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J. & Hannah F. McGinnis
one of two built on Tappan Street as part of the Blake Park development,
was designed and constructed by Burdo & Boyd, builders who were
also responsible for nine other Blake Park houses.
was the home at first to the McGinnis family, including John and
Hannah McGinnis and their four adult children. John J. McGinnis
(born c1860 in New York) was a public school custodian. He and Hannah
(also born c1860) were both the children of Irish immigrants.
oldest child, Mary (born c1887) was listed as a secretary and stenographer
in the Brookline Street List. The 1930 U.S. Census showed her as
a secretary at a wool company. The second child, John B. (1894-1980)
was a wholesale leather salesman. (His World War I draft registration
showed him as a sole sorter for the Armour Leather Company.) His
brother George (born c1897) was listed as a salesman in the Street
List. The 1930 Census showed him as an installer for a radiator
company. The younger daughter in the family, Louise (born c1900),
was an artist at a greeting card company.
1930 U.S. Census listing showed the residents as: John J. McGinnis,
70, custodian (public school), born New York; Hannah F. McGinnis,
70; Mary A. McGinnis, 43, secretary (wool office); John B. McGinnnis,
36, salesman (wholesale leather); George P. McGinnis, 33, installer
(radiator company); and Louise P. McGinnis, 31, artist (greeting
cards). The house was valued at $16,000.
family was listed first at this address in 1928. The oldest son
John B. was listed through 1930.The father John J., who was shown
as retired after 1938, was listed through 1940. The rest of the
family was listed through 1941.
the McGinnis family at this address were Marjorie L. and William
J. Braden. William was listed as a manager. No further information