Tuesday, January 21, 2014

52 Ancestors: Ancestor #3 Clara E Miottel

 52 Ancestors in 52 Weeks a blog prompt by Amy Johnson Crow http://www.nostorytoosmall.com/posts/challenge-52-ancestors-in-52-weeks/
Clara and dog Peggy cir 1950

Clara E. Miotell was my grandmother.  I never had a chance to meet her, she died shortly before my mother's 23rd birthday.  She was born 25 Jul 1894 in Chicago, Cook, Illinois. She was the fourth of six children born to Theodor and Johanna (nee Schuck) Miottel.  Her birth was preceded by a baby boy born 20 Mar 1889 that died 21 Mar 1889; Johanne M. Miottel born 3 May 1890 who died later that day; and a sister Hedwig that was born 6 Mar 1893 and died 6 Apr 1897.  Siblings George and Lydia were born were born 24 Apr 1897 and 15 Dec 1899 respectively.  Clara's mother and sister Lydia both passed away in August of 1900, just ten days apart from the flu and TB.

Margarette, Emilie, Clara (behind), and Helen, cir 1915


Clara's father remarried on 25 May 1901 to Emilie Blank, nee Panzer.  Emilie's husband Adolph Blank had passed away in March of 1900.  She and Adolph had four children:  Margarette, Helen, Arthur and Adolph Jr.  A new household was formed and by 1910 the census shows the family living in Chicago, Ward 12 with the following living in the household:

Theodor Miottell                                   49
Emilie C Miottel                                    43
Clara E Miottel                                     15
George Miottel                                     12
Adolph Blank                                       21
Margarerette A Blank                           16
Arthur E Blank                                     13
Helen C Blank                                      11
John W Miottel   (Theodor's brother)    53

I imagine the household was busting at the seems!

The 1920 Census finds her living with her father Theodor, step-mother Emilie and step-sister Helen.  Clara's occupation is listed as a shoemaker.

Clara married William Skibbe on 14 Sep 1921.  They adopted their niece Vayola Gollnick after the death of Williams sister 's and brother-in-law in 1921.  A son William Jr. was born 28 Dec 1923.  My mother was born in 1934.
Violet, William and Clara 1928

Clara died on 9 Nov 1957 at the age of  63.  She died at Ravenswood Hospital in Chicago of cancer of the colon.

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