Today is my grandpa John Regan’s 99th birthday. He was born in Tara Township on July 23, 1913, the only child of Neil and Annie Regan. He was baptized John William at St. Malachy Catholic Church on August 10th.
John lived the first eight years of his life in Tara with his mom and dad.
John must have had fun helping his dad on the farm.
John also kept Annie company.
In 1921 the family of three moved into Clontarf, and age eight-years-old John finally started school.
In Clontarf my grandpa was known as “Red” Regan for his hair. John’s life-long love for cars and driving began at a young age.
Beginning with the 1932-33 school year, upperclassmen from Clontarf went to Benson High School. Grandpa drove a car full of Clontarf students to and from class in Benson every day. Gerald Regan, Bob Mikkelson, Florence and Gertrude Reardon were his regular passengers.
After graduation, Grandpa worked at Bruno Perrizo’s. Here he is in his apron with childhood pal and fellow Clontarf resident Leo Molony.
My grandpa moved to Minneapolis in the late 1930s.
It is strange to think of my grandpa’s 99th birthday because he didn’t even live to see his 58th. Since I never knew my grandpa, I am thankful to the relatives and old friends we have met in Clontarf who have generously shared their memories of Red.
Happy Birthday, Grandpa.