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Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Papa Edwin T. Klehm, Illinois, circa 1885

"Papa Edwin T. Klehm" is written on the back of this cabinet card photo, taken at the Hartley Studio, 309 Madison, in Chicago, Illinois.  There were a couple of Edwin Klehms living in the United States at the time this photograph was probably taken (the mid to late 1880s), but only one Edwin Klehm that seemed to match the age of the fellow in the photograph. 

I'm fairly confident that "Papa Edwin T. Klehm" is the same Edwin T. Klehm that appears in the 1930 Census, living in Niles, Cook County, IL.   Edwin appears to have lived the majority of his life in Niles, where he first appears in the US Federal Census in 1870, living with his parents George C. and Eliza Klehm. 

In the 1930 census, his brother George H. is living with Edwin, 63 and his wife, Louise, 64; along with their daughter Pearl, 36; son-in-law Armin Mayer, 36; and grandson Armin Mayer, Jr., 7.  At the time, George was the proprietor of a General Store.

I located Edwin & Louise's marriage information in the Cook County IL Marriages.  They were wed on the 23rd of February, 1893.  Louise's maiden name was Jarmuth.  The couple had three children:  Pearl, Ruby and Irene (source: 1910 US Federal Census, Niles, Cook, IL).

According to the Illinois Deaths Index, 1916-1947, Edwin T. Klehm was born the 23rd of February, 1867 to George C. Klehm and Eliza Harms.  He died March 2nd, 1935 in Evanston, Cook, Illinois and is buried in Niles Center, Cook, Illinois.


  1. "The spacious home of Edward T. Klehm, built in the year 1900 at 5144 Oakton, had the distinction of being the first building in the village to have indoor toilet facilities. A windmill behind the house pumped water from a well into the house."


    Niles Center is now Skokie, Illinois.

    Ruby and Pearl were twins - and they are the ones that the Black Hand Gang threatened to kidnap. The Skokie historic society might help you with this one.


  2. Wow, thanks so much Intense Guy. This is great info! It sounds like Edward's sisters were very strong women. I'd never heard of the Black Hand Gang, but boy, it has the makings of a very interesting story. I wonder why they targeted the Klehms?