ANDREW O DELANEY
A representative of one of the early families of Doniphan county, Mr. Delaney is now prominently connected with the business interests of Leona as the cashier of the Farmers Bank. His father, John Delaney, spent his early life in New Jersey, where he was engaged in business as a stock broker. He afterward emigrated to Kansas, taking up his residence in Burr Oak township, Doniphan county, as early as 1853. There he engaged in farming until 1870, when he moved to Wolf River township and spent there the remaining years of his active life. A marked degree of prosperity attended his efforts and his activity in business and capable management brought to him a creditable and gratifying success. He was a worthy and esteemed citizen of Doniphan county, where he died in 1891, at the age of sixty-nine years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Catharine Redmond, also passed away in 1891. Their children are Edward, who is living in Burchard, Nebraska; Mary, now Mrs. J. A. Hamilton, of Bendena, Kansas; Kate, who is a widow of John Lyons and resides at Everest, Kansas; D. P.; Annie, who married William B. Deveroux; Andrew O., and John, deceased.
In the usual manner of farm lads Andrew O. spent the days of his boyhood and youth, remaining with his father until attaining his majority. He assisted in the labors of the field and meadow and in the harvesting of the crops when the summer months had ripened the grain that was planted in the early spring. His education was obtained in the Christian Brothers College in St. Joseph, Missouri, and when he left the old homestead it was to accept a position with the firm of Delaney & Lyons in their general store at Severance, the senior partner being his brother. There he gained some practical business experience that prepared him for an independent career, and in April, 1895, he aided in organizing the Farmers Bank of Leona, of which he has since been the cashier. On its organization the institution was capitalized for five thousand dollars, and now has a surplus of two thousand dollars. From its inception a successful business has been carried on and the list of its stockholders is a guarantee of the trustworthiness of the institution. The officers are J. D. Hazen, president; George Kimmel, vice-president and A. O. Delaney, cashier. These gentleman, together with Ole Larson and P. M. Leonard, constitute the board of directors.
On the 19th of November, 1894, occurred the marriage of Mr. Delaney and Miss Elizabeth Fenton, a datighter of Samuel Fenton, one of the early settlers of Doniphan county. Mr. and Mrs. Delaney now have two children, Elizabeth and Andrew. The former is a well-known Republican and his family have been identified with the political interests of Doniphan county for some years, and its members have merited the stamp of approval in their several political acts. Our subject has never sought or desired office, however, preferring to devote his time and energies to his business interests, in which he has met with good success. The present creditable standing of the bank is largely due to his efforts, and naught can be said against his business methods, and none is so honorable, prompt and reliable as he in all financial transactions.