Oscar Karpen

24 June 1859–28 June 1953 (Age 94)
Wongrowitz, Posen, Prussia, Germany

The Life of Oscar

When Oscar Karpen was born on 24 June 1859, in Wongrowitz, Posen, Prussia, Germany, his father, Moritz "Morris" Karpen, was 35 and his mother, Johanna Cohen, was 24. He married Mary Simons on 20 December 1884, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son and 2 daughters. He died on 28 June 1953, in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States, at the age of 94, and was buried in Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States.

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Family Time Line

Oscar Karpen
Mary Simons
Marriage: 20 December 1884
Sarah Karpen
Morris "King" Karpen
Johanna "Honey" Karpen

Spouse and Children


    Mary Simons


20 December 1884
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States


    Sarah Karpen


    Morris "King" Karpen


    Johanna "Honey" Karpen


Parents and Siblings

    Moritz "Morris" Karpen


    Johanna Cohen




    Solomon "Sam" Karpen



    Adolph Karpen


    Benjamin Karpen


    Isaac "Ike" Karpen


+4 More Children

World Events (8)


Age 4

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

Age 8

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 26

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

German: from central or northern German dialect Karpe(n) ‘carp’, hence a metonymic occupational name for a carp fisherman or a seller of these fish, or a nickname for a person with fishlike features. The standard modern German form of the word is Karpfen.

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

Sources (3)

  • Oscar Karpen, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Oscar Karpen, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Oscar Karpen, "United States Census, 1940"

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