Thursday, November 29, 2018

Those Places Thursday: 1949 W. Lunt, Rogers Park, Chicago - John Pape's Home, ABT 1928-1937

This house, at 1949 W. Lunt in the Rogers Park area of Chicago, was the home of my paternal great-grandfather John Pape (1851-1945) from at least 1928 (but no earlier than 1925) to at least 1937 (but no later than 1939).  The 1236-square-foot house was built about 1904.  The photo below was taken in August 2017.

The 1910 Census shows a William Moore family renting the house.  By the 1920 Census, [Christian] Anthony D. Reimer was living in the house, along with his wife Hedwige A[gnes] and son (likely from a previous marriage) Oswald Christian Ursus Reimer.  Christian Anthony died in October 1922, and Hedwige Agnes continued to live in the house - it's her address when she was naturalized in June 1923.  Sometime between then and 1928, she and my widowed great-grandfather married.  She died in May 1937, and John (then age 85) moved sometime between then and 1940, when he appears on the Census living with his two youngest, single sons, Otto Richard "Dick" Pape and Walter Francis Pape, at 3648 N. Hoyne.

Above and below:  1949 W. Lunt, Chicago, September 2017.

Below:  Back side of 1949 W. Lunt, Rogers Park, Chicago, September 2017.

Interestingly, the house is right across the street from the small (less than one acre) Paschen Park, which opened on February 4,1929 - the day my father, Frederick Henry Pape, was born at the nearby St. Francis Hospital in south Evanston.

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Sunday, November 25, 2018

Sentimental Church Record Sunday: St. Michael Catholic Church, Old Town, Chicago - Main Altar

While visiting my son in Chicago in August 2017, I was able to easily walk from the daylight basement apartment where we were staying in Lincoln Park to St. Michael Catholic Church in Old Town.  I made a couple trips there over the week we were visiting.  So far I have written about the exterior and some of its details, as well as a family connection at the rectory doors, and the interior in general.

Today I'm writing about the main altar in the sanctuary, the 56-foot High Altar of Angels (click on images to make them larger).  This altar (as well as the other four in the sanctuary) was carved from wood and painted in the Baroque style by E[gid] Hackner & Sons of La Crosse, Wisconsin, a noted producer of church altars, for the parish's 50th anniversary in 1902.

Near the top of the altar is an eight-foot tall statue of St. Michael the Archangel, which was carved by Andrew Gewont of Minnesota, also in 1902.  He is flanked by the angel Raphael (with the trumpet) to his right, and the angel Gabriel (holding a lily) on his left.

Michael is carrying a flaming sword and a shield with Quis ut Deus (Latin for "Who [is] like God?" and a literal translation of the name Michael) inscribed on it.  The scene shows Michael casting Satan (Lucifer, the devil) out of heaven.

These are the only three angels mentioned in the New Testament by name.  Gabriel means "strength of God," and Raphael means "remedy of God" or "God heals."

The photo below can be clicked on to view it much larger.  Note the many representations of angels throughout the altar, including all nine choirs of angels (Seraphim,  Cherubim - not the same as a cherub, and so on).

Closer to the bottom of the altar are a number of statues in niches flanking the tabernacle in the center.  The two larger statues are of Saint Peter (holding a key) and Saint Paul (holding a sword), and they were retained from the previous altar.  The four smaller statues (two each flanking Peter and Paul) are of the Four Evangelists,  Saints Matthew, Luke, Mark, and John, from left to right. These statues had been in the nave of the church before this altar was installed.

the altar [9 Aug 2009] / Via Tsuji / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Above:  the angel statue just below the statue of St. Paul.
Below:  The crucifix just above the golden tabernacle.

At the base of the High Altar of Angels, under the tabletop, is a carving of the Last Supper.  Made out of a single piece of wood by an unknown Italian artist, it was featured at the Italian Pavilion at Chicago’s 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition. It was offered for sale after the fair, and St. Michael’s purchased it for this location.  A better image is here.

More about the other four altars in the front of the church next week!

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Thursday, November 22, 2018

Thankful Thursday: Happy Thanksgiving!

decorated hayroll in Tolar, Texas, November 2018

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Sunday, November 18, 2018

Sentimental Church Record Sunday: St. Michael Catholic Church, Old Town, Chicago - Interior

While visiting my son in Chicago in August 2017, I was able to easily walk from the daylight basement apartment where we were staying in Lincoln Park to another Catholic church, St. Michael in Old Town.  I made a couple trips there over the week we were visiting.  So far I have written about the exterior and some of its details, as well as a family connection at the rectory doors.  Today I'll write about the interior in general.  Here's the dome just above the main altar (click on images to make them larger):

Here are photos looking down the main aisle of the church, toward the altar....

St. Michael's Church, 3 Sep 2014 / Sean Birmingham / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

...and toward the main door.

St. Michael's Church, 3 Sep 2014 / Sean Birmingham / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Here are some details of the painting in the dome above the main altar.  Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find out exactly who the artist was.  Records indicate interior decoration was done in 1883 by Karl Lambert of New York City (although a National Register nomination says it was 1881 and Karl Lambrecht), and in 1921 by A. Weinert of Milwaukee.  Between 1950-53, the church was redecorated. I don't think it was the prolific John Anton Mallin, as this church is not listed in his records.

I'm not quite sure why there is a Star of David symbol in the church.

The dove represents the Holy Spirit.

In the center of the church is another domed area with representations of the four Gospel writers, St. Matthew (a winged man), St. Mark (a winged lion), St. Luke (an ox or bull with wings), and St. John (an eagle), the Four Evangelists.

Next week:  the altars!

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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Those Places Thursday: Villa Marconi / Laurel Bungalow Apartments, Portland, Oregon, an Ewald Pape Design

Another of the earlier designs of my architect first-cousin-twice-removed, Ewald Theodore Pape (1894-1976), is this apartment building at the corner of SE Stark and SE 36th, which at one time was known as the Villa Marconi Apartments (although I much prefer the original name, Laurel Bungalow Apartments).  Here's a photo I took of it from the Stark and 36th intersection in June 2018 (click on the photo to make it larger):

The six-unit complex of one-bedroom apartments has an unusual layout.  Two of the units, with the addresses 3602 and 3604 SE Stark, actually front on SE 36th Avenue - which in this block appears to be more like an alley than a true street.  The other four units, 3608, 3610, 3612, and 3614, have entries that open onto Stark.  All of the units have "back doors" as well.  Here is a rough diagram showing the roofline of the building, with the top of the diagram being north:

This was one of the first, if not THE first, apartment building Ewald designed for developer William K. Johnson.  Here is the February 3, 1927 plumbing permit for this project, which originally had an address of 1070 E. Stark before street renumbering in the early 1930s.

An article in the April 17, 1927, Oregonian entitled  "'Laurel Bungalow' Open - New Apartments Erected by W. K. Johnson - Building Cost $23,000, Designed by E. T. Pape to Have a Homelike Aspect" described the building as follows:

The Laurel bungalow apartments have just been completed by W. K. Johnson, owner and builder, at the corner of East Thirty-sixth and East Stark streets, and are now open for inspection.
The structure was erected at a cost of $23,000, and was designed by E. T. Pape to have a home-like aspect.  It is of the bungalow type of construction.  The exterior is white stucco, trimmed in olive green.  Individual entrances, with front and back porches, are trimmed with wrought iron railings and have lantern porch lights.  The building is near Laurelhurst park. Separate garages are provided for the tenants.
The structure contains six three-room apartments, each of which has an individual color scheme.  The rooms are large and ample light is assured by large, square-paned windows.  Hardwood floors have been constructed throughout except in the kitchens.  Each bathroom is finished in tile. The bedrooms and the hallways all have access to closets.
Dining alcoves have been built in some of the kitchens. Each kitchen has tile drain boards, and each is provided with automatic refrigeration, swinging faucets and gas ranges. Each apartment has its own basement with built-in fruit closet.

The article also included a photograph:

The wrought-iron railings are still there, but the trim is no longer olive green.  I also could not find any evidence of garages any more.  Basement windows are visible in this picture of unit 3602, on the 36th Avenue side:

Unit 3604 has a window with a different shape than others in the complex:

The entrances to units 3608, 3610, 3612, and 3614 are all near each other, and on the Stark Street side of the building (click on the photo to make it larger):

These are the entrances to 3610 (on the left) and 3608 (on the right - click on the photo to make it larger):

And here are the entrances to 3614 (on the left) and 3612 (on the right):

The building was included in the May 1981 Portland Historic Resource Inventory, and is listed in the Oregon Historic Sites Database, for architectural significance.  Special features and materials include "hip and gable roofs, multi-light sash windows and smooth stucco walls."  The photo below is from about May 1981, of the entrances to 3608 and 3610:

A November 1927 ad in the Oregonian noted that the ranges were electric, but the furnace was gas, and the rent was $88 (with an extra $43 for a garage).  Rents advertised were $29.50 in August 1940, $32.50 in November 1940, $27.50 in February 1941, $60 plus utilities in  September 1956, $62.50 plus utilities in August 1959, $70 plus gas in April 1961, $72 plus gas in August 1966, $75 plus gas in February 1967. and $80 plus gas in July 1967.  Some of the variances over short time periods may have been due to the slight variations in floor plans.

The 1981 inventory noted that the original plans for the building by Ewald were in the City of Portland Buildings Bureau Microfiche Collection.  I am going to have to see if I can view and perhaps get a copy of those plans!

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Sunday, November 11, 2018

Sentimental Church Record Sunday: St. Michael Catholic Church, Old Town, Chicago - Rectory, 1948 and 2017

I superimposed a photo taken in front of the rectory doors of St. Michael Catholic Church in Old Town in Chicago in 1948 over two photos of that same entry taken in 2017.  Here is the result (click on the image to make it larger):

I was trying to match up the sight lines of the doors between the two photos (and working from memory, because I did not have the 1948 photo in hand), so I took separate photos in August 2017 of the rectory doors themselves and of the arch over them.  Below, I used the Microsoft Paint utility to piece the two photos together as best I could, to make the 2017 backdrop for the 1948 photo.

Here are the separate photos, of the arch...

...and of the doors (which now have windows, not there in 1948).  The window on the left says "Redemptorists," the order of priests who operate the parish, and the window on the right has the address, 1633 [Cleveland Avenue].

The couple in the photo that I superimposed is Gordon Merritt Parks (1916-2004) and his second wife, my first cousin once removed, Patricia "Pat" Pape Hunter (1923-1967).  This photo was taken on their wedding day, August 17, 1948.  They married in the rectory because it was Gordon's second marriage, the first ending in divorce.  Pat is the daughter of my great aunt Maria "Rhea" Gertrude C. Pape (1892-1977).  The photo was provided by Gordon and Pat's daughter, Debby.

Below is the entry in the marriage register index for Gordon and Pat (second from bottom; click on image to make it larger).

"Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 8 February 2017), St Michael Parish (Chicago: Cleveland Ave) > Marriage index 1866-1973 > image 88 of 135; Catholic Church parishes, Chicago Diocese, Chicago.

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Saturday, November 10, 2018

World War I & II and Spanish-American War Honor Rolls, Red Bank, New Jersey

This year, in honor of Veterans Day and for The Honor Roll Project, I decided to transcribe the Honor Rolls in Red Bank, New Jersey for the Spanish-American War, World War I and World War II.

This first plaque is "in honor and memory of the boys from this community who answered their country's call in the World War 1917 - 1918 to insure peace throughout the world"

Killed in Action

John W. Allison

George F. Bublin

James P. Carroll

Harvey Hopkins

Daniel Meehan

Burton Swannell

Paul Schroeder

Died in Service

Vernon Brown

John Gorman

Wilber White

"Lest We Forget"

Red Bank, New Jersey [cropped, 24 Feb. 2008] /  Jazz GuyCC BY 2.0

Another plaque says "in honor and memory of the boys from this community who answered their country's call in the Spanish-American War of 1898 - 1902"

Red Bank, New Jersey [cropped, 24 Feb. 2008] /  Jazz Guy /  CC BY 2.0
 Died in Service

Harry C. Hopping

There's also an addition at the bottom of this plaque:  "In honor and memory of the Mexican border patrol boys 1916 - 1917," but no names are listed.

Note the Army Air Corps and Army Field Artillery Branch symbols (upper left and upper right respectively) on the World War I plaque, and the naval symbol in the upper left of this second plaque.

The entire monument is called "Handing Down Old Glory," and it was sculpted by Frank J. Manson.  It originally commemorated those in the town who served in the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and World War I.

Below is a picture of the entire front of the monument.  In the center is Henry M. Nevius, a Red Bank attorney, state senator, and judge who served in the Lincoln Calvary of the Union Army in the Civil War, with the dates "1861 - 1965" carved below.

Red Bank, New Jersey [cropped, 24 Feb. 2008] /  Jazz Guy /  CC BY 2.0
To the left (as you look at it), above the Spanish-American War plaque, is an unknown soldier of that war, with the dates "1898 -  1902" carved below him.

To the right (as you look at it), above the World War I plaque, is Major Peter P. Rafferty of Red Bank, wearing a World War I uniform, with the dates "1917 - 1918" carved below.

Each bronze plaque on the rough-hewn granite base is topped with a bas-relief eagle, holding a flag shield and ribbon reading "Honor Roll" for the two honor rolls and "Roll of Honor" for the central plaque (which is not an honor roll).

Over the years, plaques have been added at the base in front to honor community members serving in Korea, Vietnam, and the Persian Gulf.   There's also a plaque on the right side, added in 1947, listing World War II casualties, but it is in poor condition and hard to read.  The top part starts the same as the others:  "In honor of the men and women from Red Bank, N.J. who served their country in World War II, and in memory of those who made the supreme sacrifice."  Here are the names:

Red Bank, New Jersey [24 Feb. 2008] /  Jazz Guy /  CC BY 2.0
Anthony T. Ariozzi
Michael Baden
John M. Barberio
John J. Biancamano
Joseph A. Borelli
William E. Breslin
Walter M. Buckley
Anthony S. Celli
Thomas W. Corbett
Robert D. Davey
Philip DeCarlo
Harold Dick
David T. Donahue
Jacques P. Eigner
Aldo Fabrizio
Donato Geroni
Morton A. Greenblatt
Robert M. Hailstopf
John Hammell
Samuel T. Harvey Jr.
Gerald B. Layton
Jesse Leighton Jr.
Robert S. Matthews
Christopher B. Murphy
Philip Nadeau
Richard Nicoletti
George W. Olmstead
Edward V. Oryll
Alfred E. Reiss
Walter Reynolds
Dominic Scala
Kenneth W. Spinning Jr.
Arthur F. Stancati
John J. Summonte
Walter S. Thompson Jr.
Francois J. Van Brunt
Corpado J. Vittoria
Wallace M. Wilson

Here is a close-up of the three statues:
Red Bank, New Jersey [cropped, 24 Feb. 2008] /  Jazz Guy /  CC BY 2.0

The plaque pictured below is in the center and honors Civil War Veterans, but does not list any by name.  It notes, "This monument was erected through the efforts of the Red Bank Volunteer Fire Department, May 30th, 1926," which was Memorial Day that year.

Red Bank, New Jersey [cropped, 24 Feb. 2008] /  Jazz Guy /  CC BY 2.0

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Friday's Places From the Past: Dad at 2547 Hastings, Evanston, Illinois, ABT 1956 and 2017

I superimposed a photograph from about 1956 of my father, Frederick Henry Pape (1929-2017), on the front steps of the home of his parents, Elizabeth Florence Massmann Pape (1902-2000) and Paul Robert Pape (1896-1970), at 2547 Hastings Avenue, Evanston, Illinois, onto a September 2017 photograph of that same triplex home, where my grandparents lived from about 1956 until about a year after Paul's death in April 1971 (click on the photo to make it larger):

The photo of Dad was taken the same day as one I posted a couple days ago, and I think the same day as one with my mother in it too.

And finally, here's the view of the home as it looked on September 10, 2017.  Other than being painted red and the storm door removed, the front door appears to be the same, and the house number is the original sailboat design (that also appears in a 1962 photo of my grandmother taken on these same front steps).

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

In Memory of Dad

Frederick Henry Pape
February 4, 1929 - November 6, 2017

Photo taken at the home of his parents, 2547 Hastings in Evanston, Illinois, probably in 1956 (and probably the same day as this photo).

I miss him.

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Sunday, November 4, 2018

Sentimental Church (Record) Sunday: St. Michael Catholic Church, Old Town, Chicago, Exterior Details

Some of the details of the exterior of St. Michael Catholic Church in Old Town, Chicago:

A nine-foot statue of St. Michael the Archangel, carved by Gault and Company, installed in 1913 in a niche above the main entrance.

His foot rests on the body of the dragon he has just slain.

Detail of the Romanesque front facade, also added in 1913, by Chicago architect Hermann J. Gaul.

The downspouts appear to be lions.

More intricate details carved into the white limestone in the exterior.

More details in my post next week!  I will also explain the family connection in a future post.

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