William J Tholl

1861–1943 (Age 82)
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States

The Life of William J

When William J Tholl was born on 13 September 1861, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, his father, Anthony Tholl, was 25 and his mother, Mary Miller, was 23. He married Caroline Laurentia Eckardt on 13 August 1889, in Cook, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Illinois, United States in 1870 and Cook, Illinois, United States in 1900. He died on 18 October 1943, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 82, and was buried in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.

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William J Tholl
Caroline Laurentia Eckardt
Marriage: 13 August 1889
Myrtle C Tholl
Norma H Tholl
Robert Tholl
Walter Ernest Tholl
Margareth R Tholl

Spouse & Children

  • Male1861–1943Male

  • Caroline Laurentia Eckardt


13 August 1889
Cook, Illinois, United States


  • Myrtle C Tholl


  • Norma H Tholl


  • Robert Tholl


  • Walter Ernest Tholl


  • Margareth R Tholl


Parents & Siblings

  • Anthony Tholl


  • Mary Miller




  • Jacob J. Tholl


  • Male1861–1943Male

  • Louisa Tholl


  • George Tholl


  • Clara Tholl


World Events (8)


Age 2

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1867 · The Chicago Water Tower

Age 6

The Chicago water tower was built out of Lemont limestone by William W. Boyington and was used for firefighting and also drawing clean water from Lake Michigan. The tower gained prominence after the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Some believe that the tower was the only building to survive the Great Chicago Fire, but a few other buildings survived alongside the tower. The tower has become a symbol of old Chicago and how the city recovered from the fire. The tower has undergone only two renovations since 1913. 
1885 · The World's First Skyscraper

Age 24

The Home Insurance Building is considered to be the first skyscraper in the world. It was supported both inside and outside by steel and metal that were deemed fireproof and also it was reinforced with concrete. It originally had ten stories but in 1891 two more were added.

Name Meaning

1 South German: topographic name for someone living in or above a forest, from South German dold ‘tree tops’, ‘branches’.2 Swedish: probably from German toll ‘mad’, ‘crazy’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

Sources (3)

  • Wm Thola, "United States Census, 1920"
  • William Tholl, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William J Tholl, "United States Census, 1910"

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