Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis (1858 – 1940) Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Francis Eugene McGinnis (1891 – 1961) John Charles McGinnis (1894 – 1944) Alice Gaffney (McGinnis) Schiavon (1895 – 1963) Some time during the late 1930s, the now-adult McGinnis children: Benita, Alice (my maternal grandmother), Gene, and John, gathered at the family home at 8336 Drexel … Continue reading "Friday’s Faces from the Past: McGinnis Family Portrait"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, Milwaukee, Wisconsin When my great-aunt Detty, or Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, was born 125 years ago this week (September 30, 1889) in Conneaut, Ohio, I doubt her parents had any idea their daughter would be so passionate about the arts and making her mark on the world. But … Continue reading "Thankful Thursday: A Passion for Creating"
Phillip Eugene “Bud” McCormick (1927 – 2004) Benita Jane “Janie” (McCormick) Olson (1927 – 2011) Joan (Schiavon) Huesca (1928 – 1987) My great-aunt “Detty,” or Benita (McGinnis) McCormick, and her younger sister (my grandmother, Alice (McGinnis) Schiavon), lived several blocks apart on the South side of Chicago, both from each other and from their mother, Mary Jane (Gaffney) … Continue reading "Not-So-Wordless Wednesday: It’s All Relative"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Phillip C. McCormick (1892 – 1981) Phil McCormick had found someone special in Benita McGinnis, and he was not about to let her get away. On June 20, 1921, he went downtown to a diamond importer, August Rassweiler, where he selected a diamond engagement and wedding ring for … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: Not About to Let Her Get Away"
The Thomas and Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis Family What was going on in this picture? The best photos are sometimes the awkward ones, the ones that went slightly wrong and no one did what they were “supposed” to do. The time would have been about 1920 or so. Imagine the McGinnises, sitting comfortably at the … Continue reading "(Almost) Wordless Wednesday: Awkward Family Photo"
Making Memories Around the Table Left to right: John Charles McGinnis Mary Jane (Gaffney) McGinnis, Alice McGinnis, Thomas Eugene McGinnis, (John’s wife) Edith (Hoag) McGinnis, cousin Eileen Kelly, and Benita McGinnis. Photo taken at the McGinnis home, 8336 Drexel Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, sometime between 1914 and 1920. Like many a family in the early twentieth century, my … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: Sunday Dinner"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) “Baby Maureen” is the only person we can (partially) identify in these pictures. Here she is, with (possibly) her parents and another man. Might her mother be cousin Bessie Quinn? More Mystery Cousins! As with the other photographs we’ve seen recently on this site, these come from … Continue reading "Friday’s Faces from the Past: More Irish Mystery Cousins"
Benita (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Benita McGinnis, about 24 years old, on the Cunard ocean liner R.M.S. Franconia, 1913. Sometimes I have to pinch myself when I look at these photos of my great-aunt Benita in Europe and realize they were taken exactly 100 years ago. After finishing her studies … Continue reading "Traveling Tuesday: Benita Goes to Europe"
I was a third grader at Saint Philip Neri Elementary Schoolin Chicago, Illinois, when the principal’s voice came over the public address system, announcing that President John F. Kennedy had been shot in Dallas. She asked all the classes to stop what they were doing and join in prayer for our president. It was just … Continue reading "The Day JFK Was Shot"
Thomas Eugene McGinnis (1855 – 1927) Benita Elizabeth (McGinnis) McCormick (1889 – 1984) Sisters, Alice and Benita McGinnis, Chicago, Illinois, about 1905. I love this portrait of the young McGinnis sisters, which I found in my grand aunt Benita … Continue reading "Wishful Wednesday: A Father and Daughter’s Hopes and Dreams"