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The Green Fields Of America

Posted on December 15, 2019 at 7:00pm 0 Comments

Chief O'Neill's Sketchy Recollections of an Eventful Life in Chicago

The story of Chief O'Neill owes a great debt to his great-granddaughter Mary Lesch. It was Mary who followed through on family stories and hunted down her famous ancestor's unpublished manuscript. Then, with the aid of Chicago historian…


The New Policeman

Posted on November 2, 2019 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Francis O'Neill started as a policeman on August 17th, 1873. At that time, Chicago was still recovering from the devastation of the Great Fire a couple of years before. Francis had his own tragedies to contend with: He and his wife Anna lost their first child during that difficult time, and he struggled to keep a steady job in…


The Grassy Green Pillow -- An Emigrant's Memorial to His Parents

Posted on October 13, 2019 at 8:00am 0 Comments

Tombstone erected by Francis O'Neill in memory of his parents.

On a recent visit to West Cork, I had the fortune to properly explore Tralibane and the surrounding area. I was bowled over by the…


The Day 'The Chief' Was Assassinated

Posted on August 19, 2019 at 4:00pm 0 Comments

“The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

In 1897, Mark Twain was reported to have made this famous statement upon being…


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