Sunday, March 6, 2016 Franz Burglechner (1909-1985)

Franz "Frank" Burglechner was born on 3 April 1909 in Hungary, which was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, to Maria Miller. However, he considered his race or nationality to be German. I do not know his father's given name.

On 7 June 1913 Frank, his mother and two sisters, Clothilda "Tillie" and Rudolphine boarded the S/S Finland in Antwerp, Belgium, and arrived in New York City on 18 June. They likely traveled by train to Centerville, Illinois, to join his maternal grandfather, John Miller. The family had lived in Moers, Germany, before they immigrated. In 1930 Frank worked at the Aluminum Company of America (ALCOA) ore factory in East St. Louis.

Frank married Verna Muir sometime before 1935 and the coupled lived in Verna's father's house at 436 North 80th Street in Centerville, Illinois.

On 16 December 1940 Frank, his mother, and sister, Tillie (Burglechner) Toth, were indicted on charges of conspiracy to commit welfare fraud. On 31 December 1940 the charges were dismissed upon the motion of Attorney General John E. Cassidy of Illinois. The charges were related to Tillie Toth's work at the Centerville Relief office and her testimony against the administrator of the office in an earlier trial.

By 1940 Frank and Verna had a three-year-old daughter and Frank continued to work as a laborer at the aluminum ore factory. He worked for ALCOA through the 1940s and at least the 1950s.

Sometime before his death, Frank and Verna moved to Ravenswood, West Virginia, where Frank died in July 1985. He and Verna were interred at the Ravenswood Cemetery in Ravenswood.

1930 Federal Census, Census Place: Centerville, St Clair, Illinois; Roll: 555; Page 6B; Enumeration District: 0034; Image: 916.0; FHL microfilm: 2340290
1940 Federal Census, Census Place: Signal Hill, St Clair, Illinois; Roll: T627_879; Page: 20B; Enumeration District: 82-35
Alice (Muir) Jennings Genealogy Notebook, page 13
Alton Evening Telegraph, 14 December 1939
Alton Evening Telegraph, 10 April 1941
Alton Evening Telegraph, 26 April 1941
Daily Independent, 16 December 1940
Edwardsville Intelligencer, 31 December 1940
Edwardsville Intelligencer, 23 April 1941
Freeport Journal-Standard, 19 January 1940
Freeport Journal-Standard, 5 April 1941
Freeport Journal-Standard, 10 April 1941
Global, Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Memorial No. 105712538
US, City Directories, 1822-1995, 1948 East St Louis, IL (Burglechner, Frank)
US, City Directories, 1822-1995, 1955 East St Louis, IL (Burglechner, Frank)
US, City Directories, 1822-1995, 1957 East St Louis, IL (Burglechner, Frank)
US, New York Passenger Lists, 1820-1957, 1913 Burglechner, Franz
US, Public Records Index, Volume 2, 1950-1993 Burglechner, Frank (Ravenswood, WV)
US, Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014, Number: 329-10-3487; Issue State: Illinois; Issue Date: Before 1951

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