The Glynn/Glenn/McGlynn family originating in Culkeen, Co. Roscommon 1825 - 2015

Biography - B11 Edward Herbert Glenn.

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Born on 2 February 1885 in Kansas Edward was baptised on 22 February. The minister of the baptism was John J Glennon and Edward’s sponsor was Patrick Cooney – presumably a nephew, or perhaps her brother in absentia, of Mary’s.
According to the 1910 Kansas City Directory Edward worked as a clerk for a company called " Downing and Navue". He went on to become a grocer and had his own shop called "Glenns". He adopted the surname Glenn instead of Glynn and married his first wife Mary A (Mollie) Kiefer circa 1908. They had four children:
1. Dorothy M born circa 1910
2. Mary Elizabeth born circa 1911
3. Rosalie born circa 1914 and
4. Paul Edward born February 1917.

Mollie died in April 1917 and was buried at Mount Saint Mary’s Cemetery on 5th April. Her death left Edward with four very young children – 7, 6, 3 and a baby of a couple of months. The 1920 Soundex for Missouri shows Edward H aged 34, living at 3701 St John with Dorothy M aged 10, Mary E aged 9, Rosalie aged 6 and Paul E aged 2 years and 10 months. It’s not known how he coped in the intervening years but Edward remarried sometime after 1920. He had no further children by his second wife Edith Lee.
In the 1910 edition of the Kansas City Directory Edward is noted as living at 3235 Lexington Av. At the time of his father’s death in 1922 he was living at 101 Monroe – the same street as his sister Katherine. By January 1923, the time of his mother’s death he had moved to 3001 St John. At the time of Thomas Edward’s death (his nephew, son of John William) in 1924 the family were at the corner of St John and Indiana but this presumably is 3001 St John. The family had moved yet again by the time his sister Marie died in 1928 and were to be found at 3717 Windsor. Their abode at the time of Edward’s death on December 1st 1964 was 7131 Summit.
Edward was on the Park Board and a Commissioner. As such he was instrumental in starting Starlight Theatre – an outdoor theatre in Kansas City. His name, and the name of others likewise involved, appears on a plaque at the front entrance to the theatre.
Edward died of pneumonia at 2.10am on 1st December 1964. He had suffered from heart problems for 18 years so he had not been a well man. He was aged 80 and was described as a retired grocery man. Edward was buried on 4th December at Mount Saint Mary’s Cemetery with his first wife, Mollie.