Who were the Dlouhy twins?

I was recently given a picture of twins Barbara and Chris Dlouhy. This picture was discovered in a flea market by a benefactor who enjoys finding orphan photos and searching for a family home for them. The donor, Kate, found my exploratory tree on Ancestry with an extended Dlouhy family in the Chicago area and deemed our family to be likely relatives.

The picture

This picture of the young Dlouhy twins was photographed in the studio of J.B. Scholl on Halsted Street in Chicago. It is inscribed on the back with the note ‘Barbara & Christopher Dlouhy / Children of Fathers sister Barbara.’

Who were Barbara and Christopher’s family?

I have found some information about the Dlouhy twins and their family.

Barbara and Chris were children of John and Barbara Dlouhy of Chicago. Jan Dlouhy and Barbara Homolka were married in Cook County, Illinois on March 31, 1891.[1] Their children were

  • Barbara Dlouhy, born in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois on October 18, 1892.[2]
  • Chris Dlouhy, born in Chicago on October 18, 1892.[3] Identified variously in his early years as Christopher, Christian and Christ, he seems to have settled on Chris as an adult.
  • Elizabeth Dlouhy, born in Chicago on September 18, 1895.[4]
  • Frank Dlouhy, born in Chicago on January 13 or December 3, 1900.[5],[6]

John Dlouhy died in Chicago on September 26, 1906 at age 65. He had been born in Bohemia around 1841.[7] Barbara died in Chicago on September 28, 1940 at age 78, having been born in Bohemia on August 15, 1862.[8]

I have not yet been able to find John and Barbara’s family in the 1900 census. That enumeration taken as of June 1, 1900 would shed light on Frank’s date of birth. All four of John and Barbara’s children lived with their mother when the 1910 and 1920 census enumerations were taken.[9],[10] Chris and Frank lived with their mother Barbara in 1930 and 1940 as well.[11],[12] Neither of them appears ever to have married.

Barbara and Chris’s father John had been married previously to Frantiska (Frances) Novak, who had been born in Bohemia in 1837. Frances died in Chicago on October 21, 1890.[13] Their children were

  • Marie Dlouhy, born in Pennsylvania in August 1868.[14]
  • Joseph Dlouhy, born about 1871 in Pennsylvania.[15]
  • John Dlouhy, born about 1878 in Pennsylvania.[16]

John and Frances Dlouhy clearly lived in Pennsylvania for over a decade before moving to Chicago.

Barbara Dlouhy, 1892-1957

Barbara Dlouhy married Daniel Franklin Newbern on November 23, 1921.[17] Daniel and Barbara had a stillborn son in 1922, a now-deceased daughter in 1924, and a son born in 1930 who might still be living. Their family lived in the same dwellings as Barbara’s mother and brothers in 1930 and 1940. Daniel, a carpenter and World War I veteran, died in November 1943.[18] Barbara Newbern died January 24, 1957 in Chicago.[19]

Chris Dlouhy, 1892-1970

Chris Dlouhy served in France in World War I with a company of engineers.[20] He made a living after the war as a railroad electrician.[21],[22] Chris died in October 1970.[23] Chris was the last of his siblings to pass.

Elizabeth Dlouhy, 1895-1960

Elizabeth Dlouhy married Mathew Petrik in Chicago on October 9, 1920.[24] They had a son born in 1922 who is no longer living. Their family lived in the same house as Lizzie’s mother in 1930 and lived elsewhere in 1940.[25],[26] Mathew was a millwright for Western Electric. Elizabeth died November 1, 1960 in Chicago.[27] Mathew died December 11, 1970 in Chicago.[28]

Frank Dlouhy, 1900-1966

Frank Dlouhy appears in census enumerations as a general laborer. I have seen a single reference to Frank with a middle name, Xavier[29] An enlistment record from 1942 might be for him.[30] Frank died in Chicago on February 10, 1966 and was buried in Saint Adalbert Cemetery with other family members.[31]

Back to the picture

Who might have an interest in this picture? Barbara Newbern’s grandchildren would be good candidates. Are you out there?

Chris and Frank appear to have no direct descendants. Elizabeth Petrik’s grandchildren might be interested in this picture.

Descendants of John and Frantiska Dlouhy might potentially be interested in the picture. Their daughter Marie married Vaclav Dvorak in Chicago on April 8, 1890.[32] Vaclav and Marie (Mary) appear to have had at least four daughters and one son.

What about descendants of the twins’ cousin who inscribed the note on the back of the picture? I haven’t found identification of Barbara Homolka’s parents. I have found a potential brother, Joseph Homolka, whose family enumeration in Chicago for the 1900 census indicates that he and his wife Mary were in Illinois before the birth of their daughter Mary in October 1882.[33] Joseph’s wife Mary reportedly had seven children living in 1900, possibly including the former holder of this picture.

While my wife Dee’s mother Dorothy Van Zandt was born in Chicago to Joseph and Rose Dlouhy, I have not yet discovered a connection with the twins’ family.

Do you know anyone who would appreciate having this picture?

 

[1] “Illinois Marriages, 1815-1935,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:V2LR-ZRL : 29 December 2014), Jan Dlouhy and Barbara Homolka, 31 Mar 1891; Cook, Illinois; FHL microfilm 1,030,200.

[2] “Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N7MK-543 : 18 May 2016), Barbara Dlohey, 18 Oct 1892; Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 3504a, Cook County Clerk, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,287,931.

[3] “Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N7MK-54M : 18 May 2016), Christ Dlohey, 18 Oct 1892; Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 3504, Cook County Clerk, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,287,931.

[4] “Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:NQTG-JM6 : 18 May 2016), Elizabeth Dloha, 18 Sep 1895; Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, reference/certificate 3786, Cook County Clerk, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,287,982.

[5] “United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K68P-1MG : 12 December 2014), Frank Xavier Dlouhy, 1917-1918; citing Chicago City no 45, Illinois, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,503,825.

[6] “Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MX-8XH9 : 17 May 2016), Frank Dlouhy, 10 Feb 1966; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm.

[7] “Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q237-H1W9 : 20 May 2016), John Dlouhy, 26 Sep 1906; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, source reference 2923, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,239,742.

[8] “Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2M6-8YD3 : 17 May 2016), Barbara Dlouhy, 28 Sep 1940; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago.

[9] “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MKCD-PNL : accessed 4 January 2018), Barbara Lohie, Chicago Ward 9, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 514, sheet 4B, family 81, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 250; FHL microfilm 1,374,263.

[10] “United States Census, 1920,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MJQ4-96P : accessed 4 January 2018), Barbara Dlanhy, Chicago Ward 20, Cook (Chicago), Illinois, United States; citing ED 1126, sheet 15A, line 37, family 350, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 330; FHL microfilm 1,820,330.

[11] “United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XSGS-S3X : accessed 4 January 2018), Barbara Dlouhy, Chicago (Districts 0751-1000), Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 782, sheet 7A, line 14, family 87, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 450; FHL microfilm 2,340,185.

[12] “United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KWBF-8M3  : accessed 4 January 2018), Barbara Dlouky, Ward 21, Chicago, Chicago City, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 103-1369, sheet 9A, line 8, family 238, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 963.

[13] “Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N7K2-YMC : 17 May 2016), Frances Dlouhy, 21 Oct 1890; Cook, Illinois, United States, source reference cn 2653, record number 37, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,030,954.

[14] “United States Census, 1910,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MK8K-M9Q : accessed 3 January 2018), Marie Dworak in household of Vaclav G Dworak, Chicago Ward 34, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 1485, sheet 16B, family 373, NARA microfilm publication T624 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1982), roll 281; FHL microfilm 1,374,294.

[15] “United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW6C-R6W : 16 July 2017), Joseph Doluhy in household of John Doluhy, Allegheny, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district ED 16, sheet 421C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1087; FHL microfilm 1,255,087.

[16] “United States Census, 1880,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MW6C-R64 : 16 July 2017), John Doluhy in household of John Doluhy, Allegheny, Allegheny, Pennsylvania, United States; citing enumeration district ED 16, sheet 421C, NARA microfilm publication T9 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.), roll 1087; FHL microfilm 1,255,087.

[17] “Cook County, Illinois Marriage Indexes, 1912-1942,” database with images, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=2273&h=115059&ssrc=pt&tid=78781976&pid=420166407120&usePUB=true : accessed 4 January 2018), BRD Dlouhy, Barbara; citing Cook County Marriage Index Years 1914 Thru 1942, page 2303; Original data: Private donor.

[18] “U.S., Evangelical Lutheran Church in America Church Records, 1826-1945,” database with images, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=60722&h=1317991&ssrc=pt&tid=73954690&pid=30354054103&usePUB=true : accessed 4 January 2018), Daniel F Newbern, burial; Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) Archives; Elk Grove Village, Illinois; Original data: Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. ELCA, Birth, Marriage, Deaths. Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, Chicago, Illinois.

[19] “Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QVRN-C1MV : 17 May 2016), Barbara Newbern, 24 Jan 1957; Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago.

[20] “U.S., Army Transport Service, Passenger Lists, 1910-1939,” database with images, Ancestry.com (https://search.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/sse.dll?indiv=1&dbid=61174&h=8628628&ssrc=pt&tid=78781976&pid=420166408062&usePUB=true : accessed 5 January 2018), citing The National Archives at College Park; College Park, Maryland; Lists of Incoming Passengers, compiled 1917-1938; NAI Number: 6234465; Record Group Title: Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General, 1774-1985; Record Group Number: 92; Roll or Box Number: 264.

[21] “United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XSGS-S3F : accessed 5 January 2018), Christ Dlouhy in household of Barbara Dlouhy, Chicago (Districts 0751-1000), Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 782, sheet 7A, line 15, family 87, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 450; FHL microfilm 2,340,185.

[22] “United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KWBF-8MQ : accessed 5 January 2018), Chris Dlouky in household of Barbara Dlouky, Ward 21, Chicago, Chicago City, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 103-1369, sheet 9A, line 9, family 238, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 963.

[23] “Illinois, Archdiocese of Chicago, Cemetery Records, 1864-1989,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2HN-K2G7 : 31 October 2016), Christ Dlouhy, 12 Oct 1970; citing Niles, Cook, Illinois, United States, St. Adalbert, Archdiocese of Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,543,924.

[24] “Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N767-WNY : 26 December 2014), Matthew F. Petrik Jr. and Elizabeth Douby, 09 Oct 1920; citing Chicago, Cook, Illinois, 886514, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,030,741.

[25] “United States Census, 1930,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:XSGS-S3L : accessed 5 January 2018), Elizabeth Petrik in household of Matthew F Petrik Jr., Chicago (Districts 0751-1000), Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) ED 782, sheet 7A, line 21, family 89, NARA microfilm publication T626 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2002), roll 450; FHL microfilm 2,340,185.

[26] “United States Census, 1940,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K4MM-N8C : accessed 5 January 2018), Elizabeth Petrik in household of Ma* Petrik, Ward 38, Chicago, Chicago City, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 103-2375, sheet 5B, line 74, family 131, Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940, NARA digital publication T627. Records of the Bureau of the Census, 1790 – 2007, RG 29. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 2012, roll 997.

[27] “Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QV9N-R3W7 : 17 May 2016), Elizabeth Petrik, 01 Nov 1960; Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago.

[28] “Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MF-N6N4 : 17 May 2016), Mathew F Petrik, 11 Dec 1970; Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago.

[29] “United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K68P-1MG : 12 December 2014), Frank Xavier Dlouhy, 1917-1918; citing Chicago City no 45, Illinois, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,503,825.

[30] “United States World War II Army Enlistment Records, 1938-1946,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K8Y5-4XP : 5 December 2014), Frank Dlouhy, enlisted 26 Sep 1942, Chicago, Illinois, United States; citing “Electronic Army Serial Number Merged File, ca. 1938-1946,” database, The National Archives: Access to Archival Databases (AAD) (http://aad.archives.gov : National Archives and Records Administration, 2002); NARA NAID 126323, National Archives at College Park, Maryland.

[31] “Illinois, Cook County Deaths, 1878-1994,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:Q2MX-8XH9 : 17 May 2016), Frank Dlouhy, 10 Feb 1966; Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago.

[32] “Illinois, Cook County Marriages, 1871-1920,” database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:N764-6H3 : 26 December 2014), Vaclav Dvorak and Mary Dlouhy, 08 Apr 1890; Chicago, Cook, Illinois, 150529, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago; FHL microfilm 1,030,189.

[33] “United States Census, 1900,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MSSB-ZQ3 : accessed 6 January 2018), Joseph Homolka, Precinct 29 South Town Chicago city Ward 6, Cook, Illinois, United States; citing enumeration district (ED) 166, sheet 14A, family 215, NARA microfilm publication T623 (Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1972.); FHL microfilm 1,240,250.

 

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