Robert William Frederick Eggebrecht

1874 – 1941

By Roger Kemps  © 2010



Robert William Frederick Eggebrecht was born in Chicago, Illinois on June 9, 1874. He died on June 13, 1941 in Chicago, Illinois and is buried in Mt. Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst, Illinois.


His parents were Carl Eggebrecht and Wilhelminia Boldt Eggebrecht.


His siblings were:

·      Wilhelm or William was born in Prussia on April 10, 1861. He married Augusta Man in 1891 and died on January 10, 1923 in Chicago, Illinois.

·      Augusta was born in Prussia in April 1866.

·      Bertha was born in Chicago in April 1870.

·      Ida Henrietta was born in Chicago on March 7, 1872 and died on December 19, 1889. She is buried with her parents.


Robert and his family lived at 250 Orchard Street (currently this is 1961 N. Orchard). Robert first appears in the 1880 Census. When Robert was age 14, his parents died (his mother on July 31, 1888 and his father on November 22, 1888). Robert was sent to live with his uncle, John Massman, at 5714 W. Huron Street in the Austin neighborhood. John’s youngest son, William Massman, was Robert’s pal.


When he was 18, Robert went to work for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad. He began working as a brakeman in the yards in September of 1896. Robert and his sister, Henrietta, inherited the property on Orchard Street; however, Henrietta died in 1889. Robert sold the property in March of 1897 and married Beatrice Shepard on March 13, 1897.


From 1897 through 1899, Robert and Beatrice lived at, what is now, 625 – 627 Waller Avenue. Their first two children, a girl and a boy were born there. In 1900, they moved to 5812 Cedar Street (currently 5819 Superior) in Chicago. Robert appears in all of the Chicago City Directories from 1900 through 1917 and in 1923. (All other years after 1918 are not available).


The 1900 Census shows Robert and Beatrice and their two children living at 5812 Cedar Street. Robert was a railroad switchman. They lived there until the fall of 1902 and had another boy and another girl at that location.


In the fall of 1902, they moved to 5956 Augusta Street in Chicago where they lived until May of 1908. The City Directories showed Robert as a switchman through 1906 and a yardmaster in 1907 and 1908. They had three more daughters at that address.


In May of 1909, they moved to 927 N. Park Avenue (currently 1030 N. Parkside Avenue). The 1909 City Directory showed Robert as a laborer. The 1910 Census shows Robert, Beatrice and their eight children living at 1030 N. Park (Parkside) Avenue. The 1910 and 1911 City Directories showed Robert as a watchman. The 1912 through 1917 City Directories showed Robert as a yardmaster. Two boys and two girls were born at the Parkside address (one girl died at birth).


On September 12, 1917, Robert registered for the draft. The Draft Registration shows Robert as a switchman at the Chicago & NorthWestern California Avenue Coach Yard. He was 5’ 8”, of medium build with blue eyes and light brown hair. See Draft Registration for additional details.


On July 3, 1919, they purchased a house at 714 N. Long Avenue. The 1920 Census shows Robert, Beatrice and their ten children living at the Long Avenue address. The 1923 City Directory showed Robert as a switchman living at 714 N. Long Avenue.


The 1930 Census shows Robert, Beatrice and eight of the children living at the Long Avenue address. Robert was a railroad switchman. The two youngest children were in school and the older six had various jobs and occupations.


Robert is at the far right


Robert worked for the Chicago and NorthWestern Railroad for 47 years and retired on September 30, 1939. See Robert Eggebrecht Railroad for some additional details. The 1940 Census shows Robert, Beatrice and three of the children living at the Long Avenue address.


Robert and his grandson, Robert, about 1935


Robert and Beatrice had eleven children: seven girls and four boys. In 1941, seven of their thirteen grandchildren had been born.


Robert had lived in Austin for 53 years when he died on June 13, 1941. See his Death Certificate for additional details. He is buried in Mt. Emblem Cemetery in Elmhurst, Illinois. Also buried in Mt. Emblem Cemetery are his widow, Beatrice, and seven of his children.


Reference files:


1880_Charles_Eggebrecht.jpg  see line 19

1900_Robert_Eggebrecht.jpg  see line 59

1910_Robert_Eggebrecht.pdf  see line 89

1920_Robert_Eggebrecht.pdf  see line 75

1930_Robert_Eggebrecht.jpg  see line 10

1940 Robert Eggebrecht.jpg  see line 75
























1900 William_Eggebrecht.pdf  see line 69

1910 William_Eggebrecht.pdf  see line 72

1920 William_Eggebrecht.pdf  see line 3

William Eggebrecht Marriage.jpg


Ida Eggebrecht Birth Register 3 7 1872.jpg  see line 24





Eggebrecht notes.pdf



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