Albert J. Braun (1911-1991) oral history
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Albert J. Braun (1911-1991) oral history


Interview with Albert J. Braun by Rhea Adler in Wilmette, Illinois, on October 15, 1978. ABSTRACT Interviewee: Albert J. Braun Interviewer: Rhea Adler Date of Interview: October, 1978 Account of Braun family, six boys and three girls Farm of 25-30 acres — Truck gardens — Randolph Street Market and South Water Street Market with horse-wagons Indian Hill Estates developed by Henry Drucker - Streets laid out - Turned over to Bill’s Realty - Swampland - Skating on pond - Drained into Skokie Lagoons CCC Camp - (Civilian Conservation Corps) - Harold Ickes - Sump pumps needed in houses built throughout the area Earlier times they were able to ice skate north to Glencoe in winter and west to Waukegan Road — Clamp-on skates - Playmates Bohnen’s and Braun’s and Borres — All relatives but Thalmann’s Thalmann’s Grocery and Tavern — Now Wilmette Fire Station #2 — Tavern later a bowling alley - Ballroom during Prohibition - Old Gross Point band Moonshining - Blind Pigs - Home Brew - Raids Judge Peters Warrants needed — Warnings given before raids were made — Contents of various liquors Picnics held at Lake/Locust - Mostly family reunions - Several generations Otto Kempe - Shoe shop - Paul, Mathilde, Walter Ditmer - Shoe Shop - Lake Avenue Dance halls of 1930’s — Weller’s tent - Waukegan/ Dempster - Kit Kat at Howard/Sheridan second floor, one on Peterson Avenue - Saturday night at Diamond Lake - Young people’s parties - Taverns of the 1930’s family affairs Winkler’s Grove at Ridge/Lake Stores on Ridge Road: Beuscher’s Hardware, Klinge and White Grocery Segar Street now Schiller - Reinwald now Illinois Road - Blum Street and Brown Street Families on south side of Lake Avenue — Goldbach, Zeutschel, Carrier, Ditmers, Spiess, Braun, Joe Thalmann and Millie Thalmann Meier’s Ice Company — Wilmette at 1900 Washington (from Seltzer’s Pond at Hibbard/Illinois Road) stored in saw dust in barn Annexation of Gross Point by Wilmette 1921-1926