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1221 St Gertrud's Katholich Kirch Founding 1834 'Thaler', a German Silver Coin.  1840 United States Port of Entry: Castle Garden, New York 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. 1842 Company on a Sunday at the Schmitt, Schmidt house on 'the Ridge'. 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. 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. 1847 Wilhelm Fortmann from Oldenburg 1850 Murphy House  Ridgeville, IL 1854 Weimishkirch Funeral Services founded.
1857 Oldenburg, Germany, the new Gas Works 1860 Muno House, Ridgeville 1861 'Flower Map'  Evanston......previously: 'Ridgeville'.......prior: 'the Ridge' in 1842. 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. 1866 Phillip State Bank.....Roger's Park.......Lunt & Clark...formed by the Phillip Family of Peter Schmidt aka Smith's wife Elizabeth Phillip. 1866 Weimeschkirch Undertaker, Clark Street, Ridgeville 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. 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.        1880 Phillip Bank, Clark Street, 1st location 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...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) 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' 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.......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 1885  John Morris, age 50,   born 26 Dec 1835, taught at Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland, Professional Surveyor, Married Catherine Sheridan 4 Oct 1864 in Carlow, Ireland. Arrested 16 months later on 25 February, 1866 for his role as Notorious Fenian Head for Carlow. Fenagh and Myshall Districts. He provided these Districts with 'rods' supplied by a fellow Fenian, Moore. He was arrested at his Uncle Edward Nolan's Farm House by Constable Cox at about 7AM. He was held in Carlow 'Goal' until deported. British officials paid 50 pounds and Arthur Cavanaugh an additional 50 for his capture. (see newspaper article by Saunders for further details. He settled in Chicago in 1867, his wife, Catherine O'Callaghan joined him and they had a first Son, Robert Emmitt Morris on 16 August 1867.) Worked for Chicago Railroads most of his life and was deeply involved with Irish Freedom Issues and his Catholic Church. 1885 Heinrich, Henry I's Wife, Katherine Lauermann Fortmann Sister of Maria Catherina,wife of Heinrich's brother Clemens 1885 Johannes Heinrich (Henry 1st) Fortmann (1815-1889) resident Farmer on Robie St, Rogers Park, IL Brother of Clemens August Ludwig (1824-1871)and Anna Maria (New Trier, 1813-1846)
Born on KleineFortmann Farm in Sudlohne, German. Migrated early 1840's. 1885 Sisters, Elizabeth Francis Hooley, age 10,  and Mary Jane Hooley, age 15, b. abt 1870, died 4 Oct 1943, Married Joseph Dunn......Brothers, John (Mick) Hooley, age 16, b. abt 1869 and Joseph Hooley, age 7, b. abt. 1876, Married Ann Menton, d. 1932...........Elizabeth Francis is Mother of Robert Emmett Morris, 1903,....John Sheridan Morris, 1905 and Mary Madeline Morris 1907 1885 The 'Meat Market'  Western Ave & Touhy....Evanston, IL 1887.....Louisa Schmidt Smith....age 16....daughter of Peter Schmidt Jr and Elizabeth Phillips......teenager, sophisticated, future wife of Frederick Fortmann......in 2 years, 1889, she will sail to France to visit and climb the Eiffel Tower and then travel to visit German relatives in the Damflos, Germany area.  She is chaperoned by Peter Muno ( to old to climb the Eiffel Tower) who is also accompanying a niece of his.
1888 'Boots & Shoes'  Western Ave Rogers Park, IL. 1888 The Shoe Store, Western Avenue at Lunt 1889  Robert Emmett Morris, age 22, Father of Robert Emmett II, John Sheridan, and Mary Madeline 1889..... Maria Katherina Lauermann Fortmann,
......age:60
......wife of Clemens August Ludwig Fortmann
..... b. Buschfeld, Germany 
..... daughter of John Lauermann, owner of Lauermann's General Store, 1848, New Trier, Illinois
.......Mother of Frederick Fortman (husband of Louisa Schmidt) and 8 other children 1890 Clark Street at Lunt, Chicago 1890 Ebert's Tavern....'Ridge Inn' 1890 Karthauser Saloon....Zender Saloon, 1845-1885?... 1890 Mary Jane Hooley Dunn, age 20, Sister of Elizabeth Francis 1892  Elizabeth (Lizzie), Francis Hooley Morris, age 17, d. 40 yrs of age in 1915 leaving 3 children to care of her Sister, Mary Jane Hooley Dunn, (Grandma Dunn)
1895......Frederick Peter........age 3-4 months.....1st Son of Frederick Fortmann and Louisa Schmidt Smith 1895...Joseph Hooley, age 19, married Ann Minton, d. 1932 1898 Sisters Mary Jane (on left) and Elizabeth Francis Hooley, age 23.   Elizabeth Francis shall marry Robert Emmett Morris.  She shall die at age 40 leaving her children Robert, age 12, John, age 10, and Madeline, age 8 to be cared for by her sister Mary Jane Hooley(Dunn), called Grandma Dunn. 1900  John Hooley, age 50, Married Mary O'Callaghan...children: John, called Mick, never married...Mary Jane, married Joseph Dunn...Elizabeth Francis, married Robert E. Morris...Joseph married Ann Minton.  Maternal Grandfather of Mary Madeline Morris Fortman 1900 Elizabeth Francis Hooley, age: 25,
daughter of John Hooley and Mary O'Callaghan, future bride of Robert Emmett Morris, 1867 1900....Molly (Mary Jane)Morris, dies of Pneumonia at 18 1901 Katherine Sheridan Morris,  age 60, wife of John Morris, b. 26 Dec 1835, Carlow County,Balliuro, Ireland,  
Mary Madeline Morris Fortman's Fraternal Grandmother 1903.........Edmund Fortman......age 20 Months 1903......Edmund Fortman.....age 20 months....third Son of Frederick Fortman and Louisa Schmidt Smith. 1903...Marie Dunn, age: 2, Aunt Marie
1905 Mary O'Callaghan O'Connell Hooley, age:55 Married John Hooley 1907  Rev. John Sheridan Morris, age: 36  Ordained: 9 June 1900, Founder and Pastor of St Felicitas Catholic Church and Parish 1909...November..Albert Joseph Fortman, (age 4) racking leaves on southeast corner of 6836 N Ridge in front of grape vine trellis 1910  Robert Emmett Morris II, age 7, Mary Madeline Morris, age 3, John Sheridan Morris, age 6 1910 Ann Menton, age 20, Married Joseph Hooley, Children: Joseph, Marie, Dorothy, Bernice 1911...March...Edmund Fortman (age 11) next to south-side basement door at 6836 N. Ridge Blvd. Chicago.....note...Sun Room not yet built...cotton ball tree is a least 30 years old, sprouted in 1879.....now, 2007.....128 yrs old. 1916, July...Edmund Fortman on bicycle on front lawn at 6836 N. Ridge Blvd. Chicago 1918.....Edmund Fortman driving with his Brother Albert Joseph in rear.  At the Fortmann House at 6710 Seeley St, previously 4099 Robie St.. 1921, June....Frederick Fortmann, (age 52) Louisa Smith Fortman (age 50) and standing, Fred, (age 26) Edmund, (age 20) Lawrence, (age 25) seated Albert Joseph (age 16) on south lawn of 6836 N. Ridge, Chicago 1922  Robert Emmett Morris, age 55, Robert will die next year on 20 Feb 1923 leaving his children, Robert Emmett II, 20, John Sheridan, 17, and Mary Madeline 15 in the care of his deceased Wife, Elizabeth Francis(Lizzie)'s, sister Mary Jane Hooley Dunn.
1926  Robert Emmett Morris II, age 23, Loyola University Graduation Picture, Chicago, IL 1926 John Sheridan Morris, age 21,  Loyola Univerity, Chicago, IL. Graduation Picture 1930 Mary Jane Hooley Dunn, age: 50, Sister of Elizabeth Francis Hooley. 1930's........Louisa Schmidt Smith Fortman.......age 66........next to the Poplar Tree on the south side of the Ridge house 1931.....Rev. Edmund Fortman, SJ 1936.......Frederick Fortmann,.......age 67 and Sons, Frederick Peter,....age 41.....Fr. Edmund......age 35....Albert Joseph......age 31.....Lawrence Anthony......age 40......on the south lawn of the Ridge House. 1950's North Atlantic Weather Ship 1951 Strategic Air Command (SAC) B-36D at Lakenheath RAFB, England 1960.... Barbara Lee Fortman, age 21, with her Father's dog,Cappy, next to the kitchen fireplace at 6836 N. Ridge, Chicago 1964....Barbara L. Fortman's marriage to Robert Waldron. Her Father Albert Joseph is on the left and her Mother Mary Madeline Morris on the right.
1965....Albert Joseph Fortman and Mary Madeline Morris Fortman 1975......Fr. Edmund Fortman PHD SJ.......age 74....Professor Emeritus, Theology, Loyola University, Chicago.......Son of Frederick Fortmann and Louisa Schmidt Smith 1999 year-old human bones found in the Teutoburg Forest, Germany. 1st Lieutenant David A. Fortman USAF 4 Jul 2005 Chicago 715th Medium Bomb Squadron Unit Patch <html xmlns:v='urn:schemas-microsoft-com:vml'
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A Coin honoring Roman Prince Germanicus  A ridge-line view overlooking the Teutoburg Forest in Germany A Roman Coin with the likeness of PUBLIUS QUINTILIUS VARUS Commander and Governer General of Rome's LEGIONS XVII, XVIII, XIV
A Roman coin with the likeness of ROMAN EMPEROR AUGUSTUS, the year 5 CE Albert Joseph Fortman Ancient [1200 - 1500] Sudlohne farm House Apolonia Hauer Apolonia Hauer, Wife of John Henry II Fotmann April 25, 1894 Photo .............Fredrick Fortmann, age 25, takes Louisa Schmidt, age 23, as his bride.......their marriage shall see Louisa bear 4 sons and last 61 years until Fred's death in 1955.  Arlington Cemetery Arlington Cemetery Bugler Audile Fortman, nee Bourcier B-29 Superfortress
B-50D England  1951 B-50D SAC Baltic Sea Bernadine Maria Ann Mehrholl Bernard Fortmann 1846...1856 Bride: Mary Spoden and Groom: John Henry III Fortmann, Jr. British Weather Ship C-124 0100 Z  Friday 23 March 1951 Calvary Catholic Cemetery Calvary Roman Catholic Cemetery
Catholic Church in the Village of Damflos, Germany Catholic Church in the Village of Damflos, Germany Catholic Church in the Village of Malborn, Germany Christmas and Winter Snows at 6836 N. Ridge, Chicago Christmas Cresch 1916 at the Formann's on Robbie St. Chicago......Edmund and Albert Joseph Clemens Undertaker Cloister of Osnabruck Germany Cathederal Cornelius Kimmes [sitting] and Catherine Spoden Wedding 15 Sep 1901 at St. Nicholis Catholic Church, 806 Ridge Ave in So. Evanston Both were born in Luxembourg. Countryside view of St Gertrud's in Lohne Germany from perspective of Sudlohne.

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