Bob Higgins Remembered
For many years, in addition to editing Emerald Reflections, Bob
Higgins wrote the cover story for the April issue. He would mix fact and
fiction, and often incorporate historical and fictional characters, as
well as members of the Milwaukee Irish community, into his narratives.
Bob died December 26, 1999. At his funeral a letter written by his niece,
Suzy Wing, was read. It describes a Bob Higgins many of us in the Shamrock
Club never knew existed. So, in place of Bob's April shaggy dog story,
we are here presenting a family's memory of an interesting man.
Uncle Bob was very important in our family; we all lived in the State
of Washington and all of our relatives lived in Wisconsin. Our Uncle Bob
used to come to visit us and with him he brought excitement, adventure,
and his camera. Growing up in a family of five children, we didn't often
go on trips, but when Uncle Bob came with his list of places he'd read
about that he wanted to see, and his camera over his shoulder, we'd all
pile into the car, and take off.
We visited Fort Nisqually in Tacoma, Mt. Rainier, Victoria, British
Columbia, the Pacific Ocean, the Olympic Rain Forest, Washington State's
own Stone Henge, the Columbia River, and Grand Coulee Dam. We went up in
the Space Needle, rode on a logging steam locomotive, sailed on ferry boats
and flew over Mt. St. Helen's after she had erupted. We remember and reminisce
about all of these places because of all the photographs Uncle Bob took
along the way.
Uncle Bob took pictures of my brothers and me. Teddy with his new
wagon he'd bought with money from beer bottles he had collected, Timmy
on top of an old stone chimney, Danny at Totem Pole Park, Paul as a toddler
conversing with a jackalope, and Teddy and Suzy sipping sodas at the counter
of Madole's Drug in Oconomowoc.
Uncle Bob loved words and bits of information. He could converse
well on any subject. One time he took a picture of a sign on our beach
which read, "Pick no Oysters." He found it most humorous, as
if they were flowers to be plucked. This photo was seen around the world.
When we went to Wisconsin, our Uncle Bob would take us to meet his
friends, many of you, who were his local family. We have pictures of us
at Old World Wisconsin, on an ice-covered Lake LaBelle, and a photo of
us with all our cousins and aunts and uncles in Milwaukee, Uncle Bob's
great-niece Molly kissing a Wisconsin Blarney Stone, and of course, all
of us at Madole's Drug and walking down the streets of Oconomowoc. Why,
he even gave us a record with the song, "I Went for a Walk in Oconomowoc,"
We have favorite "Uncle Bob Stories." One of the best my
mother told. She, Uncle Bob, and my baby brother, Paul, were returning
to Washington by car, from Wisconsin. They stopped in Yellowstone where
Uncle Bob became so intent on shooting photographs of the bears, that he
didn't realize that the window next to the baby was rolled down. In spite
of screams from my mother, he didn't react, keeping his camera focused
on the bears. It was only in the nick of time that Uncle Bob came to the
party, rolled up the window, and saved me from growing up with only three
brothers, instead of four! Of course, the pictures of the bears were marvelous.
Another time, our Uncle Bob accompanied the Oconomowoc Marching Band
to the Rose Parade. We sat glued to our television set waiting to catch
a glimpse of our famous uncle. We were not disappointed. Here he came,
scuttling along, across our screen, snapping pictures of the band as they
blared their way down the parade route. Our very own Uncle Bob!
We received mail from Uncle Bob, mostly cards with short notes, but
also newsletters from the Shamrock Club, articles from the "Oconomowoc
Enterprise," a copy of "Detective Magazine," with a short
story by Robt. J. Higgins, or a book on the history of Oconomowoc Township.
People around the world, Canada, Germany, Ireland, sent us copies of photographs
which had appeared in their local newspapers.
Because of our Uncle Bob we all have a keen interest in Ireland and
all that is Irish. My mother and father were able to go to Ireland with
Uncle Bob; they had a grand time. He and I talked at great lengths comparing
our visits to the Emerald Isle. We attended circuses and saw the Circus
Train. A holiday favorite at our house was a big block of Beer Kaese cheese
sent by Uncle Bob. And, of course, there were the "Pat and Mike"
Just last summer I was able to spend a little time with Uncle Bob.
We ate dinner at a restaurant owned by some of his friends and he took
us to the marvelous new Oconomowoc Museum of which he was very proud. I
showed Uncle Bob my new Pentax Automatic 200 zoom camera, quite a cry from
my first camera, a Brownie box, given to me by, who else, Uncle Bob.
We miss you already, Uncle Bob, but we will never forget you, nor
will future generations of our family, for you will live on through your
photographs and your writings. Thank you for the memories, for the wonderful
experiences, and for your pictures. Now, here's a Pat and Mike story for
Pat was looking at a copy of the Milwaukee Journal when he looked
up and said, "Mike, this picture here on the front page is the most
beautiful place I've ever seen."
"Let me see that, Pat," said Mike. "Wow, that is glorious,
but it says it's a picture of Heaven, how can that be?"
"Well, Mike," replied Pat, "it says right here that
the photo was taken by that Higgins fellow, you know, the photographer
from right here in Oconomowoc."
"Ah come on Pat," said Mike, "you're pulling my leg,
how could he have taken it?"
"Gosh Mike, can't you remember anything?" shot back Pat,
"we read last week that Higgins was going to Heaven. Looks like he
made it all right, and he must have had his camera with him too, 'cause
the article with the picture's captioned, "A Bit of Heaven,"
by Robert J. Higgins."
An incredulous Mike responded, "Now don't that just beat all!
But, I guess if anybody could do it, get a picture of Heaven, that is,
it would be Bob!"
My brothers and I are sorry we could not be here with you today,
but we thank all of you for coming to say your last goodbyes to Uncle Bob.
We thank the members of St. Jerome's Parish for all their efforts on behalf
of our uncle. Maybe we'll get to Oconomowoc one day soon to thank you in
person, and to say good bye to Uncle Bob. In the meantime, share a Pat
and Mike story with your friends and relatives during your millennium celebration
and think about Bob Higgins and his great sense of humor.
Thank you again for paying tribute to a great man.
South Central Honors
Irishman of the Year and
Irish Rose 2000
EUGENE R." GENE" MURRAY
CHOSEN "IRISHMAN OF THE YEAR"
A man who started life with only his father's genes and his mother's
determination and went on to become a success and a leader is the 2000
Irishman of the Year of the South Central Shamrock Club. Eugene R. "Gene"
Murray's father, Eugene, died a month before Gene was born. His mother,
Kathryn, never remarried, and, if she were alive today, could look with
pride upon her accomplishments in raising Gene, his sister and their two
half-brothers and half-sister while operating the family farm. Gene quit
high school to help run that farm. However because of his strong belief
in the importance of education, he studied for and received his GED in
1978 at the age of 50.
"Gene" was born June 10, 1928, in the Town of Dellona,
Sauk County, to Kathryn Mulligan Murray. The family lived on Lyndon Rd.
in the Township of Dellona until 1938 when they moved to Town Hall Rd.,
also in Dellona. Gene purchased the family farm in 1948 and operated a
dairy farm for many years. He and his wife Marguerite still reside on the
farm. Gene also worked for Scott Construction for 14 years.
Gene has served on the Dellona Town Board for 30 years. He has been
an agent for the Reedsburg-Westfield Insurance Company for 27 years and
has served as its president for the past 18 years.
As a hobby, Gene started training teams of oxen in 1951 and trained
a total of four teams. He and his oxen appeared in many parades throughout
the Midwest from 1951 through 1975.
Gene has been a member of Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Reedsburg,
for 62 years; a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters, Court 410, Lyndon
Station, for 56 years; and a member of the Reedsburg Msgr. Condon Council
#3805, Knights of Columbus for 46 years. He is an Honorary Life Member
of the Knights of Columbus. Gene also finds time to be a frequent visitor
at two of the area nursing homes.
Gene's paternal great grand-parents were Christopher and Mary Havey
Murray of Clonard, County Meath, Ireland. His paternal grandfather, Edward
Murray, migrated to the Town of Kildare, Juneau County in 1865 at the age
of 16. Edward married Bridget Cauley. They had six children: Edward, Eugene
(Gene's father), Christopher, Mae, Sister Vincentina, and Kathryn.
Patrick and Eliza Mulligan, some of Gene's great grandparents on
his mother's side of the family, left County Mayo, Ireland in 1837 to migrate
to Canada. Their children were Thomas, John, (Gene's grandfather) James
and Eliza. The Mulligans arrived in the Town of Dellona in 1846 - the first
year that Dellona was settled. Grandfather John Mulligan married Ellen
Hurley. Seven children were born to this union including Mayme Mulligan
who became the wife of Gene's father, Eugene Murray in 1910. Eugene and
Mayme had two sons and a daughter. When Mayme died of influenza in 1918,
Eugene married his sister-in-law, Kathryn Mulligan in 1920. They had two
children: Gertrude and Eugene - our Irishman of the Year.
Gene married Marguerite Heerey on June 9, 1951 at St. Patrick's Church
in Mauston. They are the parents of five children: Joanne K. Murray, Madison;
Eugene Patrick Murray, Fifield; Janice M. (John) Delmore, Lake Delton;
Judy M. Davis, Brookfield; and Dennis M. Murray, Reedsburg. Gene and Marguerite
are also blessed with five grandchildren.
MARY KATHLEEN "KATHY" CROWLEY HORKAN
NAMED "IRISH ROSE" OF THE YEAR
The South Central Shamrock Club is proud to recognize a woman who
is renowned for her compassion and consideration of others and who is also
100 percent Irish, Mary Kathleen "Kathy" Crowley Horkan, as its
2000 Irish Rose of the Year. Kathy attended Madonna Catholic High School
in Mauston and went on to receive her degree from St. Mary's Hospital RN
program in Madison, Wisconsin. She then worked in Denver for four years
and in Dallas for one year before returning to Wisconsin in 1970. Since
then Kathy has been and still is employed as a registered nurse with the
Sauk County Health Care Center.
Being a constantly involved member of her community, Kathy has participated
in a wide variety of activities which include being a general leader, photography
and plant leader with the Dellona 4-H Club in the 1970s and 1980s, a member
of the Dellona Township Homemakers, a member of the Dellona Town Hall Building
Committee; serving as the financial secretary of the Catholic Daughter's
of America, being in charge of the White Elephant sale at Sacred Heart
Church for the last 11 years, serving on the American Cancer Society Walk-a-Thon
and assisting with the Town of Dellona elections.
Kathy's school and church activities included being a cheerleading
coach and making the uniforms for the Sacred Heart School (Reedsburg) cheerleaders;
being Eucharistic Minister at Sacred Heart School Library.
Kathy has always been available to those in need. She has completely
dedicated the last one and a half years of her life to caring for her two
ailing brothers-in-law. She also spent several years caring for her father.
She volunteered to help a neighbor with renal dialysis for several years.
In 1999 her selfless efforts and those of her husband and children were
recognized when the family was chosen as the recipient of the Family of
the Year Award from Home Health United. The recipient of this award is
selected from among 19 Wisconsin counties.
Kathy's Irish heritage on the Crowley side has been traced back many
generations. The story of her American ancestors begins with Dauniel (the
spelling is correct) Crowley's immigration to America with his son John
and six other children following the death of Dauniel's wife Hannah and
a son in the 1845 potato famine.
When John became old enough, he went to work on the railroad and
then, in 1848, came to what they called Sligoe (Now the town of Dellona,
Sauk Co.) where John farmed.
John married Mary Donovan in 1858 and, in 1860, their first son,
Daniel (NMI), was born. In 1904, Daniel (NMI) married Jane Crowley (same
surname but no relation). Daniel (NMI) and Jane had two sons, Daniel J.
(who was to become Kathy's father and John F.
In the meantime, following the passage of the Homestead Act in 1861,
John traded his farm to a cousin and homesteaded land in the Township of
Lyndon, Juneau County.
On June 10, 1940 Daniel J. Crowley - Kathy's father - married the
local school teacher, Catherine Kelley. Daniel J. continued farming the
family Homestead (which was recognized by the State of Wisconsin as a centennial
farm in 1961). Daniel J. and Catherine also had seven children.
On her mother's side, her grandfather, Terrence Patrick Kelley, married
Mary Jane Sweeney. Her maternal grandparents are John G. and Johanna Kelley
and John and Catherine (Condon) Sweeney. Space restrictions preclude listing
all of her forebears, but the family tree is blessed with Irish names such
as Scully, Gleason, Coughlin, Hoile, Murphy, Sullivan, Riley such that
no one can doubt that Kathy is, in fact, 100% Irish. Does she come from
a large family? A few years ago someone determined that Kathy had 72 first
Robert "Bob" J. Horkan's wife died in 1968 leaving him
with three young children who are Deb (Marty) Judge, Hudson, WI; Kim (Tim)
Douglas, Reedsburg; and Kris (Pete) Lichte, Reedsburg. In 1973 Kathy married
Bob. Kathy raised her three step-children as her own and she and Bob also
had two children of their own: Dennis, Reedsburg; and Renee (Tim) Mikonowicz,
Platteville. Kathy is very dedicated to her family, being a strong supportive
person in every way. One of her favorite activities is spending time with
her six grandchildren.
Kathy and Gene were honored at the South Central Shamrock Club annual
St. Patrick's Day Celebration on March 11 at the Wintergreen Resort in
Lake Delton. The celebration included a social hour, banquet and entertainment
provided by the Jerry Stitch Choral Ensemble.
New Dublin News
• April 3 - Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Sommer's
• April 3 - General Membership Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Sommer's
• May 1 - Board Meeting, 6:30 p.m., Sommer's
• May 1 - General Membership Meeting, 7:00 p.m., Sommer's
Hats Off To LaCrosse
for hosting the State Meeting Feb 26th. Jill Hart and Tom Barrington
represented New Dublin at the meeting. They reported that the meeting was
very informative and a good time was had by all. We are looking forward
to the next State Meeting at Madison in September.
The Shamrock Club of New Dublin, through NEWLASS, will award two
$1000 scholarships to area students again this year. The Club will also
continue to help the Mid-Wisconsin Fishing Club sponsor a day of fishing
for area handicapped kids.
For more information on what's happening in New Dublin please visit
our web site: http://msnhomepages.talkcity.com/ NonProfitBlvd/new dublin/index.html
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
• April 18 - 6:30 p.m. Potluck supper. 7:30 p.m. General Membership
Meeting. Janesville Senior Center, 69 S. Water Street
• May 16 - 7:30 p.m. General Membership Meeting
Hopefully everyone can get to the April meeting and bring your favorite
dish to pass to share with all of the other club members.
There will be nomination of officers at the April meeting and election
of officers at the May meeting. Please come and help us select the officers
for the upcoming year.
Some of the Beloit Catholic High School cast of Hello Dolly, will
be at our April meeting to give us a preview of some songs they will be
singing in this musical production on May 5-6-7. This will be a great program,
don't miss it.
Greater LaCrosse Area
We thoroughly enjoyed hosting the State Board Meeting on February
26. There was much good discussion and exchange of ideas. One of the Chapters
present suggested a greater exchange of Club activities through the Emerald
Reflections to help other chapters perhaps structure theirs in the
future. We in LaCrosse no longer have a parade on Saint Patrick's day due
in large part to a lack of sponsorship. We do an activities here entirely
with Club members and friends and even though it is already accomplished
for this year, we would like to share our March 17 agenda with you. It
went as follows:
March 17th, Friday: Please join "Dr. Rock" Rick Privisky,
our 2000 Irishman Dennis O'Brien and Irish Rose Pam Love, and the Shamrock
Club Players for a fun filled tour of area schools and homes for the elderly
on St. Patrick's Day.
In addition to spreading Irish cheer to school children and senior
citizens, we'll bestow an Irish blessing on LaCrosse Mayor John O'Medinger
and Onalaska Mayor Clarence McStellner. The group will also make an appearance
on the Ed and Sally Sullivan Blarney Party Radio Show.
The bus will depart from Tenth and Jackson Streets at 8:45 a.m. Park
on the side streets where there is no time limit.
If you can't be with the group for the entire day, feel free to join
up at any of the stops along the way, or at least for lunch. Questions?
Call Jim Finn 782-5936.
• 8:30 a.m.: Meet at 10th and Jackson. Bus departs 8:45 a.m.
• 9:00: Holy Trinity School (Church Basement) 1417 S. 13th St.
• 9:35: St. Thomas Moore School, 2006 Weston St.
• 10:10: Cathedral School, 1319 Ferry St.
• 10:50: Mayor Clarence McStellner, Onalaska, City Hall
• 11:10: St. Patrick's School, 127 11th Ave. N., Onalaska
• Noon: Lunch at the Haberdashery in the Radisson Hotel. Note: The
bus will stop at the Radisson to drop those off who want an early lunch
and will continue to Quillans Food Fest on South Mormon Coulee Rd. to join
Ed and Sally Sullivan's Blarney Party Show. The bus will then return to
the Radisson by 1 p.m. for those who want a later lunch.
• 1:45 p.m.: Mayor John O'Medinger's Office, LaCrosse City Hall
• 2:15: Bethany-on-Cass Retirement Community, 1315 Cass St.
• 2:45: Bethany St. Joseph Care Center, 2501 Shelby Rd.
• 3:15: Hillview Care Center, 3501 Park Lane Dr.
Our Club has been invited to a party at River Jack's Showcase and
Revue Lounge in the Midway Hotel from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. We will finish this
grand occasion at Sullivan's in Trempealeau (Make your own reservations).
Thank God the next day is Saturday!
- Fred Smith, Newsletter Chair
CALENDAR OF EVENTS
• April 12 (Wed.) - Business Meeting (7 p.m. Gaelic / 7:30 p.m. meeting)
• April 26 (Wed.) - Board Meeting (7 p.m. Board Meeting / 7:30 p.m.
We will try to have additional entertainment / program at the Business
Meetings (in addition to a short Gaelic lesson / discussion.).
After our Feb. 23rd Board Meeting, John McGuinness helped us speak
some Gaelic. He said we could take as long as we needed to learn. I asked
him how many years he is planning on living here. Come and join us at our
Membership and Board Meetings - it's fun.
We had a good turnout at our March 6 Corned Beer and Cabbage dinner.
We elected John McGuinness as Irishman of the Year and Elaine Hoes as Irish
Rose 2000. Giles Clark entertained with his accordion.
Now that all the March festivities and weather are over, spring isn't
The February 26 State Shamrock Club Advisory meeting in LaCrosse
was quite successful in opening communications and sharing thoughts between
chapters. The next State Meeting will be in Madison on September 23.
With more use of the Emerald Reflections by ALL Chapters,
everyone can gain by supporting activities in other than just their local
chapter. We can have a much stronger organization and more fun by co-ordinating
some things with other chapters, i.e. possibly jointly having major Irish
entertainers when they are on tour in the state.
Now that the weather appears to being turning milder, we need more
members attending our meetings to share their ideas, etc., in order to
have everyone feel part of the Chapter (not just spectators). Invite your
friends to join our chapter. The more the merrier. We welcome new member
- Elaine Hoes, Secretary
Dane County Shamrock Club
- April 11 - Board Meeting, 6:15 p.m. Jingle's followed by Membership
Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Featuring John Gleason, Eamon O'Neill, and Geraint Wilkes
Story Tellers and Singers
- May 9 - Board Meeting, 6:15 p.m., Jingle's, followed by Membership
Meeting, 7:30 p.m. Featuring Election of Officers, Raffle Drawing and Patricia
Gehy will speak on Irish Genealogy.
- June 3 - Bus trip to Irish points of interest in Milwaukee with
John Gleason as guide. Contact Mary Hearn for details at (608) 274-4369
- July 11 - Annual Picnic, Knight's of Columbus Building, Verona Rd.
Potluck: a list will be passed at the May meeting
As many of you are aware, Jim Courtney passed away recently. Jim
and his wife Margaret were long time members of the Dane County Shamrock
Club and dear friends to many. We extend our deepest sympathies to Margaret
and her family during this trying time.
The Dane County Shamrock Club web site is up and running! Please
stop by at: http://www.shamrockclub.org and visit the site. Sign the guest
book! If you have any information that you would like to see on the web
site (or the Emerald Reflections), please contact Sheila O'Brien at (608)
221-2431 and leave a message. We would love to hear news of our club members
and their families! Please let me know what you would like to see posted
there. Currently, the board meeting minutes are posted as well as current
information about upcoming dates. Several pages are still under construction.
A huge thank you goes to Sean O'Brien for designing and setting up our
You should have received some raffle tickets from our club in the
mail. Please, try and sell at least two of your tickets. If you are unable
to sell these tickets, please mail them back to Eamon O'Brien (2667 Coffeytown
Rd., Cottage Grove, WI 53527), or return them at a Membership Meeting.
The raffle is the only fund raiser for our club. It is important that we
sell as many tickets as possible! What would you do with the $1000 prize?
Or would you choose the two tickets to Ireland ($1000 value).
The election of officers for the Dane County Shamrock Club Board
is fast approaching. If you are interested in being a Board Member, or
know of someone who is, please contact Barb Gallenberg.
Milwaukee President's Message
Congratulations to our incoming honorees, Jack Noonan, Irishman of
the Year; Mary McAndrews, Irish Rose; and Muriel Crowley, Parade Marshal.
Thanks to Tom Blaha, Sue Dundon and Mike Boyle, our outgoing honorees.
You all did a very grand job representing the Shamrock Club over this past
Tim O'Brien and Mick McDermot did a wonderful job on the parade.
Thanks for a job well done. Joe Hughes and all of his volunteers deserve
a big hand and loud cheers for a big job well done at the Post Parade Party.
The Mass was a beautiful, very well attended event. As usual the Color
Guard Pipes and Drums and Choir were all in fine form and the comments
the people gave as they left the event suggest it was better than ever.
The events at the museum went very well. Muriel Crowley, with her
expert touch did another grand job. Dick and Rosemary Quinlan are doing
another fantastic job with the raffle tickets. Our thanks to all these
dedicated people who work so hard for the success of the Shamrock Club
Now that the holidays are over, we can get back to a somewhat normal
routine of life and start planning on next year and the events that are
still to come this year.
I will be meeting with Richard Stover and his co-chair to start working
on the Golf Outing later this month but mark your calendar for Sunday,
August 27, 2000. Much more info to come.
Joe Hughes will start picnic plans soon and of course before you
know we'll be doing the Easter Mass and Irish Fest.
Finance Committee will be meeting at a date to be determined and
we need two club members to work on this committee with Sharon Murphy,
Dale Brenon, Bob Hamill and me. Please let me know that you are available.
We also are in the nominating process. Let us know the office you
would like to run for. These people have been nominated at the March meeting.
President: Cate Harris
Vice President: Sue Dundon
Treasurer: Sharon Murphy
Secretary: Jean Cardwell
Membership Chair: Tom Smith
Parliamentarian: Tom Blaha
Sgt. At Arms: Beth Brzycki
Trustee: Michael Payne
The season for Bradley Center is almost over. We have four events
to go. Through Nov., Dec., Jan. we earned $2415.14 for the Shamrock Club.
We are always about six weeks behind getting paid. Looks like we will not
make the goal I had set at $10,000 but we are doing okay. Katy Voss has
been great with scheduling and coming up with new volunteers.
Our condolences to the families of Kay Siehr, Kit Nash and to Jean
Bills on the loss of her sister.
State Board Report
Saturday February 26, LaCrosse hosted the Shamrock Club State Advisory
Board Meeting, the first in about five years. Marian Schnell did a fantastic
job with arranging the meeting at the picturesque golf club.
The meeting lasted about three hours and we discussed the cost of
Emerald Reflections. Many suggestions were made to change the way the mailings
could be updated. These suggestions will be taken to each chapter and they
will make some decisions.
We also discussed our various fund raising projects. There are some
unique ways and means to do this.
After these discussions, it was unanimously decided to have another
meeting in September. Exact date and place to be announced at a later time.
We then recessed until 5 p.m. when Marion had arranged for an entertainer.
He was very good and we all enjoyed him. Later we had dinner. What a nice
After the business of the day we just sat around and got acquainted
with the people some of us had been working with. It was great meeting
them in a social setting.
Really looking forward to the September meeting.
Welcome New Members
DANE CO. - Mr. and Mrs. Robert Byrne; Marcella Finegan; Robert and
Arlene Finley; Mr. and Mrs. Francis Gorst; Dr. and Mrs. J.C. LaBella; Eugene
J. Mears; John and Nancy Schunk.
LAFAYETTE CO. - Robert and Julie McCoy; Bernard and Marion Meylor.
MILWAUKEE - John and Judith Finnegan; Sheryl Gahagan; Thomas and
Rita O'Neill; Wolfgang and Maureen Schulz; Patricia Slatinshek; Charles,
Cathleen, Bridget, Connor Ward.
Nominations and Election - Milw.
Nominations for Shamrock Club offices will again take place at the
April membership meeting. You must be present if nominated. Only people
current in their dues will be eligble to run or hold office. Elections
take place at the May meeting.
As we approach our 40th anniversary, the Shamrock Club is very sad
to report the deaths of two of our earliest members, Kit Nash and Kay Siehr.
Kit Nash was a very integral part of Milwaukee's Irish revival. From
his demonstrations of Irish dance, to his founding of the Shamrock Color
Guard, to his and Josie's opening of Nash's Irish Castle, and providing
a home for Milwaukee's various Irish groups, Kit was always a central part
of Irish life. His love of music helped to ensure that there would be a
home for it in Milwaukee.
Kay Siehr was equally important to this revival of Irish life here.
Kay was one of the founders of the Shamrock Club, and it might be argued
that if not for Kay's kitchen table, and the discussions that ensued, we
might not be here today. The Club got its start in her home.
Both will be missed for their contributions, and for their lasting
legacy to Irish life.
Schooner Fare Concert
Maine's Schooner Fare will bring its energetic style of Yankee folk
music to Milwaukee on Saturday, April 15. The 8 p.m. show will be held
at the Pitman Theater at Alverno College, 3401 S. 39th St. Reserved seat
tickets are $16 and $14, tickets for ages 18 and younger are $8.
Proceeds from the concert ad book and a raffle will go to LaCausa
Crisis Nursery which offers parents a safe place to leave their children
if they feel they may harm them or are unable to care for them due to domestic
violence, homelessness or a medical emergency.
Schooner Fare's Steve and Chuck Romanoff and Tom Rowe are one of
folk music's most popular and enduring acts. They will celebrate 25 years
together later this year. The April 15 show will be the trio's only Wisconsin
appearance in 2000.
For tickets and information, call Kathy Schultz at (414) 332-8521.
Celtic American Night
The Milwaukee Brewers and the Colorado Rockies will mix it up on
Celtic American Night at County Stadium, Friday, June 2, 2000. Sponsor
is the Ancient Order of Hibernians with proceeds benefiting the I.C.H.C.
Tickets are only $22. Tickets may be purchased by calling the ICHC at (414)
345-8800. Master Charge and Visa are acceptable. Watch the May Reflections
for more information.
40th Birthday Party
Saturday - April 8, 2000 at the ICHC
$25 person -- ($10 Concert Only)
*** PLEASE NOTE CHANGE IN TIMES ***
Cocktails and hors d'oeuvres (cash bar) 5 p.m.
Opening Ceremony 5:45 p.m., Dinner 6:30 p.m.
Concert 8 p.m.
Dinner will be catered by Derry Hegarty Catering --
Reservations by March 20
No. of Complete Package Tickets _____ x $25_____
No. of Concert Only Tickets ____ x $10 __________
Total Amount Enclosed $_______________________
Make checks payable to: Shamrock Club of Wisconsin
Mail to: Shamrock Club 40th Birthday, Attn: Lisa Blake
2133 W. Wisconsin Avenue, Milwaukee, WI 53233