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To see photos of Oscar on this page, click here: pics

To see him in the crowd at his in-laws & his brother's in-laws golden anniversaries, click here: Wirtz 50th and Bornhofen's 50th


Mentioned in two letters from 1932 quoted at bottom of this page and also 1956 Oct 18 Irene (the Sunday Evening Club)

Paper Trail:

census, refs in sister's calendar, death certificate (other items within Photo Gallery One)



Oscar Stephen Pfleger

8-15-1880 Jackson MI to 12-18-1932 Chicago



c. 1878-Henry Pfleger

1883-Lou Pfleger

c.1885-Dell Pfleger

1888-Irene Pfleger

"Arthur" who died in 1893

        at 11 months or 2 yrs

plus two more who died


all born in Jackson, Michigan

but moved to Chicago c.1891



his sisters, Dell & Irene, married Wachdorf brothers

married 10-29-1902

St. Martin's Church, Chicago


Annie Wirtz

12-6-1880 to 2-4-1958












Joke heard from both

 his niece and his grandson was that his monogram


stood for

"Oh Sweet Prince"


Johann Pfleger


Maria Grimm

spouse's parents:

Hubert Wirtz


Mary Krump

maternal grandparents:

Frank Grimm and Katerina Lukener


paternal grandparents:

Jean/Johannes Pfleger & Katherina Walter

maternal aunts & uncles:

c.1852-Peter Grimm & Kittie (in Jackson, Michigan); c.1858-Louis Grimm & Rose (her husband after 1892 was Charles Weren); Kate Grimm (Endres) (in Germany)


paternal aunts & uncles:

1841-Walter Karl; 1842-Katharine; 1844-Karl; 1845-Johann (died as infant); c.1849-Franz Pfleger; 1850-Elizabeth (died at 4); 1852-August; 1854-Peter; 1856-Elisabetha (Schaeffer); c.1860-Lena Pfleger Philipp & August (NOTE: ONLY LENA IN THE US)


For his full Pfleger lineage going back to the 1600s, click here: Pfleger Family tree

Click on any image to enlarge. Once enlarged, to zoom, move cursor to right of image, back onto image, and click again.

Maria and John Pfleger with (from left) Henry, Dell, Lou, Oscar (yes, Lou looks like he's wearing a dress)

think it's Oscar. Tintype in paper frame

Oscar on left and unknown boy

12-15-1901. Labeled in pencil on black back. Next shot is attempt to trace the label.

label of previous

labeled "OSP" which the family said stood for "Oh Sweet Prince" instead of Oscar Stephen Pfleger (according to one of his grandsons)

10-29-1902 Oscar Pfleger and Annie Wirtz

from left: Mary Wirtz (Enk), Annie, Henry Pfleger, Dell Pfleger, unknown man. Oscar seated. Children unknown

cut down photo postcard, next shot is the back

back of previous

Oscar and Annie, "As We Are In Old St. Joe," tintype

his mother, and wife's parents are in this shot. Next shot is same photo, with labeling

same as previous, labeled

don't know who the man on the left is. Photo postcard stamp box dates this to 1905-1908

1906 run for office

election results. He beat the socialist.

1924 outing to Crown Point (possibly for his sister Dell to get married?) Next shot is same with labels

same as previous, partially labeled

from left: Harry Wachdorf, Oscar and his son John (I think), either Edwin Enk or one of the Wirtz brothers, and Emil Wiedemann (I think)

clockwise from left: Edward, Oscar, Henry, Harry Wachdorf, Eleanor

Oscar seated on left, Harry Wachdorf (his sister Dell's husband) on right. Unknown in center

April 1929, 50th anniversary of the Bornhofens (his brother Lou's in-laws) with Oscar and many Wirtzes in the crowd. See below for link

from left, back: Sis Wachdorf, Eleanor Pfleger, Ed Wachdorf Jr. Front: Emil Wiedemann maybe, Dell Wachdorf, Annie, Oscar, and Harry Wachdorf

Oscar fourth from left directly behind Annie. Next photo is same with labels

same as previous, labeled

1930. Oscar 2nd from right. Full label below photo gallery as "long shot"

1930 from left: sister Dell, son Edward, Lou's wife Gert, Lou's Catherine, Lou's Marie, Lou's Leona, Oscar, his brother Lou, Oscar's Eleanor

Annie and Oscar

his obituary

his death certificate. Essentials transcribed below

Oscar and Annie's tombstone, St. Mary's Cemetery, Evergreen Park, IL

Long shot: Bunny Traut (future husband of Lou's daughter Marie), Marie Pfleger (daughter of Lou), Eleanor (his daughter), Gert Pfleger (Lou's wife), Ed (his son), Harry Wachdorf (Dell's husband), Dell Pfleger Wachdorf (Oscar's sister), Annie (his wife), Oscar, Lou (his brother).

To get to the labeled version of the photo of the Bornhofen's 50th wedding anniversary (which has in the crowd Oscar, Annie, Hubert & Mary Wirtz, Mary Wirtz Enk, Gert Wirtz Wiedemann and Eleanor Pfleger, plus Oscar's sister Dell and brother Lou and their families) click here: Bornhofen's 50th


Paper Trail

1900 census, Jackson Michigan:

John Pfleger, born Aug. 1847 in Germany, immigrated 1875, occupation: butcher

Wife Maria born Nov. 1851 in Ohio (supposedly--see her page), mother of 8 of whom 5 are living

Son Henry born July 1879, optician

Son Oscar, born Aug. 1881, cashier

Son Louis, born Jan. 1883, book keeper

Daughter Adelaide born Sept. 1885, telephone operator

Daughter Irene born Feb. 1888, at school.


In 1901, based on the photo in the gallery, he was serving on the USS Iowa


10-29-1902 married in St. Martin's Church to Annie Wirtz


1906: he unsuccessfully ran for the office of Clerk of the Criminal Court (see above in photo gallery).


1910 census, 5405 S. Shields, (in the same house as and renting from his father-in-law Hubert Wirtz):

Oscar S. Pfleger, 30 born Michigan of parents born in Ohio (wrong), married 7 years, occupation: book keeper--office

Wife Anna M., 29, born in IL, mother of 3 children of whom 3 are alive

Son Herbert C.C., age 6

Son John O., age 3

Son Henry S., age 1 (all born in IL.)

11-24-1912 Oscar was named the godfather of his sister Irene's daughter Irene "Sis" Wachdorf, christened at St. Martin's. The godmother was Hilda Grimm.

The calendar in which his sister wrote down information about her children's births from 1913 until 1929 has Oscar listed in the address section at 367 W. 58th st. phone Went 384(last digit unclear). This may mean in 1913 he lived at 367 W. 58th st.

12-4-1915 his eleven year old son Herbert was struck by an egg truck and killed 3 weeks before Christmas.

1918 draft registration: Oscar Stephen Pfleger of 5648 Wells, age38, born Aug. 15, 1880. Occupation: converter. Employers name: Loewenthal Farber illegible of 321 W. Jackson Blvd (on his death certif. his occupation was manager--mattress converter). Nearest relative: wife Mrs. Anna M. Pfleger. (Four days after he registered for the draft his daughter Eleanor was born.)

1920 census, 5648 Wells St.:

Oscar Pfleger, age 39, born in MI but says mother born in PA (wrong), occupation: manager--mattress factory

Wife Anna, age 39 (other info same as 1910)

Son John 13

Son Henry 11

Son Louis 8

Son Edward 5

Daughter Eleanor 1 (all born in IL).

10-3-1927 his 20-year-old son John broke his neck playing football and died.

1930 census, 5648 S. Wells:

Oscar Pfleger (owns home, value $6000, has radio) age 49, mother born in Germany, office manager--mattress supply co.

Wife Anna, 49 (other info same as 1910 & 1920)

Son Henry, 20, shopman for automobile company

Son Louis, 18, office work for coal company

Son Edward, 15

Daughter Eleanor, 11 (all born in IL).


Death Certificate 12-18-1932

born 8-15-1880 Jackson MI, was residing at 5648 S. Wells. Occupation: manager/mattress converter, employer A. Brandisein (?). Father: John Pfleger of unknown Germany, mother: Maria Grimm of Ohio. Informant: Henry J. Pfleger of 5648 S. Wells (his son, not his brother). Physician attended from 9-30 to 12-18, last saw alive Dec. 17 at 1 a.m. Cause of death: organic heart disease, duration 5 years.Contributing: arteriosclerosis, duration 5 years.



10-13-1932 by his sister Irene Pfleger Wachdorf to her daughter: "Christine and Genevieve were here for lunch today and can you imagine just as we were sitting down to eat who should drop in but Edward Pfleger and Edward Wachdorf Jr. (Oh yes, I forgot to tell you Edward is working with Edward Pfleger again for a while)... of course you know Edward knew the girls would be here and Uncle Oscar is away for a few days with the boss so it was fine coming home for dinner..." (This is the full mention, but to read the rest of the letter, click here: 10-13-1932 Irene.)

In a letter by his sister 11-25-1932 Irene there is a passing reference to Oscar, but only to say that after the first of December he will no longer be employing her son, nothing more. Note that he died less than a month later, 12-18-1932. 

Connection: his sisters, Dell & Irene Pfleger, married Wachdorf brothers Harry & Edward