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To read a 1932 letter where Fran & Frank in the Great Depression are briefly discussed, click here: 11-25-1932 Irene. Letter by her daughter in which she is much discussed: 1966 Dec 10 Galligan. Additionally a letter from Fran to her niece is quoted on this page below the boxed section.

Frances Barbara Wachdorf Stevens

8-2-1899 to 7-11-1980



  1883-Clara Roster

  1884-Kitty Hochertz

  1886-Harry H. Wachdorf

  1888-Edward Wachdorf

  1892-Joseph Wachdorf

  1895-Lettie Myers

  1897-Mae Wachdorf

  1902-Madge Wachdorf


married c. 1919


Frank Stevens


Fran's children


   Frank Jr. "Bud"

   Lorraine "Sis"

   Margaret Galligan

   Shirley Novak







her parents:

Anton Wachdorf


Anna Klein

his parents:

Phillip Stevens



Her maternal grandparents:

John Klein and Christina Alberg Klein


Her paternal grandparents: unknown

Her maternal aunts & uncles:

Mary Klein Falkenthal & Charles, Henry Klein, Catherine (Sr. Mary Anthony), Christina Klein Lehman & George, George Klein & Laura


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Harry, Joe and Edward, from left to right, so the little girls are probably Madge and Fran

Fran (see matching photo of Madge with flowers and same dress on Madge page)

Fran around 1918

Lettie, Fran's Aunt Mary Falkenthal, Fran, her Mom, Kitty, sister-in-law Irene, niece Irene, niece Coletta, cousin Coletta Falkenthal c. 1936

Frank and Fran Stevens 1943

From left: Frank Stevens, Richard, "Sis" (Lorraine) holding daughter Doreen, Ray, Fran

Stevens gang (photo courtesy of Fran's great-nieces, Shirley and Laurie)

Frank and Fran (photo courtesy of their great-nieces, Shirley and Laurie)

maybe Clara, then Fan, Lettie, Kitty & Tony, Mae, Madge, and a relative of Kitty's, 1962, maybe Tony & Kitty's 50th anniversary

Fran and her kids, 1970

Fran's mass card, 1980

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

In 1917 Fran became godmother to her brother Edward's son Harry ("Little Harry") according to her sister-in-law's baby book.

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)


1930 census, Chicago, 5750 La Salle St:

Frank Stevens, age 31, married at 20, born in IL, father born Wisconsin, mother born IL, occupation: machinist in auto firm.

Wife Frances, age 30, married at 20.

Son Frank, age 9.

Daughter Lorraine, age 7.

Daughter Margaret, age 5.

Daughter Shirley, age 4.

(By his tombstone, Richard Stevens was born in Oct. 1928. Where is he?)

Letter dated January 1970 from Fran to her niece: "Many thanks for the lovely card. Hope you all had a real nice Christmas and a very Happy New Year in 70. We were all at Marge's place for Christmas this year. Since Frank died each year one of the children have Christmas at their place as they all have nice homes and I only have a small apt. as Ray and I don't need so much room and I just can't do the work I used to do now that I'm in the 70s. My hands and knees kick up with arthritis. I see you have 7 children now. Shirley has 6. Her baby will be two years old on Jan. 25th. She sure would love hearing from you as she is quite a way from home. George also moved to Kansas and he has a baby son last April. He was here for Thanksgiving this year, but the stay was only a week. Butch moved again. I  got my card with a new address. I haven't heard from Bunky in quite a while. I get a card from all but him, even Larry. I'll be you had quite a Christmas at your place. It's nice knowing how to drive. I sure wish I had learned--it wouldn't be so lonesome. Write when you can. Happy New Year, Aunt Frances." (Bunky and Larry are her nephews. Butch may be a reference to her nephew Edward's daughter Rose, nicknamed Butch.)

Death certificate Frances Barbara Stevens, died July 11, 1980, age at last birthday: 80. Date of birth: 8-2-1899. County of death: Cook, Chicago, Holy Cross Hospital, inpatient. Widowed. Residence 5051 S. Central. Father's name: Anton Wachdorf. Mother's maiden name: Anna Klein. Cause of death: acute myocardial failure due to or as a consequence of arteriosclerotic heart disease due to or as a consequence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.