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(At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.) 
 
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Germany
 
 
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'Gibson Girl' Survival Radio, USAF
"Gibson Girl" Survival Radio, USAF
 
 
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'the Ridge' and its Township names from 1673 to 1900.
"the Ridge" and its Township names from 1673 to 1900.


 
 
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0009  CE, ROMAN OFFICER and FIRST CENTURION of the XVIII LEGION: MARCUS CAELIUS, age 52 1/2, born in the Lemonian District of Bologna, Italy June 43 BC. He would have known Julius Caesar.
0009 CE, ROMAN OFFICER and FIRST CENTURION of the XVIII LEGION: MARCUS CAELIUS, age 52 1/2, born in the Lemonian District of Bologna, Italy June 43 BC. He would have known Julius Caesar.
Status: LocatedCentoph found near the Rhine River in Xanten, Germany, 78 miles WSW of Teutoburg Forest battle site. Erected by his brother PUBLIUS CAELIUS. both were Sons of Titus and from Rome's ruling class.  
 
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1221 St Gertrud Catholic Cemetery Entrance, Lohne, Germany
1221 St Gertrud Catholic Cemetery Entrance, Lohne, Germany
Status: LocatedThe final resting place of Fortmann's, Gross & Kleine Fortmann's, Landwehr's, Krogmann's Haskamp's and the Catholics of Lohne from 1834 back to 1221 and the Medieval town of Lohne founded 980 AD  
 
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1221 St Gertrud's Katholich Kirch Founding
1221 St Gertrud's Katholich Kirch Founding
 
 
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1833-60 the Roman Catholic Church in Northeastern, Illinois, 1833-60, her Priests and their Baptisms, Marriages, and Funerals.
1833-60 the Roman Catholic Church in Northeastern, Illinois, 1833-60, her Priests and their Baptisms, Marriages, and Funerals.
Prior to 1833 French Priests from Montreal traveled down the Great Lakes to Chicago and thence to the Mississippee River, as far south as St. Joe, Missouri providing services to the Catholics scattered in Illinois, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnisota and Missouri, none of which then existed.

With the loss of Montreal under French General Montcalm to British General Wolfe at the battle of the Plains of Abraham on June 24th, 1759 the French Missionary Priests began a slow retreat back to Canada taking their records with them.

In the year 1833, May 5th specifically the first Catholic Priest, Rev. John Mary Iraenaeus St. Cyr, a young Frenchman and priest of only one month, arrived in Chicago as the first Catholic Pastor. His congregation being those few Catholics in Chicago's 300 total population, he immediately began recording the Baptisms, marriages, and deaths of his Irish, English, French and German Parishoners. Those records exist to this day and give a clear picture of the early settlers of Chicago.

His first Baptism, on May 22, 1833 was that of George Beaubien; parents: Mark Beaubien and Monique Nadierne; sponsors: Mark Beaubien and Marianne Arriage.

In May of 1836 Chicago saw its second Catholic Priest, Father Bernard Schaeffer, arrive. Fr. Schaeffer had previously ministered in Strassburg, Alsace, a European University City under the jurisdiction of France and also Germany, depending on the power of the day. Strassburg is West of the Rhine and north, northwest of Switzerland. At that time German Citizens of the area would identify themselves as Prussian.  
 
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1834 'Thaler', a German Silver Coin.
1834 "Thaler", a German Silver Coin.
Used for 400 years, this coin is a one "Thaler" coin and = to 30 Silver "Groschen" (
Sgr. means silbergroschen or silver penny).
In 1834 one day's farm labor was paid 1 1/2 Silvergr.
A farm laborer earned 450 Silvergr. or 15 Thaler a year.
A simple farm hand would earn 9 Thaler a year.
A boy 5 Thaler a year.
A servant 3 Thaler a year.
Johann Peter would have carried a pouch or tin box of these as he left Germany.
Johann's Passport shows "15 Sgr" or 1/2 a "Thaler" for the "tax stamp".
And, "20 Sgr" for "passage permission".
Thus, his 35 Sgr fees represented about 24 work days or 4 weeks of work.  
 
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1837   'Early Settlers' of 8 miles north of Chicago on Lake Michigan....1837 to 1845.....'the Ridge'.....'Indian Boundary Trail'
1837 "Early Settlers" of 8 miles north of Chicago on Lake Michigan....1837 to 1845....."the Ridge"....."Indian Boundary Trail"
According to John Muno, and recorded by Albert Joseph Fortman about 1980........
"Peter Muno came with Peter Phillips father in 1842. Took 5 days (more like 65) to cross the ocean. At that time (meaning 1840's?) Philip Rogers owned from Kedzie to Lake and south of Touhy to Pratt." (actual title search shows Peter Schmidt Sr bought 42.65 acres from John Smith and his Wife on May 9, 1842....an area from Morse to Pratt....Ridge to Western).
"Phillips owned 60 acres north of Touhy from Western to Ridge."
"Father (Muno) bought 40 acres south of Touhy from Western to Kedzie."

"Zender founded (Tavern probably) 1845"
"1st settlers on Indian Boundary Trail (oldest in Chicago)" This is Rogers Ave now.

"Peter Phillip - President Rogers Park Bank" this is probably the Phillips Bank of Rogers Park.

"His mother was a Petery" "(Luxemburg)"
 
 
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1839 The Fortmann migration decision in Sudlohne, Germany
1839 The Fortmann migration decision in Sudlohne, Germany
Heinrich, Anna Maria, and Clemens decide to go to America on that cold winter day in Sudlohne. 
 
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1840 United States Port of Entry: Castle Garden, New York
1840 United States Port of Entry: Castle Garden, New York
Located on the Southwestern tip of Manhatten, Long Island, New York this is the port of entry through which Johann Peter Schmidt, his wife Maria Bruck, his sons, Peter and Jacob and his daughter Maria Anna entered the United States on July 27, 1840 from the US Clipper, "France".

There was no immigration facility here in 1840 (it came into existence in 1851) and thus the gang-plank was lowered; an officer of the ship gave a US official the Passenger Manifest (Congress passed that legal requirement in 1830) and away the voyagers went into New York.  
 
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1840's German Log Cabin
Johann Peter Schmitt, aka Schmidt aka Smith, Johann Zender, Rev. Henry Fortmann, and Peter Schmitt of Winnetkka (this is his house) built these log cabins along 'the Ridge' and north for their families between 1835 and 1845.
1840's German Log Cabin Johann Peter Schmitt, aka Schmidt aka Smith, Johann Zender, Rev. Henry Fortmann, and Peter Schmitt of Winnetkka (this is his house) built these log cabins along "the Ridge" and north for their families between 1835 and 1845.
This log cabin was very common with the early Ridgeville residents on the sandy bluffs of Ridge Trail 
 
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1842 Company on a Sunday at the Schmitt, Schmidt house on 'the Ridge'.
1842 Company on a Sunday at the Schmitt, Schmidt house on "the Ridge".
 
 
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1843 St Clement Catholic Church, French Canadian, Loiselle and Bonnier Family Church
1843 St Clement Catholic Church, French Canadian, Loiselle and Bonnier Family Church
Status: LocatedFinal resting place for early French Canadian Catholic families from 1817 to today. Four Cemeteries associated with this 1790's Church.
1st: 1819-1823 today under retirement apartment complex 1994........2nd: 1823-1878, a number of burials in church basement.... today under retirement apartment complex 1981........3rd 1878-1905....today under parking lot a rear of St Clement and a hardware store......1905-today on Boul Lussier. 
 
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1844 Sunday Dinner at the Schmitt (Schmidt)house on 'the Ridge', prepared by Anna Maria Bruck Schmitt and daughter Maria Anna Schmitt..... Elizabeth Muno is visiting.
1844 Sunday Dinner at the Schmitt (Schmidt)house on "the Ridge", prepared by Anna Maria Bruck Schmitt and daughter Maria Anna Schmitt..... Elizabeth Muno is visiting.
 
 
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1845 (Johannn) J.B. Lauermann Dry Goods Store and original Tavern on right, Photo 1880-1890, located on the west side of Ridge Ave at Forest (near todays Mallinckrodt College) New Trier (now Wilmette) IL.
Lauermann Daughter's Katherina and Maria Katherine undoubtedly enjoyed many an hour here with their husband's to be, and the brothers, Heinrich and Clemens Fortmann from Lohne, Germany. They well knew the boy's older sister Anna Maria KlieneFortmann and surely attended her funeral on Sept 1, 1846 in the new Catholic Cemetery of St Joseph's just 2 blocks down the road. Their pastor was a GrossFortmann also.
The Lauermann's were from Buschfeld, Marzig-Wadern, Saarland, Germany. This is in SW Germany near the French border.
1845 (Johannn) J.B. Lauermann Dry Goods Store and original Tavern on right, Photo 1880-1890, located on the west side of Ridge Ave at Forest (near todays Mallinckrodt College) New Trier (now Wilmette) IL. Lauermann Daughter's Katherina and Maria Katherine undoubtedly enjoyed many an hour here with their husband's to be, and the brothers, Heinrich and Clemens Fortmann from Lohne, Germany. They well knew the boy's older sister Anna Maria KlieneFortmann and surely attended her funeral on Sept 1, 1846 in the new Catholic Cemetery of St Joseph's just 2 blocks down the road. Their pastor was a GrossFortmann also. The Lauermann's were from Buschfeld, Marzig-Wadern, Saarland, Germany. This is in SW Germany near the French border.
 
 
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1847 Wilhelm Fortmann from Oldenburg
1847 Wilhelm Fortmann from Oldenburg
Wilhelm was associated with the development of the 1st Gas Works in Oldenburg, Germany in 1847. Wilhelm is not a known relative. 
 
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1850 Murphy House  Ridgeville, IL
1850 Murphy House Ridgeville, IL
 
 
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1852   Henry Fortman, b. 1802, Germany...farmer (1850 Census, New Trier)....Rev?....Pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church 1847 - 1852,  said Mass in the Schmidt House on 'the Ridge'
1852 Henry Fortman, b. 1802, Germany...farmer (1850 Census, New Trier)....Rev?....Pastor of St. Joseph's Catholic Church 1847 - 1852, said Mass in the Schmidt House on "the Ridge"
from: The Life and Writings of the Right Reverend John McMullen, D.D.: First Bishop of Davenport, Iowa

p. 60.......McHenry (Township, Illinois), March 20, 1852.

"I had the pleasure pf spending a few Days among friends in this vicinity....Not more than three or four miles from McHenry town there are two settlements of German Catholics, one on each side of the Fox River."
"On the the west side of the river a very handsome and sufficiently capacious frame church 75 by 32, was commenced in 1850, and plastered and completed this year."
"It was solemnly blessed by the Bishop of Chicago, and dedicated in honor of St John the Baptist, on the second Sunday of November last (1851) when the sacrament of Confirmation was also administered to sixty-three children and adults."

"THE CONGREGATION HAS HITHERTO BEEN ATTENDED BY THE REV. HENRY FORTMANN, OF NEW TRIER, COOK COUNTY."

"Rev. T.B. Regal was afterward appointed to take charge it it, but was sent to Joliet, where the German Catholics desired to have a priest of their language, and where they have since begun to lay the foundation of a church for their own use."
 
 
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1854 Marguerite Martin Bourcier's Church
1854 Marguerite Martin Bourcier's Church
Status: LocatedThe Montreal Canada Catholic Church of Marguerite Martin Bourcier.........she was buried from here. 
 
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1854 Weimishkirch Funeral Services founded.
1854 Weimishkirch Funeral Services founded.
1920's Hand Bill of Weimishkirch Funeral Services 
 
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1857 Oldenburg, Germany, the new Gas Works
1857 Oldenburg, Germany, the new Gas Works
Oldenburg was one of the 1st 30 Cities in Germany to have a gas works. On May 24th 1853 Wilhelm Fortman and Ernst Gottlieb Buesing, plumber-master, signed a contract with the mayor of Oldenburg, Herr Woebken, for the construction of this plant. Wilhelm had taken the idea from a visit to England. 
 
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1860 Muno House, Ridgeville
1860 Muno House, Ridgeville
 
 
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1861 'Flower Map'  Evanston......previously: 'Ridgeville'.......prior: 'the Ridge' in 1842.
1861 "Flower Map" Evanston......previously: "Ridgeville".......prior: "the Ridge" in 1842.
Map shows Smith (Schmitt/Schmidt) and Fortmann Farms on "the Ridge".......a dusty Indian trail in 1842. 
 
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1863 Summer First wooden St Henry's German Catholic Kirche, North Side of Devon Ave at 'the Ridge'.
1863 Summer First wooden St Henry's German Catholic Kirche, North Side of Devon Ave at "the Ridge".
Funded by German settler's Fortmann, Schmitt, Britte, Weimishkirch, and many more. 
 
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1865 St Gertrud Catholic Church Lohne, Germany ..............Church built in 1818. ............................................................................In 1815, after Napoleon's defeat, Lohne again returned to Oldenburg from France's jurisdiction.
1865 St Gertrud Catholic Church Lohne, Germany ..............Church built in 1818. ............................................................................In 1815, after Napoleon's defeat, Lohne again returned to Oldenburg from France's jurisdiction.
 
 
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1866 Phillip State Bank.....Roger's Park.......Lunt & Clark...formed by the Phillip Family of Peter Schmidt aka Smith's wife Elizabeth Phillip.
1866 Phillip State Bank.....Roger's Park.......Lunt & Clark...formed by the Phillip Family of Peter Schmidt aka Smith's wife Elizabeth Phillip.
 
 
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1866 Weimeschkirch Undertaker, Clark Street, Ridgeville
1866 Weimeschkirch Undertaker, Clark Street, Ridgeville
 
 
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1866 Weimeschkirch Undertakers.....served the German Community of Rogers Park from abt 1865. The Fortmann, Schmidt/Smith families were served by Weimeschkirch for the 100 years of its existence.
1866 Weimeschkirch Undertakers.....served the German Community of Rogers Park from abt 1865. The Fortmann, Schmidt/Smith families were served by Weimeschkirch for the 100 years of its existence.
 
 
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1870 Fortmann Burial Plot in St Henry's Cemetery, 9 plots, purchased abt. 1866 by Clemens August Ludwig Fortmann
1870 Fortmann Burial Plot in St Henry's Cemetery, 9 plots, purchased abt. 1866 by Clemens August Ludwig Fortmann
Status: LocatedThis is a map of the Fortman graves sites showing intense detail on each individual 
 
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1871   Expenses of Building the Schmitt aka Schmidt aka Smith House
recorded in 1871, original accounting document w/D.A. Fortman
1871 Expenses of Building the Schmitt aka Schmidt aka Smith House recorded in 1871, original accounting document w/D.A. Fortman
Carpenter Work:........Cash.............$750.....
Mason Work:............Cash.............$600.....
Plastering:............Cash.............$250.....
Lumber:.................................$750.....
Sash and Moulding:......................$150.....
Lime and cement:........................$125.....
Locks and Things:........................$75....
Paint and Painters:.....................$100....
Brick:..................................$675....
Lumber at Evanston:......................$75....
Freight:.................................$50....
Tinsmith:................................$63....
Stone Work:..............................$50....
Carpenter Cash:..........................$50....
Moulding Door:...........................$50....
Total:.................................$3813....
Other Cash payments:...................$1337....
Grand Total:...........................$5150.  
 
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1871 House ........photo: March,1903........The Fortman Boys: Frederick Peter, Age 9, Lawrence Anthony, Age 7, Edmund Age 2..................Peter Schmidt's Victorian House built in 1871 at 6836 N. Ridge...it is 32 yrs. old in this photo...Peter died in the back bedroom here last year...the house now belongs to Louisa Schmidt Fortman and her husband Frederick. Married 8 yrs.  Their Son Albert Joseph, not pictured will be born in 17 months.  This Son will receive the house from his Mother in 1937. Albert Joseph will Will the house to his Son, David who will take title upon his father's death 7 Sep 1987. This house has thus been in the Schmidt Fortman lineage for 136 years................................................................................  Note the Greenhouses in the back, the carriage shed on the North side, the kerosene lamp in the bow window and the scalloped upstairs bedroom shade.  The house does not yet have city sewers which will be laid in Ridge Ave. next year. The chimney cap is typical of the period as is the European grape-vine lattice a few feet south of the front porch. The bulkhead wooden-door can be seen to be open on the south side behind the large tree....................Louisa Smith Fortmann, Mistress of the house in this picture is age 32.
1871 House ........photo: March,1903........The Fortman Boys: Frederick Peter, Age 9, Lawrence Anthony, Age 7, Edmund Age 2..................Peter Schmidt's Victorian House built in 1871 at 6836 N. Ridge...it is 32 yrs. old in this photo...Peter died in the back bedroom here last year...the house now belongs to Louisa Schmidt Fortman and her husband Frederick. Married 8 yrs. Their Son Albert Joseph, not pictured will be born in 17 months. This Son will receive the house from his Mother in 1937. Albert Joseph will Will the house to his Son, David who will take title upon his father's death 7 Sep 1987. This house has thus been in the Schmidt Fortman lineage for 136 years................................................................................ Note the Greenhouses in the back, the carriage shed on the North side, the kerosene lamp in the bow window and the scalloped upstairs bedroom shade. The house does not yet have city sewers which will be laid in Ridge Ave. next year. The chimney cap is typical of the period as is the European grape-vine lattice a few feet south of the front porch. The bulkhead wooden-door can be seen to be open on the south side behind the large tree....................Louisa Smith Fortmann, Mistress of the house in this picture is age 32.
 
 
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1874   The Murder of Henry Muno Jr.
1874 The Murder of Henry Muno Jr.
Summer of 1874....Henry Muno (Jr), 39 years of age, was walking home to his wife and children that night when out of the darkness sprang his theif and murderer. Henry had $25.00 in his pocket and for this he was murdered.
Henry was going to his home on Touhy Ave. near Western. He was returning on foot from a visit to his mother-in-law, Mrs. John Zender, wife of another early Ridgeville settler. The murderer was never found but he was believed to be a hired hand of the neighbor who knew the money Henry was carrying. Henry's wife was left with seven sons and one daughter to care for. Her picture was carried in the local paper showing her with her children.
When this occurred, Mrs. Peter Muno, mother of the slain man, was living alone in the little farmhouse on "the Ridge". But she was by no means deserted by her three daughters, all of whom were married then living in homes in the vicinity. They came to visit her almost daily. One of them, Mrs. John Weber-occupied a house just north of the old Muno homestead. There, too, went her widowed daughter-in-law and her grandchildren.
After the death of Mrs. Muno in 1895 the farmhouse was vacant for a number of years. Then it was acquired by Joseph Winkin, who moved into it with his new bride.
The neighbors at that time were the Rogerses, Touhys, Zenders, Schmidts, Fortmanns, Marshalls, Kyles, Scchers, Phillips, and schneiders. 
 
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1875 a. Smith, aka Schmidt, aka Schmitt Monument in St.Henry's Cemetery Chicago
1875 a. Smith, aka Schmidt, aka Schmitt Monument in St.Henry's Cemetery Chicago
Status: Locatedburial site for Peter Schmidt Sr & wife Anna Maria .... Peter Schmidt Jr & wife Elizabeth .... Frederick Fortman & wife Louisa .... Albert Joseph Fortman & wife Mary Madeline & daughter Barbara .... wife Rosemarie of David Fortman as well as 5 babies 
 
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1875 a. Smith, Schmidt Burial Plot at St.Henry's
1875 a. Smith, Schmidt Burial Plot at St.Henry's
Status: LocatedThis is a map of the grave sites of the decendant families and Peter Schmidt Sr. and Anna Maria Bruck from Zeusch Germany 
 
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1875 b. Smith Monument Plate
Status: LocatedAlbert Joseph A. Fortman d. 7 Sep 1987.......Mary Madeline Morris d. 25 Nov 1977.......Barbara Lee Fortman Waldron d. 5 Aug 1997
(At least one living or private individual is linked to this item - Details withheld.) 
 
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1875 b. Smith Monument Plate
1875 b. Smith Monument Plate
Status: LocatedFrederick Fortman, 2 Jan 1955.........Louise Smith Fortman, d. 1 Nov 1956 
 
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1875 c. Smith Monument Plate
1875 c. Smith Monument Plate
Status: LocatedElizabeth Phillips Smith, d. 8 Jan 1884...........Peter Schmitt Schmidt Smith Jr.,d. 7 Apr 1902.............David Alan Fortman, d.  
 
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1875 d. Smith Monument Plate
1875 d. Smith Monument Plate
Status: LocatedJohannes Peter Schmitt aka Schmidt aka Smith Sr............d. 7 Jun 1875, age 89............Anna Maria Bruck aka Schmidt aka Smith d. 5 Nov 1879........."Dodie" Rosemarie Schneible Fortman, d. 22 Apr 1998 
 
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1880 Phillip Bank, Clark Street, 1st location
1880 Phillip Bank, Clark Street, 1st location
 
 
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1880.......Peter Muno......age 63......and his wife, Anna Maria Pinck.....age 59...............In 1889 Peter will sail with his neice and Louisa Schmidt.......18 years old......to France where they will explore the new Eiffel Tower before proceeding on to the Damflos Germany area.
1880.......Peter Muno......age 63......and his wife, Anna Maria Pinck.....age 59...............In 1889 Peter will sail with his neice and Louisa Schmidt.......18 years old......to France where they will explore the new Eiffel Tower before proceeding on to the Damflos Germany area.
Although the legend says Peter Muno and Catherine Schmidt.....this is not feasible as this Peter was b. in 1807 and died in 1871. Thus this picture must be that of his Cousin, Peter Muno, b. 1817. The woman is most probably his wife, Anna Maria Pinck. 
 
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1880...Robert Emmett, age 13,..(far left) the future Grocer....Eugene, age 11,(top center)......James, (far right) age: 7,..died in 1917 (age 37) upon severing his leg while jumping from train in the yards,.......John Sheridan, the future Priest, (lower Center)
1880...Robert Emmett, age 13,..(far left) the future Grocer....Eugene, age 11,(top center)......James, (far right) age: 7,..died in 1917 (age 37) upon severing his leg while jumping from train in the yards,.......John Sheridan, the future Priest, (lower Center)
 
 
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1882.....Anna Maria (Annie) Fortmann,.....Age: 16.........Sister of Frederick Fortmann, ..............daughter of Clemens August Ludwig Fortmann & Maria Catherine Lauermann,...........a single lady of 95 years residing at 6700 Robie St............... as one of 10 children,.............. also see 'Fortman burial Plot' in 'Headstones'
1882.....Anna Maria (Annie) Fortmann,.....Age: 16.........Sister of Frederick Fortmann, ..............daughter of Clemens August Ludwig Fortmann & Maria Catherine Lauermann,...........a single lady of 95 years residing at 6700 Robie St............... as one of 10 children,.............. also see "Fortman burial Plot" in "Headstones"
 
 
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1883..... Peter Schmidt Smith Jr,.......age 59....................husband of Elizabeth Phillips............. and Son of Johann Peter Schmidt Sr. (original Prussian German migrant to US in 1840.)..........builder of 6836 N. Ridge in 1871, the year of the Great Chicago Fire...........land speculator and owner  of 145.63 acres of Rogers Park on Ridge Avenue by 1860.
1883..... Peter Schmidt Smith Jr,.......age 59....................husband of Elizabeth Phillips............. and Son of Johann Peter Schmidt Sr. (original Prussian German migrant to US in 1840.)..........builder of 6836 N. Ridge in 1871, the year of the Great Chicago Fire...........land speculator and owner of 145.63 acres of Rogers Park on Ridge Avenue by 1860.
 
 
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1883.......Elizabeth Phillips.......age 51........wife of Peter Schmidt Smith Jr..........daughter of Jacob Phillip of Damflos,Germany and Katherina Kohlass........Mother of 15 children......daughter: Louisa Schmidt Fortman
1883.......Elizabeth Phillips.......age 51........wife of Peter Schmidt Smith Jr..........daughter of Jacob Phillip of Damflos,Germany and Katherina Kohlass........Mother of 15 children......daughter: Louisa Schmidt Fortman
 
 

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