THE HOUSE HELP
The house at 2007 Franklin Street was full with family members and house help.
MORTON VRANG, DRIVER
Morton Vrang (1884-1974) was a German immigrant. He entered the Haas-Lilienthal House with Madeline and Billy (William) in 1927 when they moved into the suite built above the garage. He was very close to the children and built a doll house for the girls and designed the train layout for Billy (both of these are still in the house today).
TILLIE RICHTER, COOK
Tillie Richter (1890-1971) immigrated from Germany in 1907 with a neighborhood friend, Frieda Weidmann (1889-1983). Frieda was Madeleine and Billy's nursemaid. Through Frieda, Tillie began working for the House in 1920 as a cook and maid, while living in the attic. They spoke English, but with a German accent. Tillie had been married and had two children.
The family did not only employ German immigrants. Early 1900 census records show that the house staff was comprised of immigrants from China, Japan, Ireland, Germany, and France.