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Ralph Emmet Shire

Ralph Emmet Shire

Male 1921 - 2005  (83 years)

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  • Name Ralph Emmet Shire 
    Born 29 Dec 1921  Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census Data 2 Apr 1930  Downers Grove, DuPage, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Jason Shire - Age 35
    Alice Shire - Age 30
    Eugene Shire - Age 10
    Charles Shire - Age 9
    Ralph Shire - Age 8
    Catherine Shire - Age 7
    Robert Shire - Age 3 1/12
    Earl Shire - Age 1 3/12 
    1930 Downers Grove IL Jason Shire Family
    1930 Downers Grove IL Jason Shire Family
    Census Data 9 May 1940  Downers Grove, DuPage, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Jason Shire - Age 46
    Alice Shire - Age 40
    Eugene Shire - Age 20
    Charles Shire - Age 19
    Ralph Shire - Age 18
    Catherine Shire - Age 17
    Earl Shire - Age 11
    Eunice Shire - Age 9
    Donald Shire - Age 7
    Howard Shire - Age 5 
    1940 Downers Grove IL Jason Shire Family
    1940 Downers Grove IL Jason Shire Family
    Died 13 Nov 2005  Hinsdale, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Chicago Tribune; 15 Nov 2005

      Ralph E. Shire, WWII Army Veteran. Beloved husband of Edith E., nee Kraus; loving father of Edith (Jim) Anderson, Ralph J. (Connie) Shire, Aaron (Tanya) Shire and Donna E. (Edward) Simundic; grandfather of 13; greatgrandfather of one; survived by three brothers and three sisters. Preceded in death by four brothers; uncle of many nieces and nephews. Member of Chicago Carpenter Union #1889. Visitation Wednesday, 3 to 9 p.m. at Modell Fueral Home, 7710 S. Cass Ave., Darien. Funeral Thursday, Lying in State 9 a.m. until funeral service 10 a.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, 7214 S. Cass Ave., Darien. Interment Clarendon Hills Cemetery.
    Person ID P2308389966  Conrad Shire Tree
    Last Modified 16 Mar 2015 

    Father Jason Eugene Shire,   b. 03 Jul 1894, Redmon, Edgar, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Jun 1961, Downers Grove, DuPage, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Alice Florence Patterson,   b. 19 Feb 1900, Chicago, Cook, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 May 1984, Hinsdale, DuPage, Illinois, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 27 Sep 1919  Chicago, Cook, Illinois Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • From Catherine (Shire) Dyntera:

      Jason was living with his brother, Everett and happened to see Alice's name in the list of members of a club, and he called her. Alice was going to one of the meetings that night so she invited Jason to come and go with her & her father. Guess it was LOVE at first sight because they started dating and were married by a Methodist minister in her father's home.

      Their family grew quickly and they decided to find a home in the country to raise their children. They found an acre of land in Downers Grove. Jason cleared the land and proceeded to get "used lumber", and they went to Downers on the weekends to build their home. They would live in a tent on the weekend so Jason could get an early start in the morning. The children tried to help but they were only 6, 5, 4, & 3 years old.

      Alice & Jason were determined to make things work out so they would have a home for their children. Their intentions were to have the first house be a garage & play room for the kids, and they planned to build another BIG house up closer to the road. That never happened.

      They did not have running water nor all the conveniences of today, but they were sure they could do it. Alice had to wash clothes on a scrub board. They cooked on a wood & coal burning stove. She made bread for the family besides cooking meals and keeping the kids clean.

      They accomplished their mission and raised 11 children "In the house that Jason built".
    Shire Patterson Marriage Cert
    Shire Patterson Marriage Cert
    Family ID F3  Group Sheet

    Family Living 
    Children 
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    Family ID F19  Group Sheet

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    Ralph Emmet Shire
    Ralph Emmet Shire