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
1859–1953
Mary Simons
1864–1937
Marriage: 20 December 1884
Sarah Karpen
1885–1965
Morris "King" Karpen
1888–1940
Johanna "Honey" Karpen
1891–1975

Spouse and Children

    Male1859–1953Male

    Mary Simons

    Female1864–1937Female

MARRIAGE
20 December 1884
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
children

(3)

    Sarah Karpen

    Female1885–1965Female

    Morris "King" Karpen

    Male1888–1940Male

    Johanna "Honey" Karpen

    Female1891–1975Female

Parents and Siblings

    Moritz "Morris" Karpen

    Male1823–1886Male

    Johanna Cohen

    Female1835–1902Female

siblings

(9)

    Solomon "Sam" Karpen

    Male1858–1936Male

    Male1859–1953Male

    Adolph Karpen

    Male1860–1935Male

    Benjamin Karpen

    Male1862–1896Male

    Isaac "Ike" Karpen

    Male1865–1918Male

+4 More Children

World Events (8)

1863

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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