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John Viskocil II
Antonia Rejsek
(Abt 1850-1916)
Matej Bilek
Rosalie Kuthan
(Abt 1844-1895)
John Viskocil III
Elizabeth Bertha Bilek

John Patrick Viskocil IV


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Anna Potts

John Patrick Viskocil IV 74,105,114,139,454

  • Born: 17 Apr 1890, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 14,92,424,461,462,463
  • Christened: chicago
  • Marriage: Anna Potts
  • Died: 18 Jul 1944, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA at age 54 31,54,63
  • Buried: 21 Jul 1944, Cedar Park Cemetery, Calumet Park, Cook County, IL 1,31

bullet  General Notes:

Helen Moroney Hegarty's half brother. From a talk with Helen (Gram) in the 1980's, to Ellen Woods. She had this to say about John.

Uncle John (Gram's half-brother) had a bar, the Granada, on 79th & Cottage Ave., Chicago, [ Correction: he may have worked there, but he didn't own the bar.] where they had big name bands play. He was a bootlegger and lived in the shadows -- you never knew what was going on business-wise. Assassins came in the bar and shot at some of the bootleggers -- the only time a killing was broadcast over the radio. (See below, but first -- this tidbit!)

Artie Shaw, the famous jazz clarinet player, played the Granada for almost three months in June, 1930. He "arrived in Chicago as a sideman, playing sax and clarinet, with pianist Irving Aaronson and His Commanders. They worked the Granada Cafe for almost three months, giving Shaw plenty of time to meet and jam with other musicians around town, including Earl Hines and Muggsy Spanier." ( The Granada also hosted Al Jolson, hot on the heels of his hit, The Jazz Singer; and The Royal Canadians, with Guy Lombardo. Al Capone would sit up front and brag to his women that he was friends with the owner Al Quadbach and Guy Lombardo, although that wasn't true.

Case Description
McGovern, Hugh "Stubby" - Age 32 - Deceased and Wm. "Gunner" McPadden were shot to death at 2 AM, 12/31/28, in the Granada Café, 6800 Cottage Grove Ave., by George Maloney, who came in , spoke a few words to them, whipped out a gun and killed them both. Maloney was arrested immediately after the shooting, without resistance, and on 12/31/28 was held by the Coroner. 7 Dist. 1/22/30 - Nolle Prossed - McGoorty.

Case Number10639 Circumstances
Date of offense
December 31, 1928 Date of death December 31, 1928 Time between offense and death Immediate - death occurred at the crime scene Time of day (approx) Late evening/Early morning (11:00 p.m. - 4:59 a.m.) Time of day (exact) 02:00 am Address 6800 Cottage Grove Type of location Place of business Type of business Restaurant, food kitchen, other public eating place, hotel public place Location description Granada Cafe Type of death Homicide Type of homicide Intentional murder Characteristics victim were in a cafe when the def entered spoke w Method of killing Other gun, gun unspecified Weapon Shot and killed, gun unspecified Motive 6 Victim initiated events leading to homicide No Excessive violence Excessive or extreme use of force Murder/suicide? Yes Total number of victims 2 Related to Prohibition? Yes Victim
McGovern, Hugh "Stubby" Age 32 years Gender Male Race White Ethnicity English-Anglo Defendant
Male Defendant/victim relationship Known (recognized person) Related by blood or marriage Spouses Police
1 Location of arrest 12/31/1928 Total number of defendants arrested 1 Time between crime and arrest Less than 1 day Allegations of police corruption No Legal
Charges against defendant
No charges recorded Type of legal decision recorded Coroner's verdict and grand jury Allegations of police corruption No

The murders were covered in the: Athens, Ohio Messenger; San Antonio, TX Express; Modesto, CA News-Herald; Decatur, IL Evening Herald; Lincoln, NE Evening State Journal; Salt Lake City, UT Tribune; Billings, Mont. Gazette; and the Chicago Tribune. This is from the Tribune:
McGovern, Hugh Ganster Slain Dec. 31, 1928 in Granada Cafe
Hold Maloney for 2 killings
Blame Gun Battle on Old Beer Feud.
Some hesitance was exhibited yesterday by a coroner's jury in holding George Maloney, 6??? Cottage Grove avenue, to the grand jury for the killing of Hugh McGovern and William "Gunner" McPadden, two notorious gunmen, early yesterday in the Granada cafe, 68th street and Cottage Grove avenue. Police Captain John Ryan said that "a good job had been done." He stood ready to book Maloney as the murderer, but the verdict eventually did that for him.
In McGovern's pockets was found a statement showing his activities in the beer business. One typewritten list showed what more than 8 dozen saloonkeepers owed him for beer. Space was provided on the other side for a division of the profits among his partners. "Dannie" referred to on this list, presumably is Danny Standon, an enemy of Maloney, and "Spike" is thought to be "Spike" Hennessy, who is now in ?? "for his health." The others ???
Shows Beer Receipts
The statement showed receipts of beer from "Syn," supposedly referring to a larger syndicate, of 77 barrels, and deliveries of 76 barrels. As near as the statement could be figured out, the totals for the week were: collection, $4,756; expenses, $1,947; bank deposits, $3,809; grand total of money still due, $4,463.
A search was being made for McGovern's sweetheart, whose name was given as Margaret McCurrie, and who was said to live at the Mansfield hotel, 6433 Cottage Grove avenue. It was expected she might throw some light on the killing, althought it was not definitely known that she was present.
Testimony at the inquest by waiters and others was that there were between 100 and 150 patrons in the cafe when the shooting started, yet there was not an eye witness to the killing from whom a statement could be taken. They had all vanished. Every one of the waiters who testified at the inquest said he was in the kitchen during the shooting.
Shots heard on Radio?
There was some question as to whether the shots were heard over the radio. Station WBBM was broadcasting at the time but yesterday it was stated positively the broadcasting was from the studio and not from the cafe when the shooting was done. Yet there were reports that the six shots of a Chicago gang war were heard throughout the country, particularly in the west, whereever folks might be up that late and tuned in on the doings of the "Nutty club." If so, radio fans say, it is perhaps the first time a murder ever registered in the microphone.
McGovern was shot twice in the back and McPadden was shot twice in the chest and once in the back of the head. A revolver, not fired, was close to McGovern's right hand as he lay dead on the floor. A gun, the ownership of which was credited to Maloney, was found on the floor and its six bullets had been fired.
Cop Tells of Shooting
"I was at the cigar counter when I heard shooting," Policeman Timothy J. Sullivan testified. "I ran to the door leading to the cafe and saw Maloney kneeling behind a table and with this gun hand resting on the table, he was firing. I ran toward him as he got up and leaped on him. He tried to take my revolver from me but I threw him to the floor. My partner, Policeman Michael Ryan, came running in then and he hit Maloney on the head with the butt of his gun."
Nothing resembling a motive for the double shooting was a??? at the inquest , but police of that district didn't need formal testimony to establish a motive. Capt. Ryan was satisfied that the shooting was the result of a feud begun in ancient beer wars and fostered by each and every shooting in the south side beer territory.
Companions Not Named.
Maloney was at the Granada cafe with a party of four. McGovern and McPadden were in a party of eight, several tables removed. The names of the other members of the two parties were not obtained.
Maloney, who at times has been in the beer business and at times out of it, and who was credited with running the dangerous Danny Stanton out of the city after a gun duel, saw McGovern and McPaddin in the cafe. The police learned that the enemies sat glowering at each other for over a half hour, each on the alert for trouble to start.
Their conclusion was that something was said or done that caused Maloney and McGovern to reach for their revolvers at the same second and that Maloney was the quicker on the draw. His revolver had a muzzle but one inch long, while McGovern had a police revolver with the numbers

The Granada eventually became the Midway Chevrolet Co.

The following is what I wrote as my notes in a conversation with Gram in the 1980s: John was born with the last name of Viscisil, but the spelling may be wrong, Gram said. His mother [see corrections below to this story, this is all wrong] died and was adopted by Gram's father. John's mother gave all possessions to John, leaving all other brothers and sisters out cold. John's restaurant (earlier noted as a bar) burnt and a baby grand was saved. We (Ellen Radcliffe Woods) had that piano at our house at 3626 W. 108th St.

The following is what Belle Radcliffe (Mom) wrote in an email: she (Belle) "covered the top of the piano because it was scarred from the fire. Although it had a Kimball transfer name on it, it was not made by Kimball. Someone, somewhere along the line had stolen the transfer and affixed it to the piano -- I don't know how or who but I remember the story that Grandpa (James Harold Hegarty I) told me and that I should not tell anyone ... ha, I guess it's time it can be told ... I also have a wooden chair from there (the Granada) -- repainted... I remember that Gramps said that when he heard of the fire, he scrambled over there and helped to remove stuff before it was destroyed. Not to steal anything but just to help get things out. I really don't know how we ended up with the piano but we did and it was in my family for years and the piano that I learned to play on. Now that's a secret that I hadn't thought of for years... ha. Years later I sold it, never telling the buyer, a man who owned a piano store, its history and that it really wasn't a Kimball. Oh dear, another sin has come to light... There was a lot of shady things about Uncle John but he was a really nice guy and I loved him as a kid and really not knowing all the stuff he was into thought he was fun. I think I always felt about him that he had a different life that he kept to himself -- and that added to his mystique for me." She also added in the same email, "He was a happy-go-lucky type of guy and I'm sure he must have gone along with all the stuff there as he kept the job for years. He smoked a great deal but I never saw him drunk although he died of pneumonia, he did have cirrhosis of the liver, too. Wow, we sure had a lot of family die from too much liquor -- no wonder our clan kept their distance from the lot of them..." 5-18-2010 email

John was married but separated. He lived with Claire Nayder later and stored his dishes, etc. at her house. He lost his business in the above-mentioned fire. After that, he got a job as a bartender at the Ton of Fun, 63rd and Halstead, Chicago. He palled around with assasins and died in 1944. At one time, Uncle John lived in an apartment where Helen (half-sister) also lived... [this info is fuzzy]. James Harold Hegarty's aunt and uncle lived in the same building and it was his mother's sister's husband that introduced the two. My notes say there were four years between Aunt Tessie, Aunt Claire, Gram, and John, (John being the oldest).

According to a conversation with Carol Moroney 8-2005, she thought John died of pneumonia. Belle Radcliffe thinks he died of cirrhosis of the liver.

At the time of the 1920 census (1-5-1920), John was a barkeeper in a saloon, living with his mother & siblings at 3920 Wallace, Chicago, age 28. (Prohibition lasted from 1-1920 to 4-1933.)

On Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, I learned that John's father was named John, and it must have been that the father died, leaving mother Elizabeth to remarry. (Note: John's father is listed as "Albert Maroney" on his death info as listed on Ancestry, Illinois, Deaths & Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947, FHL Film #1983250.)

Becky N.R. Bosak remembers a story about John as told by Helen C.M. Hegarty that goes like this:
John's mother, Elizabeth, urged John to invest his inheritance in real estate because if he didn't, she was afraid he'd gamble all the money away. So John bought a two-flat (or was it a 3 flat?)at 2918 Wallace in Chicago. They then all lived in that house.

My notes from the same conversation say John was married, but separated. He lived with Claire Moroney at some point and stored all his dishes, etc. at her house. Illinois Deaths & Stillbirths Index lists his spouse as Anna.

Belle Radcliffe recalls the story that, as a girl one time, she answered the phone right after John passed away. The woman asked for John, and Belle told her he had died. She began to cry. Belle doesn't know, and didn't know then, who it was that called.

Buried under the name John Moroney. Born at home on 29th St. with the help of a midwife, Catarina Sebesta. His birth cert. doesn't list a middle name. I don't know where I got the P. as a middle initial.

Find out where John lived in 1916. Answer: In 1920, they lived at 2420 Iowa Street. A John J. (!!) Viskocil and wife Anna Vlk were living at 2420 W. Iowa St.. This John would have been born in 1877, and they had a baby named John. The birth cert. is available thru FamilySearch. Could the age of John be incorrect? Was this the 2nd marriage of his wife Anna, and she had also used the Vlk name? This is the 6th child of the couple. The M.D. that delivered the baby lived at 1441 W. 18th St. I find their marriage cert online. They were married by a Cath. priest, so it couldn't be a 2nd marriage unless the marriage to Eliz. Bilek had been annulled.

bullet  Research Notes:

No will/probate available on Ancestry 9-2015


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

• Alt. Name: John Moroney. 464 He is buried as John Moroney, having taken the name of his step father somewhere along the line. His step-father's name is listed as "Albert Maroney" on the "Illinois, Deaths & Stillbirths, 1916-1947" list at His wife is listed as Anna, although they were either separated or divorced.

• Alt. Name: John A. Moroney. 150

• Alt. Birth, 17 Apr 1889. 150 He registered for WWI and WWII using 1889 as his birth year.

• Birth, 17 Apr 1890. Attended at birth by Catharina Sebesta of 498 29th St. His birth cert says his father was John, but on his death cert, his father is listed as Albert -- Albert "Maroney", which I guess should possibly say John Moroney, his step-father -- I don't know.

• Residence, 17 Apr 1890, 478 29th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 114

• Baptism, 3 May 1890, St. John Nepomucene, Chicago, Cook, IL. 132 My records also indicate a baptismal record for John Patrick Moroney should have been shown on page 108 of the record book for All Saint's, but his baptism record isn't there. Matej & Rosalie Bilek are the godparents at St. John Nepomucene.

• Residence, 17 Apr 1890, 478 29th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 41 Born into this house? Or was it the one next door?

• Residence, 1900, 524 28th St., Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 34 Renting, and living with 19 people total in this house. Last names of other renters include Haag (Gustave), Hannes, & Heiderman. Listed in census as Lizzie, married to Michael "Marooney," and living there also is her son, John. She lists that she's only given birth to one child (John), but we know that not to be true based on church records of other births and subsequent deaths. On date of census, she would have been 7 months pregnant with Tessie.

• Legal: Arrested for stealing doorknobs, 3 Jun 1907, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 88 6-3-1907 Chicago Tribune

"Hold 3 for Doorknob Thefts. Police Arrest Boys, Who Confess to Stealing Brasswork from Doors on South Side.
Fifty brass doorknobs taken from as many houses about the neighborhood of Thirtieth and State streets await identification at the Fiftieth street police station.
The residents of the neighborhood have complained of the loss of brass doorknobs, and yesterday after John W. Owens, 4428 Vincennes avenue, had registered an objection detectives arrested J.J. Kenison, 17 years old, 3209 Canal street; John England, 18 years old, 3150 Wallace street, and John Moroney, 18 years old, 2918 Emerald avenue, who had in their possession a bag of fifty doorknobs which they had taken.
They confessed to the theft of $300 worth of doorknobs in the last few weeks."

• Residence, 20 Apr 1910, 2915 Emerald Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 13 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.

• Occupation: laborer in a shop, 20 Apr 1910. 13 Out of work 12 weeks in 1909. Not married in 1910.

• Legal: Arrested for Gambling, 8 Oct 1916, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 88 John was arrested Oct. 8, 1916 (reported in Trib. on 10-9-1916)

"Landis Gives Tip To Police
Anyway, They Raided Kinneally's Poolroom on Pickpocket Hunt."

Four Men Arrested

Six detective sergeants, on orders from Chief of Detectives Charles Larkin, started yesterday morning in an automobile to make a cleanup of thieves and pickpockets in Chicago.
The detectives started from the detective bureau at 8 o'clock in the morning and went directly to Dan Kinnally's cigar store at 215 East Thirty-first street. It was Kinnally who last week admitted in his testimony before Judge Landis that there was gambling going on in his place.
Gets There First
Detective Sergeant Nicholas Berwick, who was in charge of the squad, went directly into the store. Kinnally was not here. A girl who was behind the counter started toward the back of the store, but Berwick got there first and found a small group of men playing cards. Among them were four whom he recognized. They were taken into custody, but were not booked.
Those arrested were:
Harry Albon, 3104 Calumet avenue, who said he is a peddler. The police however, assert that he has a record.
Samuel Joseph, 5435 Hyde Park boulevard, who says he is an investigator.
Edward Mack, alias Brown, 3157 South Fifth avenue.
John Maroney, 2920 Wallace street.
Board Street Car.
At West Twelfth street and Blue Island avenue Detective Sergeants Edward Kelly and William P. O'Brien recognized four pickpockets on a Twelfth street car. ... (no more mentions of John)

• Residence, 1917, 2420 Iowa, Chicago, Cook, IL. 80 Phone number was Humbolt 2897. I question whether or not this is correct.

• Residence, 5 Jun 1917, 2920 Wallace Street, Chicago, Cook, IL. 150

• Military Service: Requested exemption from service, 5 Jun 1917. 150 He was the sole support for his wife, his mother, sister(s) and brother. Holy smokes. He's listed as John A. Moroney (note middle initial), living at 2920 Wallace. He lists his birth date as 4-17-1889 (not right year). He says he was born in Chicago, & he was a service waiter.

• Physical Description, 5 Jun 1917. 150 Tall, medium build, brown eyes, black hair.

• Employment: Service Waiter at "Sam Here" (?), 5 Jun 1917, 322 E. 81st St. 150

• 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.

• Occupation: Bar keeper in a saloon, 6 Jan 1920, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 14

• Residence, 1923-1924, 1459 Massasoit Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 80

• Residence, 12 Apr 1930, 6205-6215 Langley Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 1,3 Not sure about this one. Living in this large rental building were John Moroney as head and his wife Anna. John is listed as having been born in IL, with both his parents having been born in Ireland. (Not correct.) Ages at marriage were 39 and 28. Birth year for John would have been abt 1885. Birth year for Anna would have been about 1896. This John is a manager of a cafe, never having served in the military. Anna was born in Sweden, having immigrated in 1903. Not naturalized.

• Residence, 15 Apr 1940, 9051 S. Racine, Chicago, Cook, IL. 6 Living here are Elizabeth as head; daughter Claribelle "Maroney", son John "Maroney", "Sessie" Maroney, and Clarence Nettleton.

• Occupation: Bartender at a tavern, 15 Apr 1940, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 6

• Residence, 1942-1944, 9051 S. Racine, Chicago, Cook, IL. 12,31,139 Living in this house with John were his mother, his half-sisters Claire and Tessie, and Tessie's son Ned (Clarence.) John's bedroom was the middle bedroom.

He listed this address on his WWII Registration Card, and left sister Clarabelle's name as the one who would always know his address.

• Personality. 465 Dear Ellen, I have thought of some other things about UJ that perhaps I did not tell you. :His friends all called him Johnny (but he was always John to the family) When he married he was given by Gram and Grpa the octogon ,red table that is now in the living room here. I think my Grandma might have gone in with the pourchase but I don't think so anyway, my grandmother(ma) liked the table and when UJ's house things were distributed after (Ithink) a divorce) my grandma kept the table in her living room always (when AC moved to Fla. Gram retreived the table and kept it at her house until things had to be brought here. And, so it sits here. It sure has a long history and has stood uup so well-It certainly is unique. Bought in an era when Oriental was really HOT-Flappers,jazz and all that other good stuff.
John had many friends. He ran with a fast crowd cigarettes, liquor etc. I remember he was a bar tennder at some point and would work very late hours. He did not have a car and when he was living at my Grandmothers on Racine ,he would have to walkk from the streetcar probably almost a mile(I;m guessing the distance) to the house. From standing all night waiting on, I remember he would complain that his legs bothered him. Also, I remember that (and only a kid would remember this!) sometimes when he was hungry and did'nt feel like getting out of bed, he would get an egg from the icebox , crack it open at the top and suck the egg out!!! Now, wasn't that disgusting? Then, he would throw the eggshell on the floor....I can remember AC complaining about it to us but I never heard her complain to UJ. This is quite an icky story....ON to the next!!!!! There is a little cigarette table that my Grandmother had in her living room also. It had an ashtray on the top,a single ddrawer under that and then a small cabinet under that that was linned with medal.this was to keeop the cigarettes fresh like a humidor. It is still in the bassement here and brings back memories. I used to empty the ashtray whenever I went there, but finally Gram told me to stop. I don't think he was in the mafia but feel certain that he knew people who were. All in all, although I never knew him well at all, I always liked him as he was a fun loving guy and so different from the rest of the family.(I never knew about how he ran away when he was young etc. until later in my life) and I suppose the rest of the faimly "in the know" resented his carefreeless lifestyle....Now, there you have it...all I can remember for now about uj. Hope you had a good day love mom

• Employment: Evergreen Golf Club, 1942, 9140 S. Western Ave., Evergreen Park, Chicago, Cook, IL. 139

• Death. 1 Died of pneumonia, but he also had cirrhosis of the liver, according to Belle Radcliffe.

• Obituary: Chicago Tribune, 20 Jul 1944, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 31 Chicago Tribune (IL) - July 20, 1944
Deceased Name: John P. Moroney
John P. Moroney of 9051 S Racine avenue, beloved brother of Claribel and Harold Moroney, Mrs. Teresa Nettleton, and Mrs. Helen Hegerty. Services Friday, 2:30 p.m., at chapel, 6245 S. Kedzie, avenue. Interment Cedar Park.
Chicago Tribune (IL)
Date: July 20, 1944
Edition: Chicago Tribune

• Cemetery: Cedar Park Cemetery, Calumet Park, Cook County, IL. 12 Buried next to Claire and Joe Nayder and Eliz. Bilek Moroney.


John married Anna Potts.

bullet  Marriage Notes:

I don't know how many John Vyskocils there were in Chicago who were born in 1890, but there is record of someone matching this description marrying Victorie Zufan on 1-16-1916 in Chicago. And there's a John "Maroney, b. 1870, who married an Anna Wilson on June 22, 1918 in Chicago.

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