Roselle Illinois Restaurants
The 1930 Census has musicians and bands at the Weber Inn in Chicago as well as a number of other restaurants in the city. Hans Weber was in Chicago before the war ended, but he also lived with his father in Chicago. It may be mentioned that he leased a brick from Chicago and that Weber's Inn sponsored music events, but that may have been mentioned.
He was divorced from Elsie Weber and worked for ten years as a real estate clerk, but after the war he took a job as a real estate specialist while continuing to perform with musicians.
In fact, he was listed as a soft drink trader in the 1930 census, but many of his professions were also listed as such. In the 1940 census, he listed a number of occupations, including real estate professionals, real estate agents, and real estate agents.
To add more mystery to the story, the 1923 Chicago City Directory lists Mr. Weber, who still lives at 1525 W. 51st Street. It is a beautiful, handsome building on Chicago Street in Roselle, now called Irving Park Road, just a few blocks from the old Weber's Restaurant.
We know that H. E. Quindel built the building in 1911 for 15,000 dollars and that it was originally rented to Charles Krueger, who ran the business as a hotel, hall and salon (pictured below). It says that Mr. A.H. Weber sold his stake in Weber's inn to Frank Lenger of Lengl, Chicago, who was taken possession of on Tuesday, "reads the Chicago City Directory for the month of June 1923, as it says in the section of the City of Roselle, Illinois Department of Public Works.
There does not seem to be any possible reason for Mr. Weber from Chicago to come to Schaumburg. Mr. Weber was a resident of Roselle, Illinois, and a member of the Chicago Board of Education and the Illinois State Senate.
Alphonse H. Weber lived with his parents Joseph and Helen and was registered as a bank clerk in Chicago at the time of his arrival in Roselle. When he ran the Hotel Weber in 1924, he was employed as a real estate specialist, but ultimately decided to move on. He rented a room in what he aptly called "The Weber Inn" and rented it out to his wife, Mary Ann Weber. This ad clouds the waters a little and seems to have been an attempt at a cover story that Mr. Herbert would leave the Weber-Wirtshaus and take over a new restaurant in Roselne.
Unfortunately, the Roselle History Museum has no records of A.H. and Hans Weber or the Schaumburg town of RoseLle they had in common. There are a few bars in the hotel, but they don't seem to be the same as the couple behind the bar in the Hotel Weber.
The only problem is that the name Hans is a nickname for Johannes and has nothing to do with the name Alphonse. The death certificate of Mr. Weber, which can be found in the family search, lists his date of birth as July 1, 1884, as does the birth certificate for A.H. and Hans Weber. I am prepared to assume that we have the right Hans and Weber, because there are several other names that were also registered for the draft during the First World War.
Alphonse Henry Weber, who was born on 25 March 1888, was also drafted into the First World War together with his brother A.H. Weber. Interestingly, the US Veterans Administration has a list of more than 2,000 Chicago area veterans in its pedigree database, and if we go back to Fold 3, we find the names of Hans Weber and his father Alphonse from World War I. If a family member or researcher can verify the real "Hans Weber," we do not have to assume that the "real" Hans and Weber stands for "Albonse and Henry," but that he is "Mr. Henry," who may have given up his dreams, sold the hotel at the end of 1924 and moved back to Chicago.
This was the Swabian Society, which was founded in 1878 as one of the first male choirs in the USA. Given that the city was almost exclusively German in 1923, it is no surprise that a male choir was so well received by the inhabitants. The great John Phillip Sousa performed with a 300-strong band at a concert at the Chicago Opera House on the evening of July 4, 1924.