|Birth: ||Jul. 5, 1883|
|Death: ||Mar. 29, 1955|
St. Louis City
Grandpa Frank DeLonjay was, according to all his children, a Hard Shell Baptist. I later found this as not being the true story he was actually baptized in the Catholic Church as an infant, but the family was not what one would call practicing their religion. Why would they, Frank's father deserted his wife leaving her in Quincy with 8 children to raise. He went to work the lead mines in Oklahoma when Frank was 14 years old and didn't return until after his wife had died sometime in the late 1920's.
According to my mother who was born in 1912, #4 of 8, Grandma was a strong Catholic and would have to sneak all the children out of the house and take them up to the local Catholic Parish for Baptism. Sometime later in the day when Grandpa got home, he always seemed to catch her and ask where she had been. Not being one to lie she would tell him she had the newest baby baptized. He then would go on one of his tirades and would be unbearable for a period of time, he had a tremendous temper.
My mom often commented that the local priest would come to their home to visit, they lived on the second floor (over the Hogan Brothers Saloon). Grandpa would physically through the priest out, down the steps. After several of these episodes, Grandpa mentioned that either this young guy was crazy to take all this punishment or just maybe he had something. Apparently over a period of time Grandpa came back to the church and like many converts or returning Catholics he became more committed to the church than others. After these periods he then took the nuns under his wing and provided all their needs for eye glasses, through my Grandmother's brother who was Dr. Hugh Cassidy an optometrist.
Around 1920 Grandpa DeLonjay was elected Secretary Treasurer of the Roofer's Union, a position he held until 1955 when he died. I was at this time that he would come home from the office on a streetcar often with paper work in a briefcase. It seems that the local gangsters, not of the Hogan Gang, but one of the rival groups, thinking that Grandpa was carrying cash robbed him three nights in a row. But, to no avail, all he had was receipts, no cash. However, from that time on the two members of the Hogan crowd would meet my grandfather somewhere along the route and escort him home every night. By the way within a relatively short period of time his hair turned from coal black to steel gray, my mother always claimed it was over night.
Peter Gabriel Delonjay (1858 - 1931)
Katherine B Townsend Bruelheide (1864 - 1918)
Eveline Barbara Cassidy Delonjay (1885 - 1966)
Aurelia Marcella DeLonjay Linhares (1904 - 1993)*
Gertrude Emily DeLonjay Mertens (1906 - 1994)*
Estelle Fern DeLonjay Buchholz (1912 - 1997)*
Frank Louis Delonjay (1915 - 1994)*
Hugh Joseph Delonjay (1917 - 2002)*
Note: Age 71
Calvary Cemetery and Mausoleum
St. Louis City
Plot: Section 020, Lot 1821, Grave 21
Maintained by: Bill Buchholz
Originally Created by: T.V.F.T.H.
Record added: Mar 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 50152555