OBITUARY PUBLISHED IN JANUARY 1940
James William Sweeney, aged 90, believed to have been the oldest native born citizen of Clarion, died Tuesday, January 16, 1940 at the home of his son, James D. Sweeney, 141 West Liberty street, Clarion. He had been active up until about a week preceding his death. At that time he suffered a chill and gradually grew weaker until death.
The son of Judge James and Sarah (Karns) Sweeney, he was born May 22, 1849 at Clarion where his father’s family had settled in 1840, the year in which Clarion county was founded. At one time his father was an associate judge who served this county. Mr. Sweeney was married to Anna Catherine Smith McClain in 1895. She has been deceased for a number of years. He was a member of the Immaculate Conception church of Clarion, and the last charter member of the Clarion fire and hose company.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Tedit, of Columbus, O.; a son, James D., of Clarion; two step-children, Harry McClain and Mrs. John Perry of Clarion. Five grandchildren also survive.
Interment at the church cemetery.