WILLIAM JOHN OSWALD - One of the youngest men to hold a position of authority in the public service of The Bronx,
William John Oswald, was born February 17, 1886, in the Borough of Manhattan, New York City. He is the son of George
Francis and Delia (Hannan) Oswald. His father, George Francis Oswald, was born in New York, May 19, 1858, and was
the son of George Francis Oswald, Sr., who was born in Wurtzberg, Germany. Mr. Oswald's father died in the year
1906. His mother Delia (Hannan) Oswald, was the daughter of Edward and Hanorah Hannan.
William John Oswald began his education at Public School No. 83, in Manhattan, graduating from there in the year
1901. From there he entered Fordham. University, taking, at first, the academic course and later taking the regular
college course. In this he continued until 1905, when he left college to accept a position with the Twelfth Ward
Bank of New York. He remained there for a period of time somewhat in excess of three years, giving it up at the
end of that time to enter the department of street cleaning as assistant foreman. Sometime later he was advanced
to section foreman, and then to the position of stable manager. In January, 1925, he was appointed district superintendent,
which office he now fills with ability and dispatch. Mr. Oswald has the distinction of being one of the youngest
men in the department of street cleaning to hold this position of responsibility. Due to his very human qualities
and well poised natural ability, he has been very successful in handling the great number of men who work under
him and who like and understand him.
Mr. Oswald's particular hobby is music, in which he is keenly interested, and to which he still devotes a great
deal of time and study. He is a singer of no slight excellence, being the tenor soloist in the Corpus Christi Roman
Catholic Church, and also a member of the Glee Club of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick.
Mr. Oswald is affiliated fraternally with the St. Nicholas Council, No. 386, Knights of Columbus. Among his other
outside interests is included membership in the James W. Brown Association of The Bronx; the Tackatnuck Democratic
Club of The Bronx; and the Fordham University Club.
William John Oswald married, June 18, 1913, in the Corpus Christi Roman Catholic Church of New York City, the Rev.
Father John H. Dooley officiating, Helen Cecelia McCarthy, daughter of Eugene and Mary (Hickey) McCarthy. Both
Mrs. Oswald's parents were born in Limerick, Ireland. Mr. and Mrs. William John Oswald are the parents of three
children, two sons and one daughter: 1. Mary Eugenia Oswald. 2. John Henry Oswald. 3. William John Oswald, Jr.
Mr. and Mrs. Oswald and their family reside in The Bronx.
The Bronx and its people
A History 1609-1927
Board of Editors: James L. Wells,
Louis F. Haffen
Josiah A. Briggs.
Historian: Benedict Fitspatrick
Publisher: The Lewis Historical Publishing Co., Inc.
New York 1927
Bronx County, NY
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