Ralph Thomas Phelan1,2,3,4,5,6,7

M, b. 15 October 1924, d. 21 April 1994
Ralph Thomas Phelan
FatherJoseph Francis Phelan8,9,10,11,4,12,5,13,7,14 b. 7 Apr 1892, d. 27 Sep 1958
MotherHelen Marie Dwyer15,16,17,4,5,18,19,11,7,14 b. 27 Dec 1888, d. 24 Sep 1943
RelationshipFather of Taryn Lynn Phelan
ChartsDennis Phelan Descendancy Indented Chart
John Dwyer Descendancy Indented Chart
Daniel Bergin Descendancy Chart
John Hennessey Descendancy Chart
Dawson Descendancy Chart
     Ralph Thomas Phelan was baptized on 26 October 1924 at St. Francis Xavier Church, Waterbury, Connecticut. Sponsors were Mary Bergin, his cousin, and William Phelan, his paternal uncle. He was baptized according to the rite of the Roman Catholic Church by the Reverend Edward J. Quinn.2 He was educated between 1929 and 1937 at St. Francis Xavier Grammar School, Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, where he was valedictorian of his class.20
     Ralph Thomas Phelan appears as Ralph Phelan, age 5, in the census of 5 June 1930 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut,in the household of Joseph Francis Phelan as his son.5 Ralph Thomas Phelan was educated 1937 to 1941 at Crosby High School, Waterbury, Connecticut.11,14,21,20
     Ralph Thomas Phelan appears as Ralph Phelan, age 15, in the census of 2 April 1940 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut,in the household of Joseph Francis Phelan as his son, along with Helen Marie Dwyer, Joseph Francis Phelan Jr., Francis Joseph Phelan and Anna Frances Dwyer.22 Between October 1942 and February 1943, Ralph Thomas Phelan was a receiving and shipping checker at Chase Manufacturing. He checked weights and contents of packages being shipped and stenciled addresses. on North Main Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.23,24
     Ralph Thomas Phelan witnessed the marriage of Ann Patricia McNamara and Joseph Francis Phelan Jr.his brother, on 24 October 1942 at St. Francis Xavier Church, Waterbury, Connecticut; Witnesses were Ralph Phelan, brother of the groom, and Mrs. Catherine Regan. They were married by J. A. Broderick.25,26,27,28,29 Ralph Thomas Phelan enlisted in the United States Army on 18 February 1943 at Hartford, Connecticut, as a private. His record shows that he was 68 inches tall and weighed 116 pounds.30
     Ralph Thomas Phelan enlisted on 18 February 1943 at Hartford, Connecticut. He signed up for the duration of the war, plus 6 months.
     Ralph trained on 26 September 1943 at Camp Gruber, near Braggs, Muskogee County, Oklahoma. Ralph was in the 3rd Army, 20th Corp., 733rd Field Artillery. He was a surveyor who dug in the big guns.11,23,19 He; Ralph was initially with the Headquarters and Headquarters Battery 405th Field Artillery Group. His Army serial number was 31 324 024. For the first six months, he was a private while he was in basic training. He advanced to Private First Class and became a Surveyor. His highest grade held was a corporal where he was a Battery Clerk. The description states that he "took care of service records, made up payrolls, attended to allotments. Made morning reports. Kept alphabetical and numerical file. Prepared mimeographs, stencils, indorsments (sic),reports and standard forms." He was with Battery B, 733rd Field Artillery Battalion and departed for Europe on 10 Apr 1944 and landed 16 Apr 1944. Under the heading BATTLES AND CAMPAIGNS, it says that he was in Normandy (Northern France), Ardennes (Rhineland) and Central Europe. He was awarded the European African Middle Eastern Ribbon with 5 Bronze Stars and the Good Conduct Medal G O #6 Hq 733 FA BN on May 25, 1945. He was awarded the Medal of Verdun from Verdun, France in 1944. He left Europe on 19 Oct 1945 and landed on US soil 29 Oct 1945.23,31 On 17 December 1944 at Kerlingen, Germany, Lots of moves around Kerlingen, the sporadic attacks of the vanishing Luftwaffe...the cold and the snow. On 9 March 1945 at Freundenberg, Germany, The ghost town without one inhabitant, animal or human. Not even one house escaped damage. On 16 March 1945 at Greimerath, Germany, Crossed the Saar River at Saarburg. On 17 March 1945 at Zwalbach, Germany, Battery B joined the battalion again. Lots of wrecked kitchens by the roadside. On 18 March 1945 at Bardenbach, Germany, The Battalion kept everyone awake that night firing about 400 rounds. On 19 March 1945 at Alsweiler, Germany, German ammunition dump in the forest. On 20 March 1945 at Matzenbach, Germany, Even the medics got three POW's that day. On 21 March 1945 at Rodenbach, Germany, The Bn. C.P. was located in a schoolhouse and we had indoor showers. What a treat! Lots of POW's going by in trucks. On 24 March 1945 at Kappeln, Germany, The town we were supposed to go to for a week's rest which never materialized. On 31 March 1945 at Steinbach, Germany, Crossed the Rhine River over the longest pontoon bridge and then rode over Hitler's famous Auto-Bahn. On 1 April 1945 at Asterode, Germany, Easter services out in the open. Sent candy, chocolates, and cigarettes to American and allied prisoners liberated from a camp. In 1945, the following excerpt from an article was printed in the Waterbury Republican: The Associated Press last night listed the following Waterburians as scheduled to arrive at Boston and New York today from the European Theater of Operations. Local men reported to be aboard the Montclair Victory reported as docking at Boston today: Cpl. Orfeo Canuzzi, Pfc. Joseph R. Fontano, Cpl. John O. Wall, M/Sgt Thomas P. Dowling, Cpl. Loius Colaci and Cpl. Ralph T. Phelan.32 He ended military service on 3 November 1945 at Camp Edwards, Massachusetts; with an honorable discharge.23 He was educated at the University of Connecticut, Waterbury, Connecticut. After WWII, Ralph attended for one year.11,21
     Ralph Thomas Phelan resided in 1946 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, with his father.33 He was a salesman at D.F. Beach and Company at Waterbury, Connecticut, between 1954 and 1955.34,35,36,21 On 27 October 1953, the following article appeared in the Waterbury Republican: Ralph T. Phelan, Baldwin St., widely known Washington Hill salesman, will be honored at a bachelor dinner at Phil and Tom's Restaurant , West Main St. Oct. 27 in honor of his marriage to Miss Jacqueline Healey, Kelsey St., to be celebrated Nov. 7. James J. Gladney and Eugene Graveline are co-chairmen of the dinner arrangements. Others on the committee are Harry X. Cashin, George V. Phelan, John P. Shea, John Rock, Joseph Phelan, Patrick Shea, Thomas Walsh, George Larrow, Thomas McGrath, James F. Flanagan, Lloyd Beach, David Brady, Frank X. Doooley, John R. Lawlor, Joseph Flavin, Marshal K. Matney, Arthur Robinson, John Payson, Albert Izzo, Jack Hartley, William J. Cunningham, Farrell Martin, Albie Kelly. John Kieley, Thomas W. Scadden, William O'Neill and James Shea.37 A lot of the men at Ralph's stag were from Washington Hill and they all used to hang outside at the fire house. Jackie recalled the story when the firemen were called out and Ralph told the guys not to worry, that he would cook then supper. (He was in his late teens.) He put pasta in cold water and never stirred it or checked it. When the men came back, they found a hard lump of pasta and had to start from scratch. They were all mad at Ralph.
Ralph learned how to wash and iron after the death of his mother. One story was that Ralph was ironing the shirt to his father's police uniform. He saw his father's black nylon socks and put the iron to a sock. It disappeared and he looked under the iron and found a round wad of melted sock.38
     Ralph was a field trainer between 1957 and 1959 at Mutual of Omaha Insurance Co., New Haven, Connecticut.39,40 In 1958, the following was written in the Waterbury Republican: Phelan Seeks Controller Nomination Ralph T. Phelan, 207 Westwood Ave., has officially notified Democratic Town Chairman Edward D. Bergin that he is a candidate for the office of controller on his party's ticket for the November elections.
     A former delegate to Fifth District congressional and shrievalty conventions, he conducts his own business and is making his first bid for public office. His application is believed to be the first of any announced positions on the Democratic ticket, aside from three or four candidates for the mayorlty nomination.
     In a letter to Bergin yesterday, Phelan, a past exalted ruler of Waterbury Lodge of Elks, wrote Dear Sir: "This is to announce to you and the Denmocratic Town Committee that I am a candiate for the office of controller of the city of Waterbury on the Democratic ticket. I have been an active Democrat all my life and believe I am qualified for this position. My decision has been influenced by friends. Respectfully yours, Ralph T. Phelan, 207 Westwood Ave."
     Mr. Phelan is married to the former Jacklyn Healey. They are the parents of three children.41 Ralph was the Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks (BPOE) 1893, of the Waterbury Lodge #265 between 1958 and 1959 at 283 West Main Street, Waterbury, Connecticut. The Elks had modest beginnings in 1868 as a social club (then called "The Jolly Corks") established as a private club to elude New York City laws governing the opening hours of public taverns. After the death of a member left his wife and children without income, the club took up additional service roles, rituals, and a new name. Desring to adopt a "readily identifiable creature of stature, indigenous to America" fifteen members voted 8-7 to favor the elk above the buffalo. Early members were mostly from thetrical performing troupes in New York City. It has since evolved into a major American fraternal, charitable, and service order.20,42 He was self-employed for Floor Kleen in 1959 at Waterbury, Connecticut.43 From a newspaper article:
     Asst. City Clerk Ralph Phelan will be toastmaster at the reunion of the 1938 class of St. Francis Xavier School, June 29 at Longacre Inn, Lake Hitchcock. Miss Mary Ferriter, chairman, has urged the class members who haven't mailed in their returns to do so immediately so that the proper number of reservations can be made.44 He was an assistant city clerk at City Hall, Waterbury, Connecticut, between 1 January 1960 and 31 July 1990.11,14,7,20,45 He was an informant to the death of Anna F. Dwyer; of cardiac arrest.46,47
     Ralph died on 21 April 1994 at 207 Westwood Ave., Waterbury, Connecticut, at age 69 .7,48,20

     Ralph Thomas Phelan was buried on 25 April 1994 at Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterbury, Connecticut.14,7,49,20

Census Records

DateLocationMemo
1930700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutRalph Thomas Phelan appears as Ralph Phelan, age 5, in the census of 5 June 1930 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut,in the household of Joseph Francis Phelan as his son.5
1940700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, New Haven County, ConnecticutRalph Thomas Phelan appears as Ralph Phelan, age 15, in the census of 2 April 1940 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, New Haven County, Connecticut,in the household of Joseph Francis Phelan as his son, along with Helen Marie Dwyer, Joseph Francis Phelan Jr., Francis Joseph Phelan and Anna Frances Dwyer.22

Residence Records

YearLocationDetails
1946700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, ConnecticutRalph Thomas Phelan resided in 1946 at 700 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut, with his father.33

Citations

  1. [S1532] Ralph Phelan entry, Birth Certificate (Received for record on the 17 October 1924).
  2. [S748] Ralph Thomas Phelan's Certificate of Baptism, 26 October 1924, Saint Francis Xavier Church.
  3. [S1405] Social Security Applications, 1936-2007, Ralph Thomas Phelan.
  4. [S11] Ralph and Jacklyn Phelan's Marriage Certificate.
  5. [S286] Joseph F. Phelan household, 1930 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 5-250, sheet 6B, dwelling 47, family 123.
  6. [S1281] Joseph F. household, 1940 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 5-24, sheet 1A, number of household , 9, shows Ralph Phelan.
  7. [S13] Ralph T. Phelan's Death Certificate.
  8. [S1532] Ralph Phelan entry, Birth Certificate, shows father as Joseph Phelan (Received for record on the 17 October 1924).
  9. [S748] Ralph Thomas Phelan's Certificate of Baptism: shows father, 26 October 1924, Saint Francis Xavier Church.
  10. [S1405] Social Security Applications, 1936-2007, Ralph Thomas Phelan; shows father as Joseph Phelan.
  11. [S1] Interview, Ralph Phelan.
  12. [S65] The Waterbury Republican-American, Sept 29, 1958.
  13. [S1281] Joseph F. household, 1940 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 5-24, sheet 1A, number of household , 9, shows Ralph Phelan as son of Joseph F. Phelan.
  14. [S12] The Waterbury Republican American.
  15. [S1532] Ralph Phelan entry, Birth Certificate, shows mother as Helen Dwyer (Received for record on the 17 October 1924).
  16. [S748] Ralph Thomas Phelan's Certificate of Baptism: shows mother, 26 October 1924, Saint Francis Xavier Church.
  17. [S1405] Social Security Applications, 1936-2007, Ralph Thomas Phelan; shows mother as Helen Dwyer.
  18. [S1281] Joseph F. household, 1940 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 5-24, sheet 1A, number of household , 9, shows mother as Helen Marie Phelan.
  19. [S91] The Waterbury Republican, 25 September, 1943.
  20. [S109] Personal knowledge.
  21. [S117] The Waterbury Republican, 8 November 1953.
  22. [S1281] Joseph F. household, 1940 United States Federal Census, New Haven, Connecticut, population schedule, Waterbury, ED 5-24, sheet 1A, number of household , 9.
  23. [S125] "Army Discharge Papers."
  24. [S440] "WWII Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946", Ralph T. Phelan; 1943; shows that his civil occupation was a shipping and receiving clerk.
  25. [S749] Joseph Francis Phelan's Certificate of Baptism: On the back of Joseph's Baptismal Record, under the heading NOTATIONS, is information about his marriage : To whom, when and where, 28 May 1916, Saint Francis Xavier Church.
  26. [S1450] Marriage Register, St. Francis Xavier Church, Waterbury, Connecticut: entry for Joseph Phelan and Ann McNamara, 24 October 1942. Saint Francis Xavier Church, 625 Baldwin Street, Waterbury, Connecticut.
  27. [S23] Joseph Phelan Jr's Death Certificate.
  28. [S24] The Waterbury Republican, Jun 17, 1964.
  29. [S103] Moira Grenier, "Moira Grenier's Family Group Sheet."
  30. [S440] "WWII Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946", Ralph T. Phelan.
  31. [S126] "Medal of Verdun."
  32. [S806] The Waterbury Republican, 1945.
  33. [S60] Waterbury Connecticut Street Directory, Ralph T. Phelan, 1946; Section P, Page 752.
  34. [S11] Ralph and Jacklyn Phelan's Marriage Certificate: says a salesman.
  35. [S17] Brian D. Phelan entry, Birth Certificate 27785 (31 July, 1954).
  36. [S18] Marcia Phelan entry, Birth Certificate 29405 (1 July, 1955).
  37. [S807] The Waterbury Republican, October 1953.
  38. [S809] Phone conversation, Jackie Phelan, 27 July 2008.
  39. [S19] Taryn L. Phelan entry, Birth Certificate 26794 (11 June, 1957).
  40. [S60] Waterbury Connecticut Street Directory, Ralph T. Phelan (Jacklyn B.), 1957; Section P, Page 544; shows a salesman in New Haven.
  41. [S805] The Waterbury Republican, 1958.
  42. [S966] Wikipedia, online http:/e.wikipedia.org/wiki/BPOE, gives the history of the Elks.
  43. [S20] Jacklyn Phelan entry, Birth Certificate 50558 (23 November, 1959).
  44. [S824] The Waterbury Republican.
  45. [S123] Letter, Chester A. Langlais to Ralph T. Phelan, 4 January, 1960.
  46. [S86] Anna F. Dwyer's Death Certificate.
  47. [S89] The Waterbury Republican.
  48. [S157] CT Death Index, 1949-2012, Ralph T. Phelan, State File Number 0982421, April 1994.
  49. [S1005] Ralph T. Phelan Tombstone, Pine Grove Cemetery, 850 Meriden Road, Waterbury, Connecticut.