This photo was originally in the possession of
Mildred Burke Hall. The Burkes were from Hanover in
Allamakee. My grandfather William Whalen's brother,
James Leo Whalen, is the priest in the picture and he
was assigned to St. Mary's in Dorchester.
I am not sure if the photo is at St. Mary's
Hanover or St. Mary's Dorchester, or perhaps St.
Mary's Lycurgus. Fr. Whalen was from French Creek
Township & died in 1929. Frank Gavin, who is on
the right, died in 1927. The boy Harold Gavin was
born in 1916, according to census records and died at
21 in 1937. Dorothy Marie McLaughlin died July 2,
1924. So the date of the photo is probably from the
early 1920's and no later than July 2, 1924.
This photo made it's way to one of the Devitt
sisters who lived in Chicago...she identified her
sister and the other people as well. There is one who
If anyone knows who the unidentifed person is,
please contact me. Also, if there are any
misidentifications, I would appreciate hearing about
~original photo from the contributors personal
~contributed by Matthew Whalen. His email address
can be found on the surname registry for Whalen.
(Note: this photo has been included on the St. Mary
Lycurgus & St. Mary Hanover pages also - anyone
knowing at which church the photo was taken, please
notify Matthew or the Allamakee co. coordinator
referencing this page.)