My Own Family Surnames

Arrival Chicago, Illinois circa Spring 1865

Timeline in Chicago
Chicago City Directories show:
1) 1866 – August Rithammel – laborer – rent at 23 Willow (which seems to be near the Chicago/Indiana border )
2) 1867 not found
3) 1868 Augusthus Rethan – rent at 63 Fremont, Chicago, Illinois
4) 1869 August F. Rettamer – rent at 63 Fremont, Chicago, Illinois
5) 1870 August Rattermal – rent at 63 Fremont, Chicago, Illinois
6) 1871 Chicago Census shows – August Retthamet – 63 Fremont, Chicago; Ward 16, Males=3, Female=1, total house=4, born=Germany
a) Chicago Fire
7) 1872 August Rettermille – 63 Fremont
8) 1873 and 1874 not found
9) 1875 August Rettammel – 56 Hooker, work for Kasters and xxxx
a) Great Grandpa is naturalized citizen in October of this year. Hence the final version of surname is Rettammel.
10) 1876 August Rettammel – foreman, es. Hooker near W. Division, House 56 Hooker
a) August H. Rettammel born on June 4,1876
11) 1877-1879 none noted
12) 1880 US. Census – August Retthammer, Louisa Retthammer (wife), Eva (daughter 7 yrs old), August H. (son 4yrs), Edith but I think actually Ed (son 4 months). This is consistent with other research.
13) 1881 – 1884
14) 1885 August Retham listed at 365 Southport Ave., residence house
15) 1886-1888
a) Theodor(e) Rettammel is born in September 1886 or 1887
16) 1889 August Retthammer is listed as foreman, living at 351 Southport Ave.
17) 1890 – Louise Retthammer dies on December 19, 1890 at age of 44, 10 months, 18 days, from Angina pectoris.

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