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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Rita Clubs?
Date: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 19:35:14 -0500
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Google is great, Patti!

Nan

On Jul 17, 2007, at 7:25 PM, patricia meyers wrote:

> Nan,
> You are amazing. How do you find all this information?
>
> Patti
>
> Nan Brennan <> wrote:
> Hello Susan,
>
> How interesting. For many years there was a woman's temporary
> residence organization called "The Eleanor Club" in Chicago.
> One of their residences was on the corner of North Avenue and
> Dearborn. I lived there for a few months in the earlier 70s.
> I believe they finally closed down in 2001.
>
> But your address 158-162 North Avenue must be quite close to the same
> location.
> The official address of the Eleanor North Ave residence was 1550 N
> Dearborn. The Eleanor Club was not run by nuns however.
>
> It was started at the turn of the century for housing for working
> woman who were not allowed to live in the downtown clubs.
> I think their mission has changed somewhat in recent years, still
> involved with woman but more focused on affordable housing for low-
> income woman and giving money and support to other women's
> organizations .
>
> The Rita Club was a national Catholic organzation and I think it may
> have had more several residences in Chicago. I found these two Trib
> classified ads from 1933:
>
> North Av W 158. Rita Club No 1 for girls; complete service daily;
> wonderful food. $6.7.50 wkly, Diversey D654.
>
> West Side. Jackson Blvd 1700--Rita Club No 1 for girls. complete
> service daily; wonderful food. $6.7.50 wkly, Seclay 0530.
>
> The Rita Clubs were sponsored by "The Mission of Our Lady of Mercy"
> according to a 1968 obituary of a 90 yr old Mary A. Cogley, who had
> been "director of the West Side Rita Club for 23 years"...and
> director of the Rita Club at West North Avenue in Chicago for
> 17years..."
>
> Full obit of Mary A. Cogley here: http://www.fulco.lib.in.us/
> Genealogy/Tombaugh/Obituaries/Pdf/1968.pdf
>
> Nan
>
>
>
>
> On Jul 17, 2007, at 3:59 PM, wrote:
>
>>
>> My great aunt Margaret Kane told me before she died that she
>> (before she married) lived in a girls residence in Chicago that was
>> chaperoned by nuns.? Talked abt. how strict it was and how she and
>> her friend Ruth Rooney decided when they could to get lodging with
>> fewer rules, but how they "had a ball" together.
>>
>> I have found them in the 1930 census at no. 158-162 West North
>> Avenue in ward 43 city of Chicago and the name of the institution
>> there was "RITA CLUB No. 2".
>>
>> Does anyone have information about this organization.? Don't really
>> need it, just curious.
>>
>> Susan
>>
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>> Sent: Tue, 17 Jul 2007 3:18 pm
>> Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Genealogy Center
>>
>>
>>
>> I'd be willing to attend such a meeting. It should definitely
>> include someone
>> who volunteers at a Family History Center and is familiar with
>> their policies
>> and procedures. Margaret McCarthy said she volunteers in Buffalo
>> Grove, and
>> there may be others on the list. And Brian Scott Donovan should be
>> there, of
>> course.
>>
>> Diane
>>
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