Walking through Beacon, New York I saw this ghost sign—the faded remnants of an old advertisement. I didn’t jot down the location, but I think it’s on the side of 398 Main Street (home now to Roosa and Roosa Law). It reads:
I think the white block below it has another word in it, but I can’t make it out.
Another remnant of the old Beacon, before it declined in the mid-twentieth century (and later reborn as an art centre), I wanted to find out more about Joseph O’Grady.
I found this in the September 15th, 1922 edition of The Plumbers’ Trade Journal:
The large contract for the plumbing work at Marianist College has been given to Joseph O’Grady of Beacon, N.Y.
In all, I found a good few references to Joseph O’Grady from the 1920s to 1931, which is when the sign was probably painted. At just the time I stop finding references to Joseph O’Grady in Beacon, I find one for “Joseph O’Grady Plumbing” in Far Rockaway in 1932. I’m guessing this is a coincidence—it’s an awfully long way to go, and there were many people with Irish names in that area. I also found a few Joseph O’Gradys in upstate New York.
While I wasn’t able to find out anything more about Joseph O’Grady, I was able to find out a little more about his family. He was married to Alice and they had a son, Joseph born in 1916. Joseph practiced medicine and moved to Kansas in 1961. Joseph junior passed away in 2006.
Joseph O’Grady Ghost Sign
Address: 398 Main Street, Beacon NY