As far as Louis was concerned, the family's Slovenian roots had been forgotten -- suppressed, actually, as Louis all his life claimed that he'd been born in the U.S.A. Louis took his part of the inheritance and bought a car. He married Edith OLSON, our maternal grandmother, in September of 1922.
They lived at the boarding house for a year or so. While they lived there, our mother Alice Marie was born (February 10, 1923) at St. Bernard's Hospital. Soon they had a new bungalow of their own built over at Avenue L, and Louis worked at the steel mills. He and Edith divorced when Alice was 8 years old, and she was raised by her grandparents John and Mathilda OLSON for three years. When she came back to live with Louis around 1934, he enlisted the help of Dorothy Brennan, a divorcee from Superior, Wisconsin with a small child of her own. Louis and Dorothy eventually married, while Alice spent her teen-aged years with her mother and new step-father. In 1943 Alice married Raymond Heinrich ZIEMER, and raised three children on the South Side: Barbara Lou(MCCAFFREY)b.1943, Raymond Gene (the author) b. 1948, and Susan (BOUMA), b.1957.
Alice Marie survived her husband by fourteen years. She passed away at the age of 87 years in June, 2010. (SEE Tribute to Alice).
When the boarding house* was sold, John also bought a bungalow, at 8407 Llewellen in the South Shore,
and moved there with his new wife Augusta IDEN. John worked as a machinist in the mills, and later at the Commonwealth Edison plant. John and "Gussie" had three more children: Beatrice (WALDRON), born 12/10/1922; Howard, born 3/15/1924; and Edward, born 6/12/1927. The Waldrons raised John, Dennis, and Hollis. .
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