Geraghty // Boston and County Galway
What is happening in the photo?
Ann’s grandmother Anne Carr (right) with her sisters Nora and Bridget, in Jamaica Plain, Mass., early 1910s. These women would have been ‘working out’ (in service) in Beacon Hill and other areas. Anne was the cook. She lived in the basement, while maids lived in the attic. After getting married, Anne left service and set up house, taking in lodgers. Hers was a Men’s Lodging House. Dinner was provided. She was called back to Service on occasions to assist with cooking for parties. Asked by one employer: “Do you make a good lemon meringue pie?” she gamely replied “Yes indeed, a tremendous one” though she had never made one in her life!
Contributed by Ann Geraghty
The Geraghty family album traces the family from County Galway to the Boston area.
Ann’s maternal grandfather, Michael Thomas Cassidy was born in Boston in 1875 but he and his mother returned to Galway after his father was killed in an accident. Michael returned to Boston in his late teens and joined the navy.
Ann’s maternal grandmother, Anne Carr (b County Galway) came to the US in the 1910s and ‘worked out’ as a cook.
The Geraghty album includes a series from the wedding of Ann’s parents, Margaret Cassidy and Thomas Joseph Geraghty (b. 1926, Ballinasloe, County Galway) in Boston. It concludes with a fabulous shot of the couple behind the wheel after the reception, every inch the American Dream.