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Anna Alice Lenz

Female 1900 - 1985  (84 years)


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  • Name Anna Alice Lenz 
    Born 16 Oct 1900  Putziger, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    _UID 0A56D13908EE436A8C9A4A1104BA0BCE25B8 
    Died 4 Apr 1985 
    Buried Milwaukee, WI Holy Trinity Cemetary Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I1163  Gary and Connie Genealogy
    Last Modified 31 Jul 2017 

    Father John Lenz,   b. 8 Aug 1864, Putziger, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Oct 1904, Milwaukee, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 40 years) 
    Mother Philomena Selin,   b. 1 Aug 1872, Putziger, Germany Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1952, Milwaukee, WI Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Married 5 Aug 1890 
    _UID 4201D869D64E4A80962D124F7F728F162C82 
    Family ID F246  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Husband Walter Joseph Sikora,   b. 14 Jan 1902, Milwaukee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 16 Dec 1991  (Age 89 years) 
    Married 9 Sep 1924  Milwaukee, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church Find all individuals with events at this location 
    _UID 951623B38CBF47C9875732F45A2FCA86B9CF 
    Children 
     1. Living
    Last Modified 7 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F247  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Anna was one of a set of twins. Sister was Harriet who died at 3 months of Cerribritis (?). Four girls who had just made their communion bore her casket.

      From Milwaukee Magazine article on Jones Island life, 1982:

      [quote] Anna Lenz Sikora is now in her 80s, but her dancing eyes make it easy to imagine the delightful girl she must have been when she lived on the island. She was 17 when she moved into the city; today, she divides her time between her small South Side home and a summer cottage on Fox Lake. Her husband, Walter, still fishes and makes and mends his own string nets.

      Sikora remembers her ealy years on Jones Island as being the happiest of her life.
      "In the summers, we swam and had picnics and the boys would swim in the lake with nothing on when the big ship Christopher Columbus passed by and made big waves," she remembers. "And in winter, we would play in the snow and skate on the frozen river. Everyone there was so friendly; nobody ever locked their doors."

      Anna's parents, JOhn Lenz and Philomina Selin, came from Danzig in 1902, after the island had already been occupied for three decades. John Lenz drowned in a fishing accident off the coast of Waukegan, where he had hired on with a fishing expedition to make more money for the family. Anna was four years old then, and can remember her mother rowing a boat back and forth across the river to work in a Milwaukee laundry to support her children.

      The Lenz house was typical of the period. It contained one bedroom, a living room, a kitchen, a root cellar, and a summer kitchen. The female members of the family slept together in one room, and the males bunked in another. Anna recalls chickens living undr her house, for the island was home to a variety of small livestock, including one cow.[end quote]

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - 16 Oct 1900 - Putziger, Germany Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 9 Sep 1924 - Milwaukee, St. Stanislaus Catholic Church Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Milwaukee, WI Holy Trinity Cemetary Link to Google Earth
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