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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] Wirtz Roney Irish connection & Chicago history
Date: Sat, 29 Sep 2007 02:41:25 -0500

RONEY Family: Co Down to Wauconda Il to Chicago Il.
QUESTION: does anyone know anything about this RONEY family's County
Down orgins?

Irish in Chicago listers:

Many of you have probably read the various tributes and obituaries
here in Chicago this week of
William "Bill Wirtz" , of Chicago Stadium and Chicago Black Hawk
fame, and son of one of Chicago's wealthiest and successful
finanical, sports and real estate geniuses, the late Arthur Wirtz.

But they had an Irish and Irish in Chicago Connection, too!

Bill Wirtz's first wife was Joan Roney, daughter of Walter Roney of
South Shore.
They were married in St Philip Neri church in 1950. She died in 1983
at age 55.

Joan's father Walter John Roney (Katherine Louise Rockwell b 1904)
was the founder of the High Low Food Stores. (He was born in Chicago
on May 8, 1896) They had 55 stores in Chicago at one time....there
were at least 2 or 3 in my Beverly/MP neighborhood. Remember Hi Low?

Walter's father, John R. Roney, also in the grocery business, had
founded the Consumers Sanitary Coffee and Butter Stores in 1903 which
he sold to Kroger Food Stores in 1929.
Consumer Sanitary was located at 633 W 47th St. (roughly 47th and
Halsted) and had 30 stores in 1911. Although he and his brother
Elmer Rooney were charged in the "OLEO" scandal early in the century,
apparently they weathered the legal and media storm. By the time of
it's sale to Kroger Foods in 1928 they had 300 stores and sold for
over 8 Million Dollars! (What a timely sale! what would it have been
worth 10 months later in October of '29?!)
He died in 1953.

John was born in Wauconda Il on April 13, 1872 according to a 1929
passenger manifest. He had traveled to France inn 1929 he gave his
address as 6826 So Crandon in Chicago's South Shore neighborhood. He
and Grace were travelling again in 1930, returning from Southhampton
England On June 27th. This manifest gives his middle name as ROLAND,
JOHN ROLAND RONEY. Wife, Grace Louise's birth is given as June 30,
1871 in Fulton NY.

This Roney family emigrated from Co Down Northern Ireland.

1930 Walter Roney family lived at 7136 S Coles.
1920 Walter lived with his parents John and Grace (Althouse)Roney at
4805 Grand Blvd. Ward 3 ED 2306
1910 Walter lived with his parents John and Grace Roney at 6709
LaFayette Ave Wd 32 ED 1385

1957 Walter and Katherine Roney were living at 6901 Oglesby Ave in
South Shore.
1969 At the time of his death in 1969, Walter and Katherine were
living on the Gold Coast
at 179 Lake Shore Drive.

1953 obit of John R. Roney

JOHN R RONEY, SR. Sept 24, of
6901 Oglesby avenue, beloved husband of
father of Walter J. the late Marion and Arthur, brother
of Genevieve, Alice O'Shaughnessy, Irene Code
Charles, the late Walter, Frank, Albert, Elmer, and Mary Duffy.
Funeral Saturday 9am from chapel, Jeffery
boulevard at 77th St to St Philip Neri church.
Mass 930am Interment Transfiguration Cemetery,
Wauconda Il.

His Wife, Grace Roney died March of 1962 at age 90.
She was still living at the 6901 Oglesby Ave address at the time of
her death.
Funeral mass was at St Philip Neri.

John's grandfather was also JOHN RONEY.
He was born in Co Down in 1798
In 1880 he was 82 years old and still farming in Wauconda Il.
His wife Mary A. was born in England and was 60yrs old in 1880.
Mary Anne's maiden name may have been Kendall.

They were in farming in Wauconda Il as early as 1850.
Children listed in the 1850 census: Franklin, Mary, Irene, Ann,
John*, Cecelia, Sarah.

In 1900 Mary was widowed, still owned the farm in Wauconda. Her
grandson Harry Gerry was living with her.

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