You know one day before I die I’m going to get to see those long lost pictures of Kensington from the 1800’s.
That’s because the O’Callaghan’s who all grew up across the street from me, claim to have all these pictures of Kensington when it was just farmland.
You see, the house they grew up in has been in their family, actually the Casey family since the 1800’s. And according to legend they were first Irish around. Well, at least on my block, East 4th street.
Do you know the “Margaret Court” the small apartment house on East 4th between Beverly Road and Avenue C. Well, according to the O’Callaghan’s it was actually a tennis court that belonged to their great, great, grandmother Margaret Casey. So thus the name “Margaret Court”.
One if the conditions when they sold the property was that the building be named after their great, great grandmother. Otherwise "no deal" as the story goes.
Yeah, the O’Callaghan’s house was the first house on the block, surrounded by pastures and grazing cows.
And one of the last things I’m ever going to do before I die is badger them long enough to get those pictures and post them on the blog.