Saturday, December 8, 2012

Charles Edward Callahan - 1906 graduation photograph, Woburn, Massachusetts High School


Photograph of an earnest young man identified on the reverse as Charles E. Callahan.  It appears to be a photograph taken upon his 1906 graduation from Woburn High School at Woburn, Massachusetts.

The photograph was taken by the Elson studio of Woburn, Massachusetts.



Below, a partial scan of a page in a Woburn annual report that lists Charles Edward Callahan as one of the graduates.



From online research, hopefully correct: [corrections welcome]

Charles Edward Callahan was born 31 October 1888 at Quincy, Massachusetts, the son of Edward and Margaret J. (Sullivan) Callahan, both natives of Ireland.

Charles' paternal grandparents, Patrick and Ellen (Lafferty) Callahan, had also emigrated from Ireland to Massachusetts.  Charles maternal grandparents were Eugene and Mary Sullivan.  I found references to a Eugene and Mary, but am not sure I have the right couple.

After graduation in 1906, Charles stayed in the area.  In 1910, he was living with his parents and working at an occupation I can't make out on the Census form.

By the time he completed his World War I draft registration card, he was working at the Massachusetts School for the Feeble-Minded, which today is known as the Walter E. Fernald Developmental Center, named after its first resident superintendent.    

Charles was still employed there when he completed his World War II in 1942.


Like many others, this institution has had controversy in its past, particularly before the reform movement of the latter part of the 20th century.  As treatment options have moved toward a community oriented approach, many of these institutions have closed, and this center may be closed or winding down at this time.

In 1927 Charles married Madeline G. McCarty [or McCarthy], daughter of Thomas and Bridget (Reidy) McCarty, Irish emigrants.  Madeline was born about 10 July 1896 at Ayer, Massachusetts.

I didn't find any children for Charles Edward Callahan and Madeline Gertrude (McCarty) Callahan, but I could have missed them.

If you have any corrections/and or clarifications to the information above, please leave a comment or contact me directly.  Thanks!

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