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Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Roll Call McDowell
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2007 07:07:15 EDT

Hi Nan,
Thanks so much for finding out about the Woodlawn neighborhood article. Do
you know how I can get a copy of the article? I haven't been able to find
Neil after he enlisted in the military for WW II. His wife died in 1939
(Gladys Zimmerman from Brooklyn, NY). It's very strange to me that the cremains of
Sadie McDowell (Mom and Gma) and Charles would be in the storage shed of the
Oak Knoll Cemetery. Sadie died in 1950. You'd think someone would have
claimed her. Seems strange but maybe that's what they did way back then at time?
Her daughter, Ada McDowell, never married and was a stenographer for a
Chicago Co. Someone suggested contacting the company but I'd need to find out the
name and other information about it. Her brother, William, supposedly went
into real estate and is listed in later phone books. Again, I would need the
phone numbers and company names to call and see if anyone has worked there
long enough to know what happened to the family.
I believe the family was Methodist. At least Ada and William were baptized
in the Methodist Church in Denver where they were born in 1890 and 1893.
Sadie dies in 1950.

So...what happened to her husband, Robert McDowell, b. 1852 in Brooklyn,
NY?? Did he die in Denver or Chicago or New York ( his home state)?

Any suggestions greatly appreciated. I am at a solid wall here in trying to
find out what happened to Neil Mcdowell, the son. His wife died in 1939 and
I would think he might have remarried. Can I look up marriages in Cook
County for 1940-1945? I believe they were Methodists. What would be the closet
Methodist Church to where they were living in 1930 through 1050- when Sadie
dies. Evidently no one in the family had an obituary posted.

All suggestions and help greatly appreciated!
Edmonds, WA

In a message dated 7/20/2007 7:01:10 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,


There was a Neil McDowell, born Illinois 1916, that enlisted in the
US Army Air Corp on 3 April 1942. Married, one year of college.

There was a Nel McDowell name as a scout leader from the Woodlawn
neighborhood in a Mar 3, 1935 Tribune article on the Boy Scouts in
Your Neil would have been about 19 by then.

I saw your William Freeman McDowell was living at 4211 Berkeley Ave
in his WWI draft.....I think this would be the Woodlawn
neighborhood....if not pretty close.

Another lister was asking about a Irish woman's boarding house around
42nd and Berkley just within the past few days. I was having trouble
zeroing in on the neighborhood. Funny co-incidence.


On Jul 20, 2007, at 6:26 PM, wrote:

> McDowell Longford, Ire Brooklyn, NY Denver, CO Chicago, IL
> Robert McDowell b. Longford 1812 m. Eliza Byrne b. Ire 1816 marriage
> location/date unknown
> Came to US in 1841
> Their children:
> Robert b. 1852 Brooklyn* (His line follows)
> Eliza J. b. 1853 in Michigan d. NY 1888
> Ellen b. 1859 in Brooklyn, NY d. 1891 in Mamakating, NY
> (Sullivan County)
> M. James Reilly/Riley b. 1850 Longford. in Brooklyn in 1876
> Robert b. 1852 in Bklyn
> Marries Sadie (Sarah) A. Freeman b. 1865 Virginia married 1886 in
> Denver,
> CO d. Chicago, IL Nov 1950
> Robert is the Auditor of the Colorado Eastern Railway which closes
> @1914
> Can't find a death record
> Their children:
> Ada b. 1890 in Denver 1920 census is a stenographer in Chicago,
> IL d.
> Chicago Nov 1981
> William Freeman b. 1893 in Denver Is in Chicago, IL when
> registers for WW I
> d. Chicago Nov 1972
> m. Gladys Zimmerman b. NY 1896 d. Chicago 1939
> Marriage records not found
> 1920 census is in Toledo, OH Son, Neil, 4 years old.
> 1930 census in Chicago, IL
> Have not been able to find any info about Neil except in 1920
> and 1930
> census records

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