|The Hanrahan Branch|
|Another daughter of Patrick and Johannah O'Keefe Hogan, Mary Rose Hogan, was raised on a farm in the Clonmel area of Tipperary by her aunt who was married to a Sheehy. We are unsure if or how these Sheehys are related to the James Patrick Sheehy who married Mary Hogan, a niece of Mary Rose Hogan, but he was also from Clonmel and was born in the house where his father operated a harness shop on one of the main streets of Clonmel; interestingly, James Patrick Sheehy had relatives named O'Keefe.
Mary Rose met and married Michael Hanrahan in Clonmel. The rest of Michael's family immigrated to Australia, but the Sheehys funded the trip to New York for Mary Rose and Michael, where they had a farm before moving to Wisconsin.
Michael is said to have been a heavy drinker who rarely worked, but Mary Rose is remembered as having the money, strength, and determination to run the farms herself. She was a tiny woman who could walk under her son John's outstretched arm. After moving from New York, they operated farms in Milwaukee and then Chippewa County.
Michael was a scholar who had attended the
Royal Academy in Dublin; he knew all of Shakespeare and would recite verses from Alice in Wonderland with his granddaughter Mary. Mary absorbed a deep love of theatre and drama from her grandfather and went on to act in New York City under the name Mary Rehan; she is supposed to have been the first actress to play the stage role of "Jo" in Little Women during World War II, and appeared as the gardener's wife in the 1922 silent film "Flesh and Spirit". Ethel Merman inserted a line into the script of the stage production of "Annie Get Your Gun" about Chippewa Falls to tease Mary Rehan, and the line remained in the musical.
Mary Rehan later received a law degree from Brooklyn College and was the first woman to address the International Bar in Switzerland; there is supposed to be a plaque noting this in the Hague. She was born in the 1880s and died August 28, 1963.
Mary Rehan's mother was Michael and Mary Rose's daughter Margaret, born October 14, 1858 in Milwaukee; they also had a son John who was a year and a half younger than Margaret and, sadly, died when she was 20 or 21. A descendent remembers Margaret talking about cousins, probably Hogans but possibly Regans, who hated the South because they had been horribly mistreated as prisoners during the Civil War, and Patrick Hogan of the John and Bridget Hogan line is said to have been like a brother to her.
Michael and Mary Rose Hanrahan also had a daughter named Johanna; she married Edward Patten, who worked in the shoe business in Chippewa Falls, and was known as "Auntie" to her sister Margaret's children and grandchildren.
Margaret Hanrahan married Charles T. Regan, an Irish-American born in Iowa in 1856 who came to Chippewa Falls at the age of 20 and worked as a salesman for the Chippewa Valley Mercantile Company. Charles' ancestors originally may have been from Clare; his mother was Margaret, born 1827 in Ireland, and in 1880 she was living in Chippewa Falls with five of her eight children: Patrick, a mill hand, born 1853 in Ireland: Charles, a clerk in a store, born 1856; Marie, a schoolteacher, born 1860; Mike, a clerk in a store, born 1862; James, in school, born 1866; and Margaret, in school, born 1868. She had a son John and a daughter Anna who may have been on their own by then.
Family tradition has it that Charles' brother Patrick was deaf since babyhood because of an illness that spread through the ship the family came over on. The crew tried to isolate all the children, but Patrick's mother hid him so successfully that he was not taken away from her; his deafness was always attributed to the illness and/or being stuffed away.
Charles and Margaret had seven children: Mary Rehan (the actress mentioned above); Charles, who had no children; John ("Jack"), who had no children and died in Boynton Beach, Florida; Ruth ("Tute"), a concert pianist who married Willard Bunn and raised five children in Springfield, Illinois; Frank ("Cy"), who had a wife Alma and a son Robert and moved to Shreveport, Louisiana; Eugene ("Jean" - a female), who married Paul McKay and raised two children in Chicago; and Robert ("Bob"), who had a daughter named Pat and died in 1944 in Chicago at the age of 48.
Margaret's mother, Mary Rose, sent Lizzie Bean, the 16-year-old daughter of the blacksmith on her farm, to work for Margaret as a nanny and housekeeper when Margaret's children were born; Lizzie raised the children, freeing Margaret to engage in civic and cultural activities, and when they were grown went to Chicago with Jean and worked in the same capacity for her. She is buried with the family in the Regan/McKay plot in Chippewa Falls.
Jean Regan's husband, Paul McKay, was the youngest son of a Methodist minister named William John McKay. William had walked from Madison to Northwestern in order to attend the Methodist seminary there; he and his wife, Arabella Abigail Roberts McKay, had five children and had to move, as all Methodist ministers do, every two years.
Paul had dated Ruth Regan before she married Willard Bunn, and it was Ruth who introduced him to her sister and his future wife, Jean Regan. Paul McKay apparently had a uniquely beautiful singing voice. In 1920 he was working as a salesman in a department store and he and Jean were living in Chicago with Jean's brother Robert, 24, who worked as a manager in a clothing store.
Francis, also known as "Frank" or "Cy", had a reputation as a wild and charming prevaricator, and one whose statements could never be taken at face value. He was married at least once and probably twice, but had many other romantic involvements over the course of his life. He worked in the steel mills of Gary, Indiana for awhile and may have married for the first time there; he claimed the child born to that first marriage was not his and had nothing to do with it. He did acknowledge his son Robert from his second marriage to Alma.
Ruth Regan's husband, Willard Bunn, was president of Bunn Capitol Co. and director of the Sangamo Electric Co., and their son, George Regan Bunn, invented the Bunnomatic stainless steel commercial coffee maker while working there. He actually perfected the design for it at the old St. Joseph's Hospital in Chippewa Falls. (Read an article about St. Joseph's.) Today, George Regan Bunn's son, Arthur H. 'Hy' Bunn, is president of the Bunnomatic Corporation, and his nephew heads Bunn Capitol Co., a wholesale grocery business. Ruth herself was a brilliant concert pianist who soloed with the Chicago Symphony at sixteen.
Another son of Ruth Regan Bunn, Willard 'Bunch' Bunn, Jr., and his son Willard Bunn, III, were presidents of Springfield Marine Bank which was bought by BankOne in the early 1990s and renamed BankOne Springfield.
Ruth Regan Bunn's brother-in-law, George 'Gib' Bunn, attended Princeton in the same class with
Sinclair Lewis, the first American to win the Nobel Prize for Literature, and was good friends with him. Both were involved in writing skits and musicals at Princeton and Sinclair Lewis took the name of one of Gib Bunn's musicals as the title for one of his most famous books: Main Street. Much of the information that the Hanrahan branch has on the Bunn family is taken from the book "Jacob Bunn an his Descendents" by Edward J. Russo (1986).
A living Bunn descendent, Andrew Call, has recently published a book called Jacob Bunn: Legacy of an Illinois Industrial Pioneer. Andrew's mother, Elizabeth Taylor Greer, edits a magazine with an on-line site about the culture of the Blue Ridge region and beyond called "Blue Ridge Traditions".
One of Ruth's daughters married a man whose cousin, McClure Capps, married Blanche Goldwyn, the daughter of Hollywood film director Samuel Goldwyn.
An interesting coincidence: like the Mannings, the Bunn's also have a connection to President Grant. A Bunn woman named Sally married a Frank Jones and when she died, he remarried Grant's daughter Nellie. When that pair died, they were both buried in the Bunn plot in Springfield, IL.
Hope Cemetery is located at 418 N. State St., Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, 54729. The Regan/McKay plot is about at Block A - Row 0 - Lot 4, and the Regan/Hanrahan plot is about at Block A - Row 8 - Lot 8.
|The Vee Valley in southern Tipperary|
|The Galtee Mountains near Clonmel|
|15th Century Cahir Castle|
|The rock of Cashel|
|Another view of the Rock of Cashel|