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Nora Molineaux Restaurant - Matchbook Cover

Brewster, NY USA   (Latitude: ,  Longitude: )
Contributed by: US297 Christina Mollineaux Witcher   |   21 Aug 2017

In March of 2015, on the Mx Facebook page entitled, Molyneux Family Genealogy, US297 Christina Mx Witcher posted a number of photos of Mx-related objects available for sale on E-Bay. The first of them was this matchbook cover.

A little on-line research by US332 Wayne J. Straight revealed the following about Nora and her restaurant. She was married to one Harry Henry Molineaux, an Englishman by birth. Harry and Nora apparently had a very rocky marriage as they seem to have been separated and united several times over the period of 45 years. The record of both parties and their children during this time frame is fragmentary.

She was married to one Harry Henry Molineaux, an Englishman by birth. Harry and Nora apparently had a very rocky marriage as they seem to have been separated and united several times over the period of 45 years. The record of both parties and their children during this time frame is fragmentary.

Nora nee Lowry (or Lowery) was born 15 January 1870 or 71, in Clark Co., IL to Abijah Lowry and Elizabeth Redman. Harry Henry Molineaux was born 23 November 1874 in England to (probably) William Molineaux and Mable (LNU).

Nora & Harry married 16 January 1895 in Edgar Co., IL. Between 1895 & 1906. They had four children, as follows: Edward S., Eva L., Mayble/Maybel(le), and Pearl F.

Nora and Harry with one of their three daughters.

In 1900, Harry was boarding in Newman City, Douglas Co., IL, he was listed as married but there was no sign of Nora or Edward. He was working as an engineer in an ‘electric shop.’ He also listed his year of emigration as 1880 and his citizenship as naturalized American.

In 1918, Harry and Nora, living together at 257 11th Ave., 4th floor, front, Long Island City, Queens Co., NY, registered to vote as Republicans. Harry also registered for the draft in 1918. He was working as a machinist at the Brooklyn Navy Yard at the time. His height and build were medium, his eyes light blue, his hair dark brown.

On 2 January 1920, Elizabeth, listed as married, and all four children were living at that same address in Queens, sans Harry. Nora was working as an inspector at a card factory at the time. Son Edward was a helper in an electric company, daughters Eva and Maybel were a secretary in an office, and as a saleslady in a candy store, respectively. Daughter Pearl, who was 14 at the time was unemployed.

On 5 February 1920, Harry, still listed as married, was boarding at 243 E. 118th St., Manhattan, NY Co., NY, and still working as a machinist at the Navy Yard.

In 1925, Nora and the three girls were living at 149 Singer, Long Island City, Queens Co., NY. Nora was listed as a ‘housewife’, Eva as unemployed, Maybell as doing housework, and Pearl as a telephone operator.

On 5 May 1930, Nora, still listed as married, and daughters Eva and Pearl, were living at 2117 30th Ave., Queens, Queens Co., NY. Pearl was listed as head of household and still a telephone operator, for a broker; Eve as a self-employed public stenographer; and Nora as unemployed.

Around 1936, Nora and some of her family moved to Brewster, Putnam Co., NY, where she and her daughter Eva opened up a business, Nora Molineaux Restaurant, at 90 Main St.