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4/1/99
In a note from sis Mary Ann she spoke of the 
family pride over having a doctor and a priest 
in the family.......I had to ask 'who was the 
priest?'. This is her reply......   

 The priest is Fr. Albert O'Hara, SJ. Now 
that you ask, I'm trying to think of all the 
family connections here. He was the son of 
Margaret Willier O'Hara and Frank O"Hara. 
Margaret is a sister to Joe, Thomas, Albert, 
Nellie and Sr. Therese. He spent most of his 
life as a missionary in China. I have an 
address for him {no date} as Tien Educational 
Center, Taipei, Taiwan, Rep. of China.

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3/15/99
This is a note from Mary Ann...I'm slow in 
posting it........

On your question about Grandpa Willier, Harry 
said he remembered being told that he made 
the underpass on W. 38th Ave. I don't know 
whether it's still there. I remember the junk 
store on Larimer St. Mother always worried 
about how dirty we got when we went there but 
it was great poking into everything. I 
considered it junk but Mother and CAtherine 
seemed to think some things were valuable 
antiques which Grandpa did not recognize. I 
remember an episode about a baby buggy that 
Mother thought was valuable and wanted 
something done about it. One day we went 
there and the carriage was gone. Grandpa said 
a lady came in with a baby and he gave it to 
her because she needed it. The end of the 
store happened when Grandpa left the trap 
door open and accidentally fell in. He broke 
his leg and was in the hole several hours 
before he was rescued. As far as his 
daughters thought, that was the end of the 
store. And it was. 
               Another thing I remember was 
that Grandpa loved to wander up and down the 
alleys with his dog, Pooch. They would poke 
into all the trash cans and look for valuable 
castoffs. They piled up at his house. 
               I can't tell you much about 
the Williers except that the doctor and the 
priest were the stars of the family. We were 
all so impressed when Fr. Willier came to 
Hollywood to be the adviser on the movie, 
"Keys of the Kingdom." He spent much of his 
life as a Jesuit in the Missions in China. 
               I really can't tell you much 
about the construction company. I remember 
all those stories about living in tents at 
Stanley Lake. One time, when she was older, 
Mom said to me that she was never a good 
housekeeper because of the way they grew up. 
She said that living in the tents and other 
temporary quarters did not do much to give 
you a sense of order. I though that was 
interesting. 
That's all I can remember now. 
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2/19 Bob Willier replying to my request for 
info on kin.......
My Mothers name was Marian Kaiser, born in 
Deadwood, South Dakota. If I did some 
digging, I could come up with a lot on the 
Kaiser and Gorder family. (her mother was a 
Gorder). Don't know Adeline Willier's maiden 
name...I'll ask when I talk to her next - did 
I tell you that my Uncle Tom Willier is 
pushing 95 years old? 
Take care - business is good...
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2/5 Here's a note from Bob Willier.....
It is interesting that you included the 
Wabash history. My father worked for the 
Wabash. During the war, he recieved the 
Legion of Merit for his ideas on material 
movement in Europe. Thanks to is work at 
Wabash, he instituted the "Cannonballs" in 
Europe. These trains were loaded LIFO, or 
Last in - first out. It helped get the really 
needed supplies to the fronts faster.
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2/5 From brother Bill...
I recall Mother used to say we were related 
to Buffalo Bill Cody through marriage on the 
Coughlin side. Have you researched that at 
all?
A. Since you're note did brief look. Wlliam 
Frederick Cody, father Isaac, grandfather, 
Joseph L'Caudey...familiar twist? Will pursue 
further.
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2/5 Another from Bill..
On one of my trips to Ireland, I made a 
special effort to locate Gurteen. I was in 
possession of a map that showed it near 
Galway. I spent one evening at a bed and 
breakfast in the home of woman who was a 
native of the area, and she had never heard 
of Gurteen. The next morning I traveled along 
the route I thought would lead me there. As I 
recall it was shown on the map to be located 
on a lane that intersected two parallel 
roads. The only thing I found on that lane 
was a narrow spot in the road where there 
were a few houses and a sheep -- no signs, as 
I recall --- nothing.
Perhaps, it will take a local to find it. 
Please keep me informed.
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2/10 From sis Kathleen...
Do you know where Mother's mother died-City 
and State? and approx. year? ........ I may 
not be the only one who needs a more detailed 
story of the players and events--if you 
could. 
A. She was Annie Theresa Coyle, born in 
Ireland 1880. Died Denver, Colo, 1924. Not 
sure, but I think they were living at 2638 
Java Ct at that time.
As I develop more of their history will keep 
you all posted.
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2/10 From Phil
For those that might not have heard, at the 
time of the livery purchase, Joseph had 
another possible choice, one of those 
new-fangled 'nickelodeon'.
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