Gertrude (Moehling) Francek

Does MPHS have photographs:  Yes

Address in MP: 8 E. Northwest Highway (demolished)

Birth Date:  July 11, 1913

Death Date: 1987

Date: Unknown

Spouse: Charles Francek

Children:  Mike and Heather

Interesting information on life, career, accomplishments:

Gertrude Francek was the Granddaughter of John Conrad Moehling, the owner of the first General Store in Mount Prospect and one of Mount Prospect’s greatest promoters. Gertrude Francek followed in her Grandfather’s tradition and in 1931, at the age of 17, opened an Ice Cream Parlor, making her the first woman to run a retail business in Mount Prospect. Her grandfather had been Mount Prospect first postmaster, and in 1938 she also continued that tradition, becoming the Assistant Postmaster at the age of 25. She later became a real estate broker and developed many of the other interests and community ideas. She was a very athletic person, playing semi-pro basketball, touring with a bowling team, and golfing daily. She was one of the founding four members of the Mount Prospect Historical Society, president of the Salt Creek Questers Club and a founder of the Mount Prospect Business and Professional Women’s Club.

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