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Children of William Martin Connery, Sr. and Mary Tobin

From Constructive Americans from Tipperary, Mar-Apr, 1965, Illinois Public Opinion (an historical series of articles on the builders of Chicago):

William Martin Connery, Jr. (1855-1911) eldest son of William Martin and Mary (Tobin) Connery, attended school in Chicago, assisted his father in business and for many years was certified weighmaster for the board of trade and city weighmaster in the weighing of coal. William married Emma Duggan and they had one daughter.  In 1904 he and his brother John T. organized the Miami Coal Company of which William became treasurer.

Thomas, second son, who was born in 1857 and died in 1858; Robert, third son, who was born, in 1859 and died in 1861 were interred in Rhode Island (St. Patrick's cemetery in Providence with their grandparents Thomas Tobin and Ellen Doherty).

connery, JT.gif (150684 bytes)John Tobin Connery, fourth son, was born in Bristol, Rhode Island in 1861. He passed away in Chicago in 1937. John was educated in Chicago public and private schools and at the Athenaeum. In 1876, when 15 years of age, he took employent as a yard clerk for Ed Hedstrom & Company coal merchants and for more than 50 years had been identified with the coal industry. From 1881 until 1884, he was cashier and bookkeeper for the Silver Creek & Morris Coal Company. He was its secretary from 1884 to 1894. John became president of the Miami Coal Company on June 1, 1904, which had its offices in the McCormick Building at 332 South Michigan Avenue. 

edgewaterbeach35688.jpg (30007 bytes) He was also president of the Edgewater Beach Hotel from 1919 until his death in 1937.  The Edgewater Beach Hotel (1916-1967 pictured at right) was the idea of John T. Connery.  Looking for an investment, Connery  and his partner tried to buy the Chicago Cubs baseball team, but the deal hit a last-minute snag. Instead, Connery bought the vacant lakefront property across the street from his home and began plans to build a hotel. He married Mary Daly.  They raised 4 children and 2 of their grandchildren. 

Connery JT Comiskey.jpg (60191 bytes)New York Times - 7 Jun 1937, John T. Connery, Hotel Owner 76, Operator of Edgewater Beach in Chicago and Edgewater Gulf in Mississippi Dies, A Friend of Presidents, Appointed a Member in 1922 of Harding's Conference on Unemployment - Chicago, June 6 - John Tobin Connery (pictured at left with Charles Comiskey) died yesterday of heart disease in the Edgewater Beach hotel, which he owned, after a long illness. His age was 76. Mr. Connery was president of the Edgewater Beach Apartments as well as of the hotel. He was a friend of Presidents Wilson, Harding, Coolidge, and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Mr. Connery was born in Bristol, R.I. He was educated in Chicago public and private schools and at Chicago Athenaeum. His first job was as yard clerk for the E. L. Hedstrom & Co. Coal firm. He acquired his own organization, the Miami Coal Company in 1904. It was in 1919 that he started the Edgewater Beach. Later came the Edgewater Gulf Hotel at Edgewater Park, Miss. In 1922 President Harding appointed Mr. Connery a member of his conference on unemployment. Mr. Connery has been confined to bed almost continuously since he injured his hip in a fall last October. A son, John Jr., a daughter Mrs. Charles J. Martin, and three grandchildren survive. Funeral services will be held on Tuesday morning. 

Michael Morgan Connery, fifth son of the William Connerys, was born in Bristol, RI in 1863, and died in Chicago in 1923. He was educated in the schools of Chicago. Michael was with the Silver Creek & Morris Coal Company of Chicago until it merged with the Consumers Coal Company. He then became associated with the Edgewater Coal Company where he remained until his death. He married Mary Murnane and they had 9 children. 

James P. Connery, sixth son (1865-1929) attended school in Chicago. He was employed by the Silver Creek & Morris Coal Company for many years. Following the death of his brother William M. in 1911, he became secretary of the Miami Coal Company and continued in that capacity for the remainder of his life.  From In Memoriam: Founders and Makers of Illinois: J. P. was at one time a business associate of Will Hays, who at that time was attorney for Indiana coal interests. Although he did not participate in political affairs, Mr. Connery was a close friend and associate of many leaders in democratic circles in Chicago and Cook county. He was chiefly known for his untiring application to his business interests and for his gifts to charity.

Following an illness of three months, James P. Connery passed away at his home, 3400 Sheridan road, June 30, 1929. The following newspaper paragraph appeared under the date of August 18, 1929: "A number of Chicago political leaders will attend a memorial service tomorrow morning in the Lady of the Lake Roman Catholic Church, Riverside, Michigan (his summer home near Benton Harbor) for the late J. P. Connery, who died three months ago. Mr. Connery, who was one of the stockholders in the Edgewater Beach Hotel, was a founder and trustee of the Lady of the Lake (Riverside) parish. The Rev. Wendell Phillips Corcoran will conduct the mass."

Obit, prob. from New York Times 1 July 1929 "CHICAGO, July 1 - James P. Connery, prominent Democrat and an important witness last year in the Senatorial investigation of the Teapot Dome "slush fund," died at his home yesterday. He was 63 years old. Mr. Connery was once the partner of Will Hays, former Postmaster General and now the high court of the moving picture industry, in stock market operations. In the Teapot Dome inquiry Mr. Connery was named with Mr. Hays and Harry F. Sinclair, who subsequently was sentenced to serve a jail term. Mr. Connery is survived by a son, three daughters and three brothers."

Connery_FD jpg.jpg (51772 bytes)22 July 1933 - F. D. Connery, Former City Clerk is Dead - Francis D. Connery, Former Alderman, Former City Clerk and Democratic Leader died yesterday at Sacred Heart sanitarium in Milwaukee after a short illness. He entered the sanitarium two weeks ago. He was 66 years old and lived at 1128 Columbia ave. Mr. Connery was a brother of John T. Connery, head of the Edgewater Beach hotel and of Joseph F. Connery, who served as fire commissioner in the administration of the late Mayor Dever. -Elected City Clerk in 1909 - Although an important fixture in the coal industry, Mr. Connery was better known for his political interests. He was elected alderman of the old 28th ward on the Democratic ticket in 1901. He served to 1903, refusing to run for re-election. In 1907 he was again elected. 

Connery Alderman F.D..jpg (69875 bytes)Alderman F. D. Connery pictured at left.  In 1909 he was elected city clerk by a huge plurality. He held that office until 1915, when he became controller of the sanitary district. In the 3 elections in which he was a candidate Mr. Connery polled tremendous votes, always running ahead of his ticket. While city clerk he was the only Democratic elective official holding office. - Treasurer of Coal Company - Mr. Connery was born in Chicago. In 1883 he found employment with King & Bogle, coal merchants. In 1907 he joined the Miami Coal company of which he was treasurer when he died. Surviving Mr. Connery are 3 dtrs, a son, 3 brothers, and 4. His wife Ellen died in 1926. 

Ellen Maria "Nell" Connery (1869-1936) married to James J. Riordan, native of Glenbeigh/Cahirciveen, County Kerry, had 6 children.

Connery Jos F pension board.jpg (62822 bytes)CONNERY, Joseph F., fire commissioner (pictured at left, seated far right, pension board); b. Chicago, Mar. 2, 1871; s. William Martin and Mary E. (Tobin) Connery; ed. grammer schs. and West Div. High Sch., Chicago; unmarried. Began in employ Silver Creek & Morris Coal Co., later bookkeeper for trustees of Graceland Cemetary Improvement Fund, of which is now sec.; mgr. George C. Walker Estate; sec. treas. Graceland Corpn.; recorder of deeds of Cook Co., 1912-16; sec. Chicago Dist. Ice Assn., 1916-17; apptd. fire commr. City of Chicago by Mayor Dever, June 1924. Democrat.Mem. Kights of Columbus, Columbia Knights. Clubs: ILL. Athletic, Edgewater Golf, Edgewater Beach Yacht. Recreation: motoring, golf. Home: 5228 Sheridan Rd. Office: 231 S.LaSalle St.

1948-02-08 - Chicago Tribune (IL) - MISS HELENA B. CONNERY - Edition: Chicago Tribune - Services for Miss Helena B. Connery, who died Friday in her home in the Edgewater Beach apartments, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday in St. Ita church. Burial will be in Calvary cemetery. Among the members of her family were the late John T. Connery, her brother, who was president of the Edgewater Beach corporation, the late Joseph F. Connery, another brother, who was county recorder and fire commissioner, and the late Francis D. Connery, another brotherer, who was city clerk. Copyright 1948, Chicago Tribune. 

Henry T. Connery, Internal Revenue Collector, never married, born 1874 - died 1927.

1950-02-18 - Chicago Tribune (IL) - Miss Catherine Connery - Edition: Chicago Tribune - Funeral services for Miss Catherine Connery, 72, of 5555 Sheridan rd., a member of a well known Chicago family, will be held at 9:30 a.m. Monday from the residence to St. Ita's church. Miss Connery, died Thursday. She was a retired school teacher and a former superintendent of the substitute center of the board of education. She leaves a sister, Elizabeth, also a retired teacher. Among brothers and sisters now dead were John T., of the Edgewater Beach hotel; Joseph F., county recorder and five commissioner; Francis D., alderman and city clerk, and Henry T., internal revenue collector here.
Copyright 1950, Chicago Tribune. 

22 Aug 1935 - V. A. Connery, 49, Coal Executive Dies Suddenly - Vincent A. Connery, 49 years old, 5228 Sheridan rd, secretary and treasurer of the Miami Coal Company, died suddenly last night of a heart attack when he stopped his automobile at Jarvis avenue and Sheridan road. Surviving him are 3 brothers Joseph F., former fire commissioner and city recorder of deeds; James P., vice president of the coal company; and John T., president of the Edgewater Beach Hotel company; and 4 sisters Helena V. (s/b B. for Bowen), Catherine A., Elizabeth and Mrs. James Riordan. Mr. Connery's father William M. Connery superintended the building of the first wooden bridge across the river at Rush street.

From Chicago SunTimes newspaper, Tony Weitzel's column (probably abt 1964): "MISS ELIZABETH, last of the fabulous dozen Connerys, is 85 Wednesday. And her nephew, Vincent Riordan, rounded up the clan for a birthday frolic at Elizabeth's favorite spot, Vosnos' restaurant, out on the West Side. The tiny, white-haired blue-eyed lady is frisky as a youngster, and still a dynamic Democrat (two of her eight brothers were in politics years ago). Originally, there were eight boys and four girls in the family. Her brothers John and Jim built the Edgewater Beach Hotel and she still lives in the Edgewater apartments. Until 1938 Elizabeth was a truant officer for the Board of Education, and she still has a word of counsel now and then for one of her neighbors, a chap named Ben Willis, who has had his troubles. When things got hot last summer she told Ben to pay no attention to the critics and just carry on."


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