John Patrick McGinty (52 Ancestors, #10 John McGinty)

My maternal grandfather is John Patrick McGinty (b. 24 May 1905, Chicago, IL; d. 01 Nov 1962, Chicago, IL) who was the eldest son of Michael McGinty and Nellie Carolan.

John attended and graduated from St. Charles Borromeo for middle school in 1913. John graduated high school from St. Patrick Academy in June 1921. Upon graduation from high school, John followed in his father’s footsteps working as a plumber. John Patrick McGinty

John eventually strayed from this line of work and got a job as a clerk at AT&T in 1925. Aside from working as a plumber, this is the only place that John will work his entire life. John worked at AT&T for 37 years as an accountant before retiring.



John met and was married to Helen Elizabeth Beasecker on 27 June 1932. Thomas McGinty, John’s brother, and Clara Mader, Elizabeth’s cousin, stood up for their wedding. John and Elizabeth lived at 243 Stanley Avenue in Park Ridge where they had three children.

John passed away at the young age of 58 years of age due to a pulmonary embolism.  John is buried with his wife at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines, Illinois.

3 thoughts on “John Patrick McGinty (52 Ancestors, #10 John McGinty)

  1. I think that telephone companies must have offered steady employment and good benefits. My brother-in-law had one year of college after service in the Korean War and then took a job with Bell where he stayed from 1955 until his retirement in the early 2000s. He learned early in his career about repair after storms and even later after he had a desk job, he would be out on the poles in times of emergency.

  2. Great benefits! The telephone company was one of the largest expanding businesses and they paid well. Employees also received stock options. Those stock options were passed from my grandfather to his wife, to my mother and to myself. Unfortunately by the time that I decided to do anything with them, the bells had broken up and started to fall apart.

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