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Bridgey O'Leary Phelps
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Birth: Feb. 6, 1871, Ireland
Death: Apr. 29, 1962
Jasper County
Missouri, USA

2nd w/o Col W H Phelps

Birth: in Ireland

They married in Chicago and he brought her to his classical revival, grandiose mansion built with Carthage stone at 1146 Grand avenue, and its 10 fireplaces each having different color tile with hand carved woodwork throughout plus a hand operated four floor elevator from basement to ballroom. It remaining (2011) one of the most elegant homes in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri where she spent over fifty years of her life raising his and their children until her church ended up owning the home & grounds around 1959.

Their home was on the Victorian Home Tour: The Phelps House - 1146 Grand avenue - A classical revival built in late 1890's by W. H. Phelps, a prominent attorney. It has 10 fireplaces, all with different colored tile, and has beautiful, hand-carved woodwork. It has a hand-operated elevator serving 4 floors from the basement to the ballroom. Along with the Leggett house and Platt house, it is built of Carthage stone.

Evening of Thursday, June 7 1934 at Carthage, Missouri's Drake hotel, she and her son were on the fifty one member reception committee to welcome their friends of over forty years, Colonel Carl Raymond and wife Harriette (Flora) Gray to Carthage Homecoming.

Death: in St John's hospital, Joplin, Jasper county, Missouri

Marriage: William Henry Phelps b: 16 OCT 1845 in Hinsdale, Cattaraugus county, New York
Married 1905, Chicago, Cook county, Illinois

Known Children
Cyrus Phelps b: 14 NOV 1906 in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri

George Emmett Phelps b: 6 FEB 1910 in Carthage, Jasper county, Missouri

Bridgey O'Leary's brother is a Fallen officer for the SLMPD. Humphrey O'Leary He died in the line of Duty. She was also a stenographer and married Col W H Phelps. Her father was Timothy O'Leary and from the papers they were still in Ireland at the time of the officers death in 1906
This information contributed by Kristiana Carnaghi


MONDAY, APRIL 30, 1962


Mrs. W. H. Phelps, 91 prominent Carthage resident died at 1 a.m. yesterday at St. John's Hospital in Joplin.

Mrs. Phelps, a patient at St. John's Hospital since last July 15, had been gravely ill several days. She had been in failing health several years.

She was born February 6, 1871 in Ireland, and came to the United States when she was 18 years old. Sixteen years later she was married in Chicago to Colonel W. H. Phelps, a prominent early day Carthage attorney and Democrat leader within the state of Missouri.

Colonel Phelps served in both the house and state senate from Jasper county and was attorney for the Missouri Pacific many years. He died July 26, 1916, in St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minnesota where he had undergone surgery.


Was sold about three years ago by Mrs. Phelps to St. Ann's Catholic Church parish. The carriage house on the property was remodeled and is used as the parish hall. St. Ann's parochial school now is under construction at the northeast portion of the property and the spacious home will be used as the convent for the Sisters who will operate the school, and for the school library.

Mrs. Phelps had two sons, both of whom preceded her in death. The older, Cyrus , died November 7, 1914 at the age of 8, of injuries received when he was struck by a car in front of the Phelps home on Grand. He was riding a bicycle at the time of the accident. The other son, George E. Phelps, prominent Carthage attorney died suddenly March 15, 1958 at the home, 1601 Grand Avenue.

Are two grandsons;
George Phelps, Jr. of Dallas, Texas and
John O'Keefe Phelps of Columbus

the daughter-in-law;
Mrs. Elizabeth O'Keefe Phelps, 1601 Grand Avenue

two nieces;
the Misses Mary and Jane Riordan of St. Louis, MO

a sister, living in Chicago and several step-grandchildren, including;
Mrs. Josephine Putnam of Santa Barbara, California
Mrs. David Collmery of Manhattan Beach, California
Willie Phelps of California and
Howe Phelps of Rhode Island.

The two grandsons, George and John Phelps were here for the funeral.

Mrs. Phelps was a member of St. Ann's Catholic Church

Rosary was recited at the Ulmer funeral home

Requiem high mass was celebrated at St. Ann's Church

The Rev. John A. Weissler, OMI was celebrant

Family links: 
  William Harlow Phelps (1845 - 1916)*
  Cyrus Phelps (1906 - 1914)*
  George Emmett Phelps (1910 - 1958)*
*Calculated relationship
Park Cemetery
Jasper County
Missouri, USA
Plot: Traditional Sector Bl 19 Lot 1 Sp 4
Created by: I Remember When
Record added: Oct 29, 2009
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Bridgey <i>O'Leary</i> Phelps
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