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There are many letters written by or about Harry and there are audio tapes as well. Will be adding links below for quite some time.

Links to those written BY Harry: 9-9-1932 Wachdorfs and 11-4-1932 Harry (at age 15); 1954 Mar 18 Harry; 1955 Jan 17 Harry (with poem);  1961 Oct 25 Irene; 1968 Feb 23 Harry (big one); 1968 July 25 Harry; big one again 1969 Feb 5 Harry


Links to those mentioning Harry or his family: 10-21-1932 Irene; 11-4-1932 Irene; 11-17-1932 Art; 1955 Jan 15; 1955 Aug 8; 1955 Oct 6 Irene; 1955 Nov 26; 1956 Aug 19; 1956 Oct 18 Irene (barely mentioned); 1956 Oct 20; 1957 Jan 2; 1964 Apr 30 Irene; 1966 Dec 10 Galligan; 2-19-1967 Hilda; 1969 Jan 20 Larry; 1969 Dec 27 (from young niece thanking Harry & Justy for gift of doll)



Henry Francis "Harry" Wachdorf

9-18-1917 to 4-3-1997



  1910-Edward Wachdorf Jr.

  1912-Irene H. Wachdorf

  1915-Arthur Wachdorf

  1919-Jerry Wachdorf

  1923-Frank Wachdorf

  1926-Larry Wachdorf

  1929-Dolores Wachdorf





Justina Hannigan 




current generations

not listed

to protect

their privacy


Harry's parents:

Edward Wachdorf


Irene Pfleger

Justina's parents:

Patrick Hannigan



His maternal grandparents:

John Pfleger & Maria Grimm


His paternal grandparents:

Anton Wachdorf & Anna Klein


His maternal aunts & uncles:

c.1878-Henry Pfleger & Louise; 1880-Oscar Pfleger & Annie; 1883-Lou Pfleger & Gert; 1884/5-Dell Pfleger & Harry Wachdorf


His paternal aunts & uncles:

1883-Clara Roster & Henry; 1884-Kitty Hochertz & Tony; 1886-Harry H. Wachdorf & Dell; 1892-Joseph Wachdorf & Jessie; 1895-Lettie Myers & Harvey; 1897-Mae Wachdorf; 1899-Frances Stevens & Frank; 1902-Madge Wachdorf


His great-grandparents: Frank Grimm & Katerina Lukner

Jean Pfleger & Katharina Walter

John Klein & Christina Alberg

(Wachdorf ancestors unknown)

His great-great-grandparents & more in Pfleger Family tree


Many photos and info to be added.

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Sis, Art, their father Edward Wachdorf, and baby Harry in his arms c. 1918

Harry self-labeled as "Weinhober" with Art and Sis and ?

Irene & Edward, Sis & Art, and baby Harry being held by his Aunt Dell Pfleger's friends

Harry being held by his Grandma Maria Grimm Pfleger, almost lost to shadows

Sis, Art, Harry being held, probably by his Grandma Pfleger

Harry's not in the shot, but it's Art, Ed and Sis on the same day

Little Harry Wachdorf c. 1918 in the uniform his Aunt Dell Pfleger made for him (soldiers unknown)

same trio

Little Harry Wachdorf in uniform being held by his uncle, Big Harry Wachdorf

clockwise from left: Sis (Irene), Art, Ed Jr., Harry, Jerry (Harry's grandmother said his curls made him look like the baby Jesus).

I think it's Harry

1931 Harry in St. Martin's school photo, third row, fifth from left

graduation photos

Harry and Gizmo in the backyard 58th St

5-24-1941 Justy and Harry on brother Jerry's wedding day

Harry on left in his cousin Eleanor Pfleger's wedding to Bob Wilson

back row from left: Dolores, Ed Jr, Harry, Bunky. Front row: Ed's kids, Irene, Charlotte (Jerry's wife) and Marge (Ed's wife)

Just Harry and his mother Irene

from left: Harry, Charlotte, Millie & Dick Heagberg, Irene & Art, Ed & Marge, Bunky (photo courtesy of Dick Heabgerb)

Harry and Justy flanked by his parents and his sister Dolores on trip to Mackinac 1949

from left: Char & Jerry, Millie & Dick Heagberg, Justy & Harry, Jinny's brother Grover Rose & date, Jinny & Bunky (photo courtesy Dick Heagberg)

Easter, April 1955

May 1958

Harry and Justy, July 1958

Justy and Harry in April 1983

Wachdorf plans musical retirement. Easiest to read if you enlarge and then print it.

From Irene Pfleger Wachdorf's baby calendar: Sept. 18, 1917 Harry Francis Wachdorf born Tues. morning at 5:30 weight 8 lbs. Oct. 7, 1917 Harry Francis was christened Sunday, Oct. 7, by Father Hanley in St. Joachim's* Church. Godparents: Henry J. Pfleger and Frances Wachdorf." (Note: Tuesday's child is full of grace--and Harry is the fourth kid and 3rd Tuesday birth. Note also: all of Irene's children except Larry and Dolores were born at home.)

Cook County birth certificate (only Art, Harry, Larry and Dolores have birth certificates. Believe this means they are the only births that were attended by a doctor) Henry Wachdorf Spet 18, 1917, born at 649 E. 87th Place, attended by MC Mullins MD (think it says Mullins) of 5900 Wentworth. Father Edward Wachdorf of 649 E. 87th Place, age 29 years, occupation: clerk. Father born in Chicago. Mother Irene Pfleger, age 29 years, mother of 4 children now living, herself born in Jackson, Michigan.

*St. Joachim's Church: for a period around 1917 the Wachdorf family lived on the far South side, "the country" back then. The Weinhober photo, above, is from that time.

1920 census, 649 87th Place, 9th Ward (Township: tract Ag. 5 bounded by 84th St. Cottage Grove 88th Place and precinct line State St.--this was out in the country at the time. They even raised chickens):

Edward Wachdorf, 31, office manager for oil manufacturer

wife Irene, 32

Son Edward, 9

Daughter Irene, 7

Son Arthur,4

Son Harry, 2

Son Gerald, 4 months

mother-in-law Mary Pfleger, widow

sister-in-law Adele Pfleger, 35, dress maker in a general merchandise establishment.


1930 census, 334 W. 54th St.:

Edward J. Wachdorf owns home value $6000, has a radio. 41, married at 21, occupation: agent for Sinclair Refinery.

Wife Irene, 42, married at 21.

Son Edward, 19, shipping clerk

daughter Irene, 17, doing bookkeeping for a stationary company

son Arthur, 15, no occupation

son Henry, 12

son Gerald, 10

son Francis, 7

son Lawrence, 4

daughter Dolores, 11 months

sister-in-law Adele Wachdorf (no longer Pfleger), age 45, married at 40 (though husband Harry Wachdorf is living down the street with his parents), occupation: seamstress for Dept. Store.


11-4-1932 Harry put a PS on a letter from his mother to his sister in the convent, "If you ever discover any bugs or interesting insects out there save them for me. I found a queer looking bug on Aunt Annie's oleander bush last Tuesday and when I brought it to school discovered that it was only a grass cricket."

Excerpt from a letter to his sister, Dolores, 2-23-1968: Sunday night and for the last six or seven Sundays I have been playing an Irish ("tavern" is crossed out, "Inn" is crossed out) Saloon on 63rd and California called Hoban's. The band is known as Hoban's Heroes. We play a broadcast over station WOPA (Oak Park) from 8:30 to 9:00 and then play for the assorted characters, dancers, guzzlers and elite who frequent the joint until midnight, at which time we quit but they don't. The station is one of those way up on the dial--a powerful 7 or 8 watt station that does nothing all day but broadcast ethnic music. They do a lot of Irish broadcasts, some Polish, some German, etc...I work with this fellow on accordion who just never plays the right chord--only the closest one. He plays most of the Irish stuff alright but anything else is pure brutality...Luv n kisses from me and my Mrs. and God love you--we sure do--Harry

Social Security Death Index: Henry F. Wachdorf 9-18-1917 to 4-3-1997 Chicago. (He had a stroke following surgery.)

Much more to add.