WEEK 35: Mary Clare Logue – school teacher

I cannot believe that it is almost the end of summer. How does it pass by so quickly? Our kids have even have classes starting up again this week. So, it is timely that this week’s theme for the 52 Ancestors Challenge is “School Days.” I have chosen my 2nd great aunt, a school teacher, to write about this week.

Mary Clare Logue was born May 16, 1873 to Manus and Ann (Brown) Logue, in Allentown, PA. She was baptized on May 25, 1873 at Immaculate Conception Church in Allentown. Her godparents were Manus McCarry and Hannah McHugh.

The Allentown Democrat  (Allentown, Pennsylvania) 27 Aug 1914, Thu • Page 8

The Allentown Democrat
(Allentown, Pennsylvania)
27 Aug 1914, Thu • Page 8

Although her father, Manus, never knew how to read and write, he made sure that all of his children went to school. They were all educated in the schools of the Sixth Ward of Allentown. So, it must have pleased Manus when Mary became a school teacher. She first taught at the Sixth Ward elementary school, and then moved up to the Sheridan School, the Stevens School and Hunsicker Junior High School. 


The Allentown Leader, (Allentown, Pennsylvania) 15 Sep 1904, Thu • Page 8

Thanks again to, I was able to find out quite a bit about Mary. Overall it appeared Mary was a respected and well-liked teacher. However early in her career, in 1904, she was charged with assault and battery after beating an 8 year boy who had talked back to her while she taught in the Sixth Ward school. The case was heard in front of a city alderman, and was going to settle the case by having Mary pay $10 in costs. However, she refused, and she was placed under $300 bail instead. This event did not seem to hinder Mary’s teaching career, as she continued to teach in the Allentown schools for several years afterwards.

The Allentown Leader  (Allentown, Pennsylvania) 8 May 1901, Wed • Page 8

The Allentown Leader
(Allentown, Pennsylvania)
8 May 1901, Wed • Page 8

The Allentown Leader  (Allentown, Pennsylvania) 11 Aug 1904, Thu • Page 8

The Allentown Leader
(Allentown, Pennsylvania)
11 Aug 1904, Thu • Page 8

A teaching position must have been considered prestigious at that time, because it seemed that every little thing that occurred to Mary, made the paper. In 1901, she had the mumps. In 1904, she stepped on a needle. Both incidents were reported by The Allentown Leader. Even her vacations were reported.

LOGUEMaryClare_obitAround 1916, Mary left Allentown, moved to Philadelphia, and continued teaching. She died in at the Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia on November 20, 1956 at the age of 83. She was buried in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Cheltenham, PA on November 23, 1956.


WEEK 18: How my great-grandmother’s will solved the mysterious disappearance of Michael C. Logue

“Where there’s a will…” is this week’s 52 Ancestors theme. I have chosen to write about how a will broke through a brick wall for me. I remember it with such clarity, because it was this that made me realize how important will and probate records can be to genealogy research.

When I first started researching my family tree back in the 1990s, I could not find out much about my great grandfather. I knew his name because it was listed on my grandfather’s birth certificate. I asked my dad about him, and he said he never knew him. He said that he thought that he left my great-grandmother and their 8 children, and was never heard from again. And this was “back in the day” before there were ANY online records and I had to solely rely on good old fashioned renting microfilm at my local Family History Center and  letter writing. So finding out what happened to Michael seemed very bleak.

I discovered a little bit about him by looking at microfilm of census records and other family vital records. The 1910 Census was the latsest census available to the piblic at that time. That record indicated he was born about 1871 in Pennsylvania. My grandparents’ marriage application in 1926, listed him as father of the groom, and was “dead.”   From there, I assumed that Michael may have died between 1910 and 1926.

I found the 1893 marriage application for Michael and his wife, Elizabeth Donnelly on a roll of microfilm for Philadelphia Marriage records and that he was a furniture salesman. On that, Michael stated that he was born in Allentown, PA. That clue led me to ordering the microfilm 1880 Census for Allentown, where I found him living with his parents, Manus and Ann Logue on Liberty Street in Allentown. I wrote to the Catholic church that was right across the street from the address I found in the Census, and they were able to provide me with not only Michael’s birth and baptism, but also the names, and birthdates of his siblings.

I found out almost everything except his date of death. The time period I had it narrowed down to was still too broad and having vital records do a search for me during 1910 and 1926, would have cost me an arm and a leg.

I had lots of information on Michael’s wife, Elizabeth too. Up to that point, I felt that a copy of her death certificate was sufficient enough. I knew all of children, so I felt that I wouldn’t really need a copy of her will. I’m not sure what prompted me to change my mind, but one day in 1995, I sent off to request to the Philadelphia Register of Wills, for a copy of Elizabeth Logue’s records.

Almost 2 weeks later, I received a very thick packet from Philadelphia. I had not expected to learn much from this package, so I was so surprised that one one page, was the answer to the question that I had been searching for.


I could not have filled out that form to request the death record from Pennsylvania any faster! When I received the death record, I discovered that his residence was listed as Wentz Street, Philadelphia, which is where he resided in the 1910 Census, and also the house I knew my grandfather grew up. He had passed away of prostrate cancer, while still living with his wife and children. So not only did my grandmother’s will solve the mystery of when Michael Logue died, but also laid to rest that he had abandoned his wife and children.

19. Daniel A. Logue – Living here in Allentown

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 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. Image

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. Image

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. Image

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.