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

Biography - B7 John William Glenn.

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John William Glenn, eldest son of Thomas H Glenn, was born at 109 Charles Street in Leeds, Yorkshire, England on 3 November 1876. He emigrated to the US circa 1882 with his mother, aunt, brother and sister.
John William followed in his father’s footsteps by joining the Fire Service. He went on to become a Captain with the Kansas City, Missouri Fire Department. Before becoming a fireman he held several different positions including that of a packer in a cracker factory, as described in the census of 1900 when he was aged 24. By the time the 1910 Census was taken he was with the Fire Department and the 1910 edition of the Hoye’s City Directory describes him as "fire dept Hook and Ladder No. 1. The 1919 edition notes "lieut H & L No. 1 h 3025 E 8th".
John William married Mary Louise DeClark on 10th August 1904. She had been born in Belgium circa 1885. They lived in various different locations over the years – 518 Tracy av in 1910, 3025 East 8th St in 1919 - but the one of greatest duration was 3008 East 10th Street. At the time of his father’s death in 1922 and his own death in 1936 John was living at this address.
John William appears to have had a keen interest in family. Uncle Joseph – his father’s brother - lived with John William and Mary Louise for some time before he died of cancer in February 1926. This interest is also borne out by the details he offered as informant for his mother and uncle’s death certificates – he knew their parents’ names and places of birth.
John William died on 11 June 1936 of asphyxiation by smoke while fighting a fire. He was aged 57 years 7 months and 5 days but his date of birth was incorrectly noted as 6 November 1878. John William was buried on 13 June 1936 at Mount St Mary’s Cemetery. The informant for the death certificate was Ed Glynn, his brother. His obituary in the newspaper read as follows:
GLYNN – John William, age 57, 3008 E. 10th, passed away Thursday afternoon. Survived by his wife Mrs Mary Glynn, of the home, 2 sisters Mrs Catherine Dugan, 2516 Monroe, Mrs Margaret Hardy, 1002 Norton, 2 brothers, James Glynn, 7th and Benton and Edward Glynn 3717 Windsor. Funeral 8.30 Saturday morning from the home, 9 o’clock from St Aloysius Church, 11th and Prospect. Interment St Mary’s Cemetery. Shell Funeral Home in charge.
Mary Louise remarried, a man with the surname Groff, sometime after John William’s death. She died in May 1948 and was buried with John William and her only son, Thomas Edward at Mount Saint Mary’s Cemetery, on 17 May 1948.