼ of Section 20, 157-78, which later became Gilmore Township. William Emmett retired in 1942, and died at the age of eighty-eight in 1956.

William and Nettie Carty had two children. Their daughter, Margaret, became Mrs. Margaret Brummond, and their son is C.R. Carty.

During his time in McHenry County, William Emmett was influential in organizing Gilmore Township, serving on both the township and school boards. He was also on the board of directors when the Granville Cream Association, which later became the Granville Creamery, was organized.

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