The arch covered three graves: Mattie Goldstein (1855-1917), Wolf Goldstein (1854-1935) and Louis Goldstein (1898-1903). I decided that the Goldsteins would probably provide an interesting story for this blog, and so I set out to find out what I could "dig up" about them.
As early as 1877 Wolf Goldstein is shown in the Chicago Directory as a merchant of "Notions" at 447 Clark Street (now 1200 N. Clark Street). The building that was there in 1877 is long gone.
The 1880 US Census shows the Goldstein family living at 415 Clark Street (now 1124 N. Clark Street). A highrise building now occupies that spot. Wolf worked at a clothing store, Mattie (or "Mite") was "Keeping House", and they had been joined by son Israel/Theodore (1875-1964) and daughter Minnie (1877-1964).
By 1887 he was listed in the Chicago Directory as "W. Goldstein & Co. - Shirts" at 154 Fifth Avenue (now 647 N. Wells Street) in Chicago (now a parking lot) with his residence still at 415 Clark Street. The 1890 US Census for Illinois is, of course, lost.
On October 18, 1892, Wolf Goldstein registered to vote. He listed his address as 1256 Wabash Avenue (now a gas station). He said he had been at that address for two years, in Cook County for nineteen years, and the State of Illinois for twenty-three years. He was not allowed to vote, however because his papers were "Suspect."
For the 1900 US Census the Wolf Goldstein Family was living at 3248 Wabash Avenue (now the Illinois Institute of Technology). However, the family has grown significantly. Joining Wolf, Mattie, Israel/Theodore and Minnie are Meyer/George (1884-????), Louis (1886-????), Harry (1888-????), Katie (1891-????), and Anna/Annette (1897-????). Missing is Bernard (1880-1882).
Tragedy struck the Goldstein family in May of 1903 when seventeen year old Louis Goldstein died of scarlet fever. He died at 155 East 33rd Street (now 411 E. 33rd Street) on May 21, 1903 and was buried the same day - either because of the worry of scarlet fever contagion or because of the Goldstein family's Jewish faith. Louis had been ill only seven days. 411 E. 33rd Street is now part of the Lake Meadows housing complex.
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As a retired merchant of note, the death of Wolf Goldstein merited a special article in the Chicago Daily Tribune on October 18, 1935: