The newspaper clipping here is from the April 22, 1914, issue of The Red Bank Register,(later called The Daily Register) which provided local coverage of all of the towns in the part of Monmouth County, New Jersey, where our Murphy family lived from around 1850 through at least the 1970s. The paper folded in 1991.
The article, headlined “Headden’s Corner Wins,” tells of a local baseball game in which the Port Monmouth team was beaten by the Headden’s Corner team, 3-2, in 12 innings.
Pitching for the Port Monmouth team that day were two of my great uncles, George Murphy (1895-1971) and Edward Murphy (1897-1967).
George and Edward were brothers of my grandfather, Henry Gerard Murphy (1893-1951). For the 1914 game in which the brothers “did the slab work for the Port Monmouth team,” George would have been 19 years old and Edward 17 years old.
The teams were made up of local amateurs playing in an organized Monmouth County Sunday league. George and Edward were laborers on the family farm. (See the image here of the 1915 New Jersey State Census).
Another family tie-in, Charles Corcoran, the manager of the Headden’s Corner team, is a first cousin of George and Edward. Charles’ mother is Mary A. Murphy Corcoran (sometimes showing up as Cochran), wife of William Corcoran of Chapel Hill. The couple is named in the disposition of my 2nd great grandfather James Murphy Sr.’s will.
George Francis Murphy is pictured above in the header image of this blog (the picture is from around 1937). He is on the far right of the picture next to his wife, Lillian Christiansen Murphy (who hailed from Keansburg, New Jersey), and my dad, Henry Neil Murphy.
I don’t recall ever meeting my Uncle Edward, but when still living in New York we would often visit Uncle George and Aunt Lillian at their place in Keansburg. They also came to visit us in Texas at least once. I know I have a picture of them taken at the State Fair of Texas. I’ll update this post when I find it.
Finally, here’s a picture from 1964 of George and Lillian with my family and cousins Anne and Tom Murphy. I’m pretty sure this was taken at my grandmother Murphy’s apartment in New York.