Ignatz and Lena moved into this home, built around 1920. I don’t know if Paul and Nellie moved in at the same time as Paul’s parents or at a later date.

Grandpa told me that Ignatz and Lena lived on the bottom floor, and he lived with his parents (Paul and Nellie) and brother (Cliff) on the top floor.

Nellie, Lena, and Ignatz with Richard and Clifford, circa 1924.
Nellie, Lena, and Ignatz with Richard and Clifford, circa 1924.

During our vacation in 2000, Grandpa shared with me that his father had a terrible fear of heights. I don’t know the full story, but it sounded as if he had major difficulty with small chores like changing light bulbs and using ladders.

Grandpa also mentioned that he had an attic bedroom, which coincides with his story about climbing out onto the balcony roof when he was little, scaring his father to death. He also remembers an organ grinder monkey visiting him on the balcony one day, presumably to fill his little tin cup with coins.

I don’t believe the younger Frohmberg’s lived here very long; they moved in with Nellie’s aunt, Anna Martin, on 108th Street in 1925.

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