Gertrude Kellner

Gertrude Kellner Interview*

History of Uptown, Rosehill District/Miscellaneous Material, Document #9a

Source: Mrs. Gertrude Kellner, 1601 Thome Avenue, a sister of Bernard Weber, whose family were among the first settlers in West Rogers Park. Interviewed November, 1927.

My family were here in 1855. You have probably heard of how St. Henry’s got their land. Lawrence Bugner gave an acre south of Devon for the church and the grave yard and Schreiber gave the lots north of Devon for the school and the priest’s home. There were no grocery stores when I was a girl. We had to carry our things after we got off at the Rosehill station. Some of our groceries we bought in Summerdale and other at Rogers Park. The roads were pretty good when you mean Ridge and Clark, but Devon was muddy and sandy in spots. We used to go down Devon when we went swimming because it went nearest the lake but it didn’t go clear through. The other place we went for our good time was Ravenswood. We had to buy our land twice because the man who sold it named Anderson did not have clear title to it. He was a minor or something. The land was paid for in gold, I’ve heard my father say.

* Gertrude Kellner was born 1 April 1855 in Chicago and died 8 December 1928 in Wilmette, Illinois. She was the daughter of Michael Weber and Mann Marie Baer. In 1889 at Rose Hill she married George Fred Kellner, born in Germany, who died in 1911. The couple had no children who lived to adulthood.

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