KATHARINE (GRAJECK) ERDMANN

B. September 5, 1867 in Posen, Germany
D. APRIL 1, 1944 in Gurnee, Lake County, IL
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  • Father: Jacob Grajeck
  • Mother: Victoria (Weise) Grajeck
  • Husband: August Gustav Erdmann born July 13, 1861 in Germany; August died October 9, 1928 in Grayslake, Lake County, IL (See section pertaining to August Gustav Erdmann buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children:
    1. Martha M. (Erdmann) Gabler born April 29, 1887 in the Federal Republic of Germany; married Fredrick T. Gabler (1885-1966) on September 20, 1911 in Kane County, IL; Martha died August 8,1972 in Los Angeles, CA; Martha and Fred are buried in Resurrection Cemetery, Montebello, Los Angeles County, CA
    2. August Erdmann born March 6, 1889; married 1) Rosa L. Como (1894-1936) on October 14, 1913 in Kane County, IL; married 2) Maebelle C. Burger (1892-1963); August died June 7, 1961 in Ramsey County, MN; August, Rosa and Maebelle are buried in Evergreen Cemetery, Brainerd, Crow Wing County, MN
    3. Paul Erdmann born July 1893; died is unknown
    4. Anna Agnes (Erdmann) Seisser born February 6, 1895 in Hampshire, Kane County, IL; married Anthony Frank Seisser on October 6, 1915 in Kane County, IL; Anna died September 1969; last residence was Lake Villa, Lake County, IL
    5. Lizzie Erdmann born January 1898 in Illinois
    6. Helen Frieda (Erdmann) Rancel born January 20, 1903 in Illinois; married Joseph William Rancel on September 4, 1920 in Waukegan, Lake County, IL; Helen died April 12, 1990 in Roswell, Chaves County, NM
    7. William John Erdmann born October 1, 1907 in Hampshire, Kane County, IL; married Elizabeth Garbasauska on November 5, 1943 in Cook County, IL; William died January 25, 1970 in Cook County, IL
    8. Ruth F. (Erdmann) Roder born about 1911 in Illinois; married Richard Roder

Additional Information:

According to the 1900 U.S. Census for Hampshire Village, Hampshire Township, Kane County, IL living on Mill St, the household members were: August Erdtman, head, born July 1861, age 38, married for 13 years, born in Germany, born in Germany, immigrated 1894, 6 years in the U.S., occupation: RR laborer; Kate Erdtman, wife, born September 1867, age 32, married 13 years, six children born, 4 children living, born in Germany, parents born in Germany, immigrated 1894; Martha Erdtman, daughter, born April 1888, age 12, single, born in Germany; August Erdtman, born March 1890, age 10, single, born in Germany; Anna Erdtman, daughter, born Feb 1895, age 5, single, born in Illinois; Lizzie Erdtman, daughter, born January 1898, age 2, single, born in Illinois

According to the 1910 U.S. Census for the Township of Hampshire, Kane County, IL the household members were: August Erdmann, head, age 48, married once for 24 years, born in Germany, parents born in Germany, immigrated 1894, occupation: farmer; Katherine Erdmann, wife, age 43, married once for 24 years, 9 children born, 6 children living, born in Germany, parents born in Germany, Martha Erdmann, daughter, age 23 single, born in Germany; August Erdmann Jr, son, age 21 single, born in Germany, occupation: farmer – helper; Anna Erdmann, daughter, age 15, single, born in Illinois; Lizzie Erdmann, daughter, age 12, single, born in Illinois; Hellan Erdmann, daughter, age 8, single, born in Illinois; William Erdmann, son, age 2, single, born in Illinois

According to the 1920 U.S. Census in Grayslake Village, Avon Township, Lake County, IL living on Center Street, the household members were: August Erdman, head, age 58, married once, immigrated 1894, naturalized 1907, born in Germany, parents born in Germany, occupation: laborer – lumber yard; Catherine Erdman, wife, age 52, married once, immigrated 1894, naturalized 1907, born in Germany, parents born in Germany; Hellen Erdman, daughter, age 16, single, born in Illinois; William Erdman, son, age 12, born in Illinois; Ruth Erdman, daughter, age 9, single, born in Illinois

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for the Grayslake Village, Avon Township, Lake County, IL the household members were: Katherine Erdman, head, age 62, widowed, born in Germany, parents born in Germany, immigrated 1895; William J. Erdman, son, age 22, single, born in Illinois, occupation: bill poster – circus; Ruth F. Erdman, daughter, age 19, single, born in Illinois, occupation: clerk – retail hardware.

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Grayslake Village, Avon Township, Lake County, IL living on Lake St. the household members were: Katherin Erdman, head, age 72, widowed, highest grade completed: 6, lived in the same house in 1935; Ruth Roder, daughter, age 29, married, highest grade completed: H4, born in Illinois, occupation: stenographer – home loan; Richard Roder, son in law, age 30,married, highest grade completed: H4, born in Illinois, lived in Elgin IL in 1935, occupation: finisher – wire mills.

According to the Lake County Illinois Genealogical Society. “Strang Funeral Home – Grayslake, Illinois – 1908-1964”. Mundelein IL. 2015:

“Name: Catherine Erdmann; Birth Date/Place: 05 Sep 1867, Posen, Ger; Death Date/Place: 01 Apr 1944, Gurnee; Cause of Death: Myocarditis; Marital Status: Wid; Occupation: Housewife; Minister: Rev. Harnett, St. Gilberts; Burial Place: Fort Hill; Next of Kin: Jacob Grajeck (GER)-Father, Victoria Weise (GER)-Mother”