Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Vernon Traeger

Yesterday we read of the death of Huldah Traeger, and while I don't have a picture of her, I do have one of her son, Vernon.

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(Click on images to enlarge)
Images above and immediately below courtesy of Eldon Harms.

The photo is undated. It is printed on an unused postcard bearing a stamp box that could date to anywhere between 1908 and 1924.

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To me, Vernon looks like a teenager here — maybe 16 or 17. He was born March 5, 1898.

Looking at census and other information, we find him at 20 years of age working for the Hobart Ice Co.; a couple of years later, it appears he was running a soft-drink parlor.* In 1930, he was employed in an unnamed sheet-metal shop — where he probably gained experience helpful to running his own business, which he opened sometime before April 1940. If he ever married, I don't know about it. Here is his death notice from the Gary Post-Tribune, 15 Jan. 1972:

2014-12-23. Vernon Traeger death notice

Vernon is buried in Hobart Cemetery.

*If I've read the census report correctly, which is not an easy thing to do.

Additional Sources:
1910 Census.
1920 Census.
1930 Census.
1940 Census.
WWI Draft Cards.

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