Sorry to take so long in posting a followup. My Grandfather was Alfred Louis Kortkamp, born April 15, 1888, in Nilwood, Il. His father was Frederick Kortkamp who was born in Alton. His mother was Mary Ellen Wood, born in Litchfield, Il.
i don't know much about the Kortkamps as my grandmother and he evidently separated some time when my mother and Aunt Virginia were young. Grandpa worked for a time for his father at the mine. One of his jobs was to take the money to the bank. Somewhere tucked away , I have a nickel-plated .32 cal. pistol he used as protection. I doubt that it was much good, as the cylinder falls out after firing three shots. the mine went bankrupt when the miners went on strike. Ginny didn't remember the date. I'm looking into that. anyway, Grandpa went to work as a tinner for his father-in-law. that wasn't a very good match and the family split up. Grandma, my mother Mary and Ginny moved around , living with members of both the Kortkamps and her family, the Lewis' for a number of years.
Alfred had some siblings but I'm not sure just who is who. i remember hearing about an Aunt Mabel and an Aunt Carrie, also an Aunt Minnie. I think Aunt Minnie was Alfred's Aunt. I met her once when I was about 10 or 12 and she was Very old then. I think she died in the early 60s and I'm pretty sure she's buried in Lincoln, Il.
Ginny told me once she thought there were 8 Kortkamp brothers who came from Germany. i don't know any names, nor do i know any dates.
One of these days, I plan on going to Litchfield and spending some time in the library. I would like to see if there are any records in the Illinois Mining commisssion or whatever they call it in Illinois. Surely there are records about the mine and what happened, as well as a list of the owners. I went to Kortkamp,Il once. There is not much, just a roadsign for Kortkamp Road.
Enough already. When i have a few more specifics, i'll let you know.
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