Lillian (1898-1965), twins Rose (1900-1900) and Mary (1900-1984), Julius (1902-1980), Hyman (1904-1973), Samuel (1906-1981), Sylvia (1910-2005), Michael (1911-1968) and Nathan (b 1916).
Here is a photo of the Reznick family before they came to the United States - probably 1908 or early 1909:
Moishe Reznick came to the United States first, arriving August 1, 1906, and once established sent for Sarah and the children who arrived in 1909. The 1910 US Census shows them living at 1334 W. Washburne in Chicago. Unfortunately today 1334 W. Washburne is a vacant lot:
|1334 W. Washburne Avenue, Chicago|
Moishe Reznick was a butcher by trade.
On June 26, 1918 Lillian married Frank William Ott (1894-1931) in Chicago.
Frank William Ott was born March 6, 1894 in Chicago to Charles Ott, Jr. and an unknown mother. Frank had two older siblings: a brother William (1890-????) and a sister Minnie (1892-????).
The 1920 US Census shows Frank and Lillian Ott living at 3120 W. Fillmore Street in Chicago. 3120 W. Fillmore is today another vacant lot.
|3120 W. Fillmore Street, Chicago|
Frank listed his native tongue as "German" Lillian listed hers as "Jewish." Frank was employed as a Checker at the Butler Brothers grocery store in downtown Chicago. There was an addition to the family as well, Little Jacob Marvin Ott had been born on January 27, 1919. (Jacob Ott went on to become a famous rabbi, and was the spiritual director of Sephardic Temple Tefereth Israel in West Los Angeles, California for 34 years).
There were other additions to the family during that time. Little Molke (Myra) Ott was born November 27, 1920, followed by Tybie (Tybel) Ott in 1925 and Esther Ott on February 28, 1930.
But all was not happiness for the Ott family. Myra died on November 20, 1927 at the age of 7.
The 1930 US Census finds the Ott family living at 1312 S. Turner (now Christiana) Avenue in Chicago. You guessed it - 1312 S. Christiana is another vacant lot today:
|1312 S. Christiana Avenue, Chicago|
Their rent was $37.00 per month. Frank now listed his job as a Conductor on the Chicago Surface Lines. Lillian now listed her mother tongue as "Yiddish".
Tragedy was to deal the Ott family a double blow at the beginning of the 1930s. First, Frank Ott died on September 5, 1931 at the age of 37:
followed by the death of little Esther Ott on August 21, 1932 at the age of 2.
Myra, Frank and Esther are all buried at Jewish Waldheim at Gate #40 - Anshe Motola:
Unfortunately all of their photos which were attached to the tombstone have either been stolen, or disintegrated in the Chicago weather.
Life went on for Lillan Reznick Ott as a single mother. The 1940 US Census shows her living at 3644 W. Douglas Boulevard, in the heart of the old Jewish neighborhood:
|3644 W. Douglas Boulevard, Chicago|
Lillian was now 41, Jacob (now called "Jack") was 21 and Tybie was 15. Lillian listed her profession as "Operator in a Leather Factory."
Most of the Sentinel magazines from the 1940s contain poems from Lillian Reznick Ott.