Ellen "Helen" Frances Connor

F, b. 27 July 1897, d. 13 March 1939

Family: Francis Ignatius O'Connor b. c 1901, d. May 1979

Citations

  1. [S1251] Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947, online FamilySearch.org, Helen O'Connor, accessed December 30, 2010.
  2. [S2355] St. Mary Church, Evanston, Illinois, "St. Mary Church Records," Baptismal entry, Page 34, MF# 1548257, Ellen Frances Connor.
  3. [S1251] Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947, online FamilySearch.org, Helen O'Connor death record, FamilySearch.org, accessed December 10, 2012.
  4. [S1933] Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1871-1940, Index, online www.familysearch.org, Patricia Ruth O'Connor, 1925; Digital folder # 100368750; registered 01 Nov 1925; accessed 25 Jul 2014.
  5. [S1251] Illinois, Deaths and Stillbirths Index, 1916-1947, online FamilySearch.org, Helen O'Connor, Vol. and page: Bk 23, p. 10153, cn 172; accessed December 30, 2010.
  6. [S375] Nancy Post, "Post, Nancy - Connor Ahnentafel."
  7. [S92] James Connor Interment Card, Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA, Lot 44, Block 4, Sect Q.
  8. [S1155] James Connor Cemetery Grave Card, Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA.

Ellin Connor

F, b. 4 January 1883, d. 22 July 1883

Citations

  1. [S653] Unknown author, Industrial Chicago, p. 746.
  2. [S170] Connor - White/Bowler, Family Groupsheet.
  3. [S171] St. Mary's, Evanston, IL, Church Records, Death.
  4. [S145] John A. Connor Cemetery Information, Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA, South 1/2 Lot 14, Bl 9, Sect D.

Francis John "Frank" Connor

M, b. 20 April 1886, d. 1 July 1941

Family 1: Jennie June Harris b. 1890, d. 19 May 1919

Family 2: Laverna Marie Maude Harris b. 4 Jul 1896, d. 28 Jan 1931

Citations

  1. [S135] Chicago Daily News, June 15, 1917, Page 17.
  2. [S170] Connor - White/Bowler, Family Groupsheet.
  3. [S653] Unknown author, Industrial Chicago, p. 746.
  4. [S411] California Death Index, online Ancestry.com, Francis J. Connor, died July 1, 1941, FamilySearch.org accessed April 14, 2016.
  5. [S208] Connor/Harris Marriage, Marriage License.
  6. [S224] Connor-Colfour Family, Research of Daniel R. Schattnik, 24 pages, Received via U.S. mail February 13, 2001 from Daniel Schattnik Elaine McIntyre Beaudoin, personal files.
  7. [S139] Evanston Review, March 17, 1932, Page 53.
  8. [S375] Nancy Post, "Post, Nancy - Connor Ahnentafel."

Francis Roger Connor

M, b. 24 September 1913, d. 19 December 1964

Family: Margie M. (?) b. 13 Aug 1914, d. 16 Dec 1999

Citations

  1. [S209] Francis Roger Connor, Birth Certificate # 8370 (June 18, 1941).
  2. [S210] Francis Roger Connor, Death Certificate.

Genevieve "Bridget" Connor

F, b. 24 January 1896, d. 28 August 1969

Family: John Gaudino b. 12 Sep 1895, d. 11 Sep 1987

Citations

  1. [S2353] St. Mary Church, Evanston, Illinois, "St. Mary Church Records," Baptismal entry, Page 31, MF# 1548257, Genevieve Bridget Connor.
  2. [S375] Nancy Post, "Post, Nancy - Connor Ahnentafel."

Irene Connor

F, b. 12 June 1892, d. 15 October 1893

Citations

  1. [S2362] St. Mary Church, Evanston, Illinois, "St. Mary Church Record," Baptismal entry, MF# 1548257, Irene Connor.
  2. [S170] Connor - White/Bowler, Family Groupsheet.
  3. [S375] Nancy Post, "Post, Nancy - Connor Ahnentafel."
  4. [S145] John A. Connor Cemetery Information, Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA, South 1/2 Lot 14, Bl 9, Sect D.

James Connor

M, b. 1818, d. 2 October 1897

Connor Monument, Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, IL, Lot N19, Block 38, Section U
  • Birth*: James was born at Taghmon, Taghmon Parish, County Wexford, Ireland, in 1818.1,2,3,4,5
  • Marriage*: He married Anastasia "Anna" Colfer at Taghmon, County Wexford, Ireland, on 8 August 1842.5,6
  • Emigration: James Connor emigrated in 1852.4
  • Emigration*: They emigrated, in 1854. Point of origin: an unknown place .7
  • Emigration*: He emigrated, in 1854. Point of origin: an unknown place .1
  • Naturalization*: He was naturalized on 1 November 1860 in the District Court of the United States at Chicago, Illinois.8
  • Anecdote*: (an unknown value).
  • Occupation*: He was Laborer on 13 June 1870 at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA.3
  • Residence: He and Anastasia "Anna" Colfer lived on 13 June 1870 at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois.3
  • Occupation: James Connor was Teamster on 16 June 1880.9
  • Residence*: He and Anastasia "Anna" Colfer lived on 16 June 1880 at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois.9
  • Biography*: In the History of Cook County, Illinois: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time, by A. T. Andreas, Published by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, 1884 additional information about St. Mary's Church is provided.


    "St. Mary's Roman Catholic -- This Church, the only one of the denomination in Evanston, was organized and a lot purchased in July, 1864. The ground was upon the present site of the church, on the southeast corner of Lake Street and Oak Avenue. Among the best known original members of the Church were George Kearney, William O'Connell, Michael Cunningham, Francis McLaughlin, Thomas Conner (sic), Patrick Conner (sic), James Conner (sic), John Sharp and Patrick Furlong. In a few days about $800 was raised, and a small wooden church building was erected, which is now a part of the schoolhouse. The society, however, was not entirely out of debt and ready to hold the first services until March, 1866.... The Society is now (1884) in a flourishing condition." Page 435.10
  • Residence*: He resided at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA, in 1886, at Lake 2d East of Ridge Avenue.11
  • Residence: He resided at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA, in 1888, at 816 Lake.12
  • Address*: As of 1897, James Connor and John A. Connor lived at 1217 Oak Avenue, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA.4
  • Death*: James died on 2 October 1897 at Evanston, Illinois, USA.
    Obiturary: Death of an Old Citizen
    James Connor Passes Away at a Good Old Age
    He Had Lived in This City for Forty-three Years and was Highly Respected == Funeral Services

    One of Evanston's oldest citizens passed quietly and peacefully away last Saturday, dying surrounded by his loving children and grandchildren and at peace with all the world. This was Mr. James Connor, who had reached the good old age of 79 years, and who had been a resident of this city for forty-three years.
    Mr. Connor was born in County Wexford, Ireland, in 1818, was married and four children were born to him there. He came to this country and located in this city forty-three years ago, his first house being built on what is now Stockham Park, just south of the present residence of Mr. D.H. Burnham. In 1862 he moved to the corner of Ridge avenue and Lake street, where he lived for twenty years. For over thirteen years he has made his home with his son, Thomas E. Connor, at 1217 Oak avenue, and it was there he died.
    His children, most of them residents of this city and all well known and highly respected here, are J. C. Connor, head of the hardware house of that name and now dead; John A. Connor, of Connor & Mc Cann; Ellen, who married Philip Sullivan of Chicago; Bridget, now dead, who married Frank Hayden, Mary, who married James Haukhey (sic Haughey) of Chicago; Thomas E. Connor of the hardware house of Connor & Arnold. Their children, the grandchildren of James Connor, number fifty-seven. His wife died fourteen years ago and since then he had not engaged in any active occupation, although his health was uniformly good up to a week before his death. He worked for a great many years for Mr. H. B. Hurd, Mr. Bliss and John A. Pearsons, and was always steady, industrious and reliable. His maiden sister, of nearly the same age as Mr. Connor, died in the same house, just five months to a day before him.
    His first hemorrhage occurred the Sunday previous to his death and he seemd to take it as a warning and was prepared for the end when it came. He took to his bed and remained there, but did not suffer greatly. All his living children were at his bedside to soothe his last moments.
    The funeral occured Monday at 10 o'clock a.m., at St. Mary's church, Fr. Smyth celebrating solemn high mass, assisted by Fathers Conway and Burke. Father Smyth in his remarks on Mr. Connor's life said: "I may speak of his honesty, the straightforward manner of his dealing with all men. None ever knew him to be underhanded in what he did or to be other than kindly. He was broad in his charity. He included every one in his benevolence. He always thought kindly and spoke kindly of all he knew well or met as acquaintances. His friends were many. Every man, woman and child who knew him knew they had a friend in him. His long devotion and loyalty to this church and his people here will not be forgotten soon."
    The cortege which followed the remains to Calvary cemetery was one of the largest ever seen in this city, and the floral offerings from relatives and friends were very beautiful as well as numerous, and testified the high regard in which Mr. Connor was held.
    The pallbearers were six of Mr. Connor's grandchildren, Charles J. Connor, William Connor, John Hayden, Frank Sullivan, Alexander Sullivan and Peter Sullivan. Evanston Review, October 9, 1897

    Death Notice: James Connor, one of the pioneer residents of Evanston, died yesterday afternoon of old age at the home of his son, J. A. Connor, 1217 Oak avenue. He was 80 years old. Mr. Connor was born in Ireland. He came to America in his youth and since 1852 lived in Evanston. He leaves two sons, John A. Connor and Thomas E. Connor. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10 o'clock from St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church. Father Smyth will say requiem high mass.
    Chicago Tribune, October 3, 1897, p.3.1,4,5,13
  • Funeral: He received the blessing of the church at the funeral on 4 October 1897 at St. Mary's Church, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA.4
  • Burial*: His body was interred on 4 October 1897 at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA, at Calvary Cemetery. Lot 44, Block 4, Sect Q.1,14
  • Blog*: He was mentioned in a blog at http://connorcolfour.blogspot.com Connor/Sullivan Genealogy Blog on 1 April 2010.15

Family: Anastasia "Anna" Colfer b. 1821, d. 15 Apr 1884

Citations

  1. [S164] Evanton Review, October 9, 1897.
  2. [S511] Unknown author, Townland and Towns Index, p. 846.
  3. [S515] 1870 US Census, Illinois, Cook County, Evanston, Washington, DC, pg. 70.
  4. [S654] Chicago Tribune, October 3, 1897, Historical Newspapers Chicago Tribune, p. 3.
  5. [S1680] James and Anastasia Connor Family Bible.
  6. [S162] Evanston Index, April 19, 1884, pg. 2.
  7. [S653] Unknown author, Industrial Chicago, p. 746.
  8. [S1683] James C. Connor, U. S. Passport Applications, no. 24660 (February 15, 1889).
  9. [S529] 1880 US Census, Illinois, Cook County, Evanston, Washington, DC, ED 218, Page 50, line 1.
  10. [S90] Alfred T. Andreas, History of Cook County, Illinois.
  11. [S126] Evanston Press Co., Evanston Directory, Page 85.
  12. [S127] Evanston Press Co., Evanston City Directory, Page 76.
  13. [S171] St. Mary's, Evanston, IL, Church Records, Death , James Connor entry, October 2, 1897.
  14. [S1155] James Connor Cemetery Grave Card, Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA.
  15. [S665] Elaine Beaudoin's personal knowledge Elaine McIntyre Beaudoin, personal files.

James Charles Connor1,2

M, b. 6 April 1846, d. 25 November 1890
  • Birth*: James was born at Tottenhamgreen, Taghmon Parish, County Wexford, Ireland, on 6 April 1846. On the "Births" page in the Bible, the townland is written as "Tatmon Green". After going through all of the townlands in County Wexford, this is the only townland that begins with a "T" and has "green" in its name..3,4,2,5,6
  • Baptism: He was baptized on 7 April 1846 at Taghmon, Ferns, County Wexford, Ireland; Sponsors were Robert Shaw and Maryanne Shaw.7
  • Emigration: He emigrated in 1855 from Ireland; See Katherine Connor's obituary, May 8, 1897.
  • Emigration*: He emigrated circa 1 May 1856 from Taghmon Parish, County Wexford, Ireland, aboard the ship Dunbrodie from Queenstown/Liverpool.6
  • Naturalization*: He was naturalized on 1 November 1860 in the District Court of the United States at Chicago, Illinois by virtue of his father's naturalization.6
  • Residence*: He lived on 13 June 1870 at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA.8
  • Occupation*: He was Carpenter on 13 June 1870 at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois.8
  • Marriage*: He married Hannah Doyle at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, on 5 April 1875. Witnesses: John Doyle and Bridget Connors and others.

    Connor-Doyle - A brilliant wedding was that which occurred at the Catholic Church in Evanston, Monday morning, April 5, 1875, at nine o'clock. It was said to be the first time in Evanston when High Mass has been celebrated at a wedding. Father Donohue officiated, and joined in holy matrimoney Mr. James C. Connor and Miss Hannah Doyle, two young people who have been raised from childhood in Evanston. Fiche # 6104193 SLC, FHL.3,9,10
  • Biography*: Evanston - A Pictorial History, by Barbara J. Buchbinder-Green, 1989 Page 72.
    "Born in Wexford, Ireland, James Charles Connor (1846-1890) came to Ridgeville with his parents in 1854. He learned the building trade with Miles Russell and John Wesley and built several houses around town. In 1879 he became a partner in Wightman & Connor, the successor hardware company to Wightman & Reynolds. Addison Porter Wightman (1818-1890) had arrived in Evanston in 1866 and started the hardware business with his brother under the name of R. V. Wrightman & Brother. In 1883 Connor bought out the interests of A. P. Wrightman, who then went into business with Alexander Drummond. Connor's store, shown on the left, stood at 618 Davis Street, east of Sherman Avenue. He advertised that he was a 'Dealer in Hardware and Furnaces, Stoves, Tinware and House Furnishing Goods, Roofing and Guttering, Prompt Attention given to Jobbing, also Building and Contracting, Carpenter Work of Every Description Promptly Attended To.' After having the little frame building moved, Connor had a handsome new structure built at 618-20 Davis Street in 1886 (shown below). Designed by Edbrooke and Burnham, it had an Anderson pressed brick front. Connor's occupied the eastern storefront and Edward W. Learned's grocery, the western. In December 1929 the Connor Building was destroyed by a fire that burned out John R. Thompson's Restaurant and Dubreuil's Tea Room. However, the little frame store in which Connor started still stands at 2002 Maple Avenue; it is now the home of Evanston Photographic Studios.

    Chicago Irish Families, 1875-1925
    "Connor, James C., hardware dealer, was born in Co. Wexford on April 6, 1846. When six years of age, his parents, James and Anastasia, came to Evanston, IL and were among the early settlers. He was one of six children. In 1869 he bought real estate and commenced building houses on it, selling the same and continuing such, with contracting up to 1879, when he bought out the interest of Samuel Reynolds, of the firm of Wrightman & Connor. In 1876 he was one of the Trustees of the Village of Evanston. He married Hannah Doyle of Chicago on February 1, 1875 and they had four children: Charles J., Willie, Mary L., and Annie B. History of Cook County, Illinois, by Alfred T. Andreas, Chicago, 1884"

    History of Early Chicago; Modern Chicago and its Settlement; Early Chicago, and the Northwest by Albert D. Hager, pg. 442.
    "James C. Connor, hardware dealer, was born in the county of Wexford, Ireland, April 6, 1846. When eight years of age his parents, James and Anastasia, came to Evanston and were among the early settlers. His father carried on farming, but is now living retired. The subject of this sketch was one of six children. He learned his trade with Miles Russell and finished with John Wesley. In 1869 he bought real estate and commenced building houses upon it, selling the same and continuing such with contracting, up to 1879, when he bought out the interest of Samuel Reynolds, of the firm of Wightman & Reynolds, hardware dealers, when the firm became Wightman & Connor. In 1883 Mr. Connor bought out Mr. Wightman and has carried on the business to the present time. In 1876 he was one of the Trustees of the village of Evanston. He married Miss Hannah Doyle, of Chicago, February 1, 1875. They have four children -- Charles J., Willie T., Mary L., and Annie B." (This sounds like James C. Connor is still alive, therefore written before 1890)

    Evanston News-Index, December 2, 1929, page 1, column eight continued on page 2, column seven

    Newspaper Headline: $150.000 LOSS IN DAVIS ST. FIRE

    Column Headline: CONNOR BLDG. DESTROYED IN NIGHT BLAZE

    Subheadline: Thompson's Restaurant and De Breuil's Tea Room Are Burned Out

         The heart of downtown Evanston was threatened and damage estimated at $150,000 was caused by a fire, believed to have been caused by a short circuit, that broke out shortly after midnight last night, completely gutting the Connor building at 616-20 Davis st., one of the landmarks of the business section, occupied by Thompson's restaurant and Du Breuil's tearoom
         Only the prompt and efficient work of Evanston firemen under command of Chief A. N. Hofstetter, in which virtually every piece of Evanstonia firefighting equipment was called into play, prevented the blaze from spreading to adjacent buildings. The efforts of the firemen were greatly handicapped by the freezing temperature, which quickly turned water to ice and endangered their tasks.
         The blaze, which was discovered by Herman Eppers, night manager at the Thompson restaurant, had filled most of the building with dense smoke before firemen arrived. The basement under Du Breuil's tearoom, where the fire is believed to have originated, was a roaring furnace when the first hose line was laid.
    Fight Fire All Night
         It was the inability of firemen to approach the heart of the fire which gave the flames sufficient headway to destroy the entire building.
         For two hours firemen sought to check the flames, and at four o'clock, just as it seemed the situation was under control, the fire shot through the roof of the two-story brick structure, one of the oldest building in the downtown section, and all hope of saving it was abandoned.
         Besides the restaurant and tearoom, the building was occupied on the second floor by the Evanston Letter service, MacNaughtan and Appleyard electrical fixture shop, and the Bateman Construction company's offices.
         Although preliminary estimates place the damage at about $100,000 for equipment and $50,000 for the building, the total loss may reach $200,000, due to the smoke and water damage to several adjoining shops.
         A light breeze from the west aided the firemen in saving from damage the building adjoining the Connor building on the west, occupied on the street floor by the Evanston Brunswick music store and the Mitzie Dress shop, and on the second and third floor by the family of L. J. DuBreuil and a rooming house conducted by Miss Maude Maynard. This building was separated from the burning structure by a single brick wall. The occupants of the rooming house were driven to the street by the intense heat.
    Other Stores Suffer
         The Brunswick and Mitzi shops, as well as Kreage's store at 624 1/2 Davis st., Chandler's at 630, and Walgreen's at 634 reported smoke and water damage. The basements of these shops were inundated with water which damaged valuable stocks.
         Mr. DuBreuil had just closed his tearoom for the night and was at home when Mr. Eppers informed him of the fire. He attempted to enter the place to save his records and money, but was prevented by the heavy smoke. Later, however, the smoke cleared and he rescued the records as well as the day's receipts of money.
         A few persons were present in Thompson's when the alarm was first given. Despite the smoke they remained in the place for a few minutes watching the work of firemen. A temperature of ten degrees above zero kept the crowd of curious to a few persons until daylight when Evanstonians on their way to work passed to look on.
         This morning's fire is the most serious in Evanston since January 9, 1927 when the old Boltwood school at Dempster street and Elmwood avenue was destroyed by flames with a loss of nearly $200,000.
    Erected 40 Years Ago
         The Connor building was erected about 40 years ago by J. C. Connor, now dead, and was one of the last buildings of that age that has survived the march of progress.
         Three years ago the building was sold by Mrs. Hannah Connor, 1220 Maple ave., widow of the builder, and her son, C. J. Connor, a real estate operator, to Northwestern university, the present owners. A short time later it was leased for twenty-five years, to the John C. Thompson company, owner of a chain of restaurants. The building was remodeled in 1927, when the Thompson restaurant was opened.
         DuBreuil's tearoom, known as a rendezvous for students of Northwestern university, was opened eight years ago. Mr. DuBreuil's lease was about to expire, but had been extended to April 1, with privilege of renewal at that time, he said.
         Mr. DuBreuil was uncertain this morning as to his future plans. His loss, he said, was partially covered by insurance, as was the case with other occupants of the building.
    Simpson Building Saved
         It is extremely improbably that any attempt will be made to rebuild the structure, since only the walls remain, with the exception of a small portion on the street front.
         Several times during the progress of the fire, which was brought under control about 5:30 o'clock, the Simpson building, immediately across the alley from the burning structure, was threatened by the flames, but was saved by the efforts of Chief Hofstetter and his men.
         In spite of the heavy coatings of ice which covered ladders, the roofs of adjoining buildings, and other bases of operations, not one fireman was injured. Some of the men were nearly overcome, however, in their attempts to enter the smoke-filled shops. When they returned to quarters late this morning many of the men were so coated with ice that their frozen clothing could be removed only with difficulty.

    Location of source and date copied: Evanston Public Library, Evanston, Illinois September 21, 2002.
  • Residence: James Charles Connor lived on 17 June 1880 at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois.4
  • Occupation*: He was Carpenter on 17 June 1880.4
  • Employment*: He was employed circa 1883 at 618 Davis Street, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA.
  • Biography: "JAMES C. CONNOR, hardware dealer, was born in the county of Wexford, Ireland, April 6, 1846. When eight years of age his parents, James and Anastasia, came to Evanston and were among the early settlers. His father carried on farming, but is now living retired. The subject of this sketch was one of six children. He learned his trade with Miles Russell and finished with John Wesley. In 1869 he bought real estate and commenced building houses upon it, selling the same and continuing such, with contracting, up to 1879, when he bought out the interest of Samuel Reynolds, of the firm of Wightman and Reynolds, hardware dealers, when the firm became Wrightman & Connor. In 1883 Mr. Connor bought out Mr. Wightman and has carried on the business to the present time. In 1876 he was one of the Trustees of the village of Evanston. He married Miss Hannah Doyle, of Chicago, February 1, 1875. They have four children -- Charles J., Willie T., Mary I., and Annie B."
    Andreas, A. T. History of Cook County Illinois: From the Earliest Period to the Present Time. Chicago: A. T. Andreas, Publisher, 1884, page 442.3
  • Biography: "In 1889 Mr. McCann, accompanied by Mr. James C. Connor, enjoyed a European trip, visiting the Mediterranean, Rome, Naples, Alexandria and Cairo, passing through the Suez canal to the Holy Land, where they spent some time visiting the principal historical spots. They were with a party of tourists known as the First American Catholic Pilgrimage, and were gone six months. On his return he visited his native land, passing also through England and Scotland."
    Industrial Chicago: The Building Interests, Chicago: The Goodspeed Publishing Company, Vol. 1, 1891, page 746-747.11
  • Description*: He was described as age 42, five feet, nine inches tall, had blue eyes and dark brown hair. His face was long with a straight nose, fair skin and a dimple on his chin. on 15 February 1889.6
  • Pass App*: His passport application states he was naturalized as a citizen of the United States before the District Court of the United States at Chicago, Illinois on the first day of November, 1860 and under his father's application he was 14 years of age when his father was naturalized. The librarian in SLC said this document would have been lost in the 1871 Chicago fire.12
  • Will*: He left a will on 15 February 1889 at Cook County, Illinois, USA; James C. Connor
    In the name of God Amen. I James C. Connor of the Village of Evanston in the County of Cook and State of Illinois of the age of forty-two years do make, publish and declare this my last will and testament. I being at the time of the making thereof of sound mind and memory, first I give and bequeath to my wife, Hannah Connor all the property of every kind, nature and description of which I shall die siezed, the above including all the real estate, personal property choses in action. LIfe insurance and everything I have at the time of my death to be and remain hers in fee simple absolutely and forever. Second I hereby appoint Hannah Conner [sic] my said wife, sole executrix of this my last will and testament, and request that no bond shall be required or demanded of her from any court as such executrix, or, for the carrying out of the provisions of this my will. In wittness whereof I have here unto let my hand and seal this 15th day of February in the year of our Lord Eighteen Hundred and eight nine (1889).
    James C. Connor (Seal)
    The above and foregoing instrument consisting of one page was at the date thereof signed sealed, published and declared by the said James C. Connor as and for his last will and testament in presence of us who at his request and in his presence and in the precense of each other have subscribed our names as witnesses thereto:
    Thomas Bates, 330 Maple Ave. Evanston, Ills
    Thomas B. Brogham 5131 Washington Ave. Hyde Park, Ills
    Will proved and admitted to record in open court this 2nd day of December A. D. 1890.
    Christian C. Kohleast, Probate Judge

    Record of Wills, 1879-1928; Illinois. Probate Court (Cook County) page 81.13
  • Occupation: He was a builder and contractor on 15 February 1889.6
  • Biography: Left for Europe and the Holy Land with a large congregation of 100 pilgrims led by the Very Rev. Charles A. Vissani, O.S.F. They plan to visit Rome and the Holy Land including Egypt and Jerusalem.
    "Off to the Holy Land: Pilgrims From this Country to Jerusalem" New York Times, February 17, 1889.14
  • Occupation: He was a contractor and builder in 1890.15
  • Anecdote*: (an unknown value).
  • Death*: James died on 25 November 1890 at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, at age 44.
    Death Notice: Connor - At his residence, 120 Maple av., Evanston, Ill, James C. Connor, aged 44 years.Chicago Daily News, Wednesday, November 26, 1890, page 5

    Obituary 1: Funeral of J. C. Connor. The funeral of J. C. Connor took place yesterday at Evanston. The body was taken from the residence at Maple and Dempster streets to St. Mary's Catholic church, where high mass was said by the pastor, th Rev. Daniel Donahoe, and a sermon was delivered by the Rev. P. C. Conway. The funeral then proceeded by carriages to Calvary, where the body was laid to rest. The following gentlemen acted as pallbearers: D. McCann, Frank Headen, Frank McCauley, George Shaw, William Doyle, and Michael Foley. Several church societies attended in a body,as did the Business Men's Association. The deceased was a well-known resident of Evanston. He was a contractor and builder, and through diligence and strick attendance to business amassed quite a fortune. He leaves a wife and seven children. The Daily Inter Ocean, Chicago, Illinois, November 28, 1890, page 2.

    Obituary 2: James C. Connor. Mr. James C. Connor, a prominent citizen of Evanston, died yesterday morning at 1:39 o'clock at his home, No. 123 Maple avenue. He has been sick since August with what was at first pronounced partial paralysis, but which turned out to be ulcer of the brain.
    Mr. Connor came to Evanston with his parents from Ireland about thirty-five years ago, and has resided there ever since. He was a contractor and builder, and built many of the beautiful residences in Evanston. He was also proprietor of a large hardware store, and owned some of the largest business blocks in town.
    He was a prominent member of the Catholic church, and took a trip to the Holy Land a short time ago. He leaves a wife and seven children, the oldest of whom is 15 years of age. He has two brothers, Thomas E., and John A. Connor, living in Evanston, and two sisters, Mrs. Phillip Sullivan and Mrs. James H. Haughey, living in Chicago.
    The funeral services will be held at the Catholic Church in Evanston at 11 o'clock Thursday. The interment will be at Calvary. Inter Ocean, November 26, 1890.15,16,17,18
  • Funeral: He received the blessing of the church at the funeral on 27 November 1890 at St. Mary's Church, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA.15
  • Burial*: His body was interred on 26 December 1890 at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA, at Calvary Cemetery.19
  • Probate: His estate was probated on 7 March 1893 at Cook, Illinois, U.S.A.; Copies of probate records in Elaine Beaudoin's file.
  • Biography: $150.000 LOSS IN DAVIS ST. FIRE / CONNOR BLDG. DESTROYED IN NIGHT BLAZE


    The heart of downtown Evanston was threatened and damage estimated at $150,000 was caused by a fire, believed to have been caused by a short circuit, that broke out shortly after midnight last night, completely gutting the Connor building at 616-20 Davis st., one of the landmarks of the business section, occupied by Thompson's restaurant and Du Breuil's tearoom

    Only the prompt and efficient work of Evanston firemen under command of Chief A. N. Hofstetter, in which virtually every piece of Evanstonia firefighting equipment was called into play, prevented the blaze from spreading to adjacent buildings. The efforts of the firemen were greatly handicapped by the freezing temperature, which quickly turned water to ice and endangered their tasks.

    The blaze, which was discovered by Herman Eppers, night manager at the Thompson restaurant, had filled most of the building with dense smoke before firemen arrived. The basement under Du Breuil's tearoom, where the fire is believed to have originated, was a roaring furnace when the first hose line was laid.

    Fight Fire All Night

    It was the inability of firemen to approach the heart of the fire which gave the flames sufficient headway to destroy the entire building.

    For two hours firemen sought to check the flames, and at four o'clock, just as it seemed the situation was under control, the fire shot through the roof of the two-story brick structure, one of the oldest building in the downtown section, and all hope of saving it was abandoned.

    Besides the restaurant and tearoom, the building was occupied on the second floor by the Evanston Letter service, MacNaughtan and Appleyard electrical fixture shop, and the Bateman Construction company's offices.

    Although preliminary estimates place the damage at about $100,000 for equipment and $50,000 for the building, the total loss may reach $200,000, due to the smoke and water damage to several adjoining shops.

    A light breeze from the west aided the firemen in saving from damage the building adjoining the Connor building on the west, occupied on the street floor by the Evanston Brunswick music store and the Mitzie Dress shop, and on the second and third floor by the family of L. J. DuBreuil and a rooming house conducted by Miss Maude Maynard. This building was separated from the burning structure by a single brick wall. The occupants of the rooming house were driven to the street by the intense heat.

    Other Stores Suffer

    The Brunswick and Mitzi shops, as well as Kreage's store at 624 1/2 Davis st., Chandler's at 630, and Walgreen's at 634 reported smoke and water damage. The basements of these shops were inundated with water which damaged valuable stocks.

    Mr. DuBreuil had just closed his tearoom for the night and was at home when Mr. Eppers informed him of the fire. He attempted to enter the place to save his records and money, but was prevented by the heavy smoke. Later, however, the smoke cleared and he rescued the records as well as the day's receipts of money.

    A few persons were present in Thompson's when the alarm was first given. Despite the smoke they remained in the place for a few minutes watching the work of firemen. A temperature of ten degrees above zero kept the crowd of curious to a few persons until daylight when Evanstonians on their way to work passed to look on.

    This morning's fire is the most serious in Evanston since January 9, 1927 when the old Boltwood school at Dempster street and Elmwood avenue was destroyed by flames with a loss of nearly $200,000.

    Erected 40 Years Ago

    The Connor building was erected about 40 years ago by J. C. Connor, now dead, and was one of the last buildings of that age that has survived the march of progress.

    Three years ago the building was sold by Mrs. Hannah Connor, 1220 Maple ave., widow of the builder, and her son, C. J. Connor, a real estate operator, to Northwestern university, the present owners. A short time later it was leased for twenty-five years, to the John C. Thompson company, owner of a chain of restaurants. The building was remodeled in 1927, when the Thompson restaurant was opened.

    DuBreuil's tearoom, known as a rendezvous for students of Northwestern university, was opened eight years ago. Mr. DuBreuil's lease was about to expire, but had been extended to April 1, with privilege of renewal at that time, he said.

    Mr. DuBreuil was uncertain this morning as to his future plans. His loss, he said, was partially covered by insurance, as was the case with other occupants of the building.

    Simpson Building Saved

    It is extremely improbably that any attempt will be made to rebuild the structure, since only the walls remain, with the exception of a small portion on the street front.

    Several times during the progress of the fire, which was brought under control about 5:30 o'clock, the Simpson building, immediately across the alley from the burning structure, was threatened by the flames, but was saved by the efforts of Chief Hofstetter and his men.

    In spite of the heavy coatings of ice which covered ladders, the roofs of adjoining buildings, and other bases of operations, not one fireman was injured. Some of the men were nearly overcome, however, in their attempts to enter the smoke-filled shops. When they returned to quarters late this morning many of the men were so coated with ice that their frozen clothing could be removed only with difficulty.
    Evanston News-Index, December 2, 1929, pages 1-2.20
  • Blog*: He was mentioned in a blog at http://connorcolfour.blogspot.com Connor/Sullivan Genealogy Blog
    on 1 April 2010.21

Family: Hannah Doyle b. 1 Feb 1855, d. 8 Jul 1934

Citations

  1. [S279] Evanston Review, April 21 and 28, 1888, pages 1-2, Evanston Index newspaper articles on the Connor building fire...

    April 21, 1888. FIRE
    Shortly before 11 o'clock the occupants of the upper floor of the Connor building on Davis street, discovered a fire in the Odd -Fellows Hall. Access to the hall was prevented by the dense volume of smoke, which soon poured through the roof. For some time there was difficulty in getting water, but after the arrival of the department there was an abundant supply. As we go to press the firemen are still at work. It is believed that the chief damage will be with water, although there is still danger that the fire may burn through and injure the building materially.

    And...April 28, 1888
    As was anticipated last Saturday when The Index went to press, the fire in the Connor block was extinguished before the building was materially damaged. Mr. Connor estimates his loss at $5000 on the building and $2000 on the stock, the latter being by water. E.W. Learned also suffers to some extent by water. The damage to the furniture and fittings of the Odd-Fellows Hall is estimated at $2200. All this is covered by insurance, but as usual there is considerable difference of opinion between the adjusters and the owners as to the amount of the loss.

    Source from Nancy Post.
  2. [S584] Mary Lucy Connor, Illinois birth certificate no. 1115, Family History Library, MF# 1287767 (no date).
  3. [S90] Alfred T. Andreas, History of Cook County, Illinois.
  4. [S516] 1880 US Census, Illinois, Cook County, Evanston, Washington, DC, ED 218, pg. 52, line 31.
  5. [S1680] James and Anastasia Connor Family Bible, Entry written by sister Mary in 1877.
  6. [S1683] James C. Connor, U. S. Passport Applications, no. 24660 (February 15, 1889).
  7. [S2300] Taghmon Parish, Microfilm 04247/09; Page 51, James Connor baptismal record: Catholic Parish Registers at National LIbrary of Ireland online, accessed March 25, 2016, Baptisms July 11, 1832 - December 21, 1865, Taghmon Parish.
  8. [S515] 1870 US Census, Illinois, Cook County, Evanston, Washington, DC, pg. 70.
  9. [S119] James C. Connor/Hannah Doyle, Marriage.
  10. [S1680] James and Anastasia Connor Family Bible, The entry was written by his sister Mary in the Bible in 1877.
  11. [S1164] Unknown author, Industrial Chicago.
  12. [S2281] James Charles Connor, U.S. Passport Applications, no. 24660 (Issued February 18, 1889).
  13. [S2276] Record of Wills Book 12, 1890-1891: Acessed December, 2015; Ancestry.com.
  14. [S1682] New York Times, February 17, 1889.
  15. [S920] The Daily Inter Ocean, November 28, 1890, page 2, issue 248, column C, infotract.galegroup.com, accessed April 27, 2009.
  16. [S146] James C. Connor Cemetery Grave Card, Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA.
  17. [S921] Inter Ocean, November 26, 1890, www.genealogybank.com, accessed May 9, 2009.
  18. [S1680] James and Anastasia Connor Family Bible.
  19. [S92] James Connor Interment Card, Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA.
  20. [S279] Evanston Review, April 21 and 28, 1888, pages 1-2, December 2, 1929, pages 1-2.
  21. [S665] Elaine Beaudoin's personal knowledge Elaine McIntyre Beaudoin, personal files.

James Colbert Connor

M, b. 19 May 1899, d. 5 May 1963
  • Birth*: James was born at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA, on 19 May 1899.1
  • Baptism: He was baptized at St. Mary's Church, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA, on 28 May 1899. Religion: Roman Catholic; William J. Doyle and Elizabeth McDonough were sponsors. Priest: Hugo Smyth..2
  • Residence*: He resided at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA, in 1929, at 2707 Broadway. 1929 Evanston Directory. States that he was a salesman for Thomas E. Connor (this was his father)..
  • Residence: He lived on 27 April 1942 at 1213 Oak Avenue, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA.3
  • Death*: James died on 5 May 1963 at Hines VA Hospital, Hines, Cook County, Illinois, USA, at age 63. Death notice in Evanston Historical Society clippings file dated May 9, 1963
    James C. Connor, 63 of 1110 Lake street died Saturday in Hines Veterans Hospital after an illness of several months. He had been employed by Chandler's store in the stationery department for the past 12 years.
    Born in Evanston, Mr. Connor lived here all his life. He formerly worked for the Stebbins Hardware Company, Chicago. His father, the late Thomas E. Connor, was a pioneer Evanston hardware merchant.
    A World War I veteran, he was a member of the Evanston Post of the American Legion
    He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. R. A. Hendricks and Mrs. Ralph Fortune, both of Washington, D. C., three sisters, Mrs. Neil Benedict of the Lake street adress; Mrs. D.J. Harrigan, 1217 Oak avenue, and Mrs. John J. Gaudino, Los Angeles, Cal; a brother Thomas J., 1123 Noyes street and 11 grandchildren.
    Three sisters, all former Evanstonians, preceded him in death. They were Mrs. E. J. O'Laughlin, Mrs. Frank O'Connor and Miss Elizabeth Connor.
    Prayer services in the Fitzgerald and Karsten chapel were followed by a requiem high mass in St. Mary's Church. Burial was in Calvary Cemetery.

    Tribune, May 6, 1963
    James C. Connor of 1110 Lake Street Evanston. Beloved father of Dawn and Virginia of Washington, D.C; fond brother of Thomas J., Margaret (N.W.) Benedict, Ruth (D.J.) Harrigan, and Jane (John) Gaudino of Los Angeles. Remains resting at Fitzgerald and Karsten Funeral Home, 1571 Maple ave. Evanston. Funeral arrangements incomplete. Un9-2900..4,5
  • Burial*: His body was interred on 8 May 1963 at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA, at Calvary Cemetery.6

Family:

Citations

  1. [S107] James Colbert Connor, Baptismal Record.
  2. [S2357] St. Mary Church, Evanston, Illinois, "St. Mary Church Record," Baptismal entry, Page 38, MF# 1548257, James Colbert Connor.
  3. [S2182] World War II draft registration card for Thomas James Connor , Serial number 1926, Draft Board, Evanston, Illinois.
  4. [S224] Connor-Colfour Family, Research of Daniel R. Schattnik, 24 pages, Received via U.S. mail February 13, 2001 from Daniel Schattnik Elaine McIntyre Beaudoin, personal files.
  5. [S375] Nancy Post, "Post, Nancy - Connor Ahnentafel."
  6. [S92] James Connor Interment Card, Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA, Lot 44, Block 4, Sect Q.

James Deal Connor

M, b. 19 December 1919, d. 10 November 1927
  • Birth*: James was born at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA, on 19 December 1919.1,2
  • Death*: James died on 10 November 1927 at Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, at age 7. Evanston Review, November 17, 1927
    An inoculation against scarlet fever resulted in a shock which caused the death of James Connor, 7-year old son of Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Connor, 1122 Oak avenue, manager of the Connor hardware store, Thursday. Five-year old Mary Connor, sister, was under quarantine for scarlet fever at the time. The family physician as a precautionary measure, inoculated two brothers with a preventive serum, and the death of James followed within three minutes. The other brother, Thomas, a nine-year old youngster, suffered no ill effects. A coroner's jury found the death was due to shock from anaphylaxis serum used as an antitoxim for scarlet fever. Funeral services were at St. Mary's church Saturday with burial at Calvary cemetery.

    Death Certificate:
    An inquest was held.

    Connor - James Deal Connor, aged 7 yrs., son of Thomas and Ruth Connor, nee Deal, grandson of T. E. Connor. Funeral from residence of grandfather, 1003 Grove st., Evanston, Saturday, 9 a.m., St. Mary's church. Burial at Calvary
    Chicago Tribune, November 11, 1927, p. 32.3,4,5,6
  • Rcfuneral: He was buried from circa 11 November 1927 at St. Mary's Church, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA.6
  • Burial*: He was buried circa 11 November 1927 at Calvary Cemetery, Evanston, Cook County, Illinois, USA.6

Citations

  1. [S156] Evanston Review, November 17, 1927, Page 78.
  2. [S1413] Bureau of Vital Statistics entry, Cook County birth registration, Ancestry.com, accessed October 26, 2011, James Deal Connor birth record, FHL#1308626.
  3. [S156] Evanston Review, November 17, 1927.
  4. [S205] James Connor, Death Certificate, 1927.
  5. [S655] Chicago Daily Tribune, November 11, 1927, p. 1.
  6. [S656] Chicago Tribune, November 11, 1927, p. 32.