“He Could Have Been a Great Man”

Do- Yun Chung was born on August 2, 1914 in Pusan (now Busan), Korea.  His family was relatively well off, with his father working as a surveyor and his mother caring for their six children—three girls and three boys—of whom Do-Yun was the youngest.

Do-Yun went to law school and after earning his degree got a […]

August 9th, 2018|Novel Notes of Local Lore|

“A Real Man of Mystery!”

Brogan Cullen was born on October 25, 1921 in Cleveland, Ohio to Angus and Cathleen Cullen.  Not much is known about Brogan’s childhood.  It is thought that Angus and Cathleen were Irish immigrants and that Angus found work in Cleveland as a factory worker.  Cathleen cared for their three children: Brogan, Lily and Liam.  Apparently, […]

August 2nd, 2018|Novel Notes of Local Lore|

They Met Him at a Restaurant and Took Him into Their Home

Nelson Pederson was born on July 22, 1931 in Chicago to Emil Pederson and Asta Brahms, both immigrants from Denmark.  It is thought that Emil worked in a factory in Ravenswood, near where the family rented an apartment, and that Asta cared for their two children, Anna and Nelson.  When Nelson was still very young, […]

July 26th, 2018|Novel Notes of Local Lore|

“His Life Was a Tragedy, and He Doesn’t Even Know It”

Randy Walsh was born on July 13, 1959 in Chicago to Tim Walsh and Genevieve Sutera.  Tim was of Irish descent, and Genevieve was from a Sicilian family.  Tim and Genevieve both worked for the Burlington Northern railroad, which is how they met.  Tim worked as an engineer, and Genevieve was a secretary in the […]

July 19th, 2018|Novel Notes of Local Lore|

A Family Divided

Glen Mayer was born on September 15, 1932 in Chicago to Adolf Mayer and Elizabeth Bojars.  It is thought that Adolf was a German immigrant and that Elizabeth may have been from Latvia.  They apparently met in Chicago and married, Adolf working as a butcher, and Elizabeth caring for their three children: Glen, Lena and […]

July 12th, 2018|Novel Notes of Local Lore|

“The Cat Helped Me Up”

Fatemah Farhadi was born in a small village in Persia on May 5, 1918 to Arman and Delara Farhadi. Arman was a farmer, and Delara cared for their only child, Fatemah. Fatemah attended high school and then got a job as a seamstress. When she was twenty-one, her father arranged for her to marry her […]

July 5th, 2018|Novel Notes of Local Lore|

They Met at the Roller Rink in Milwaukee

Roger Fulton was born on June 24, 1915 in Chicago to William Fulton and Elizabeth Muller.  William was an immigrant from England, and Elizabeth was Canadian, though it is thought she was of Swiss descent.  It is unknown what type of work William did, but he was reportedly “always sick” and died of pneumonia in […]

June 28th, 2018|Novel Notes of Local Lore|

“She Played Me For a Fool”

Beatrice “Bea” Weber was born on February 12, 1903 in Chicago to Francis Moran and Sarah O’Toole.  Both Francis and Sarah were born in Dublin, Ireland, where Francis worked as a butcher and Sarah stayed home and cared for their two sons, Herman and Daniel.  When Daniel was just a baby, Francis and Sarah decided […]

June 21st, 2018|Novel Notes of Local Lore|

“He Stayed in the Picture”

Jonathon Arthur Conrad was born on January 19, 1919 in Arkansas to Bruce “Bubba” Conrad and Marian Moore.  Jonathon was apparently their only child.  Bruce worked doing odd jobs and Marian was a house wife.  Jonathon graduated from high school and worked for a few years in a warehouse.  He eventually married a woman, Ethyl […]

June 14th, 2018|Novel Notes of Local Lore|

She Worked the Walgreens Cafe Counter For Over 20 Years

Ula Wojcik was born on October 24, 1906 in Indianapolis to Samuel Szymanski and Wislawa Mazur.  Samuel worked in a factory, and Wislawa cared for their children during the day and cleaned offices at night.  Samuel and Wislawa immigrated to the United States in 1903 from Poland, where they had met and married.  Wislawa had […]

June 7th, 2018|Novel Notes of Local Lore|