Early Family History of Chicago

Marie Talbot was the daughter of Katherine (maiden name Rooney) and Edward Talbot. She was born in Chicago in 1890. Her mother passed away in 1899 and she was raised by her uncle John Rooney and his family in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. Edward Talbot was a promoter and entrepreneur before his death in 1908 after a short illness that he developed during his many traveling business opportunities. Marie was 18 years old when he passed away. She was already working in the Rooney dairy business located on Archer Avenue in Bridgeport. John Rooney inherited the William Rooney farmland in Elk Grove (located northwest of Chicago). Ellen Rooney was John's wife, and she passed away in 1905. Marie Talbot was instrumental in the family organization. John and Ellen had nine children before Marie joined the family.

Martin Flanagan was 29 years old when he joined the 23rd Army Engineers in 1917 during World War I. His training was conducted at Camp Meade in Maryland and was associated with the 1st Battalion. Martin departed Hoboken, New Jersey on January 23, 1918 on his way to France. The 23rd Engineers were referred to as the Road Builders of the American Expeditionary Forces. Martin passed through many villages in France and spent time in Lorraine, Saint Mihiel, and Meuse-Argonne. The war ended on November 11, 1918. The 23rd Engineers remained in Europe through June 1919 with reconstruction projects throughout France. Martin was honorably discharged in June 1919 and the 23rd Engineers were demobilized in that month at Camp Devans in Massachusetts and Camp Mills in New York. Martin had arrived in Hoboken from Brest France.

Martin Flanagan made friends with several World War I veterans upon his return to Chicago. Two friends from Bridgeport were William Finucane and Walter Rooney. The saloon located at Archey Road (Archer Ave) and Loomis Street was a regular meeting place for Martin and his friends. Martin was introduced to Marie Talbot by Walter Rooney at the social events held at St. Bridget's Parish in Bridgeport. Martin married Marie in 1922 at Holy Name Cathedral, which was the church that performed the wedding ceremony for her parents Katherine (Kittie) Rooney and Edward Talbot in 1880. Martin and Marie Flanagan were the parents of three children, and the eldest was their daughter Marie.

Michael S. Byczek was 24 years old when he joined the 81st Infantry Division of the Army on June 18, 1942 during World War II. He was trained at Camp Rucker in Alabama. They were referred to as the Wildcats. His Division was originally prepared for Europe, but was reassigned to Pacific deployment. His Regiment was sent to Oahu, Hawaii in June 1944 and then onto Guadalcanal in the Solomon Islands later that summer. The 81st Division was sent to Angaur and Peleliu Islands in September 1944. In February 1945 the 81st Division left Peleliu for New Caledonia, and Michael was injured during an amphibious maneuver in April 1945. After his discharge from the military hospital, he was transferred to Leyte Philippines in August 1945. He left Leyte for Tokyo Japan in September 1945 and was honorably discharged from the Army in January 1946 at Camp McCoy in Wisconsin.

Michael had two brothers (George and John) that also served in the Army during World War II. His three cousins Frank, Albert, and Raymond served with the Army, and Ray died during the invasion of the Philippines in April 1945 at Luzon. He served with the 130th Infantry Regiment. Ray was later buried at the Rock Island National Cemetery in 1949.

Michael married Marie Flanagan in 1950 at St. Bridget's Parish in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. The family was associated with both the St. Bridget and St. Barbara Parishes. Michael and Marie operated a saloon during the 1960s and early 1970s that was known for its Irish and Polish cuisine and entertainment. Marie's grandfather's family operated a saloon at 17th and Wentworth in the 1870's on the southside of Chicago, and the area was redeveloped after the Chicago Fire. The Talbots relocated to 41st and Wabash until 1903, when Edward and his brothers sold the property.

Mick Byczek married Betty Bykowski in 1974, and they are the parents of Michael and Katie. He is an engineering consultant with degrees in Physics and Betty is an insurance specialist in Chicago. Their son Michael is an attorney with a focus of intellectual property, and Katie is a mechanical engineer.


Chicago Family History in the 19th Century


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