My Great Grandfather, George Mangen had moved from Luxembourg to Chicago, Ill in 1889. He lived on the North side of town and became a Naturalized citizen in 1894. His older brother Peter and two of his younger sisters, Catherine and Marie also immigrated. Catherine being the one that immigrated with George, the others came separately a year later. Also, another sister, Elizabeth will immigrate in 1899. As far as I can tell, that is all of the siblings that immigrated to America. As of now, Catherine married in 1890 and Marie married in 1892.
Below is from the register of St Alphonsus Parish. It shows that on 10 June 1896, George Mangen married Eva Guill. The witnesses are Anton Fiedler(don’t know the connection) and Nicholas Guill ( Eva’s brother). The person conducting the ceremony is J Karicha. The certificate exists but I haven’t been able to get my hands on it yet. George was 28 years old and Eva was 24 from Grevenmacher, Luxembourg close to where George grew up in Mensdorf. I don’t know how they met but it was probably a tightly knit community where there was plenty of opportunity for single men and women to meet.
George and Eva started a family soon after. The following children were born:
Catherine 21 October 1897, Nicholas 30 December 1898, Henry 27 October 1900, and Peter 9 October 1902. I have previously written a post about them here, and Henry is my Grandfather and I wrote several posts about him. Below is a photo of George and Eva between 1896 and 1902. They are 2 separate photos as my mom did not have one of the two of them together. She had this photo made to put them together.
He can be found in the 1898 Chicago City Directory. He is living at 3815 Butler and his occupation is a Peddler.
The family can also be found in the 1900 US census where again, he is listed as a Peddler. They are living on 3834 Parnell Ave with Eva’s Mom, Katie Guill, brothers Nicholas and Henry, and sister Susie. Both George and Eva can read, write, and speak English. His brother-in-law Nicholas is a laborer at a brewery. I know that George drove a beer wagon. What I do not know is if the Peddler title is what was used when he drove a beer wagon.
The 1902 city directory now shows him living at 186 Cleveland Ave working in a saloon. Was he involved in some aspect of the making, serving, sales and distribution of beer the entire time he lived here? It’s possible.
Sadly, their youngest, Peter did not live long and died on 30 December 1902 from pneumonia. Then, something tragic happened only 4 months later.
Next post, George’s death and the circumstances surrounding it.
George Mangen – Great Grandfather
Henry Mangen – Grandfather
Florence Mangen – Mother
Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N7XZ-H41 : 10 March 2018), Mathew Zeimet and Catherine Mangen, 25 Nov 1890; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, , Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,030,196.
Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N7XJ-L24 : 10 March 2018), Johann Jung and Maria Mangen, 02 May 1892; citing Cook, Illinois, item 1, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,030,212.
Illinois, Chicago, Catholic Church Records, 1833-1925,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:S3HT-6QXV-8H?cc=1452409&wc=M66G-623%3A39657901%2C40027201 : 20 May 2014), St Alphonsus Parish (Chicago: Wellington Ave) > Marriages 1882-1913 > image 40 of 135; Catholic Church parishes, Chicago Diocese, Chicago.
Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920,” database, FamilySearch(https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N7F9-XBM : 10 March 2018), George Mangen and Eva Guill, 10 Jun 1896; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, cn 248729, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,030,263.
File:St. Alphonsus, Catholic Church.jpg.” Wikimedia Commons, the free media repository. 7 Sep 2018, 12:53 UTC. 16 Dec 2018, 17:26
Lakeside City Directory, Chicago, p 1302.