Thursday, May 17, 2018

Those Places Thursday: Udelhofen Homes at 1962 Morse, Rogers Park, Chicago, Illinois

I ended a previous post, about houses along the 6900 block of N. Ridge Avenue in Chicago, with the following image:

At this point in the clip from a 1927-28 home movie, my grandmother, Elizabeth Florence Massmann Pape (1902-2000), on the right, and a woman on the left who I think is her friend, Marian Udelhofen (1904-1939), had turned and started walking towards the camera.  Note the two houses in the background.

I think the house on the left is the one picture below, 1962C Morse, which was built sometime in the 1890s.

The house on the right in the black-and-white image is, I believe, the same as the one pictured below, at 1962B Morse, also built in the 1890s (and apparently the first house built on this lot).

The house at the front of the lot, which has the "plain" 1962 W. Morse Avenue address, may be the newest of the three, although the tax assessor's records also indicate that it was built in the 1890s.

So what do the census records tell us?  Click on the images to make them larger:

"United States Census, 1900," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 5 August 2014), Illinois > Cook > ED 777 Precinct 38 Lake View Chicago city Ward 25 > image 27 of 39; citing NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

In 1900, living at 420 (later 1962) Morse are John (1866-1946) and Mary [Maria Brenner, 1873-1970] Udelhofen and children Barbara "Birdie" (born March 1895), Joseph (born July 1897), and Henry (born September 1899).  John and Mary were both German immigrants, John arriving in 1887, and Mary in 1892; they were married about 1894.

Just down the street, at 432 (later 1952) Morse are Nicholas (1845-1913) and Katherine [Katrina Reck, 1851-1933] Udelhofen and children Robert (born December 1883), Gertrude (born May 1887), and John Joseph (born April 1890).  Nicholas and Katherine married about 1881 and immigrated in 1883.

At 438 (later 1946) Morse are Jacob (1837-1907) and [Anna] Barbara [Nelles, 1848-1905] Udelhofen and their children Helena Stolze (born October 1870, a widow with one child), Joseph (born April 1872), Barbara (born February 1876), Jacob (born April 1880), Marie [Dena] (born August 1882), Peter (born February 1885), Gertrude (born June 1886), and Nicholas Charles (born October 1891), the only surviving child born in Illinois.  Three other children had died before 1900.  Jacob and Barbara married about 1865 and immigrated in 1889.

Marian's name is engraved on the same stone as Jacob Sr. and Barbara Sr., so she's definitely related to them.  I'm thinking Jacob Sr. and Nicholas Sr. are brothers, and Marian's father John is the son of one of them - perhaps Jacob Sr. due to the location of Marian's grave at nearby St. Henry's Cemetery (they are all in the same plot, 38-6).

"United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 23 June 2017), Illinois > Cook > Chicago Ward 25 > ED 1037 > image 30 of 50; citing NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

On the 1910 Census:   Edmund (born 1902) is a new addition to the John and Mary Udelhofen family at 1962 Morse.  The family appears to be living in the middle of the three houses with this address (a house they own, just as they did in 1900), while the other two houses at this address are rented.  If these other two houses existed in 1900, they apparently were vacant.

Oddly enough, their youngest child, Marian, is listed separately on a supplemental sheet, pictured below.  No telling why she was not listed with the rest of her family.

"United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 23 June 2017), Illinois > Cook > Chicago Ward 25 > ED 1037 > image 46 of 50; citing NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

In 1910, my grandmother Elizabeth and her parents and brother are living at 1938 Morse.  It must have been around this time that Elizabeth and Marian became friends.

Nicholas and Katherine Udelhofen are still down the street at 1952 Morse, only son John Joseph is still at home.  Jacob and Barbara Udelhofen have died, but some of their children, single siblings Barbara, Peter, Gertrude, and Nicholas Charles, are still at 1946 Morse, along with niece Lillie Stolze, age 16, and nephew Frank Muno, age 7.  Frank is the son of the siblings' sister Anna Maria Udelhofen (Mrs. Henry) Muno, 1874-1903, who must have been married by 1900.

"United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 December 2015), Illinois > Cook (Chicago) > Chicago Ward 25 > ED 1409 > image 1 of 22; citing NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

On the 1920 Census, John and Mary Udelhofen are still in the main house at 1962 Morse, along with youngest children Edward and Marian.  Oldest child Barbara has married John Mertes (born 1889) and they rent one of the other houses on the property, living with their three-year-old son John.  The third house must be vacant at census time.

My grandmother Elizabeth Massmann is living at 1833 Morse on this census.

Nicholas Udelhofen has also died, and sadly, his wife Kate is now a servant in her former home at 1952 Morse, now owned by someone who does not live there.  Son Robert and his family (wife and two daughters) rent another part of the house.

Siblings Barbara and Peter Udelhofen still own and live at 1946 Morse along with sister Gertrude Blanke and her husband Fred, and their nephew Frank Muno.

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 December 2015), Illinois > Cook > Chicago (Districts 1751-1976) > ED 1863 > image 19 of 62; citing NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002).

On the 1930 Census, only Marian is left at home at 1962 Morse with her parents John and Mary, along with two lodgers.  Sister Barbara's family, now including a second son and two daughters, rents the front house, and a single woman rents the far rear house.

Marian's good friend, the now-married Elizabeth Massmann Pape, lives just a few blocks away at 2093 W. Lunt Avenue.

The Udelhofen's son Joseph, his wife Mildred, daughter Virginia, and son Joseph Jr. live just a few blocks away - in the rear part of 7000 Ridge, the home of my great-grandparents Frederick Henry Massmann (1875-1948) and Elizabeth Camilla Dienes Massmann (1876-1946).  Joseph is their chauffeur.

"United States Census, 1930," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 9 December 2015), Illinois > Cook > Chicago (Districts 1751-1976) > ED 1914 > image 32 of 40; citing NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002).

The situation has improved a little at 1952 Morse, with Katherine Udelhofen no longer a servant but renting with her widowed daughter Dena Clarke and granddaughter Dorothy Clarke.  Son John Joseph, his wife and family rent the basement.

However, all the Udelhofens and their kin are gone from 1946 Morse.

"United States Census, 1940," database with images, FamilySearch ( : accessed 17 May 2018), Illinois > Cook > Chicago City, Chicago, Ward 50 > 103-3214 Chicago City Ward 50 (Tract 4 - part), Apartments at 1900-10 W Farwell Av, Apartments at 1900-12 W Pratt Av > image 10 of 32; citing Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 - 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012.

On the 1940 Census, John and Mary Udelhofen still live in the main (B) home at 1962 Morse.  Daughter Marian died in 1939 but single son Edmund is living with them again.  Daughter Barbara Mertes and family are still in the front (A) house, which they rent.  However, now the far rear house (C) is owned by John and Mary's son Joseph and his family.  Joseph now manages a retail store.

All the Udelhofens are gone from 1952 Morse now too.

An article in part 3, page 4N of the July 10, 1949, Chicago Tribune, "Learns Roses Do Not Grow in Florist Shop - Neighbors Laud Garden on North Side," talks about the garden of 54-year-old Mrs. John J. (Birdie) Mertes, mother of two sons and two daughters, at 1962 Morse.  The article also states that husband John, age 60, is a salesman, and that there are two other houses on the property.  Her mother (Mrs. John Udelhofen, pictured with Birdie in the article) and two brothers and their families also live in the houses.

© Amanda Pape - 2018 - click here to e-mail me.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

(Not-So-) Wordless Wednesday: Fred, Nana, Bob, Mare, Rho, April or May, 1952

This photo was taken on the front entry of 2093 W. Lunt Avenue in Chicago in either late April or early May, 1952, when my dad was visiting home after his commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force on April 11, after completion of navigator training at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, en route to reporting on May 14 for B-26 bombardment training at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

Standing are my dad, Frederick Henry Pape (1929-2017), my grandmother Elizabeth Florence Massmann Pape (1902-2000), my uncle Paul Robert Pape Jr. (1926-2008), who was in the Navy at the time, and in front are my cousins Marianne Streff Gustafson and Rosemary Jean Streff Grandusky (1949-2016). 

This image is from a recently-found Kodachrome slide.

© Amanda Pape - 2018 - click here to e-mail me.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

Sentimental Sunday: Happy Mother's Day to My Mom!

Geraldine Guokas Pape, in Chicago, Illinois, 1956 or 1957, when pregnant with me.

© Amanda Pape - 2018 - click here to e-mail me.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Those Places Thursday: 1314 Railroad, Houston, Texas - working backwards from 1907

My great-grandfather Charles (Kazimieras) Guokas Sr. (1863-1939) owned a house at 1314 Railroad in Houston, Texas, from about 1895 until his death in 1939.  He left it in his will to his daughters from his first marriage to Stefania Jasilionis (died 1899).  The house is long gone; the railroad is still there, but the actual street (if there ever really was one in this area) is also gone.

I decided to work backward in tracing this house.  An ad I found in The Houston Post in January 1907 gave 1314 Railroad as Charles Guokas' address, and indicated that a new house at 1717 Shearn was for rent.  The Guokas family had moved to the latter address by the time the 1908 Houston city directory was published.

The wooden structures with an address of 1314 (and 1314 and 1/2) on Railroad show up on the 1907 Sanborn maps. The yellow coloring indicates that they are made of wood.  Note that the house falls between what were then Hickory and Oak streets.  Oak was renamed Goliad sometime after 1907 but before 1924.  Also, this section of the map looks about the same on the 1924 Sanborn map, at least as far as 1314 Railroad is concerned.

Sanborn Map Company. Houston 1907 Vol. 2 Sheet 1, map, 1907; New York. ( accessed May 6, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

The 1314-and-a-half building is not on the 1896 Sanborn map, but the other two buildings are:

Sanborn Map Company. Houston 1896 Sheet 47, map, 1896; New York. ( accessed May 6, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

I found my great-grandfather listed in the 1895 Harris County Precinct 1 tax roll (click the image below to enlarge it).  This gives the legal description of the property:  Baker Addition Lot 2 Block 473, Evans Survey Block O.

"Texas, County Tax Rolls, 1837-1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 21 July 2016), Harris county, Precinct no. 1 > 1895 > image 285 of 317; State Archives, Austin.

There's another reference to a similar legal description in a July 1, 1897, newspaper notice on real estate transfers from the previous day. "Gus Guokus [sic] to Stafania Guokos [sic], 50x100 feet in Sweatman [sic] tract, part of lots 1, 2 and 3, block 473, Baker additon, N. S. B. B., $1."  I believe Gus was supposed to be Chas (a common abbreviation for Charles), and notice that Guokas is spelled two different ways, neither of them correct.  The N. S. B. B. stands for North Side Buffalo Bayou, and 50x100 feet was the common dimension of a lot in this area.  A map further down in this post will show that lots 1, 2, and 3 make up the lot that 1314 Railroad is on in the 1896 and 1907 Sanborn maps.  I'll also explain the part about the (misspelled) Sweetman tract, and the Evans Survey mentioned in the 1895 tax roll.  Given that this transaction only cost a dollar, I believe my great-grandfather was simply putting the property in his wife's name.

The Galveston Daily News. (Galveston, Tex.), Vol. 56, No. 99, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 1, 1897 [Page 3], newspaper, July 1, 1897; Galveston, Texas. ( accessed May 6, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting Abilene Library Consortium.

The 1890 Sanborn map, pictured below, doesn't show any development in this area (click on the map to enlarge it), the large rough-rectangle north of the railroad, west of the Old Cemetery, south of Dart street, and east of Houston avenue.  I believe my great-grandfather acquired his land in this area in 1895 and built a home there no later than 1896.  Daughter Mary Margaret ("Mamie") was born in February 1895 in Hearne in Robertson County, but I think the family moved to Houston soon after that.  Note in this map, the area is referred to as "Hollingsworth," which was the original name of the survey in this area, done by S. P. Hollingsworth and filed in July 1838.

Sanborn Map Company. Houston [October] 1890 Sheet 1, map, 1890; New York. ( accessed May 6, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

Here is the 1885 Sanborn map for the area.  What I like about this map is the block numbers along Dart street - these will be relevant later.  Again, there is no development in the large area bounded by Dart on the north, John on the west, the railroad on the south, and Tenth on the east.  

Sanborn Map Company. Houston [August] 1885 Sheet 1, map, 1885; New York. ( accessed May 6, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History,; crediting The Dolph Briscoe Center for American History.

The next map comes from the Kosse and Scott map of Houston dated 1867.

Here's an enlargement to the relevant part of the First Ward of Houston (the yellow line on the map, an extension of downtown's Congress Avenue, being the southeast boundary of that ward).  Note the area just above that line and to the left of the blue square City Cemetery:

Here's the relevant part of the map enlarged a little more (click on the image to make it even bigger).  Note the parcel labeled "Swetman," a misspelling of Sweetman.  It is part of this piece of property that became 1314 Railroad.

This area of Houston has a complicated history in the deed records, according to some research done by Kent McMillan, a land surveyor.  He references a map called "Plat Showing the Baker, Shearne [sic] & Riordan Add.[ition]" that is also called Map No. 300-A, in the records of the Houston City Engineering Department and held by the present Houston Department of Public Works and Engineering.  He believes this map was originally created prior to 1857,  because it does not show the Houston & Texas Central Railway tracks on West Street [later Railroad Street] that were reportedly laid in 1856.  The map is not the original; it also has some handwritten notes dating from 1894 and later (for example, Oak becoming Goliad after 1907).  Click on the image below to enlarge the map.

On both the map above and the closeup below, the additions of block numbers in red and the yellow highlighting of three lots are mine.  There appears to be a seam or fold line on the map right where the block numbers would have been; 471 had already been handwritten in to the block to the left of the ones in question.  The numbering is consistent with the sequence used in the area just below, and 473 matches up with the legal descriptions for the property in the 1895 tax roll and 1897 real estate transfer notice.  The three lots highlighted in yellow are the lots 1, 2, and 3 referred to in that 1897 notice.

Apparently sometime between this roughly-1856 map and the 1897 notice, my great-grandfather purchased parts of lots 1 and 3 (he apparently owned lot 2 in 1895) to create a new lot that fronted on Railroad Street.  The standard lot size at the time was 50 feet by 100 feet, and that's about what his new lot was sized (according to the scale on the 1907 Sanborn map).  It's just that now the 100 feet runs north-south instead of east-west.

Here (colored in green) is what I believe to be my great-grandfather's lot on a present-day map, from the Harris County Appraisal District Parcel Finder:

Note that its perimeter measures 50 feet - 100 feet - 51feet - 110.4 feet, because it's not exactly rectangular due to the railroad.  The legal description for this lot is "TR[act] 2 BL[oc]K O EVANS."  The City of Houston has owned it since at least 1988; the area is currently used for a police tow-away compound, and the buildings on it are long gone.

Take a look, below, at the plat (from the Harris County Clerk records online) for a small development at the southwest corner of the intersection of Dart and Hickory (click on the image to make it larger).  Tracts/Lots 5 and 12, just above my great-grandfather's Tract 2 in the map above, are referenced below as "Lot 5 (or 12) Block O Evans (unrecorded").  The development in question is part of Block P Evans.

Here is the legal description on the plat for the development pictured above.  Note that it references the Hollingsworth Survey in the John Austin Two-League Grant, Abstract No. 1, North Side of Buffalo Bayou, as well as the Evans Addition.

Apparently, even though the Evans plat is unrecorded, that seems to be what most of the legal references now use, as opposed to the (also unrecorded) Baker addition.  That might be because Baker's 1856-ish plat subdivided some lands he did not own! 

According to McMillan's research,  the relevant land in the Hollingsworth survey was conveyed to Henry Evans in December 1839.  Sometime before February 1866, Evans gave power of attorney to Charles Shearn, who in turn conveyed a tract to T. W. Sweetman that was described in the deed  (Book 2 Page 365 Harris County Deed Records) as “including Lots Nos. 1, 2, & 3 in Block 473 as shown by W.R. Baker’s Map.”

So somewhere this land picked up the designation as the "Evans Addition," with blocks "numbered" with alphabet letters.  I'd love to find that map, as well as one with the block numbers for the Hollingsworth Survey.  Note that while the description above mentions that survey and some lot numbers, no block number is given.

Nevertheless, I'm confident that I've identified the "right" piece of property that was in the Guokas family from at least 1895 through at least 1939.

© Amanda Pape - 2017 - click here to e-mail me.

Sunday, May 6, 2018

Sentimental Sunday: Missing Dad

It's been six months now since my dad, Frederick Henry Pape, passed away. I miss him.

This photo was taken on the back steps of 2093 W. Lunt Avenue in Chicago in either late April or early May, 1952, when my dad was visiting home after his commissioning as a Second Lieutenant in the Air Force on April 11, after completion of navigator training at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, en route to reporting on May 14 for B-26 bombardment training at Langley Air Force Base in Virginia.

© Amanda Pape - 2018 - click here to e-mail me.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Those Places Thursday: East Side of 6900 block of N. Ridge Boulevard, Rogers Park, Chicago, 1927-28

Here is a short clip from the 1927-1928 home movie I found in my father's belongings a few months ago.  One of the women walking is my grandmother,  Elizabeth Florence Massmann Pape (1902-2000), and I believe the other is her best friend, Marian Udelhofen (1904-1939).  But the reason I'm doing this post is to explain how I figured out the setting for this clip.

The background is the 6900 block of N. Ridge Boulevard in Chicago, specifically the east (Rogers Park) side of the street.  It took some trial and error with initial incorrect guesses to figure this out, but here is my process.

First, I captured some still images from the movie.  Here is one, from about 10-11 seconds into the clip:

There are three houses in the background.  Here's a zoom-in (from a bit further back in the clip) of the first house on the left:

You really can't see enough of the house in the clip to be sure, but I believe it is this one, at 6979 Ridge, which was built around 1918 (photo below from Cook County Assessor's Office website):

I did not feel confident about this until I identified the next three houses in the clip.  Here are the first two of those again, in a little closer view:

And again, a little closer still:

I feel the first house, on the left, is the one pictured below, which is 6975 Ridge, built about 1909.  The roof lines match, as do the number of windows on the upper floor, and the chimney.  It looks like the front part of the house was perhaps a covered porch in 1927-28 that may have since been turned into a room, with the entry door moved forward.

Here are some closer views of the next house down.

Note that this house appears to have its main entry on the side.

Also note that there is a significant space between this house and the next one on the block.

I think this third house is the one pictured below.  Unfortunately the landscaping around this house is rather overgrown, but again, rooflines, windows, the third level dormer, and even some of the wood trim match up.  This house is 6971 Ridge, built about 1915.

In this view, it is easier to see the entrance area on the right side of the house, as in the 1927-1928 still photo.

I mentioned earlier the space between this house at 6971 Ridge and the next one in the home movie, pictured below.  There is a house between these two today, at 6969 Ridge, but it was built about 1956.

Here is a pretty clear still shot of the next house on the 1927-1928 block, at 6963 Ridge:

Here is a photo of 6963 Ridge taken in August 2008 for the Cook County Assessor's Office.  I feel confident this is the same house, even though the Assessor's records indicate it is only 72 years old - thus built in the late 1940s.  Real estate sites imply the same, that it was built anywhere from 1944 to 1948, but some of those also describe it as ranch style, which it is not.  Other real estate sites indicate there is a smaller garden apartment in the building - perhaps it was remodeled in the 1940s to create two units, and that might account for the discrepancy.  You can also tell from photos at the sites linked to above that the front porch was enclosed sometime between August 2008 and March 2015, when the most recent photos were taken. Still, the light-colored details in the masonry (particularly the downward-pointing isosceles triangles on the posts) are the same in all the photos.

My grandmother Elizabeth and her friend Marian continue walking down the block.  There is another house in the home movie, but it is long gone.  To the right of 6963 Ridge there is an apartment building today (at 6959 Ridge), built about 52 years ago.  But by this point I was confident I had figured out where this clip of the home movie was filmed.

There was another vacant lot or two on Ridge after the house formerly at 6959 Ridge, and at that point in the clip, my grandmother and her friend had turned and started walking towards the camera.  Note the two houses in the background, though, in the next block east.

I think those are two of the three houses on the property belonging to Marian Udelhofen's parents, at 1962 W. Morse Avenue in Rogers Park.  But that is a subject for a future post.

© Amanda Pape - 2018 - click here to e-mail me.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Sentimental Sunday: Aldona Radauskaitė Zigmantavičienė, 1934-2018

I was sad to hear from my cousin Osvaldas Guokas of the recent death of my second cousin once removed, Aldona Radauskaitė Zigmantavičienė, at the age of 84.  I had hoped to meet her next summer in Lithuania and thank her for sharing so many stories and photographs of the Radauskas family.

Here is a hand-drawn Radauskas family chart that Aldona shared with Osvaldas about a year ago (click on it to see it full-size).  The couple in the center is Aldona's grandparents, Ignacijus (Ignas) Radauskas and Agota Guokaitė Radauskienė.  Agota is the sister of my great-grandfather Charles Guokas Sr.

Here are what some of the words or abbreviations in the chart mean:
Sūnus = son
Duktė = daughter
Vaikų neturėjo = has no children
Mirė = died
Gim. (Gimė) = born
A.t.A. = abbreviation fot amžiną Tau atilsį, meaning eternal rest (i.e. R.I.P.)

© Amanda Pape - 2018 - click here to e-mail me.

Friday, April 27, 2018

Friday's Faces From the Past: Massmann Family Gathering, ABT 1946

My paternal aunt Marilyn Pape Hedger just sent me this GREAT photo of a gathering of the children and grandchildren of my Massmann great-grandparents, Frederick Henry Massmann (1875-1948) and Elizabeth Camilla Dienes Massmann (1876-1946).

Click on the photo to see it full-size:

From left to right, wrapping around the table:

  • Elizabeth Dienes Massmann
  • Paul Robert Pape Sr. (1896-1970), her son-in-law and my grandfather
  • Agatha Patricia Burke Massmann (1903-1979), her daughter-in-law
  • Geraldine Marie "Jerrie" Massmann, Agatha's daughter
  • Charles Leo "Bud" Hartnett (1929-2007), Agatha's then-future son-in-law
  • Jane Agatha Massmann Hartnett Mills (1928-2012), Agatha's daughter
  • Alfred John "Jack" Massmann Jr. (1926-1999), Agatha's son
  • Jeanette Ann (Jean) Massmann McKay (1929-2001), Agatha's daughter

And on the other (right-hand) side of the table, continuing the circle:

Below is a close-up of the right-hand side of the table, which is mostly my Pape-side aunts and uncles. I believe Uncle Bob is wearing his Navy dress uniform; he was in for his first tour from May 19, 1943, to May 24, 1948, further helping to date this photograph.

And here is a close-up of the first four people on the left-hand side of the table:  Great-grandma Massmann, Grandpa Pape, Great Aunt Agatha, and my dad's cousin Jerrie.

Since Elizabeth Dienes Massmann died on December 3, 1946, I think this photograph was taken sometime in 1946.  Jerrie would have been about age 10-11 that year and Marilyn about age 12-13.  I don't think the photo was taken any earlier than 1946, because those two girls don't look any younger than those ages.

The youngest Massmann child, Virginia Mary (Jinnie), was born in late 1945, so she would have just been an infant in 1946, which is probably why she is not in the picture.  Bud Streff and Betty Pape married in September 1948, and Bud Hartnett and Jane Massmann married in 1950, but obviously the pairs knew each other well before then.

Finally, I wanted to compare Aunt Agatha from the photo above with the woman I think is Aunt Agatha from the 1927-28 home movie.  On the left below is a still image from that movie, and on the right is the 1946 photo of Agatha.  Do you think it's the same woman?  I do.


© Amanda Pape - 2018 - click here to e-mail me.

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Sentimental Sunday: Houses My Nana Grew Up In, Chicago, 1910-1924

In my last post, I talked about the "Big House" at 7000 N. Ridge Boulevard in Chicago's north side, where my Massmann great-grandparents lived from at least 1927 to at least 1932 (and possibly as long as 1920 or 1924 to 1936).  

One of my cousins asked if that was the house our Nana (grandmother) Elizabeth Florence Massmann Pape (1902-2000), grew up in.  It wasn't, but the houses that she lived in from at least 1910 to just before her marriage to my grandfather (on September 3, 1924), were all in the same area as 7000 Ridge, three of them within three blocks of it.

On the 1910 Census, my great-grandfather Frederick Henry Massmann (1875-1948), his wife Elizabeth Camilla Dienes Massmann (1876-1946), son Alfred John Massmann (1901-1964), and daughter Elizabeth are living at 1938 W. Morse Avenue in Rogers Park, in a house built somewhere between 1883 and 1887.  Frederick owns the house, and is a superintendent in the grocery industry.

Above:  1938 W. Morse Avenue, Rogers Park, Chicago - Massmann home in 1910.

Below:  Modified image of the 1910 Census for the Fred Massmann family, to include the headings. The red line marks a section that has been clipped out as Fred Massmann appears on line 28, just below the red line.

"United States Census, 1910," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 23 June 2017), Illinois > Cook > Chicago Ward 25 > ED 1037 > image 29 of 50; citing NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

When he filled out a World War I draft registration card (pictured below) on September 12, 1918, Frederick gave 2082 W. Estes Avenue, (also pictured below), as his address.  This house was constructed in 1911.

"United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 14 May 2014), Illinois > Chicago City no 60; A-Nelson, Charles G. > image 4345 of 4757; citing NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
Below:  2082 W. Estes Avenue, West Ridge, Chicago - Massmann home on September 12, 1918.

By December 1919, according to the Rogers Park Directory, the Massmanns had moved to 1833 W. Morse Avenue, to a house built in 1910.  The family is still in this house in the 1920 Census.  Even though Frederick is the general manager in the wholesale grocery business, he rents half this house, probably one floor or the other, based on the balconies at the end, from the owner.

Above and below:  1833 W. Morse Avenue, Rogers Park, Chicago - Massmann home in 1919-1920.

Above:  Frisbee, Hugh C., publisher. [from old catalog], The Rogers Park directory, June [December?} issue, 1919, page 52, entry for F. H. Massmann highlighted, available at the Internet Archive,

Right:  Engagement announcement for Elizabeth Massmann, from the August 26, 1924 issue of the Chicago Daily Tribune.

When Elizabeth's engagement is announced, in the August 26, 1924 issue of the Chicago Daily Tribune, she and her parents are living at 7731 Eastlake Terrace, at the very far northeast corner of Rogers Park and Chicago, right on Lake Michigan.  This townhome building, pictured below, was constructed in 1923.

Above and below:  7731 Eastlake Terrace, Rogers Park, Chicago - Massmann home in 1924.  7731 is on the left side in both pictures.

Lakeside parks on either side of the townhouse row where 7731 Eastlake Terrace is located:  Juneway Terrace Park (above) to the north, and Rogers Avenue Beach (below) to the south.

I took all of the previous building and park photographs on visits to Chicago in August and September, 2017.

© Amanda Pape - 2018 - click here to e-mail me.