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Zagar family photograph album.
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145 photographs : b&w, some sepia toned ; 24 x 16 cm or smaller
4 photographs : col. ; 8 x 8 cm
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Stephan Zagar (1902, Illinois - 1976, Michigan) and Wilma Marie Verk (1901, Yugoslavia-1975, Illinois) married in the 1920s in Illinois. Stephan was a machinist and Wilma Marie worked at home. On April 1, 1929, their twin daughters, Rosalyn and Marilyn Ann, were born. On October 22, 1936, their third daughter, Margaret Ann, was born.
Marilyn attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison and married Clyde Amundson in 1951, with whom she had two children. She died on May 26, 1995.
Rosalyn married Frank Ross.
Margaret Ann got infected with Poliomyelitis at a young age (possibly when she was 2 years old) and later developed cerebral palsy. She attended Gompers School for the Handicapped and later graduated from the University of Illinois. In 1987, Margaret Ann started volunteering as a coordinator for Meals on Wheels in Lansing, Illinois, fielding calls from clients and scheduling cooks and kitchen helpers. Margaret Ann died on November 9, 2014.
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Photograph album containing photographs and other materials related to the Zagar family with an emphasis on their youngest daughter Margaret Ann.
Photographs and ephemera in album cover the lives of the Zagar family from the early 1930s to the early 1950s. First sheets include photographs of the grandmothers, parents (Stephan and Wilma), twin oldest daughters (Rosalyn and Marilyn Ann), and youngest daughter as a baby (Margaret Ann). Rest of sheets focus on Margaret Ann and her development from early childhood to adulthood after having gotten infected with Poliomyelitis as an infant. Photographs include family pictures and celebrations, class photographs at the Gompers School for the Handicapped (located at South State St. and 123rd, Chicago), photographs of Margaret Ann's development at different stages, and photographs of family friends. Album also contains religious ephemera, school ephemera related to Gompers School events, and a newspaper clipping related to a function at Gompers School.
Pages are very fragile.
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Purchased from Type Punch Matrix in 2022.
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In one of the photographs in album, Margaret Ann is seen in redface.
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Described by CGD in 2022.
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