Walter Lindemann

Interview Date: November 10, 1978
Interview Location: Narrator’s home, 8737 Narragansett, Morton Grove
Interviewer: Denise Rossmann Christopoulos
Duration: 56 minutes


Walter Lindemann was born on a farm in Niles Center (now known as Skokie) and moved to Morton Grove with his family when he was fifteen years old. He describes his life as a young boy on a farm and chores of weeding, hoeing, and working in the fields. The Lindemanns spoke German while Walter was growing up, and he also remembers fun times with his six sisters and brothers.

Once he came to Morton Grove, Walter Lindemann worked for V.G. Supply Company. He also talks about the Depression years, the many roadhouses on Dempster Street, the part of town called “Ducktown”, and the hobos that used to frequent the area along the river.