In the Vicinity of 920 North Montford Avenue

Here are two more photographs from the batch associated with the Joseph Drevo family and their residence at 1614 Chilton Street/Avenue in Baltimore and the Rommel family who lived up the street.

At first I thought the people in the photographs were Drevos, then I thought they were Rommels because the mother looks a little like Emma Elizabeth Fahey Rommel. After using Google Earth to discover that the photographs were taken in the vicinity of 920 North Montford Avenue where the Drevos lived from 1912 to 1923, I decided the timing was off for either scenario. The photographs could depict Drevo relatives or friends who also lived on Montford Avenue during those years when the Drevos owned #920.

The only reference I could find to Hellman’s Meat Market was in a 1962 article in The Baltimore Sun which described a market by that name on Pennsylvania Avenue in the 1890s, but that was in West Baltimore and the Drevos were in East Baltimore.

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Here are current views taken from Google Earth:

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Is there a chance the lady and the baby are related to other people from the 900 block of North Montford Avenue? The 1920 Census shows us that the following heads of families lived on the block and were immigrants from Bohemia.

900: Anton Dorl (1866-1920) and his wife, Pauline Dorl (1867-1932)
902: Charles Spaeck (1878-??)
904: Joseph Smith Kolarik (1866-1946)
910: Anthony Jesatko (1895-1973)
912: Thomas Otradovec (1893-1975; born in RI to parents from Bohemia)
914: Joseph Duspiva (1888-1963)
916: John Sochurek (1869-??)
918 Phillip Noha (1874-1945) and his wife Mary Bartos Noha (1875-1949)

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In the Vicinity of 920 North Montford Avenue

Eddie Rommel the Knuckleballer

The following photograph depicts Edwin Americas Rommel (1897-1970), his wife Emma Elizabeth Fahey (1897-1971), and their children, Edwin Americus Rommel, Jr. (1924-2000) and Patricia Ruth Rommel (1925). I assess this photograph was taken in 1925.

Rommel Family

They are sitting on the porch of 1610 Chilton Avenue (AKA as Chilton Street) in Baltimore, just a few doors down from the subject of my previous post, 1614 Chilton Avenue where the Drevo family lived.

The batch of photographs associated with the Drevo family contained no captions or identities, which caused me to first assume these folks were Drevos. But I could see the above porch is not on an end unit and the stone work doesn’t match that of 1614. I matched the photograph to 1610 using Google Earth’s Street View and that led to the Rommel family. Though there are hundreds of photographs of Eddie online the comparison wasn’t a simple one, so I found a fellow genealogical researcher who is also a distant relative, Bob Rommel, and he confirmed their identities. He didn’t have a name for the dog–and I spent too much time looking for one.

The Rommels bought the house in November 1923 and lived there until their deaths.

Eddie was the son of Frederick A. Rommel (1848-1934) and Louise S. Bennecke (1864-1940). Louise was born in Germany as were both of Frederick’s parents. Emma was the daughter of Bartholomew J. Fahey (1897-1934) and Emma M. Kares (1868-1949).

Here is ESPN’s statistics for Eddies career as a pitcher. It is said that Eddie was the first person to employ the knuckleball in a MLB game, a pitch he learned after the spitball was outlawed.

The following photograph is probably Edwin Americus Rommel, Jr. riding his trike on the sidewalk of 1610 Chilton.

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Eddie Rommel the Knuckleballer