ANTHONY WARFIELD MEANY


 

  A native son of the Golden State and an educator of prominence and influence in Merced is Anthony Warfield Meany, the principal of Merced High School and supervising principal of the Livingston High School. Mr. Meany is blessed by nature with a healthy mental and moral outlook on life and early in his career manifested a desire to enter upon a professional career; this desire was gratified largely through his own efforts. A son of the late Anthony J. Meany, he was born on March 24, 1882 in Merced... "Anthony Warfield Meany was reared in Merced and attended the public schools for his preliminary education, graduating from the high school in 1900. His father dying when he was a lad of one, he has but little recollection of him. Determined to get a good education he next entered the University of California at Berkeley, meanwhile working in warehouses during vacations to pay his own way. He was active in the student body at college and was on the track team for three years, was on the Blue and Gold staff and Rally committee and was a member of the Skull and Keys, and the Golden Bear, honor societies, and still holds his membership in the Kappa Alpha fraternity. He was graduated with honors in 1905 with the A.B. Degree. He took a position in a warehouse for a time, then spent three years as an employee of the Yosemite Valley Railroad during its construction. His next position was as bookkeeper for John R. Graham, where he remained until he began teaching in the Merced school in 1908; six years later he was appointed principal of the high school when there were eight teachers and a student body of 150. This has been increased to twenty-seven teachers and a student body of 450 in Merced, and when Livingston branch was added the faculty was increased to thirty-five and the student body to 600. The new buildings have been erected since Mr. Meany has been in charge. "The marriage of A.W. Meany with Miss Kathryn Stradley, of New York, took place on July 6, 1914, and they have a daughter, Kathryn Christine. In politics Mr. Meany is a Democrat and served as chairman of the County Central Committee. He is an exempt fireman, having served as a volunteer of the Merced department for six years. Fraternally, he is a member of the Masons, the Elks and the Native Sons; and he is a member of the Rotary Club, the California State Teacher's Association and the California High School Principal's Association. During the war he was the County Food Administrator under Ralph Merritt, and served on the County Defense Committee and various Bond and Speaking Committees. As a citizen he is progressive and a champion of all measures for the benefit of his town, county and state. All in all he is a man of whom his city may be justly proud." Merced Sun-Star Obit 10 May 1944: "A prominent and colorful character died in Mercy hospital Thursday afternoon at 2:55 in the person of A.W. Meany, 62, who had been principal of Merced Union High School for 30 years. Funeral services will be conducted by the Merced lodge of Elks in Mission Chapel, Ivers and Alcorn, Thursday morning at 10:30. Burial will be made at the family plot in Knights of Pythias Cemetery. Death was due to complications following a heart attack which had undermined his health. He retired from active leadership of the high school in March in an effort to regain his health. "Anthony Warfield Meany was born March 24, 1892, the son of pioneer residents of this city. He was born in the Meany home on 14th Street, which at that time was known as Snellingville. Warfield Meany was among the early graduates from Merced High School, completing his course in 1900. He graduated from the University of California in 1905. While attending college, he was a member of the track team, member of the Blue and Gold staff and affiliated with Skull and Keys. As a young man, 'Warf' spent years as an employee of the Yosemite Valley railroad during its construction. Later he was bookkeeper for John R. Graham remaining until 1908 when he began teaching. "In 1914 he was appointed principal of the high school. On July 6, 1914, he was married to Miss Katheryn Stradley who survives with two daughters, Kathryn Christine and Marilyn Jane. The latter is taking a pre-medical course at Mills college, and the former is at home with her mother. Meany was a charter member of the Merced Elks lodge and its senior past exalted ruler. He also was a member of Yosemite lodge Free and Accepted Masons and the Native Sons. "In addition to being principal of the high school, Meany was president of the Merced Building and Loan association. He served on the selective service board here in 1940. During the first world war he served as a member of the county defense committee. When Meany was appointed principal his faculty totaled eight members and a student body enrollment of 150. At the time of his retirement there were 41 teachers and 1100 students." 

History of Merced County 1925 by John Outcalt (p. 585)

Contributed by: Carol Lackey