“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|

Brainwashed by “Hitler’s Philosophies”

Iveta Prochazka was born on February 8, 1923 in Czechoslovakia to Adam Klima and Bozena Pesek.  Iveta was the youngest of three children, her older siblings being Radana and Rudolf.  It is unknown what type of work Adam did, as he passed away when Iveta was just four years old.

Left to raise her three children […]

May 31st, 2018|Novel Notes of Local Lore|

Proud to Have Helped Build the Eisenhower and the Kennedy Expressways

Ignac “Iggy” Rybar was born on September 23, 1926 in Trencin, Slovakia to Jacob Rybar and Amalia Laska.  Jacob worked as an “outdoor maintenance man” and Amalia cared for their three children: Ignac, Emil and Lydia.

Iggy went to the equivalent of elementary school and then attended a trade school to learn to become a mechanic.  […]

May 24th, 2018|Novel Notes of Local Lore|

“The Singing Postman”

Irving McDonald was born on April 2, 1915 in Chicago to Wesley McDonald and Lucille Rickert.  Wesley was born in Pennsylvania but at some point moved to Chicago and began working as a mail carrier.  Lucille was a Chicago native and stayed at home with their five children, of whom Irving was the oldest.

From a […]

May 17th, 2018|Novel Notes of Local Lore|