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Frank and his parents are mentioned in a letter 11-25-1932 Irene. There are also a couple of letters by his daughters not yet transcribed.

Frank Stevens

Aug. 1899 to Oct. 1962



  Esther (Pearson)



married c.1919


Fran Wachdorf

Frances Stevens 1899-1980



photos on

Fran's children page


Frank Jr

Lorraine (Cameron)

Shirley (Novak)

Margaret (Galligan)

Richard, Ronald



Audrey (Marek)



Phillip W. Stevens



spouse's parents:

Anton Wachdorf


 Anna Klein

maternal grandparents:


paternal grandparents:


maternal aunts & uncles:


paternal aunts & uncles:

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Frank and Fran 1943

Frank and Fran flanking two of their sons and daughter Lorraine "Sis"

Frank's mass card 1962


Working backwards in time (and noting the fluctuating birth places of Frank's parents):

Obituary from Chicago Tribune 10-15-1962: Frank E. Stevens, beloved husband of Frances, nee Wachdorf; dear father of Frank Jr, Lorraine Cameron, Margaret Galligan, Shirley Novak, Richard, Ronald, Audria Marek, Raymond, and George; grandfather of 14; brother of Mrs. Esther Pearson and Phillip Stevens. Services Wednesday Oct. 17 1:30 p.m. at the Reda Funeral Home, 8210 S. Racine avenue. Interment local cemetery.

1930 census, Chicago, 5750 La Salle St:

Frank Stevens, age 31, married at 20, born in IL of a father born in Wisconsin and a mother born in IL, 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. I wonder why he's not counted in this census?)


1920 census, Chicago Ward 31, S. La Salle St.:

Phillip W. Stevens, age 52, machinist in automobile industry, born in IL, father born in IL, mother born in WI

Dora Stevens, wife, age 41, born in Iowa, father born in Iowa, mother born in PA

Son Frank Stevens, age 21, born in IL, machinist in automobile industry

Daughter Esther E. Stevens, age 15, born in IL

Daughter Helen M. Stevens, age 9, born in IL


1910 census, Chicago Ward 30:

Phillip W. Stevens, age 33 (should be 43), in 1st marriage 13 yrs, machinist, born in IL of parents born in IL

Dora Stevens, age 30 mother of 4, three surviving, born in Iowa of parents born in Iowa

Frank E Stevens, age 11, born in IL

Phillip F. Stevens, age 8, born in Michigan

Esther E. Stevens, age 5, born in IL


1900 census, Chicago, Hyde Park township:

Phillip Stevens, age 24, born Feb. 1876, married 3 years, painter, born in IL, father in CT, mother in IL

Dora Stevens, age 21, born Nov. 1878 in Iowa, father from PA, mother from Ohio

Frank E Stevens, age 1, born August 1899 in IL

They also have boarders Louis Peterson (26, married, plumber) and Emil Robertson (18, single, druggist).