The Family of Ernst Hubrich of Chicago
This page outlines the Hubrich family of Chicago.
Ernst HUBRICH was born Aug 31 1859 in “Kunzen, Germany.“ Another record says "Kunzen, Schlesien.” Schlesien is also known as Silesia and Sudetenland. It was formerly part of Germany and is now part of Poland. There are different possibilities for the location of that place.
He immigrated April 2, 1883, on the ship Hapsburg from Bremen. He was a carpenter age 24. His name was mangled as ULBRICH. He was naturalized Mar 19 1891. From his ship record to his death record, he always said he was a carpenter. He died Jul 20 1933.
Ernst emigrated to South Evanston, Illinois and joined St Henry’s Church in Rose Hill. Around 1884 he married Mary FUERTSCH, born in South Evanston on Feb 26 1860.
Mary’s parents were Michael DIDIER and Margaret KETTEL. There were four DIDIER brothers, or 3 and a cousin, who had come from Beckerich, Luxembourg, although they were earlier from Buvange, Lux. Province, Belgium. Michael was the youngest brother. Michael and Margaret arrived on Mar 31 1859 aboard the Hammonia.
The DIDIER families settled in South Evanston, between what is now Howard St. and Mulford St., and between Asbury Ave. and Dodge Ave. Michael had 30 acres on Howard St., later expanded. Two brothers had farms nearby. They are considered prominent early citizens of Evanston., and had many children. Mary DIDIER was Michael's oldest child.
Mary DIDIER married Joseph FUERTSCH on Nov 9 1880 in Rose Hill, Chicago. He was born July 2 1856 in a town called Weißensulz, German Bohemia, now known as Belá nad Radbuzou, Czech Republic. He was a house painter living in Evanston. They had one daughter, my grandmother, Mary Katherine FUERTSCH, born on Nov 21 1881. When Katherine was about 3 months old, thus around Feb 1882, the family took a trip back to Europe. Joseph had been suffering from lead poisoning, and he died either there or on the boat on the way back.
Mary FUERTSCH remained for some time with relatives in Luxembourg. Then after she returned to the US, she married Ernst HUBRICH. This must have been around 1884 but I have not found the record. Ernst HUBRICH adopted Katherine and he and Mary had five more kids. My grandmother sometimes used the name FUERTSCH and sometimes HUBRICH.
Ernst and Mary never owned a home, but were always renting. They moved quite a bit. Before 1900 they lived in Evanston as follows:
|1886||west side of Railway Av, 7th and Keeney Av||city directory|
|1888||First north of Warren Av||city directory|
|1889||First 2d south of Monroe Av||city directory|
|1890||Custer Av south of Monroe||city directory|
|1891||745 Custer||naturalization document|
|1891,1893||715 Center Av||city directory|
|1894-1896||649 Custer Av||city directory|
|1897,1898||304 Ridge Av||city directory|
|1899||645 Custer Av||city directory|
In 1900 they moved to 4356 E Ravenswood in Chicago (7061 in today's addresses.) Kate had already moved out of the house and was working as a domestic servant for an accountant.
Around 1908 they lived at 806 Balmoral Ave (1526 Balmoral today.)
Ernst turns up in the 1920 census in Cleveland. He's staying there with his daughter Martha Brooks. Mary is not listed.
In 1930 they lived at 4135 N. Moody.
Mary died Jan 16 1931 at age 70 of Chronic Myocarditis (Inflammation or degeneration of the muscle walls of the heart) compounded by arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries.) Ernst, who was apparently staying with his son Laurence at the time, died Jul 20 1933 at the age of 73. His death certificate states that he drowned in the Chicago River, but there is no newspaper article reporting that. He and Mary are buried together in All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines IL.
Page created May 1, 2009, Updated January 29 2017.
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