Muster Family Tree
Our father Bill Muster became an orphan at age nine and after a short stay in an abusive orphanage, Ed Miller (our father's older half-brother) put him into a foster home agency based in Chicago. I estimate that from age ten to eighteen, our father lived with several different foster families. All of these are unknown to us, except for the last one, where he lived for several years with the Molitor family in Chicago [age fourteen to eighteen]. Our father stayed in contact with the Elsie and Charles Molitor, and Bill Tanzer, one of the other children who lived with the family. The Molitors were generous people who wanted to stay in contact with the children they raised side-by-side with their own children.
I recently discussed this history with Bill and Anita Tazer and have also been in contact with Carole Preacher, granddaughter of the Molitors. She remembers our father as Uncle Bob, and provided photographs that her Uncle Bob took of her and her family in the 1940s. She recently sent the photos, which she has kept all these years. The photos show Carole and her little sister Joyce, Carole with her mother and the Molitors in front of the Mozart Street apartment that was the foster home, a portrait of Carole, and Carole with her grandfather.
Notice in the last photo that the banner in the window shows two stars, meaning that two sons in the family were serving in World War II (Bill Tanzer and Bill Muster).
Our father Bill Muster (1926-1989) also remembered staying with a foster family that took him to Lake of the Woods, Canada. Although our father stayed in contact with this family and took my brother to visit them in Canada, and our mother also remembers meeting them, I am not in contact with the family, but would appreciate hearing from them. My brother and mother remember them, but cannot remember their names. Since he was between the ages of eleven and fourteen, it would have been sometime between 1937-1940.
The photos below turned up in a box of Bill Muster's photos.
Carole Preacher and a cousin. Photo by Bill Muster, c. 1940s.
The Molitor family of Chicago. Unknown year, c. 1940s.
The Molitor family in Racine, Wisconsin, c. 1940s.