The Montana Standard from Butte, Montana on December 15, 1969 · Page 1
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2—Montana Standard M<»d»y. December 15, 1969 Cahill-Mooney Construction has built its last structure By WILLIAM J. CLARK Standard Staff Writer The CahiH-Mooney Construction Co., once Montana's largest builder of commercial and industrial structures, is no more. The chug and whir of heavy machines can be heard no longer; the whine of the saw and the bang of the hammer are stilled. The company's sizable stock of large equipment has been sold to other contracting enterprises, and the personnel, from superintendents to day laborers, is dispersed. ALL THAT remains is the company's founder and president, twinkly-eyed Dan Mooney, with a part-lime secretary to handle the phone and keep his golf schedule straight. Dan Mooney doesn't build things any more, but nevertheless he shows up every weekday morning at 9 o'clock at his tiny office in a warehouse behind Eddy's Bakery. From this unpretentious setting, Mooney manages his numerous properties and keeps tab on his various investments. These and his golf — he gets in a round or two every playable day at (he Butte Country Club — give him just about the right amount of activity for a fellow looking forward to his 72nd birthday next May -14. "I'm a 26 handicap player," he admits. "My game never gets any worse from year to year, and it never gets any better, either." ONE CAN readily see Daniel Joseph Mooney is blessed with one of the most delightful senses of humor around. He was born in Dover, N. J., son of Daniel F. and Elizabeth Ryan Mooney. He was a mere six weeks old when an uncle, Ryan, persuad ed the Mooneys to migrate to Butte. Neither Dan Mooney nor Butt* has ever been sorry about it. Mooney, in company of others in his organization, has left many a mark on Montana and the Mining City in particular. As a youngster Mooney did the ordinary Butte Irish things, like attending old Central High, trying for the football team and getting jobs for himself. One of the jobs was running the elevator in the five-story Silver Bow Block on West Granite. That's where the famed I. G.' Denny Law School was busy teaching the rudiments and fine points of law to youths eager to sit at the knee of the learned Blackstone. As the elevator jockey, young Mooney rubbed elbows and swapped pleasantries with individuals who later, like he himself, were to leave their imprints on Butte. Among them were the late H. L. Maury, Pete Breen, Mark Doepker, William B. "Scotty" Frame and Al G. Shone. THE I. Dan Mooney G. DENNY school was an after-hours or extra- time sort of institution. The students had to have daytime jobs to help support their families or to possess walking-around mon- ej. The enterprising Mooney determined he would not care to be an elevator pilot forever, so he enrolled in a correspondence ; Anytime You Miss Your Newspaper, Call 792-8301 CIRCULATION DEPT. Before 11 A.M. Montana Standard Entered and published dally el 25 W. Granite St., Butle, Montana, 5?701. Second Class Postage Paid at Buttt. Publication offices in Butte, Mont., at 25 W. Granite; Anaconda, Mont., 121 Mdn. DAILY AND SUNDAY (By Carrier) Per Month M*ll Subscriptions in Montana Dally and sunoay 1 Mo. 3 Mos. < M«9. 1 Yr. 12.10 M.OO Sll.SO 123.00 Dally Only tl.43 U7S S 9.25 917.50 Dill Circulation Drat. 7TJUOI I .15 Sunday only «7.25 I <.00 Man Sltocrlplloni— All Dally and Sunday JMM. «M»s. ti.50 J1J30 Dally Only J5.00 t 7.SO S2.25 t .15 Sunday Only S2.25 S '.00 t 7.50 The combination subscription price of the Montana standard with the Anaconda Standard by carrier in Ana conda and paid In Mvance u: IMonttl ..". I MO 1 Yaar *»•«• Mall subscription Rate* In Montana wllti Anaconda Standard and Payabk In Advtne* lYr. 135.00 lYr. (27.00 1 Yr. 121.50 Dally and Sunday »Mos. 3 M«. 113.00 * S75 Dally Only 110.75 t5.50 IMo. IZ.35 ll.SO OMsMt Montana Dally and Sunday • Mos. 3 MOS. $14.00 < 7.25 I Mos. 3 Mas. 111.21 t i.n Dally only IMo. t 2.50 IMo. t 2.00 course offered by LaSalle Extension University, Chicago. His bag was accounting. It was to stand him in good stead. Meanwhile, the youtWul Mooney had to eat, so he kept books for somebody on the side and found time to become a motorman-conductor for the Butte Electric Street Railway C. In 1922 he jumped the cars for a bookkeeping job with Carl J. Nepper, a Butte contractor. The Great Depression hit, and Nepper retired. Mooney and Melvin D. "Mike" Cahill, who also worked for Nepper, picked up the contracting thing in 1933 and formed the Cahill-Mooney Construction Co. Cahill was a roofer. He died in 1946, but Dan Mooney and the surviving associates retained the name. The business continued to flourish. BEFORE CAHILt'S death and afterward, Cahill-Mooney grew as cities and the state grew. Consider some of the major projects carried to completion: Montana Tech Library- M u s e u m, Prudential Federal Savings & Loan, Silver Bow General Hospital, Immaculate Conception Church, Safeway Stores Distribution Center, Eddy's Bakery, East Junior High School, Montana Standard, Montana Power remodeling, Kennedy and Whittier Schools, Silver Bow County Airport chalet, First Metals Bank & Trust, Girls Central High, Mountain Bell Telephone, Stauffer Chemical additions, Anaconda Co. concentrator expansion, Naval Reserve Training Center, all in Butte. Casper, Wyo., Air Force Base, perhaps C-M's biggest single job; concentrator facilities at the chrome mines near Columbus, Anaconda Co. Forest Products Plant at Bonner, zinc plant in Anaconda for the Anaconda Co., Deaconess Hospital and YMCA in B i 11 i n g s, telephone buildings ir. Anaconda, Billings and Deer Lodge, schools in Billings,- Helena, Dillon, Anaconda and Lewistown, major structures for the state in Butte, Warm Springs, Galen, Boulder and Helena, Eagles Lodge quarters in Lewistown, a Naval Reserve Training Center in Billings, the Federal Reserve Bank in Helena, Northern Pacific power plant in Billings, Montana State Liquor Warehouse in Helena, dormito- 'ries in Warm Springs, various freight terminals in Butte, Missoula and Billings, and the Marshall Wells Hardware warehouse in Billings. TOP ALL THOSE with several highway structures — bridges, underpasses and overpasses for the highway department in several sections of Montana. Cahill-Mooney was a big outfit. Dan Mooney has been one of those busy guys who never was too busy to take on something else. His community credits make quite a list: Past president, Montana Contractors Association; past vice president and director of Power and Communication Contractors Association, and the same for the Butte Country Club and the Butte Chamber of Commerce Except for his own firm ant the state contractors' group, he contrived never to let himsell president of anything, but his hand was busy regardless. He was crusade director in 1959 of the Montana Cancer Society. His memberships are as long as your arm: National Labor Committee ol the National Associated General Contractors; National Advisory C o m m i 11 e e of the Montana Small Business Administration; Legislative Committee of t h e National Associated Genera Contractors; President's Committee under John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, a group charged with fund raising; Governor's Committee ot Economic Advisers; Exchange Club, where he is a past president; Navy League; Girls Cen tral High's advisory board. He is a life member of Butte Elks Lodge 240. NOT LOIfG AGO it came time for him, he felt, to leave the contracting field. Even so he says he will continue to "lis ten for opportunities" to engagi in joint ventures having to do with financing. He just retired from the First Metals Bank's board of directors, which he served for 10 years, but tha doesn't mean he has divorcee himself from finance. He likes the game. .Recently he sold Cahill-Moo ney's equipment to his longtime associate, Chester Johnson, who sold it in turn to a new Butte contracting firm called CMC This CMC is Consolidated Man a g e r s Construction, Inc. Per haps it's only a coinesidence the CMC were the initials of Cah ill-Mooney Construction. Dan Mooney is proud tha Cahill-Mooney never had a strike against it from 1933 to 1969. "Sometimes we were affectee indirectly by strikes agains some other company where we had part of the job," he re called, "but not against us pri marily. 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