Oversize Correspondence V

Richard J. O'Melia Collection

  1. "Via Air Mail Special Delivery" (handwritten)
    Date: May 19, 1953
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Mrs. O'Melia describes the after effects of an operation she had the day before and the events that followed.

  2. "Darling" (handwritten)
    Date: (?)
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: (?)
    Content: Mrs. O'Melia asks that Mr. O'Melia ask his parents, "to take care of the balance for us...because I can't let Mother do any more", and describes all the things her Mother has done; "taken care of Dr. Julio (who assisted) Dr. Maher -- then 25 dollars for the anestheitist and the hospital 94.00 and 30 dollars for nurses. Plus all the clothes she's bought for Nial and Kerin and me and the cast of the trip". And ask that O'Melia phone the bank and, "find out exactly how much I have left".

  3. "December 17, 1952"
    Date: December 17, 1952
    From: E. P. Connell
    To: Mr. T. A. McCormack
    Content: Reports that there is a check attached for the McCarthy Club of Milwaukee, which has been, "operating in a spirit of unprecedented altruism. It has deviated from its own long-established convictions and has displayed rigorous self-control in not demanding or voting itself the substantial salaries which its capable efforts deserve". The McCarthy Club of Milwaukee has been been chosen unanimously to, "prepare for the broadcast committee's signature any necessary report that must be filed to satisfy prying eyes as to the purity and honesty of intention and operation", or, Connell writes, "in short, Mr. McCormack, if you don't want to be a Milwaukee Journal headline, you will use the enclosed to make your report and ours 'post haste'".

  4. "Law Offices of O'Melia & Kaye" (copy)
    Date: February 21, 1953
    From: John O'Melia
    To: Mr. A. J. O'Melia and Mr. Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: John O'Melia writes, "Dear Dad and Dick: to you each I am enclosing copies of a letter today received from Attorney Ward Dunphy of Milwaukee", John is keeping the original letter and as he he is not, "too familiar with this" he suggests Richard and A. J., "negotiate by telephone and then contact Mr. Dunphy". John adds that, "a copy of this letter goes to Mr. Dunphy, that he will realize it is being acted upon and that you, A. J., are out of town on your vacation".

  5. "Kay, Dunphy & Kay"
    Date: February 20, 1953
    From: Kay, Dunphy and Kay
    To: Mr. A. J. O'Melia
    Content: Contains information concerning "Mr. O'Neil and Mr. Frank Duffy of General Tire of Akron, Ohio, in connection with the Milwaukee General Tire Company matter", Dunphy writes that, "I forwarded to General Tire & Rubber Co. of Akron, Ohio, a letter advising that the stockholders of Milwaukee General Tire desired to renew the agreement entered into between the stockholders of Milwaukee Genral Tire and the Genral Tire & Rubber Co. in March, 1952, which was in accordance with paragraph 7 of said contract". The rest of letter contains the advice given to Dunphy by the two representatives of Genral Tire.

  6. "Kay Dunphy & Kay"
    Date: February 13, 1953
    From: Ward Dunphy
    To: Mr. Richard J. O'Melia c/o Senator Jos. McCarthy
    Content: Contains information concerning General Tire. Dunphy also writes, "in closing, I wish to states that the following: 'Legal Representative of Joseph R. McCarthy, Sen.' would look very handsome on our office door and I am waiting with great anticipation, so I can hire the sign painter".

  7. " Air Mail Miami Shores" (handwritten)
    Date: April 24, 1953 (date of postage)
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Expresses her joy at receiving his letter, asks him to thank the Hogantoglers and, "assure them we'll take the very best care of it [and] are very grateful". Also asks O'Melia not let let Leo handle the house, "unless he tak es a comm ission".

  8. "Lusk, Buck, Folmer & Ryan"
    Date: July 22, 1954
    From: Clayton R. Lusk
    To: Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Lusk reports that, "Lusk Joint Legislative Committee began its investigation in May or June, 1919 and got out its report in 1920. This consisted of four volumes, the first two of which, I believe would be the only ones of interest". Lusk goes on to discuss where he distributed the copies, and reports that he expects, "to take a trip up through Maine next week and if I can locate a set, I will send it".

  9. "Department of Commerce"
    Date: January 12, 1955
    From: Kenneth F. McClure
    To: Mr. David A. Walsh
    Content: Contains a response to Walsh's request of the views of the Department of Commerce, "with respect to various procedural and other matters arising in connection with the controversy between [Walsh] and the National Bureau of Standards concerning the joinder of parties in an invention involving an obturator probe". McClure goes on to address the points Walsh raised in his letter one by one.

  10. "Chicago 29 March 1954 1735"
    Date: March 29, 1954
    From: EV
    To: Karl
    Content: EV writes, "Thought you might be able to use this extra copy. It's strictly on the QT for the present, as I am working at Huron Press". EV goes onto inform Karl that, "the title of the book will be something like McCARTHY, DISCIPLE OF COMMUNISM".

  11. "Chicago 1 April 1954 2140"
    Date: April 1, 1954
    From: EV
    To: Karl
    Content: EV reports, "the title of the book is: JOE McCARTHY APOSTLE OF COMMUNISM". The book is by Cyrus Bass who, "claims to be a professor in a college or university". Bass also claims,"to have been called as a witness by the McCarthy Committee, to have admitted membership in 'a' young communist group, and to have evaded answering the questions, not by invoking the Fifth Amendment, but by other means" in another book called, "'How I Answered Joe McCarthy'". EV speculates that it is, "probably fiction". EV goes on to describe the number of copies and the distribution. EV proofread the book and, "called the printer's attention to certain passages in the book that might be the basis of a libel action", but, "Huron Press consulted their lawyer and he said it's OK to go ahead and print it". Enclosed is a sample of the book.

  12. "Confidential"
    Date: July 13, 1954
    From: Paul Crouch
    To: Senator McCarthy
    Content: Crouch writes, "I have only one request -- that you use your influence in the Senate to have the Internal Security subcommittee set up a quick executive hearing -- with only one Senator if more can not attend -- to get my sworn testimony on the record without delay". Crouch informs McCarthy that he is looking forward to the hearings, and "exposing the entire conspiracy against me and through me against all ex-Communists who are cooperating with the Government). But the combination of slow and progressive starvation and a serious gall bladder trouble means the end for me". Crouch also asks that when his, "testimony is on the record" he be "excused from subpoena". Crouch wants to "return to Hawaii and spend my last days with my family". In Hawaii, Crouch writes, "my family -- including a three-year-old granddaughter -- lived for four days on two dollars worth of groceries plus canned pay as we had brought as souvenirs from Cuba last year!". Lastly, Crouch states, "when the Attorney General of the United States resorts to such things as encouraging and protecting mass perjury and to starving three year old children I have no desire left to live and fight on!"


  13. "Confidential"
    Date: July 13, 1954
    From: Paul Crouch
    To: Hon. William Jenner
    Content: Crouch requests, "that at least one Senator be assigned to take sworn and full testimony from me at the earliest possible moment" as, "slow but rapidly increasing starvation combined with a long standing and serious gall bladder condition is certain to sent me on my last trip to the hospital". Crouch also reports that his family is starving in Hawaii, "victims of the vengeance of Mr. Brownell and Mr. Rogers under circumstances previously unknown outside of Communist countries". He goes on to describe checks that were supposed to be sent, but were never received; "the Department withheld check for about $400 for which I signed vouchers". Crouch then describes in detail the charges against him which he says will be proven false.

  14. "Hon. Herbert Brownell"
    Date: (?)
    From: (?)
    To: Hon. Herbert Brownell
    Content: Addresses the situation of Mr. Crouch, employee of the Immigration Service and who, as a result of the charges against him, "since May 28...has not been give any compensation or permitted to sign vouchers, though given no notice of end of services or any other communic action or directive regarding work and compensation" and whose family, "according to him, faces actual starvation in Hawaii, including his three year old granddaughter. Mrs. Crouch, who has long been under medical care by physicians on the mainland and in Hawaii, faces danger of complete collapse and nervous breakdown. Mr. Crouch is undoubtedly correct when he says that a tragedy in his family as a result of this situation would have most unfortunate and harmful consequences to national interest". The author of the letter recommends that they pay him his wages as they did, "when we had Mr. Crouch testify in New York".

  15. "United States Department Of Justice Federal Bureau Of Investigation Washington D. C."
    Date: July 2, 1954
    From: J. Edgar Hoover
    To: Mr. Paul Crouch
    Content: Hoover writes that he received Crouch's letter and, "since the situation to which you refer is of interest to the Attorney General I am taking the liberty of forwarding to him photostats of your letter and enclosures for his information"

  16. " FOR PERSONAL ATTENTION : Senator McCarthy"
    Date: July 7, 1954
    From: Paul Crouch
    To: Mr. J. Edgar Hoover
    Content: Thanks Hoover for his letter and writes the he is enclosing, "photostat of article in the DAILY WORKER yesterday, July 6, 1954, page 5". Crouch informs Hoover of his situation; compensation has been withheld from him and his family faces starvation in Hawaii, and he believes that his wife may commit suicide. Crouch writes, "I do not know what the FBI can do about the matter, but it should be aware of the situation".

  17. "Mr. R. J. O'Melia" (handwritten)
    Date: March 11, 1953 (date of postage)
    From: Mrs. Albert J. O'Melia
    To: Mr. R. J. O'Melia
    Content: Mrs. O'Melia describes a party she went to at "hospital hall", during which she realized she had the stomach flu.

  18. "Air Mail" (handwritten)
    Date: (?)
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Mr. Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Mrs. O'Melia writes, "Just a short note to keep you up on the news. Thanks for the letter but in answer don't get a house on the bay its too far away". She suggest they get a, "pretty good size house -- it's impossible to keep a small house clean". She goes on to describe the lives of her children; "Nial and Kevin are happy as royalty at St. Francis Hospital. Don't be frightened. Its the flu all over again dear". She also writes, "Vivian arrived at 9:30 last night [and] Tish [and] Mike [and] I met her", and "Mom sent Viv v I $200.00 for fun" and, "I'm putting my half in a TV set the little ones miss it so". There is a long note written in red on the outside of the envelope.

  19. "M. G. SCHMITT" (handwritten)
    Date: January 17, 1982
    From: M. G. Schmitt
    To: Mr. R. J. O'Melia
    Content: Schmitt writes, "The husband of a cousin of mine out here is a Captain in the U. S. A. F. and is Judge advocate at Castle Air Force Base, California. He knows my case and thinks he might be able to do some good for me but he needs, 'the record of trial'". Schmitt doesn't have it, he thought O'Melia returned it to him, "but if you do have it please send it out to me".

  20. "Sat. Night" (handwritten)
    Date: (?)
    From: (Jane O'Melia)
    To: Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Asks questions concerning the new house, describes the weather and the work that's been done on the car and the cost, and lastly when the children get out of school.

  21. "Mr. Richard J. O'Melia" (handwritten)
    Date: April 22, 1953 (date of postage)
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Apologies for, "chattering so on the phone", describes how she is looking forward to seeing him, the family trip to the dentist, "another miracle happened our way -- The children [and] I all went to the dentist...the children haven't one cavity between them", and discusses the situation of buying and selling a house.

  22. "UPTOWN FEDERAL SAVINGS"
    Date: October 27, 1952
    From: J. N. Langworthy
    To: Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Apologizes for, "having delayed so long in writing to you to say; 'Thanks a million for the work you did in connection with the Leitermann case.'", and if they, "have any more trouble develop, you can guess who the attorney will be". Goes on to report, "we're in the midst of a major remodeling program here at Uptown Federal that has really kept me jumping. Enclosed is a picture of what we expect to come out of all this work we're doing!". Lastly, asks O'Melia to give him a call if he's in Chicago.

  23. "Mr. Richard J. O'Melia" (handwritten)
    Date: May 4, 1953 (date of postage)
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Mr. Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Describes her day; the Miami summer is hot, slept until 9:30, "took the children swimming about 2 oclock -- grateful the TV came at noon...we got home at 5 00. Decided to take them all out for dinner", etc.

  24. "Special Delivery - Air Mail" (handwritten)
    Date: March 25, 1953
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Mr. Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Describes Friday, the weekend and Monday; "the children woke up bickering this morning so I gave them quiet a lecture", "Nial's 'spacers' were bothering her so had to take her to a Orthodontist", "we're packing steadily so we'll be all through when you arrive", "after talking to you last night I drove home from the phone booth -- noticed other cars on the road, discovered it was a beautiful evening...the lump in my throat was gone --I could listen to what the children were talking about [and] they were very good -- Annie was happy because I could smile [and] meet her eyes again [and] life seemed worth living again", "I dislike -- ah what an understatement! --- the Hogantoglers as much as their ugly name -- I think they suit one another very well!", "please pray for the children's examinations, they're quite worried". Enclosed is a list.

  25. "Mr. Richard J. O'Melia" (handwritten)
    Date: Feb. 24 ?
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Informs O'Melia of the purchase of a TV set, the cost, the cost of Myron McCormack's bill, the children's hospital bill, the mover's bill, and how much she misses him, and also writes: "I've never understood how an intelligent woman could become a chauffeur [and] just drive all day long taking her children back [and] forth to school -- they day revolving around a clock!".

  26. "Mr. Richard J. O'Melia" (handwritten)
    Date: April 13, 1953
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Mrs. O'Melia writes, "You're going to hate me for changing my mind again" but, "I know I don't want just any house to replace our pretty house in Milwaukee. So -- could we rent dear for a year after all?". She goes on to discuss furniture arrangements.

  27. " Air Mail Special Delivery " (handwritten)
    Date: June 2, 1953 (date of postage)
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Jane O'Melia writes, "Your good news was 'so good' I could hardly trust myself to believe it -- I was sure there would be a catch such as $275 a month rent or possession the first of July!...But the nicest thing of all is being with you every day and every night darling". She goes on to describe the arrangements she's made for moving.

  28. "Kay Dunphy & Kay" (handwritten)
    Date: March 23, 1953
    From: Ward (Dunphy)
    To: Dick (O'Melia)
    Content: Describes business matters regarding Milwaukee General Tire.

  29. "Mr. Richard J. O'Melia" (handwritten)
    Date: March 2, 1953 (date of postage)
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Mr. Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Describes the health of the children.

  30. "My dear Jane" (handwritten)
    Date: February 25, 1953
    From:
    To: Jane (O'Melia)
    Content: Friendly letter, "to say 'Hi!'". Talks of family matters.

  31. "Dear Jane" (handwritten)
    Date: (?)
    From: (?)
    To: Jane (O'Melia
    Content: Friendly letter, describes how they miss the O'Melias.

  32. "Dear Jane v Dick" (handwritten)
    Date: (?)
    From: Edna and Myron
    To: Jane and Dick (O'Melia)
    Content: Friendly letter to see how the O'Melia's have settled in.

  33. "Dear Jane" (handwritten)
    Date: (?)
    From: Edna and Myron
    To: Jane (O'Melia)
    Content: Inquires how the O'Melias like Miami, informs O'Melias of their activities.

  34. "Darling" (handwritten)
    Date: (?)
    From Jane (O'Melia)
    To: (Richard J. O'Melia)
    Content: Describes the activities of the family.

  35. "Mr. Richard J. O'Melia" (handwritten)
    Date: March 12, 1953
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Describes the activities and well-being of the family.

  36. " Air Mail " (handwritten)
    Date: February 17, 1953 (date of postage)
    From: Mrs. R. J. O'Melia
    To: Mr. Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Describes the activities and well-being of family and friends.

  37. "Three Thirty-Two"
    Date: December 27, 1952
    From: Bud (Zed) Bowen
    To: Wishes a Happy New Year, and requests information for a second 332 News Letter. Also contains a list of names of men whose addresses they were unable to locate.

  38. "Mrs. Albert J. O'Melia" (handwritten)
    Date: August 3, 1953 (date of postage)
    From: Mother (O'Melia)
    To: Dick, Jane and all (O'Melia)
    Content: Describes the activities and welfare of the family.

  39. " Air Mail " (handwritten)
    Date: April 27, 1953 (date of postage)
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Mr. Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Describes the well-being of the children; "Deirdre before her 8th month stood up all by herself for the first time", "Maura [and] Deirdre both caught colds today so say a prayer", "Annie cut her arm at the elbow today on a broken glass -- she must have cut a small artery or something because the blood would gush out every little while".

  40. " Air Mail " (handwritten)
    Date: June 5, 1953 (date of postage)
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Mr. Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Describes the welfare of the children, their examination grades, and the activities of the family.

  41. " Air Mail " (handwritten)
    Date: February 18, 1953 (date of postage)
    From: Mrs. R. J. O'Melia
    To: Mr. Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Describes the activities of the family, Jane's new wardrobe.

  42. " Air Mail " (handwritten)
    Date: May 14, 1953 (date of postage)
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Mr. Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Thanks Richard O'Melia for the wonderful Mother's Day and describes her activities. Enclosed is a letter from Mother (O'Melia) describing her activities and welfare.

  43. "Air Mail" (handwritten)
    Date: May 1, 1953 (date of postage)
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Mr. Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Asks O'Melia to write more often, asks questions about the move, and describes the welfare of the children.

  44. " Air Mail " (handwritten)
    Date: March 6, 1953
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: Mr. Richard J. O'Melia
    Content: Relates information concerning the welfare of the children and Mrs. O'Melia's activities. Enclosed is

  45. "Saturday" (handwritten)
    Date: Saturday
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: (Richard J. O'Melia)
    Content: Describes money matters, Mrs. O'Melia's activities and the children's welfare. Mrs. O'Melia also writes, "So sorry Joe lost out in his fight to eliminate Bohlen. Am very disappointed in Taft opposing the intelligent ones. How did that happen -- did he know the truth?".

  46. "Mrs. R. J. O'Melia" (handwritten)
    Date: Wednesday 11:00 p. m.
    From: Mrs. R. J. O'Melia
    To: (Richard J. O'Melia)
    Content: Describes Mrs. O'Melia's trip and the welfare of the children.

  47. "Saturday" (handwritten)
    Date: Saturday
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: (Richard J. O'Melia)
    Content: Inquires about the income tax form, asks O'Melia to call.

  48. "Mrs. R. J. O'Melia" (handwritten)
    Date: (?)
    From: Jane (O'Melia)
    To: (Richard J. O'Melia)
    Content: Describes details concerning the children's new school, and the activities of the family. Mrs. O'Melia also writes, "Knock Joe over the head and insist he needs some Fla. sunshine or I don't know how I'll be able to stand these next few months".

  49. "The General Tire & Rubber Company"
    Date: February 23, 1953
    From: (?)
    To: All the Stockholders of The Milwaukee General Tire Corporation
    Content: Gives information concerning the expiration of the agreement between General Tire & Rubber Company and The Milwaukee General Tire Corporation. There is a list of stockholders on record which include: Charles M. Bransfield, Bernard P. Churchill, Annetta J. O'Melia, John F. O'Melia, Donald C. O'Melia, Albert J. O'Melia, Jr., Richard J. O'Melia.


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