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Josephine Byrne <I>Sullivan</I> Conlon

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Josephine Byrne Sullivan Conlon

Birth
Stratford, Perth County, Ontario, Canada
Death
28 May 1920 (aged 52)
Detroit, Wayne County, Michigan, USA
Burial
Stratford, Perth County, Ontario, Canada GPS-Latitude: 43.37182, Longitude: -81.00132
Plot
Section St. George, Lot 50, SubLot 1
Memorial ID
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Named "Johanna Sullivan" in her RC baptism record and the 1871, 1881 and 1891 Canada censuses

The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Latin: For Church and Pope) decoration is an award of the Roman Catholic Church. It is also known as the "Decoration of Honour". It is currently conferred for distinguished service to the church by lay people and clergy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro_Ecclesia_et_Pontifice]

Benedict XV was pope 1914-1922, so Josephine received her medal 1914-1920

Michigan death certificate gives occupation as Editor, weekly paper

Cemetery database has surname as "Coulon"
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https://archive.org/stream/michiganhistory00socigoog/michiganhistory00socigoog_djvu.txt
Michigan History Magazine
Vol II, No. 1 January, 1918.

Michigan Authors Association - A Synposium
pp517-518
[biographical sketch]
II
JOSEPHINE SULLIVAN CONLON

Josephine Byrne Sullivan-Conlon, member of the Michigan Authors' Association and editor of the Michigan Catholic, has been a student her life long. Receiving her education in parochial and public schools, she graduated from high school at the age of eleven years and passed the examination for teacher at fourteen.

After leaving school she still maintained her love for study, finally taking up the work of journalism. She was a student of law for nearly two years, receiving much of her training under men who had been noted journalists in Ireland and England.

For twenty-five years she has been associated with the Michigan Catholic and it is through her proficiency that this journal ranks with the highest religious publications of today. For fifteen years she was associate editor of this publication, finally succeeding to the editorship on the demise of its late editor Mr. William H. Hughes.

While Mrs. Conlon leads a very busy life, yet she finds time for the writing of poetry and short stories. Her first volume, a collection of short stories, entitled, "Father John and Other Stories" has met with phenomenal success. Her book of verse "Smiles and Tears," fulfills the significance of its title. There are many smiles, but more of the poems touch the heart; hence the tears. The volume has received very flattering press notices from all over the land, and the book has found its way from coast to coast and throughout Canada and the Northwest

Mrs. Conlon is a member of many literary and charitable organizations, and has held office in the Catholic Press Association of America, the League of Catholic Women, the Auxiliary of Providence Hospital, and kindred institutions. She is also a member of the Michigan Press Association.

She is a frequent contributor to the Extension Magazine, Catholic Columbian, The Irish World, The Freeman, of Dublin, Ireland, and the Herald, of Bombay, besides daily papers of Detroit. We append her latest bit of war verse.

Be Brave

Don't send blue letters to the boys,
They need cheery ones today;
They're fighting hard to keep up heart
Since the hour they marched away;
Don't tell them of your sorrow, dear,
Nor how you fret and pine;
These brave lads full of life and hope
Need courage for the line.

Just send a bit of sunshine
And keep your heart stout, too,
You have need to save your strength, dear,
There's work for you to do;
The boys need care and comfort
For the grey days they may see,
And they're hoping for the best in you,
'Till home from o'er the sea.

Just bottle up your heavy grief,
Then throw the cork away,
Just learn to smile and hide your ache.
For the lads now far away ;
And send them jolly, loving lines
Of the bright days yet to come;
They'll praise your courage daily,
As they pray, "God bless my home."
Named "Johanna Sullivan" in her RC baptism record and the 1871, 1881 and 1891 Canada censuses

The Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (Latin: For Church and Pope) decoration is an award of the Roman Catholic Church. It is also known as the "Decoration of Honour". It is currently conferred for distinguished service to the church by lay people and clergy. [https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro_Ecclesia_et_Pontifice]

Benedict XV was pope 1914-1922, so Josephine received her medal 1914-1920

Michigan death certificate gives occupation as Editor, weekly paper

Cemetery database has surname as "Coulon"
-----------

https://archive.org/stream/michiganhistory00socigoog/michiganhistory00socigoog_djvu.txt
Michigan History Magazine
Vol II, No. 1 January, 1918.

Michigan Authors Association - A Synposium
pp517-518
[biographical sketch]
II
JOSEPHINE SULLIVAN CONLON

Josephine Byrne Sullivan-Conlon, member of the Michigan Authors' Association and editor of the Michigan Catholic, has been a student her life long. Receiving her education in parochial and public schools, she graduated from high school at the age of eleven years and passed the examination for teacher at fourteen.

After leaving school she still maintained her love for study, finally taking up the work of journalism. She was a student of law for nearly two years, receiving much of her training under men who had been noted journalists in Ireland and England.

For twenty-five years she has been associated with the Michigan Catholic and it is through her proficiency that this journal ranks with the highest religious publications of today. For fifteen years she was associate editor of this publication, finally succeeding to the editorship on the demise of its late editor Mr. William H. Hughes.

While Mrs. Conlon leads a very busy life, yet she finds time for the writing of poetry and short stories. Her first volume, a collection of short stories, entitled, "Father John and Other Stories" has met with phenomenal success. Her book of verse "Smiles and Tears," fulfills the significance of its title. There are many smiles, but more of the poems touch the heart; hence the tears. The volume has received very flattering press notices from all over the land, and the book has found its way from coast to coast and throughout Canada and the Northwest

Mrs. Conlon is a member of many literary and charitable organizations, and has held office in the Catholic Press Association of America, the League of Catholic Women, the Auxiliary of Providence Hospital, and kindred institutions. She is also a member of the Michigan Press Association.

She is a frequent contributor to the Extension Magazine, Catholic Columbian, The Irish World, The Freeman, of Dublin, Ireland, and the Herald, of Bombay, besides daily papers of Detroit. We append her latest bit of war verse.

Be Brave

Don't send blue letters to the boys,
They need cheery ones today;
They're fighting hard to keep up heart
Since the hour they marched away;
Don't tell them of your sorrow, dear,
Nor how you fret and pine;
These brave lads full of life and hope
Need courage for the line.

Just send a bit of sunshine
And keep your heart stout, too,
You have need to save your strength, dear,
There's work for you to do;
The boys need care and comfort
For the grey days they may see,
And they're hoping for the best in you,
'Till home from o'er the sea.

Just bottle up your heavy grief,
Then throw the cork away,
Just learn to smile and hide your ache.
For the lads now far away ;
And send them jolly, loving lines
Of the bright days yet to come;
They'll praise your courage daily,
As they pray, "God bless my home."

Inscription

...Josephine B. S. / Conlon / 1868 [sic] -- 1920 / Decorated by His Holiness / Pope Benedict XV / with the insignia of / Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice / Requiescat in Pace /

Gravesite Details

Interment Date 6/3/1920. Black granite, topped with a cross



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