Katharine (57) Temple Emmet


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Sunday, March 9, 1873
New Rochelle, NY
Tuesday, January 28, 1947
New Rochelle, NY

Katherine (57) Temple Emmet was born on March 9, 1873 in New Rochelle, NY - the third child and first daughter born to Katherine Temple and Richard (14) Stockton Emmet. Like her mother, she was called Kitty, and was educated largely at home by a series of governesses. On May 26, 1894, when she was 21, she married Martin Jerome Keogh in New Rochelle. The NY Times (May 29, 1894) described the wedding as "quiet," with "none but immediate relatives present."  The plans for the marriage did not go smoothly as Kitty, being an Episcopalian, objected to Martin's insistence that the wedding take place in a Catholic Church; a compromise was reached -  the wedding was held in the Emmet house on Pelham Road, but performed by a Catholic priest.

Within 18 months, Kitty had the first of  her ten children - 6 boys and 4 girls.  All but one lived to be an adult - an accomplishment in an era when child mortality rates were high. Twelve years after her marriage, Kitty joined the Catholic church - an event considered so unusual that the NY Times wrote a news story about it!  In 1909, two years after their youngest, Brigid, was born, the Keogh parents spent part of the summer touring Ireland, and then joined their children at the Profile House - a resort hotel in the White Mountains.  

Originally built in 1853, the hotel was razed and then reconstructed in 1906 with some 600 rooms and 20 cottages for families -  (picture) an enormous property, with its own greenhouses and dairy herd, a power plant, golf course, trout pond and tennis courts - an ideal spot for a vacation with 10 children!  Alas, the Profile House burned down in 1923 but not before the Keogh family spent numerous vacations there. (The land is now the Franconia Notch State Park.) While the Keoghs were at the Profile House in 1916, Kitty was a part of "Women of the Profile House Red Cross Branch for Home Preparedness," a group formed to teach the women in the village of Franconia to make hospital bandages that could then be sent abroad for use in the war.

While Kitty and Martin were living in New Rochelle and raising their children, they were busy with nearby family members and local charities. In 1916 they held a large lawn party for the United Irish Societies of New Rochelle raising funds for an Irish Reflief Fund.  A well known Irish vaudevillian, Eddie Foy, his family and 3 Keogh children: Peggy, Terence and Mary, provided the entertainment.  A band from a nearby orphanage gave a concert and a ham was auctioned.  That same year, the couple attended a film about the American Ambulance Corps in a New York City hotel;  a former ambassador to France spoke and commended the Keoghs, whose son was wounded while driving an ambulance for the Corps.  In 1917, Kitty was a patroness for a benefit for English orphans at the Hotel Plaza.  In  February of 1919, she was on the Women's Auxiliary Committee for a charity ball given by the Knights of Columbus which was held at Madison Square Garden;  over 15,000 attended and the crowding was so severe that the Fire Department forcibly closed the doors to the Garden, leaving some 5000 people on the street, unable to enter.  In May of 1919, Kitty and Martin attended a benefit at the Vanderlip estate in Scarborough-on-Hudson to benefit poor children in Westchester County through the Westchester County Children's Association.  The couple went to private parties in New York and New Rochelle, and are reported to have attended a dinner dance at the Piping Rock Club on Long Island in 1924 to celebrate the 25th wedding anniversary of friends.  Kitty was also a member of the Catholic Young Women's Club, started during WW I as a way to provide patriotic services, and continued into the 1920s as a prominent women's oganization in New York.  In addition, she was a subscriber to the Junior Assemblies - a NYC dance series that provided a place for young women to meet "appropriate" young men, and Kitty made sure that her daughters attended.

In the summer of 1925, the Keoghs sold part of their property on Pelham Road to the Westchester County Park Commission for $75,000 dollars - land to be used for an access road approaching the bridge to Glen Island.  The negotiations took more than a year and included frontage on the water; construction started the following summer. At about this time, Martin's health was declining;  he had retired from his job as a Judge in Westchester County, and Kitty stayed close to home to take care of him. He died in 1928, leaving Kitty a widow for almost 20 years.  She continued to live in New Rochelle; all three of her brothers died before her, as did her sister Elizabeth, and two of her children had died - Michael (118A), as a baby and Terence (118) in 1935 as a 30 year old. When Kitty died in New Rochelle on Jan. 28, 1947, she left 8 children, 17 grandchildren and 2 great-grandchildren.  She is  buried in the Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in New Rochelle.





Saturday, May 26, 1894
New Rochelle, NY