Although I am very behind on my 52 Ancestors a week challenge, I have been making some progress on my genealogy. Some of that is probably the reason I’ve been behind. Last week, I noticed that Newspapers.com had added the The Allentown Leader and Allentown Democrat to their collection. So, I spent hours searching though those and making and downloading clippings instead of catching up on my blog. However, I did find lots of stories to share for my blog, so i should be able to catch up in no time.
My most prominent ancestor I found in those newspapers was my great, grand uncle, Daniel A. Logue. Daniel was born in Allentown on January 3, 1878. He was the seventh son born to Irish immigrants, Manus and Ann (Brown) Logue. He was baptized at Immaculate Conception Church on January 20, 1878. His godparents were Michael McFadden and Margaret McCafferty.
I had first realized that Daniel was civic-minded when I had found his family in the 1920 Federal Census and discovered that he was the enumerator for his district.
One of the earliest articles I came across for Daniel was in August, 1902. A man named Christian Strauss had just left Gehringer’s saloon around midnight one evening, and was stopped by a man asking for money. Strauss refused him and then the man struck and beat him. Daniel had been passing by when he saw a crowd gathered. He stopped to see what was going on, then left to go home. A hearing was held and eight men were brought in, Daniel being one of them. However, Daniel was only brought in as a witness. No evidence showed that he was involved with the beating and also because he bore “an excellent reputation.”
I am not sure if this incident had any bearing on Daniel’s life or not. Beginning in 1905, I found many articles of Daniel’s active participation with the Young Men’s Temperance Society of Allentown, and was even their president for a time. One article described a large Memorial Day outing in Laury’s Station that the society sponsored. The article described “President Daniel Logue was the happiest man in the crowd. It was largely due to his untiring efforts that the affair was so satisfactory.”
I also discovered that Daniel was quite the bowler! As a league bowler myself, I really could relate to these articles. Especially since my mother is completely mystified as to how I got into bowling to begin with. See Mom? It runs in the family! In 1905, he and his teammate, Joseph Karsch, were the leaders in the Pergola Bowling Tournament. Daniel had bowled the highest scratch series ever in the tournament: a 624 series.
In April of 1909, Daniel became the manager for a new grocery store that opened up on Second and Gordon Streets in Allentown: the Childs Grocery Store. Previously, Daniel was employed at the John Knerr & Company grocery, and prior to that, he managed a grocery on North Front Street in Allentown.
Later that year, on August 10, 1909, Daniel married Lillian Schwoyer. They married at Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church. Daniel’s bowling teammate, Joseph Karsch, served as the Best Man while his youngest sister, Catherine was maid of honor.
Daniel and Lillian had 2 children: Ruth and Lillian. Ruth died on June 9, 1915 at the age of 5, after suffering from diphtheria.
At some point, before 1940 Daniel and Lillian separated, but never divorced. Daniel died on May 2, 1946 in Buffalo, NY. He had a large obituary published in the May 3, 1946 issue of the Allentown Morning Call:
Daniel A. Logue Dies in Buffalo Hospital Daniel A. “Danny” Logue for many years a colorful figure in sports in the Lehigh Valley, died at 2 a.m. yesterday in the Myer Memorial Hospital, Buffalo, N.Y. He had been a patient in the hospital since Palm Sunday. Mr. Logue was aged 68 years. Mr. Logue left Allentown about six years ago after acting as manager of the local Milner Hotel. He was connected with this chain for some time but for the past four years had resided in Buffalo and was employed as an inspector at the Spencer Lewis Co plant there. In his early manhood Mr. Logue was connected with the retail grocery business and for some years was manager of the Childs store at 2nd and Gordon Sts., when this chain opened up several Allentown branches. He later purchased a store in the 800 block on Ridge Ave and conducted it for some years. Later, Mr. Logue became affililated with the Northampton Democratic Club on New St., Bethlehem. This organization is now out of existance. Mr. Logue was associated in several sporting enterprises including the promotion of baseball and was widely known throughout the Lehigh Valley. He is survived by his wife, Lillian, nee Schwoyer Logue, Philadelphia; a daughter, Lillian, wife of John R. Brown, Philadelphia; three grandchildren; a brother, Amandus, Paterson, N.J. and two sisters, Catherine A. Logue, New York and Mary Logue, Philadelphia. Services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Saturday from the Weber Funeral Home, 502 Ridge Ave. with high mass of requiem at 10:45 a.m. in the Church of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Interment in the parish cemetery.