1032 HISTORY OF SOUTHEAST MISSOURI
William C. Harty, a merchant at Bloomfield, was born in Stoddard County, Mo., July 1, 1844, and is the son of Andrew J. and Elizabeth (McComb) Harty, the father a native of Bollinger County, Mo., and the mother of Belleville, Ill. The grandfather, Daniel Harty, immigrated to Bollinger County, Mo., at a very early day, and to Stoddard County over half a century ago. He was a soldier in the War of 1812, and died in this county in 1859. Andrew J. Harty was a native-born Missourian. He was reared to farm life on his father’s place and came with him to Stoddard County, when he was yet a boy. Here he grew to manhood and spent the remainder of his days in this county. He died in 1876. The mother died in 1884. They were the parents of a large family, only five now surviving: William C., Amanda (wife of T.J. McDowell), Frank, Sarah (wife of Thomas Fortner) and Sophia (wife of Samuel Wammack). William C. Harty was reared to farm life and remained with his parents until he became of age. In 1868 he married Miss Susan Moore, who bore him eight children, five now living: Alfred, Dora, Elizabeth, Robert and Willie. After marriage Mr. Harty engaged in farming and continued this occupation until 1876, when he moved to Bloomfield, and there he has since resided. He was tax collector of Stoddard County for ten successive years, and was elected county treasurer in 1886, which position he still occupies. While living on the farm he was constable for two years and tax assessor for four years. This it is seen that the most of Mr. Harty’s life has been spent in office. In February, 1864, he enlisted in Company A, State militia, and served until July 12, 1865. He is a prominent citizen of Stoddard County, is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.