The 1929 First Communion at St. Malachy’s in Clontarf took place less than three months before Black Tuesday, the day the stock market crashed and the Great Depression began. The 1920s had already been a tough decade for farmers and farming communities throughout the Midwest, but things were about to become even more difficult.
This photo is dated 1929, but I am not convinced that is the correct year. There are too many children in the photo when compared to the list of those receiving their First Communion at St. Malachy’s in 1929. Perhaps children from other area churches came to Clontarf to receive their First Communion, but it was recorded in their respective church record books…just an idea.
Here is the list as it appears in the St. Malachy Sacramental record book:
August 4, 1929
recorded by Lawrence Lynch (page 104)
If you recognize anyone in the photo, that could help us identify it correctly. I have the listings for all the First Communions, so we could match it up. You can enlarge the photo by clicking on it. You can get a really good look at it if you click again to magnify. Let me know if you see someone you know!
Do you have a First Communion story you would like to share from Clontarf?
I dropped the ball for the September drawing, so I will combine September and October into one contest, with two winners. So…comment away and build your entries!