About PetersPioneersBragging Rights

By Peter Biggins

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One might call this page a Sumarry or Highlights, but I am going to be honest and call it Bragging Rights.

  1. My grandfather Leslie Biggins met with Saint Mother Cabrini when waterproofing the basement of Columbus Hospital circa 1906. more

  2. The house where we lived in Wilmette from 1968 to 1972 was part of the Stran-Steel exhibit in the 1933/34 Chicago World's Fair. more

  3. My brothers and I caddied at the same course as Bill Murray later caddied at--Indian Hill Club in Winnetka, Illinois. more

  4. George Washington rode by the site of our current house in Darien in 1756, 1775-76, and 1789, as Colonel, General, and President. more

  5. My great great grandfather John Schmitt of Tiffin, Ohio, was a 49er in the California Gold Rush from 1849 to 1851. more

  6. Frances Foy, a second cousin of my grandmother, Emily Foy Biggins, has a mural in the Chicago Loop Post Office. more

  7. Based on my Y-DNA, I am descended from Colla Uais, one of the Three Collas who lived in Ulster in the 4th century. more

  8. Based on her cousin Michael Carroll's Y-DNA, Marilyn is descended from Breassal Breac, King of Leinster around 200 BC. more

  9. Herbert Kohler Sr., chief executive of the Kohler Company, attended the funeral of Marilyn's father Edward Carroll in 1955. more

  10. The comedic actor Eddie Foy adopted my great grandfather's brother James Foy's name because it would fit nicely on marquees. more

  11. My great grandfather John Foy was present at the Golden Spike Ceremony at Promontory Point, Utah, on May 10, 1869. more

  12. Sheffield Square Apartments, part of DePaul University in 1994, were built by my grandparents Leslie and Emily Biggins in 1925. more

  13. My third cousin Rev. John P. Minogue was President of DePaul University from 1993 to 2004. more

  14. My great great great grandparents John Adam and Maria Eva Schickell lived in Tiffin, Ohio, when Charles Dickens visited in 1842. more

  15. My grandfather William Drueke hosted chess matches between child prodigy Sammy Reshevsky and 15 men in 1922. more

  16. An historical society in Finnentrop, Germany, wrote an article about my great great great grandfather Johann Drücke in 2013. more

  17. My uncle Philip Coverdale is related to Myles Coverdale who translated the Bible into English in 1535. more

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