31 Aug 2013

My Grandmother At Work 100 Years Ago

Chicago, c. 1913 My grandmother at work 100 years ago: Frieda Hann Loe (second from right) worked as a seamstress and tailor her entire life in various Chicago sweatshops. She was born in 1896, two months after her father died, and left school after the 8th grade to help support her mother and siblings. My grandmother was about 17 in this photograph and had been been working full-time for about four years. […]

22 Jun 2013

Obituaries from Chicago German-Language Newspapers for Gottfried Hann

Today’s topic is obituaries from Chicago German-Language newspapers for Gottfried Hann (1861-1896), my great-grandfather, as I continue trying to read 19th-c. German without actually knowing any. Chicago Abendpost, Samstag, den 17 October 1896, S. 4 Gestorben: Gottfried Hann, geboren am 2. May 1861 im Ladis, Tyrol, 35 Jahre alt. Gestorben am 17. Oktober 1896. Hinterlasst Frau und zwei kinder. Beerdigung findet statt Montag, den 19. Oktober. Nachmittags 2 Uhr. von 21 Dayton Str. Tyroler und Vorarlberger Verein Chicago. F.A. Mathis, Sekretär. Daniel Kulin, Pres. Died: Gottfried Hann was born on 2nd May 1861 in Ladis, Tyrol, 35 years old. Died on 17th October 1896. Leaving his wife and two children. Burial will be held Monday, 19th October. 2 o’clock in the afternoon. [Funeral party leaving] from 21 Dayton Street. Tyroler and Vorarlberg Club Chicago. F.A. Mathis, Secretary Daniel Kulin, President. (I left the Victorian hearse ad in there [...]

30 Dec 2011

Remembering Frieda Hann Loe (1896-1979)

Frieda Hann Loe (1896-1979) Remembering Frieda Hann Loe, who was born 115 120 years ago today at 93 Webster Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Her Austrian father, Gottfried Hann, died two months before she was born. Her Swedish mother, Anna Lovisa Larsdotter Hann, raised my grandmother and two older siblings with the help of her sister, Hedda Larsdotter. I found a baptism record for my grandmother in the parish records of St. Teresa’s Catholic Church, where she was baptized on 31 Jan 1897 as Friderica Carolina Martha Hahn. Finding this record helped me with my Austrian brick wall because her godfather was her step-uncle, Ehrenreich Hann, who, unlike his brother, lived a long life and prospered in Chicago as a saloon owner. Although she was raised in great poverty, my grandmother was one of the most generous and gentle people I've ever known. Happy birthday, Grandma Loe!

22 Jul 2011

ISGS Ancestor Photo Contest Winners

I'm delighted to say that the photograph of my grandmother, Frieda Hann Loe, at work in a Chicago sweatshop c. 1912 has been selected as one of 12 winners in the Illinois State Genealogical Society's Ancestor Photo Contest. Visit ilgensoc.org to see the other winners.