On August 29, 1908 Louis married Miss Mary Oswald st St. Aloysius Church in Chicago:
and they were blessed with their first child, a daughter Mary, on May 12, 1909.
The 1910 Census shows the young family living at 1532 N. Rockwell in Chicago. I can't show you where they lived because the building the Fahrbergers lived in was torn down circa 1990 and replaced with a townhouse. On the census form Louis listed his job as "Cement Worker." 1910 ended on a happy note for the Fahrberger family - their second daughter Josephine (1910-1972) was born on December 6th.
Like many immigrants of that era, the Fahrbergers were anxious to become Americans and they became naturalized American citizens on May 31, 1912. Later that same year their son Louis (1912-1981) was born on October 1st.
Things had changed for the Fahrberger family by the time the 1920 Census was taken. The post World War I building boom of the 1920s had not started yet, so Louis listed his occupation as "Car Repair" and the family lived in the rear of 2445 W. North Avenue in Chicago which is still an auto parts store all these years later:
|2445 W. North Avenue, Chicago|
By the 1930 Census, the fortunes of Louis Fahrberger and his family had improved substantially. They now owned their own home - a bungalow at 5452 W. Byron in Chicago:
|5452 W. Byron, Chicago|
Louis now listed his occupation as "Superintendent Building a Cement Road".
All was not well for the family when young Mary Fahrberger died suddenly on January 1, 1931 of complications from diabetes:
Even though the country was suffering through the depths of the Great Depression, Louis Fahrberger continued to do well. By the 1940 Census the family was still living in the bungalow on Byron, but now Louis listed his occupation as "Executive - Construction and Asphalt." Things continued to improve for the Fahrbergers and by the time he registered for the World War II draft on April 27, 1942 Louis listed his address as 6523 N. Tahoma in Chicago:
|6523 N. Tahoma, Chicago|
He listed his employer as the Midwest Construction and Asphalt Company.
Another happy occasion took place on June 18, 1946 when Josephine Fahrberger married Stanton Frederick Reberg in Chicago.
Somewhere along the way The Midwest Construction and Asphalt Company became the Arcole Midwest Corporation,
|Edens Overpass over Cicero Avenue|
As mentioned above, Louis Fahrberger planned to retire as soon as the Edens project was done - but he would be going out on top. The Edens project was a Twenty-three million dollar project, and when it was completed it would be known as the "Most Beautiful Highway in the Country." Fahrberger was excited to be working on a project of this size and scope - and right here in Chicagoland. He spent every free minute supervising all aspects of the paving work. Here he is talking with Alex Mariotti, one of the foremen on the project:
Construction on the Edens Superhighway started in 1946 and the highway was dedicated five years later, on December 20, 1951. The end of the huge project was in sight when tragedy struck. From the Chicago Daily Tribune of June 14, 1951:
Here is Louis Fahrberger's obituary from the Chicago Daily Tribune, June 15, 1951: