A Slide Show about Catherine O'Hare the first European woman to cross the Rockies in Canada and a further exploration of the O'Hare surname including 'Burke and Hare', Butch O'Hare of Chicago O'Hare Airport fame.
Disturbing a grave was a criminal offence, as was
the taking of property from the deceased. Stealing the
body was not an offence, as it did not legally belong to
anyone. The price per corpse changed depending on the
season. It was £8 during the summer, when the warmer
temperatures brought on quicker decomposition, and £10
in the winter months, when the demand by anatomists
was greater, because the colder temperatures meant they
could store corpses longer so they undertook more
The Burke and Hare murders were a series of 16
murders committed over a period of about ten months in
1828 in Edinburgh, Scotland. The killings were undertaken
by William Burke and William Hare, who sold the corpses
to Doctor Robert Knox for dissection at
his anatomy lectures.
Hare turned ‘Kings evidence against Burke.
Ironically Burke was dissected after hanging and is
skeleton is still on display at Edinburgh Medical School.
Hare wandered around Britain may have been blinded in a
Lime Pit incident later returned to Northern Ireland where
buried in Kilkeel.
Who was this Butch O’Hare and what was
his connection with Al Capone.
Edward Joseph O'Hare, known to friends and family as E.J., was born on
September 5, 1893 in St. Louis to first-generation Irish-American parents Patrick
Joseph O'Hare and Cecelia Ellen Malloy O'Hare.
He trained as a lawyer.
He represented the inventor Owen P. Smith, high commissioner of the International
Greyhound Racing Association, who had patented a mechanical running rabbit for
use in dog racing. And after Owen died he represented his widow and effectively ran
the business which included expanding into Chicago where he met Al Capone
O'Hare and Capone began collaborating in business and in law. O'Hare made a
second fortune through his ties to Capone.
However, they had a dispute and O’Hare had a meeting with the IRS where he
advised the way to get Capone was on Tax Evasion. He led them to Capone’s
Book-keeper and helped break the code used in the books. He even tipped off the
judge that Capone had rigged the jury in his first trail.
Capone got jail from 1933 t0 1939
A week before Capone’s release E J O’Hare was driving home from one of his race-tracks,
A car pulls up beside his and a man with a shotgun loaded with ‘big-game bullets opens fire.
E J died instantly, he must have known he was under threat as he had a loaded pistol in the car.
He was only 46 and upon searching him the police found this little poem in his wallet.
The clock of life is would but once
And no man has the power
To tell just where the hands will stop
At late or early hour
Now is the only time you own
Live, love, toil with a will.
But why name an Airport after E J O’Hare
It is not named after him but his son, Butch O’Hare.
Who was Butch and why name an airport after him.
Back to Catherine and some more links with Mourne.
The Cariboo Gold Rush
The Mourne Wall
Harry Connick Jr.
The finding of fossilized skeletons of the Irish Elk, not
exclusively Irish as mentioned and indeed not an Elk, at
least not a member of the present Elk family, was
important in the study of Evolution and Extinction. Until the
18th Century it was believed that fossilized remains, when
found, were just skeletons of animals still in existence
somewhere else on the planet. However, a French
scientist Georges Cuvier showed that the Irish elk did not
belong to any species of mammal that was living at the
time but had to have been a species that had died out. His
study of the Irish elk was a key moment in the history of
the study of extinction and ultimately evolution.
Many of the ‘Stone Men’ went on to Canada to
build, Churches, City Halls Universities in the main
Towns and Cities, such as Robert Skillen from