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Transcribed from "An Illustrated History of The Big Bend Country, embracing Lincoln, Douglas, Adams and Franklin counties, State of Washington",  published by Western Historical Publishing Co., 1904.


     MARTIN FEENEY is a native son of the Emerald Isle who has taken the stars and stripes as his banner and is one of the most worthy citizens in Douglas county.  He resides about one and one-half miles northwest from Waterville, where he has an estate of one-quarter section, secured by his industry and thrift.  Mr. Feeney has always shown the real spirit of independence begotten from stanch Irish blood and, as did his father, has espoused the cause of freedom with a zest that makes him thoroughly American.  In business life, he has manifested a keen wisdom and practical judgment and is one of the most prosperous men of the section now.
     Martin Feeney was born in Galway, Ireland on November 2, 1851, the son of Patrick and Margaret (Fahey) Feeney, both natives of Ireland.  They came to the United States in the fifties, settling in Waltham, Massachusetts, where the father took up foundry work.  At the opening of the Civil War, he enlisted in the Sixty-ninth Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry under General Cochran.  He fought through the leading battles of the struggle and was wounded twice in the battle of Antietam.  He participated in the grand review at Washington and received his final discharge at New York City in 1865.  The mother died at Waltham, Massachusetts, in 1893.  During the first fifteen years of our subject's life, he received his educational training in Ireland and in Waltham, Massachusetts and then began the duties of life for himself.  When but a small lad, he journeyed to South Dakota, settling in Bonhomme county, and engaged in farming and stock raising.  Seven years were spent thus and the next three were spent in steamboating on the Missouri.  After this, he did railroad contracting in Colorado for several years, also in Wyoming and later was occupied on various roads in Montana.  It was 1893, that Mr. Feeney departed from Marshall junction, Spokane county, for Douglas county and bought his present estate.  Mr. Feeney has the following brothers and sisters, Michael, Mary, Annie, Margaret, Sarah and Adelia.
     Mr. Feeney was married at Miles City, Montana, on November 2, 1885, to Miss Mary Mulroy, of Irish parentage, born in the county of Mayo, Ireland.  She has one brother, Thomas and one sister, Ellen Rork.  To Mr. and Mrs. Feeney the following children have been born, Maggie, at Bearmouth, Montana, on September 25, 1889; James, born in Spokane county, in 1892, on February 24; Martin, born on December 25, 1895; John, born on June 29, 1896; Thomas Dewey, born July 5, 1898; Martia T., born May 18, 1900.  The last four having been born in this county.
     Politically, Mr. Feeney is independent and is always found active in that realm and casts his vote for the man of principle and ability.  He and his wife are members of the Roman Catholic church.  Mr. Feeney has traveled over the country a great deal and says that where he lives now is one of the best places he has found and is well contented with his home here.
 
 

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