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From: "Carmen DiGiacomo" <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Chicago Flophouse
Date: Fri, 13 Apr 2007 13:19:39 -0400
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Kathleen, I don't understand why you connected The Springfield House to the
term flophouse. If those listed on the census sheet were singe and laborers
the place could have been a boarding house for laborers. I would venture to
say one could find similar places in New Bedford, MA, Providence RI or any
other city that had a manufacturing industry that needed workers.


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Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Chicago Flophouse

> My Chicago flophouse connection: I have a 1910 federal census record
> listing
> one of my grandfather's brothers (Martin Fitzgibbon) as a "lodger" at 523
> West
> Madison Street in Chicago. At the top of the page where it has "Name of
> Institution", the census taker filled in "Springfield House". I've not
> found any
> specific references for it, but assume it was a transient hotel (aka
> flophouse). Martin is age 32 and a laborer for the railroad. Everyone
> listed on the
> page is a single white male; most are laborers for the railroad. If my
> research is correct, I found Martin listed as Fitz FitzGibbons in 1900 at
> the
> Illinois State Reformatory in Pontiac. Not sure what old records there
> are for the
> reformatory inmates.
> Kathleen Richmond
> Oak Forest IL
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