McCourtney & sons
movers of houses, churches, grain elevators, barns,
a ferry boat, and more
McCourtney & sons
You name it, Charlie McCourtney and his three sons moved it. Houses, churches, grain elevators, barns, and even, by report, a ferry boat built by Sam Roberts of Brownville, Nebraska, which Charlie put into the water for him. Enjoy these fantastic and unusual photographs.
charlie mccourtney's own house
January 1921. "Grain elevator, Pawnee City, Nebraska, moved over a hilly mile in subzero weather." Photo 584.
crossing the nemaha
Photo 583. Moving a house over the Nemaha river south of Falls City; McCourtney made the bridge. He "cabled" it down one bank and up the other. It is said that there were many people who wanted to see the house cross the bridge. McCourtney finished the bridge one afternoon and told people that he would be moving the house in the morning. However, he moved it that night as he did not want bystanders getting in the way.
the daniels' house south of table rock
a 32' x 52' church moved with "no cracks, no sags."
McCourtney moves a church. According to a note on the back of the photo, the church was "32 foot x 52 foot, loaded in 3 days, moved 6.5 miles over hills and bridges in one day. Mack and Ford trucks. Set on 14 foot basement near Falls city NE. Used 24 steel wheels 12” x 24”, no cracks, no sags.” Photo 583.
jennie english's house, near sabetha
On the back is an annotation: "Mrs. Jennie Ernigh. House on [road 5 miles from? ] Sabetha, KS. 8 foot 4” up. This photograph is owned by daughter of Bruce McCourtney. Photo 563.
moving st. joseph's parsonage in auburn. march 19, 1933.
crossing the bridge when you come to it - 8 miles sw of auburn
same house - sw of auburn
After an explosion of a Minneapolis steam engine . The back of the photo is annotated, “oiler explosion, return flu, Minneapolis, Burr, Neb. 1920, 1 man killed.” Photo 551.
some of the engines close up
McCourtney steam engines built in 1916 and 1914. According to an annotation on the back of the photo, the one on the left is a 50 HP case, No. 33661, built in 1916. The one on the right is a "16-48 HP Russell, No. 15546, built in 1914." Photo 72; the print date of the photo is 1965.
Labeled as "Bruce McCourtney and his little steam engine." Photo 588.
Taken about 1941, "18 H.P. Aultman-Taylor steam engine" now in a museum near 0Denver, Colorado. Photo 74.