Smashed brick wall: Prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

Smashed brick wall: Prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

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There’s nothing like the feeling of solving a mystery like the one about the biological family of my husband’s grandmother Louise Reynolds. Born in October of 1911, she was given up for adoption.

A wonderful couple, William Dennis Matthews and his wife Claudia adopted her and a little boy, William Dennis Matthews, Jr.

 

The Matthews family: adopted Louise Froemling, biological granddaughter of prominent Busse and Froemling families.
The Matthews family: William, William Jr., Louise and Claudia.

She grew up never knowing about her biological family. After her death, however, papers and artifacts were discovered in an old suitcase and among them were notes written in Louise’s own hand about her research into her biological family, which turned out to include the prominent Busse and Froemling families of Chicago.

No one knew she was even interested, much less pursued it. I guess it shouldn’t be a surprise, though.

Louise's Notes
Louise’s notes.

She used this information to order a copy of her birth registration below.

Froemling, Louise Ruth - Birth Record
Froemling, Louise Ruth – Birth Record

This small clip of paper consists of the notes taken by Louise while researching her birth.

I located the actual family quite a while ago through censuses and other documents.

Since then, I managed to expand on that information to include the fact that, based on her biological mother being recorded as Emma Mary Froemling.

Born 29 December 1884 in Illinois, Emma’s parents (Louise’s biological grandparents) were August and Johanna (Busse) Froemling.

August was born 17 Aug 1855 to Henry and Caroline Froemling.

Johanna was born 2 Aug 1855 in Elk Grove, Cook County, Illinois, and her parents were Christian and Fredericka (Henjes) Busse.

Busse, Christian and Fredericka (Henjes) Busse.
Tombstone of Christian and Fredericka (Henjes) Busse.
Busse, Christian; Obituary w photo.
Obituary of Christian Busse from The Chicago Daily Herald of 26 Mar 1909.

I have placed images of the tombstones for August and Johanna (Busse) Froemling and Christian and Fredericka (Henjes) Busse.

August died 20 Jan 1919 in Cook County, Illinois and Johanna died 19 Feb 1940 at Elk Grove.

Christian Busse died 24 Mar 1909 in Elk Grove and Fredericka died in 8 Sep 1911, also in Elk Grove, Illinois.

Considering that almost everything of importance in this family took place in Elk Grove, it’s a great example of how large a world it was for small farming families such as the Busse’s and Froemlings – and how hard it was for them to travel or move very far from home.

Busse, Friedrich and Johanna.
Johanna and Johann Hermann Friedrich Busse, c. 1876.

While researching newspaper articles for another family related to my husband, Mark, I happened upon a treasure trove of articles about all of these members of his family.

Busse, Johann and Hanna - Tombstone.
Tombstone of Johann and Hannah Busse.
Froemling, August and Johanna - Tombstone
Tombstone of August and Johanna Froemling.

I have included the most enlightening of them here.

As I actually clipped over two dozen, it seemed appropriate to whittle those down to just the most important and informative clippings.

The clips range from business ads to wedding announcements, death notices, obituaries, gossip column entries and newspaper articles.

What I have learned about this family from these newspaper clippings is that they were considered to be of good German stock, having settled in and pioneered the area of Elk Grove, Cook County, Illinois.

Busse; Car Delivery
Description of William Busse and his son delivering a new car to a customer as printed in The Daily Herald of Chicago of 23 Apr 1915.

An interesting fact about the Busse and Froemling families is they were well entrenched in transportation sales of one sort or another.

Busse; Elk Grove Draft Horse Co.
Elk Grove Draft Horse Co. ad from The Daily Herald (Chicago, Illinois), of 23 Feb 1906.

Their business interests spanning the fading of the horse as transportation and the inception of the automobile – as indicated in these two advertisements.

Christian was a Republican and served his community in numerous capacities including on the State Board of Equalization, Supervisor of Elk Grove.

The patriarch of the family, Johann Friedrich Busse and his wife Johanna (Hanna), immigrated with Christian and two of Christian’s brothers and two sisters, one brother having previously immigrated on his own.

Froemling, Oltrogge Wedding
Busse-Oltrogge as described in the 27 Dec 1918 article of the Chicago Daily Herald.

Christian was a Republican who served his community in numerous capacities including on the State Board of Equalization, Supervisor of Elk Grove.

Busse, Froemling Wedding; 1905 1 - Small Clip
Busse, Froemling Wedding; 1905 1 – Small Clip

His son August was the grandfather of my husband’s Grandma Louise Reynolds as mentioned above.

There is frequent mention of some of August’s children in numerous of the dozens of clippings I’ve saved.

Tidbits of information include illnesses, school news, work history, social activities, etc.

The most prominent of these occasions, of course, were the weddings.

The Oltrogge – Froemling wedding was the marriage of August’s daughter Selma and John Oltrogge.

Busse, Albert and Schaeffer, Emma; Marriage Announcement
Marriage of Martha Froemling and Albert E. Busse, taken from The Daily Herald (Chicago, Illinois) 6 Oct 1915.

County Commissioner William Busse was the son of Christian’s brother Louis, and led a very distinguished career and professional life.

Besides his high profile life and career, he ran a highly contested (and some say crooked) race for Mayor of Chicago.

I will write later this week about this race and the no holds barred lawsuit it led to.

Here are two wedding announcements published by William Busse.

One is the announcement of the marriage of his son Albert E. Busse to Emma Schaeffer.

The second is concerning the marriage of his daughter Martha to Albert Frederick Froemling, the son of August Froemling.

It appears they liked to keep it in the family.

Froemling, Harvey; Death from AppendicitisIn 1916, August Froemling’s grandson, son of Albert Frederick and Martha, died of appendicitis.

Sadly, August Froemling passed on 20 Jan 1919 and this is his obituary from The Daily Herald of Chicago.

It is not clear what the reasons are, but soon after, his 31 acre farm was put up for auction, scheduled to sell 10 Jul 1920.

Froemling, August; Obituary; August 1919
Obituary of August Froemling from the Daily Herald of Chicago of 31 Jan 1919.
Froemling; Farm Auction
Article from the Daily Herald of Chicago, announcing the auction of the farm of August Froemling after his death. The sale took place 9 Jul 1920.

There is no evidence of financial troubles in the newspaper accounts I’ve collected. Therefore, I can only assume the sale was to abide by his will and was to be divided among his immediate family.

I’d love to find his will to either prove or disprove my assumption.

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