Mae Hodous Schlick: The Early Years 1911 – 1920.

The Ignatuis Hodous Family. Left to right second row: Anna (Charvat) mother, Ignatuis “Iggy” father. Front row left to right: Mae (Hodous) Schlick, my grandmother and Robert Hodous, Mae’s brother. Photo taken circa 1920s.

Mae (Nee Hodous) Schlick was born on 21 March 1911 in Chicago Cook County Illinois. Her father was a teamster milkwagon driver for the Cicero Dairy Co. (2610-14-56 Avenue) in Cicero, Cook County Illinois. By 1930 per the U.S. Census the family was living at 3215 22nd Street in Chicago, Illinois. Mae had two brothers Robert (age 16) and Leonard (age 9). They were living in a multi family apartment building. The building housed five families and a total of twenty people. My grandmother can recall that another they lived prior to the nineteen thirties was a one room apartment above a chili parlor. They had to share the bathroom that was down the hallway from her family’s living quarters. It was not an ideal nor easy life for a young girl. She dreams of moving away from the city one day and live in the country.

Mae Hodous’ Baptismal Certificate dated 12 May 1922. The date of birth is written as 21 March 1911 and the Baptismal date is written as 1 April 1911. The church was Saint Ludmilla located at 24th and Albany on Chicago’s southwest side.

At one point in her young live Mae recalls during a challenging economic time prior to 1930 the family moved to Interlocken Michigan. Her father was hoping to begin farming for a period of time. The move unfortunately did not work out and the family returned to Chicago and the town of Cicero, Illinois.

1930 U.S. Census for Chicago Illinois showing the Hodous Family living at 3215 22nd Street in Chicago Cook County Illinois. May (sic Mae see blue “x”) is now nineteen years old. In two years she would marry Frank Schlick who lived on a dairy farm on Mack Road in Winfield Township along the West Branch of the DuPage River.
Interlocken Michigan circa late 1920s early 1930s during the Great Depression. The Hodous’ lived above a store front in Interlocken (see top post card with handwriting note: “This is the house”) for a short period of time. Iggy or Ignatuis Hodous Mae’s father was looking for work in Michigan as he and other people fell upon hard times.
Ignatuis Hodous’s World War I Draft Registration Card. This information is invaluable for family historians. It shows the employer of my Great Grandfather Hodous – Cicero Dairy Co. workind as a Milk Wagon Driver. Shows the location of the employer: 2410-14 56 Avenue in Cicero, Illinois in Cook County. Provides his home address as the time: 5342 W. 25th Street in Cicero, Illinois. Ignatuis is 33 years old and he writes that his date of birth is 28 April 1885. Shows his full name “Ignatz Charles Hodous”. (Source:

Her father’s parents were Bohemian and born in Bohemia which later began part of Czechoslovakia. The family settled in Chicago’s southwest side near 22nd Street. It is interesting to note per the Encyclopedia of Chicago that “by the turn of the century, Chicago was the third largest Czech city in the world, after Praque and Vienna”. The Czechs and Bohemian popluation reached its peak in 1870. The Hodouses were part of a larger immigrant influx of Eastern European people settling in the City of Chicago.

Chicago’s Czech community followed a common pattern of migration from inner-city working-class neighborhoods to middle-class areas further out and on to the suburbs. This gradual movement followed the economic progress of many Czech immigrants and the influx of other ethnic groups. In the 1850s and 1860s many Czech immigrants settled on the Near West Side. The neighborhood, known as “Prague,” centered on the Roman Catholic parish of St. Wenceslaus at DeKoven and Desplaines Streets and was largely spared by the Chicago Fire of 1871. Movement south and west in the 1870s and 1880s generated a second working-class Czech community, dubbed “ Pilsen, ” which included the Czech congregation of St. Procopius, founded in 1875. By the 1890s, Czechs were colonizing middle-class neighborhoods like South Lawndale (popularly known as “Czech California”), where they established several churches, schools, and Sokol halls. As the Czechs continued to move south and west, other immigrant groups moved into the neighborhoods they left, with immigrants from Poland, Croatia, Slovenia, Lithuania, and other Slavic areas settling in Pilsen around the turn of the century. By the 1930s many Czechs were moving into such suburbs as Cicero, Berwyn, and Riverside (Source: Encyclopedia of Chicago (University of Chicago Press, 2005).

This is the neighborhood where Saint Ludmilla’s Catholic Church was located that the Hodous’ attended and where Mae was baptisted. This print shows “Pilsen Park” and the Pilsen Bewery Factory. The park was a source of recreation and many Sunday picnics by the Czech and Bohemian community. (Source: Dr. Jan Habenicht. History of Czechs in America. Czechoslovak Genealogical Society International. 1996.)

About Schlick Daleiden Families - DuPage and Kane Counties of Illinois

Kevin Davis is a retired Public Library Director. He is a Board member of the Winfield (IL) Historical Society. Davis has over 35 years experience working in public libraries. He is deeply interested in local Chicagoland, Dupage, and Kane County History. Davis earned a BA in History and an MA in Library Science from Dominican University. He is a volunteer researcher for the St. James Farm Forest Preserve part of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County in Illinois. His work includes extensive writing and research on the McCormick family line who were former owners of St. James Farm. He is an avid family historian / genealogist and has done extensive research on the Schlicks and Daleidens of DuPage and Kane County Illinois.
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