An Irish-American Odyssey: The Remarkable Rise of the by Colum Kenny

By Colum Kenny

The O’Shaughnessy brothers’ tale happens among 1860 and 1950 in Illinois, Missouri, ny, and eire. They have been the kids of an impoverished immigrant who fled the famine in eire and his Irish-American wife. An Irish-American Odyssey is the story of this first-generation immigrant family’s fight to assimilate into American society, highlighting their perseverance and backbone to grab possibilities and surmount stumbling blocks, all of the whereas constructing a legacy for his or her personal descendants in American artwork, advertisements, journalism, and public service.

TIME journal referred to as James O’Shaughnessy “the top within the company” of advertisements, and he turned the 1st leader government of the yank organization of advertisements organisations. prior, he used to be a “star” reporter on the Chicago Tribune, and James and Francis have been centrally serious about founding and holding the Irish Fellowship membership. Francis used to be additionally the 1st graduate of the collage of Notre Dame to be invited to convey its annual graduation tackle, whereas Martin was once the 1st captain of Notre Dame’s reputable basketball workforce. An lawyer, John represented the alleged sufferer in a infamous “white slavery” case. Thomas (“Gus”) grew to become the best Gaelic Revival artist in the USA in addition to a promoter of Italian-American historical past, campaigning effectively to have Columbus Day enacted a public holiday.

The amazing upward push of the O’Shaughnessy brothers proves the yank dream is attainable.

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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 Settlers╇19 Catholic Tribune, one of the papers on which his son worked in St.

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