B: Galway, Ireland
W: Marcella O'Brien
B: Galway, Ireland
02 Jun 1817
B: 22 Apr
D: 16 Aug
B: 31 Aug
M: 01 Sep
D: 26 Feb
B: 05 Mar 1902
D: 18 Nov
Lake Forest, Ill
B: 31 Jul 1925
River Forest, Ill
M: 05 Sep
D: 20 Mar
B: 29 Mar 1924
D: 16 Jul
Philip Charles LaBerge
B: 2 Sept 1957
Palo Alto, California
W: Lois Elaine Foster
B: 23 June 1959
Name: Philip Charles LaBerge
Father: Walter Barber LaBerge
Mother: Patricia Anne
Sammon Family Line
Where did the Sammons come from in Ireland? Thomas Sammon came
from Galway. My uncle Mike Sammon thinks they came from the city of
the town of Garbally. Here is a brief history of the family that
Location of Garbally, Ireland (53.321778,
Cemetery location: (53.329771, -8.202555)
Here is a map showing the number of phone listings of Sammons by
county (found on eicomphonebook.ie)
Sammon Residential Phone Listing By County
I have also attached a population
density map. The greatest numbers
are in the Dublin/Kildare/Wicklow
area and the Clare/Galway/Mayo area.
Population Density Map by County
1790's: Thomas Sammon, Sr. is born around the 1790's in
1817: On June 2nd, Thomas Sammon, Jr. was born in Galway,
1836: Thomas Sammon, Jr. emmigrates to the United States, nine
prior to the Irish Potato Famine.
Sammon, Jr. was the
son of Thomas and Marcella (O'Brien) Sammon. He emigrated to the
United States in 1836, settling in Philadelphia, where he
learned the tailor trade; remained there five years, when he
removed to Cincinnati, and from there to St. Louis, working at
his trade in both those cities about one year. He then went to
Galena, Ill., where he remained twelve years, then going to the
vicinity of Rockford, where he farmed till 1875.
1845 - 1852: The Great Famine in
Ireland, or the Great Hunger was a
period of mass starvation, disease, and emigration. It is also
referred to as the Irish Potato Famine, because about two-fifths
of the population was solely reliant on this cheap crop.
During the famine, approximately one million people died and a
million more emigrated from Ireland, causing the island's
population do fall by between 20% and 25%.
1849: Thomas Sammon. Jr. marries Julia
McKenna in Galena, Illinois.
He was married in Galena, Ill., in 1849, to
Miss Julia McKenna, a native of New Jersey. They had seven
children--John, William, Thomas J., Timothy, Edwin, Margaret and
Julian. He owned one hundred and sixty acres of good land, mostly
under cultivation. He enlisted in Captain Crow's company.
1865: The Civil War ends on May
1868: Edwin F. Sammon is born in
1868 in Rockford, Illinois.
1875: Thomas Sammon, Jr. along
with his wife and seven children
move to Bayard, Iowa.
The Sammon family settled on section 2, in Highland township.
Edwin Sammon and Emma Duffy
The Sammon family home in Bayard, Iowa.
The house no longer exists.
Where the house used to stand:
Edwin Sammon's farmhouse was a comfortable one.
It was built with the help of the town carpenter and local
character Old John Palmer, age 90 years plus or minus a few.
That John didn't tolerate "putting on airs" or "party manners"
is hinted at by another of Howard Sammon's endless anectdotal
stories from his early memories of life in Bayard. It was at
lunch with the farmhands one day that John became impatient for
a dish to be passed his way. He simply called down to the end of
the table, "Ed, pick the flies out of the gravy and pass it
around to the boys." Needless to say, that command quickly
became an "in" joke in our family.
Ed and Emma's family of four children, Howard
(Bud), Marie, Edwin (Ted), and Madeline, grew tall and prospered
as did the corn planted in the rich, cleared fields. The Sammon
farm numbered 400 acres, planted mostly in corn in those days
before the knowledge of the wonderful soya bean changed the
crops of Iowa.
Ed Sammon can best be described as a gentle,
kind, and very verbal man. Not only did he communicate
abundantly in the verbal mode, but his written communication was
enormous. He did like to talk, but he wasn't too good at
listening and frequently was caught with his hearing aid turned
down in the midst of an ardent discussion - one sided, of
course. When Patricia Sammon was thirteen, she sat on the porch
with Grandpa Sammon at their Des Moines home (where they moved
later in life). After about a half hour or so, he'd always say,
"Well Patty, I think I'll just saunter down to the poultry
market (Ted Sammon owned the local poultry market) and have a
talk with the boys." These talks always lasted until dinner time
and Patricia often wondered whether there was that much to talk
about. Grandpa had opinions on politics (Democratic) and
religion (Catholic, of course) and just about anything else
including the weather, which was the farmers constant concern
(it was always bad).
1897: On August 31st, Howard (Bud) Sammon is born in
Francis Sammon, born 1897, the first son of Ed and Emma must
have been born with a determination to succeed in this world as
his story is pure "Horatio Alger" almost from the beginning.
Bud, as he was called on the farm, must have been about ten
years old when he was sent out on the farm to round up Grandma's
geese (she raised them and plucked the down for feather beds).
It was cold and starting to rain as Bud was chasing the elusive
fowl, a train (the Rock Island Line) came whistling along the
track that bisected the family farmland. As Bud stopped to
watch, it slowed slightly and as the last car, a posh pullman,
moved past, the cold, wet ten year old boy could see robust
gentlemen and their elegant ladies dining under chandeliers and
served by black porters in white uniforms. That did it! Bud
vowed he would grow up and go to Chicago and become a banker -
and he did eventually, but that's getting ahead of the story.
As viewed from a later date in history, growing up in Bayard
must have had its hardships, but Howard's stories always dealt
with pleasant or whimsical anecdotes. To Patricia Sammon as a
child, these seemed endless. They detailed the bizarre goings on
at Halloween when outhouses were routinely upturned by
pranksters. There was for some time a racetrack near Bayard
where Howard and his versatile and inventive cousin Jack O'Brien
were reported to have ridden and wagered on occasion. There was
the Bayard town band featuring among others, Howard Sammon on
the clarinet. Culture was alive and well in Bayard during the
last part of the last century as the band played regularly in
the town square, most girls took piano lessons, live theater
occasionally came to town and of course, the highlight of every
season was the appearance of the Greatest Show on Earth - The
Barnum and Bailey Circus. After all of the excitement was over,
if you were a boy in your early teens, you could always relax
behind the barn with your dog. Howard had endless tales to tell
about the family pet known in the stories as "Ole Dog Judge".
This dog was so talented and intelligent that he must certainly
have been an ancestor of Hollywood's famous Lassie as he
performed all of those marvelous feats that Lassie movies are so
well known for portraying. Patricia Sammon remembers, as a
child, many a winter evening curled up in front of the huge
fireplace in the Lloyd Wright house as Howard Sammon recounted
in vivid detail these many grand adventure stories and
reminiscences of his youth in Bayard.
Patricia Anne Sammon was born on July 31st, 1925 in
River Forest, Illinois.
She was the first child of Howard F. and Marion Haggerty Sammon.
attended St. Mary's College. It was there that she met Wlater
had returned from the Pacific in WWII and was working on his PhD in
at Notre Dame. The married in 1949, and had their first child,
Peter, in 1950.
It was that year that Walter accepted a position as physicist at the
Weapons Testing Station in China Lake, California. They moved that
Pat concentrated on raising a family as Walt's career
advanced from being
the project manger for the Sidewinder Missile project, his acceptance as
manager of Philco-Ford's development labs in the San Francisco bay area,
and then responsibility for managing the construction of NASA's Houston
Mission Control Center. While the family lived in the San
Francisco Bay Area,
she returned to school to get her teaching credentials in speech
and was a professor at San Jose State University.
As the family continued to move around the country and
over to Europe
following Walt's increasing responsibilities with the Department of
positions as a speech
pathologist in the public school systems.
She was relentlessly
dedicated to the children that she worked with and
made a huge impact in their
lives. In early 1981 she was diagnosed with
while she and
Walt were living in Alexandria, Virginia.
They moved to Mountain
and spent much of their time in Aptos, CA
where they had an apartment by
the coast. On March 5th, 1982, they
celebrated the 80th birthday
mother, Marion Sammon, in Aptos, CA.
She passed away two weeks
Walt & Pat LaBerge on their way to a formal dinner.