The Drexel Home For The Jewish Aged
6140 S. Drexel Blvd, Chicago

- Name Index -


Following the 1871 Great Chicago Fire, German-speaking Jews began moving from downtown to the Near South Side. They later moved further south to the Grand Boulevard, Washington Park, and Kenwood-Hyde Park areas. They built facilities to care for the sick (Michael Reese Hospital), orphaned (Chicago Home for Jewish Orphans), and aged (Drexel Home).

The Drexel Book contains admissions from 1894-1943. Drexel opened in 1893 and closed in 1981. The original building was demolished in 1959.

The book is all handwritten and has 2 sections. The front in an index by letter of the alphabet.
They simply added residents by the letter of their last name as they were admitted. The back section (about 350 pages) has intake biographies of 750 residents. They are basically in the order they were admitted and they have extensive genealogical info which typically included: when and where born, when came to US, when came to Chicago, occupation, date died, where buried; some have other additional information.

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Surname Given Name
Abrams Bertha
Abrams Bertha
Ascherman Rosie
Ascherman Rosie
Birnbaum Wilhelm
Cohn Jacob
Cohn Jetta
Levy Fanny
Caspar Hirosh
Cain Jacob
Cohen Fannie
Cohen Jennie
Cierer Eva
Cierer Ralph
Cohen Esther
Cohen Mariana
Cohn Henrietta
Curtis Mariane
Curtis Harris
Copel Jolin
Cohen Lewis A.
Corey Marie
Cohen Sarah
Cohn David
Cohn Jacob
Charmison Wolf
Cohen Rose
Chesney Lena
Cole Terra
Chalfen Samuel
Chalfen Lena Rachel
Cohn Richard
Carlinsky Anna