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The Timothy J. and Eva Mae Mahoney Papers

 Collection
Identifier: CHC034

Scope and Content:

The primary focus of this collection is Timothy J. Mahoney (1896-1948), a Cambridge businessman and a member of the American Legion. He is also Eva Mae Mahoney’s father. This collection is made up of government-issued documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and books. While the main focus of the collection is Timothy Mahoney, Eva Mahoney is also represented through the items in the collection.

Dates

  • ca. 1917-1996
  • Majority of material found within 1917-1947

Language of Materials

Material is in English.

Access

Collection is available for research under the CHC rules of use.

Copyright Notice

Copyright for materials resides with the creators of the items in question, unless otherwise designated.

It is the responsibility of the researcher to understand and observe copyright law and to identify and satisfy the holders of all copyright. Questions concerning copyright and permission to publish should be directed to the Cambridge Historical Commission Archives.

Biographical Note:

Timothy J. Mahoney was born June 21st, 1896. He was the son of Irish immigrants. As a young man, he worked as a delivery boy for a local grocery store. He was known to have a wonderful – and wicked – sense of humor.

In April, 1918, Mahoney enlisted in the United States Infantry. He went to France, serving as a messenger for the 77th Division, which earned the nickname, the Lost Battalion, after they were cut off and surrounded by German troops for six days in October, 1918. During this time, the unit endured heavy fire from both sides and suffered heavy casualties. He would not speak of these events to anyone in his family. Mahoney continued to serve in the military before being wounded on Armistice Day and was honorably discharge in May, 1919.

After returning from the war, Mahoney married Eva Casey (1903-1976). In 1922, Eva gave birth to the couple’s only child, daughter Eva Mae Mahoney. At this time, they lived on Pleasant Street, in Pilgrim Hill. Soon after Eva’s birth, the family moved, first to Somerville, when Mahoney got a job at a Ford plant. From there, they moved to Belmont, MA briefly, and then to Watertown. In 1930, the family moved into an apartment on Wendell Street in Cambridge and Mahoney would live there for the rest of his life.

Following his work at the Ford plant, Mahoney would go on to work as the meat manager at Hawk’s Market. Eventually, Mahoney would open his own grocery store at 272 Walden Street. Over the years, he cultivated a reputation of being a well-liked man and a purveyor of excellent cuts of meat, providing high quality customer service to his customers. Around the holidays, people would come from around to buy their food from him.

The American Legion also played a major role of Mahoney’s later life. He was initially involved with Post 27 in Cambridge, MA. During this time, he sat on numerous committees and took leaderships roles within the Post. Eventually, Mahoney rose through the ranks and became the Post Commander of his local post. However, he did not stop there. Later on, Mahoney was elected to the Middlesex County Council of the American Legion.

Mahoney also worked with Selective Service System, serving as a Reemployment Committeeman on the local Massachusetts board. He was in this position from 1943 to 1947. This position garnered him continued respect amongst the community, as well as citations from Presidents Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman, as well as the Director of the Selective Services System.

Mahoney died in December of 1948.

Following his death, Eva Mae Mahoney and her mother would go on to own and operate a boarding house for Harvard students. Eva Mae never married and never had children. She currently resides in senior apartments in Cambridge.

Extent

2 boxes

Abstract

The primary focus of this collection is Timothy J. Mahoney (1896-1948), a Cambridge businessman and a member of the American Legion. He is also Eva Mae Mahoney’s father. This collection is made up of government-issued documents, photographs, newspaper clippings, memorabilia, and books. While the main focus of the collection is Timothy Mahoney, Eva Mae Mahoney is also represented through the items in the collection.

Collection Arrangement

  1. Series I: Personal
  2. Series II: Military Service
  3. Series III: Selective Service System
  4. Series IV: American Legion
  5. Series V: Newspaper Clippings
  6. Series VI: Willis A. Casey Correspondence

Physical Location

Collection is stored on-site

Provenance

Gift of Eva Mae Mahoney, 2011.

Related Materials:

Interview with Eva Mae Mahoney – this interview was conducted by Sarah Boyer in May of 2011, after Eva had contacted the Commission about donating items to the Commission. The interview provides context to the collection, more information on Timothy Mahoney, and a brief biography of Eva Mahoney. The recording is in the holdings of the Cambridge Historical Commission and can be accessed on-site.

The Lost Battalion of World War I – the history of this battalion can be found through various web resources. Timothy’s experiences as a surviving member of the Lost Battalion had a profound effect on him and he would never speak of it to his family.

Processing Information

Processing and finding aid by Sarah F. Gunther, December 2012. Updated and encoded by Brittany Fox, December 2020.

Series VI is a separate donation by Eva Mae Mahoney sent in November 1990. It was added to the collection in December 2020.
Title
Inventory of the the Timothy J. and Eva Mae Mahoney Papers, ca. 1917-1996
Author
Processing and finding aid by Sarah F. Gunther, December 2012; updated by Brittany Fox, December 2020. Machine-readable finding aid by Brittany Fox, December 2020.
Description rules
Finding Aid Was Prepared Using Dacs
Language of description
English
Script of description
Code for undetermined script
Language of description note
Description is in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Cambridge Historical Commission Archives Repository

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