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Arthur M. Birney (1849-1882)
Son of James and Amanda (Moulton) Birney.

1882 obituary. Transcribed April, 2008.

The Bay City Tribune - Saturday, January 28, 1882


The Tribune yesterday received the sad news of the death of Arthur M. Birney at Fort Keogh, Montana territory, from C. S. Burtram, city editor of the Minneapolis Journal and formerly of this city. Mr. Burtram states that Mr. Birney had one of his feet frozen so badly that it required amputation. The operation was performed and Mr. Birney died from the shock.

Mr. Birney was the son of James Birney, minister to the Hague, and grandson of James G. Birney. For a number of years he resided here with his parents, being connected with the daily and weekly Chronicle as editor, business manager and publisher. He had a wide circle of friends here who will sincerely regret to hear of his demise. After closing his newspaper business in this city he went to Montana, where he invested in a ranch, and commenced the herding of cattle. Charlie Jennison, of this city, followed him and was at his bedside when death took him. His life is so familiar with the residents of Bay City that the details are unnecessary. He was 33 years of age.

Mr. Birney was a gentleman of ability. He graduated at Williston seminary in 1868, and was in Cornell university for several months in 1872. His wife is residing in Springfield, Mass., with her mother, where he is expected to go in a few weeks. His body will be buried at Fort Keogh till the arrival of his parents from Europe, when it will be brought to Greenwood cemetery in Brooklyn, N.Y.

Additional Notes.

  • Arthur was a graduate of Cornell University, from 1870-71 he was editor of "The Cornell Era" newspaper.
  • Arthur held the position of deputy collector for the U.S. Internal Revenue Department. his Office was in Chronicle Building, w.s. of Water Street, bet. Fourth and Fifth streets, in Bay City.
  • Arthur worked as an editor for his father newspaper, the Bay City Chronicle around 1875. His father accepted a position as the position as Ministor to the Hague, at which time, Arhtur took over the business. The Chronicle sold to Tribune newspaper. In 1879, Arthur accompanied his father on a trip to Europe, when he returned 8 months later, he uprooted himself and went to Montana. In Montana he became the a postmaster in Custer Co., and the located of the post office was named after him, to the location is Birney, Rosebud Co., Montana..
  • Charles W. Jennison is buried at Kalispell, MT.
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Birney, James (father)
People Referenced
Birney, James (father) Birney, James G. (g-father)
Burtram, C.S.
Jennison, Charles
Subjects Referenced
Bay City, MI
Brooklyn, NY
Chronical newspaper
Cornell Univ.
Fort Keogh, MT
Greenwood cemetery
Minneapolis Journal
Montana Territory
Springfield, MA
Williston seminary
Internet References
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