Maurice Edward “Ed” Maher was born on April 24, 1869, in Eagle Township, LaSalle County, Illinois, the son of Bartholomew “Batt” Maher and Margaret Wolfe Maher, both Irish immigrants. He was the youngest of six children: Catherine “Kate” (b. 1853), John Wallace (b. 1856), Johanna (b. 1857), James Francis (b. 1864), Bartholomew “Bartie” (b. 1865), and Jeremiah L. (b. 1867).
Little is known of Maher’s early years. He married Julie L. Casey, a native of Streator, Illinois, on May 10, 1892, in LaSalle County. The couple had three children: Edward N. (b. ca. 1893), Jeremiah Leonar (ca. 1896), an Julia (b. ca. 1899).
By 1892, Maher and his wife were living in Superior, Wisconsin, where he operated Wolfe & Maher Grocers with his uncle Edmund Dean Wolfe, his mother’s brother. When Wolfe set out for Montana, Maher returned to Streator. By 1910, he had relocated again, this time to Chicago, where he worked as a real estate broker. In 1930, he was living in Bruce, LaSalle County.
Maher’s wife, Julia, died on July 7, 1936, in Chicago. Ed Maher died on November 20, 1964. He and his wife are buried together at Saint Mary’s Cemetery in Streator, Illinois.
image: Maurice Edward “Ed” Maher, Superior, Wisconsin, ca. 1892