Arnold Busch

Arnold Busch Company Head Interview*

History of Uptown, General Uptown/Miscellaneous Information, Document #28c

Source: Head of Arnold Bush and Son Company, 5147 [6151] Ravenswood. Interviewed in December, 1927.

At the side of an old house at 5147 [6151] Ravenswood Avenue there is a garage and workshop where the Arnold Busch and Son Company makes summer sausage. Five to eight people are employed. Most of these are Luxemburgers. The place has been open four years. This street on the east side of the Northwestern tracks is at the back of Joseph Winandy’s home at 6137 Ravenswood. At Ridge and Ravenswood Michael Winandy has a greenhouse business. These places are located from Highland south to Foster which is the territory I have investigated. They do not seem to be more than ten years old, and most of them have come in within the past five years.

* Arnold Busch, a wholesale butcher, was born 14 Nov 1867 in the Rhine region of Germany and died 30 November in 1930 at his home on North Ravenswood. He immigrated to the United States in 1894 with his wife Katharina, whom he married in 1892. They had a daughter Adelia, born in Germany, and two sons, Frederick and Arnold, Jr., born in Chicago. Arnold Busch and Sons was in existence at least as early as 1923. Arnold, Jr., died in 1926 of tuberculosis in El Paso, Texas, his death certificate listing his occupation as sausage maker. Fred carried on in the sausage making business on his own, operating the company in his name at 2554 West Lawrence Avenue in 1942.

Cover page: Documents: History of the Uptown Community, Chicago. Prepared for the Chicago Historical Society and the Local Community Research Committee, University of Chicago. Research under the direction of Vivien M. Palmer; staff investigators Marion Lindner and Beatrice Nesbit. These documents contain data just as it was secured form old residents and from existing documents. A final check of the data will appear in the volume of the Social History of Chicago.

Format: Photocopy of a typescript without page numbers in the Chicago History Museum library; volume 2 of a 6-volume set containing documentary information on 20 Chicago community districts/areas.

Publication date: 1925-1930.