Albert McCann Family
Albert McCann was born February 19, 1887, son of James McCann and
Mary Murphy, on a farm northeast of Creston, one of twelve brothers and
sisters. He spent his early years working on farms in the area. He moved
to Creston with his family around 1915. He served in the Army during
World War I in France. When he returned from service he worked for
Treanor and Girard at their elevator. On August 22, 1919 he married
Jessie Madison, daughter of Jess Madison and Emily Stewart. She was born
on a farm near Nevinville January 12, 1898. The Madison family moved to
a farm just west of McKinley Lake where they operated the Summit Farm
Dairy. Jessie helped with this as a young girl, delivering milk from
house to house in a one-horse milk wagon. Jessie was next to the oldest
of seven children.
Their oldest daughter, Phyllis, was born February 24, 1921 in Creston.
They moved to Spaulding where Albert worked for Jack Treanor at the
Lumber Yard. Their second daughter, Bernice, was born there June 4,
1924. They moved back to Creston where he worked for Matt Conway
Implement. Son Joseph was born August 19, 1926 and daughter Patricia was
born March 21, 1930. He worked for Conway until they closed around 1930.
The family then moved to Winterset, Iowa where he and his father-in-law
operated a cafe for a year. They returned to Creston. By then the
depression was here and he worked at odd jobs and W.P.A. His wife did
washings and ironings and also did home baking to help with income. Next
Albert worked for the railroad in the round house for a few years until
he became ill in December 1944. Jessie died August 6, 1962.
Their youngest daughter, Patricia, and husband Harold Howe live in
Palmdale, California with their two sons, Dennis and Daniel and four
foster children, James, Lorraine, Charlene and David Dills. Lorraine and
husband Todd Matthews have one son.
Bernice lives in the home place and her youngest daughter, Jill, is a
senior at Creston High. Other daughters - Dianne Kromminga and two sons
Shawn and Jason live in Creston; Suzzane and husband Donald Hickerson
and their son Thomas are with the Navy at present in Sardinia just off
the coast of Italy.
Joseph, better known as "JD," also lives in the home place and
works for the Union County Engineer. He started as a Rodman in 1946. He
now works in the office as assistant to the County Engineer.
Phyllis purchased the house next door to the home place in 1963. Her
daughter Sherry and husband Ronald Thomson and daughters Sheron,
Catherine and Rebecca are with the Air Force stationed at Biloxi, Mississippi.
(History of Union County, Iowa, 1981, p. 222)