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 Newspapers.com, 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 24 – Dad’s Arrowheads

My Dad had a small collection of arrowheads that he had since he was a boy. I would make him show them to me and loved to listen as he explained that Indians had actually carved the small rocks into points, tie them on branches, and used them as their arrows and spears for hunting. It amazed me that I was touching something that someone had made hundreds of years ago. Earlier this year, my Dad was moved to a nursing home for patients with Alzheimer’s. So, when my mom asked if I wanted my Dad’s arrowheads, i immediately said, “yes.” They are a precious heirloom to me, not only for the historical value, but also for the memories of listening to my Dad explain what they were, and how he had found them. They also fit in nicely with the theme of this week’s 52 Ancestors challenge is “heirloom.”

My Dad grew up in the city. He was raised with his older brother and younger sister in northwest Philadelphia. One of the things he always looked forward to every summer, was escaping the city and traveling north with his family to visit cousins of his mother in Laceyville, Pennsylvania. My Dad had many fond memories of visiting the O’Mara farm, which used to belong to his great-aunt, Mary O’Mara and her husband, John and passed down to their children.

My Dad (in the middle) with his Uncle Albert, cousin Al, Jr., his mother, Emma and his brother, Daniel.

My Dad (in the middle) with his Uncle Albert, cousin Al, Jr., his mother, Emma and his brother, Daniel, on one of the family trips to the O’Mara farm in Laceyville, PA.

My Uncle Dan and his catch.

My Uncle Dan and his catch.

Dad riding a pony at the O'Mara farm in Laceyville, PA.

Dad riding a pony at the O’Mara farm in Laceyville, PA.

My Dad loved roaming the wide open fields with his brother, Daniel and fishing in the nearby pond. And my Dad also got to ride a pony, something that inspired him to get his own horse when he became an adult.

Nearby, was a scenic overlook known as the Wyalusing Rocks. The rocks are almost 500 feet above the Susquehanna River. The rocks were also known as the “prayer rocks” and were used by the Indians as a signaling point. Some of the tribes that had lived in the area were the Susquehannock and then later the Tuscarora, which was a tribe of the Iroquois Indians. My grandfather, who was quite the shutterbug, liked to go there so he could capture some of the scenery on film. My dad like to explore the rocks and the Indian path.


It was here that my Dad found his arrowheads. No doubt they were left behind by someone who had been standing as a lookout hundreds of years before. Dad came home with 5 arrowheads on that trip. My grandfather built him a shadowbox frame and lined it with green felt, and they glued the arrowheads on that.

hope my Dad would be happy knowing that his childhood treasures will be with me. I intend to get them into a new frame and display them on the bookshelf we have in our family room.

WEEK 23: Mom and Dad – their wedding photo

The theme for week 23 of the 52 Ancestor Challenge is “wedding.” These days, my parents are in my every thought. My Dad is suffering from late stages of Alzheimers, and may not be with us much longer. So, I have decided to honor both him and my mom with in this week’s post.

There was a place in Philadelphia back in the 1950s called ‘Al’s Riding Academy.” It was a place near Fairmont Park, where Philadelphia residents could own and board their horses. A young woman named Lorraine, boarded  her bay gelding named ‘Krimpet” at Al’s.  He was named after the popular snack cake, “Butterscotch Krimpets” produced by local bakery, TastyKake, which is where Lorraine had been employed. In a stall next to Kandy, was a big pinto gelding named “Davy Crockett.” Davy was owned by a young man named Jim, who obviously was a fan of the latest blockbuster of the day. Not only did Kandy and Davy become good friends, but their owners did as well.

Jim and Lorraine eventually married on June 20, 1959 at St. Benedict’s Catholic Church in Philadelphia. Many of their friends from Al’s Riding Academy were guests at the wedding, including their friend, Gene O’Neill, who served as the best man.

Jim and Lorraine had two children, and moved to Lehighton, PA where they bought a small farm and raised Arabian horses. The farm was sold several years ago, and is no longer standing. However, Davy Crockett is still buried there, at the top of the hill under the apple tree, where he used to hang out and eat apples to his heart’s content.

WEEK 21: Francis Vincent Logue – World War I

Memorial Day was this past week, so this week’s 52 Ancestor’s theme is “Military.”

I had recently discovered that my grand uncle, Francis Vincent Logue, served during World War I. He was the eldest child of Michael and Elizabeth (Donnelly) Logue, born on September 9, 1894 in Philadelphia, PA. He was baptized at St. Edward the Confessor Catholic Church on September 23, 1894. His godparents were his father’s siblings, Bernard and Mary Logue.

In 1917, the United States had entered World War I. However, at the time, the United States Army was small compared with their European counterparts. So the Selective Draft Act of 1917 was initiated, authorizing the government to draft young men to raise an army to go fight in Europe. All males between the ages of 21-30 were required to register for military service.

Francis was 22 years old at this time, and registered. At the time, he was employed at Midvale Steel in the Nicetown section of Philadelphia as a stock accountant.

005270445_04829He was assigned to the 112 Signal Corps, 37th Division and sent to France. His aunt, Catherine “Kate” Logue, was also in France serving with the Army Nursing Corp. The two had never seen each other while serving in France. However, they were very close and in some cases in the same area. One time, Francis had come down with influenza while in Nantes, France and was sent to a hospital ward there. His Aunt Kate was working in the same hospital, and was unaware that he was there until after his discharge.

World War I ended on November 11, 1918. Francis sailed home on the George Washington in March of 1919. He was honorably discharged on April 11, 1919. He went back to live with his parents at their home on Wentz Street in Philadelphia, PA. He got a job as a clerk at the furniture warehouse that his father was also working at.

In 1928, he married Marie R. Collins. They had one child (who is still living). Francis and Marie lived for a short time on Walnut Street, but then eventually they and their child moved back with his mother on Wentz Street. His health was poor since he returned from the war. He had chronic asthma, blamed on the use of mustard gas in the war.

Francis died on March 19, 1941 at his mother’s home from bronchial asthma. He was aged 46. He is buried in the Philadelphia National Cemetery.

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.

WEEK 11 – 2015: Amandus Logue – 1860-1944 – Paterson, NJ

Amandus Logue (1859-1944)

Amandus Logue (1859-1944)

“Luck of the Irish” is this week’s theme for the 52 Ancestors challenge. My dad’s side of the tree has plenty of Irish branches and ancestors to pick from. I decided to focus on my great grand uncle, Amandus Logue.

Amandus was the son of Manus and Ann (Brown) Logue. He was born in Ireland on September 1, 1859, probably in County Donegal. One day in October 1864, he and his mother boarded the ship Thornton in Liverpool, England and sailed to America to join his father, who had already been living in Allentown, PA for 4 years. They arrived in New York on October 28, 1864.

The family settled in Allentown, where Manus was employed at the nearby furnace. Young Amandus grew into manhood there, and most likely joined his father working at the furnace where he might have learned the boilermaking trade.

By the year 1883, Amandus left Allentown, and moved to Paterson, NJ. City directories and census records indicated that Amandus was employed as a boilermaker. The Grant Locomotive Works on Market and Spruce Streets, was one of the largest employers in Paterson during that time period. So it is likely that Amandus was employed there.

Sometime around 1864, Amandus married Delia Fanning. They had at least 7 children born to them, however at 3 of them died when they were very young.  Their surviving children were Alice, Mary Ellen, Lillian and Charles.

In 1900, Amandus and his family were living in Brooklyn, NY. However, they were back in Paterson by 1910. It is possible that the locomotive works was in financial troubles and had closed during that time period, forcing Amandus to seek employment elsewhere.

However, in 1911 Amandus was lucky and did find employment on a little construction project, known as the Panama Canal. He boarded a ship for Panama on January 3, 1911 and arrived on January 11th. He was employed as a boilermaker, first class. He worked there until the end of May and arrived back into the port of New York on June 6, 1911 on the ship “Colon.”


Amandus died on September 14, 1944 at the age of 85. He is buried in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Totawa along side his wife, Delia.

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 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. 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.

9. Catherine Logue – WWI Army nurse

This week’s 52 Ancestors Challenge, blog post, I have decided to focus on a female relative in honor of Women’s History Month. My great grand aunt, Catherine A. Logue seemed like the ideal candidate to write about within this theme.

Catherine was born on February 27, 1880 in Allentown, Pennsylvania to Manus and Ann Logue. She was the youngest child out of seven. She was baptized on March 7, 1880 at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church. Her sponsors were Francis Hynes and his wife, Mary Shields.

I did not know very much about Catherine, until one day while browsing GenealogyBank. While trying to search for an obituary for another uncle, I came across this article in the Harrisburg Patriot in which told the story of Catherine, who served in the Army nurse corp in France and her attempts to see her nephew, Francis Logue, while he was stationed in the same area.


This little article was such a goldmine for me! I had known nothing of either Catherine, nor of Francis before this. I really wanted to learn more of Catherine. I immediately Googled “Base Hospital, no. 38, France” and learned that it had been organized under Thomas Jefferson University Hospital in Philadelphia. Upon further investigation, I had found Catherine’s name (spelled as Katherine) in the Appendix that included a list of officers, nurses, civilians and enlisted men that served with the Base Hospital no. 38.

Catherine took an oath and began active duty on April 2, 1918. She along with the rest of the Nursing Corp, sailed from New York to France on May 18th. The hospital was set up in Nantes, France in June and began receiving patients 11 days later. Nurses and doctors treated almost 2400 cases at one time while in operation. Catherine served in France for almost a year. She returned back to New York City around March 20, 1919. She was honorably discharged on April 25, 1919.

Catherine remained in New York City for the remainder of her life, working as a nurse. She died, unmarried, on February 8, 1957. Her niece filed to have a military headstone installed on her grave.


This is about all I know of Catherine Logue. I would like to find out more about her time in France, but not really sure where to look next. I am also still awaiting for someone to upload a picture of her headstone on Findagrave.com. I would love to hear from anyone that has also had an ancestor who served in the Army Nurse Corps.

#3. Daniel Logue Jr. – My artistic inspiration


Daniel Logue painting a portrait of his father.

This week, I continue with the 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks challenge by writing about an uncle I had never met. Today, January 26, would have been his birthday.

I’ve been interested in art since I was a child. I spent hours drawing and painting. I was lucky enough to have parents who supported my whim, and bought me art supplies, art books, and even Saturday morning art lessons. So, I had always been fascinated about hearing my dad talk about his brother, Daniel, who had been a commercial artist.

My uncle Dan was born on January 26, 1927 in Philadelphia, PA and was the eldest child of my grandparents, Daniel and Emma Logue. They too, encouraged the young Daniel to develop his artistic talent.

Daniel was obviously very talented. He was challenged a bit, because he was color blind. I was told that sometimes his flesh tones might have been a little too green. But, that did not stop him from pursuing what he obviously loved to do. He successfully learned how to work through his affliction and produced many beautiful paintings.

Pastel painting by Daniel Logue Jr

Pastel painting by Daniel Logue Jr

Daniel eventually got a job as an illustrator at an advertising agency in Philadelphia. He married his wife, Evelyn, who was also an artist and had a son.

But sadly, Daniel died at the very young age of 31 of complications while having a routine surgery done. He was supposed to have been the best man at my parents’ wedding that year in 1959.

Since he passed away before I was born, I was never lucky enough to have met my Uncle Daniel. I really wish I could have. However, hearing about him inspired me to also pursue a career in art. I am now an art director and have worked at various ad agencies throughout my career. I suppose I have my uncle to thank for that.