Name: Henry Mack
Death: 12 APR 1933
Information given to me by:
Kate & David Clabough <firstname.lastname@example.org>
March 4, 2002
By Alice Mack Turner:
Grandpa Ryan died in a fire on March 21, 1919 in his home on James Stre et in Kansas City, Kansas. For many years afterward, I had nightmares abo ut it. I just couldn’t get the sight of his black burned body out of my mi nd. Grandpa suffocated to death one night when he had gone to sleep with h is pipe in his mouth. The woolen blankets had smoldered and he was overco me with smoke and couldn’t get out of bed. His dog Brownie died in the fi re too. When the firemen found the little dog she still had a piece of bla nket in her mouth. Brownie was written up as a hero trying to save her own er. She was buried in the casket with Grandpa. An anonymous neighbor se nt a horseshoe shaped wreath of flowers for the dog’s funeral. For many ye ars, Grandpa’s awful black charred face haunted my sleep.
By Alice Mack Turner: (Daughter of Henry Mack)
Papa’s dad, Michael McNamara, was born and raised in County Clare, Irelan d. He came to the United States in 1868 after his wife died. I never did k now her name. I was told she was accidentally shot by their oldest daught er and the family came to the States to forget the tragedy and build a n ew life. Being what they called shanty Irish, Michael was very poor and u neducated like many of his fellow countrymen. According to family legen d, while Michael was waiting in the emigration line at Ellis Island, he fo und that
there was a possibility that he might not be allowed to enter because he w as unable to write his name. A German emigrant, also waiting in line, help ed him learn to spell Mack. From that time on, he used that as his surnam e. He worked nearly a year to earn the money to pay the steerage fare f or passage for his mother and children from Ireland. His wages were lunc h, beer and 10 cents a day.
My papa, Henry, was only five years old and his brother Martin was sev en when they finally made the voyage to America. Their four isters Bridge t, Margaret, Mary, and Annie and Michael’s aged mother accompanied them. P apa never talked much about his childhood except to say it was hard and th ey were very poor. In later life, Martin was the only family member that e ver contacted Papa. He had kept the name McNamara. He considered it a matt er of pride. I heard once that he had fallen in love with my mother’s sist er, Elizabeth (Betty) Lucinda Ryan. She died from pneumonia at the a ge of seventeen [in some places she writes that Betty died at 18 and somet imes she says her middle name was Ann]. Uncle Martin never married and di ed a bachelor. We always thought that was really sad.
By: Alice Mack Turner
Sometimes Mama was downright mean. I wasn't there when Papa died but Mae s aid he asked for a priest and Mama wouldn't let him have one. She sa id he wasn't a Catholic no more after they got married. He died on April 1 2, 1933. Mama and Papa got married in the courthouse in Leavenworth, Kans as on December 24, 1885. They had been married 48 years.
Father: Michael McNamara b: in County Clare, Ireland
Ida Mae Ryan b: 17 MAR 1867
24 DEC 1885
in Leavenworth, Kansas
- Mae Mack
- George Mack
- Maggie Mack
- Alice Mack b: 29 JUL 1907
- Eva Mack b: 2 FEB 1909