Dressed for Hunting Season

Left: Judson McKenney; Center: David Irwin; Right: Junius McKenney
The dogs at their feet were Ponto and Carlo


Junius McKenney


Junius McKenney, a prosperous farmer of Byron Center, is the second son of Samuel and Elizabeth McKenney, born in Belmont, Canada, 21 May 1854. He was but a child when his parents came to Michigan, and here he was educated in the common schools and reared a farmer. He married Dora E. Brudi, 31 Oct 1876. To this happy union they had five sons and four daughters, the following named still survive: Ernest, Stanley, Valma, Ora, Hazel, Vera, and Duane.

Mrs. Mc Kenney was born in Kent County, March, 1859, the daughter of John and Mary (Geiling) Brudi, who were the parents of one son and five daughters. Mr. Brudi was born in Germany, came to America when a young man, was shipwrecked off the coast of Rhode Island, but happily reached shore in safety. He was poor, but very industrious, coming to Byron township he was able to purchase a tract of land in the wilderness, and was classed among the pioneers. He had an old fashioned style dwelling but he remodeled and repaired it; he cleared up his land, cultivated it thoroughly, and prospered. In politics he was a democrat. In religion he was a Lutheran, and in this faith he died in 1882. His wife was also a native of his country.

Mrs. McKenney was educated in the common schools, passed through the entire curriculum and secured a certificate qualifying as a teacher. She has been a valuable helpmate to her husband and is most highly respected wherever she is known.

In politics, Mr. McKenney was a democrat, with strong temperance proclivities. His first presidential vote was cast for Samuel J. Tilden. He and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Byron Center, about three-quarters of a mile west of which village they have their cozy residence and well improved farm, the latter giving every indication of thrift and care.


Transcriber: ES
Created: 21 February 2014
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