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    Rescued Photo: Parman Family Photograph

    Shelley Cardiel rescues photographs from flea markets, eBay, you name it. She does what research she can to identify the family and then posts her findings on mailing lists, message boards, and photo sites in an attempt to reunite the pictures with family. What she does is awesome. I contacted her recently to see if she thought including them here might help. I hope it does! Please contact Shelley if you have information about her photos or project.


    Rescued 000-001:  Parman -- Fred Parman and Bertha Child c. 1880s-1890s

    Rescued 000-001: Parman — Fred Parman and Bertha Child c. 1880s-1890s

    I’ve “rescued” an old photograph identified as possibly one of Fred & Bertha PARMAN’S (from Chicago) children which was taken at the Shaefer Studio in Paw Paw, MI. The photograph appears to have been taken in the 1880’s or 1890’s with the baby less than 1 year old at the time. I’m thinking that this is likely one of their sons, either Leroy or Floyd. A note on the back also indicates that the photograph was taken from an album belonging to Fred and Mary GOODING of Salt Lake City. Based on limited research I was able to locate the following information regarding this family:

    Bertha Marie GEROLD was b. 6 Aug 1871 in Marcellus, MI to parents Peter GEROLD (1834-1888) and Mary Marie TIMM (1834-1895). Bertha had at least 4 siblings including, Lewis (1860-1887); Peter D. (1863-1916); Gabriel M. (1866-1960); and Jacob T. GEROLD (1868-1869). Bertha married Frederick “Fred” C. PARMAN (1864-1901 – son of C. PARMAN and Mary PLOUGH) on 19 Mar 1889 in Marcellus, MI and she died 31 Dec 1959 in Oak Park, IL and is buried in the Bly Cemetery in Marcellus, MI. Her husband Fred was b. Feb 1864 in Germany and died 21 Sept 1901 in Chicago, IL and is buried along with Bertha in the Bly Cemetery in Marcellus, MI.

    Leroy Clermont PARMAN (1890-1973) married Marie LUTZEN and together they had a daughter Shirley PARMAN. His daughter Shirley was living in Denver, CO when her mother Marie died in 1962 in Rogers, AR. Leroy died in Chicago, IL in February 1973. Floyd Christian PARMAN was b. 1892 and d. 8 Jun 1982 and is buried in the Oakridge-Glen Oak Cemetery in Hillside, IL. The boys also had two sisters, Hazel M. PARMAN DAHLSTROM (1896-1974) and Evelyn PARMAN POTTER.

    Census records provide the following details:

    1900 census of Chicago, IL:
    Frederick PARMAN, age 36, born Feb 1864, married 11 years, born Germany, parents born Germany, to USA 1865, a Clothing Merchant
    Bertha M. PARMAN, wife, age 28, born Aug 1871, married 11 years, 3 children/3 living, born MI, parents born Germany
    Leroy C. PARMAN, son, age 10, born Jan 1890, born IL, at School
    Floyd C. PARMAN, son, age 7, born Aug 1892, born IL, at School
    Hazel M. PARMAN, dau, age 4, born Apr 1896, born IL

    1910 census of Chicago, IL:
    Bertha M. PARMAN, age 38, a widow, 4 children/4 living, born MI, parents born Germany
    Leroy C. PARMAN, son, age 20, born IL, parents born Germany/MI, a Railroad Clerk
    Floyd C. PARMAN, son, age 17, born IL, parents born Germany/MI, a Machinery Clerk
    Hazel M. PARMAN, dau, age 14, born IL, parents born Germany/MI
    Evelyn PARMAN, dau, age 9, born IL, parents born Germany/MI

    1920 census of Chicago, IL:
    Leroy PARMAN, age 30, born IL, parents born MI, Wholesale Confectionary Candy Jobber
    Marie PARMAN, wife, age 30, born IL, parents born Denmark
    Bertha PARMAN, age 48, a widow, born MI, parents born Germany
    Hazel PARMAN, dau, age 23, born IL, parents born Germany/MI, Insurance Co. Clerical
    Evelyn PARMAN, dau, age 19, born IL, parents born Germany/MI, a Machine Mfg. Stenographer

    1930 census of Chicago, IL:
    Roy E. DAHLSTROM, age 35, married at age 28, born IL, parents born Sweden, a Candy Jobber
    Hazel M. DAHLSTROM, wife, age 33, married at age 26, born IL, parents born Germany/MI
    Burton R. DAHLSTROM, son, age 5, born IL
    Lois H. DAHLSTROM, dau, age 3 years + 2 months, born IL
    Bertha M. PARMAN, mother-in-law, age 58, a widow, born MI, parents born Germany
    Leroy C. PARMAN, age 40, married at age 26, born IL, parents born Germany/MI, Wholesale Confections Jobber
    Marie PARMAN, wife, age 40, married at age 26, born IL, parents born Denmark Shirley PARMAN, dau, age 5, born IL

    1930 census of Rochester, NY:
    Floyd C. PARMAN, age 37, married at age 24, born IL, parents born Germany/MI, a Machine Tools Salesman
    Grace V. PARMAN, wife, age 37, married at age 24, born WI, parents born OH

    1940 census of Chicago, IL:
    Leroy PARMAN, age 50, born IL, a Confectionary Jobber
    Marie PARMAN, wife, age 50, born IL
    Shirley PARMAN, dau, age 15, born IL

    1940 census of Oak Park, IL:
    Bertha PARMAN, age 68, a widow, born MI
    Evelyn POTTER, dau, age 39, a widow, born IL, a Railroad Shippers Bookkeeper

    I am hoping to locate someone from this PARMAN Family so that the photograph can be returned to their care. If you are a member of this family, or you know someone who might be, please contact me.

    Shelley Cardiel cardiels@comcast.net

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