Bill Gretsch in Chicago, 1933-1941

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The above picture of Bill Gretsch was given to his daughter, Gretchen Gretsch, in the late 1960’s, twenty years after her father’s death. Duke Kramer has saved this picture of his friend and passed it on to Bill’s daughter. Circa 2009, the picture was restored by Bill son’s, Fred.

 

 

Phone directories checked at the Chicago Historical Society,

Research Library, 1601 North Clark, Chicago, 60614

February, 12, 2001 (with the help of Lesley Martin, Research Librarian)

September, 1933

Gretsch, Fred Mfg. Co. mus mdse 226 South Wabash Av HARison-9554

No William Gretsch listed

(N.B. On November 10, 1933, Bill sent his brother Dick a letter on the stationary of the Fred Gretsch Mfg. Co, Midwestern Chicago Branch. Bill is already working in Chicago.)

June, 1934

Gretsch, Fred Mfg. Co. mus mdse 226 South Wabash Av HARison-9554

No William Gretsch listed

March, 1935

Gretsch, Fred Mfg. Co. mus mdse 529 South Wabash Av HARison-7707

Gretsch, William, 701 (?) North Michigan Ave, SUPerior-4200 (Allerton?)  (William Gretsch is living with Ross Mahoney.)

(N.B. June 14, 1935, Bill send his brother Dick a Happy Birhtday telegram from Chicago. The telegram was signed “The Chicago Bruckhauser Protégé”. Fred Bruckhauser was an unmarried friend of Bill and Dick’s father.  The young men aspired to be like him in his bachelorhood.)

December, 1935

Gretsch, Fred Mfg. Co. mus mdse 529 South Wabash Av HARison-7707

Gretsch, William, 529 South Wabash, HARison-7707

Gretsch, William, residence 151 West Burton, DIV-4167

 

September, 1936

Gretsch, Fred Mfg. Co. mus mdse 529 South Wabash Av HARison-7707

Gretsch, William, 529 South Wabash, HARison-7707

Gretsch, William, residence 151 West Burton, DIV-4167

1937

Gretsch, Fred Mfg. Co. mus mdse 529 South Wabash Av HARison-7707

Gretsch, William, 529 South Wabash, HARison-7707

Gretsch, William, residence 151 West Burton, DIV-4167

March, 1941

Gretsch, Fred Mfg. Co. mus mdse 529 South Wabash Av HARison-7707

Gretsch, William, 529 South Wabash, HARison-7707

Gretsch, William, residence 151 West Burton, DIV-4167

November, 1941

William Gretsch not at West Burton Place anymore.

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