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Thomas Edward Stakem, Sr
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Birth: Feb. 23, 1878
Lonaconing
Allegany County
Maryland, USA
Death: Aug. 24, 1959
Midland
Allegany County
Maryland, USA

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Evening Times, Cumberland, Maryland, 24 Aug 1959: "T. E. Stakem, Dies At Home--Thomas E. Stakem Sr., 81, former Juvenile Court Magistrate here and operator of a tailor shop on Frederick Street for many years, died this morning at his home in Midland. Mr. Stakem at one time served as register of wills for Allegany County and had served as Trial Magistrate in Midland. He was a member of Cumberland Council 586, Knights of Columbus and of St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Midland. He belonged to the Holy Name Society of that church. A son of the late Patrick and Esther M. (Cavanaugh) Stakem, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth (Mullun {sic}) Stakem. Other survivors are two daughters, Mrs. Donald Mellon, Piedmont, and Mrs. Charles Bell, Westernport; three sons, Thomas E. Stakem Jr., Arlington, Va., Patrick Stakem, of here, and John J. Stakem, Falls Church,Va.; three sisters, Mrs. Margaret McDonough, Mrs; Bernard Miller, both of Lonaconing, and Mrs. T. Frank Kelly, of here; two brothers, Daniel and Edward Stakem, both of Lonaconing. The body will be taken to the residence this evening. A Requiem Mass will be celebrated Wednesday at 9:30 a. m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, Midland, by the Rev. John Sleeman." (Courtesty of Pat Dailey)

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"To be successful in business and signally honored in public life does not by any means come within the experience of every man before middle age reaches him, but it does happen sometimes, and an example at hand is found in one of Midland's highly respected and substantial citizens, Hon. Thomas E. Stakem, formerly mayor of this city. Futhermore, Mr. Stakem is a self-made man, and what he has accomplished in the way of business is the direct result of perseverance and hard work, while the honors bestowed on him have been testimonials to his sterling character and qualities of good citizenship. Thomas E. Stakem was born at Lonaconing, Allegany, Maryland, February 23, 1878. His parents were Patrick and Esther (Cavanaugh) Stakem, the former of whom was born in County Wicklow, Ireland. From there he came to the United States when twenty-one years of age, and found work in the coal mines near Ocean, in Allegany, Maryland. He was married there to Esther Cavanaugh, an estimable young woman also of Irish ancestry, and they became the parents of the following children; James J., who is a miner in the Lonaconing district, Allegany county; Patrick A., who follows the carpenter trade at Lonaconing; Thomas E.; Richard F., who is a miner in Allegany county; John C., who died in July, 1915, at the age of thirty-two years; Maggie, who is the wife of Patrick McDonough; Lono, who is a miner; Catherine, who is the wife of William J. Broderick; Isaac, who is a cutter and tailor; Daniel J., who conducts a barber shop at Lonaconing; Ruth, who is deceased; and Winnifred, Sarah, Veronica and Edward, all of whom reside at Lonaconing. The father of the above family died in his home at Lonaconing, October 26, 1914, at the age of sixty-nine years. In his boyhood, Thomas E. Stakem attended the parochial school of St. Mary's parish, but in so large a family his parents could give him but few advantages, and while yet a boy he began to make plans for self support, finally deciding to learn the tailor's trade. After making his practical decision, Mr. Stakem became an apprentice under William J. Mooney, the leading tailor of Lonaconing, and continued with him for nine years, learning the business very thoroughly. In 1904 he came to Midland, where he believed he would find a good business opening and soon found himself well established, and today owns one of the finest, most up to date business houses in his line in this section of the county, with substantial patronage that extends over a wide territory. In April, 1905, Mr. Stakem was married to Miss Eliza Mullen, who was born at Pekin, Maryland, and is a daughter of John and Catherine Mullin, of that place. Mr. and Mrs. Stakem have five children, namely: Marie, Thomas E., Jr., Patrick, Veronica and John. Mr. Stakem has been in a position to give his children many advantages that he never enjoyed in his own youth. For some fifteen years past Mr. Stakem has been a prominent factor in Democratic politics in Allegany, and particularly active in local circles at Midland, where appreciation was shown by his election in 1916 to the office of mayor of this city. In choosing the individual who shall occupy the highest office within the gift of the municipality, the citizens of every live community can be generally trusted to name one who has proven his worth and ability in managing his own affairs, his fitness for handling big issues and his loyalty to his section being assured. Although Midland is generally conceded to be largely Republican, Mr. Stakem was elected on the Democratic ticket with a handsome majority, and throughout his administration as mayor proved by his able handling of civic matters and his public spirit that no mistake had been made in his selection. He fostered the city's industrial interests, brought about reforms and lent encouragement to many worthy enterprises. He is a faithful member of the Roman Catholic church, and his support to many of the church's great benevolent movements is generous and constant. He belongs to the Knights of Columbus and to the American Order of Hibernians, and is State treasurer of the latter. He is well known in Allegany, and some of his undoubted personal popularity may be attributed to his genial manner and friendly interest in others." Source: http://www.rootsweb.com/~mdallegh/bios/bio-s.htm#stakem-te 
 
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 Parents:
  Ester Cavanaugh Stakem (1856 - 1933)
 
 Spouse:
  Elizabeth Ellen Mullen Stakem (1878 - 1961)
 
 Children:
  Marie Agnes Stakem Mellor (1906 - 1984)*
  Patrick Isaac Stakem (1910 - 1977)*
  Veronica Catherine Stakem Bell (1912 - 1997)*
 
 Siblings:
  Thomas Edward Stakem (1878 - 1959)
  Margaret T Stakem McDonough (1884 - 1966)*
  Daniel J Stakem (1890 - 1968)*
  Veronica Angela Stakem O'Rourke (1897 - 1955)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Saint Michaels Cemetery
Frostburg
Allegany County
Maryland, USA
 
Created by: Byron
Record added: Aug 05, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 94864841
Thomas Edward Stakem, Sr
Added by: Byron
 
 
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