Anna Klein

Anna Klein Interview*

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

Source: Mrs. Anna Klein, 5545 North Ashland Boulevard, who came to the Summerdale district in 1887.

I have been here forty years and before that my father-in-law farmed this land east of Ashland to Clark. We used to buy our things at Rosehill at a general store run by Kinn. This wasn’t at the station but it was nearer us than the Summerdale place. I don’t recall many stores at Summerdale. I never went out much. Jim Anderson used to be postmaster at Rosehill. Baer kept a saloon until 1887 and then he started a foundry. Erasmus Hansen the stone cutter came here in ’87.

* Anna Klein (nee Saal) was born about 1859 in Illinois and died 4 September 1940. She married Michael Klein (born about 1851 in Bavaria), who was the son of Christopher Klein, an early farmer in Lake View Township. Michael died in 1893 [his death certificate indicates he was gardener], leaving his wife to raise their six children on her own. She, her husband, and father-in-law are buried in Rosehill Cemetery.

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