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JAMES MOONEY is one of the early settlers of Cuero, Texas, and one of the most prominent citizens of this thriving village. He is one of those liberal, public-spirited, enterprising and executive men who have done so much to develop the resources of a new country and build up the interests of his adopted home. He was born in Ireland in 1820, and his parents, Thomas and Margaret (Morgan) Mooney, were natives of the same country. About 1836 the parents grew restive, bade adieu to friends and scenes long loved, and pitched the household tent in the metropolis of the United States. From the age of sixteen until 1844 our subject resided in New York City, and he there learned the machinist's trade. From there he went to Pennsylvania, and worked at his trade on railroad engines for some time. In the year 1856 he went to New Orleans and engaged with the Morgan Line of steamships, and was with the same for many years, being foreman of the ships in Algiers. In 1873 he came to Texas, where he had charge of the Gulf, Western & Texas Pacific Railroad, as Chief Engineer, for twenty-one years. When he came to Cuero only a few houses were in the place, and he has witnessed the wonder­ful changes that have taken place from that time to the present. He is now retired from the active duties of life, and has a pleasant home in that town. Mr. Mooney was married in 1838 to Miss Julia Garland, who died in 1894. Five children were born to this union: Margaret M., wife of John McCluskey, who resides in New Orleans; Thomas, Helen (deceased), Julia Ann, widow of G. W. Smith, and-- . Mr. Mooney and children are members of the Catholic Church. Cuero has been Mr. Mooney's home since the storm that destroyed Indianola in 1875. He was in the latter town at that time, and lost nearly all his possessions, barely escaping with his clothes. The rail­road shops, which were then located there, were also swept away, and rebuilt at Cuero, where our subject soon located and where he has since resided. He is universally respected and esteemed, and has a host of warm friends. For his reliability, industry and other excellent qualities Mr. Mooney was well liked by the steamship company, and on retiring was given a pension. He has accumulated a comfortable competency, and although approaching toward the close of a long, active, industrious and useful life, he has the satisfaction of knowing that he is highly esteemed by all his fellow citizens and that his character is without reproach