William J. Kearney, 1864
Died March 28, 1947
Attorney William J. Kearney was another prominent Albion citizen who served Homestead Loan and Building Association in various capacities. Kearney, born April 26, 1898, in Jackson, came to Albion in 1920, opening his law practice here. He served as Calhoun County assistant prosecutor from 1927 to 1930, and prosecuting attorney from 1931 to 1934. Kearney served as Albion city attorney from January 1939 to September 1941, and vice-president of Homestead from 1937 until his death. Kearney became Homestead’s attorney in 1926, replacing Edward R. Loud. His law offices were conveniently located above Homestead on the second floor of the Irwin Block. It was Kearney whodesigned many of the strategies that enabled Homestead’s customers to remain in their homes during the depression. He diedsuddenly of a heart attack on October 29, 1941, and was buried at RiversideCemetery.
Source: Frank Passic. Homestead Savings and Loan and the Builders of Albion: One Hundred Years of Service, 1889-1989. Albion, MI: Homestead Savings and Loan Association. 1988.