It was autumn in Chicago and Eva Mangen was getting ready to deliver her 3rd child in 4 years. Her husband, George was a peddler. They met in Chicago but both were from Luxembourg. Living on Parnell Ave with Eva’s family, were her mother Katie Guill, along with brothers Nicholas, Henry and sister Susan. Saturday, 27 October 1900, the family welcomed Henry. He had an older sister Catherine born in 1897 and brother Nicholas born in 1898. Henry was baptized Henricus Georgius Leo on 4 November 1900 at St George Church. His Godparents were H Guill (perhaps his Uncle Henry mentioned above)and P Mangan (haven’t figured out yet).
The growing family moved north to Cleveland Ave and Eva gave birth to another boy, Peter in October 1902. Sadly, Peter died 2 months later in December. Then tragically, George was killed in May 1903. Eva was left to raise 3 young children but fortunately she had her family there to help. Henry must not have remembered his father since he was only 2 1/2 years old when he died.
In his first 14 years, the family moved at least 4 times. Eva moved the family to Wentworth Ave where she ran a confectionary store and they lived behind it. They moved in 1914 after the store flooded. Henry attended school and although where he went to elementary school is unknown, there are a couple of sources that show where he went to high school.
In 1914 the family lived on Lafayette Ave and the 1920 census indicates that they lived on Peoria Ave. Both homes are in close proximity to Englewood High School and I haven’t had access to the city directories from 1915-1917 yet to determine when they moved. There are no directories available from 1918-1922.
The Chicago Tribune published a long list of graduates from Englewood High School on 22 June 1916. Henry Mangen is listed under the Two Year Vocational Course. Henry is marked with a white arrow in the class photo below.
Henry graduated when he was 15 and he went to enlist because World War I was underway but the recruiters sent him home because he was too young. The United States didn’t enter the war until April 1917 and it is unclear when Henry tried to enlist but even if it wasn’t until 1917, he was still too young. Next post, Henry goes to work and gets married.
Henry Mangen – Grandfather
Florence Mangen – Mother
Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HY-DZW9-NLK?cc=1452409&wc=M66G-CZW%3A39954601%2C39954602 : 20 May 2014), St George Parish (Chicago: Wentworth Ave) > Baptisms 1884-1908 > image 103 of 123; Catholic Church parishes, Chicago Diocese, Chicago.
United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSSY-PLM : accessed 21 November 2018), Eva Mangen in household of George Mangen, Precinct 23 South Town Chicago city Ward 6, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 160, sheet 7B, family 123, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,250.
Chicago, Illinois, City Directory 1902
George Mangen Inquest 1903
“United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MKHT-LZ6 : accessed 21 November 2018), Nicholas E A Mangen in household of Ira Mangen, Chicago Ward 3, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 210, sheet 15A, family 95, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 242; FHL microfilm 1,374,255.
Chicago, Illinois City Directory 1914
United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJ7X-5XR : accessed 21 November 2018), Eva Mangen, Chicago Ward 31, Cook (Chicago), Illinois, United States; citing ED 1920, sheet 1B, line 53, family 15, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 348; FHL microfilm 1,820,348.
Chicago Tribune (Chicago, Illinois), 22 Jun 1916, Page 13.
Englewood High School Yearbook 1916 photo. In personal photo collection.
Personal communication with Henry’s daughter, Florence regarding her recollections of Henry trying to enlist.