Mar 31, 2010

More Genealogical Kindness

I have just been blessed with yet another "Random Act of Genealogical Kindness''...

I am completely beside myself at the moment. I sent an email to Cathy today because I remembered that she mentioned seeing my Aunt's engagement notice in a scrapbook at the Thorold Historical Society. I was wondering how I could see it too. I just received this in my inbox. Miss Rita Manley is my dearly missed Aunt Deedee and my Godmother. I've never seen this before. I never knew John because he died just before I was born but as the story goes, there was never two people more in love...

You might recall Cathy is the lady who was the friend of my cousin Jinny that I wrote about here.

Thank you Cathy!

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Wordless Wednesday ~ Oakes Garden Theatre

Postcard of the Oakes Garden Theatre c. 1952
Niagara Falls, Ontario
...and it hasn't changed a bit!

Photo courtesy of Historic Niagara Digital Collections, Niagara Falls Public Library

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The Children of John & Mary McKenny

The five children of John and Mary (Manley) McKenny are really a mystery. They grew up in Thorold, Ontario at 23 Carleton St. S. and after their parents died they all stayed in the house on Carleton St. None of them married and none of them moved out on their own. All five of the children are buried with their parents in Lakeview Cemetery in Thorold.

Margaret Anne McKenny (1888-1975)
Obituary, St. Catharines Standard, March 19, 1975;
Margaret A. McKenny, 87, formerly of 23 Carleton St. S., died yesterday at Hotel Dieu Hospital after a lengthy illness. Born in Thorold, Miss McKenny lived here all her life. She was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Roman Catholic Church and had lived at Linhaven Home for the Aged for the past five years. Two brothers, Edward and John, and a sister Frances died before her. She is at the Noble S. Crowe and Son Funeral Home until 9:30 a.m. Friday and then to Holy Rosary Church for funeral mass at 10 a.m. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery. Prayers will be said at the funeral home tomorrow at 8 p.m. Visiting hours at the funeral home are today from 7 to 9 p.m. and tomorrow from 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

Bridget Bertha McKenny (1890-1918)
Obituary, St. Catharines Standard, October 26, 1918;
At St. Catharines General and Marine Hospital on Friday evening, October 25th, 1918 Bertha McKenny, the beloved daughter of John McKenny, Thorold. Funeral private from the funeral apartments of McIntyre & Son. to R.C. Church, Thorold where requiem mass will be chanted. Interment in Lakeview Cemetery.

John Aloysius McKenny (1891 -1971)
Obituary, St. Catharines Standard, September 10, 1971;
John Aloysius McKenny, 79 of 23 Carleton St. S., died yesterday at St. Catharines General Hospital after a short illness. Born in Thorold, Mr. McKenny had lived in Thorold all his life and was employed at the Exolon Co. for 26 years, retiring in 1962. He was a member of Local 582, International Brotherhood of Chemical Workers and of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Roman Catholic Church. He is survived by one sister, Margaret McKenny, in Linhaven Home for the Aged in St. Catharines. He is at Noble S. Crowe and Son Funeral Home until tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. and then at Our Lady of Perpetual Help for funeral mass at 1 p.m. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Prayers will be said in the funeral home today at 8 p.m.

Edward Manley McKenny (1894-1962)
Obituary, St. Catharines Standard, September 14, 1962;
Edward M. McKenny, 68, of 23 Carleton St. S., died suddenly this morning. Mr. McKenny was born and educated in Thorold. He was a veteran of the First World War. For many years he was employed at Martin's Book Store, Front St. Mr. McKenny was a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Chuch and belonged to the Holy Name Society. He is survived by two sisters, Margaret and Frances McKenny, and a brother John at home. Mr. McKenny is at the Noble S. Crowe and Son funeral home where prayer will be recited for him Sunday at 7:30 p.m. A requiem high mass will be sung for Mr. McKenny, Monday at 10:30 a.m. in Holy Rosary Church. Burial will be at Lakeview Cemetery.

Frances Mary McKenny (1898-1970)
Obituary, St. Catharines Standard, July 23, 1970;
Frances Mary McKenny, 72, of 23 Carleton St. South, died yesterday at the Niagara Peninsula Sanatorium after a long illness. Born in Thorold, Miss McKenny had lived there all her life and had worked for many years as a secretary in the N.S. and T. office in St. Catharines. A graduate of Loretto Academy, she was very active in the Hotel Dieu Hospital and St. Catharines General Hospital auxiliaries and a member of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary. She is survived by one sister Margaret McKenny and one brother John, both at home. She is at the Noble S. Crowe and Son Funeral Home until 8:30 a.m. Saturday and then at the Church of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary for mass at 9 a.m. Burial will be in Lakeview Cemetery. Prayers will be said in the funeral home tomorrow at 8 p.m. Visiting hours at the funeral home are today and tomorrow form 2 to 4 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m.

John Patrick McKenny (1841-1923)
Mary Manley (1859-1918)

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Mar 30, 2010

Mother Monica ~ Tombstone Tuesday

Mary Flynn aka Rev. Mother Monica
(1851 - 1931)
St. Andrew's RC Cemetery,
Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

I thought my Series on Mother Monica was finished but this past weekend someone did a very generous Random Act of Genealogy Kindness (#RAOGK).

I had contacted a lady in Thunder Bay about doing an edit on a cemetery listing for Mother Monica which she very promptly did and then asked if I would like a photo. She actually made a stop at the cemetery and photographed the grave markers and sent them to me. If you have a research interest in the Thunder Bay, Ontario area check out Jude's Family Research & Local History Site. Thank you so much Jude ;-)

Original Monument c. 1931
New Monument dedicated in 2007
Not sure when this was added
View of all 3

Related Posts:
Mother Monica ~ Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
Mother Monica ~ Bonus Postcard
Mother Monica ~ Tombstone Tuesday

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Mar 26, 2010

Mother Monica ~ Bonus Postcard

In the course of researching St. Joseph's Hospital in Port Arthur, ON for my five part series on Mother Monica, I found this postcard for sale on Ebay so of course I had to buy it. The postcard was mailed from Port Arthur, ON in 1915 and represents the hospital after the 1900 and 1905 additions were added. It has a two cent Canadian stamp, cancelled on August 28, 1915. Since Mother Monica was there and running the hospital at this time, it's kind of special ;-)

Related Posts:
Mother Monica ~ Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
Mother Monica ~ Bonus Postcard
Mother Monica ~ Tombstone Tuesday

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Mother Monica ~ Part V

Today St. Joseph's Hospital, founded by Mother Monica is known as the St. Joseph's Care Group and is a fully accredited, multi-million dollar institution employing and caring for a vast number of people. Despite the many changes over the past 125 years the five sisters that made that fateful trip in 1881 have not been forgotten and tributes to Mother Monica as it's Foundress continue to this day. This framed commemoration hangs in the lobby of the hospital now ...

Since her death in 1931, tributes, memorials and monuments to Mother Monica's achievements have continued...

In July of 1934 St. Joseph's Hospital celebrated it's own Golden Jubilee (1884-1934). A memorial statue of St. Joseph was erected on a piece of land between the Hospital and the Convent with a bronze memorial tablet dedicated to Mother Monica affixed to it's base.

On the tablet these words were engraved:
As a testimonial of the fifty years of noble and gracious deeds for stricken humanity completed this year by St. Joseph's General Hospital, Port Arthur. Almost the entire span of fifty years was passed under the energetic leadership of the late Reverend Mother Monica who departed this life January 23rd, 1931

In 2007 the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie again honored Mother Monica with a new monument in St. Andrew's cemetery. A new headstone was commissioned and erected and a gathering attended a consecration ceremony. The monument was unveiled and blessed by Bishop Frederick Colli.

I would like to thank and acknowledge the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peterborough and the St. Joseph's Care Group of Thunder Bay for their assistance and generosity in allowing me to get to know Mother Monica and share her story with you. I am justifiably proud and honored to have found this wonderful woman in my family tree.

Constant sources of referral have been;

"As The Tree Grows, Celebrating 100 Years of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Peterborough 1890-1990"; by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peterborough, 1993

"The Spirit, the Lamp, and the Key"; by George Campbell and St. Joseph's General Hospital, 1984

"Responding To Unmet Needs: 125 Years of Care in the Community"; by Peter Raffo and St. Joseph's Care Group, 2009

Related Posts:
Mother Monica ~ Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
Mother Monica ~ Bonus Postcard
Mother Monica ~ Tombstone Tuesday

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Mar 25, 2010

Mother Monica ~ Part IV

Mother Monica died on the 23rd of January, 1931 in her 80th year. She died suddenly but peacefully in her sleep. Right up until her last day she continued to make her rounds at the hospital, each day visiting each and every one of the patients even though she had officially retired in 1923.

Many citizens of Port Arthur and the surrounding area paid their respects at both the hospital and St. Andrew's church where her body lay in state with the Knights of Columbus as an Honor Guard. It is said that ''thousands'' passed by her bier, so large was the outpouring of grief.

Her funeral was held on the 26th of January, 1931 at St. Andrew's church. Solemn High Mass was said by Bishop Scollard. She was laid to rest the same day at St. Andrew's cemetery in the section devoted to the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Obituary, The Globe and Mail, Toronto, January 24, 1931;
Founder of Hospital in Port Arthur Succumbs in Sleep
(Special Dispatch to The Globe)
Port Arthur, Jan. 23 - Rev. Mother Monica, Mother Superior of St. Joseph's Hospital here for 30 years, founder in 1883 of the hospital, which rose from a two-bed room to the present million-dollar institution of 185 beds, died in her sleep this morning, in her eightieth year. Born in Merritton, Ont, in 1851, Mother Monica came to Prince Arthur's Landing in 1881 with four other sisters, of whom she was the last survivor. Bishop Jamot of Toronto called for volunteers to go into ''the great Northland,'' and Mother Monica was one of the five. Two years later she founded St. Joseph's Hospital, and for 30 years was the Mother Superior. She visited each patient yesterday, as was her wont. Last September she suffered from a critical illness. She is survived by one brother, Peter Flynn of Niagara Falls, NY. A nephew, Rev. Thomas Manley is parish priest of St. Joan of Arc Church, Toronto. The funeral will be held here Monday. Bishop Scollard of North Bay has been asked to conduct the services, which are to be of an impressive character. Five years ago Mother Monica celebrated her fiftieth anniversary of entering religious life and the occasion was made one of Interdenominational rejoicing, the city presenting her an address and a cheque.
Digital Image from St. Andrew's cemetery courtesy of  Thunder Bay Unseen

Related Posts:
Mother Monica ~ Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
Mother Monica ~ Bonus Postcard
Mother Monica ~ Tombstone Tuesday

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Mar 24, 2010

Mother Monica ~ Part III

Mother Monica
In 1925 Mother Monica celebrated her Golden Jubilee, marking 50 years in the service of the church. The festivities were held over three days, on the 4th, 5th and 6th of May.

Family members that traveled the great distance to Port Arthur to mark the occasion were; Capt. John Manley (brother-in-law) of Merritton, Rev. Thomas Manley (nephew) of Toronto, John Flynn (brother) of St. Catharines, and the Misses; Caroline Sulkie and Jennie Flynn (nieces) of Niagara Falls, NY.

These family members presented Mother Monica with a stained glass window for the Hospital Chapel with the dates 1875-1925 and engraved with the words ''A Memorial of the Golden Jubilee of Mother Monica erected by her loving relatives''. I have tried to locate this window but it seems that it has been ''lost''. Maybe a casualty of the 1958 demolition of the original buildings.

Illuminated Address

Illuminated Address
One of the highlights of the celebration was an Illuminated Address presented to Mother Monica by the Mayor and City Council on behalf of the citizens of Port Arthur. It is edged with maple leaves and photographs of the hospital in it's different stages of development. The address is signed by the Mayor and the City Clerk. The text of the address follows:

To the Rev. Mother Monica, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Port Arthur, Ont.

Dear Mother Monica:

On this the Golden Jubilee of your entrance into the service of your Church and remembering that for more than forty years of this period you have lived in Port Arthur the City Council cannot allow the occasion to pass without an expression of its esteem and deep appreciation of the services you have rendered during these years.

Coming to what was then known as Prince Arthur’s Landing you experienced the hardships of pioneer days; you have since shared with the community its adversities and its prosperity and have seen its continuous growth from the small settlement to the modern city.

St. Joseph’s Hospital which you were instrumental in founding in 1881 and whose affairs you have so ably directed and administered, has kept pace with the progress of the city, until to-day, with its commodious buildings and modern equipment, it ranks with the leading hospitals of the dominion, and will always stand as a monument to your untiring efforts and fidelity of purpose. We now have the General Hospital and the McKellar Hospital at Fort William; but St. Joseph’s Hospital is the only standardized hospital between Toronto and Winnipeg, and Port Arthur is justly proud of it.

Your life in our midst has been one of unselfish devotion to the care of the sick and suffering, and, by your thoughtfulness,your kindliness and your solicitude, at all times for those in distress, you have endeared yourself to the hearts of all with whom you come in contact.

That you may be spared for some years in health and strength to enjoy the fruits of your labors, and the homage of your many friends, is the sincere wish of our citizens.

Daily News Chronicle, Port Arthur, May 21, 1925 summarizing the celebrations;

Nun’s Fifty Years of Noble Work Honored by Jubilee
Venerable Mother Monica of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Superior of St. Joseph’s Hospital, Port Arthur, Remembered By Popular Rejoicing

The land of the “Sleeping Giant,” where the “Great Manitou” guards the dark mysterious waters of Thunder Bay and Lake Superior, was the scene of a joyous and most extraordinary event on Wednesday, May 6, at St. Andrew’s beautiful new church, and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Port Arthur, when Rev. Mother M. Monica, formerly Mary Flynn, daughter of the late Thomas Flynn, of Merritton, Ont., and Rev. Mother M. Vincent, daughter of the late Joseph Carroll, of St. Catharines, Ont., celebrated their golden jubilee as Sisters of St. Joseph. A remarkable civic tribute was given to Mother Monica during the afternoon and evening, by the people of Port Arthur and Fort William, in recognition of her great work in building St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Good Works Praised
High Mass was celebrated on Tuesday, May 5, in St. Andrew’s Church, Right Rev. Bishop Scollard, Sault St. Marie, officiating, assisted by Fathers Batterton, Byrne and Monahan, of Fort William, and Father Manley, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Toronto. Rev. Father Cox, of St. Andrew’s, delivered a touching and impressive sermon on the fifty years of service that Mother Monica and Mother Vincent had given to Port Arthur – one in healing the sick and erecting a beautiful hospital, and the other in establishing the first Catholic school, and in teaching the children of the North Shore. “It is a very wonderful record,” said Father Cox, “and our Jesuit Fathers who have worked with the good Sisters, will always hold that these two women were the greatest benefactresses the Catholic Church has ever had at the head of the Great Lakes.”

Friends and Relatives Present
Among many religious present were: Rev. Mother Carmelite, Superior of St. Joseph’s, Peterborough; Rev. Mothers Vincent and St. Bridget, Pembroke; and the Rev. Mothers of St. Joseph’s and the “Orphanage” of Fort William and Port Arthur. Other guests from a distance, relatives of Mother Monica, were Captain John Manley, of Toronto; Mr. John Flynn, of Merritton, and the Misses Caroline M. Sulkie and Jennie M. Flynn, of Niagara Falls, N.Y.

Presentations at Civic Celebration
Wednesday afternoon at a most impressive civic celebration in honor of Mother Monica, as Foundress and head of St. Joseph’s Hospital, addresses and presentations were made by Mayor J.D. Crooks and the City Council of Port Arthur, the Thunder Bay Medical Association, the Nurses’ Alumnae Association, the Port Arthur Rotary Club, the Chamber of Commerce, the Ladies’ Aid Society of St. Joseph’s Hospital, the Jesuit Fathers of the North Shore, the parishes of Fort William and Westport, and the St. Andrew’s School children of Port Arthur. Besides these, many beautiful golden gifts, and a purse of $6,000 were presented to Mother Monica by the people of Port Arthur and Fort William. The Jesuit Fathers through Rev. Father Cox gave a beautiful address and a basket of gold coins.

Father Manley Responds For Jubilarian
The Rev. Father Manley, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Toronto, and nephew of Mother Monica, made a feeling response for the Jubilarian, and thanked the citizens of Port Arthur and Fort William for the whole-hearted cooperation given to Mother Monica during her long years of work in Port Arthur. “Mother Monica cut herself off from her own people and came to you many years ago,” said Father Manley. “She adopted Port Arthur. We, her people from the East, have seen to-day by this immense gathering, this great outpouring of friendship and appreciation from every group of civic life, what Mother Monica means to the citizens of Port Arthur and Fort William, and we thank you for it.”

Bishop Scollard’s Address
Rt. Rev. D.J. Scollard, Bishop of Sault Ste. Marie, presided at the civic celebration and addressed the large audience, taking as his text “Charity is patient; charity is kind, charity is not ambitious, and envieth not: In explaining the difference between charity done for the pure love of God and worldly charity, His Lordship said; “I have known philanthropists who have forced their wives into the Divorce Court; I have known prominent men exalted by the world for their generosity, who were unfair to their fellow-men in their business dealing. The difference lies in the heart that thinks only of God, gives up everything for God; and with true humility, seeks only His great glory. This was the ambition of these pioneer women of the North Shore – to hold through the humility of the teachings of their Community, that blessed charity made plain to men though the Great Apostle of the World. You who have known Mother Monica for the past forty years or more know that she held ever in her heart the teachings of the Great Apostle; know that all races, all creeds were brought within a radiant glow of kindness and love; that because of these things God has blessed her life-work with success.”

Something About Mother Monica
Mary Flynn, Mother Monica, the venerable Jubilarian, was born on February 23, 1851, at Merritton, Ontario, one of nine children, the daughter of Thomas and Cecelia Reynolds Flynn, who emigrated from Cavan, Ireland, about a century ago, and settled first in Schenectady, N.Y., before moving to Ontario. Mary Flynn entered St. Joseph’s Community, Toronto on May 6, 1875, and received the name Sister Monica. On August 21, 1881, on the request of Right Rev. Bishop Jamot for volunteers “to go away up North,” she left Toronto for Prince Arthur’s Landing, as Port Arthur was then called, with five other religious, of whom Mother De Pazzi is now the only survivor. The others were: Sister Vincent, Sister Gertrude, and Sister Beatrice. In the small convent thus opened in the bleak and unsettled wilderness, two rooms were given over the first Hospital work in this wild Northern District, and Mother Monica was placed in charge. This was necessitated by the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the resultant injury and accident to the “navvies” or laborers which is always part of such work. From this humble beginning, expanding bit by bit as necessity urged, grew the present fine St. Joseph’s Hospital, which was formally opened on its present site, on February 2, 1884. It was enlarged in 1900, and further enlarged in 1904-05. With the building of the last wing, which was several years in construction, St. Joseph’s Hospital, as it stands today, and as it was finished in 1918, is a silent but glorious monument to Mother Monica’s fifty years of religious service and untiring devotion to the glory of God, the good of souls, the spread of Christian charity and the relief of suffering humanity.

And finally, Mother Monica was presented with a poem written for her by her niece, Jennie Flynn who was visiting from Niagara Falls, NY.

Dear Mother Monica, could you have seen
The mountain paths that waited for your feet
The long, long years of labor in between -
Would you have climbed the hill - or stayed to see

A vista opened wide through peace complete
Where all your rich, young life might guarded be
From weary hours beside the bed of pain
From souls all stained and broken in defeat
That through your quiet strength found peace again?

Ah, Mother Monica you could not hide
In deep seclusion where no on might guess
Or marvel at its regal loveliness
The joy that sent you up the mountain side
The joy to build for God that man might see
A higher path unto Eternity!

Miss J.E. Flynn (Niagara Falls)
Niece of Rev. Mother Monica

Related Posts:
Mother Monica ~ Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
Mother Monica ~ Bonus Postcard
Mother Monica ~ Tombstone Tuesday

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Mar 23, 2010

Mother Monica ~ Part II

Convent House
Upon their arrival, the sisters were greeted and led to their new convent house where they quickly settled in and got to work setting up the school in the church next door. It wasn't long before they became acutely aware of a developing problem in their new community. Accidents were common place in the construction of the railway and injured workers were being brought into town and cared for in hotels and boarding houses as no hospital existed. Sometimes the doctors would call upon the sisters to assist them even though they had no formal training in nursing.

Church and School
In 1883 construction began on a new wing at the convent to provide for two additional school rooms. Early in 1884 a badly injured man was brought into town and placed in a shed by the railway tracks because no bed could be found for him. When the sisters heard about this, they brought the man to the convent and put him in one of the unfinished school rooms where they nursed him back to health. This man was to become the seed for what was to follow. News of his care got out to the community and soon the convent was seeing a steady stream of new ''patients''. Since the other Sisters were busy running the school, the task of caring for these sick and injured people fell onto Sister Monica.

It was clear to all that a hospital was needed so a hospital committee was formed. By the spring of 1884 the convent's new wing that was meant for the school was completely full with the sick and injured that Sister Monica was caring for so planning got underway to obtain land for the purpose of building a hospital. This was achieved through a donation to the Sisters by the Government of Ontario and on September 8, 1884 the cornerstone was laid for what was to become the new St. Joseph's Hospital. The property was right next door to the convent and the official opening of the 2 story brick building was in May of 1885 with Sister Monica leading the way.

In 1887 Sister Monica became Mother Monica and continued to manage and vastly expand the hospital until her retirement in 1923. In the early years, Mother Monica was known to embark on hazardous treks up and down the rail line to collect money at the camps to keep her beloved hospital going. She even devised an ''insurance plan'' of sorts where in return for a donation, she would provide a card to the donor guaranteeing them whatever health care they might require in the future. By 1900 more space was needed so a third story was added to the original building along with a new three story wing. In 1904 a School of Nursing and a Medical Society were established. Additional wings were added in 1905, 1918 and again in 1928 giving the hospital a reputation for being one of the finest in the country for it's time. In 1922 the hospital was rated as a Standardized Hospital in the A-One category, the only one with such a rating between Toronto and Winnipeg. It is said that Mother Monica was personally instrumental in obtaining financing for the growth and expansion she oversaw and that ''she relied on the charity that her own warmth and kindness inspired.''

St. Joseph's Hospital in it's Progressive Stages of Development
Related Posts:
Mother Monica ~ Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
Mother Monica ~ Bonus Postcard
Mother Monica ~ Tombstone Tuesday

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Mar 22, 2010

Mother Monica ~ Part I

Young Sister Monica
My paternal family tree is really what started me down the path of genealogy. I didn't think that I was going to find very much or anything really remarkable but I was wrong. My Irish Catholic roots run deep and along the way I have found a family that portrays a picture of values, kindness, strength, and industriousness that I am so proud to be a part of. If I've learned anything it is how quickly these stories can become lost with each passing generation if care is not taken to preserve them and pass them along.

One such story is that of my great aunt, Mary Flynn. How is it possible that this woman is part of my family history and I had not known of her? I do know about her now though, and in recognition of this being Woman's History Month, I would like to introduce my amazing Great Aunt Mary also known as Mother Monica to the rest of the family and the world.  Because I have gathered so many treasures about our Mary I have decided to write a 5 part series of posts, each outlining a particular period in her life. I will post a new part every day and I hope you enjoy her story. She was a very special ''Woman In History''.

Mary Flynn was born in Port Colborne, Ontario on the 23rd of February in the year 1851 to Thomas Flynn and Cecilia Reynolds Flynn. She was one of nine children born to these Irish immigrants who had left County Cavan, Ireland and eventually settled in Merritton, Ontario. Her sister Maggie was my great grandmother. Mary grew up in the small village of Merritton with her large family. At the time that Mary would have been in school, Catholic education was being provided by the Sisters of St. Joseph. It is likely that she received the high school portion of her education at St. Joseph's College School in Toronto, as seems to be the female tradition in my family. This could be what influenced Mary to enter the religious life.

Mother-House of Sisters of St. Joseph, Toronto
On December 8th, 1874 at the age of 23, Mary arrived on the doorstep of the Mother-house of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Toronto which was located at the corner of Bay and Wellesley St's. in the downtown area. She was taken in as a postulant and on May 6, 1875 she received her habit. Two years later on May 24, 1877 she made her profession of vows and became Sister Monica.

In 1881 the Rt. Rev. Jean-Francois Jamot, Vicar Apostolic of Northern Canada issued a plea to the Sisters of St. Joseph's of Toronto to send volunteers to work in a recently established Catholic school at Prince Arthur's Landing. In 1881 Prince Arthur's Landing was a remote little outpost on the northern shore of Lake Superior. It's inhabitants were mainly involved in silver mining, lumbering and railroad building. The Canadian Pacific Railway was just finishing it's western route to Winnipeg and construction on the eastern route was about to begin. At this time there were no rail or road connections into the town so traveling the Great Lakes by ship was the only option to get there. Prince Arthur's Landing eventually was renamed Port Arthur and is now part of the City of Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Sister Monica was one of the five Nuns that volunteered for this mission. A convent house had been built for them next to St. Andrew's church. Four of the Sisters were to work in the church school and Sister Monica was to be the housekeeper of the convent. So it was that on the 21st of August, 1881 the five sisters departed aboard the steamer, Frances Smith from Collingwood, Ontario and arrived at this remote wilderness on the 26th of August to begin their new duties...

Frances Smith Steamboat

Digital Image of the steamer ''Frances Smith'' courtesy of the Maritime History of the Great Lakes

Related Posts:
Mother Monica ~ Part I - Part II - Part III - Part IV - Part V
Mother Monica ~ Bonus Postcard
Mother Monica ~ Tombstone Tuesday

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Mar 17, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ St. Patrick's Day

Sona Lá Fhéile Pádraig ~ Do Sláinte Mhaith

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Mar 10, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Memories of Dad

Missing my Dad today. He passed away on this day 22 years ago
This is him with me on my Baptism Day

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Mar 5, 2010

John J. Manley (1883-1967)

John Joseph Manley, born on the 9th of March, 1883 was the only surviving child of Hugh Manley and Henrietta Potter. He was born in Chicago, Cook Co, IL. His brother, Edward and sister Margaret both born before him, did not survive infancy. When John was 11 years of age, his mother Henrietta passed away. In the 1900 US Federal Census, John is living in Chicago's Ward 25 with his father Hugh and new Step Mother, Mary.

Sometime around 1910 John married Helen Angela Kelly, daughter of John and Anna Kelly. Helen was born in Muskegon, Michigan on the 11th of July, 1893. In 1915 John and Helen had their first child, a daughter, Helen Esther. When John filled out his WWI draft registration in 1918, the family was living at 1136 Farwell Ave in Chicago and John was working at the Lumber Exchange at 11 South Lasalle St. (The Roanoke Building). He later had his offices at the American Furniture Mart building located at 680 N. Lake Shore Dr. where he continued as a Lumber Broker until his retirement in 1961. By 1920 the family had moved to the village of Winnetka in New Trier Township. In 1924 their second child was born, a son, John Kenneth Manley. In the 1930 census the family is living in Glencoe Village, New Trier Township, Cook County, Illinois and at some point after this the family moved to 883 Oak Street in Winnetka, IL. It was here that Helen died on Dec 21, 1961 followed by John on Oct 5, 1967. They are buried together at Chicago's Calvary Cemetery.

American Furniture Mart, Digital Image courtesy of
Chuckman's Collection (Chicago Postcards) Volume 7 

Death Announcement, Chicago Daily Tribune, Dec 22, 1961:
Helen K. Manley of 883 Oak Street, Winnetka, wife of John J. Manley: mother of Helen Esther Sheehan and John Kenneth Manley: four grandchildren; sister of Esther Streff. Mass Saturday, 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier church, 9th and Linden Avenue, Wilmette. Resting at Wm. H. Scott Chapel, 1100 Greenleaf Avenue, Wilmette. Interment Calvary, AL 1-8200.
Death Announcement, Chicago Daily Tribune, Oct 7, 1967:
John J. Manley of 883 Oak Street, Winnetka, husband of the late Helen K.; father of J. Kenneth Manley of Brooklyn, N.Y., and Mrs.Helen Sheehan of Winnetka; four grandchildren. Mass 11 a.m. Saturday atSS Faith, Hope and Charity church, 191 Linden Avenue, Winnetka.Interment Calvary. Visitation at Wm. H. Scott Funeral Home, 1100Greenleaf Avenue, Wilmette. 251-8200
Obituary, Chicago Daily Tribune, Oct 7, 1967:
Mass for John J. Manley, 84, of 883 Oak St., Winnetka, will be said at 11 a.m. today in SS Faith, Hope and Charity Catholic church, 191 Linden Av., Winnetka. Mr. Manley died Thursday in his home. He retired in 1961 after more than 50 years as a hardwood and veneer broker with offices in the Furniture Mart. He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Helen Sheehan; a son, J.K. Manley; and four grandchildren.

Children of John Manley and Helen Kelly:
Helen Esther (1915-1988)
John Kenneth (1924-2000)

Parents of John Manley:
Hugh Manley (1856-1925)
Henrietta Potter (1859-1894)

Parents of Helen Kelly:
John Kelly

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Mar 4, 2010

Monsignor Thomas J. Manley (1889-1947)

Thomas, who devoted his life to the Roman Catholic Church, was the 2nd child of my great grandparents, John Manley and Maggie Flynn. He was born in Thorold, Ontario on the 26th of September, 1889 and grew up in the tiny village of Merritton (now part of the city of St. Catharines) where he attended the local Catholic School. His mother passed away when he was 4 years old so he was raised by his father with the help of some aunts and uncles. He appears in Merritton in the 1891, 1901 and 1911 census listings. After graduating from the St. Catharines Collegiate he attended Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY where he earned a Bachelor's Degree. It is not known when he made the decision to become a priest but upon graduation from University in 1913 he entered St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto, Ontario which would set the course for the remainder of his life.

On the 9th of April, 1917 Thomas was ordained as a Roman Catholic Priest at St. Michael's Cathedral in Toronto. During his life as a Priest he served the following parishes:
  • 1917 St. Catharine of Alexandria Cathedral, St. Catharines, Ontario (Associate Pastor)
  • 1918 Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Thorold, Ontario (Associate Pastor)
  • 1919 St. Ann's, Toronto, Ontario (Associate Pastor)
  • 1928 St. Joan of Arc, Toronto, Ontario (Pastor)
  • 1936 St. Brigid's, Toronto, Ontario (Pastor)
St. Brigid's RC Parish, Toronto, Ontario

In February of 1946 he was honored with the designation of Monsignor and became the Right Reverend Thomas J. Manley, D.P. (Domestic Prelate). This is an honor that requires nomination by the Archbishop and is conferred by the Pope for outstanding service to the church and community.

Following is a list of other appointments in his service to the church in addition to his duties as Parish Priest:
  • 1921-1928 Chancellor and Secretary to Archbishop Neil McNeil, Toronto
  • 1925 Chaplain, Camp Borden
  • 1935 Pro-Synodal Judge, Toronto Diocesan Tribunal
  • 1936 Toronto Diocesan Director, Holy Name Society
  • 1939 Pro-Synodal Judge, Toronto Diocesan Tribunal
  • 1942 Toronto Diocesan Consultor
  • 1946 Feb 15 Papal Honors; DP
  • 1946 Toronto Diocesan Consultor
During these years, he traveled frequently to New York and Florida for various conferences and retreats. In 1932 he sailed to Ireland via New York and then again in 1934. I would love to know what he did and where he went on these trips to Ireland. In April of 1942 he celebrated the Silver Jubilee (25 yrs) of his ordination into the priesthood with dinner banquets held in his honor by the Union of Holy Name Society and the Toronto and Suburban Separate School System. He also officiated at many of our family's baptisms, weddings, funerals, and burials. In November of 1946 he suffered a heart attack and after spending several weeks in the hospital, went to Miami, Florida to convalesce. Sadly, he passed away in Miami on the 21st of March, 1947. He was 57 years old. His funeral was held on the 26th of March, 1947 at his own parish of St. Brigid's where a beautiful bronze placque in memory of him is displayed to this day and he is buried at the Queen of the Clergy (Regina Cleri) cemetery at St. Augustine's Seminary in Toronto.

News, The Toronto Star, Sep 3, 1936:
Rev. Thomas Manley, pastor of St. Joan of Arc parish and former chancellor of the archdiocese, has been named the diocesan director of the Holy Name society for a three-year period beginning Sept. 1, 1936. Father Manley succeeds Rev. J. L. Hand who was for long years the diocesan director. Directors have also been appointed for the deaneries of St. Catharines and Barrie. Rev. Augustine Mogan pastor of St. Mary's church, Welland has been appointed the director of the deanery of St. Catharines, and Rev. J. McDonagh, pastor of Stayner, has been appointed director of the Holy Name society for the deanery of Barrie.
News, The Toronto Star, Mar 21, 1947:
Rt. Rev. T.J. Manley, pastor of St. Brigid's Roman Catholic church, and archdiocesan executive director of the Holy Name society, died in Florida last night, according to word received here today. Msgr. Manley had been in Florida since Feb. 9. He had suffered a heart attack in November and had spent 11 weeks in hospital. He then went south.
News, The Toronto Star, Mar 22, 1947:
His Eminence Cardinal McGuigan will celebrate solemn requiem high mass at St. Brigid's Roman Catholic church Wednesday morning, when funeral services will be held for Rt. Rev. T.J. Manley, pastor of St. Brigid's and archdiocesan executive director of the Holy Name society, who died in Florida Thursday night. Interment will take place in the priest's plot, St. Augustine's seminary.
Funeral, The Toronto Star, Mar 26, 1947:
Practically every diocese in Ontario was represented at the funeral today of Mons. T.J. Manley, 57, pastor of St. Brigid's Roman Catholic church and archdiocesan executive director of the Holy Name society. James C. Cardinal McGuigan presided at the chanting of the solemn requiem mass in the late pastor's parish church where the body had been lying in state for a day. The church was filled and besides the large representation of clergy there were civic dignitaries and laymen from many parts of Canada and the U.S. Mons. Manley died in Florida last Thursday, having gone there in February for his health. He was born in Thorold. All immediate members of his family had predeceased him. Assisting Cardinal McGuigan at the funeral were the deacons of honor, Rt. Rev. M. Cullinane and Rt. Rev. J. O'Connor; deacons of the mass, Rev. Austin Marshman and Rev. C. Sullivan. Rev. G. Quinlan was master of ceremonies, assisted by Rev. C. Schwalm. The funeral sermon was preached by Rev. A. Clancy of Thorold and in the sanctuary was Most Rev. Benjamin Webster, auxiliary bishop of Toronto, and many monsignori. Pallbearers were; Rev. J. Crothers, Rev. L. Hickey, Rev. W. J. Kelly, Rev. T. McCabe, Rev. D. O'Connor and Rev. F.H. Gallagher. The remains were taken to the priest's cemetery at St. Augustine's seminary, Scarboro, for interment.

Parents of Thomas J. Manley:
John J. Manley (1854-1933)
Margaret Flynn (1857-1894)

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Mar 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday ~ Manley Cres.

Manley Crescent
Thorold, Ontario, Canada
Yup, we got our own street ;-)

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Mar 2, 2010

Tombstone Tuesday - Haynes Family Pioneer Cemetery

Haynes Family Cemetery, St. Catharines, ON, Canada
Adam Haines (Haynes) UEL and Elizabeth Froelick 
 (5th Great Grandparents)

Text from Heritage Plaque:
Haynes Cemetery (ca. 1788-1861)

This family cemetery was once part of the 1784 Crown land grant to the United Empire Loyalist Adam Haines (1747-1814). In 1777 Adam enlisted in the Loyalist cause in Albany County, New York under Col. James Huston. At the end of the American Revolution, Adam crossed over the Niagara River and in August 1784 drew a location ticket for Lots 21 and 22 in Concession VII of Township #3 (later Grantham Township). After building a shack to temporarily shelter his family, Adam returned to New York. In July 1785 he led his wife, Elizabeth, and their seven children across the Niagara River at the Lower Landing (from Lewiston to Queenston).

In 1786 in the family house, 250 metres west of this site, Peter Haynes was the first pioneer child to be born in Grantham Township. The Homestead was the last stop that Thayandagea (Joseph Brant), a Mohawk Indian Chief, would make before crossing the Twelve Mile Creek with delegates from the Six Nations Reserve on thier way to Newark (Niagara on the Lake) to claim their annual treaty money.

In 1796 Adam Haines and his brother-in-law Benjamin Frolick were listed amongst the original 44 contributors to the building of the first local church, the Church of St. Catharines, which was erected a kilometre east of here.

During the War of 1812 both British and American forces commandeered livestock from the Haynes homestead. The horses of the Royal Artillery were pastured here when the regiment was stationed at Twelve Mile Creek. Four of Adam and Elizabeth's sons were active during the War of 1812, serving in the Lincoln Militia. Barnabas, in George Ball's Company, stationed at Fort George, participated in the Battle of Lundy's Lane. Lewis (Lute), a member of Jacob Ball's Company, was present at Fort George in December 1813. John and Adam Jr. served in McEwan's and Lawe's Company. Adam received a gratuity for his services of $30.00 in 1875 and John was awarded 4£ 15s  for damages, presumably for stock and livestock requisitioned from the family homestead, which he then owned.

The homestead descended in the family for four generations. Laura Nixon Haynes, who published five books of poetry, commissioned this 40 tonne pioneer monument west of the cemetery in 1948 after the death of her husband, the former Reeve of Grantham, Fred Haynes. Having no children, in 1952 Laura sold the homestead to Thompson Products. The land was subsequently obtained by the City of St. Catharines.

Erected by the St. Catharines Heritage Committee with the assistance of the Haynes family.

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