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!