A couple of my favorite trick-or-treaters:
The following deaths were listed on page 2 of the October 30, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News:
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:
Winnie Bunting (nee Jones)
James Francis Garrity
Thomas E. Kelley
Gertrude A. Orcutt
Charles H. Weideman
Timing is everything.
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.
The weather on the 11th was perfect, sunny and warm. We reached Oak Woods hours before the tour was to begin.
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.
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.
When I looked VERY closely, I was able to locate a few headstones. Which looked like this.
I quickly accepted the fact that I was not going to locate Carl on this visit. Next on the list?
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.
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
The tour ended near the front gate in the Union section of the 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.
I found Jacob and Elisabeth. Those were the most important names on my list.
We had a long drive ahead of us.
We’re already looking forward to our next visit to Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery. There is so much more to see.
The following deaths were reported on page 8 of the October 25, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News:
Ellen Armstrong (nee Lynch)
Amy L. Baxter
Mary Boyle (nee Norton)
James C. Carmody
Margrett Kressler (nee Cottor)
Joseph T. Leonard
Ronald B. McDougall
Mrs. John Murphy
The following deaths were reported in the October 20, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News, page 6:
Mrs. Susan Smith Bennett
Pauline Maude Bjord
Alice Sweetwood Clark
John F. Deertz
Crosby Thomas Ferris
Margarite Myrtle Fisher
Mrs. Addie Julia Morris
Bridget Rice (nee Scully)
W. A. Sampson
Joseph P. Supplitt
My second great-grandfather Jacob Koebe Mueller was buried at Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery one hundred and four years ago today.
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.
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
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:
The closer we got, the faster my heart started beating. When I was near enough to read their names, tears filled my eyes.
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.
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:
The next two stories could also have taken place today, couldn’t they?
The following deaths were reported in the October 15, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News, page 7:
Mathias J. Becker
(unnamed male) Conley
Bridget Deely (nee Quirk)
Ann J. Finley
Anton Franz Graf
Mrs. Elmer Johnston
Mary Isadore Keogh
Mrs. Live Peterson