Monthly Archives: March 2013

Circa 1915 Group Photo

William Abram Okelly Sr.

William Abram O’Kelly Sr. had a following of young students who were eager to learn the law. An unknown photographer captured this impromptu classroom on a grassy knoll in Monroe Circa 1915.

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1893 World`s Fair Issue of the Monroe Evening News

William Abram O'Kelly

Biographical sketch of William Abram O`Kelly
He was a prominent retail dealer whose establishment was located on the east side of DeSiard street at Five Points. He had been born in New Orleans, but had been a resident of Monroe since 1871. He entered the Confederate Army at the age of 15 as a private in Co. I, 9, 9th La. Ca., in the latter part of the war. In partnership with his kinsman Henry when first arriving in Monroe, his business was called Henry O`Kelly and Co. After 20 years, William controlled the business and changed the name to W. A. O`Kelly. He became a popular citizen and served on the Monroe City Council where he did admirable service. Considered a good Catholic, he held membership in St. Mathew`s Church, the Catholic Knights of America and was that society`s first president over the first branch organized in Louisiana and was also a member of the Henry W. Allen Camp of the United States Confederate Veterans.

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1864 Thomas Swan O’Kelly Runs Away to Join the Confederacy

Ten days after the start of the Civil War, William sent his son Thomas to the Jesuit College, Spring Hill, at Mobile Alabama where he studied compounding medicines. A father’s attempt to keep his son out of the war failed and on August 7th, 2864, Tom ran away from the school to join Tobin’s battery, latter serving in the Confederate Cavalry.

The following photocopies are courtesy of Richard Weaver, Spring Hill College, Access Services Librarian.

Thomas O'Kelly Register of Students 1859-1873 page 65

Thomas O’Kelly Register of Students Spring Hill College 1859-1873 page 65 

Vice President's Diary 1859-1883 Aug 1864 page 70

College at Spring Hill Vice President’s Diary 1859-1883 Aug 1864 page 70
August 6. The excitement of the students is greater to day. Many after the study of 2 o’clock ask in a body to go, the sameday, to Mobile to form their quarters but I President being about they consent to go to the first class. After the first class, they renew their petition and again we succeed to send them to class. A greater determination to leave the college was to be expected at bed time ans to prevent it the two principal leaders of the movement are sent away D. Harris and Barry
No bad spirit is remarked in that excitement so much so that all of them went to communion the same morning
August 7. J. Booth, T. O’Kelly go away to join the army. W. Miles and T. Miles go home

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1876 Calderwood & O’Kelly Wedding Annoucement

Ouachita Telegraph Monroe, Louisiana March 3, 1876

MARRIED. At the residence of Col. Henry O'Kelly by the Rev. Father Enaut, a t 10 o'clock, A. M., Thursday, 16th of March, 1876, Dr. John C. Calderwood and Miss Jane O'Kelley. No Cards.So he that could bear the ills of others must needs call for keep to bear his own, and she fair confiding maiden has found her "laddie" as "ilka lassie" mat. We drain a bumper to the long life and prosperity of both, now made "one and inseparable."

MARRIED. At the residence of Col. Henry O’Kelly by the Rev. Father Enaut, a t 10 o’clock, A. M., Thursday, 16th of March, 1876, Dr. John C. Calderwood and Miss Jane O’Kelley. No Cards.
So he that could bear the ills of others must needs call for keep to bear his own, and she fair confiding maiden has found her “laddie” as “ilka lassie” may. We drain a bumper to the long life and prosperity of both, now made “one and inseparable.”

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1885 St. Patrick’s Day Invitation

The Irish citizens of Vicksburg request the pleasure of your company at their First Annual Celebration of St. Patrick’s Day at Magnolia Hall,  Tuesday Evening, March 17th 1885.

1885 St. Patrick's Day Invitation

ARRANGEMENT: T. J. Brennan, Chairman. John Walsh, D.J. O’Keefe, J.J. Mulligan, J.S. Horan. INVITATION: M.J. Mulvihill, Chairman.R. Mc Dermott, Thomas Franey, John McQuaide, R. O’Leary. FLOOR: John Rodge Jr., Chairman, A.F. Garvy, John Maloney, James Golden, John C. Kearney. RECEPTION: George T. Hardy, Chairman. Charles Muldoon, P. Feeney, P.J. Foley, Jas. H. Walsh.

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