This is a picture of James and Bridget (Hewitt) Behan, probably taken in front of their home in St. Louis on Robin Ave. sometime in the late 1920s. She was born in 1866 in St. Louis, the second of five children of John and Catherine (Waters) Hewitt. Bridget was the person that Grandma Ellen Hoge felt the closest and would honor by naming her only daughter Mary Bridget. She had seven children, and saw three of them die before she passed away in 1933.
This is the only photo we have of Grandma Ellen Hoge's oldest brother, John Joseph Behan. Born in 1891, John was a farmer who worked with his father on the family farm. He died in October 1918, still the deadliest month in American history, from the Spanish Flu epidemic. Grandma told me that he came in from work early one day not feeling well and went straight to bed with no dinner. Later that evening he became delusional with fever and died before dawn. Grandma Ellen was stricken with the same virus and survived, but only after spending a week unconscious in the hospital. She described John as her favorite brother. He was ten years older than her and lavished her with attention, and I could tell that 50 years later, as she told me this story, that she still grieved for him. John was 28 years old at his death, but he had never married. He is buried in St. Louis at Calvary Cemetery with his parents and sister Jane.