Since I have researched much on this Wolter family, and I feel a little confused about what information I have, I think it is time to do a re-start on the research.

Now is known who was Miss Charlotte Wolter, who resided at 2125 S. 40th Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. She was the daughter of John and Martha Wolter, immigrants from Germany.  We know that John at one time resided at this address, and it is known where the Wolter family resided for the census years 1900-1940.

Now the question is:  why was Charlotte Wolter important to Albert Henry Bringe?  Albert did not live in Chicago. Why was she listed in the diary?

Since the 1900 census record for John Wolter lists a daughter, Catherine, who was born in Illinois in 1896, a search was made for her birth record. Found was a listing in the Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940, database.

In the record, Katherina Sophia Martha Wolter was born 12 November 1896 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, to John Wolter and Martha Bringe.  Both John and Martha were born in Greifswald Pomerania Germany. (“Illinois, Cook County, Birth Certificates, 1871-1940,” database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 27 February), entry for Katherina Sophia Martha Wolter; citing Cook County Clerk, Cook County Courthouse, Chicago, records.)

The mother of Catherine was Martha Bringe.  Maybe this is why Charlotte was listed in the diary.  Could Martha have been a relative of Albert’s?

I also searched for the birth record of Elmer, the brother of Charlotte and Catherine.  As yet, no birth record has been found.

More in my next post.