Joan Joyce (Schiavon) Huesca (1928 – 1987) 1928 was a year of prosperity, hope, and bravado. It was the middle of the Prohibition era, and Calvin Coolidge was president of the United States. The U.S., along with 14 other countries, signed the Kellogg-Briand Pact, also known as the Pact of Paris, a treaty that condemned … Continue reading "Born Going Up in the World"
Ralph Schiavon Halcyon Days (Third of a four part series about my maternal great-grandfather) A self-made man, my grandfather, Ralph Schiavon, was not afraid of anyone. Not even “Scarface” Al Capone. In the late 1920s, Ralph was working as a supervisor for the Internal Revenue Service and lived on the South Side of Chicago with … Continue reading "Ralph Schiavon – Part Three: Halcyon Days"
Alice Gaffney (McGinnis) Schiavon Born June 14, 1895, in Conneaut, Ohio Died January 1, 1963, in Chicago, Illinois My beloved grandmother, Alice (McGinnis) Schiavon, was a bit of a rebel. Charming, but a rebel nonetheless. As a child, she did not want to go to school. She would line up in the morning … Continue reading "Alice Gaffney (McGinnis) Schiavon"