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GEORGE J. LOSTY & DELINA
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GEORGE J. LOSTY
George is the son of Matthew
J. Losty and Catherine
Burns Losty. He was born in Holyoke, Massachusetts on March 11,
George was Matthew's 2nd born and his oldest living child. He is also
Matthew's only son who produced male offspring leaving George to carry on the
In 1900 George, was 19 years old, living at
home and attending school as were all of his sisters and brothers.
Between 1901 and 1905 George,
like his father, was working in the 'Paper Business'. During this time George
met and began courting his bride to be Miss. Delina Russell of 551 South
Bridge Street in Holyoke, Massachusetts.
On May 22, 1905 George J.
Losty and Delina Russell were wed by Father J.H. Desrochers. Their
wedding was held in Holyoke at the Church
of the Precious Blood.
George was 24 years old and Delina was 19. Reference
was born in August 13,
1885 in Holyoke. Her Grandparents, Francis
Rousselle and Sophronia St Armand (both born in Canada), immigrated to the
United States with their son Alfred in 1862. Learn
more about Delina's Family. Families
included are Rousselle, Dauphanis, Fregeolla and Refrab (sic)
PAPER INDUSTRY - 1906
1906 George's father placed an ad in the local paper
which reads: Matthew
J. Losty & Sons -
Paper Rulers, Pad and Tablet Makers - location: corner of Cabot and Bigelow
in Holyoke. George was 25 years old. His brother Daniel
J. Losty was 23 and
their younger brother William
Burns Losty who was only 13
at the time eventually worked in their father's "Paper
Photo: Matthew J. Losty & Sons 1906
& DELINA'S FIRST BORN
In 1907, George and Delina welcomed the
birth of their first born child Claire. Claire, married William Racine and from this marriage spawned one
of George and Delina's 12 grandchildren. view
photos and more
In 1909, George and Delina Losty welcomed
the birth of their second daughter, Blanche, born in Holyoke. Blanche married
Mandeville, MD and from this marriage spawned three of George and Delina's
twelve grandchildren. view photos
On April 26, 1910
George (age 28) and Delina (age 25) were living at 12 School Street in Holyoke
Massachusetts. Delina was at home with their 3 year old toddler Claire
& ten month old baby Blanche. According to the census George was not an
employer, nor was he an employee but rather listed as working
on his own account as a Ruler in a paper mill. Although the census does
not indicate what Paper Mill he was working in -- more than likely he was
working with his Father Matthew. References:
1 - Page
Note 1910 Census
Error: George is listed as being 27 years old. That is
incorrect. George was born May 11, 1881. In April of 1910
George was 28 and turned 29 a month later.
& DELINA'S FIRST BORN SON
On October, 20th 1911, Delina gave birth
to George's first son, Russell George Losty. Russell was named after
both George and Delina. Russell G. Losty later married Marie Rita Loretta Benoit
of Holyoke and from this marriage spawned four of George and
Delina's twelve grandchildren. view
photos and more
In 1913, George J. Losty and Delina
Russell Losty welcomed the births of their son Earl
and daughter Eleanor.
married Ida Viamari and from their marriage spawned two of George and
Delina's grandchildren. view
photos and more
married Edmund Noland and and from their marriage spawned two of George
and Delina's grand children. view
photos and more
In 1915, Mr. and Mrs. George J. Losty
welcomed the birth of their third son John E. Losty.
John married Florence LaPierre later in life and never had any
children. view photos and more
Special Thanks to
John's wife, Florence 'Tilly' (LaPierre) Losty for her contributions in telling our story.
OUR FAMILY HERO
- WILLIAM M.
LOSTY 1917 - 1943
1917, George and
Delina welcomed the birth of their fourth son, William
M. Losty. William enlisted in the U.S. Navy and was declared killed in
action during the war in 1943.
M. Losty received the purple heart metal and was recognized for his bravery in
capturing an enemy spy wearing a United States military uniform.
William never married and his body never recovered. His name is
listed on the War Memorial in the Philippines. VIEW
Our Memorial To William
years later, in
George J. Losty was 39 years old. He and Delina are listed in the 1920 US Census living in Chicopee
on Pearl Street; however,
Georges' granddaughter, Joan (Losty) Ellis says they were actually in the
township of Fairview. George was working
in a Paper Mill as a Roller and is listed as an employer. George's father was also listed in the US Census as a "Roller"
in a paper mill and had taken out a mortgage on his home sometime between the
year 1910 and 1920 which previously was free of debt. Why did Matthew mortgage
his home? One possible theory is: Matthew had expanded
his Ruling Shop from Tablet Making to include Paper Production justifying the
mortgage on his home and the new occupational description as Roller
instead of Ruler. Matthew and his three boys, now men, were making a go of it
in the "Paper City" during its peak. While
George was at the Mill with his father and brothers, his wife Delina age 35
was keeping house. Five of her children were in school and the youngest
children, John E. and William M., were at home. Their
oldest child, Claire, was 13, Blanche was 10, Russell was 8, Earl &
were 6, John was 4yrs & 6 months, and William M. was 2 yrs & 5 months.
Reference Page 1
& Page 2
1921 George's father retired from the Paper Business and opened The Hill Top
Service Station in the Highlands of Holyoke. George remained employed in the Paper
Industry and his brothers Daniel and
William worked with their father at the station.
Four years later, in
1924, Mr. & Mrs. George Losty welcomed the arrival of their 5th son Jerome
Losty. Jerome enlisted in the U.S.
Army Air Force and enjoyed the leisure life of bachelorhood so much he never married.
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In 1930, George was 46 years old and employed in a
Tablet Shop as a 'Paper Trimmer'. He owned his home on Everett Street in
Chicopee, Massachusetts valued at $3000 dollars and was free of debt. Reference
working as a “spooler” in a thread mill and renting an apartment for $38 dollars a month
at 62 Hampshire Street, in Holyoke. All
of her children were living there at that time. Her
son John remained in her home until he married in 1957. Reference
and Delina were separated in 1930 however, in 1943 when their youngest
biological child, William Mathew Losty, was announced missing in
action; and, the following year when George and Delina were notified
by the U.S. Navy Secretary their son was classified as officially
and Delina were once again living together at 298 Chestnut StreetThe
loss of Billy was devastating to the whole family. It is usually
during such hard times as this, families who were once divided come
together and it appears, George and Delina did just that by 1944, but
it is unknown just how long their reconciliation lasted.
1950, George was living in an apartment at 106 Essex Street and Delina
remained at 298 Chestnut. Both George and Delina were raised in
homes with strong Catholic upbringings and although George and Delina
had separated themselves from each other, they did not from their
religious beliefs and remained married until death did them part. "Which
is quite rare to find in today's times" (S.
George J. Losty standing on the Steps of the Holyoke Library which was just
around the corner from were he lived in 1950. He is holding a puppy in
his arms. The Holyoke
Library seen above, is the large building in the center of the photo above. Click
George's picture to view larger image.
In February of 1950,
George J. Losty passed away at the age of 69 in the Holyoke City Hospital. He
was laid to rest in his father, Matthew J. Losty's Family plot in te
St. Jerome Cemetery.
Delina lived at 298 Chestnut St until her later years when she moved to
a senior citizen retirement community complex at 400 Britton Ave in Fairview,
Massachusetts. Her son John and daughter Eleanor also lived in Fairview.
The year was about 1972. Delina
was a member of many social clubs and societies in Holyoke and remained a
dominant figure in the lives of her children.
image above of 298 Hampshire Street has been restored to the best of
my abilities to resemble what this apartment building looked like
before the City was in ruins. Unfortunately for many families who once
lived in the thriving city of Holyoke, with its beautiful churches and
scenic neighborhoods filled with many immigrants, mostly, French,
Irish and German; who, even during their hardest times, were still the
gentlemen and ladies they were raised to be, would today find Holyoke
an undesirable place to live. The derogation to this once
Picturesque City is a result of neglect, by landlords, to the simplest
of maintenance requirements to sustain the beauty of a City. Graffiti
and trash permeate the City of Holyoke today as much as the flowers
and gardens did in the years prior to 1970. Lack of care and
maintenance to the properties in Holyoke as well as the economic
misfortunes of those that currently live there can be attributed to
the destruction of the City of Holyoke as we remember it. Trolley Cars
and horse & buggies that dinged and clapped along the city streets
of Holyoke and which connected the people in the community are no
longer apart of this community. To some extent riding through the city
aboard the Trolley's was a social event in itself. To ride the
trolley's around the city to "see and be seen" was popular
among the masses. It really is a shame that this city, which was
once filled with our ancestors, trying to make a better life for their
children and who are the ones who built the city to be the picturesque
home away from home for their families has now been ignored by the
state of Massachusetts of which many of its families originated.
The image above of 298
Chestnut Street as it exists today can be viewed here.
The photo below
was taken at Delina's 86th birthday party in August 1971 at John and
Florence 'Tilly' Losty's house in Fairview,
MEMBERS IN THE PHOTO ABOVE ARE LISTED BELOW
Back Row: John E.
Losty, Earl Losty Jr., Earl Losty, Patricia (Losty) Hartnet, Lisa
Mandeville, Jerome Losty, Edmund Noland, Susanne (Noland) Kelley, Jack
Garen, Theresa Losty, Lucille (DeRoy) Losty, Russell Losty.
Row: Florence (LaPierre) Losty, Ida (Viamari) Losty, Ida is
holding her grandson Richard Hartnet, Delina (Russell) Losty, Delina
is holding her grandson Timothy Losty, Blanche (Losty) Mandeville,
Carol (Mandeville) Garen, Rita (Benoit) Losty
Row: Jimmy Hartnet, Jennifer Garen, Tim Garen, Kevin Mandeville,
years after the group photo above was taken, Delina
passed away on July 13, 1974. She was 88 years of age.
Our Name Lives on ....
Losty's sons, George Russell Losty
and Earl Losty are
his only children to have male offspring and it is Russell and Earl's children
who carry on the Losty name.