Henry Mangen Employment and Marriage

Henry Mangen circa 1920 – personal family photo

The last post showed Henry graduating from a 2 year Vocational High School, Englewood, in Chicago, IL. He was good at math and graduated with an accounting diploma. According to my mom, Henry’s daughter, Florence, he worked in a department store perhaps Marshall Field as a bookkeeper. At the same store, a woman named Florence Bostwick worked. The two met and they started dating.

The two decided to get married in 1920. At the time, Henry was 19 and Florence was 18. Illinois didn’t let men marry without parental consent if they were younger than 21. Henry’s mom Eva, didn’t approve of the marriage and he needed her consent. Henry confronted Eva and told her he would just run off and get married in Crown Point, IN. At the time, Crown Point was considered a Gretna Green destination. Gretna Green is so named because of the town in Scotland that is a well known destination for elopements in which people under 21 could run off and get married there when the parent wouldn’t consent to the marriage. There are several towns in America that people could run off to and get married that were known to have fewer marriage restrictions. Well, Eva gave in and gave her consent. Of note, Florence didn’t need consent from her parents as the age that women could marry was 18. Below is an image of the marriage certificate. On the 4th and 5th fill in lines is the area where Eva consented to the marriage.

Marriage certificate for Henry Mangen and Florence Bostwick

So you would think that was it? Oh no, getting married was more complicated because Henry is Catholic and Florence is not. She did not grow up with a religious background and I’m not completely sure she had even been baptized in any religion. I’m a little fuzzy on this but I think Eva wanted Henry to get married in the church and this may have been an agreement in order for her to give consent to the marriage. Below is the entry into Our Lady of Solace Church for Henry and Florence’s wedding. Their witnesses were Henry’s brother and sister-in-law, Nicholas Mangen and Lillian West. There was a column next the the brides names. The header was Dispensation. On their line it was written disp. cult. This is Latin and the words written out are Disparitas cultus. Translated it is disparity of worship. Florence had to consent, usually in writing, to raising the future children in the Catholic church and not interfere with Henry worshipping in the Catholic church before the priest would perform the ceremony. Also, the priest, J L Sharp, would not perform the ceremony at the altar and instead they were married in the office.

Ledger from Our Lady of Solace Church 1920

On a spring day, Saturday, 15 May 1920, Henry married Florence Bostwick.

Wedding day with witnesses-personal family photos
Wedding day-personal family photos


Back to Henry’s occupation. When he got married, Henry worked as a bookkeeper in a department store. At some point in the 1920’s Henry got a job with S Silberman and Sons Wool and Fur. In the 1930 & 1940 census he was an accountant and his death certificate a comptroller. So it appears Henry moved up in his occupation starting as a bookkeeper, progressing to an accountant and finally overseeing the accounting office as a comptroller. My mom remembers he could add up a column of numbers by just running his finger down the paper and compute the answer. Below is the building he would work in located at 1125 W 35th st.

Building Henry worked in.

Growing up, I remember seeing a fur my Grandmother wore. I believe the photo below is the same fur. I wonder if Henry got a discount on it. My mom had the fur after my grandma died and I believe it is still hanging in the closet there. As far as where in Chicago this photo was taken and what the occasion was, I have no idea. That is my mom’s handwriting above and she seems to think it was taken in Oct-Nov 1944.

Henry and Florence – personal family photo

Next up, census records and what they reveal.

Genealogy Line

Henry Mangen – Grandfather

Florence Mangen – Mother


Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N78F-S4T : 10 March 2018), Henry J. Mangen and Florence I. Bostwick, 15 May 1920; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, 866326, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,030,727.

Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3QS7-894W-LGC7?cc=1452409&wc=M66L-SWL%3A39551601%2C39594801 : 20 May 2014), Our Lady of Solace Parish (Chicago: Sangamon St) > Marriages 1916-1925 > image 9 of 22; Catholic Church parishes, Chicago Diocese, Chicago.

United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XS2Y-NPG : accessed 22 November 2018), Henry Mangen, Chicago (Districts 0251-0500), Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 359, sheet 2A, line 23, family 35, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 428; FHL microfilm 2,340,163.

“United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KWBZ-MMR : 14 March 2018), Henry J Mangen, Ward 19, Chicago, Chicago City, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 103-1243, sheet 1B, line 70, family 37, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 959.

Henry Mangen death certificate in personal papers.

Wikimedia Commons contributors. File:S. Silberman & Sons, fur merchants, Chicago, 1914.jpg [Internet]. Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository; 2016 Sep 14, 15:43 UTC [cited 2018 Nov 21].

Conversations with Florence, Henry’s daughter.


3 thoughts on “Henry Mangen Employment and Marriage

  1. Hi Kathy, I have enjoyed reading your blogs and viewing your pictures. I am a relative from the Bostwick side and was wondering if you’ve done research on your maternal grandmother? Sincerely, Sa


    1. Which part of the Bostwick family do we share an ancestor? I haven’t written about her yet. Is there something specific you would like to know?


      1. Kathy,
        A blessed resurrection Sunday to you!
        I ‘m the granddaughter of Virginia Elizabeth Bostwick Wolf and she always spoke highly about her mother Alpha, so it would be nice to find out more about her.
        I met your mom for the first time at a cousins reunion about 2006. I believe that her daughter Patricia and grandson Adam were with her also but I could be wrong about their names since it was long ago.


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