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Subject: Re: [Irish in Chicago] Chicago's Irish Saloons
Date: Thu, 01 Jun 2006 17:50:07 -0400
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Thank you Cheryl for that information.
I called IRAD NEIU today and they informed me that they do indeed have "licenses for saloon" from 1907-1919. My Irish saloon search is for the 1890s. They gave me Cook County to talk to which led me to the Chicago library, which is where I am right now. There may be an Irish (West Garfield Park) business club or organization my grGrandfather may have been a member of to promote the saloon. Saloon keepers were quite social. Thanks again.

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From: cheryl kale <>
Sent: Wed, 31 May 2006 21:16:57 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Re: [Irish in Chicago] Chicago's Irish Saloons

Hi Tim,

Licenses for saloons are listed in the holdings at IRAD/NEIU.

I would contact them for further info. They are at:

Ronald Williams Library
5500 N St Louis Ave
Chicago, IL 60625-4699

My grGrandfather, Thomas J. Heeney arrived in Chicago from County Mayo in and around the 1870s, which I don’t have the specifics on. He was a young man when he worked for and was a boarder in an Irish saloon. The saloon’s owners John and Hattie Jackson were like family to Thomas who from the directories, worked and lived there for a long time. Thomas later purchased his own existing Irish saloon on Lake St. and Crawford Ave. He and his family lived above this saloon like I imagine many Irish saloon keepers did back then. I would love to have more information on Thomas' saloon business that he owned until his sudden death in 1897.
Does a list of Irish owned saloons or of Irish businesses back in later 1800s exist? and where would I find it? Did the Irish buy from each other and support Irish owned businesses? How could I get this information? Appreciate any help. Thank you.
Tim Berenda/Heeney

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