William Henry Dwyer1,2,3,4

M, b. 14 August 1884, d. 28 November 1913
William "Bill " Dwyer
FatherMartin J. Dwyer5,6,7 b. c 1842, d. 22 Nov 1912
MotherElizabeth Claffey8,9,10 b. c 1852, d. 26 Mar 1914
Relationship1st cousin 3 times removed of Taryn Lynn Phelan
           William Henry Dwyer was born on 14 August 1884 at Waterbury, Connecticut..11
     William Henry Dwyer appears as William Dwyer, age 14, in the census of 2 June 1900 at 33 Lafayette Street, Waterbury, Connecticut,in the household of Martin J. Dwyer as his son, along with Elizabeth Claffey, Martin J. Dwyer Jr., Edward Dwyer and John J. Dwyer; The census shows that Elizabeth had 11 children, 6 of whom were alive in 1900.2 William Henry Dwyer resided in October 1906 at 210 South Leonard Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.12
     William Henry Dwyer married Elizabeth Anna Cunningham, daughter of Hugh Cunningham and Anna Hyde, on 24 October 1906 at Waterbury, Connecticut. They were joined in marriage by Jno Fleming, Assistant Priest.13,14,15,16 William Henry Dwyer resided in 1910 at 16 Washington, Waterbury, Connecticut.17
     Upon further research, it was discovered that Bill was a minor league baseball player as well as a manager. The teams that he played for are as follows:
     1906-Olean Refiners of the Interstate League
     1907-Franklin Millionaires of the Interstate League
     1908-Toledo Mud Hens of the American Association
     1908-1911-The Des Moines Boosters of the Western League
     1912-The Lincoln Railsplitters of the Western League
          The first two seasons he was on a Level D which was equal to a rookie status. After that, he played on the highest level which was A.
     His Batting Stats overall average for the 7 seasons that he played were:
     BA.278
     OBP.278
     SLG-.231
     OPS-.508
     TB598
     His Fielding stats for 6 seasons were as follows:
     Ch-284
     PO-262
     A-15
     E-7
     Fld%-.975
     RF/G-9.23
          He played first base and batted as a lefty.
          Bill also managed several teams. In 1909 and 1911, he was manager of the Des Moines Boosters and won the pennant of the Western League. In 1912, he was manager of the Lincoln Railsplitters. The 1912 Final Standings of the Western League were: Wins-83, Losses-81, %.506, GB-17.18
     William Henry Dwyer, age 26, appears in the census of 15 April 1910 in 14 Washington Street, Waterbury, Connecticut,in the household of Sarah Cunningham, his wife's sister, with Elizabeth Anna Cunningham and Anna Elizabeth Dwyer. Sarah's other siblings were also living at this address. They were Mary, John, Hugh, and Margaret (all single).19 William Henry Dwyer resided in 1911 at 757 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.20 He resided in November 1913 at River Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.21

     William Henry died on 28 November 1913 at Waterbury, Connecticut, at age 29 from pulmonary tuberculosis lasting 365 days with a secondary cause of cardiac asthenia. Thomas E. Parker, M.D.
Arthur J. Lunny, Undertaker.22,4
     Bill was buried on 1 December 1913 at New St. Joseph's Cemetery, Waterbury, Connecticut.23,24

Family

Elizabeth Anna Cunningham b. c 1880, d. 1948
Children

Obituaries and Other News Articles

     The following article was written in the Lincoln Nebraska News under the heading Diamond Dope on 11 May 1910. It was taken from the Des Moines Register:
     Although Bill Dwyer is in the city, he will not be in the game this afternoon. The slugger is not entirely recovered from his operation. Dwyer did not have appendicitis as was first reported , but had a severe operation on his chest for the removal of a tumor. He was struck in the chest with a batted ball with terrific force and the growth was the result. He was in a New York hospital for several weeks and was in poor condition when he was discharged, but he is rapidly getting back into shape now.25
     The following article was written in the Lincoln Nebraska News under the heading Diamond Dope on 12 May 1910. It was taken from the Des Moines Register:
     Bill Dwyer was out in uniform and will probably get into the game in the near future. His popularity with the crowd was attested by the cheering which greeted his first appearance.3
     The following article was written in the Lincoln Nebraska News under the heading Diamond Dope on 23 December 1911. It was taken from the Des Moines Register:
     Smiling Bill Dwyer has been selected by Charley Comiskey to manage the Des Moines club in 1912. This announcement means that the Prodigals are to have capable leadership. Smiling Bill piloted the Des Moines team which copped the '09 pennant and with the bunch of players Comiskey has promised to turn over to Des Moines for the next season, Bill and his band will bear watching every day of the race. Every fan in every city in the league is the friend of Smiling Bill and will wish him success.26
     The following article was written in the Lincoln Nebraska News under the heading Diamond Dope. on 19 March 1912. It was taken from the Des Moines Register and Leader:
     Bill Dwyer, formerly manager of the Des Moines baseball club, who has played first base for the locals for the last four years, was presented with a gold case Hamilton watch by his admiring friends last night in the pool and billiard hall of Boyd & Boyd on Mulberry street, opposite the Polk County courthouse, where he was engaged in a quiet game unmindful of the impending surprise.
     Desirous of presenting the former Booster manager with a fitting remembrance before he leaves for Lincoln, Neb. this evening to take up his new duties as manager of the Links, Bill's friends, laid a clever plot, which was carried to a successful climax with the assistance of County Attorney Guthrie who presented the watch after confronting Mr. Dwyer with a mock writ accusing him of having been "guilty of the crime of conduct becoming a good baseball player."
     According to the statement of County Attorney Guthrie, ""the said Bill Dwyer on or about September 1, 1908, and up to about September 1, 1911, did willfully and unlawfully steal, take, and carry away certain bases to the number of 108 from Omaha, Sioux City, Denver and several other cities to the grand jury at this time unknown. And it is further alleged that the said Bill Dwyer is also guilty of unlawfully catching flies, the exact amount and number being to the grand jury at this time unknown. That the said stealing of bases and catching of flies was contrary to and in violation of Spaulding's rules."
     After solemnly reading the above document, the county attorney declared that, in view of the fact that Mr. Dwyer had pleaded guilty to the charges, he must be sentenced to serve time, and thereupon the gold watch was presented. Although surprised, Bill was not nonplussed and responded with a witty speech which was lustily applauded.27

Census Records

DateLocationMemo
190033 Lafayette Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutWilliam Henry Dwyer appears as William Dwyer, age 14, in the census of 2 June 1900 at 33 Lafayette Street, Waterbury, Connecticut,in the household of Martin J. Dwyer as his son, along with Elizabeth Claffey, Martin J. Dwyer Jr., Edward Dwyer and John J. Dwyer; The census shows that Elizabeth had 11 children, 6 of whom were alive in 1900.2
191014 Washington Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutWilliam Henry Dwyer, age 26, appears in the census of 15 April 1910 in 14 Washington Street, Waterbury, Connecticut,in the household of Sarah Cunningham, his wife's sister, with Elizabeth Anna Cunningham and Anna Elizabeth Dwyer. Sarah's other siblings were also living at this address. They were Mary, John, Hugh, and Margaret (all single).19

Citations

  1. [S1357] Certificate, William Henry Dwyer and Elizabeth Anna Cunningham marriage of 24 October 1906, shows groom as William Henry Dwyer.
  2. [S283] Martin Dwyer household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 434, sheet 2, dwelling 19, family 39.
  3. [S1224] William Dwyer, Diamond Dope, unknown date, 12 May 1910.
  4. [S1484] William Dwyer, William Dwyer's Death Registration.
  5. [S283] Martin Dwyer household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 434, sheet 2, dwelling 19, family 39, shows son of Martin Dwyer as William Dwyer.
  6. [S1357] Certificate, William Henry Dwyer and Elizabeth Anna Cunningham marriage of 24 October 1906, shows father of the groom as Martin Dwyer.
  7. [S1484] William Dwyer, William Dwyer's Death Registration, shows his father as Martin Dwyer.
  8. [S283] Martin Dwyer household, 1900 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 434, sheet 2, dwelling 19, family 39, shows mother of William Dwyer as Eliza Dwyer.
  9. [S1357] Certificate, William Henry Dwyer and Elizabeth Anna Cunningham marriage of 24 October 1906, shows mother of the groom as Elizabeth Claffey.
  10. [S1484] William Dwyer, William Dwyer's Death Registration, shows his mother as Elizabeth Claffey.
  11. [S1484] William Dwyer, William Dwyer's Death Registration, shows his birthdate as Aug 14, 1884 and birth place as Waterbury.
  12. [S1357] Certificate, William Henry Dwyer and Elizabeth Anna Cunningham marriage of 24 October 1906, shows the residence of the groom as 210 South Leonard.
  13. [S1357] Certificate, William Henry Dwyer and Elizabeth Anna Cunningham marriage of 24 October 1906.
  14. [S284] Sarah Cunningham, 1910 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 484, sheet 1A, dwelling 1, family 1, shows the couple as being married for 3 years.
  15. [S286] Elizabeth Dwyer household, 1930 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 2473, sheet 6B, dwelling 8, family 23, shows age at first marriage as 25.
  16. [S1484] William Dwyer, William Dwyer's Death Registration, shows that he is married.
  17. [S164] Connecticut City Directories, Waterbury, 1910: William J. Dwyer; Section D, Page 118.
  18. [S1210] Bill Dwyer's Baseball Stats, online www.baseball-reference.com/minors/player.cgi?id=dwyer-001wil.
  19. [S284] Sarah Cunningham, 1910 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 484, sheet 1A, dwelling 1, family 1.
  20. [S164] Connecticut City Directories, Waterbury, 1911: William J. Dwyer; Section D, Page 124.
  21. [S1484] William Dwyer, William Dwyer's Death Registration, shows his residence as River Street.
  22. [S1208] William Dwyer, Des Moines Manager Dies At Waterbury, 28 November 1913, says cause of death was tuberculosis.
  23. [S1484] William Dwyer, William Dwyer's Death Registration, shows burial as New St. Joseph's Cemetery.
  24. [S1218] William Dwyer, This article has no title. It begins with "The funeral of William Dwyer....", 1 December 1913.
  25. [S1224] William Dwyer, Diamond Dope, unknown date, 11 May 1910.
  26. [S1224] William Dwyer, Diamond Dope, unknown date, 23 December 1911.
  27. [S1224] William Dwyer, Diamond Dope, unknown date, 19 March 1912.
  28. [S1465] Anna E. Dwyer Baptismal Record: Baptisms and Marriages, St. Francis Xavier Church, Waterbury, Connecticut; 1907, Page 172; shows that she is the daughter of William Dwyer, 19 December 1907, Saint Francis Xavier Church.
  29. [S1214] The Waterbury Republican-American, 24 March 1993, Page 8B, shows that she is the daughter of the late William Dwyer.