The Engraver

Phil’s house in New York

I’ve been scanning pictures of my father’s family. There are not very many, unlike my mother’s family where there are tons. I ran across one of a cute house and on the back was written, “Got these pictures year 1942 August 27. Phil home in New York. Mother and Dad were there.” Phil was my father’s uncle. I am assuming the handwriting on the back is that of my grandfather and the Mother and Dad referred to are my great-grandparents. I then did a search for a picture of Phil but could only find one and it is not very clear, and written on the back, “Georg and Muchie, Phil and Mabel and their friend. Our house on 13th Avenue, Maywood (Illinois).” I assume that this was taken before my grandfather or Phil were married as neither married a Muchie or Mabel. Out of the five children, my grandfather and Phil are the only ones who were married only once and had long marriages.

Phil is standing in the middle.

I did a search on Philip Felix Manfroid and here is a short biography.

Philip Felix Manfroid was born on 19 July 1896 in Cleveland, Ohio to George Manfroid and Mary Fiderius.[1] Sometime between 1896 and 1899 the family moved to Chicago, Illinois and then to Maywood, Illinois.[2]  Philip is described as having blue eyes, dark brown hair, ruddy complexion, 5’8” tall, and 116 pounds.[3]  In June of 1918 Philip was working for Root and VanDerVoort Engine Company in East Moline, Illinois.[4]  In 1920, Philip was Glazier for a glass place and living in Forest Park, Illinois.[5]  The 1930 census lists him as an engraver[6] and the 1940 census as a glass engraver.[7]  On the 18 March 1922 Philip married Frieda Schulz,[8] the daughter of Paul Schulz and Anna Frieda Elise Sophie Neumann born in Hamburg, Germany on 12 June 1899.[9] Frieda was a clerk at Lande’s Department Store in Forest Park, Illinois at the time of their marriage.[10]  Philip and Frieda had one child; a daughter Phyllis born on 21 November 1922.[11]   Sometime between 1930 and 1935 they moved to Long Island, New York.[12]  Philip was a very good Crystal Cutter and received Commissions from such stores as Tiffany’s, Bloomingdales, Macy’s and other places.[13] Around 1953 they moved to Palm Beach, Florida where he worked at Shuman Department Store in Riviera Beach, Florida.[14]  Philip died on 1 January 1962 at home in Florida.[15]  Frieda lived for 28 years after Philip’s death and died 29 August 1990.[16]  Both are buried in Glen Oak Cemetery in Hinsdale, Illinois.[17]  Phyllis married Jordan Rau in 1949[18] and they had two sons.[19]  Jordan died on 10 July 1997 in Florida[20] and Phyllis followed almost two years later on 9 June 1999 in Florida.[21]


[1] Ancestry.com. Ohio, U.S., Births and Christenings Index, 1774-1973 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.Original data:  “Ohio Births and Christenings, 1821-1962.” Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009, 2011. Index entries derived from digital copies of original and compiled records.

[2] Year: 1900; Census Place: Chicago Ward 10, Cook, Illinois; Page: 16; Enumeration District: 0293; FHL microfilm: 1240256.  Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1900 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.  Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Twelfth Census of the United States, 1900. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1900. T623, 1854 rolls.

[3] Registration State: Illinois; Registration County: Rock Island County.  Source Information:Ancestry.com. U.S., World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2005.  Original data: United States, Selective Service System. World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration. M1509, 4,582 rolls. Imaged from Family History Library microfilm.

[4] Ibid.

[5 Year: 1920; Census Place: Forest Park, Cook, Illinois; Roll: T625_362; Page: 20B; Enumeration District: 185.  Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1920 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2010. Images reproduced by FamilySearch.  Original data: Fourteenth Census of the United States, 1920. (NARA microfilm publication T625, 2076 rolls). Records of the Bureau of the Census, Record Group 29. National Archives, Washington, D.C. For details on the contents of the film numbers, visit the following NARA web page: NARA. Note: Enumeration Districts 819-839 are on roll 323 (Chicago City).

[6] Year: 1930; Census Place: Proviso, Cook, Illinois; Page: 16B; Enumeration District: 2305; FHL microfilm: 2340241.  Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1930 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2002.  Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Fifteenth Census of the United States, 1930. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1930. T626, 2,667 rolls.

[7] Year: 1940; Census Place: Hempstead, Nassau, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02688; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 30-152.  Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.  Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.

[8] Ancestry.com. Cook County, Illinois Marriage Indexes, 1912-1942 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.  Original data: Private donor.

[9]  Ancestry.com Hamburg, Germany, Births, 1874 – 1901 [database on-line], Provo Utah, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2015.  Original data: Best. 332-5 Standesamter, Personenstandsregister, Sterberegister, 1876-1950, Staatsarchiv, Hamburg., Hamburg Deutschland.

[10] Forest Park Review (Forest Park, Illinois) 25 March 1922 Sat. Page 1.

[11] Ancestry.com. Cook County, Illinois, U.S., Birth Certificates Index, 1871-1922 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2011.  Original data:  “Illinois, Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878–1922.” Index. FamilySearch, Salt Lake City, Utah, 2009. Illinois. Cook County Birth Certificates, 1878–1922. Illinois Department of Public Health. Division of Vital Records, Springfield.

[12] Year: 1940; Census Place: Hempstead, Nassau, New York; Roll: m-t0627-02688; Page: 6A; Enumeration District: 30-152.  Source Information: Ancestry.com. 1940 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2012.  Original data: United States of America, Bureau of the Census. Sixteenth Census of the United States, 1940. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1940. T627, 4,643 rolls.

[13] Forest Park Review (Forest Park, Illinois) 12 September 1990, Wednesday, Page 11.

[14] Obituary that appeared in Palm Beach Post on Tuesday 2 January 1962. Obtained from the Government Research Service of the Palm Beach County Library System on 3 July 2003.

[15] Ibid.

[16] Social Security Administration; Washington D.C., USA; Social Security Death Index, Master File.  Source Information:  Ancestry.com. U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2014.  Original data: Social Security Administration. Social Security Death Index, Master File. Social Security Administration.

[17] From website Find-a-Grave: https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/214913183/frieda-m-manfroid

[18] New York City Municipal Archives; New York, New York; Borough: Brooklyn.  Source Information:  Ancestry.com. New York, New York, U.S., Marriage License Indexes, 1907-2018 [database on-line]. Lehi, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2017. Original data: Index to Marriages, New York City Clerk’s Office, New York, New York.

[19] Personal note sent to me (Abigail Grunst) in 2003 from son of Phyllis Manfroid Rau and grandson of Philip Manfroid.

[20] Ancestry.com. Florida, U.S., Death Index, 1877-1998 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2004.  Original data: State of Florida. Florida Death Index, 1877-1998. Florida: Florida Department of Health, Office of Vital Records, 1998.

[21] Obituary from St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, Florida) 11 June 1999.  

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