My Great Grandmother, Eva Guill ran a Confectionary Store in the early 1900’s. Eva was born in 1872 in Grevenmacher, Luxembourg. She was my last ancestor that came to America and the only one through Ellis Island, coming over in 1894. She married George Mangen in 1896 and had 4 children, the last one passing shortly after birth. George was found dead on the electric car tracks in 1903. He was in his beer delivery wagon and there were no witnesses that came forward to testify as to why he was on the tracks and his horses and delivery wagon were a few blocks away.
He left Eva with 3 children under the age of 6 to raise and there was $10,000 for her in savings. Eva needed to provide for her children so she opened a Confectionary Store located at 3256 Wentworth Ave in Chicago, Ill. The photo shows the inside of the store with Eva, her oldest and only daughter, Catherine and a dog whose name and breed I don’t know. I am told that in addition to candy, she sold stationary and school supplies. It also appears she sold cigars according to the sign on the door. I can’t figure out what is to the left of the door on the counter. The family lived in the back and she slept with a gun. The store flooded in 1912 and the last I can associate her with the store is in 1913 when she is listed as the owner of the store in the city directory. The following year, her youngest (my grandfather) was 14 by the time they were living on Lafayette Ave and in the 1920 census, Peoria Ave. At some point during that time period, she must have sold the store. She never remarried although there was a proposal shortly after her husband died. She passed away at the age of 82 on May 6, 1954.