Edward Francis MOREARTY Senior


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Susan J. LYNCH

Edward Francis MOREARTY Senior 1418

  • Born: 11 Aug 1860, Knoxville, Knox County, Tennessee, USA 1418,1419
  • Marriage: Susan J. LYNCH on 13 May 1884 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA 1418
  • Died: 1 Feb 1940, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA at age 79 1420
  • Buried: 2 Feb 1940, Holy Sepulchre Cemetery; Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA 1420

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According to the 1930 census, both of Edward's parents were born in Ireland.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Occupation, 1890, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 1421 City Councilman per the 1890 Omaha Business Directory
Councilmen at large. -- (Terms expire January, 1892). Wm. F. Bechel, fourth ward; F. L. Blumer, ninth ward; F. D. Cooper, ninth ward; James Donnelly sr., second Ward; B. F. Madsen, first ward; John McLearie sixth ward; E. F. Morearty, seventh ward; Theodore Olsen, eight ward; Henry Osthoff, fifth ward.

Residence, 1900, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 1094 at 1306 South 25 Street.

Occupation, 1900, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 1094 where he was an attorney-at-law.

Residence, 1910, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 1095 at 2024 Wirt Street.

Occupation, 1910, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 1095 where he was an attorney.

Residence, 1914, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 1422 at 2015 Pinkney Street.

Occupation, 1914, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 1422 as a lawyer. His office was located at 540 Bee Building.

Residence, 1915, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 1423 at 1106 S. 31 St.

Residence, 1920, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 1424 at 2806 South 33 Street.

Occupation, 1920, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 1424 where he was a lawyer.

Residence, 1930, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 1418 at 2806 South 33rd St.
Legal Description: ILER ADD LOT 2 BLOCK 4 50 X 130
Parcel Size: Acres: 0.14 Sq. Ft.: 6500

Funeral, 1 Feb 1940, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 685 Omaha World Herald, Page 11; List Pallbearers for E.F. Morearty

Pallbearers for the funeral Friday morning of Edward F. Morearty, retired Omaha attorney, have been named as follows: Active: Paul Steinwender, Richard O'Brien, Judge Lawrence Welch, Edward F. Morearty 3d, Joseph Lovely, Jack Mattern. Honorary: District Judges Sears, Fitzgerald, Leslie, Rhoades, Yeager and Dineen; H. F. Newbranch, John Flynn Sr., Robert Smith, George Holmes, Dennis O'Brien, Roy B. Towl, Mayor Dan Butler, Sam Winters, Captain Henry Heitfelt, Bert Murphy, Benjamin S. Baker, George A. Magney, Joseph Koutsky. Services will be in the Heafey & Heafy mortuary at 8:30 and in Our Lady of Lourdes church at 9. Burial, Holy Sepulchre.

Page 22: Morearty, Edward F., age 79 years, residence 2808 S 33 St. Funeral Friday 8:30 a.m. from Heafey & Heafey Farnam street home to our Lady of Lourdes chruch 9 a.m. Interment: Holy Sepulchre cemetery.

Honors, 1980, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 1425 by having the book, Omaha and Douglas County: A Panoramic History; Page 66-67, mention him:

"The depression that struck the nation in the 1890s began in Omaha in 1887. Land values, which had become ridiculously inflated, took a sudden nosedive, and many private citizens as well as real-estate speculators were ruined financially. E.F. Morearty, newspaperman turned lawyer and politician, said that in 1896 "soup houses and charity stores ... were doing a thriving business. Men robust and rugged ... were carrying to their homes food that was dished out through public or private charity." By 1898, however, "the city was slowly and safely beginning to boom."

From the book, "The Gate City: A History of Omaha" by Lawrence Larsen, 1982:

Page 83: "Edward Morearty, an Omaha lawyer and politician, thought his fellow citizens in "anguish and despair" during 1895, the worst year of the depression. He declared: Times were growing harder and men and women were out of employment, with no ray of hope in sight. Raids by the depositors were made on many of our strongest financial institutions, some of whom were fortunate enough to meet the demands made on them, thereby restoring confidence to the depositors, who in most cases re-deposited. Others were not so able to weather the storm and were forced to close their doors . . . . Those failures worked additional hardship and suffering on the public and the depositors, many of whom were forced to wait for years the report of the receivers, then receiving but a few cents on the dollar. That year gold was discovered at Cripple Creek, Colorado, and many Omaha men left for the new Eldorado, I being one of them, remaining there at intervals for the great part of that year. On one of my return trips I brought with me five $100 bills, which I had realized through a mining investment. Going into an Omaha department store and making a purchase, I offered one to be changed. To my surprise and humiliation I had every important attache of the place eyeing me with suspicion due only a bank robber - this was but an instance of the scarcity of money at the time."

In the same book on Page 95: "Gambling was the mainspring of the corruption system. Faro banks, Keno games, and poker houses ran around the clock, seven days a week. "Evenings I sauntered leisurely around the city, " Edward F. Morearty said, recounting what it was like in Omaha during the hot and dry summer of 1880, "and in so sauntering, curiosity prompted me to follow a crowd of men going up the steps of a two-story brick building located on the southwest corner of Twelfth and Douglas streets . . . . The crowd that was surging in there were gamblers, eager to get on the game run by Dan Allen; Gotley Brooker was dealing the cards."

In the same book, on Page 101, Morearty decribes a political debate between Gilbert M. Hitchcock, son of a Nebraska political leader, and a feminist, Phoebe Cousins: "I will confess it was the first time I had ever seen or heard of him; yet I am free to say that as the debate progressed he proved to be an agreeable surprise to the audience and to me. During the debate he became so enthused in his subject that he invoked the wrath of his opponent to such an extent that she arose from her seat to attract his attention, and pointing her long bony forefinger at him menacingly, exclaimed: 'Mr. Hitchcock, you are a disgrace to the mother who bore you.' He was applauded to the echo and won the debate on its merits."

In the same book, on Page 123, regarding ethnic groups in Omaha: "By the 1890s things were different. The American Protective Association, a national organization that opposed certain forms of immigration, appeared in Omaha. Edward F. Morearty, a member of the city council, felt that the local APA was primarily a device to get individuals of Irish descent out of politics. While some Irish politicians were hounded from office, their plight hardly compared with that of a black man falsely accused in 1891 of assulting a white child. Despite pleas by the governor of Nebraska and other officials, a howling mob took the innocent man from the jail and lynched him from a telephone pole. Moreover, Morearty failed to mention a political reality that had helped to fan nativist sentiment. Almost all local political candidates were either Irish or native-born Americans, a circumstance that continued for many more years."

In the same book, on Page 140-41: Edward F. Morearty, explaining why he wrote 'Omaha Memories: Recollections of Events, Men and Affairs in Omaha', articulated the sense of purpose that Wattles gave the city. "Because it is in the geographical center of the United States through which passes the channels of commerce from the rock-bound cost of Maine to the Golden Gate of California, and from the snow-capped mountains of Canada to the pleasant glades of Florida; because it has the most even and healthful climate of any spot in the United States; because it is the second primary livestock market of the world; becuse its jobbing trade in 1915 was $188,000,000; because its factory output for 1916 was $219,000,000; because it is the greatest creamery producing city in the world. Because in 1999 it will have a population of 1,000,000 people; because it is the greatest lead ore reducing city in the world; becuase it is the second primary corn market in the world; because it is the greatest sheep feeding market in the world; because it has the broadest streets and best kept of any city of her size in the United States; because it has more palatial residences and the greatest number of home owners in proportion to its population than any other city in the world;because it has the most extensive, best equipped, best service street car system in the world; because it has the most schools and most efficient teachers in this nation."

Cemetery, 2 Feb 1940, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 20 at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.


Edward married Susan J. LYNCH, daughter of James LYNCH Senior and Mary LYNCH (NEE UNKNOWN), on 13 May 1884 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA.1418 (Susan J. LYNCH was born on 18 Aug 1861 in New York City, New York County, New York,1418,1426 died in 1947 32 and was buried in 1947 in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery; Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA 32.)

bullet  Noted events in their marriage were:

Marriage Fact, 13 May 1884, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska, USA. 1427 at St. Philomena's Cathedral.

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