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As the publisher of the Western Sentinel at Etna, one of the most interesting newspapers among the smaller cities of northern California, M. H. McCarthy has been uncommonly successful. He is known as a capable newspaper man, and conducts a clean sheet in every respect. The Western Sentinel is a recognized advertising medium for an extensive territory. This publication has recently been leased to another party.

Mr. McCarthy was born in Siskiyou County, April 7, 1869, a son of M. H. and Hanora (Danihy) McCarthy. The father was born in Ireland, and came to the United States in 1859. He settled in the state of Massachusetts for a brief time, and then came to Scott Valley, California. In 1860, he began mining and in this occupation and in farming, he continued during the remainder of his life, which terminated on January 18, 1918. Daniel McCarthy, an uncle of M. H. McCarthy, came to California in 1854 and made some good gold strikes, but later lost his money in further ventures. Six children were born to M. H. and Hanora McCarthy, namely: Daniel, a miner, who died in 1921; John, who died in youth; Eugene, who also died young; M. H. of this review; Mary, who married Charles E. Humphreys, a miner, and lives in Scott Valley; and Francis P., who is engaged in business at Fort Jones, Scott Valley.

M. H. McCarthy studied in the common schools of his home county, and his early education has been supplemented through the years by his extensive reading and by observation. He has always remained a student, and has never ceased acquiring an education. His first activity in newspaper work was at Scot Bar, then at Fort Jones, following which he was at Santa Cruz, California, for sixteen years, then Monterey, California, for ten years, followed by a stay at Oakland and at Santa Clara. In 1906, Mr. McCarthy returned to Siskiyou County, and for ten years was a ranger, after which he established his newspaper at Etna, having a circulation of between six and seven hundred. He also conducted the Standard at Fort Jones for three years, or until 1916. He is a Democrat in his political faith, and is a member of the Native Sons of the Golden West.

Mr. McCarthy was married in 1893 to Miss Serena Thompson, who was born in Kansas, and came to California in 1889.




Transcribed by Gerald Iaquinta.

Source: Wooldridge, J.W.Major History of Sacramento Valley California, Vol. 2 Pages 210-211. Pioneer Historical Publishing Co. Chicago 1931.

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