My Grandmother, Florence Irene Bostwick was born 13 April 1902 in Chicago, IL to Charles Jabez and Alpha (Wilkins) Bostwick. She was the oldest of 8 children. The family spent most of their time in Chicago with the exception of a few years from about 1905 to 1909 in Yonkers, New York. Grandma only spent 8 years in school before she had to start working and helping with the younger children. She remembers always having a baby on her hip. She worked as a bookkeeper for her dad and then as a stenographer according to the 1920 census. She worked in a department store where she met my grandfather.
Florence married Henry Mangen on 15 May 1920 in Chicago. She was not raised in any religion but grandpa was raised Catholic. Because of this, they were only allowed to get married in the priest’s office instead of at the altar. She had her first child (my mom) in 1921 and while pregnant, Grandma got baptized. My mom always joked that she got baptized twice. I have found my mom’s baptism in the church log but not my grandma’s. I am assuming she was baptized at the same church but I could be wrong. Grandma had a total of 6 children most still alive so I won’t name them.
Grandpa died in 1947 leaving Grandma with 2 teen children. I don’t know what she did for work at that time but I do know that she moved to Tucson, AZ across the street from my mom and dad in the 1950’s after her children were grown. She lived in an apartment and worked in a rectory as a housekeeper. At some point in the 1960’s, she moved to Tiburon, CA and worked in a seminary as a housekeeper and I do remember visiting her there. She moved again in the 1970s to Mesa, AZ and again worked as a housekeeper/cook for a rectory. She retired in the mid 1970’s and moved back to Tucson. She went to church daily and loved gardening, crocheting, and watching comedies. She taught me how to embroider.
On 19 February 1996, Florence Bostwick Mangen died of heart disease in Tucson, AZ. She was sent to Chicago for the funeral and burial. She is interred at St Mary’s Catholic Cemetery, Evergreen Park, IL. When she died, she had 6 children, 25 grandchildren, 34 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandchild. Of note, her middle name was Irene but at some point, she changed it to Bostwick. Her birth certificate indicates Irene and her death certificate indicates Bostwick.
Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NQTL-NQ2 : 18 May 2016), Florence Irene Bostwick, 13 Apr 1902; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 1567, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,288,035.
Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N78F-S4R : 26 December 2014), Henry J. Mangen and Florence I. Bostwick, 15 May 1920; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, 866326, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,030,727.
New York State Census, 1905, database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MV1S-316 : 26 November 2014), Florence I Bostwick in household of Anna Peterson, Yonkers, Ward 05, E.D. 02, Westchester, New York; citing p. 36, line 44, county offices, New York.; FHL microfilm 589,664.
United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MKCS-GBM : accessed 28 February 2017), Florence Bostwick in household of Chas J Bostwick, Chicago Ward 6, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 320, sheet 7A, family 142, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 245; FHL microfilm 1,374,258.
United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJ3M-51K : accessed 28 February 2017), Chas Bostwick, Chicago Ward 3, Cook (Chicago), Illinois, United States; citing ED 161, sheet 7B, line 79, family 148, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 313; FHL microfilm 1,820,313.
Find A Grave Index,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q249-92SK : 19 September 2016), Florence Bostwick Mangen, 1996; Burial, Evergreen Park, Cook, Illinois, United States of America, Saint Mary Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleum; citing record ID 166450313, Find a Grave, http://www.findagrave.com.