After eight years of marriage Harry and Mae had a child. Their daughter Dolores Marguerite was born in St. Elizabeth Hospital at 12:01 AM Wednesday, January 1st according to her birth certificate. She weighed 9lbs. 7oz. Her 32 year old father was an accountant and her 30 year old mother was a housewife. The family lived at 2538 North Central Avenue, Chicago, Illinois.
She and her mother were featured in articles in the Chicago Herald and Examiner:
Her Baptism and Baby Shower.
The sponsors to her baptism at Our Lady of Grace Roman Catholic Church on January 19 were Daniel Walsh (her maternal grandfather) and Marguerite H. Wolf (cousin); Rev. J. J. Mullaly performed the rite at 4:00 P.M. Both sets of grandparents, as well as great grandpa Benjamin Woodhouse attended. She is pictured in her christening gown in the logo, above. Her baby book spells out some of her first events.
At Dolores' baby shower that month, Aunt Annie Schnee Wolf gave her a carriage robe (a blanket for use in a baby carriage) and, along with her sister Aunt Marguerite Schnee MacDonald, a baby trunk. On the list of baby shower attendees, Cousin Henry MacDonald who gave a veil and baby book, appears under his mother Marguerite Schnee MacDonald's name. (Ed Petelle remembers this branch of the family as being ardent Scots.) In addition, Aunt Emma (wife of Samuel Woodhouse), Aunt Emma Walsh Tishy, Aunt Tillie Woodhouse Kolla were present.
Her social calendar filled quickly. Little Dolores received her first valentine from Cousins Henry MacDonald and Marguerite Wolf February 14, 1919 and in March she attended Doris Bromfield's (daughter of J.C. and Cora Bromfield) first birthday party.
Mae's father, Daniel Walsh, died in December 1919 at the age of 56. He was laid to rest in St. Joseph Cemetery. Her mother Annie continued to live in the family home, though she did rent out space to another family.
Mae, ever active in the community, served as corresponding secretary of the West End Woman's Club per a notice in the society section of the newspaper in May 2, 1926.
When she was old enough, around 1925, Dolores attended Monroe School. She was starting school at a time studies began to move from the traditional reading, writing and arithmetic lessons to include geography, home economics and the sciences.