Catherine L. (Grimm) French gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. 1906 in Illinois
D. 1963
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  • Husband: John Ambrose French born June 3, 1902 in Odell, Livingston County, IL, son of Charles Lew French (1867-1944) and Emma A. (Cotterell) French (1877-1967); married Catherine L. Grimm about 1929; John died November 4, 1987 (See section pertaining to John Ambrose French buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Children:
    1. Richard Warren French born January 14, 1932 in Chicago, Cook County, IL; last residence in Round Lake, Lake County, IL; Richard died May 18, 2006 in New London, MO

According to the U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007:

” Name: Richard W. French; Gender: Male; Race: White; Birth Date: 14 Jan 1932; Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois; Death Date: 18 May 2006; Father: John A French; Mother: Catherine Grimm; SSN: 357245475; Notes: June 1947: Name listed as RICHARD W FRENCH”

According to the Pantagraph (Bloomington IL) Friday, January 22, 1932, page 12:


   Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose French of Chicago are parents of a son, named Richard Warren.  This is their first child.  Mr. French was a former Dwight resident.”

2. Diana French

Additional Information:

According to the 1930 U.S. Census for Chicago City, Cook County, IL living at 7411 N. Damen Ave., the household members were:

“John Ambrose French, head, age 27, married at age 27, born in Illinois, father born in Illinois, mother born in Iowa, occupation: electrician – refrigeration; Catherine G. French, wife, age 23, married at age 22, born in Illinois, father born in Germany, mother born in Iowa, occupation: teacher – public school”

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Chicago City, Cook County, IL living at 3330 Berteau Street, the household members were:

“John French, head, age 38, married, highest grade completed: H-4, born in Illinois, lived in same house in 1935, occupation: service & repair – electrical; Katherine French, wife, age 34, married, highest grade completed: C-2, born in Illinois, lived in same house in 1935; Richard French, son, age 8, single, highest grade completed: 1, born in Illinois”

According to the 1950 U.S. Census for Round Lake Park Village, Avon Township, Lake County, IL living on Forest Glen Drive, the household members were:

“John A. French, head, age 47, married, born in Illinois, Occupation: Repairman – Electricn; Catherine French, wife, age 43, married, born in Illinois, Was he living in this same house a year ago?: Yes, What country were his father and mother born in?: U.S.A., What is the highest grade of school that he has attended?: C2, Did he finish this grade?: Yes, Last year in how many weeks did this person do any work at all?: None; Richard French, son, age 18, never married, born in Illinois; Diana French, daughter, age 2, never married, born in Illinois”