Facts and Events
HEINRICH ARNOLD LUETGERT, known as Arnold, married CHARLOTTE BECKER WINTERFELD on 9 Mar 1879. They had a prolific life together producing 10 children in 14 years, 7 girls and 3 boys. They lost daughters Luise and Elsa when they were very young, but certainly still had a full life with eight surviving children.
Everything came apart in 1897 when Arnold's brother Adolph was charged with murder following the disappearance of his wife, Louise. Police charged him with killing her and dissolving her body in a vat inside his sausage factory. The case was a national sensation and he became know as The Sausage King Murderer.
Things fell apart after that. Arnold fell on hard times in his business dealings and committed suicide in grisly public fashion.
The family must have coped by sticking together. 2 years later the 1910 Census showed them all living together in their house at 5124 Ashland Avenue in Chicago. The 1920 census shows that Charlotte was still living in the house but now her son Arnold and his wife Marie are listed as head of household.
Charlotte lived on long after, dying in Chicago on 16 Jul 1950 at the age of 93.
Luegert Winterfeld Marriage
- ↑ Illinois State Archives Becker Marriage, Primary quality.