I am wondering if anyone has any suggestions on how to find lists of school classmates from the early 1900s in Chicago parochial schools?
I have been transcribing letters kept by my husband's grandmother in Chicago, Agnes Tully Stevens. One letter is from her fellow classmate from the Catholic school of St. Anne's parish, Matthias Concannon. In the letter, he mentions briefly four or five other fellow classmates that he had seen between their graduation and 1939, when the letter was written.
Matthias Concannon himself turned out to be a successful attorney and head of his own Chicago law firm. He served as counsel for the Kellogg Company and Foundation, as well as for the old Chicago Times newspaper. He d 1953 at his summer home in Long Beach, Indiana, though he was b 1888 in Chicago, s/o Irish immigrants Malachy and Agnes McMannon Concannon. Interestingly, proceeds from his estate served as seed money for Notre Dame's Concannon Programme of International Law in London.
Having discovered this about just one of this grandmother's classmates, I wonder about the others who attended school with her and Mr. Concannon. I'd love to find a copy of any listing of graduating classmates of the parochial school run by the now-non-existant parish of St. Anne's in Chicago.
While this is not part of my own family line, I transcribed the 1939 letter from Matthias Concannon, which mentions his marriage and his newborn son, as well as some background links in my blog. If anyone is researching that line, or would like to see the other classmates listed, you are welcome to read what I've found, as well as see the letter at http://afamilytapestry.blogspot.com/2012/04/classmates.html
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