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CHRISTOPHERSEN, LAURENCE, Chicago, IL., id'd postcard from GRANDMAMA
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CHRISTOPHERSEN, LAURENCE, Chicago, IL., id'd postcard from GRANDMAMA
CHRISTOPHERSEN, LAURENCE, Chicago, IL., id'd postcard from GRANDMAMA

CHRISTOPHERSEN, LAURENCE, Chicago, IL., id'd postcard from GRANDMAMA

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You are looking at an identified postcard that was given to MASTER LAURENCE CHRISTOPHERSEN from his GRANDMAMA on November 10, 1918, CHICAGO, IL. It appears that there was never a stamp affixed to it so I believe that it was never actually mailed.

The postcard is in very nice shape for its age, it will be 92 years ago this November 18th that Laurence's grandmama sent him this birthday card. Based on census records, Laurence would have been about 13 years old in 1918.

I did a little research on this family and this is what I've come up with:

LAWRENCE was the son of HANS CHRISTOPHERSEN & CHRISTINE (probably maiden name NIELSON).

HANS was born about 1872, DENMARK and emigrated to U.S. in 1891 and CHRISTINE was born about 1878, DENMARK and emigrated to U.S. about 1888/89 with her family.

The grandmother that gave Lawrence this card was most likely MAREN NIELSEN, born Oct. 1844, DENMARK. (see 1930 census below)

According to Illinois Marriage Index records 1920-1960, LAWRENCE A. CHRISTOPHERSEN (with an E not an O) married FLORENCE S. BOSGERSON, Cook Co. on JUNE 8, 1931. Note: It is my opinion that BOSGERSON is probably not the correct spelling of her last name.

1930 Chicago, Cook Co., Illinois census records indicate the following:
Home in APRIL of 1930 - 3045 MAJOR AVE.

LAWRENCE, 25, brother, single
CHRISTINE, 52, widow, mother
MAREN NIELSEN, 85, widow, grandmother, emigrated 1888


1920 Chicago, Ward 15, Cook Co., Illinois (3942 Beach Avenue)
MAREN NIELSEN, 75, head, widowed
MARGARETH , daughter, 40, Den., single,emig:1888
JENNIE M. , daughter, 35, DEN., single, emig: 1888
*NOTE: They all were naturalized in 1896

1910 Chicago, Ward 15, Cook Co., IL. (2630 Potomac Avenue)
JOHN C. NIELSEN, head, 59, DEN.
MAREN, wife, 65, DEN.
MARGARET C., daughter, 30, DEN.
JENNIE M., daughter, 26, DEN.

1900 Chicago City, Cook Co., IL. (1201 Iowa St.)

JOHN C. NELSON (should be NIELSON), head, 49, June 1850, DEN., stone mason
MAREN, wife, 55, Oct. 1844, DEN.,married 1875, mother of 6 children & 3 are still living.
MARGARET A., daughter, 20, Aug. 1879, DEN.
JENNIE, daughter, 16, Feb. 1884, DEN.

*Note: 1900 census record defintely spells last name NELSON, but I'm relatively confident from all other records that their last name was really Nielson.

1900 Census, same page, living next door to her parents is CHRISTINE CHRISTOPHERSEN & family (see below)

HANS CHRISTOPHERSON *note spelling of last name,
head, 28, Sept. 1871, DEN., married 1896, emig. 1892, laborer

CHRISTINE, wife, 22, June 1877, DEN., emig. 1888, mother of 1 child.

HARRY, son, 1, Feb. 1899, IL.


JOHN C. NIELSEN, died June 8, 1917, Cook Co., IL.

MAREN most likely died in either 1932 or 1936, there are 2 MAREN NIELSEN'S that die in the 1930's but neither record indicates birth or age so it's difficult to figure out which one belongs to this family.

When Grandmother NIELSON gave Lawrence this BIRTHDAY post card, she most likely lived at 3942 BEACH AVENUE, CHICAGO and LAWRENCE lived at 1215 N. ROCKWELL ST. CHICAGO.

Mapquest indicates that they lived about 5 minutes from each other (1.54 miles).


1910 Chicago, Ward 15, Cook Co., IL.
1239 North Campbell Avenue

Hans Christophersen, 38, DEN., Christine, 32, DEN., Harry, 11, Robert, 8, Lawrence 5

1920 Chicago, Ward 15, Cook Co., IL.
1215 Rockwell Street

Hans Christophersen, 48, DEN., Christine, 42, DEN., Harry, 20, Robert, 18, Lawrence, 15.

No additional information is known about these families.
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