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About Pietsch-Fritsch-Lehner, etc. Family Tree
Our family came to the United States at the turn of the 20th Century.  Albert Pietsch, Sr arrived 
in about 1893 bringing with him his second wife Caroline and 7 of his 8 children: Anna, Ida, 
Bertha, Josef, Rose, Paul, and Frank Albert.  These named children were born to he and his first 
wife. His first wife Margaretha Völkel died in Germany. Albert, his wife, and the children arrived 
at the port in Montreal, Canada. His eldest son Albert Pietsch, Jr arrived with his family in June 
1898.  Within a short period of time most if not all the families Pietsch, Fritsch, Lehner and 
others had arrived by 1915. One interesting fact about Grandfather Albert Sr. is that he was an 
ARBEITER(see below**).  
Many of our family members worked in the “Stock Yards” of Chicago.  Carl Sandburg, poet and author 
called Chicago "the butcher for the world". Just imagine that our family members were a part of 
that history.  Our family worked for the most part in the slaughter-houses on the south side of 
Chicago and still others were both skilled and unskilled laborers, butcher shop owners, the 
entrepreneurs of their time.
The census records show from about 1900 until 1930 most if not all Pietsch and Fritsch families 
lived within a five (5) mile radius of each other and within walking distance of their jobs at the 
stockyards, and a very short distance from their church.  
Most lived and died in the old neighborhood known as “Canaryville” and/or “The Back of the 
Yards".  The name "back of the yards" comes from living behind the stockyards.  These were Irish 
Catholic and German neighborhoods filled with immigrant families living in this area near their 
jobs and church.  Some of the parishes in the area were St. Joseph’s, St. Augustine’s, St. Rosa 
Lima, and St. Gabriel’s. I would say that most of our family were baptized, confirmed, married, 
and were buried from St. Augustine’s.  And many were buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery, located on 
West 87th Street in Evergreen Park, IL. .
This is just a very brief history of our family. Please let us know what you think and if you 
would like to see something of interest added.  We appreciate your comments.
A bit of the history of the area is at this link: 
Read more: The History of the Chicago Stockyards | eHow.com 
**Arbeiter is a German word for WORKER or Laborer.
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There are several ways to browse the family tree. The Tree View graphically shows the relationship of selected person to their kin. The Family View shows the person you have selected in the center, with his/her photo on the left and notes on the right. Above are the father and mother and below are the children. The Ancestor Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph above and children below. On the right are the parents, grandparents and great-grandparents. The Descendant Chart shows the person you have selected in the left, with the photograph and parents below. On the right are the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

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