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Tuesday, April 28, 2009

The Alvarado Neighbors: 400 B

The second apartment to visit is 400 B. The occupants were Detroit native Charles P. Ensign and his wife, Ida Rohrer Ensign. Charles was a passenger agent for a railroad company and Ida was a milliner. His previous wife, Laura Works, was the daughter of judge and senator John Downey Works.

The previous tenants were Louis Richard Lautterstein, his wife Dora, and their daughter, Ruth. They had moved to Adams Street prior to Taylor’s murder. Louis’ father, Henry was an optician in Chicago, having emigrated from Europe in 1872. Louis was a tall builder of sorts who moved with Dora to San Francisco and then Los Angeles. Their only child, Ruth Lautterstein married theatre owner, Ralph Grunauer, whose sister Fay Grunauer was married to theatre owner and Academy Award winning film producer, Sol Lesser.

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