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Harry Lloyd Cahill
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Birth: Aug. 21, 1885
Americus
Lyon County
Kansas, USA
Death: Mar. 16, 1942, At Sea

In 1899, his parents, Sam and Jessie Cahill, moved the family to Rocky Ford, Colorado, 13 miles west of La Junta. They moved again to Missoula, Montana. About 1903, he attended to Garden City Business College in Missoula. In 1904, he rode a horse for help, while his mother was giving birth to his youngest sister, Bernice. He had to cross a river, and got drenched, causing him to suffer some health problems later on. Soon after school he goes to work on the Panama Canal in South America. He then became paymaster for the North Bank Railroad, on the North bank of the Columbia River. He received an offer for better wages to work on a rail road in Brazil. During his time in the Amazon, he was bitten on the leg by a Vampire bat, leaving him with a noticeable scar. Again he changed jobs and went to work in Guatemala as a Paymaster and Overseer for banana workers. He would visit his family as often as he could, and on one such visit to Grant's Pass, Oregan, he brought all kinds of curious items for his brothers and sisters to see, including the shrunken head of an Indian. He was working with a partner supplying food for workers where the Brazilian government was financing transportation of "wild rubber" from up the Amazon. The government project stopped when the British started cultivating rubber plantations in Southeast Asia, breaking the rubber market.

After his family moved to California, he would spend his vacations there, telling his family about all the wonderful places he had seen, like Cuba Oriente and Mexico City.

Ten months after getting married, their first child, Lavinia "Winna" Barton Cahill, is born in New Orleans, Louisiana. The next year Clarissa Barton Cahill is born, also in New Orleans, Louisiana. Sometime after Clarissa's birth he decides to move his family closer to his work, and moves them to Cuba. While in Cuba, the family has a Jamaican butler named Daily. In 1933, Harry Lloyd Cahill, Jr. is born in Baracoa.

Soon the family moved to Mexico and in 1937, Donald Barton Cahill is born in Mexico City. At this time, he is Vice President of the "frontier" division for the Digiorgio Fruit Company, and makes sure that the banana plantations in South America and the Caribbean successfully shipped their cargo to the United States.

One summer he, and his two daughters travelled to California to see his family, spending the summer with them in San Francisco.

In November 1940 he lived at Gante No. 7, Desps. 4001-404, Mexico, D.F., Mexico.

On March 16, 1942, he left Kingston, Jamaica on one of Digiorgio's small cargo freighters hauling fruit to New York City. The ship was 120 miles off of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina when it was torpedoed by the Nazi U-boat U-124, commanded by Johann Mohr, at 8:45pm. The ship sunk within 3 minutes of taking the hit. Only six men survivor being picked up by the U.S.S. ___ the next day. Winna interviewed a number of the survivors, and one survivor said he saw Captain William Klaveness (a family friend), Harry and several members of the crew at the impact point. All the lifeboats were destroyed except for 2 life rafts. One raft held 6 crewmen, 2 passengers and a 7 year old boy, and the other held 6 more members of the crew. According to one of the survivors, while approaching the sinking ship the U-boat gunned down one of the life rafts. After the ship went down the Nazi sub pulled up to the remaining raft and asked one of the survivors the name of the ship they had just sunk. The man asked the sub commander what was the idea behind sinking a boat full of bananas and killing all it's passengers. The Nazi reportedly answered, in good English, "This is war my boy!" Only 6 crew members survived the attack, while 44 people, including Harry Cahill died.

 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Samuel O'Donnell Cahill (1853 - 1915)
  Jessie Melissa Miller Cahill (1856 - 1942)
 
 Spouses:
  Lavinia Barton Sims Cahill (1904 - 1943)
  Lavinia Barton Sims Gill (1904 - 1943)
 
 Children:
  Clarissa Barton Cahill Goolsby (1929 - 2007)*
 
 Siblings:
  Harry Lloyd Cahill (1885 - 1942)
  Alice Gertrude Cahill Hall (1886 - 1977)*
  Alta Lois Cahill (1889 - 1893)*
  Walter Durell Cahill (1892 - 1958)*
  Hubert Frank Cahill (1895 - 1961)*
  Gladys Marie Cahill Bristol (1897 - 1951)*
  Inez Bernice Cahill Jarrett (1904 - 1983)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Body lost at sea
 
Created by: Sam Cahill
Record added: Sep 10, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 58443685
Harry Lloyd Cahill
Added by: Sam Cahill
 
Harry Lloyd Cahill
Added by: Sam Cahill
 
Harry Lloyd Cahill
Added by: Sam Cahill
 
 
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