The Trump family roots are long established in Queens, going back over 100 years.
Frederick Trump Sr. (born Friedrich Drumpf) emigrated to the United States in 1885 at age 16, worked in a variety of jobs and ventures and eventually settled in Woodhaven, working as a barber and restaurant manager. He and his wife, Elizabeth, had two sons, Frederick Jr. in 1905 and John in 1907. He started to invest in building lots and land in Woodhaven and Jamaica Estates. He passed away of pneumonia during the 1918 flu pandemic at age 49.
The Trumps moved to Jamaica Estates, into a home at 175-24 Devonshire Road. Keeping Frederick’s dream alive, they started building homes under the name Elizabeth Trump and Son. Frederick Jr. had great interest in the business, while brother John decided to go into electrical engineering. Frederick Jr. maintained his offices in a professional suite at 89-31 161 St. in Jamaica for many decades. He married Mary Ann MacLeod in 1936 and started a family while still living in the Devonshire Road home with his mother. Queens telephone books show Fred Jr. and family lived there until 1946. Eventually he had five children in all.
Tax records show Edward C. Abel of 85-26 Midland Pkwy. had two lots, approximately 100 by 183 feet each. Fred Trump Jr. bought both of them. He sold one and on the other 85-14 Midland Pkwy. was erected. Upon its completion, the Devonshire Road home that had been the Trumps’ for over 20 years was sold to the Schlansky family. Their new Midland Parkway home had 4,158 square feet and contained 23 rooms.
Neighbors remember them as a quiet family but young Donald always had a flashy new convertible and zipped past the stop signs. Elizabeth Trump (1880-1966) passed away at age 86 and two years later, in 1968, Donald, at age 22, entered the family business as his father had done before him around the same age.
Fred Trump Jr. passed away in 1999 and his wife in 2000. The Midland Parkway home was sold. Records show it is owned by Michael DAB ROV. Depending which website you consult it is worth anywhere from $1 million to $1.45 million today.