CHARLES J. McKENNA, county auditor, who since 1901 has been a resident of Fort Worth, was born in Toledo, Ohio, a son of John and Mary (Sullivan) McKenna. His father was for many years a citizen of Toledo and there his death occurred, while the mother still makes her home in that city.
Charles J. McKenna was reared in Toledo and acquired his education in its public schools. Having a natural ability in mathematical lines he became an expert accountant and among other positions of a responsible nature that he held in his native city wast hat of assistant city auditor, in which position he served for three years. He came to Fort Worth in 1901 and has since made his home here. For some time he was connected with the Rock Island system as commercial agent, while subsequently he took charge of the bookkeeping and accounting of the Rosenbaum Grain Company at Fort Worth, which position he was appointed to the position of county auditor of Tarrant county by the board of county commissioners. This is a recently created office, established for the auditor in a county having a city of more than twenty-five thousand population. Mr. McKenna’s previous experience well equipped him for the office, and has enabled him to systematize and properly conduct affairs of the position. Everything connected with the office is now working smoothly and his promptness and fidelity are notable features in his official service. A charter member of the local lodge of Elks, he is popular with his brethren of the fraternity and is well known in social and business circles here where his personal traits of character and ability have gained him recognition and secured for him warm and favorable regard.
Source: B. B. Paddock, History and Biographical Record of North and West Texas, Vol. II (Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1906), p. 75.