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Sara Magaziner Wachter

Sara Magaziner was born in Humenne on April 2, 1858, the daughter of Samuel Magaziner and Eszter Jacubovits. Her name in the birth record was Sara, but her name appears in later records as Sali, Zali, Roza and Serene. Sara married Marcus Wachter in Humenne on July 4, 1876. His name also appears in various forms in the records (Minim, Mano, Mooney, Mark or just M). Marcus was born in Humenne in 1845. Sara and Marcus had at least six children between 1877 and 1888.

Sara died of a heart attack in Humenne on June 20, 1889. Marcus remarried to Debora "Bori" Taub in September 1889. Bori was Marcus's niece, the daughter of Marcus's sister Rosa. Marcus and Bori had a child of their own: Zoltan (aka Saloman), born June 1, 1891.

Around 1892, Marcus emigrated to Chicago, where his younger brother Simon had settled many years earlier. Their brother Fred also came to America with his family. In America, the family name was spelled Wechter. Bori and the children followed Marcus in October 1893, from Hamburg to Montreal on the Polaria, then by train from Montreal to Chicago. Marcus died of sclerosis of the spinal cord at his home in Chicago on February 8, 1895. He was buried at Waldheim in Chicago. Bori survived him but never remarried. She worked as a dressmaker in Chicago, living with their son Zoltan (known in Ameria as Charles) and Marcus and Sara's daughter Louise. I have found no record of any of Sara's other children ever living with Bori in America. Bori died in Chicago on April 25, 1955 and was buried at Waldheim Jewish Cemetery.

Children of Sara Magaziner and Marcus Wachter include:

  1. John Wechter (Jonathan Wachter) (b: 4 NOV 1877; d: 17 OCT 1913?)
  2. Louis Wechter (Lenni Lajos Wachter) (b: 4 MAY 1879; d: 5 JUL 1946)
  3. Louise Wechter (Lea Wachter) (b: 23 MAY 1882; d: 21 APR 1917)
  4. Jakob Wechter (Gyula Wachter) (b: 18 JUN 1884)
  5. Samuel / Sandor Wachter (b: 13 FEB 1886; d: 19 AUG 1886)
  6. David Wechter (David / Derso Wachter) (b: 28 OCT 1888; d: 26 NOV 1931?)

Generation #4

John Wechter (Jonathan Wachter)

Jonathan Wachter was born in Humenne on November 4, 1877. He emigrated to Chicago with his stepmother Bori in 1893 under the name Jonny Wachter. He may be the same person as John Wechter, who was a patient at Kankakee State Hospital (Illinois Eastern Hospital for the Insane) in the 1900 and 1910 census and died there on October 17, 1913, though that person was said to be born in Germany in 1876. I have found no other record of John Wechter.

Louis Wechter (Lenni Lajos Wachter)

Lenni Lajos Wachter was born in Humenne on May 4, 1879. He emigrated to Chicago with his stepmother Bori in 1893 under the name Lajos Wachter, but in America he was known as Louis Wechter. He worked as a traveling salesman, and later owned a jewelry store and then a luggage store. He moved around quite a bit, starting in Chicago, then moving to Atlanta, Georgia, Louisville, Kentucky, then San Diego, California, then back to Louisville, and finally back to Chicago. On September 19, 1919, Louis became an American citizen in the Western District of Kentucky.

Marie Schwartz
Marie Schwartz

Louis married Marie Schwartz on January 11, 1910 in Chicago. Marie Schwartz was born on June 5, 1882 in Ochra, Hungary. They had one child. Marie died on December 19, 1918 in Louisville, Kentucky and was buried at Waldheim Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois, where Louis's sister Louise was buried a year earlier..

On May 19, 1920, Louis remarried to Elsa Strauss in Jefferson, Kentucky. Elsa was commonly known as Elsie. Elsie was born in Louisville, Kentucky on April 14, 1893. Louis and Elsie had at least five children, but two of those children, twins named after Elsie's parents, died in infancy. The other three lived to adulthood and have living descendants.

Louis died in Chicago on July 5, 1946 and was buried at B'nai B'rith in Chicago. He was 67 years old. Elsie survived him for 20 years but never remarried. She died in Chicago on April 18, 1966 and was buried with Louis at B'nai B'rith.

Child of Louis Wechter and Marie Schwartz:

  1. Leah Serene Wechter (b: 10 APR 1912; d: 20 SEP 1997)

Children of Louis Wechter and Elsie Strauss:

  1. Louis Marcus Wechter, Jr. (b: 1 FEB 1921; d: 27 MAR 2002)
  2. Robert Lee Wechter (b: 15 JAN 1925; d: 18 MAY 2004)
  3. Julian Strauss Wechter (b: 17 OCT 1926; d: 26 DEC 1926)
  4. Babette Wechter (b: 17 OCT 1926; d: 17 OCT 1926)
  5. William Julius Wechter (b: 13 FEB 1932; d: 8 JUL 2007)

Louise Wechter (Lea Wachter)

Lea Wachter was born on May 23, 1882 in Humenne. She emigrated to Chicago with her stepmother Bori in 1893 under the name Louise Wachter, was known in America as Louise Wechter. Louise was apparently the only one of Sara's children who continued to live with Bori in the United States. She was working as a seamstress in 1900, probably with Bori, who was a dressmaker. In 1910, Louise was working as a bookkeeper.

In 1912, Louise married John Wechter. John was Louise's first cousin, the son of Marcus's younger brother Fred. He was born in Humenne on November 28, 1881. He was working as a clerk at a wholesale house at the time. Later, he worked as a jeweler. Louise and John had one child, who died young.

Louise died on April 21, 1917 of hemorrhagic nephritis. She was 34 years old. She was buried at Waldheim Jewish Cemetery in Forest Park, Illinois. John remarried a few years later, and they had a daughter, but that marriage ended in divorce not long after. John died in Chicago on August 21, 1948 and was buried in Forest Park, possibly in the same cemetery as Louise.

Child of Louise Wechter and John Wechter:

  1. Marvin Wechter (Melvin John) (b: 5 AUG 1913; d: 23 APR 1934)

Jakob Wechter (Gyula Wachter)

Jakob Wachter was born on June 18, 1884 in Humenne. He emigrated to Chicago with his stepmother Bori in 1893 under the name Gyula, a name that usually becomes Julius in America. I have found no record of him in America after his immigration, neither as Jacob nor as Julius.

David Wechter (David / Derso Wachter)

David (Derso) Wachter was born in Humenne on October 28, 1888 and Samuel Magaziner was a witness at his bris. David emigrated to Chicago with his stepmother Bori in 1893. He is probably the David Waechter who appears in the 1900 census at the Chicago Home for Jewish Orphans (born in Hungary in October 1888; emigrated in 1893), though this seems strange, because he is no more an orphan than his sister Louise, who was living with Bori at the time. He may have had psychological problems, because he is probably also the David Wechter (born in Hungary, right age) who is a patient at the Kankakee State Hospital (aka Illinois Eastern Hospital for the Insane) in the 1910, 1920 and 1930 censuses. This is the same facility where a possible match for David's brother John was also a patient, though the census doesn't seem to indicate that patients John and David are related.

The patient David Wechter died at Kankakee State Hospital on November 26, 1931.

Generation #5

Leah Serene Wechter Goldman

Leah Wechter
Leah 1973
Harry Paul Goldman
Harry 1932

Leah Serene Wechter was born in Chicago on April 10, 1912. She was the daughter of Louis Wechter and his first wife, Marie Schwartz. Leah was apparently named for her grandmother, Sara, because Louis indicates in one of his marriage records that his mother's name was Serene. Interestingly, Leah's original birth certificate gives the child's name as Leah Sara, but a second birth certificate gives the name as Leah Serene.

In 1930, Leah was living in Chicago with her maternal grandparents, Ignatz and Fannie Schwartz. On February 3, 1935, Leah married Harry Paul Goldman. Harry was born Henry Paul Goldman in Chicago on April 15, 1910. Harry owned a liquor store. They had two children.

Harry died on February 19, 1968. Leah never remarried. She died on September 20, 1997, at the age of 85.

Children of Leah Serene Wechter and Harry Paul Goldman:

  1. Marie Joanne Goldman (b: 19 MAY 1937; d: 25 NOV 2013)

Louis Marcus Wechter, Jr.

Louis Marcus Wechter
Louis 1938
Louis Wechter
Louis 1973

Louis Marcus Wechter, Jr. was born in Louisville, Kentucky on February 1, 1921. He was the son of Louis Wechter and his second wife, Elsie Strauss.

Louis served in the navy in World War II. After the war, he attended and graduated from Northwestern University. On February 9, 1951, Louis married Carol Wilder at Temple Sholem in Chicago. Carol was born in Chicago on December 17, 1930. Louis and Carol had two children.

Louis died on March 27, 2002. Carol died in Chicago on April 5, 2007 and was buried at Waldheim Cemetery, Forest Park, Illinois, where some of Louis's family is buried.

Children of Louis Marcus Wechter, Jr. and Carol Wilder:


Robert Lee Wechter

Robert Wechter
Robert 1973
Muriel Erens
Muriel 1942

Robert Lee Wechter was born in San Diego, California on January 15, 1925. He was the son of Louis Wechter and his second wife, Elsie Strauss.

Robert served as a pharmacist's mate in the navy during World War II. He was wounded during the war, though I have found no details about the nature or cause of the injury.

Robert married Muriel Eileen Erens on February 5, 1947. Muriel was born on March 16, 1926 in Chicago. They had two daughters. Robert and Muriel separated, and Robert later remarried to another woman, who may still be living. Robert died on May 19, 2004. Muriel died on September 5, 2005 at Joseph Medical Center and was buried at Waldheim Jewish Cemetery.

Children of Robert Lee Wechter and Muriel Eileen Erens:


William Julius Wechter

William Wechter, from 2006 University of Illinois alumni magazine
William 2006
William Wechter
William 1973

William Julius Wechter was born in Jefferson County, Kentucky on February 13, 1932. He was the son of Louis Wechter and his second wife, Elsie Strauss. William earned bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from the University of Illinois in 1953 and 1954 and a Ph.D. in chemistry from UCLA. He worked in the pharmaceutical industry for almost 50 years and had 50 patents in his name. He was instrumental in the development and commercialization of many important drugs, including Motrin.

Roselyn Ann Greenman
Roselyn 1950

On August 16, 1952, William married Roselyn Ann Greenman in Chicago. Roselyn was born in Chicago on May 22, 1933. She attended the University of Miami (Florida), then earned a B.A. in Education at the University of Illinois and an M.A. specializing in teaching reading form WMU. She worked as a teacher in schools in Culver City, California and Galesburg, Michigan. William and Roselyn had three daughters. The marriage ended in divorce. Later, William remarried to another woman who is still living.

William died on July 8, 2007. He was 75 years old. Roselyn died on October 16, 2013, at the age of 80.

Children of William Julius Wechter and Roselyn Ann Greenman:


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