Two more unknown newspapers report the death of Billy Gallagher. The stories presumably ran on 5 Mar 1934, the day after his death. Note that they refer to his wife dying eight years prior – that was his first wife, whom he divorced around 1903. He had two subsequent wives: Lotta (from about 1906-1909) and Betty (from about 1920-1929). He was divorced from them as well.
The second article is likely from a New Jersey newspaper – probably Camden or Bergen County – given the weight of Walter Gallagher’s position that was given (doubtful anyone in New York City would have cared that Walter was a Police Sergeant in Ridgefield).
William Gallagher, Broadway cabaret owner, who ran Billy Gallagher’s, a carbaret [sic] at 711 7th Ave., Manhattan, died yesterday in the Medical Arts Sanitarium, Manhattan. He was 65 and resided at 3451 75th St., Jackson Heights. The funeral will be held from the house Wednesday.
Billy Gallagher is said to have formerly had at least $1,000,000 and to have given most of it away to those who had worked for him and others who came to him when they were down on their luck. He was one of the earliest to introduce singing waiters uptown after they had become popular on the Bowery and his floor shows gave the first chance for many entertainers who later achieved fame. He is survived by three sons, Joseph, with whom he resided, and Walter P. and Bernard Gallagher, and a brother, Joseph. His wife died eight years ago.
Gallagher, Father Of Ridgefield Cop, Succumbs
SICK SIX WEEKS
William J. Gallagher, father of Sergeant Walter Gallagher of the Ridgefield Police Department and one of the oldest and best known night club owners in New York, died yesterday morning at the Medical Art Hospital, 57 West Fifty-seventh Street, New York.
Although funeral arrangements have not been completed it is believed the funeral will be held Wednesday from the home of a son, Joseph, at 3451 Seventy-fifth Street, Jackson Heights, L. I., followed by burial in Camden.
Mr. Gallagher was admitted to the hospital six weeks ago and during that time underwent two minor operations, one major operation and several blood transfusions. Until last Friday it was believed that he had a chance to recover but on that day he was afflicted with septic poison and later developed pneumonia from which he finally succumbed.
He was born in Camden, and was about 65 years old when he died. Mr. Gallagher has been a prominent figure on Broadway for forty years and for the last twenty years had operated the Broadway Gardens, a night club at Forty-seventh Street and Seventh Avenue.
He is survived by three sons, Sergeant Walter Gallagher, Ridgefield; Joseph, of Jackson Heights, L. I., and Bernard, of New York; a brother, Joseph, of New York, and three sisters, Mrs. Emma Wood and Mrs. Michael Durkin of Camden, and Mrs. Joseph Zavorski of Philadelphia.