MCINERNY, Joseph T.

Merced Sun Star, Merced, CA.
Monday, Nov. 22, 1965

J. T. McInerny, Former Merced Postmaster, Dies

Joseph T. McInerny, Merced's postmaster for 20 years, died in a local hospital Sunday. He had been in poor health for several years.

Funeral services will be held in Our Lady of Mercy Catholic Church Wednesday at 10 a.m. and burial wil be in Calvary Cemetery.

Rosary will be recited at 8 p.m. in Mission Chapel of Ivers and Alcorn Funeral Home.

Mr. McInerny was born in Merced Feb. 11, 1887 and resided here his entire life except for a three-year period when he was employed in Oakland.

He was a charter member of the Merced Elks Lodge, charter member of the Merced Council Knights of Columbus, charter member of the Merced Rotary Club. He was the past president of the Merced County Old-timers Association, member of the Native Sons of the Golden West.

He leaves a daughter, Miss Patricia McInerny of San Jose; a son, John McInerny, clemency secretary to Gov. Edmund G. Brown; five sisters, Miss Agnes McInerny, Mrs. Josephine Smith, Miss Margaret McInerny, all of Merced; Mrs. Jane Howell of San Francisco, Mrs. Anna Saunders of San Francisco.

His wife, the late Margaret McInerny, died in 1949.

The family would appreciate memorial contributions to Our Lady of mercy Centennial Building Fund.

The tragic Chicago fire was the key factor on the McInerny family coming to Merced. Mr. and Mrs. Timothy McInerny, parents of J.T. McInerny, came here in 1880 after fire destroyed their business in Chicago. McInerny's aunt had preceded his parents here and the family joined her in the operation of a dry goods store. Later his parents bought out his aunt's interest in the business.

J.T. McInerny attended grammar and high school in Merced and was engaged, with his father in the dry goods buisness as a young man. They continued together until 1928 when he went to Oakland where he was employed at Capwell's Department Store three years.

He was named by President Roosevelt to the postmastership here in 1934. In 1938 he served as president of the California chapter of the National Association of Postmasters. He retired July 1, 1956.

McInerny was a devoted baseball fan. He was one of a group that brought organized baseball to Merced and was one of a group that brought night baseball to the community.

Transcribed by: Alma Stone