Hugh J. Rooney is one of the well known and capable attorneys of Plymouth, Wisconsin, where he is successfully engaged in the general practice of his profession. He was born August 13, 1871, in Mitchell township, Sheboygan county, and is the son of James and Catharine (Murphy) Rooney. The father was born in County Sligo, Ireland, May 12, 1833, and the mother was also a native of that country, her birth having occurred in County Carlow, November 8, 1842. The paternal grandfather, John Rooney, was a native of County Sligo, Ireland, and with his family emigrated to America in 1840, settling first at Port Jervis, New Jersey, and later removing to Akron, Ohio. In 1856 he came to Wisconsin and located on government land in Mitchell township, Sheboygan county. On that land he established his home and there continued to remain during the balance of his life, his death occurring in 1876.
James Rooney, the father of our subject, was reared in his parents' home and received his early education in the schools of Wisconsin. In early manhood he was engaged in work on his father's farm and in 1874 he removed to Plymouth, where he established himself in the wholesale liquor business, in which he continued for a period of thirteen years. In 1887 he disposed of his business in Plymouth and returned to his farm in Mitchell township. He later retired from farming and in 1905 established his residence in Plymouth and there continued to live until the time of his death, which occurred on February 11, 1911. Mr. Rooney while a resident of Mitchell township was for some time superintendent of public schools and during his residence in Plymouth he served in the office of justice of the peace. He was one of the well known and prominent citizens of Sheboygan county. Of his children four grew to maturity: Hugh J., of this review; John, residing on the old homestead; Agnes, of Plymouth; and Frances, the wife of Dr. Edward Cooney, of Appleton.
Hugh J. Rooney was reared in his father's home and received his early education in the public schools of Wisconsin. After having passed through the lower grades he was later graduated from the high school at Plymouth, Immediately following his graduation he was engaged for several years in educational work as a teacher, after which he attended the law school at the University of Wisconsin and was graduated from that institution with the degree of B. L. in the class of 1893. Following his graduation from the law department of the State University he located his office at Plymouth, since which time he has continued there engaged in the general practice of law.
Mr. Rooney was united in marriage in 1901 to Miss Emma Meyer, a daughter of Martin and Eliza (Braun) Meyer. The paternal grandfather of Mrs. Rooney, Andrew Meyer, was born in Bavaria, Germany, in the year 1821 and emigrated with his mother to America in 1846, settling in Washington county, Wisconsin. His father died in Bavaria and Andrew Meyer was the only son in his family. On reaching Washington county, Wisconsin, he established his residence at Germantown and was there engaged in farming for the immediate eleven years following. In 1857 he moved to Lyndon township, in Sheboygan county, and later to Plymouth, where he lived retired until the time of his death, which occurred in 1891. He was twice married, his first union being with Anna Schmidt, and to them ten children were born, of whom Martin Meyer, the father of Mrs. Rooney, was second in order of birth. He was later united in wedlock to Mrs. Louise Kirst and to that union three children were born.
Martin Meyer was born in Germantown, Washington county, Wisconsin, January 27, 1849. He was reared in his parents' home and received his elementary education in the public schools, later becoming a pupil in the German schools of Lyndon township. He started in life for himself before the age of eighteen and in 1876 he purchased one hundred and twenty acres of land upon which he established his home and was there engaged in general farming. He was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Braun, who was born May 19, 1854, and is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Braun, the Braun family being among the very early settlers of Sheboygan county. Mr. and Mrs. Meyer are still living and to them six children have been born, of whom Mrs. Rooney is the third in order of birth. Mr. Meyer is one of the substantial and highly esteemed farmers of Plymouth township and at one time served as a member of the board of supervisors. Mr. and Mrs. Rooney are the parents of two children, Mildred and Marion.
Hugh J. Rooney is an attorney whose reputation for integrity and efficient service is well known throughout his part of the state. He is deeply interested in any public measure having for its purpose the advancement and improvement of the people of his state and county and is at present serving in the office of commissioner for Sheboygan county.
Information gathered and adapted from History of Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, Past and Present
Carl Zillier, Editor
Pubished by The S.J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1912, Chicago, IL