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Their residence hosted “at least fifty” teachers, reporters, traveling men, and their wives. ”8 Had they seen even less of the boarders then they might have avoided the “two tragedies,” as Johnson melodramatically termed them, that were described in the preceding chapter. O’Shaughnessy’s Waif One cold December night the Herald’s city editor received word that a mother had abandoned her baby on the doorstep of a family who refused to take in the foundling. He asked the family who had notified the newspaper not to say a word to anyone else and immediately sent one of his reporters down to get the child.
The college had a good reputation for its teaching of penmanship, and in a St. ” He subsequently attended the Academy of Fine Arts in Kansas City, Missouri, and worked for newspapers there and in Pueblo, Colorado, before moving to Chicago. 46 James Junior did not continue as a clerk. ” An obituarist would later write that James “taught district school in St. ” but the words “country district” that he himself used suggest a more rural location. One may assume that the teaching involved in this temporary job was simply that of reading, writing, and arithmetic and that his return to shoe store advertising was a reference to his working again as a clerk for his father, this time in a new store when the family moved to St.
James Shaughnessy Senior was president of the local St. Joseph branch (no. 203) of the Catholic Knights of America, a fraternal religious and benevolent society whose 3,500 Missouri members made regular payments into what was then a novel form of life insurance plan. This provided coverage for each member’s family in the event of one’s death. 50 Meanwhile, there were bills to be paid. When in early 1889 James O’Shaughnessy’s father moved the location of his shoe store from one part of St. Joseph to another he took out half-page weekly advertisements in the Missouri Settlersâ•‡19 Catholic Tribune, one of the papers on which his son worked in St.