The Frank V. and Bula A. Carney Memorial Fund, which was established in 2003, was created to assist elderly persons and their dependents within the city and adjoining townships of St. Clair, who are in financial need and to provide them with assistance that will allow them to continue to live in their present home or place of residence, or assist them with needed medical care that they would be otherwise unable to provide for themselves.
Dr. Frank V. Carney was born in LaGrange, Indiana on October 24, 1885. He attended LaGrange High School graduating in 1905 and after teaching five years in elementary school in LaGrange he entered the Detroit College of Medicine, graduating in 1915.
Dr. Carney came to St. Clair in 1915 to practice medicine. Then duty called and he spent 13 months in the Medical Corps during World War I. He returned to St. Clair where he remained the rest of his life.
At the time of his death he was completing his 15th term as Mayor of St. Clair. He died of a heart attack during lung surgery.
Dr. Carney was a quiet but very active man dedicated to his town ‘St. Clair’. Not only was he Mayor for 15 terms, but also served four years as alderman. In addition, he was a member of the school board for 24 years, active in three hospitals – St. Clair, Mercy, and Port Huron. He actively worked for better schools, roads, hospitals, city hall, fire hall, park improvements and the rebuilding of the Methodist Church and other city improvements too numerous to mention.
Dr. Carney rests in LaGrange, Indiana, the home of his birth. Funeral services were held in St. Clair and LaGrange. The city of St. Clair was so proud of their beloved Mayor that a plaque was commissioned and placed on his grave-site in honor of all he had done for his town, St. Clair.