Today is the 95th wedding anniversary of Joseph Meyers Gallagher, the brother of my great grandfather Walter Gallagher, and Agnes M. O’Toole. Joseph and Agnes were married on October 19, 1919 at 5:30 p.m. at St. Augustine’s Church in Union Hill, New Jersey. The marriage is purported to be the first for both of them, but I learned long ago not to put much faith in that information (especially where these Gallaghers are concerned). Joseph was 25 years old and worked as a clerk. Agnes was 22 years old.
Agnes was born in New York City to parents Hugh O’Toole and Jane Young. Joseph was born in Camden, New Jersey, in 1894. The marriage certificate shows that the couple lived at 209 Columbia Street, Union Hill, New Jersey. In 1926, Union Hill and West Hoboken merged to become Union City, New Jersey, and most of the street names were changed. Columbia Street became 44th Street. Best estimate is that this is where they lived (maybe that was their stove!):
After they were married, the 1920 census places them at 209 Main Street (which is now 43rd Street in Union City), almost directly behind the address they gave on the marriage certificate. They were renting one part of this dwelling, most likely with a rear entrance, from Joseph’s mother Mary Wiltse and her second husband Arthur Cohen. This one makes me feel a little better:
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