At the end of the 19th century, a German emigré family named Tietjen, moved to the area, and began a dairy farming operation in the area of this street. The patriarch of the family was one Frederick Tietjen (1920 US Census) at that time, age 53, born 1867. They settled in an area known then only as Lafayette Ave. According to the Census, he was married to Hedwig, age 36, and there were children: Alfred (23), Lily, Dedrick and Alice. When the land was subdivided, Alfred Ave. was likely named for the eldest son who eventually ran the dairy.