Esmond Hennesy and Ethel Hennesy at Party

Esmond and Ethel Hennesy at a party. In the top picture, the left couple is unknown. In the bottom picture, Esmond is on the right.

What were they celebrating? As Ethel is wearing the corsage an Esmond is wearing a carnation, they appear to be the couple being celebrated. Was it a wedding anniversary? Based on the attire, I would imagine it was the mid 1950s.

1951 Hennesy Reunion Photos

(left to right) Elbert Isaac Hennesy, June 27 1897 – March 12 1967; Curtis Moore Hennesy, January 28 1903 – Feb. 1973; Clarence C. Hennesy, January 6 1894 – April 8 1960; Jewel Hennesy; E. E. Hennesy, June 1 1903 – November 24 1992.

What an impressive array of hats! Jewel and Curtis especially wear theirs well with near Hollywood Cagney appeal. A mob of Irish Hennesies.

Curt, a son of Elbert Isaac Hennesy, identified the 3 left men. Jack and Jean Kearns identified Esmond and Jewel.

Clarence and Elbert were sons of Marion Isaac Hennesy and Fanny Samantha Crow. Curtis was son of Marion Isaac Hennesy and Maude Edith Corkern. Marion Isaac Hennesy was James Leon Hennesy’s brother and an uncle to Esmond.

The text of the letter with the photo reads:

February 2, 1951

I herewith enclose prints of the snapshots which I think you’ll be interested in having. Sorry they are no better, but you realize the material was not too good for photographing.

I am still enjoying the thoughts of our little get together, and hope we can do it again before too many years.

Have not heard from Clarence since he left here. I believe he was on his way home during that freeze.

Give my regards to the family.



P.S. Clarence arrived home safely.

The men, left to right, are Elbert Isaac Hennesy, June 27 1897 – March 12 1967; and Clarence C. Hennesy, January 6 1894 – April 8, 1960. The women are as yet unidentified. Clarence and Elbert were brothers, sons of Marion Isaac Hennesy and Fanny Samantha Crow. I love the dog in the background scratching away.

Left is Elbert Isaac Hennesy, June 27 1897 – March 12 1967. Right is Curtis Moore Hennesy, January 28 1903 – Feb. 1973 Others are unidentified as yet. Photo 1951. Elbert and Curtis were half-brothers. Elbert was a son of Marion Isaac Hennesy and Samantha Crow. Curtis was a son of Marion Isaac Hennesy and Maude Edith Corkern.

1972 International Paper Company prejob conference showing Esmond Hennesy

Paper conference

June 2 1972, International Paper Company, prejob conference, Natchez Mill

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Left to right back row: C. C. Ward, SEPCO; B. Kittrell, Boilermakers; G. W. Moore, Sheetmetal Workers; W. M. Fortenberry, PAPCO; H. M. Booth, PAPCO, A. T. Davis, Asbestos Workers; J. M. Martin, IPCO; L. Fuller, Ironworkers; J. Graves, Carpenters.

Left to right front row: Earl Jones, Teamsters: J. R. Waters, IPCD; H. Rosenthal, Pipefitters; C. L. Tucker, Electricians; E. E. Hennesey, Laborers; C. Spillman, Laborers; A. D. Stanley, Carpenters; D. O. Spears, Int. Rep. Carpenters

Photo of Esmond Edward Hennesy at the paper mill, 1927

Esmond Edward Hennesy at the paper mill. The back reads 23 January 1927, midnight. It must have been a special day. Most of the photos we have of Esmond are to do with paper mill activities but this is an exception for all the photos we have in that it is “industrial”. Prior to this we have “country” photos in Louisiana, though we have a few, wonderful photos of Esmond’s father’s restaurant and store. Those of the store and restaurant are still country. Whereas this is industrial, metal and gauges, carrying with it an air of Metropolis which was, funnily enough, made in 1927.

I don’t know if this was while they were still in Louisiana or after he and Ethel had moved to Arkansas.

Photo of Esmond Edward Hennesy at a fair

Esmond Edward Hennesy, son of James Leon Hennesy and Lucy Myles
1 Jun 1903 – 24 Nov 1992

Circa early 1920s.

This is really a pretty interesting photo in that it is a “staged” photo at a fair of some type, probably in Washington Parish, Louisiana where he lived. There is another photo of him with what is apparently his Ford Model T, in Bogalusa, which one might connect with the time period and yet he seems to be rather younger here, and the fashion is a little different, his tie being wider in this photo than the other. I had assumed that this photo also shows Esmond’s same Model T in the background, but noticing that there is an individual in the auto, I’m not sure about this. He is, however, holding the same or similar driving cap that he has in the Bogalusa photo.

There was no indication on the photo of photographer or date. It was in a cardboard frame so appeared to have been taken by a professional photographer.

The automobile appears to perhaps be a 1923 Ford Model T Touring Car. So the date is perhaps no earlier than 1923.

Photo of Zula, Jewel and Esmond Hennesy as children

Zula, Jewel and Esmond Hennesy

Zula (1899-1925), Jewel (25 Oct 1901 – 9 Apr 1979) and Esmond (1 Jun 1903 – 24 Nov 1992) Hennesy as children in Washington Parish, LA.

There was no indication on the photo of studio, photographer or date. Zula, in particular, looks pretty cute in her lovely dress, except they’re each wearing the same tight-lipped, determined expression that says, “Don’t smile! Don’t smile! We’re being record for posterity! This is serious!” Well, as serious as it can be without shoes and socks. But the kids don’t look like they’re fighting to restrain giggles. They look fairly taciturn.

The fact that their sister Zoe, b. 1905, isn’t shown says something about the time. I would have already guessed that Esmond was 5 or 6, so let’s say the picture was from 1908 and he was 5, Jewel was 7 and Zula was 9. Zoe isn’t shown because their mother had died in 1906 and Zoe was taken by their mother’s parents, John Myles and Sarena Miller Myles, to live with them.

I’ve always thought Zula appears as if she had to grow up pretty quickly.

Just as her mother died young, so did Zula.

“Zula died when she was twenty-five years old, shortly after two major surgeries. She and my mother (Ethel) were the dearest of friends, and her husband was my mother’s uncle, my Grandmother Simmons’ youngest brother. Uncle Wilbur and his two children lived with my mother and father for some time after Zula’s death…Another connection of the two families which confused me greatly as a child and made me wonder if Mom and Dad were related to each other was the marriage of Daddy’s sister, Zula, to Mom’s Uncle Wilbur Knight, my grandmother’s youngest brother, and the relationship of their two children, Mildred and Leon, to my parents. Mom and dad were both uncle and aunt and first cousins to them by blood and marriage. And, after their mother died, Mom was almost an adopted mother to them for some time. Somehow, it gives me a feeling of satisfaction to know that Mom and Zula had such a deep love for each other as young women and it mades me proud of my parents for opening their home to family members when help was needed.”

MY PERSONAL PROFILE AND FAMILY OF ORIGIN, by Jean (Hennesy) Kearns, November 20, 1991.

Zula married Wilbur KNIGHT (b. 22 Oct. 1892, Franklinton Area, LA., died Jan 1970, Franklinton LA at about 78).

Wilbur KNIGHT was a son of Marian Isaac KNIGHT and Frances “Fannie” BRELAND. They had a daughter Annie, Wilbur’s sister, who married Lucius Theodore SIMMONS. A daughter of Lucius and Annie was Ethel SIMMONS who married Esmond Edward HENNESY, son of James Leon HENNESY and Lucy Virginia MYLES. Or, in other words, Zula was married to her brother, Esmond’s, wife’s uncle on her mother’s side.

Photo from Ethel Simmons Hennesy collection.