James Whelan, another Westbrook Academy student from 1925, was born in New York in 1908. His parents were Richard and Catherine/Katherine Whelan. The family lived in Olean, New York in 1910, 1920, and 1925 according to the census records. For some reason Mr. Whelan (Richard) didn’t live with the family in 1925, but appears in all other census. In 1930 they had moved to Buffalo. James had about 6 or 7 siblings – including a pair of twins on the end (named Mary & Joseph!)
Father Richard was from Ireland and worked as a machinist in a steel company. In 1930 James was a clerk in the steel industry as well. There are several James Whelan’s in NY in 1940 both born in 1908 one married to Elizabeth with 2 kids, working as an accountant, one married to Geraldine with no children – not sure which one is the right one, but I’m sure his family does.
Hope to reconnect James with some descendants!