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Michael Francis Power  Michael Francis Power
 1868 - 1939

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  • Nickname  Pa 
    Birth  15 Feb 1868  Mayor's Walk, Waterford, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Waterford (from the Old Norse: Vešrafjǫršr meaning "Ram fjord" or Windy fjord; Irish: Port Lįirge, meaning Hilly Shore) is a city in Ireland. It is the primary city of the South East region, and the fifth largest in the country. Founded in 914 AD, by the Vikings, it is Ireland's oldest city. Waterford is the largest city in Ireland to retain its Viking-derived name, Vedrarfjord. Reginald's Tower is the oldest urban civic building in Ireland, and the oldest monument to retain its Viking name. It is to this day Waterford's most recognisable landmark. The tower is believed to be the first building in Ireland to use mortar.

    Christened  16 Feb 1868  Ballybricken Parish of Holy Trinity Without Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Sponsors: George Spence & Catherine Hopkins
      Priest: W. Burke
    Gender  Male 
    Immigration  18 Aug 1887  Boston, MA. USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Arrives aboard the Scythia from Queenstown, Ireland 
    Age: 18 
    Vessel Scythia of the Cunard Cruise Lines
    Vessel Scythia of the Cunard Cruise Lines
    Naturalization  1893  Cook County, IL. USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Age: 23 
    Occupation  1900  Baker at the Bond Bread Baking Company Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Bond Bread Bakery
    Bond Bread Bakery
    VIEW OF THE BOSTON BAKERY, UNITED STATES BAKING CO, 465 - 487 MEDFORD STREET, CHARLESTOWN
    Occupation  1910  Quincy Cold Storage Company Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Agency: Federal Census - 1910 
    Quincy Cold Storage
    Quincy Cold Storage
    Residence  22 Apr 1910  Corey St. Charleston, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Agency: Federal Census - 1910 
    Residence  14 Jan 1920  393 Bunker Hill St. Charlestown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Agency: Federal Census - 1920 
    Residence  09 Apr 1930  Main St. Charlestown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Agency: Federal Census - 1930 
    Residence  01 Dec 1936  28 St. Martin St. Charlestown, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Agency: SSN Applications 
    Died  Aug 1939  Charlestown, MA. USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Died from internal injuries after being hit by a trolley car. Taped his ribs up himself and refused to go to the hospital.
    Boston Trolley Car - Circa: 1939
    Boston Trolley Car - Circa: 1939
    Pa Power was approximately 69 years old when he was hit by a Trolley Car.
    Charlestown Trolley Car
    Charlestown Trolley Car
    Eastern Massachusetts Street Railway streetcar Chelsea St. at Bunker Hill Avenue, Charlestown, Mass., December 21, 1935
    Person ID  I7  Power
    Last Modified  29 Mar 2008 07:30:34 
     
    Father  Maurice Power, b. 1842, Waterford, Ireland  
    Mother  Mary Hopkins Power, b. 22 Feb 1844, Waterford, Ireland  
    Family ID  F1  Group Sheet
     
    Family  Mary Ellen Cudden, b. 08 Mar 1871, Meath, Ireland  
    Married  16 Jun 1901  Charlestown, MA. USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Maurice Joseph Power, b. 17 Jun 1902, Charlestown, MA. USA
     2. Mary Power, b. 1904, Charlestown, MA. USA
     3. Alice Ellen Power, b. 28 Nov 1907, Charlestown, MA. USA
     4. Michael Francis Power, b. 28 Apr 1911, Charlestown, MA. USA
     5. Margaret Theresa Power, b. 04 Dec 1913, Charlestown, MA. USA
    Last Modified  23 Feb 2008 08:06:08 
    Family ID  F2  Group Sheet
     
  • Photos
    Michael F Power - About 1935
    Michael F Power - About 1935
    Michael Francis Power
    Michael F Power & Family
    Michael F Power & Family
    Michael & Mary Power with Maurice & Mary - 1905

    This picture represents the ONLY known picture of Mary Ellen Cudden. Also, ONLY known picture of Mary Power who dies in 1912 at age 8yo.
    Power Siblings -1939
Maurice-Alice-Mike-Peggy
    The Children of Michael Power & Mary Ellen Cudden
    Michael F Power - About 1905
    Michael F Power - About 1905
     
  • Notes 
    • Written by his daughter Margaret Power Olsen in the 1970's as follows: Mike left Ireland when he was quite young. Saw a lot of America and got his citizenship papers in Cook County, Chicago, Ill. He was baker at the Bond Bread Baking Co. in Charlestown, Ma. He eventually went to work for the Quincy Market Cold Storage Co. as foreman of a group of men installing a refrigerating system. When the Depression hit in 1929, rather than lay him off they created a job for him as watchman on T-Wharf, Boston. He was still working there in 1939 when he died at the age of 69. His hair was always white, he was tall, handsome and walked like a marine. He had a confident attitude - everyone was good and everything was going to be okay. He married Mary Cudden June 16, 1901. She was a sister to the mother of Fr. Celsius O'Brien, Provincial at the Franciscan Friary in Dublin when Al & I visited him in 1970. When Mary died during the "flu epidemic" in 1918 following WWI, he took on the job of mother & father to raise us. "The way your mother would have wanted" There was no sex segregation everyone learned to cook, clean wash & iron and do for each other. He mad breakfast every morning, including some home made bread and a goody hidden in our shoes. He was strict on religion and prayed on his knees everyday until he died. He wouldn't allow liquor in the house; I never heard him raise his voice in anger or use a cuss word; or speak against anyone and he wouldn;t allow it from us. He loved everyone and everyone loved him. Our home was open to all our friends and they all called him "Pa". He would give away our clothes and food "to those who needed them more". Fr. Tom once said "your mother must have been saint to turn that lad around".
     
  • Sources 
    1. [S4] WHS Research, http://www.waterford-heritage.ie, (Michael O'Connor (R.No 165988)), CM/ES 6932. (Reliability: 2), Register B1844-74 P406.

    2. [S1] Ancestry.com, National Archives, Washington, D.C., M277_104 ., M277_104 (Reliability: 3).

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