Carl Massmann was born May 22, 1847, in Hanover, Germany. He married Minna Freicke in Hanover on January 4, 1870. They had eight children, the first three being daughters who all died before age 5. He emigrated to New York City in October or November, 1884 on the Elbe out of Bremen. He became a citizen in Chicago on October 17, 1891. He was an upholsterer and lived in Chicago for 45 years. He died from uremia and chronic interstitial nephritis on February 7, 1929, a few days after my father, his great-grandson, was born, both in Evanston, Illinois.
Carl appears to be a bit younger in this picture than he is in this one, taken in September 1924 at his son's wedding. I'm guessing the photograph was taken at the same time as this one of his wife and daughters, placing it between 1895 and 1917.
Got the income taxes done, but still swamped with a lot of other work and happenings. Hoping I can get back to normal blogging next week.
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