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Albert Thomas Hart 3 OCT 1895 - 1 NOV 1982

Albert was born on 3 OCT 1895 in Peoria, Ill. and died on 1 NOV 1982 (age: 87) in Pompano Beach, Fl and was buried in Park View Cmty. - Peoria, Ill .
He was the son of Norwood Fielding Hart (8 SEP 1871 - 10 APR 1936) and Magdalena Reuter (Hart) (14 FEB 1871 - 10 DEC 1936).

Albert was married to Norma Elizabeth Douglass (Hart) on 22 APR 1915.

Norma was born on 29 JUL 1895 in Illinois and died on 27 JAN 1989 (age: 93) in Pompano Beach, Fl and was buried in Peoria, Ill .
She was the daughter of William Henry Douglas (26 AUG 1853 - 22 NOV 1923) and Blanche Amy Hoffman (Douglas) (1 JUL 1867 - 3 AUG 1946).
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- Albert T. Hart and Norma Douglass

- Albert T, Hart -
1916 - member of the Peoria tigers semi-pro basketball team.

Wife - Norma was born on 29 JUL 1895 in Illinois and died on 27 JAN 1989 (age: 93) in Pompano Beach, Fl

Son - Albert Sr was born on 2 JUN 1916 in Peoria, Ill and died on 29 JUL 2003 (age: 87) in Boca Raton, Fl

Son - Norwood was born on 29 JUL 1920 in Peoria, Ill and died on 27 FEB 2006 (age: 85) in Boca Raton, Fl

Father - Norwood Fielding Hart
1871-1936 - Norwood was born on 8 SEP 1871 in Peoria, Ill. and died on 10 APR 1936 (age: 64) in Chicago, Ill.

Mother - Magdalena Reuter (Hart)
1871-1936 - Magdalena was born on 14 FEB 1871 in Peoria Co., Ill and died on 10 DEC 1936 (age: 65) in Peoria Co., . Ill

Albert Thomas Hart was a high school basketball player who became a produce wholesaler in Chicago, and later in Pompano Beach, Florida.

He lived in a time when hard work, coupled with a growing economy at the end of WWII and with low land prices enabled him to live a life of relative leisure in retirement.

Compiled the HART + DOUGLASS Family genealogy 1972 which is the basis for this Our Folk website.

: Norma and Albert Hart

Norma and Albert Hart

Moved from Elmwood, Ill to Peoria with her family in 1901. Graduated from Franklin School in Peoria in 1910 and from Peoria High School.

Norma is remembered for a demeanor which made her a beloved mother and grandmother. Norma - Grandma Hart - ran the great Log Summer Home in Shorewood Hills Mich. until she and Albert T. Hart moved to Pompano Beach, Fl. about 1970.

Her sister Imogene lived with her and Albert until Norma's death in 1989. Norma never drove a car - the story is that she had a bad accident while learning to drive and decided never to try again.

Her grandchildren always remembered her cookie jar filled with homemade cookies whenever they went to visit her during the summers at her home in Shorewood Hills, MI (Woody Hart - 2013)

Notes for Albert Thomas Hart

Notes for Norma Elizabeth Douglass (Hart)

Albert: WW-I Draft Registration

WW-I Draft Registration

Miss Norma E. Douglas, daughter of Mrs. W. H. Douglas and Albert T. Hart, son of Mrs. N. F. Hart, were married yesterday at high noon at the Grace M. E. church by the Rec. Walter Atkin and left immediately for a short honeymoon to Chicago. They will be at home to their many friends after May 1st at 102 north street, Peoria.

Albert: Albert Thomas Hart - Additional Summary
(Compiled by Albert Douglass Hart, Sr.) Attended Lincoln and White Public Schools and Peoria High School.

Married Norma Elizabeth Douglass in 1915. Had two sons, Albert Douglass Hart and Norwood Albert Hart.

Following graduation was employed by Wabash and Pennsylvania railroads in Peoria.

He was transferred to St. Louis, Pennsylvania RR. Vice-President's Office in 1920, then returned to Peoria in 1923 in the Fruit and Vegetable Brokerage business.

They were members of the Universalist Church in Peoria, but joined Trinity Methodist in Chicago, because that's where his son, Albert D., decided to join the Boy Scouts in 1930.

He first retired to an apartment on Chicago's Gold Coast.

Lived on the beach in Pompano Beach Florida (The Kensington), until he, Norma and Imogene moved into the John Knox Village in 1980.

Affiliations: Masonic Lodge Temple #46 and Boulevard #882, A. F. & A. M.

Abbas Grotto, Peoria.

Scottish Rite bodies, Valley of Chicago.

Medinah Temple, A. A. O. N. M. S., Chicago.

Gold Coast Shrine Club, Deerfield Beach, Fla.

First Methodist Church, Pompano Beach, Fla.

Resided in John Knox Village since September of 1980.

Norma: Brainard Women's CLub Meeting

Brainard Women's CLub Meeting

Albert: Albert D. Hart, Sr, Albert Thomas Hart, Harold Hart, Norwood Hart

Albert D. Hart, Sr, Albert Thomas Hart, Harold Hart, Norwood Hart

Albert: Census: 1920 Census, City of Peoria, Illinois, 501 Illinois Ave

Name Rel age born in father born in mother born in Occ. type of company
William Douglas : Head 66 Canada New York New York Special Agent Insurance Co.
Blanch A. Douglas : wife 52 Arkansas Pennsylvania Ohio none
Imogene W. Douglas : daughter 21 Illinois Canada Arkansas Clerk, office Insurance
Arthur W. Reich : son in law 30 Illinois Germany Germany Tinsmith Railroad
Naomi M. Reich : daughter 26 Illinois Canada Arkansas none
Albert T. Hart : son in law 24 Illinois Illinois Illinois clerk Railroad
Norma W. Hart : daughter 24 Illinois Canada Arkansas none
Hugh D. Hart : grandson 3 1/2 Illinois Illinois Illinois none
Emeline Morris : mother in law 76 Ohio Virginia Ohio none

Albert: Census: 1930 Peoria, Ill 607 Thrush Avenue

Albert T. Hart : head 34 Ill Ill Pa Broker - produce house
Norma E. Hart : wife 34 Ill Canada Arkansas none
Albert D. Hart : son 13 Ill Ill Ill
Norwood A. Hart : son 9 Ill Ill Ill

Albert: Fruit and Vegatable Broker
Returned to Peoria in 1923 in engage in the Fruit and Vegetable Brokerage business. Peoria manager of C. H. Robinson Co. of Minneapolis. Transferred to C. H. Robinson office in Detroit in 1929.

In 1930, he was transferred by Kroger to Detroit and bought a home on Walled Lake.

He only stayed in Detroit for the summer, but they kept the home as a summer cottage until 1944.

In fall of 1930 went to Chicago to establish the Wesco Foods Co., Fruit and Vegetable Subsidiary of Kroger Co.

Operated Novy-Hart Co., Produce Buyers on the Chicago South Water Market from 1935 to 1938, when he assumed position of Director of Fruit and Vegetable Operation of Independent Grocers Alliance. (L.C.L means combining items which are less than a full container load) Took leave of absence in 1940 to join the Quartermaster Corps Perishable Subsistence Division, Market Center Field Headquarters, Chicago, as Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Consultant.

Following War Service in 1944 resumed activity with I.G.A., establishing Alliance Produce Co., serving I.G.A. retail stores in Illinois and Indiana and wholesale dealers throughout the country in conjunction with Food Brokers, Inc.

Retired from South Water Market acitvity in 1956 and moved to Florida, where he became interested in vegetable growing, buying and shipping on the Pompano State market, operating as H & H Brokers. Retired from such activity in 1971.

Al died of lung cancer. Perhps this was from breathing Lindane for many years in his home as a result of investing in a company that made an insecticide vaporizer, which evaporated Lindane, and using one himself for many years.

Albert: South Water Market
in 1930, Albert Thomas Hart moved to Chicago and worked on the SOuth Water Market which had been moved from its original location on Water Street to a new facility near 14th and Racine.

This postcard is the South Water Market in its new location.

Albert: 1940 Census at 9201 Laflin St. in Chicago, Ill.

1940 Census at 9201 Laflin St. in Chicago, Ill.

Albert: 9201 Laflin Apartment in Chicago in 2019

9201 Laflin Apartment in Chicago in 2019

Albert: WW-II Draft Registration 1941

WW-II Draft Registration 1941

Albert: Shorewood Hills
In about 1950, Albert and Norma teamed up with Eric and Rhea Johnston, and purchased several lots in Shorewood Hills, Michigan. The each owned half of the lot between their own, and between heir lots and the lake to insure that ni one could ever purchase it and build on it.

#imge -sep-2020/Old-Shorewood.jpg During the summers, he lived in a wooded area with a view of the lake out his picture windows. The second lot was reserved for a home for the families of his two sons who shared it, each taking it for a month in the summer, and sharing it during the kids' spring vacations.

For several years they lived in Chicago in the winter and lived up in Shorewood in the summer. In 1956 they moved to florida, coming up toIn 1971 they They built a second house about 1956 so more of the family could visit at the same time.

He later sold the sons' lot and purchased a home in Pompano Beach. He became a 'snowbird', traveling to Florida for the winters and to Michigan during the summers. He grew restless with retirement, and as stated above, opened a produce wholesale business in Pompano.

In 1965 they sold the Shorewood property and lived only in Florida.

Albert: Albert Hart Obituary
Albert Thomas Hart, 87, of Pompano Beach, Fla., formerly of Peoria, died yesterday at John Knox Medical Center, Pompano.

Born Oct 3, 1895, in Peoria, he was the son of Norwood and Lenna Reuter Hart. He married Norma Douglass in 1915.

He was a fruit and vegatable broker 50 years in Peoria, Chicago and Pompano. He was grand secretary treasurer and president of Beta Phi Sigma National Fraternity He was a member of Temple Lodge 46, AF&AM, Peoria. Abbas Grotto Scottish Rite Bodies, Valley of Chicago, and the Gold Coast Shrine Club of Florida.

Surviving are his wife; two sons, Norward and Albert, both of Deerfield Beach, Fla.; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Burial will be in Parkview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Shriner' Hospitals for Crippled Chidren

Granddaughter - Morgan Park HS - Chicago - 1961 - Barbara was born on 31 JAN 1943 in Chicago, Ill

Grandson - Crawfordsville High School - 1965 - Albert Jr was born on 16 APR 1947 in Chicago, Ill

Grandson - Richard Dixon Hart -
Taken in Crawfordsville, Ind. about 1966
- Richard was born on 19 MAY 1949 in Chicago, Ill

Grandson - Norwood was born on 29 MAR 1946 in Chicago, IL

Grandson -
Morgan Park HS - 1966
- Robert was born on 27 FEB 1949 in Chicago, Ill.

Grandson - Jonathan Hart - 1961 - Jonathan was born on 28 OCT 1954

Grandson - Bill Hart and Jung Kim -
Taken at Disney World. 2004
- William was born on 26 APR 1961 in Chicago, IL

Great Grandson - Andrew was born on 10 APR 1970 in Holland, Michigan and died on 10 JUL 1988 (age: 18) in Holland, Mi

Great Grandson - West Ottawa High School 1990 - Douglass was born on 18 MAY 1972 in Holland, Michigan

- Erik was born on 1 MAR 1974 in Holland, Michigan

Great Granddaughter - 2002 - Heather was born on 23 OCT 1976 in Holland, Michigan

Great Granddaughter - Melinda was born on 10 JUL 1978 in Holland, Mi

Great Granddaughter - Cherry Creek HS - 1988 - Cara was born on 10 DEC 1970 in Bloomington, Ind

Great Granddaughter - Emily Anne Hart
1974- - Emily was born on 13 MAR 1974 in Englewood, Colo

Great Grandson - Jacob Hart (b. 1980) -
Taken in 2003 at home Littleton, Co.
- Jacob was born on 4 OCT 1980

Great Grandson - James was born on 4 OCT 1987

Great Grandson - Kevin Douglas Hart, Sara Jo Jensen -
and children taken in 2010
- Kevin was born on 12 APR 1974

Great Granddaughter - Cheryle Florence Haythorne and Robin Ashley Hart -
California 2010
- Robin was born on 11 APR 1976 in Mather AFB, California

Great Grandson - Dustin was born on 6 JUL 1985

Great Grandson - Robert was born on 10 MAR 1991 in Champaign, Ill.

Great Granddaughter - Hollis was born on 12 JUN 1992

Great Grandson - Jay was born on 7 APR 1975

Great Granddaughter - Jennifer was born on 27 JUN 1984 in Pesotum, Champaign, IL

Sister - Margaret Lillian Hart (Drake)
1892-1979 - Margaret was born on 29 OCT 1892 in Peoria, Ill and died on 30 AUG 1979 (age: 86) in Birmingham, Ala.

Brother - Harold Hansel Hart
1899-1975 - Harold was born on 5 AUG 1899 in Parkview Cemetery, Peoria, Peoria Co., Il and died on 27 OCT 1975 (age: 76) in Peoria, Ill.

- Alexander was born on 1 SEP 1904

- Robert was born on 22 FEB 1910 in Peoria, Ill and died on 17 DEC 1972 (age: 62) in Gallatin, Mo

- Anita was born on 4 SEP 1905

- Frieda was born on 30 JAN 1902 and died on 1990

- Frank was born on 18 SEP 1903

- Albert was born on 27 JUN 1906 and died on OCT 1975 in Peoria, Ill

First Cousin - Dorothy Reuter (Marx), Albert Gustax Marx and Albert Raymond Marx -
taken in Peoria, Ill - 1978
- Dorothy was born on 12 MAY 1911 and died on 17 DEC 1986 (age: 75)

- Frederick was born on 13 JUL 1914 and died on AUG 1980 in Pekin, Tazewell, Illinois

- Fielding was born on 30 AUG 1841 in Fleming Co., Ky. and died on 16 APR 1891 (age: 49) in Peoria, Ill.

- Margaret was born on 6 MAR 1842 in Peoria Co., Ill. and died on 1911

Grandfather - Franz Reuter
1838-1892 -
Taken at time of departure for the United States (1856)
- Franz was born on 13 NOV 1838 in Strassgiech Bavaria and died on 1 DEC 1892 (age: 54) in Peoria, Ill

Grandmother - Margarete Zettelmaier (Reuter)
1843-1880 -
at age 16.
- Margareta was born on 9 JUN 1843 in Schezlitz, Bavaria and died on 1880 in Peoria, Ill

Last change (on this page): 13 OCT 2020