Gene and Agnes McCann
In 1921, Neal and Mary (Sullivan) McCann gave birth to their
second son and named him Eugene Stephen. He was born at their home three
and one half miles east of Creston.
As a boy, Gene rode his horse a mile and a half to the one-room
country school house, Lincoln Township Number Eight. (Later in life he
claimed to be the smartest in his class for eight years - the only one
in his class, in fact!) Beginning in ninth grade, he attended Creston
High School, graduating in 1938. Since that time, Gene has been farming
the family farm where he was born.
Agnes Marie McEniry McCann was the second of four daughters of
Eugene and Marguerite (Mack) McEniry. She attended grade school at St.
Malachy's School, and graduated from Creston High School in 1942. After
working in Creston's First National Bank for one year, she moved to
Denver. She was employed as an auditor at the First National Bank in
Denver until her marriage to Gene in September of 1948.
On September 4, 1948, Gene and Ag were married at St. Malachy's
Church in Creston. Since then they have lived on the family farm where
Gene was born and raised.
Their three children are Steve (19490, Tom (1951), and Mary
(1953). All three attended Creston Public Schools, graduated from CHS
and Southwestern Community College and went on to earn bachelor degrees.
Steve and Tom are both married and live in the Creston area.
Steve married the former Jane Harrell of Thayer. They are the parents of
the first grandchild, Kyle David McCann (1978), who is our pride and
joy. Tom is married to Mary Faber-McCann of Creston. (In case you
haven't been keeping track, this is the third Mary McCann I this story!)
Mary - Gene and Ag's daughter, that is - is currently living in St.
Louis where she is a graduate student.
Gene and Ag have been active members of Holy Spirit Parish and of
the Knights of Columbus and the Catholic Daughters, respectively.
For nearly twenty years, Ag has been a Welcome Wagon Hostess.
Originally she called on the mothers of new babies, and then later she
called on newcomers who had recently moved to the community. She has
been responsible for overseeing the Newcomers Club through those years.
Gena and Ag have been active in the Union County Democratic Party for
years. In 1976, Agnes successfully ran for the position of Union County
Supervisor. She has taken a lot of kidding about being the first female
Supervisor in Union County!!
This year has been a very sad one for the McCanns. Gene was
diagnosed as having terminal lung cancer early in May, and was
hospitalized repeatedly in August and September. He died October 1, with
his family at his side. Only three weeks later, his father, Neal, died,
at the age of 90. by Mary McCann
(History of Union County, Iowa, 1981, p. 222)