Biographical Database of NAWSA Suffragists, 1890-1920
Biography of Annabel M. McCreery Rooney, 1875-1947
By Mary Gerges, student researcher, University of Montana, Missoula, Montana and Thomas Dublin
Clubwoman, suffrage supporter
Annabel M. McCreery was born February 17, 1875 in Plainfield, Illinois. Her parents were Charles H. McCreery and Josephine E. Frazier McCreery. The 1940 census reported that she had attended college for two years. In 1900 she married Dr. Arthur Patrick Rooney; five years later she gave birth to their daughter, Pearl Josephine Rooney. The U.S. Census reports the Rooneys living in the town of Harlem in Montana from 1910 to 1940. Her husband was recorded as a physician in the 1910 and 1920 censuses. Shortly after the 1920 census Arthur passed away as a result of complications related to gallbladder surgery in Rochester, Minnesota, leaving Annabel a widow with a fifteen-year-old daughter. In 1930 Annabel, now a 54-year-old widow, lived with her 24-year old daughter. Annabel was recorded as a farmer and her daughter as a court stenographer. The family took in a 26-year old male teacher as a lodger. By 1940, her daughter no longer lived with her, she was list4ed without an occupation, and again she had a single, male lodger, this time a printer.
Rooney was the president of the Harlem Woman's Study Club. She was elected as recording secretary of the Montana Federation of Women's Clubs, the state affiliate of the General Federation of Women's Clubs, at the organization's annual meeting in Helena in 1907. In 1914, Rooney was credited with being “especially active” in the successful statewide campaign for woman suffrage. She continued on as president of the Harlem Woman's Study Club until at least 1916. A 1930 newspaper article notes that she had been installed as an officer of a women's fraternal organization in Harlem, The Eastern Star.
Rooney died August 28, 1947, in Toole County, Montana.
"Annabel M. McCreery Rooney (1875-1947),” Find A Grave Memorial. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/149704595/annabel-m.-rooney.
“Federation of Woman's Clubs,” Fergus County Argus (Lewistown, Mont.), July 02, 1909, p. 3. Montana Newspapers. http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/sn84036228/1909-07-02/ed-1/seq-3/#date1=1883&city=&rows=20&words=A Mrs P Rooney&searchType=basic&sequence=0&index=0&date2=2015&proxtext=mrs. a.p. rooney&page=1.
Harper, Ida Husted, ed. History of Woman Suffrage. Vol. 6. (National American Woman Suffrage Association, 1922). [LINK]
Edinger, Annabel. “The Biennial Plan and Plans.” Montana Woman (May 1932), p. 68. Montana Memory Project. http://mtmemory.org/cdm/compoundobject/collection/p16013coll68/id/1189/rec/34.
“Harlem,” Havre Herald, September 9, 1908, p. 5. Chronicling America. https://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn84036162/1908-09-09/ed-1/seq-5/#date1=1836&index=0&rows=20&words=A Mrs P Rooney&searchType=basic&sequence=0&state=Montana&date2=1922&proxtext=mrs. a.p. rooney&y=3&x=15&dateFilterType=yearRange&page=1
Official Register and Directory of Women's Clubs in Americas, Vol. XVIII (1916), p. 130. Google Books. https://books.google.com/books?id=cXwfAQAAIAAJ&pg=PA130&lpg=PA130&dq=mrs.%2Ba.p.%2Brooney%2Bharlem&source=bl&ots=PK5c54-ZRh&sig=hX2ZX1k00h6lSVaSRYdzq_s-P0A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiB6v3bo7vZAhXlx4MKHQCJDAQQ6AEIKTAA#v=onepage&q=mrs.%20a.p.%20rooney%20harlem&f=false.
U.S. Census, 1910, 1920, 1930 and 1940. Ancestry.com.
“Eastern Star Installs,” Great Falls (MT) Tribune, 24 Jan. 1930, p. 9.