Feb. 12, 1962 Chicago Heights Cook County Illinois, USA
Born in Elberfeld, On The Wupper, Germany, Clara's mother died when Clara was three years old. She was twelve when her father died and was then placed in an orphanage for two years. Clara's aunt had made provisions in her will for Clara to come to America and make her home with Clara's uncle, Conrad H. Dreyer, of Peace Valley. Clara was seventeen when she arrived, and lived with the Dreyer's until her marriage in 1890 to Bernhardt "Ben" Stein. They were the parents of Marie Johanna, Walter Bernard, Rosa Regina, Herman Victor Robert, John Joseph, Theodore Francis Xavier, Gregory Conrad Anton, and Frieda Adele.