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The Finnerty Family (Edward, John, Ellen, Kit, Mary T. ) and Nellie Walsh, c. 1897
Edward Finnerty, not pictured, was the son of an Irish immigrant. By 1885 he and his family were living in the area of Boylston St. and Hammond St., an area with a number of other Irish families. He was an “ice-man” working for the Jamaica Pond Ice Company in the days before refrigerators when ice blocks were delivered to houses. In 1892, the Finnerty family moved to this house at 1198 Boylston St. where they remained in various iterations until 1924.

In the photo are the following:
  • Catherine (Kit) J. Finnerty (b. 1892)
  • Helen Francis (Ellen) Finnerty (b. 1889)
  • Edward J. Finnerty (b. 1883), he later worked as a driver for an ice company
  • John Joseph Finnerty (b. 1879)
  • Mary T. Finnerty (b. 1877)
  • Nellie Walsh, details unknown
Contributor: Mary Ellen Carney

Courtesy of the University Archives & Special Collections Department, Joseph P. Healey Library, University of Massachusetts Boston: Foresters Families: An Exhibition about the Massachusetts Catholic Order of Foresters Records (2012) collection