Sunday, January 31, 2010

New Flinn family pics!

These pictures of the Flinn family were given to me this week by Mason Flinn, great grandson of Mary Flinn's brother George Flinn.


This is an undated picture of Senator Flinn and his wife Nancy Galbreath Flinn with their 4 sons. Son George Flinn is seated in the front row and in the back row from the left is Ralph Flinn, Arthur Flinn and Rex Flinn.

This is an undated picture of Senator Flinn ("Boss" Bill Flinn as noted on the side of the photo). We are not sure of the identity of the other man in the photo. Senator Flinn is the man in the foreground. Thanks to Mason Flinn for sending me these photos!
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Thursday, January 21, 2010

We are now on Facebook!

I started a Facebook page on Hartwood called "Fans of Hartwood Acres". Please check it out and sign up for this fun page. We have around 30 friends that have joined the page but let's get some more!

Please feel free to join and post pictures of this beautiful park - spread the word and get your friends to join!

Passing of Senator Flinn info.

Article on the dedication of the William Flinn Highway (Route 8). The last time I was in Pittsburgh I noted that there are still some highway signs spelling "Flinn" as "Flynn". Wake up PennDot and replace the misspelled signs!

Hand written letter from Senator Flinn on Hotel Soreno stationary dated February 16, 1924, three days prior to his passing.

Postcard of the Hotel Soreno in St. Petersburg, Fla. This is where Senator Flinn passed away on Sunday, February 19, 1924 after a short battle with a bronchial infection. He had gone to this Hotel to plan his 50th wedding anniversary party with his wife Nancy Flinn. Senator Flinn sent this postcard 1 week prior to his passing. The hotel was vacant for several years in the 1980's and was eventually torn down in the early 1990's.

This is a scan of a newspaper article detailing the filing of Senator Flinn's will. Senator Flinn had assets at the time of his death of app. $10,500,000.00. Mary Flinn Lawrence used her portion of this inheritence to build Hartwood Acres.

This is a scan of a letterhead from Booth & Flinn Construction listing the 3 Flinn brothers as office holders in the company.

Hello friends,

I wanted to share some articles of Senator Flinn's passing that were given to me by a friend of our family. The articles were pasted into a leather binder and the binder was kept by A. Rex Flinn, one of Mary Lawrence's brothers. The newspaper articles about Senator Flinn's passing and letters from mourners are all in excellent condition from 1924 and I want to include some of them here for everyone to see. I have scanned and archived the entire binder (over 180 sheets) and have been using the scans as research for my book. Enjoy - Jeff L.