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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] "irish trivia" plainfield illinois
Date: Fri, 25 May 2007 21:27:03 -0500
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Hi Larry,

Curious, I could find no Westendorfs, not only in Plainfield, but
anywhere in Will County in either the 1870 or 1880 census.
Either they weren't there very long, or they lived in a different
county from where TW worked.

More Irish trivia:
There were 39 surnames listed as born in Ireland living in Plainfield
in 1870:

Boland, Boucher, Boulton, Bunton, Campbell, Carey, Crogwell,
Essington, Ferguson, Freevil, Gillespie, Gleason, Gregg, Johnson,
Kinsella, Maher, McElhose, McIntyre, McManus, Mehan, Nolan, Oriely,
Quinn, Rafter.


On May 25, 2007, at 3:31 PM, wrote:

> In a message dated 5/25/2007 3:22:19 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
> writes:
> I'll Take You Home Kathleen is not, in fact, a tune of Irish origin.
> It was written in 1875 by Thomas Westendorf, a public school music
> teacher in Plainfield, Illinois, and was the first public performance
> of the tune was in Plainfield's town hall. Westendorf wrote the tune
> for his wife Jeanie, while she was visiting her home town of
> Ogdensburg, New York.
> In 1876 it was one of two most popular songs in America - the other
> being Grandfather's Clock.
> And I thought I knew Plainfield history! Learn something new every
> day,
> Thanks. Larry
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