Fortman, Fred

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Fred Fortman married Louise, daughter of Peter Smith, Jr.. The couple lived in the family home at 6836 N. Ridge Boulevard.

Thus began the Fortman family ownership of the house from 1894 to at least 1995. The Smith and Fortman families were originally from Prussia and devout Roman Catholics who worshiped at St. Henry Church a half-mile South at Ridge Avenue and Devon Avenue.


RPWRHS photo S013-0227 shows the joint headstone at St. Henry's Cemetery for Fred Fortman (March 30, 1869-January 2, 1955) and Louise Smith Fortman. November 1988.