Does anyone have access to Milwaukee directories from 1885 to about 1903? I'm hoping to find the elusive SOHLAND family.
Although I cannot find him (so far) on a census index, Alfred Frederic Shefer-Sohland and possibly others of the Sohland family seem to have lived in Milwaukee off and on from at least 1885 until 1902 when they came to Allentown PA. I wonder if the name was butchered in transcription (as I often find) anyway I found this confirmation that they were there:
The Milwaukee Sentinel, Thursday, November 19, 1885, page 6, column E, under:
REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS
F. J. Bigelow and wife to L. F. Sohland: lots 20 and 24, Block 16, Ludington’s Addition, 10th Ward, $370.
Not sure if this is the father of Alfred, who claimed to have been born in Chicago IL, although I have not found him there either as of yet. He and brother (?) William Sohland turn up on the census from 1910 on, but mysteriously I cannot seem to find them before this time, except for the following from 1908 where much of my info comes from.
From 1908 US Passport Application:
I, Alfred Frederic Shefer-Sohland, a NATIVE and LOYAL citizen of the UNITED STATES, hereby apply to the Department of State, at Washington, for a passport for myself, accompanied by my wife, Dora L., and minor children as follows: Minnie D., born at Milwaukee Wis., on the 2 of January 1900 and Manfred E., born at Allentown Pa., May 22, 1905, my wife, Dora L., was born March 28th 1877 at Hannover Germany.
I solemnly Swear that I was born at Chicago in the State of Illinois, on or about the 16th day of August 1872, my father was a citizen of the United States; that I am domiciled in the United States, my present residence being at Allentown in the State of Pennsylvania, where I follow the profession of Merchant;