I recently stumbled across a great newspaper article in the Niagara Falls Gazette from September 27, 1893 describing in fantastic detail the events of St. Mary’s (Our Lady of the Cataract) church fair. This church is of particular interest to me because it was the parish of all of my Irish immigrant ancestors and their families in Niagara Falls, NY, right up to my grandmother.
The article, though interesting in its own right, provided this fantastic and unexpected genealogy gem:
That’s right: my great-grandmother Nellie Gavin, who was just sweet sixteen years of age at the time, won St. Mary’s popularity contest! I have so few young photos of my great-grandmother, and none of her as a teenager, so I’ll proudly repost the wonderful photo I have of her from 1911, with her beloved husband and son.
Congratulations, Great-Grandma Nell!