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Elphege McCluskey | Annie McCluskey

April 11, 1925

Police Search for Boy's Body

Police continued the search Saturday to find the body of Elphege McCluskey, aged 9, of 48 Shattuck Street...
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April 13, 1925

Drowned Boy’s Body Found in South Canal

Remains of 9-year-old Elphege McClusky [Irish spelling] Held Fast Against Bank by Rock

    What was to have been his Easter suit will serve as the burial dress of Elphege McClusky, aged nine years, of 48 Shattuck Street, who was drowned in the Merrimack River near the Canoe Club Friday afternoon and whose remains were found in the South canal yesterday morning at 7 o’clock. The body of the lad was found securely fastened by a jutting rock against the natural stone wall of the south bank of the canal, midway between the canal locks and the South Broadway bridge.

    Edward Robiland? of Methuen? Street and Joseph Fox of Water Street, two youths who have assisted in the search for the body since Friday afternoon, noticed the body below the surface early yesterday morning and hailed Charles Pulty? Of 21 Carver street who, with the aid of ropes and several persons nearby, succeeded in bringing the body of the drowned lad to the surface.

…………………… Merimack River, a ….. ……… ….. of the Canoe club, where in attempting to  …….. …….. …….. … lost his balance and fell into the stream as two kiddies, aged four and seven years watched the tragedy from the river bank. The boy was swept by the swift waters into the canal until progress was arrested by the jutting rock against which his body was found.

Robert Pasquill of Willow street was the first to notice the body in the water.  He was walking along the riverbank and after making sure that it was the body of the drowned boy, called to the other searchers.  Ropes were secured from the canal locks and the men succeeded in hauling the body to shore.

The body was taken to the undertaking parlors of Charles F. Keefe, where it was viewed by Medical Examiner, V. A. Reed, who pronounced death due to accidental drowning.

The lad was a pupil in the fourth grade of St. Patrick’s parochial school.

The funeral will be held from the … home Tuesday morning with …. of requiem in St. Patrick’s Church at 10 o’clock.  Internment will be in Holy Sepulchre cemetery. 


Elphege McClusky

……………………………and ..…. as well as ……… ………….St. Patrick’s ……. …… …. were in attendance on …. …… ….when the last rites of the Catholic Church were read over the remains of little Elphege McClusky, nine year old son of Mr. and Mrs D? McClusky of 43 Shattuck Street who lost his life in the South Canal late Saturday afternoon when he fell into the water when he attempted to reach some driftwood.

.. .. ….. … high mass of requiem was celebrated by Rev. Fr. Charles Sheridan. The choir chanted the mass of requiem and the offertory from Terrv’s? mass was rendered by Bernard H. Buckley.  As the little white casket was carried from the edifice by his former playmates, Miss Agnes R. Doyle, church organist, played, “Angels Ever Bright and Fair.”

The large gathering of mourners at the mass gave silent testimony of the genuine sorrow that the residents of ………………… ……………. ………………… … chosen? parents and while the prayers were being read all knelt with bended heads.  The little children from St. Patrick’s school where the deceased was a pupil knelt with bowed heads as they answered the prayers of the priest for their former schoolmate.

The honorary bearers were from his class at the school and were: John Lynch, Joseph Carroll, Alfred Herbert and John McDermott.

The active bearers were: Richard Kane, Roland Bazin, Emery Bazin and Frank Kane.  Burial took place in the family lot in the Holy Sepulchre cemetery.

Among the floral tributes received were the following: pillow, inscribed “Budso,” from the family; wreath, inscribed “Our Little Friend” from his pals at Newton and Shattuck streets; wreath, Uncle Arthur; basket, Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Casey; mound, Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCluskey; heart, inscribed “Buddy,” from Joseph and Benny Hardacre and neighbors at the corner of Parker and Springfield streets; sprays, Master George Cuddy. Uncle Dick, Aunt Jennie and Cousin Rita; spray, Mrs. Medora Brown, Cousin Donald and Eileen, Mrs. Howard, Miss McManus, Uncle Robert, Aunt Bertha, Aunt Cora, Uncle Eddie, Miss Desmet.

Spiritual bouquets were received from Mitchell White, Mrs. Mitchell Whiten, Elphege White, Miss Mary White, Mrs. Mercier and family, Joseph Carroll, Mr. and Mrs. William Hardacre, Girls of St. Patrick’s school, Mrs. McParland and family, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Alexander McCluskey, Mr. Foster, Miss Catherine Murray, Mr. and Mrs. Horrace White, Mr. and Mrs. Henry ……  and Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Dowd.




(first part unavailable) …… the home of her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Cote, 165 Salem street, where she resided

The medical examiner, Dr. John T. Batal, attributed death to coronary thrombosis.

She was a native of Canada, had resided in Lawrence for the past 70 years, attended St. Patrick’s church and held membership in the Holy Family sodality of that parish.

Mrs. McCluskey leaves five daughters, Mrs. Janet Foley of Charlestown, Irene, wife of Frank Badalato of Haverhill, Cecelia, wife of Joseph Bohne and Rita, wife of Francis L. Donovan, both of Methuen, and Bertha, wife of Joseph Cote, with whom she resided; three brothers, Elphege Leblanc of Lawrence, Joseph White of Florida and Horace White of Methuen; three sisters, Emma, wife of Ernest Roberge and Mrs. Cora Ryan, both of this city, and Mrs. Bertha Spencer of California; also several grandchildren.

The funeral will be held Wednesday morning from the Raymond V. Keefe funeral home, 141 Salem street, with a solemn high Mass of requiem at 9 o’clock in St. Patrick’s church. Burial will be in Holy Sepulchre cemetery in North Andover.

Friends may call today from 2 to 5 and 7 …….
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