Meyer and Rose had seven children: Samuel (1892-1946), Louis (1893-1972), Millie (1895-????), Bessie (1897-????), Yetta/Edna (1900-1986), Israel/Harold (1903-????) and Lillian (1906-????). As we chart the births of Meyer and Rose's children, we can follow them as they move around the country. Sam was born in Saint Louis, Missouri. Louis, Millie, Bessie, and Yetta were born in Cleveland, Ohio, and Harold and Lillian were born in Chicago. Meyer Weinzimmer owned a trucking company.
The 1910 Census finds seventeen year old Louis as a stock clerk for a mail order company. He was living with his parents at 1435 N. Talman in Chicago. Unfortunately the building the Weinzimmers lived in in 1910 is no longer there. Louis told the census taker in 1940 that he had not gone beyond the 8th grade in school.
On May 22, 1915, Louis enlisted in the US Army. His term was up after two years, and he re-enlisted on April 6, 1917. Even though the US Army records show his discharge date as October 20, 1919, the 1920 Census (January 12, 1920) finds Louis at Camp Mercedes in Hidalgo, Texas as a sergeant in the Medical Detail.
Ruby Pitlack (some sources say "Pitluck") was born July 5, 1904 (even though her tombstone says 1899) in Saint Joseph, Missouri to Morris Pitlack (1880-1950) and Sarah, nee Friedman (1883-1970). Ruby had three siblings: Mollie (1903-1995), Harry Louis (1907-1971) and Minnie (1909-1914). Morris Pitlack was a merchant of general merchandise. Both Morris and Sarah came to the US from Russia - Morris in 1900 and Sarah in 1902. All of their children were born in the U.S. Just to drive genealogists mad, after Ruby's death Mollie started calling herself Ruby and her tombstone in fact has her name as Ruby Fine.
Even today eclampsia is the world's number one killer of mothers and babies in childbirth.
At the time of Ruby's death, she and Louis were living at 4638 N. Albany in Chicago:
|4638 N. Albany, Chicago|
Ruby Weinzimmer and "Babe" were buried Friday March 5, 1926 at Jewish Waldheim cemetery in Forest Park. Louis erected a beautiful monument to them:
After the death of his wife and child, Louis moved back in with his parents and siblings at 3510 W. Palmer Street in Chicago. The building was owned by Louis' parents:
|3510 W. Palmer Street, Chicago|
Louis Weinzimmer remarried sometime before 1935 to Lillian Spachner nee Berlstein. She was born in Poland in 1891. Lillian married Max Spachner in 1912 but they must have divorced, because he did not die until 1966. I believe Louis Weinzimmer's marriage to Lillian Spachner also ended in divorce. Lillian died in 1966, but there is no mention of her in Louis Weinzimmer's obituary from November 22, 1972:
He died November 15, 1972.
Shortly thereafter, he joined his beloved Ruby and Babe at Waldheim:
Anyone doing genealogy research will come across stories like this in their own family tree. I have mentioned in other posts that a mother dying in childbirth or shortly after shows up in my own family tree on both sides. Although modern medicine has reduced the number of childbirth-related deaths, they still happen. It is always a tragedy when death occurs in connection with new life. Often mothers are struck down in the prime of life, and many babies never get a chance to live at all. It certainly was a tragedy on March 3, 1926 when death took both Ruby Pitlack Weinzimmer and her "Babe". May they rest in peace.
|Ruby Pitlack Weinzimmer|