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From: Nan Brennan <>
Subject: Re: [IRISH-IN-CHICAGO] St Leo HS yearbooks online help for parishorigins
Date: Mon, 28 Jan 2008 00:19:00 -0600
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Hi Tom,

I found all three of my brothers, 66,68 and 74.
That was so much fun....I'd totally forgotten my one brother had been
called "Fast Eddie".

To this day I don't know if it was because he was very quick as a
or if it was an appellation from his afterschool activities at the
poolhall on Halsted St!

Speaking of the 79th St bus, a younger cousin of my mother's, in
65-67 a recent immigrant
from Co Down, was a new bus driver and was assigned to that 79th St

He was so stressed by all of it, one day he parked the bus somewhere
on 79th st. got out and left!
With a bus full of kids! A week or two later on a Sunday we had a
goodbye dinner for him at our house,
by Monday or Tuesday he was on his way back to Castlewellan.....never
to return to the US!

P.S. Sounds like your oldest brother must have been a classmate of my
brother Ed.
Ed entered Leo Sept 64, graduated June 68.

On Jan 27, 2008, at 11:50 PM, wrote:

> Nan,
> Thanks for passing that along. I found my oldest brother in the
> Freshman and Sophomore class photographs for 1965 and 1966 resp.
> What a hoot! He transferred in 1967 to Evergreen Park H.S. because
> of several racial incidents that happened to the students who
> waited to take the bus going west on 79th st. Those were different
> times from the way things are today (I hope), but they were a stark
> reality of life on the southside as I remember it in the sixties.
> --Tom Cook
> -------------- Original message --------------
> From: Nan Brennan <>
>> Hats off to St Leo Alumni.
>> They have done a terrific job on their webpage.
>> This is one of the best ever high school alumni pages I have ever
>> seen.
>> And it is a work in progress.
>> To view yearbooks, click on the "Your Class" link upper right corner
>> of the Home Page.
>> One of the benefits for genealogy research is that the parish of the
>> student is listed
>> in at least some of these yearbooks. This was helpful to me. I knew
>> of someone
>> who was a cousin, but couldn't remember what parish they were in and
>> didn't
>> have a address for the years I was searching. His Yearbook picture
>> listed
>> his grammar school, so I was able to continue my family search on
>> that line.
>> There is also a link to the Parish and to The History of St Leo the
>> Great Parish
>> and its origins as a mission church (St Anne's) on Garfield Blvd:
>> I didn't know that Mercy High School girls first met for class at St
>> Leo.
>> The elementary page is under construction.
>> If of interest to any of you, I'm sure you'll enjoy it.
>> Nan
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