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Lettie is mentioned in the following letter: 11-4-1932 Irene. Mentioned in letter 1966 Dec 10 Galligan as having Thanksgiving dinner with her sister Fran at home of Fran's daughter

Coletta "Lettie" Wachdorf Myers

5-29-1895 to March, 1985



  1883-Clara Roster

  1884-Kitty Hochertz

  1886-Harry H. Wachdorf

  1888-Edward Wachdorf

  1892-Joseph Wachdorf

  1897-Mae Wachdorf

  1899-Frances Stevens

  1902-Madge Wachdorf


married c. 1920


Harvey B. Myers

(born 1892 in NY)






her parents:

Anton Wachdorf


Anna Klein

his parents:


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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Lettie, ?, her sister Kitty, her future sister-in-law Dell Pfleger, her brother Harry behind groom Tony Hochertz c. 1911

Lettie on the left, her sister Mae on the right

pretty sure this is Lettie

Lettie looking like a bridesmaid (different dress than for Kitty's wedding, though)

The same dress, minus the coat and hat?

the same dress and hat with a matching girl who may be her sister Madge?

Lettie striking a pose

Lettie in a strip of photos from one of the penny arcade photo booths

Lettie and Harvey 1916

Lettie 3-19-1916, with the same outfit as the shot with Harvey

Lettie in 1918

the back of the previous photo

pretty sure this is Lettie

Lettie, her aunt Mary Klein Falkenthal, sis Fran, mother Anna Klein Wachdorf, sis Kitty, sis-in-law Irene, niece "Sis", niece "Toots," cousin Coletta

Lettie and her namesake niece, Coletta (Joe's daughter) in 1936

Lettie on the right, in back, beside her sister Fran at the double wedding of Fran's daughters, Shirley and Margaret

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

Coletta C. "Lettie" Wachdorf Myers, born 5-29-1895, is listed in the 1920 census living with her parents and working in packing for a jewelry house (same job for Fran and Kitty, but Mae is doing something else for a jewelry house, and Madge is doing steno work for some illegible employer). 

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.)


10-6-1914 (per Archdiocese records, register of Old St. Mary's, Chicago, obtained by Joe's granddaughter): husband = Joseph G. Wachdorf of 316 W. 58th St., shipping clerk, age 22, son of Anton Wachdorf from Germany and Anna "Kline" from Chicago, religion Catholic. Wife = Jessie J. McCormick of 346 W. 58th St., age 21, single, daughter of Charles McCormick from Boston, Mass. and Mary Drouin from France, religion Catholic (Note: license 677405 bride a convert, banns dispensed). Witnesses = Andrew P. Miller and Coletta Wachdorf. Priest = Edward T. Mallon C.S.P.

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)

At some point around 1926 or 1927 Lettie and Harvey took in Blanche Wachdorf, the seven-year-old daughter of Lettie's brother Joe (who died in 1928 of organic heart disease, having been in the hospital more than half a year). According to one of Blanche's daughters, they kept Blanche less than a year, and then she joined her sisters in the Angel Guardian Orphanage.

1930 census Chicago Dist 653 p. 27, 5800 Princeton (renting an apartment $25, Patrick & Francis King in the other flat):

Myers, Harvey B., age 37 married at 27, born in NY of parents born in NY, collector for a furniture company.

Wife Coletta, 34, married at 24. No occupation listed

(Note: their neighbor at 5802 Princeton is Arthur Plaehn and wife Eva, plus family, including daughter Charlotte. Charlotte will eventually marry Jerry Wachdorf, one of the sons of Kitty's brother, Edward.

Her niece's address book in the 1970s included Mrs. H. Myers, 6517 S. Hermitage, Chicago.

1985, March: Social Security Death Index, Coletta Myers born 5-29-1895 died Mar 1985, last residence 60415 Chicago Ridge, Cook CO, SSN issued in IL before 1951.