Look up Deedy in Websters Dictionary and you will see the following definition - \Deed"y\, a. Industrious; active. [R.] --Cowper. But to me Deedy is simply my last name and not a very common one at that. My Father always said "find yourself in a strange city? Open a phone book, find a Deedy and give them a call - chances are they are a relative." So, for all the Deedy's out there hello and welcome.

Sign of Jack Barry still visible in Shrewsbury house

Jack & Margaret McDonough Barry built their dream home in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. My Father has many fond memories of visiting the couple in their gracious home.

Here are some black&white photos of Jack and Margaret and their home my Father took during a visit in 1959 (we think).

On March 24, 2008 my Father and I stopped by the old Barry house in Shrewsbury, MA and took these photos. The wooden shutters with the custom detail of crossed baseball bats and ball are still there. Nice to see a lingering bit of Jack and Margaret's dream left its mark on the home.


Johanna (Hanna) Donovan Deedy

As part of my ongoing family history research, I have been seeking additional photos and information from various family members. This past Monday, while visiting great-aunt Mae Deedy I was thrilled with her response - when asked if she had any photos of her parents, she pointed to a small framed portrait sitting ontop her TV. The portrait is of her Mother, Johanna (Hanna) Donovan Deedy, while undated, it was likely taken in the 1890s.

Unfortunately this appears to be the only family photo of her parents (my Dad gave her some copies of black and white photos he had of Edward and Johanna from the 1940s, which were included in the Archive I & II CDs) that Mae has kept over the years. She did recall other framed family photos which once hung on the walls of 12 Wabash Ave - one in particular she recalled with a large and ornate gilt frame, but after her parents passed away and she and sister Bet took over the apartment, she recalls Bet removing the gilt framed portrait and expressing her dislike of such an "ugly thing". The apartment was then redecorated to the sister's more modern tastes and Mae has no idea what could have happened to the old framed images.

Luckily I had brought along my digital camera when visiting Mae. She was kind enough to allow me to remove the small image from its frame and take a picture of the portrait. I then replaced the portrait in its frame and it is back ontop her TV. While the quality is not as good as a scanned image, it is the best I could do given the circumstances. Since it is the only image she has of her Mother, I did not feel comfortable asking to borrow it to scan.


Jack Barry in the News again

Great-uncle Jack Barry was in this past Sunday's Boston Globe sports section. The globe created a special section which featured past Red Sox managers and then ranked them. Jack Barry was ranked #17.

Click on the individual images to see them larger. In the first image you can see Jack Barry's A's baseball card photo in the bottom row, second one in (above the B). In the second page you can see a larger view of that photo along with a short description of his career as a Red Sox Manager (he was also a successful Red Sox player before he became manager, then went off to WWI).


Srgt Maurice Sullivan catches his man

Maurice Sullivan was a Boston Police officer for many years (in this photo he is on the right shaking hands (has mustache) - click on image to see larger) . I have been gathering news stories which mention him during his long career. Below are three related articles which tell a rather funny tale about bootleggers in the North End of Boston in 1924. Maurice is quoted in the articles and his sense of humor and sly cunning when dealing with his elusive rum runner comes through in the stories. One thing to note, at the time of these events Maurice Sullivan was 62 years old.


Police Escort "Poor" North End Man to Bank So He Can Deposit the $2500

Boston Daily Globe
Dec 12, 1924

The tale of Santo DeMore of 15 Stillman Street, North End and his bureau drawer full of cash was related in the Courthouse this morning. Probably no gentleman searching for liquor ever had such a startling discover as did Srgt. Maurice Sullivan of Station 1, Hanover St and patrolman Feeney and Dooley a couple of days ago.

Srgt. Sullivan and the two officers, armed with a search warrant, went to DeMore's house looking for liquor. They found none. But in the course of the search they pulled out the drawers of a bureau. There was nothing of consequence in the first two drawers, and then they hauled out the last.

It was filled with money. Bills almost overflowed the drawer; there were bills of all denominations, and underlying them were quantities of silver coins, quarters, halves and dimes.

"How much money here, Santo?" asked Sergt Sullivan.

Santo, throwing his shoulders back, said:

"Not more that $100"

"Well, you'd better get it together and take it to a bank. What would you do if the house was broken into?" asked the sergeant.

De More objected. He is bank shy, having had deposits with Mr. Ponzi and also with the Hanover Trust Company and another of the closed trust companies at the time of the big "bust up". His money, he thinks, is safer in his own bureau drawer. But the police officers thought differently and finally persuaded him to take it to a bank.

Gathering the money took a long time, but it was done finally and then the three officers escorted the man whose home they had entered looking for liquor, and whom they had expected to arrest, to the bank, while he deposited his good-sized nest egg. The money filled a large bag.

"This is the funniest finish of a liquore raid I ever knew," said the sergeant.

De More, father of four children, is supposed to be poor. He is the proprietor of a taxicab, with a stand on North Margin St.


Boston Daily Globe
Dec 13, 1924


Persuade North End Man to Deposit $2500 Hoard

"That was the funniest finish of a liquor raid I ever knew." said Sergt Maurice Sullivan of Station 1, Hanover st. yesterday when he had returned from the home of Santo de More of 15 Stillman st. North End where he had been with a search warrant.

The officers found a drawer full of bills and coins amounting to $2500, and persuaded de More to overcome his distrust of banks and go, under escort, to place the money in a bank. This was accomplished only after de More had explained that he had been caught in the Ponsi scheme and bank failures of that period. The raiders found no liquor.

De More found a bag finally and filled it with bills of all denominations and quarters, nickels, halves and dimes. The man, father of four children, and supposed to be poor, is proprietor of a taxicab with a stand on North Margin st.


Boston Daily Globe
Dec 27, 1924


Police Call Him "King of Bootleggers"

Santo DeMore of 15 Stillman st. North End alleged "king of bootleggers" in that district, appeared before Judge Duff in the Municipal Court this morning on a charge of keeping and exposing liquor for sale and also with making a sale of liquor. The case was continued to Monday.

DeMore says he conducts a taxicab business on North Martin st. He fell foul of the police a couple of weeks ago, when Sergt Maurice Sullivan and special officers Dooley and Feeney with a search warrant entered his premises in a search for liquor. The police found no evidence of hard drink there, but they did find that DeMore had $2500 in bills and silver in a bureau drawer. Sergt Sullivan told him that he must not leave such a large amount of cash lying around in that fashion, for someone would be sure to learn of it and steal it and perhaps murder him in the attempt. The police insisted that he put the money in a safe place and they went along with him to a bank.

Sergt Sullivan discovered on the next day that DeMore had hired two empty rooms on North Martin st. With a squad he went there and found Mrs DeMore, Santo's mother, who is 74 years old, sitting on two cans of hooch containing 66 gallons. The police arrested her and brought her into court, where she was found guilty and fined $200.

Sergt Sullivan at another time conducted a raid at DeMore's house and found 72 gallons of moonshine hidden in the walls. This was several months ago. Two or three weeks later, Sergt Sullivan found a barrel of moonshine concealed in a gasoline can.





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