Karl Breedis (Charles, originally Kārlis Briedis) was born Dec. 16, 1890, in Novgorod, Russia, according to his 1917 draft registration.1 He arrived in America in 1913 and worked as a machinist. According to the 1920 U.S. census, he boarded at 756 Preston St. in Philadephia in the home of Andrew and Julia Krusen, also Latvian immigrants, who had two sons, Albert and Robert. Others in the home — all Latvians — included Sophie E. Pladder and her daughters, Alma and Emma; Sophie's mother, Sophie Wissing, and brother Alexander Wissing.2
1. "United States World War I Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:K6KS-9Q9 : 12 December 2014), Charles Breedis, 1917-1918; citing Philadelphia City no 9, Pennsylvania, United States, NARA microfilm publication M1509 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 1,907,610.
2. "United States Census, 1920," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXMF-R2F : accessed 21 January 2017), Charles Breedis in household of Sophie E Pladder, Philadelphia Ward 24, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; citing ED 724, sheet 5A, line 12, family 100, NARA microfilm publication T625 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, 1992), roll 1627; FHL microfilm 1,821,627.