Postcard of the Chicago Heights, Illinois Library built with money donated by Andrew Carnegie in 1903.
William Weishaar, Park Forest, Illinois in 1952: In the 1950's when the developers came out from Chicago to build Park Forest, William "Bill" Weishaar, grandson of Michael Weishaar who homesteaded the land, was told his farm had been 'rezoned'. He could stay, but would now have to pay taxes on each lot as if it was developed with houses on it. Forced to sell, he decided to try his hand farming in Southern California. But his wife Tillie missed her friends, so they returned to build a home in Steger on W 34th Street.
Two street scenes (post cards) of Chicago Heights, Illinois in the 1910's.
Three Chicago Heights, Illinois Postcards (of the train station, the high school, and City Hall) from the 1920's.
The twins Anna and Stella Weishaar flank Lucy Rose Weishaar as they pose in Cook County Illinois in 1911.
Lucy Rose Weishaar and her twin sisters Stella and Anna Weishaar. Lucy Rose would marry John Emil "Jack" Klawitter in 1936. Stella and Anna would join the Sisters of St Francis, become nuns and college teachers at St. Francis College in Joliet, and take the names Sister Agathena & Sister Bonavita.
St. Anne cemetery in Park Forest, Illinois. Legend tells the story that the devil showed up here on night about a hundred or so years ago, looking to snatch up the soul of a doomed man.
This is a map of what the US looked like at the time Peter Weishaar and his family migrated from Alsace Lorraine to Northern Illinois
St Ann's newspaper clipping from the Chicago Heights (Illinois) Star: St. Ann, located West of Rich Township High on Sauk Trail in Park Forest on the site of the St Annes cemetery. The cemetery was the burial site for early pioneers before it was consecrated by a Catholic bishop in 1852, and was an indian burial grounds before that. The migratory Sauk indians had an encampment south of Sauk trail, and many arrowheads were found by the Weishaars during the spring plowing. Homeowners in this area should be on the lookout; they still occasionally turn up.
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John Klawitter Hello, Gabriela - Ilsa is very likely my cousin three or four generations removed. My crossing ancestor was Robert Reinhold Klawitter, a tishler by trade, who came from East Prussia in 1892. He left behind a sister Bertha, and their children wrote each other until after WWII. Robert's brother August (Gus) came with him to the 'new world' in 1892, traveling through Canada, but they became separated and Robert settled near Chicago while Gus went to Wisconsin. I will tell you an oddity: Although my father's side of the family came from East Prussia and my mother's maiden name was Weishaar (from Strasburg), I had my DNA tested (not once but twice) and I am 53% English and 36% German and French (Alsace-Lorraine being where it is). Just how the Klawitters have so much English blood in them is a long story for another time.
Jul 24, 2014 · posted to the photo Lynn, John, & Lucy Klawitter, Illinois c1992
John Klawitter Yes, Daniel, a first communion picture. The year is approximate, based on the age/appearance of the girl in the center. It was probably taken on the Weishaar homestead farm after the ceremony, which was probably held at St. Ann's pioneer church.
Sep 06, 2012 · posted to the photo Anna, Stella, & Lucy Weishaar, Illinois 1911
John Klawitter THE DEVILS OF OLD SAUK TRAIL, a collection of midwestern pioneer stories, by John Michael Klawitter, published 2011.
Aug 22, 2012 · posted to the photo Frank Polignot, 1909 Illinois