Francis (Frank) Hearne was born in Moore's Flat, Calif. on Feb. 29, 1876. He married Juliette (Julia) Imelda O'Connor in San Francisco, California around 1900. He was emplyed as a machinist, a wagon and carriage blacksmith & a shipping clerk.
Julia O'Connor (born 11-15-1879 in San Francisco) was the daughter of Terence O'Connor and Catherine (Kate) M. O'Neill. She had a sister, Ann (Annie) L. O'Neill. Annie who later married Ernest Medley (they had no children)
|Julia and grandson, Eugene
|Julia and grandson, Eugene
||Bill, Julia , Sis Hearne & Gloria Jehly
Francis Hearne and Julia O'Connor married in 1900 in San Francisco. They had 8 children; Francis Patrick , Alice Marie, Irene Imelda , Theresa Kathleen, Verna Gertrude, Edwin J., John Roger, William Patrick. They also adopted a girl, Lillian Elizabeth Rogers:
Francis Hearne had thick, wild grey hair when he died. He had grey hair at a very early age. Bill Hearne never remembers his dad without grey hair.
“Francis would always let the kids do and say what they wanted when Julia left the house but they’d always have to behave when she came back. He was an ironworker. He died in January 24, 1933 at the age of 66; he dropped dead while painting the pantry in the kitchen.”
"My parents lost the house in the earthquake (1906). [Howard Street after the 1906 quake] He and his father built the house where I was born over the old house. It was between 18th and 19th on Howard Street, which is South Van Ness now. I think the house is still standing. They made a boarding house out of it and rented rooms out. After I was born they moved out of there to Hoffman Avenue. We were right across the street from the firehouse. We lived in 104 Hoffman and my aunt [Annie Medley] lived next door in 102 with my grandmother [Kate]. My uncle [Ernie Medley] worked for the Chronicle. He worked in the mailroom. He retired from there. The Printers Union was one of the first unions to have a retirement plan."
"The biggest house we ever had was 1006 Noe Street. It was two stories and a basement. My father and I lived in a room off the basement and there was two more floors and a big barn in the back. My sisters lived on the second floor. When Alice and Ernie got married they had a big double room, the whole width of the house. Alice and Ernie lived there then when Gloria was born, after she was about a year old, they moved across the street into a flat. Tessie and Al moved down the street. They made a bedroom out of the living room and my sister stayed there for a while when she got married. There were three bedrooms upstairs (third Story) where the boys were. After Ernie and Alice moved out Ed, Bowie and I moved in, there were three beds in there. Then when Bub come home from the service, he moved into the bigger room.
We moved when my father died; my mother couldn't keep the house, so we moved in with Alice."
- Bill Hearne, 2002
"I was about 14 years old when my dad died. He was a blacksmith. He worked at the San Francisco Stove Company. Then he got laid off, and lived about a year after he got laid off. He had a heart attack. He was wallpapering the wall when I went to school. When I got home for lunch, he was dead. He was a nice man. My mom ruled the roost in our family; she was always the force anyway."
"My father used to make home brew, beer. I used to help him bottle it in the basement. He didn't sell it, he just made it for his own use. There were all kinds of people come see him. He always had a crock brewing. He had about 40-50 cases."
-Bill Hearne, 2002
"Julia was very active in the NDGW. She was head of the Native Daughters Orphan program which was later taken over by the state. Bill said she would be on the phone all day long after a meeting telling everyone this or that should have happened." -Bill Hearne
"All of us kids were sent to church every Sunday (St. James) to attend mass but my parents never went." -Bill Hearne
My grandpa [Frank] was a good man. He was very patient. I remember when I was 4 or 5 he’d baby sit Gloria and me. He would let us have the run of the house; we could do anything and he would never get mad.
Julia ruled the house.
“Julia was a quaint old Irish woman. She had a mind of her own. She was a good seamstress and liked to crochet. Later, she didn’t like to wear her false teeth and would always take them out and loose them. After Francis’ death in 1939, she made the rounds staying with Tess, Alice and, lastly, Irene. When she would get mad at the girls she would pack her bag and stay with someone else. Bo visited his mom the night before she passed away and commented on the fact that all of a sudden she got very smart and remembered everything in her past.”
- Ann Hearne 9-17-2000
"My mother died in 1949, the same year Melanie was born. I was working for the government in Atherton, Washington and I had to fly down for the funeral. I was working the dredges. (We dredged the channels for the ships.) After my mother died I started drinking pretty heavy."
- Bill Hearne - 2000
Tess, Julia & Bill
Julia passed away while living with Eugene and Irene at 9 Heymen Street on March 3, 1949 at the age of 69.
Bill Hearne, Frank Hearne, Ernie Jehly, Gloria Jehly, Julia Hearne, Irene Hearne, Ed Hearne. Gene Cashman Bub Hearne -1930
SF Call July 18, 1897
Family of Francis and Julia