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So far I've only come across one letter speaking briefly about Anna: 11-25-1932 Irene

Anna Marie Klein Wachdorf

5-12-1861 to 3-9-1941



 1859-Mary Klein Falkenthal

 1863-Henry Klein


 1871-Christina Klein Lehman

 1876-George Klein

 plus five who did not live



Catherine became


Mary Anthony Klein

a nun of the

Poor Clare Colettine


Santa Barbara Mission

married 4-18-1882 in

St. Peter's Church, Chicago


Anton Wachdorf

5-14-1861 to 10-14-1937


all born in Chicago


  1883-Clara Roster

  1884-Kitty Hochertz

  1886-Harry H. Wachdorf

  1888-Edward Wachdorf

  1892-Joseph Wachdorf

  1895-Lettie Myers

  1897-Mae Wachdorf

  1899-Frances Stevens

  1902-Madge Wachdorf



Her parents:

John H. Klein


Christina Alberg

his parents:


Her Klein grandparents:

unknown of Germany


Her Alberg grandparents:

maybe Georg & Claudia Alberg

Her paternal aunts & uncles are not known. If the Christiana Alberg who entered the US in 1850 on the Peter Hattrick is the same as our Christina Alberg, then her Alberg aunts and uncles included Nicolas & wife Magdalena, another Magdalena, Heinrich/Henry, and perhaps Maria (Linwood) & Johann. Best I can tell, only Henry remained in the US

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Anna Klein Wachdorf beside her mother, Christina Alberg Klein, holding grandson Edward Wachdorf Jr, born in 1910, Edward Sr. behind them

Anna, two daughters and daughter in law, click on it for the label

Anna with her daughters Midge and Kitty plus Kitty's sons, Tony and Eddie, and Anna's granddaughter Celia Roster

Anna with her oldest son, Harry, before he shipped off to France for WWI

another shot of Anna and her son Harry in 1917 or 1918. Not sure who the civilian is.

photo postcard of Anna that matches some of her daughters, one dated 1918, so these shots may have been for her son Harry leaving for France, WWI

Anna, her daughter Midge, and possibly her daughter-in-law Jessie McCormick (Joe's wife) plus two unidentified kids

Anna with three of her granddaughters (Joe's daughters Leona and Blanche flanking Fran's daughter Lorraine "Sis")

Anna Klein Wachdorf and one of her daughters, probably 1937

Mary Klein Falkenthal and Anna Klein Wachdorf

Anna, her sister, her daughters, granddaughters, daughter-in-law c. 1936, next photo is same with labels

same as previous, labeled

Anna's mass card 1941

Anna's death certificate 1941

Anton and Anna's tombstone

Middle name discovered on the line for "mother's maiden name" on the death certificate for her daughter, Madeline.

Click on Klein to go to information about Anna's siblings and her father's line. Click on Christina Alberg for her mother's information.

1870 census Chicago Ward 8

John Klein, age 42, foundry hand, real estate value $1800, personal estate 200, born Prussia

Christine Klein, age 34, keeping house, born Prussia

Mary Klein, age 11, at school, born IL (as are her siblings)

Anna Klein, age 9, at school

"Samuel" Klein, age 7, male, at school

Catherine Klein, age 3, at home

"Hanah" Klein, age 1, female


1880 census, Chicago District 66, Stewart Avenue

John Kline, age 52, day laborer, born in Prussia of parents born in Prussia

wife Christina, age 44, keeping house, born in Prussia of parents born in Prussia

daughter Mary, age 21, milliner, born in IL (as are her siblings)

daughter Anna, age 19, at home

son Henry, age 17, wks in Saddlery (was Samuel in 1870)

daughter Katrina, age 13, at home

son Harry, age 11, at school (was female and Hanah in 1870)

daughter Christina, age 8, at school

son George, age 4


1882 marriage certificate is in the image gallery on the Anton Wachdorf page.


1882 Chicago City Directory, under the Dressmakers category: "Klein, Anna, wid. Anthon, 270 W. Chicago av"

Was she listed as "wid" (presumably short for widow) in error, and it should have said "betrothed"? Or did respectable women pretend to be widows in order to justify making money? In the 1882 City Directory her husband (or perhaps only her future husband when the listing came out) was listed as, "Wachdorf, Anton, fireman, house 258 W. 14th." (Her address listing could have been a shop, not a home.) One last thing to note from the directories--in the 1880 census her family is on Stewart Avenue. In the 1884 City Directory, there is a listing for "Wachdorf, Anton, fireman, house 91 Stewart av."


1900 census, Chicago Ward 30, District 945, 418 W. 58th St.

Anton Wachdorf, age 39, born May 1861, married 18 years, immigrated 1865, naturalized, engineer-loco

wife Annie, age 39, born May 1861, mother of 8 of whom 8 are living

daughter Clara, age 17, born June 1883, milliner

daughter Katherine, age 15, born Aug 1884 (no profession listed, nor "at school")

son Henry, age 13, born Aug 1886, at school (Harry)

son Edward, age 11, born Aug 1888, at school

son Joseph, age 8, born June 1892, at school

daughter Coletta, age 5, born May 1895

daughter "Mary," age 2, born July 1897 (Mae)

daughter Frances, 10 months, born Aug 1889

(NOTE: neighbor is John C. Miller, policeman, with sons John F. born in 1887 and Andrew born in 1894. John F. is witness on marriage certificate of Edward Wachdorf and Andrew is witness on marriage certificate of Joseph Wachdorf)


1910 census, Chicago Ward 31, District 1338, 316 W. 58th St.

Anton Wachdorf, age 45, in 1st marriage 25 yrs, column for immigration year says "?", naturalized, engineer--bridge co

wife Anna, age 45, mother of nine of whom 9 are living

daughter Catherine, age 25, packer--Stone Bros.

son Henry, age 23, chauffeur--automobile (Harry)

son Joseph G, age 17, messenger--railroad

daughter Coletta, age 14

daughter "Mary" A, age 11 (Mae)

daughter Frances B, age 9

daughter Magdalena, age 7

(Note son Edward is living at 355 W. 58th with his new in-laws, the Pflegers.)


1920 census, Chicago Ward 31, District 1896, 316 W. 58th Street (owned)

Anton Wachdorf, age 58, immigrated 1863, naturalized 1882, elect. eng--Electric Bridge

wife Anna, age 58

daughter Coletta, age 23, packing--jewelry house

daughter "Mary," age 22, bookkeeper--jewelry house (Mae)

daughter Frances, age 20, packer--jewelry house

daughter Madeline, 17, steno--(illegible)

(NOTE: neighbor is once again John C. Miller--see 1900 census for comments)


1930 census, Chicago Ward 17, Block 51, 316 W. 58th Street (owned, not rented, valued at $4000, with radio)

Anton Wachdorf, age 68, married at 21, immigrated 1866, naturalized, engineer--bridge

Wife Anna, age 68, married at 21

Grand-daughter Coletta, age 15, born IL (Joe's daughter)

daughter "Mary," age 32, general office--novelty co. (Mae)

daughter Magdalen, age 27, stenographer--Chicago Motor Co

son Henry, age 42, married at 37, auto mechanic--auto shop (Harry, whose wife Dell is with her sister at 334 W. 58th)

(Note that the neighbor is John C. Miller again--see 1900 census.  Note also that son Edward lives just down the street at 334 W. 58th.)