JOHN MALLOY. It would be hard, indeed, to find a man better fitted to successfully fill the office of county clerk than John Malloy, and this fact the citizens of Douglas County, Missouri, most thoroughly realize. He is conscientious in his work, capable, accurate and faithful, and is courteous and accommodating to all with whom he comes in contact. He is a Kentuckian by birth and bringing up and first saw the light of day June 19, 1867.
His father, P. A. Malloy, was born on the Isle of Erin, and when about six years old was brought by his parents to the United States and for some time thereafter they resided at Madison, Indiana, but later moved to Kentucky. Upon the arrival of the Malloys in Douglas County, Missouri, they located at Arno, and there the father followed his trade of carpentering until 1888, when he decided to push farther westward, and for some time was a resident of the State of Washington. In 1892 he returned to Douglas County, Missouri, and located at Ava where he died in March of the following year. In whatever locality he resided, he was well and favorably known and his genial and agreeable and accommodating ways won him many friends. He showed his approval of secret societies by becoming a member of the A. F. A. M. lodge of Ava, and the I. O. O. F. lodge of Arno. He always supported the men and measures of the Democrat party up to within a few years of his death, when he deemed it his privilege to vote as he chose and he became independent. He was married in the State of Kentucky, to Miss Hellen H. Wise, a native of the Blue Grass State, and to their union three children were given: John; James, who is living in the State of Washington, and Sarah K., who also resides there. The mother of these children died in Washington in 1890, after a useful and well-spent life.
The youthful days of John Malloy were spent at Arno, and there he acquired a practical, common-school education. He was thrown on his own resources at the age of sixteen years, and began following the calling with which he was most familiar and for about seven years thereafter was engaged in tilling the soil, in connection with which work he followed the occupation of school teaching. He was successful in both callings, for it has always been a rule with him to ” do with all his might ” what he had to do, and he is still the owner of a good farm near Arno His intelligence, energy and enterprise were soon recognized and in 1890 he was elected to the office of county clerk on the third party ticket, and he is now a strong Populist, and a young man who bids fair to make his mark in the world. Like his worthy sire before him, he is a member of the A. F. A. M. and the I. O. O. F., Ava Lodges, and he has always taken a deep interest in all matters of a public nature and has already become known for his public spirit and liberality in aiding worthy causes, both as regards purse and influence. He was married in this county to Miss Ida Turner, a sketch of whose parents appears in this work, and to their union two children have been given: Ercell and Sarah H. Mr. Malloy has a pleasant and comfortable home in Ava, where he and his wife dispense a free-hearted hospitality, besides which property he owns 160 acres of land at Arno, that is considered quite valuable. His father, P. A. Malloy, was a soldier in the Twenty-fourth Kentucky Regiment, C. S. A., and served until the war closed. He was wounded in an engagement in Tennessee by a gunshot, but not seriously, and was soon again on active duty.