Joseph Winandy

Joseph Winandy Interview*

History of Uptown, Rosehill District/Early Life, Document #7

Source: Informant Joseph Winandy, 6137 North Ravenswood Avenue, a notary public of Luxemburg extraction who has worked in the district around Rosehill since 1881 and whose father came to Rosehill in 1871. Interviewed January, 1928.

I have been here forty-six years. My father settled near Wietors in West Rogers Park in 1871. Sometime later there was a boom at Calvary so he put up the house had built on two wagons and moved it up there. In 1875 he sold this place and went back to Luxemburg for his health. I came back with him when I was eighteen years old.

East Ravenswood Park north of Cemetery Drive from Ridge, rather, to Devon has been paved sixteen years. About two years before that Ridge Boulevard was paved. The name is now Ravenswood instead of East and West Ravenswood for the streets on either side of the Northwestern tracks. Ridge Boulevard has always crossed the tracks about where it does now. It used to be a sand road and was until it was paved. Ridge was always sinking because it crossed a slough when it left Clark Street. Fifty years ago they used to have to fill in the holes with trees. Most of the houses until lately have been to the east of the Northwestern tracks. Harry Barstow is on the west side. He sold to Michael Welter.

Many of the people who first owned the land around here still have descendants in the neighborhood. The Zenders owned north of Pratt Avenue to Ridge and the railroad. The Manns were on the east side of Clark. The railroad was the dividing line for much of the early land but Ludas and Sinner had land west of the tracks on Clark to Robey Street. The first people who bought up here bought some of their land from Phillip Rogers. The Fortmanns were here early. The Mann’s forty acres from Robey to Western and from Pratt to Waller, Greenview to Clark. Sinner and Ben Ludas were Luxemburgers while the Schreibers were Germans. Mike Winandy came here in 1865 and settled at Robey and Devon on the northwest … [missing text] [Missing text] … acres under glass. He has a greenhouse building business now at 6054 Ridge Boulevard. This is the son of the original Mike. The orphanage of St. Henry’s Church owned from Clark to the tracks south of Devon. They have sold that land now. Weber was south of Rosemont Avenue and Kransz south of Granville. The Baers owned land along the east of the Northwestern tracks. Baer’s saloon had sheds for horses and places for sixty or seventy carriages. It was a half way house to Calvary. The Mount Pleasant House stood on a sand hill on Clark. There were hills of sand on the south and north corners of Clark and Devon that had to be leveled off when the place was built up.

The slough ran along the west side of the tracks to Thome and seemed to change its course there and come over to the east side of the tracks. Our house still shakes when the trains pull into Rogers Park. Broadway was called the hundred foot road and was that wide when I first saw it. Peter Kinn was here in 1871. In 1900 Tony Goetzinger owned the saloon at the end of Cemetery Drive on Clark Street. I bought it from him and sold it to Scheuer in 1903. The blacksmith just north of this place was named John Belgon and he must have built his shop in 1892. A man who was called Marchant owned it for awhile. Poplar Grove was at Winamac and Argyle. Girsch had a blacksmith shop down there. Clark used to be called the gravel road. Names have changed all over this place. The Kenmore station on the Northwestern was High Ridge until people around here thought it was too old style and changed it to a more high class name. I guessed they wanted to sell their land. The post office was Havelock. Then we used to call from Touhy to Granville “Up on the Ridge,” and in the section north of Touhy was “In the Keidel.”

In 1889 my father and I opened a grocery store on Victoria just west of Clark. We called it the Little Green Grocery. This land was owned by Schneider who sold it to a company and did the subdividing around Hollywood and Victoria. There wasn’t much building but someone built a home north of the present St. Paul’s Lutheran Church on Edgewater and someone else built on Hollywood. Ardmore was cut through in 1889, but there wasn’t much development until 1908. There may have been what you would have called a spurt up til ’92 but there was a break then that lasted until ’98. In ’93 and ’94 lots were sold for $150 and $250. I wished many times since I had money then.

* Joseph Winandy was born 7 April 1870 in Eschdorff, Luxemburg and he died at his home at 6137 North Ravenswood on 29 July 1940 (he was buried in St. Henry’s Cemetery). In 1897 he married Anna Pedesch, born in Illinois of Luxemburger parents, and they had seven children. Their first home was at 1515 Victoria (then 837) and in 1910 they lived at 5957 North Ridge. After Anna’s death in 1910 he married Anna Margarethe Scholtus, born in Luxemburg, with whom he had five more children (Margarethe immigrated to the United States in 1911, the same year she married Joseph). Joseph Winandy’s occupation was building carpenter although I older age he was proprietor of a carpentry shop.

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.