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Francis “Red” Leo Fromme was born April 12, 1916, the second child  of Frank B. and Elizabeth Corrigan Fromme


Francis’s mother died in 1925.  The 1930 census shows Francis, along with his father, his brother, and his sisters, living with his grandparents William H. and Elizabeth Fromme in New Berlin. 


Thelma LeBeau was born in Rochester, New York, January 31, 1921, the daughter of Raymond E. and Clara M. Vogt LeBeau.  In 1931, the LeBeau family lived in Jacksonville, Illinois.  City directories indicate they lived at 515 South Church in Jacksonville at least until 1941.  In 1943, they lived at 523 West Beecher. 


Thelma was valedictorian of her senior class at Routt High School.  After high school, she attended Illinois College and worked as a telephone operator in Jacksonville.


On November 19, 1942, Francis and Thelma were married in Jacksonville.  They farmed the same land that his father, and the father before him farmed,  living south of Loami until 1958, then moving to a farm southwest of New Berlin.


They had 12 children:  Suzanne, Kathy, Mary Lee, Bill, Bob, John, Joe, Maggie, Tom, Teresa, Leo, and Nancy.  Leo died at the age of one day, in 1959.  Bill died in 2009.


After the children were grown, Francis and Thelma moved to New Berlin. Thelma died April 12, 2011 and is buried in St. Mary’s Cemetery near New Berlin, Illinois. 




Francis Leo and Thelma LeBeau Fromme

Bernard and Francis Fromme

Francis and Bernard 1941

Bob, Suzanne, Bill, Kathy, and Mary Lee

Mary Lee, Bill, Suzanne, Bob, and Kathy

Fromme Cousins at Aunt Loretta’s House

Phil, Barb, Mary Lee, Kathy, and Maggie

Kathy Fromme Loving

Family Celebration at Francis and Thelma’s House:  Grandpa Frank Fromme, Mabel, B.A., Claire, Bernard, Francis, Elsie Hudgens, Thelma, and Mary Fromme.  Aunt Loretta must be taking the picture.

Francis Fromme in 2004

The barn at the place where Francis Fromme lived

Francis Fromme, Bud Reed, Thelma LeBeau Fromme, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Bernard Fromme


Marie Staab and Francis Fromme

Godparents on Day of Barb Fromme’s Baptism

Bernard and Francis Fromme

Francis’s Wedding Day

Mary Lee, Suzanne & Maggie, Kathy and Barb Fromme

Fromme Cousins at Grandpa Fromme’s House

Front Row: Suzanne, Kathy, Mary Lee, Maggie, Theresa, and Nancy Fromme

Back Row: Bill, Bob, Francis, Thelma, John, Joe, and Tom Fromme

Francis and Thelma LeBeau Fromme

Thelma LeBeau Fromme

Bernard Fromme, Alice Rouland and Francis Fromme

Loretta and Francis Fromme, about 1917


1930 Census of New Berlin Village

1936-37 Jacksonville City Directory

1938-39 Jacksonville City Directory

1941 Jacksonville City Directory

1943 Jacksonville City Directory