On the back of this photo, my cousin Ginny wrote

“House where Nana [Nellie Brenne Frohmberg] lived before she was married. House of Anna Martin and Louise Jacobs circa 1918.”

Rosa Jacobs Brenne, 1865-1905
Rosa Jacobs Brenne, 1865-1905

Since her trip with her father (Cliff) in 2002, we have discovered that John Jacobs also lived at this address. John, Louise, and Anna were all older siblings of Rosa Brenne, Nellie’s mother.

As noted, this is the home Nellie was living in prior to her marriage to Paul.

It is unclear how long Nellie lived with her aunts and uncle: did she move before she graduated high school?

I do know that Anna and Louise were instrumental in helping Nellie further her education and become completely independent of her father and stepmother and later her abusive husband.

It is possible that this house belonged to Louise first, as she is listed as “head of household” in a 1920 census. I am not sure when John started living with her (of if he was living with her the whole time). I believe Anna was widowed before or during 1920.

Credit: Western Reserve Historical Society
Credit: Western Reserve Historical Society

This is the home where Louise died in 1920 and John‘s last address before he was admitted to Mount Sinai a year later. I do not know if Anna stayed in this home through 1925 (when she then began living with the young Frohmbergs: Paul, Nellie, Richard and Cliff) or if she lived someone where else temporarily first.

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