Fred J. Walsh is one of the vital progressive representatives of the real estate business at Joliet where he
is also President of the Chamber of Commerce. He was born at Terre Haute, Ind., July 3, 1882, a son of John and
Ann (Joyce) Walsh.
John Walsh, deceased, a native of Ireland, emigrated to the United States when a young man and located at Joliet,
later removing to Terre Haute, Ind. For a time he worked as a contractor for various railroads, and later engaged
in the grocery business in Terre Haute, in which he was very successful. At the time of his retirement from active
business he was the head of a chain of grocery stores. His wife, a native of Terre Haute, is also deceased, and
they are both buried in Terre Haute. They were members of the Catholic Church, and politically Mr. Walsh was a
Democrat. To Mr. and Mrs. Walsh eight children were born, the two oldest died in infancy: William, deceased; Alice,
married Alfred Daudy, lives at Joliet; Mame, lives at Joliet; John, Joliet; Fred J., the subject of this sketch;
and Bess, married Benjamin Bruning, lives at Joliet.
Fred J. Walsh attended the public schools of Terre Haute and graduated from the Joliet Township High School in
1901, after which he attended commercial college. His first position was that of messenger and later stenographer
with the First National Bank of Terre Haute, where he remained two years. He was with the Terre Haute Trust Company
for two years as assistant secretary, and then resigned to enter the real estate field. He opened his office in
Terre Haute and operated also in Wisconsin, Illinois and Indiana. After a year in business in Terre Haute he removed
his office to Joliet, and promoted the following subdivisions: Sherwood Plains, Pleasant View, Inglass Park, Hyde
Park, West Park, West Wood. Mount Claire, Brankin Terrace, Reeds Woods, Vernon Place, and P. R. Bannon's subdivision
Shawtita, and Halderman Terrace, all of Joliet. He also maintains an office in Aurora, Ill., and there he has successfully
managed and sold the following subdivisions: Evans Lawn, West Lawn, Country Club, Ogden Gardens, and North Lake
Manor. Mr. Walsh is one of the largest real estate operators in this section of the country. His office is at 415
Clinton Street, Joliet.
In 1918 Mr. Walsh was united in marriage with Miss Catherine M. Gray, a daughter of John W. Gray, of Joliet. Mr.
Gray was engaged in the grocery trade for many years. and later in the bakery business. He was interested in civic
matters and served many years on the city council. To Mr. and Mrs. Walsh five children have been born: John, born
October, 1919, student at St. Raymond's School; Joyce, born in 1922, a student; Nora Ann; Patsy; and Robert.
Mr. Walsh holds many offices besides that of president of the Chamber of Commerce. He is also president of the
Zoning Commission of Joliet; president of the Real Estate Board; president of Louis Joliet Hotel Association; president
Clinton Hotel Company. He is affiliated with the Knights of Columbus, Elks Lodge No. 296; Joliet Country Club;
Butterfield Country Club; and is a member of St. Raymond's Catholic Church. Politically he is independent.
History of Will County, Illinois
By: August Maue
Historical Publishing Company
Will County, Il
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