Perry Kearney Otero County, New Mexico

Perry Kearney, proprietor of a mercantile establishment at Cloudcroft, was born and reared in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He came to New Mexico in 1878, making his way to Black Ranch in Lincoln County, where he accepted the position of foreman of the cattle interests upon that place. Later he removed to La Luz in 1881 and began the cattle business on his own account, continuing at that point for seven years, when he disposed of his cattle there. He afterward turned his attention to general farming and ranching, in which he continued successfully until 1898, when he came to Cloudcroft and opened a general mercantile store. Here he has since remained, selling his ranch to the railroad company. He, however, owns real estate in Alamogordo and a good property in Cloudcroft. He has a well-equipped store, carefully selecting his goods to meet the varied tastes of the general public, and has a gratifying patronage here.

Mr. Kearney is an active supporter of the Republican Party and its principles and is a member of the Alamogordo lodge of Masons. Identified with interests of the southwest through more than a quarter of a century he has been an interested witness of the changes that have occurred as the County has emerged from pioneer conditions and left behind the evidences of frontier life, taking on all of the advantages and improvements of modern civilization. He is associated in the work of general development and manifests a public-spirited interest in every movement and measure for the general good.

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Source: History of New Mexico, Its Resources and People, Volume II, Pacific States Publishing Co., 1907.

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