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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
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
Boland, Boucher, Boulton, Bunton, Campbell, Carey, Crogwell,
Essington, Ferguson, Freevil, Gillespie, Gleason, Gregg, Johnson,
Kinsella, Maher, McElhose, McIntyre, McManus, Mehan, Nolan, Oriely,
On May 25, 2007, at 3:31 PM, wrote:
> In a message dated 5/25/2007 3:22:19 P.M. Central Daylight Time,
> 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
> Thanks. Larry
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