[Ger-Poland-Volhynia] Chicago

Sue Eipert seipert at gmail.com
Thu Oct 6 16:50:13 PDT 2011


My knowledge of Chicago geography is not great although I grew up only 
90 miles away. I can tell, however, that the addresses you list are 
probably not in the same area my family was in, which was mostly Ward 
23, and further south and east.

Good luck on finding out more about your great grandmother.



On 10/6/2011 2:11 PM, Kenneth Browne wrote:
> On 10/06/2011 11:44 AM, Sue Eipert wrote:
>> Kenneth (and all),
>> I'm starting a new thread related to the Chicago part of your message.
>> Where in Chicago was your grandfather born?

> He was born in 1898 and the 1900 U.S. Census shows the family living on
> Paulina Place, however I have a slight variation in the address (2 No.
> Paulier Place) which may be from another handwritten source. (can't
> remember)
> Earlier about 1894 they lived at 35 West Fullerton (Ward 26) and by 1902
> they lived at 310 or 337 Wabansia Avenue. My great grandmother Alvine
> (aka Irena) Mroch Lachmann died in September of that year.
> I've been able to locate these addresses on Google maps but Chicago's
> size makes it hard for me to gauge their proximity to one another. By
> the time my great grandfather Samuel Lachmann died in 1937 I seem to
> recall their living at 2218 North Knox Avenue. That address leads to a
> fascinating unfinished story involving some letters written from Berlin,
> Germany in 1931 and 1937.
> I've never been able to ascertain much about my great grandmother even
> though I have a coupld of pictures of her; one a wedding photo the other
> taken with children months before her death. Family lore says she was
> from Alsace-Lorraine but I've gotten nowhere trying to find her
> immigration whether on her own or with others. Likewise no marriage
> record from Chicago, although based on the dob of their first child and
> Sam's arrival in the U.S. they were probably married about 1893.
> I've found some vital records for Cook County online, including Alvine's
> death certificate, but no mention of her parentage or origin beyond
> "Germany" on her death certificate. According to the death certificate
> she lived in the U.S. for 11 years, which would place her arrival here
> in 1891 the same year Samuel arrived here.
>> I'm always interested in hearing about Germans from Poland that
>> immigrated to Chicago. My grandmother Anna Kopp came there from near
>> Chodecz (powiat of Włocławek) to join her brother. My grandfather
>> Johann Radtke came to Chicago from Crimea to join his cousin, Wilhelm
>> Radtke, who had just arrived from Poland (he was born in the Plock area).
>> They were married by Pastor Martin P.F. Doermann at Zion Evangelical
>> Lutheran Church in 1905, and their first four children (including my
>> father) were born there.

> Alvine is buried at Wunders Cemetery and I just sent an email to
> wunders_cemetery at SBCglobal.net (Val Stodden) requesting more
> information. I had not previously found any such link and Chicago is a
> pretty long field trip from Massachusetts. I did pass through Chicago on
> a car trip in the late 1990's but my family members would have balked at
> me looking for a cemetery and gravestone without any prior knowledge .

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