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Subject: Re: [Irish in Chicago] Death Certificate
Date: Sat, 17 Jun 2006 14:52:36 -0500
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Margaret's maiden name was Brady (a solid brickwall on that family). Katie could have been her sister, yes. I will check that State Archive Database and see.

I will check the newspaper article from the Trib Archive also. Okay, okay, you are probably right about the doctor's office. I should know better than to argue with a woman, after having a four year-old granddaughter that knows everything. No, I am not equating you with a four-year old. I just ought to know better after a mother, five sisters, an ex-wife, a daughter, a wife, and six granddaughters. Please some more testosterone. Just kidding.

Catherine's cause of death was acute bronchitis and the contributing cause was cardiac failure. The duration was 8 days and 4 hours. There is no informant on the DC.

Catherine is buried at the Sag Cemetery. I understand that her headstone is no longer there. I am going there in a couple of weeks to take pictures of father, son and uncle - William Welch, William J. Walsh, and Michael Welch (all are on the same headstone). There has been a lot of vandalism at St. James - Sag Cemetery, according to my sister-in-law and her husband. They live in Lemont.

I am very familiar with Chicago streets and how they run. I drove a Checker cab in Chicago for a few months in my early years. In addition, I lived there for 50+ years before I moved to Peoria. Peoria is the exact opposite of Chicago, as afr as numbering goes - east side even, west side odd, north side odd, south side even. It is rather confusing. They also have diagonal streets (northeast to southwest) where the numbers do not coincide with the east west numbers. I have been here 3 years and I am just now getting used to their system.

I was looking at the aerial view of the lot on the Cook County Assessor's website. I could not tell what it was. I assumed with a big lot like that, it had to be an apartment complex.


Ancestry is still blocking from accessing those documents you sent. Why? I don't know.


----- Original Message -----
From: Beth Walsh <>
Date: Friday, June 16, 2006 23:37
Subject: Re: [Irish in Chicago] Death Certificate

> Bill,

> I checked the census for 1900 and 1910 and found a Patrick Hussey (b.Ireland), his wife Katie and their children living at 1503/1502 S 40th Ave. Did your Margaret (Maggie) Walsh/Welch have any relatives named Hussey ? Do you know her maiden name - maybe Patrick was a brother? Or could Katie have been her sister? Or ??? She may have been visiting or staying with them when she died.

> No Charles J Ocasek at 1501/1500 in the census, though. However, doing a search on Dr. Ocasek, I found out that he graduated from Rush Medical College in March 1893. In Sept. 1896, at age 26, he married Emily Rezanka, age 23. In a story in the paper in Aug 1898, he was mentioned as Dr. Charles J. Ocasek of the Chicago Board of Health. In 1912, he was mentioned as a member of the Bohemia Club - their clubhouse was located at Lawndale & Douglas Blvd. Then there was the article that Nan told you about - that he was struck and killed Sep 28 1917 crossing the street and it gave his address as 1500 S. Crawford. There was an interesting column in a 1915 paper listing 1500 S Crawford - Mrs. A. Kadlac, as a station where fever treatment
may be obtained. Don't know what kind of fever they were referring to however. (These snippets of information were obtained from the Chicago Tribune Historical Archive database).

> So, I still stand by my original guess that the doctor's office and or clinic was located at 1500 and Margaret was either visiting or staying at the building next door. By the way, what was her cause of death? Maybe that can shed some light on some of the possibilities?

> If you are looking at 1500/1502 as the address after 1909 - those addresses would be on the west side of 40th/Crawford/Pulaski. There is a building on that corner and a vacant lot next door and then another flat building next door south. The vacant lot (1501-03) on the corner, next to the funeral home is on the east side of the street.

> What other information is on the DC? Does it say how many years/months/days she resided at the address? How long had she been sick, how long had the doctor been tending to her? If you know what cemetery - they may be able to supply you with her home address. Also, who was the informant that signed the DC (not the doctor) and their relationship to her?

> Sorry that this is so long, but there are a number of avenues to check into for further possible information.
> Beth
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: <>
> To: <>
> Sent: Friday, June 16, 2006 2:16 PM
> Subject: Re: [Irish in Chicago] Death Certificate
> > Marti & listers,
> > I checked the Cook County Assessor's website, as you
> suggested. Here is
> what I found:
> > 1501 S Pulaski Rd Chicago PIN: 16-23-122-001-0000
> > 1503 S. Pulaski Chicago No records were returned.
> > It appears from the photo taken in 1999, that it is a parking
> lot with
> some sort of apartment complex down the street from the lot.
> > Many of the listers have suggested that the doctor lived next
> door. This
> could be, but seeing as how she was living with her son on 64th
> & Loomis
> prior to his death in 1902, I don't know that she would have
> moved. I doubt
> that her daughter-in-law, Margaret, would have kicked her out of
> the house
> after William died. Catherine died 7 years later. Margaret
> (Maggie) Walsh
> did not die until 1950.
> > Is there anyone with access to the 1909 directory that can
> tell me if
> Charles J. Ocasek, M.D. had his office at 1501 S. 40th Avenue?
> Also, can you
> tell if Catherine Welch lived at 1503 S. 40th Avenue?
> > Dave,
> > You are correct, the M.D. is printed on the form, so there is
> no need to
> write his credentials after his name.
> > Thanx,
> > Bill
> >
> >
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