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Michael K. Moroney
(1836-1913)
Catherine Barry
(Abt 1837-1880)
Matej Bilek
(1830-1905)
Rosalie Kuthan
(Abt 1844-1895)
Michael P. Moroney
(1871-1923)
Elizabeth Bertha Bilek
(1872-1942)

Helen Catherine Moroney
(1903-2001)

 

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Spouses/Children:
James Harold Hegarty I

Helen Catherine Moroney 1

  • Born: 12 Jul 1903, Chicago, Cook, IL, USA 130
  • Marriage: James Harold Hegarty I on 2 Aug 1922 in Chicago, Illinois 151
  • Died: 10 Oct 2001, Wheaton, DuPage, IL, USA at age 98 1
  • Buried: Mt. Hope Cemetery, Cook County, IL, USA 1
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bullet  General Notes:

In order to determine what year her family broke with the Catholic church, I've examined all the First Communion records for All Saints and found none for this family, although I see some for first cousins.

Famous Moroney kidnaping case of Mary Agnes Moroney, daughter of Michael & Catherine Moroney. Kidnapping took place in 1930. In 1952, Michael & Catherine have 7 other children. Others are named Anastasia, Catherine, Michael, Patrick, William, George, and Harold (age 7). Mary Agnes was 2 when kidnapped. I see in the 1930 census the family is living at 5200 Wentworth Ave., with head of house Michael working for the railroad as a fireman. That's 5.6 miles from Helen Moroney Hegarty and her babies James Harold II and Belle (approx. same age as Mary Agnes).

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bullet  Noted events in her life were:

Birth Record. Photo of paperwork that says birth record was never found.

Baptism, 9 Aug 1903, Cook County. 104 At All Saints Church, 2542 S. Wallace, Chicago by Rev. M.D. Hennessey.

Baptized in All Saints Church, 2542 S. Wallace, Chicago, IL on Aug. 9, 1903 but the document showed birthdate as July 17, not July 12. Her school records say her birthday was either July 12 or July 17. Her sponsors were Matthew Moroney and Sister M. Cecilia. Priest was M.D. Hennessey.

Religion: Catholic, 1903. 132

Residence, 18 Apr 1908, 2918 Emerald Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 92 This address was listed on son Harold's birth cert. The person who filled out Harold's birth cert certainly couldn't spell with a darn. She spelled Harold "Harld", Emerald Ave. is "Emarald", so did she get this house number correct? I'm not sure. The census for 1910 has them living nearby so this could be wrong.

Residence, 20 Apr 1910, 2915 Emerald Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 152 Living here were Michael Moroney, wife Elizabeth, John Viskocil (Elizabeth's son by her first marriage), Tessie, Clarabelle, Helen, Harold, and some other families by the name of Vesely, Williams, McGre??ra, and Fitzmorris.
Ward 4, Enumeration District 264, Sheet 9

Religion: Mennonite, 1914. 1

Residence: 2929 Wallace, Chicago, Cook, IL. 153

Residence, 1916 on, 2920 Wallace Street, Chicago, Cook, IL. 80,154 The photo of Gram with Tessie & Claire standing indoors next to a wallpapered wall has this written on the back in possibly Helen's younger writing: Helen Morony, (sic) 2920 Wallace. Can that address be correct? The writing appears to be quite old and in a somewhat child-like script.

Religion: Baptist.

Graduation: Healy School, Feb 1918, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 8,155 Paperwork from Chgo Brd of Ed says she graduated from Healy school after having attended since the 1908-1909 school year. Healy was a grammar school through eighth grade at that time. Home addresses for Helen included 2934 Poplar, 2915 & 2918 Emerald Ave., and 2929 & 2920 Wallace. Info was requested of Helen 4-7-1971 to help obtain birth certificate. Her name is listed in the "Admissions to the High School Department" published by the Chicago Public Schools.

From info from Chicago Public Library, downtown branch, Healy School in 1914-15 enrolled 1,265. Average daily attendance was 1,068.5. Average number of students per teacher was 44.

Residence, 6 Jan 1920, 3920 Wallace Street, Chicago, Cook, IL. 14 Living here were Elizabeth Moroney (head), her son John, daughters Tessie, Claribelle, Helen, and son Harold and son-in-law Clarence Nettleton. They were renting.

Residence, 1925, 6416 S. Washtenau, Chicago, Cook, IL. 156

Religion: Lutheran, Abt 1929.

Residence, 7-7-1927 to Dec 1948, 3520 W. 62nd Pl., Chicago, Cook, IL. 3,87 Sold for $12,500. Moved from this address to 10642 Talman.
From 1930 census: Living here are James H., Helen C., James H Jr., and Clarabelle A. They owned the house and it was worth $9,000. (Second most expensive house on that page of the census.) Jim was an office clerk at an auto "plant" (?) They owned a radio. Listed as Jim having been married at age 21, Helen at 20.

Residence, 13 Apr 1940, 3520 W. 62nd Pl., Chicago, Cook, IL. 6 Living here are James Hegarty as head; wife Helen; children James Jr., and Belle.

Employment: R.R. Donnelly. 1 Gram worked for the "phone book" company. She would tell of eating her lunch on the rocks of the front lawn of the company, which used to be beachfront. The beach was right there until the city filled in the large area that now spans between the RR Donnelly company and Lake Michigan. Belle Radcliffe thinks she worked there right after she finished with her schooling, between then and getting married.

Employment: Liquid Carbonic, WWII. 1 Gram worked here after the start of WWII. Her daughter, Belle, was about 11 years old. She worked in the "tabulating" department, which was punchcards. (key punch)

I remember Gram having Liquid Carbonic vanilla in her cabinets into the 1970s or later. She thought it was good stuff.

Residence, 12-1948 to ?, 10642 S. Talman, Chicago. 87

Religion: Christian Science.

Residence, 30 Jul 1949, 10860 S. Church St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 157

Residence: 10860 S. Church St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 1 They lived in this bungalow's attic apartment while 10642 S. Talman was being built. WWII caused the housing shortage, so it took a long time for their house to be built. They lived at this address maybe two years.

Residence, 4-1953 until about 1987, 460 Brookwood Dr., Olympia Fields, Cook, IL. 1 They built this house, a yellow brick ranch which was on a double lot until the late 1970's. Phone number was Pilgrim 8-0203.

Entertainment: Chicago Lawn Women's Club. 158

Medical: Color Blind. 1 Who could forget the argument she and sister Claire had about whether or not her hat was purple or green. Gram (Helen) refused to acknowledge that she saw colors differently than others, but of course we all knew she did.

Entertainment: Treasurer, 3rd Dist. IL Fed. of Women's Clubs, 13 May 1973, Olympia Fields, Cook, IL, USA. 159

Entertainment: Program Bureau Chairman, 3rd Dist. IL Fed. of Women's Clubs, 7 Jan 1973, Olympia Fields, Cook, IL, USA. 160

Entertainment: Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs District Program Chair, Apr 1976, Olympia Fields, Cook, IL, USA. 161 Under an article entitled, "All kinds of entertainment on the agenda": Mrs. J.H. Hegarty, Dr. Olympia Fields, district program chairman, stated that there will be a mini-audition program under the direction of Mrs. Carl Osalkay, Worth, state program chairman, who has arranged for performances by the following entertainers: ..."

Residence, Abt 1984, 1729 Driving Park Rd., Wheaton, DuPage, IL. 1 This ranch was bought from granddaughter Becky Bosak. It has since been torn down.

Health. 1 Grandma had a heart attack in 1976 but went on to live an otherwise very healthy life until the age of 98. She was losing some of her mental capabilities in the last year, but she eventually passed on due to old age. She had no other long term health problems. She tended her home well until right towards the end of her life.

Cemetery: Mt. Hope Cemetery: Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 63 Buried with husband James Harold and James' parents. Also buried near Herndon Benton.

Residence: Millard, Chicago, Cook, IL. 1 I seem to remember she lived on Millard, but I don't know where.


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Helen married James Harold Hegarty I, son of James Herbert Hegarty and Lillian Mette, on 2 Aug 1922 in Chicago, Illinois.151 (James Harold Hegarty I was born on 22 Jul 1901 in Chicago, Cook, IL, USA,1,41 died on 15 Apr 1991 in Wheaton, DuPage, IL, USA 1 and was buried in 1991 in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Cook County, IL 105.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

Marriage, 2 Aug 1922, 2920 Wallace Street, Chicago, Cook, IL. 96 There was a notice published in The Temple Advocate "issued every Saturday by Immanuel Baptist Church, 2320 Michigan Ave., Chicago" of the wedding of Jim & Helen. It reads:
"A wedding of special interest to the young people of Immanuel church took place Wednesday evening, July 26th, in the Club Rooms. Mr. James H. Hegarty and Helen Moroney were united in marriage. About fifty of their intimate friends were present to witness the ceremony. The bride is a member of our church and one of the most popular of our young people. Immanuel will be deeply interested always in their new home." In addition, Belle Radcliffe owns a booklet entitled, "A Token of Our Wedding" in which is a certificate signed by all attendants and officiants. The address of Rev. Johnston Myers is listed as 2320 Michigan Ave. (He was the pastor of Immanuel Baptist Church, resigning in June of 1909. He resigned because of ideological differences associated with Unitarian theology being accepted by the Baptists. -- source: a Boston Evening Transcript of June 19, 1909. A photo of the reverend can be found online via the Chicago Daily News photos.

However, the wedding invitations say they were to be married on that Wed. evening at their home at 2920 Wallace St. This invitation & the Temple Advocate paper are in the possession of Belle Radcliffe. Check out photo of their marriage certificate in photo box above.


bullet  Marriage Notes:

There was a notice published in The Temple Advocate "issued every Saturday by Immanuel Baptist Church, 2320 Michigan Ave., Chicago" of the wedding of Jim & Helen. It reads:
"A wedding of special interest to the young people of Immanuel church took place Wednesday evening, July 26th, in the Club Rooms. Mr. James H. Hegarty and Helen Moroney were united in marriage. About fifty of their intimate friends were present to witness the ceremony. The bride is a member of our church and one of the most popular of our young people. Immanual will be deeply interested always in their new home."

This paper is in the posession of Belle Radcliffe.



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