I heard from several readers about the identity of the altar boys pictured below (you may also want to check out the earlier post here.)
This is how the individuals were previously identified:
Father Patrick Kenney at very back
Back row: Melvin Klucas, unknown, Howard Regan, Robert Reardon (between two rows)
Middle row: Lewis Fennell, Clarence Hargreaves
Front row: ? Flynn, Donald Reynolds, Richard McMahon
Right off the bat, a few of you commented that Melvin Klucas was incorrect as he didn’t become Catholic until he married, and besides was only about five-years-old in 1920 (per Bob Klucas and others.) Now that altar boy is unknown…could it be Melvin Daniel?
A Clontarf insider, who prefers to remain anonymous, thought the next boy in the back was a McCarthy (Joseph, Emmet, or John perhaps?), and agreed with Howard Regan and Robert “Bud” Reardon.
Next row, I believe everyone was OK with Lewis Fennell, but it was believed that Clarence Hargreaves was too young in 1920, but it could be an older brother (Leonard?).
Regarding the Flynn boy in the front row, I heard from Linda who is researching her husband’s Flynn roots, and she said that possibly it is Jeremiah Flynn. There was some disagreement with Donald Reynolds (too young), and it was suggested that the middle boy in the front could be either Fred or Walter “Frenchie” Chevalier. There was universal approval on the identity of Richard McMahon.
There you have it. Any thoughts in light of the new information? We’ve never heard from any McCarthy or Hargreaves descendants with roots in Clontarf…