Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Carl Joseph Schell

339 S. 4th St.
Carl Joseph Schell was born on October 21, 1891 in Quincy, Illinois. He was the fifth child of Reinold and Sophia Kolker Schell. I never really knew him; he died in 1935 about 13 years before I was born. I really don't remember Grandma talking about him; how I wished I had asked her about him.  My dad would have been only 9 years old when his dad died. And Carl died quite young being only 43 at the time of his death. During much of his youth, the family had lived at 339 S. 4th St. The house is no longer there but a picture of the house survives. He graduated from Quincy High School in 1911. He was employed as a salesman for the Kohl Grocery Co. for 18 years (1917-1935). We found a picture of the Kohl staff taken in front of the store. Carl was in the picture along with his sister, Coletta, and a young Jim Schell, his first son. The picture is located in the Illinois Room of the Quincy Public Library. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and the St. Joseph Young Men’s Society of St. Boniface Church. 

Carl and Beatrice-Wedding
Carl married Beatrice Mary Julianna Markus on June 21, 1916 at St. Francis Catholic Church. They made their home at 1615 Broadway. I had previously mentioned that home in an earlier post; all of us who remembered being at that house have fond memories of it. They would eventually have 7 children.... six of them being boys! That house must have been pretty lively! And remember, Grandma raised them pretty much by herself. The oldest son would have been only about 18 years old when their dad died. That's quite an accomplishment for a single parent...... during
1615 Broadway
the Great Depression!  

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