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Collection 920

Mannix Family Papers

 

 Processed by Deb Carmody

Monmouth County Historical Association

70 Court Street

Freehold, NJ 07728

 June 2013

INTRODUCTION

The Mannix family moved to Monmouth County from Jersey City, New Jersey in 1938. 

The family was active at St. James Parish in Red Bank and had five of its members attend Red Bank Catholic High School in the 1940s and 1970s.  While there they were active in athletics and performing arts.

During 1944, all three of the Mannix children served in the military. 

The eldest son, John F. X. Mannix worked at Fort Monmouth in Eatontown for many years.  During that time the family member kept a scrapbook with photographs, awards, and commendations that John received during his career working for the Department of the Army. 

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

John J. Mannix and his wife Mary Smith were both born in Jersey City but moved to Monmouth County in 1938.  John was a World War I veteran, having served overseas with the 78th Division. Active in the community, Mary was a communicant of St. James Catholic Church in Red Bank, a member of the Manhattan Chapter of the Telephone Pioneers, a member of the auxiliaries of the Grand Army of the Republic, and the Jersey City Catholic War Veterans post of which she was past president.  John and Mary had three children: John, Edward and Dolores.  John J. died January 23, 1960 at the age of 68 and was buried in Holy Name Cemetery, Jersey City, N.J.  Mary died May 13, 1972.

Eldest son, John “Jack” F.X. Mannix  was born in 1923 in Jersey City, N.J.  He graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School (where he was captain of the track team) and attended Monmouth College for one year before enlisting in the Army Air Corps.  He served for three years in the Pacific with the Fifth Air Force.  Jack obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Upsala College in East Orange, N.J. and taught physical science and history at Leonardo High School.  It was at Leonardo that he met fellow teacher Catherine Alberta Miles (1922-1987) and they were married in 1948.  Jack was later hired to the permanent staff at Fort Monmouth as an engineer. He served as Technical and Industrial Liaison at Fort Monmouth for many years.  Jack and Cathy had two children, Jay and Mary.

Edward “Eddie” A. Mannix was born September 25, 1924 in Jersey City, N.J.  He graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School and served in the United States Marines.  After attending Upsala College in East Orange, N.J. he ran for Middletown Township Committee and Middletown Township Board of Education.   Eddie died July 24, 1993 and was buried in Bg William C Doyle Veteran's Memorial Cemetery, which is located in Wrightstown, NJ.

Dolores “Sis” Mannix also graduated from Red Bank Catholic High School as Salutatorian.  She served in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II.  Dolores married and later divorced Edward Ryan.

Jack and Cathy’s son John “Jay” Mannix also attended Red Bank Catholic High School in the 1970s.  Their daughter Mary Mannix took dance classes at Margaret Cross School of Dancing, attended Tinton Falls School and Red Bank Catholic High School where she was a member of the marching band.  Mary became an archivist and resides in Maryland.

Sources of Information

Red Bank Register 6/3/1943, 3/23/44, 5/6/1948, 6/3/1948; 2/4/1954; 1/25/1960; 5/15/1972; 11/15/1987.

SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTES

This collection consists of personal papers, photographs, awards, and printed materials of the Mannix family of New Shrewsbury (now Tinton Falls), New Jersey. The bulk of the collection relates to John F.X. Mannix’s years as an employee at Fort Monmouth during the 1950s through 1970s.  There are many photographs of conferences, banquets, and award ceremonies that he attended over the years.   Other family members represented in this collection are Mannix’s father and mother (who were the recipients of many of this collection’s greeting cards), brother, sister and children.

The collection is housed in three boxes.  The Mannix Family Papers are divided into three series: I. Mannix Family Papers, II. Fort Monmouth, III.Publications.

The Mannix Family Papers would be useful to anyone researching Fort Monmouth in the mid-to-late 20th century, Red Bank Catholic High School in the 1940s and 1970s, as well as anyone interested in greeting cards from the 1930s and 1940s.

PROVENANCE:  Donations were received from Mary K. Mannix.  Accession #2003.09 and #2013.05. 

Items related to Red Bank Catholic High School were removed to Collection 380 Red Bank Catholic High School Collection.

A Red Bank Catholic Band jacket was transferred to Museum Collection.

RESTRICTIONS: None

SERIES DESCRIPTION

  1. Mannix Family Papers.

1930s – 1978

Arranged by subject matter and then chronologically by date.

 

Contains items belonging to the Mannix family: greeting cards, invitations, correspondence, ephemera and event programs. 

 

  1. Fort Monmouth

1950s – 1984

 

Contains items from John F.X. Mannix’s career at Fort Monmouth. 

 

A scrapbook belonging to John F.X. Mannix that contained clippings, certificates and photographs of Fort Monmouth was disassembled for its preservation.  The pages were copied to preserve the order of the scrapbook, but items were removed and placed in two archival folders - one for photographs and one for loose papers.  Newspaper clippings were photocopied.

 

III.            Printed Material.

1947 – 1968

 

Contains Upsala College Yearbook, recipe books and various electric and radar related booklets.

 

CONTAINER LIST: 3 boxes.

Box # / Folder # / Contents

Box 1

1 / 1 / Greeting cards, 1930s and 40s.  39 items.

1 / 2 / Greeting cards, 1930s and 40s.  42 items.

1 / 3 / John F.X. Mannix. 7 items.

  • First Holy Communion Remembrance, 1931.
  • Letter from John Mannix to his mother on Mother’s Day, 1945.
  • Army Service Forces notice of Awards or Decorations, n.d.
  • Thoroughbred Racing Protective Bureau, 1954.
  • Birthday greeting, 31 March 1971.
  • Invitation to Open House, 16 December 1978.
  • Invitation to New Year’s Day Reception, n.d.

1 / 4 / Edward Mannix. 3 items.

  • Address for Edward Mannix, Marine Barracks, Parris Island, South Carolina, 1942.
  • Postcard from Edward Mannix to parents, 1942.
  • Letter to Mr. and Mrs. John J. Mannix regarding Edward’s Easter Duty, 1943.

1 / 5 /  Dolores Mannix. 7 items.

  • Graduation photo, 1944.
  • Four black & white photographs of Dolores with friends, n.d.
  • Calling card, Miss Dolores Maguerite Mannix, n.d.
  • Classroom photo with unidentified subjects, n.d.

1 / 6 / Mary Mannix. 3 items

  • Margaret Cross Dance Recital program and ticket, Presbyterian Parish, Shrewsbury, 21 June 1969.
  • Fall Reception Girl Scout Troop 485, 19 November 1971.

1 / 7 / Schools - Red Bank Catholic and Tinton Falls School.  13 items.

  • Junior Prom Dance Card, 1942.
  • Commencement invitation, 1942.
  • Graduation speech for graduates of Red Bank Catholic, 1943.
  • Commencement invitation, 1943.
  • Memories booklet, 1943.
  • Newspaper clipping, Class of 1943, Dolores Mannix, Salutatorian.
  • Ticket to production of “Sally” at Red Bank Catholic Auditorium, 28 May 1943.
  • Holiday Program at Tinton Falls School, 1973.
  • Commencement program Tinton Falls School, 1974.
  • Program from Red Bank Catholic Band, 1978.
  • Commencement program Red Bank Catholic, 1978.
  • Honor Roll from Red Bank Catholic, 1977-1978.

1 / 8 / Ephemera.  2 items

  • Program of the Blessing of the Colors of Ladies Auxiliary Jersey City Post No. 37, 1 October 1943.
  • Program of the Annual Communion Breakfast of Ladies Auxiliary Jersey City Post No. 37, 18 April 1943.

Box 2

2 / 1 / John F.X. Mannix Scrapbook – Photocopies.

2 / 2 / John F.X. Mannix Scrapbook - Photographs.

2 / 3 / John F.X. Mannix Scrapbook - Papers.

2 / 4/ Fort Monmouth Photographs - (color, b/w, 3”x5”; 4”x6”).  Some identified, many not identified.  

2 / 5/ Fort Monmouth Photographs - (color, b/w, 8”x10”).  Some identified, many not identified. 

2 / 6/ Fort Monmouth Publications.

  • Technical Memorandum No. M-1512, 15 June 1953.
  • U.S. Army Signal Research Development Laboratory Industrial Orientation program, 27-28 October 1960.
  • Summation of Six Months Reports US Army Signal Research and Development Laboratory, 17 August 1962.
  • U.S. Army Electronics Research and Development Laboratory conference program, 25 April 1963.
  • Program for Educational Achievement Awards Ceremony, 20 November 1970.
  • HQ US Army Communications-Electronic Command, 1984 (5 copies).

2 / 7 / Fort Monmouth Clippings

Box 3

  • Upsala College yearbook, 1947
  • Radar Spelled Backwards by Harold A. Zahl.
  • Monmouth County Map and Guide, 1987.
  • “Survival Under Atomic Attack” pamphlet, 1950.
  • Recipe Album – Contains 10 smaller cookbooks published by Shop-Rite Supermarket, c. 1960s.
  • Booklets

      “Electrical Manufacturing” – January 1954, October 1955.

      “Radio – Electronic Engineering” – October 1954.

      “Aerospace Management” – September 1961.

      “22 AFCEA” – Convention Souvenir Program – May 1968.

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