John Friedrich gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. March 28, 1908 in Munchen, Germany
D. December 14, 1984
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Additional Information:

According to the Illinois, Federal Naturalization Records, 1856-1991:


To the Honorable the DISTRICT Court of THE UNITED STATES at CHICAGO, ILL.  The petition of JOHN FRIEDRICH, hereby filed, respectfully shows:
(1) My place of residence is 6007 S. Bishop St., Chicago, Ill. (2) My occupation is Sausage maker (3) I was born in Munchen, Germany on Mar. 28, 1908. My race is German (4) blank (5) I am married. The name of my wife or husband is Gladys we were married on June 30, 1934 at Chicago, Ill.; he (sic) was born at Eldorado, Illinois on July 31, 1911; resides at Chicago, Ill.  I have no children (6) My last foreign residence was Munchen, Germany.  I emigrated to the United States of American from Charbourg, France.  My lawful entry for permanent residence in the United States was at New York, N. Y., under the name of Johann Friedrich on Apr. 19, 1930, on the vessel Berengaria (7) I am not a disbeliever in or opposed to organized government or a member or affiliated with any organization or body of persons teaching disbelief in or opposed to organized government.  I am not a polygamist nor a believer in the practice of polygamy.  I am attached to the principles of the Constitution of the United States and well disposed to the good order and happiness of the United States.  It is my intention to become a citizen of the United States and to renounce absolutely and forever all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty, and particularly to THE GERMAN REICH of whom (which) at this time I am a subject (or citizen), and it is my intention to reside permanently in the United States.  (8) I am able to speak the English language.  (9) I have resided continuously in the United States of America for the term of three years at least immediately preceding the date of this petition, to wit, since April 19, 1930 and in the County of Cook, this State, continuously next preceding the date of this petition since Jan, 2, 1932.  Petition filed under Sec. 2, Act Sept. 22, 1922, as amended. Signed: John Friedrich.  Date: 1st day of November, Anno Domini 1935.

According to the U.S. Naturalization Record Indexes, 1791-1992:

“Name: Friedrich, John; Address: 6007 S. Bishop St. Chgo; Certificate no.” P-138875 CN-4O42164; Title and location of court: U.S. Dist. Chicago; Country of birth: Germany; When born: Mar. 28, 1908; Date of naturalization: Feb. 20, 1936.”

According to the U.S. WWII Draft Cards Young Men, 1940-1947:

“Name: John Friedrich; Age: 32; Birth Date: 28 Mar 1908; Birth Place: Munich, Germany; Residence Place: Round Lake Beach, Lake, Illinois; Registration Date: 16 Oct 1940; Employer: Armour And Co; Weight: 150; Complextion: Light; Eye Color: Gray; Hair Color: Brown; Height: 5 7; Next of Kin: John Thiel.”

According to the 1940 U.S. Census for Round Lake Beach, Avon Township, Lake County, IL living on Ferndale Drive the household members were:

“John Friedrich, head, age 32, married, highest completed grade: H-2, born in Illinois, residence in 1935, Chicago, IL, occupation: sausage maker, meat company; Gladys Friedrich, wife, age 29, married, highest grade completed: H-2, born in Illinois; residence in 1935: Chicago, IL; Ramona Friedrich, daughter, age 4, single, born in Illinois; Richard Friedrich, son, age 1, single, born in Illinois”

According to the Belvidere Daily Republican (Belvidere IL) Tuesday, March 14, 1944, page 1:

   WAUKEGAN, March 14 – Ramona, 8, and Richard Friedrich, 5, suffocated today when they fled from their fire-swept home to the connecting garage and were trapped when they were unable to open the doors.
   The tragedy occurred at Round Lake beach in Lake county, an oil stove started the fire and flames quickly swept the five-room cottage.
   Lake county deputy sheriffs said the father, John, 35, was at work in a Waukegan war plant and the children’s mother, Gladys, was visiting neighbors.
   The fire did not touch the garage, but the small addition to the cottage was filled with smoke when the members of the Round Lake volunteer fire department found the children huddled in a basket.”

According to the Journal Gazette (Mattoon, IL) Wednesday, March 15, 1944, page 6:

   Waukegan, Ill. – (INS) – Richard Friedrich, 5, and his sister Roman, 8, suffocated Tuesday when they fled their burning home to an adjacent garage from which they were unable to escape.  The fire destroyed the home of their parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Friedrich, at nearby Round Lake Beach.”

According to the 1950 U.S. Census for Round Lake Beach Village, Avon Township, Lake County, IL living on Ferndale, the household members were:

“John Friedrich, head, age 42, married, born in Germany, Occupation: Machine Operatoro – Out Board Board; Gladys M Friedrich, wife, age 38, married born in Illinois, Was he living in this same house a year ago?: Yes, What country were his father and mother born?: Father: Luxenber, Mother: Germany, What is the highest grade of school that he has attended?: S11, Did he finish this grade?: Yes, Yes, Last year, in how many weeks did this person do any work at all?: None”