Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis (1858 – 1940) The front of this holy card, now faded reads, “Show us Thy face, and we shall be saved.” My maternal great-grandmother, Mary Jane “Janie” McGinnis, died at 7:15 in the morning of July 13, 1940, at the home of her eldest child, Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, of pernicious … Continue reading "Funeral Card Friday: Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis"
Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis: (1858 – 1940) Friends and sometimes complete strangers often dropped by Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis’ home during the 1920s and 30s, hungry for a meal or even advice. Janie gave both quietly and generously, never asking for anything in return. She was a fervent follower of the Golden Rule: Do … Continue reading "Wisdom Wednesday: Wise and Loving Matriarch"
Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis (1858 – 1940) My great- grandmother, Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis, wearing a dress she made for her engagement. Conneaut, Ohio, circa 1884. Known for her generous heart and her delicious pies, Mary Jane McGinnis held a special place in the memories of her descendants who knew her. My mother, Joan Joyce … Continue reading "Talented Tuesday: Domestic Goddess"
Map shows the walking route that sisters Alice (McGinnis) Schiavon (House “A”) and Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (House “B”) might have taken to visit each other’s families in 1940 Chicago, Illinois. (Courtesy Google Maps, 2012) Visiting the 1940s Chicago of the Schiavon and the McCormick families, we can see the beginnings of a decade of change for … Continue reading "Mappy Monday: The Schiavons and the McCormicks in the 1940 Census"
Joan Schiavon (1928 – 1987) Sixth Grade April 1940 Dixon Elementary School, Chicago, Illinois My mother, Joan Schiavon, at 11 1/2 years old, must have known we’d be looking for her one day, as she circled her face in pen, second row, far left. Copyright © 2012 … Continue reading "Wordless Wednesday: Joan Schiavon at Dixon School"
Starring… Phillip “Buddy” McCormick (1927 – 2004) Jane (McCormick (1927 – 2011) and Joan Schiavon (1928 – 1987) Cover of the program for the one act play, “Darby and Joan,” presented by the Medinah Children’s Theatre My mother, Joan Schiavon, always loved drama and musicals. An imaginative little girl, she spent hours playing with her cousins, … Continue reading "Those Places Thursday: The Medinah Children’s Theatre"
In a snapshot of Ralph and Alice Schiavon and their two children, five year-old Thomas and 21-month-old Joan, the 1930 United States Census shows us that less than a year after the stock market crash of 1929, the Great Depression had not fully impacted the family yet. On April 8th of that year, we can … Continue reading "Looking Back: The Schiavons in the 1930 Census"
Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca 1928 – 1987 In her own words (Part Nine) My mother with Santa Claus, about 1931, Chicago In this final episode from her (unfinished) book, Joan Joyce Schiavon Huesca: an Autobiography, my mother remembers her life as a child of the Great Depression in Chicago, Illinois. The footnote at … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday: Simple Pastimes of Times Past"
Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca 1928 – 1987 In her own words (Part Eight) In the episode that follows from her (unfinished) book, Joan Joyce Schiavon Huesca: an Autobiography, my mother recounts a poignant memory of the wise way her father, Ralph Schiavon, understood that sometimes the fearful anticipation of a consequence for one’s actions … Continue reading "Wisdom Wednesday: The Spanking that Never Was"
Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca 1928 – 1987 My mother, Joan Schiavon, 10 years old, at Dixon School, Chicago, Illinois, 1938. In her own words (Part Seven) My mother, Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca, was quite the storyteller all her life, a skill most likely passed down by her Irish ancestors, the Quinns, McCoys, Gaffneys, and … Continue reading "Talented Tuesday: A Knack for Mischief"