Posted by: Laura Aanenson | October 31, 2014

Happy Halloween!

A couple of my favorite trick-or-treaters:

Halloween 2001

Halloween 2001

 

Posted by: Laura Aanenson | October 30, 2014

1894 Obituaries: October 30

The following deaths were listed on page 2 of the October 30, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News:

Chicago Daily News October 30, 1894 page 2

Chicago Daily News
October 30, 1894 page 2

Owen F. Casey

(Baby Boy) Haley

Esther Lillian Hegberg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Additional deaths were reported on page 7 of the October 30, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News:

Chicago Daily News October 30, 1894 page 7

Chicago Daily News
October 30, 1894 page 7

Winnie Bunting (nee Jones)

Maurice Donohue

Mary Ford

Louise Feeger

James Francis Garrity

Marks Jackson

Jacques Kummell

Thomas E. Kelley

Michael McLoughlin

Gertrude A. Orcutt

Thomas O’Day

Stephen Peyton

Henry Schroeder

Henry Stark

Franklin Saylor

Mary Schultz

Charles H. Weideman

Gustav Wolf

Alvina Wagner

Posted by: Laura Aanenson | October 29, 2014

Touring Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery

Timing is everything.

Rough draft plans for a mid-October road trip were on the table. Chicago, Door County Wisconsin, and Mackinac Island Michigan were the top contenders.

I was Google-ing our options when I saw the “Civil War to Civil Rights” tour offered by the Chicago Architecture Foundation. At Oak Woods Cemetery. A place I’ve longed to see. The Englewood cemetery in which 17 leaves on my family tree are buried.

Thankfully my husband is also a cemetery enthusiast. Because this trip was planned in celebration of our 15th wedding anniversary. 

The weather on the 11th was perfect, sunny and warm. We reached Oak Woods hours before the tour was to begin.

Stone chairs facing a tall monument

Stone chairs facing a tall monument

Most of my ancestors’ final resting places were clearly labeled on a map I’d gotten from the cemetery office weeks before. There were a few unknowns, so our first stop was the office. The woman who looked up the information we needed was super nice and very helpful. Armed with everything we thought we needed, we set out in search of headstones.

Incredible artwork on a headstone at Oak Woods

Incredible artwork on a headstone at Oak Woods

Oak Woods is enormous! It’s 183 acres of rolling hills and ponds and meandering lanes. Most of the burial plots are not in straight symmetrical rows, they are in winding crisscrossing curves. After searching for the first few names in vain, we returned to the office for detailed maps of the sections we needed.

But even with additional information, it was obvious this task was going to take longer than we had anticipated. We prioritized the list of 17 names, moving my direct line ancestors to the top.

My paternal 2nd great-grandparents Jacob and Elise Mueller were first. I shared that experience here.

My maternal 2nd great-grandfather Carl Tolf came next. The map directed us to Section F Division 3. Which looks like this.

Oak Woods Cemetery Section F Division 3

Oak Woods Cemetery
Section F Division 3

When I looked VERY closely, I was able to locate a few headstones. Which looked like this.

Headstone at Oak Woods in Section F Division 5

Headstone at Oak Woods in Section F Division 5

I quickly accepted the fact that I was not going to locate Carl on this visit. Next on the list?

Charles and Freda (nee Tolf) Youngberg

Charles and Freda (nee Tolf) Youngberg

Carl Tolf’s daughter Freda married Charles Youngberg. They were buried nearby in a neatly arranged section of the cemetery. We found them quickly, so I took pictures of the headstones in “their” row for Find A Grave. Then it was time to go.

Our purchased-online tour tickets instructed us to meet at the Confederate Mound 20 minutes before the tour was to begin, so we drove around to that part of the cemetery. After a half hour we started wandering around since we were the only ones there. I ended up in the Jewish section – more on that later. Then my husband saw a group forming near the Confederate Mound.

CAF Tour Guide at Oak Woods Cemetery

CAF Tour Guide at Oak Woods Cemetery

We really enjoyed the tour. We walked all over the cemetery seeing things we surely would have missed without our guide. It was so interesting to hear the stories behind the granite monuments. In fact, some headstones aren’t even made of stone

White Bronze Monument

White Bronze Monument

The tour ended near the front gate in the Union section of the cemetery.

Union area of Oak Woods Cemetery

Union area of Oak Woods Cemetery

It was late afternoon and we’d only scratched the surface of what we had hoped to accomplish during our visit. I’d found only a few on my list of ancestors and we had planned to take photos for Find A Grave. It sounds like we were disappointed, but it was just the opposite!

The day really had been wonderful. The tour was educational and informative. My husband and I enjoyed it very much.

Mr. W2L4A on tour at Oak Woods Cemetery

Mr. W2L4A on tour at Oak Woods Cemetery

I found Jacob and Elisabeth. Those were the most important names on my list.

We had a long drive ahead of us.

On the road again...

On the road again…

We’re already looking forward to our next visit to Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery. There is so much more to see.

Posted by: Laura Aanenson | October 28, 2014

Sewing for Halloween

Halloween preparation used to take more time, but was much more fun!

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Posted by: Laura Aanenson | October 25, 2014

1894 Obituaries: October 25

The following deaths were reported on page 8 of the October 25, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News:

CDN 1894 10-25 pg 8 snip deaths

Chicago Daily News October 25, 1894 page 8

Ellen Armstrong (nee Lynch)

Amy L. Baxter

Mary Boyle (nee Norton)

James C. Carmody

Joseph Falk

Thomas Gleeson

Margrett Kressler (nee Cottor)

Joseph T. Leonard

Mary Luebke

Julius Mandelbaum

Ronald B. McDougall

John Metzen

James McKillop

Mrs. John Murphy

Louise Patch

Minnie Pettersen

Frederick Rhode

Emil Skleba

Posted by: Laura Aanenson | October 22, 2014

Attorney Creates a Little Scene

Drama in a courtroom was one of the stories that made the front page of the Chicago Daily News October 25, 1894. A stolen pet and a bungled burglary were the others that caught my eye. Which story is your favorite?

Chicago Daily News October 25, 1894 pg 1

Chicago Daily News
October 25, 1894 pg 1

Posted by: Laura Aanenson | October 20, 2014

1894 Obituaries: October 20

The following deaths were reported in the October 20, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News, page 3: CDN 1894 10-20 pg 3 snip 3 deaths

Ernst Grotefend
William Warder

 

 

 

The following deaths were reported in the October 20, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News, page 6:

CDN 1894 10-20 pg 6 snip 1 deaths
Mamie Becker
Mrs. Susan Smith Bennett
Pauline Maude Bjord
Robert Burns
Alice Sweetwood Clark
John Daley
John F. Deertz
Willie Doherty
Herman Escher
Crosby Thomas Ferris
Margarite Myrtle Fisher
Katie Flanigan
Michael Gormalley
William Hagerty
Louis Henrichs
Mary Healy
Cresenz Hunerberg
Thomas Kennedy
Bridget Lenehan
Margaretta Maas
Rodger McMullen
Thomas McNamara
Mrs. Addie Julia Morris
Joseph Neuman
Charles Pauly
Karen Petersen
Charles Pauly
Bridget Rice (nee Scully)
W. A. Sampson
Johnnie Schneider
Joseph P. Supplitt
Elmer Waldschmidt

CDN 1894 10-20 pg 6 snip 2 deaths part 2

Posted by: Laura Aanenson | October 19, 2014

A Final Resting Place for Jacob Mueller

My second great-grandfather Jacob Koebe Mueller was buried at Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery one hundred and four years ago today.

1910 Death Certificate Mueller, Jacob

1910 Death Certificate Mueller, Jacob K

During our trip to Chicago last weekend, my husband and I had the opportunity to visit Oak Woods Cemetery and see Jacob’s grave site in person.

I had called ahead to ask for the section and plot number. The women in the office at Oak Woods were very helpful. They provided me with a clearly labeled map.

Jacob, Elise, Alfred and Otto Mueller at Oak Woods

Jacob, Elise (nee Schmitt), Alfred and Otto Mueller in Haven of Hope at Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago

It was a tad more challenging than we anticipated because Section F Division 5 is much larger than it appears. I thought the more detailed map might help, but as you can see

Oak Woods Cemetery Section F Division 5

Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery Section F Division 5

the map was difficult to read. Fortunately a Find A Grave contributor had previously taken a photo, so I knew the color, shape, and juxtaposition of the headstones. After walking back and forth across Section F multiple times, I saw this:

Could those be the headstones of my 2nd great-grandparents?

Are those my 2nd great-grandparents’ headstones?

The closer we got, the faster my heart started beating. When I was near enough to read their names, tears filled my eyes.

Jacob and Elise as we found them.

Jacob and Elise Mueller as we found them.

Using our cemetery kits, my husband and I removed the leaves, dust and dirt from the surface of each headstone and the area around them. I added flowers in a vase.

Jacob and Elise have been cared for by a descendant.

Jacob and Elise were cared for by their descendants.

Oak Woods Cemetery is beautiful and the weather was perfect on the day we visited. I felt my 2nd great-grandparents could rest easier knowing they had not been forgotten by their family.

I know I did.

Posted by: Laura Aanenson | October 17, 2014

Hero’s Family Needs Help

Charities of the past worked in much the same way they do today. In the October 20, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News, a Bishop asks the public to help the family of a man who died saving children from a fire:

CDN 1894 10-20 pg 1 snip

The next two stories could also have taken place today, couldn’t they?

Posted by: Laura Aanenson | October 15, 2014

1894 Obituaries: October 15

The following deaths were reported in the October 15, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News, page 7:

Chicago Daily News October 15, 1894 pg 7

Chicago Daily News
October 15, 1894 pg 7

Mathias J. Becker
Louisa Biagi
Timothy Connelly
(unnamed male) Conley
Bridget Deely (nee Quirk)
Mary Dinan
Ann J. Finley
Andrew Friederich
Charles Gunderson
Anton Franz Graf
Margareth Gergen
Katherine Goelz
John Hagerty
Christian Hansen
Mrs. Elmer Johnston
Mary Isadore Keogh
Mary Loftus
Daniel McCarthy
Annie McHugh
Joehannah Pfisterer
Charley Pyne
Mrs. Live Peterson
Caroline Riemann
Alice Ritter
Annie Schade
Ella Wolf

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