1903 Obituaries – December 10

From the front page of the December 10, 1903 issue of the Chicago Daily News;


John Warner’s Strength Fails and He Falls 100 Feet.

Clinging to a projecting beam 100 feet above the bottom of the stairway shaft in the Railway Exchange building, John Warner, an ornamental iron worker, knew that his strength was gradually weakening and he shouted for assistance. Finally he gave up the fight for his life and dropped from the eleventh floor of the building to the second floor.

He met instant death. The accident occurred at 1 p.m., to-day. Fellow workmen who heard his feeble cries for help were hurrying to his aid when his strength gave out.”

The following obituaries appeared on page 19 of the December 10, 1903 issue of the Chicago Daily News;


“AINSLEE-SAMUEL RUTHERFORD AINSLEE, residence 425 Maple-av., Oak Park, Ill., at St. Mary’s hospital, Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 8, aged 55 years. Denver (Col.), Sandusky (O.), St. Paul (Minn.) and New York papers please copy.”

“BOWEN-Dec. 9, 1903, LORETTA BOWEN, beloved daughter of Thomas J. R. and Marie Bowen (nee Joyce). Funeral Friday, Dec. 11, from her late residence, 3340 Archer-av., at 9 a.m., by carriages to Mount Olivet.”

“BRANNAN-Dec. 9, JOHN, beloved son of Annie and William , brother of Leo, Agnes, Mrs. Annie Malahy and the late William Brannan, nephew of Miss Lizize and Henry Bell. Funeral Friday from late residence, 210 Aberdeen-st., at 1 p.m., carriages to Rosehill. Rest in peace.”

“BROWN-Dec. 8, 1903, CORA EVANS, wife of Robert K. Brown and daughter of the late Dr. Moses Evans. Funeral from late residence, 819 Madison-st., Evanston, Friday, at 1:30 p.m. Interment at Rosehill.”

“CRANEY-Dec. 9, 1903, HENRY CRANEY, beloved husband of Grace Craney (nee McCorry), and father of Mrs. J. Toper, Mrs. Conlon, John, James, Peter, Jennie, Lizzie, Cella and Charles Craney. Funeral from his late residence, 4516 Marshfield-av., Friday, Dec. 11, at 10 a.m., by carriages to Mount Olivet cemetery. Friends will omit flowers. Funeral private. Cambridge (Mass.) papers please copy.”

“CHEVALIER-GILBERT, Dec. 9, at residence, 2293 Archer-av., aged 58 years, beloved husband of Eliza Chevalier, father of Albert and Napoleon. Funeral Dec. 11, from late residence at 10 a.m., by cars to St. Mary’s cemetery.”

“CULLITON-EDWARD F., beloved brother of Mrs. M. C. Hearn, William J., and Joe Culliton. Funeral Friday at 10:30 a.m., from his late residence, 361 Center-av., to Holy Family church, where high mass will be celebrated, thence by carriages to Calvary.”

“DOWLING-STEPHEN, Dec. 9, husband of the late Mary Dowling, father of Winifred, Bridget and Stacea Dowling. Funeral Saturday, 9:30 a.m., from late residence, 452 W. 12th-st., to Holy Family church, where solemn high mass will be celebrated, carriages to Mount Carmel.”

“ENGELHARDT-ELIZABETH, dearly beloved mother of Lewis, Robert, Henry, Mary, Carrie, John and George Engelhardt, aged 77 years and 1 month, Dec. 8, 1903. Funeral Friday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m., from her late residence, 74 Howe-st., to Graceland.”

“FURST-LESTER W., infant son of August and Maggie Furst (nee Stadler). Funeral Friday at 10 a.m., from parents’ residence, 2024 S. 40th-av., by carriages to Calvary.”

“GILBERT-In loving remembrance of my wife, LINA GILBERT, who died Dec. 10, 1902, aged 53 years. She is to-day mourned by me, four children and three sisters. May her soul rest in peace. FROM HUSBAND AND CHILDREN.”

“GEEHAN-MAURICE D., Dec. 9. Funeral from 297 Irving-av., to Polk-st. depot at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 10; burial at Helena N.Y. St. Louis papers please copy.”

“GEUDER-PHILIP, age 44 years. Funeral from late residence, 7160 Ingleside-av., Friday, Dec. 11, at 2 p.m., to Oakwoods cemetery.”

“GRANT-Mrs. CATHERINE GRANT, at the residence of her daughter, Mrs. A. Kendrick, 6308 Drexel-av., Tuesday afternoon at 5:15. Funeral services at Holy Cross chapel, 66th-st.  and Jackson-av., Friday morning at 10 o’clock, thence by carriages to Mount Olivet.”

“HACKET, Dec. 8, 1903, Office John J. Hacket, beloved husband of Bertha Hacket (nee Reinhart), father of John P., Mrs. Anna Kane, Mrs. Ida Hogan, Edward, Stella and Myrtle Hacket, aged 50 years. Funeral Friday, Dec. 11, 1903, from his late residence, 3300 Wallace-st., at 9 a.m., to Nativity church, where high mass will be celebrated, thence by carriages to Calvary. Baltimore (Md.) and Toledo (O.) papers please copy.”

“HENE-LENA HENE (nee Lyons), beloved wife of Theodore Hene and beloved daughter of Mrs. Lyons, aged 24 years. Funeral notice hereafter from late residence, 3544 Grand-bd.”

“HOUSSMANN-Dec. 9, at his home, HERMAN HOUSSMANN, Sr., aged 54 years, beloved husband of Catherine (nee Graf); children; Herman, William and Clara. Funeral Saturday, Dec. 12, at 2 p.m., from late residence, 1741 Sherman-pl., to Rosehill. Philadelphia and Baltimore papers please copy.”

“HOGAN, Dec. 10, MARGARET HOGAN, at her residence, 748 N. Ashland-av., aged 84 years. Funeral notice later.”

“KELLY-FRANK P., beloved son of John and Ellen Kelly (nee Carr), and brother of Joseph, William and the late John J. and Mrs. Thomas Carr.  Funeral Saturday, Dec. 12, 10 a.m., from his late residence, 350 W. Polk-st., to Holy Family church, where solemn high mass will be celebrated, thence by carriages to Calvary.”

“LEHMAN-EDWIN S., Dec. 8, husband of Lizzie M. Lehman, son of Amelia S. and the late George Lehman, aged 48 years 10 months. Funeral at residence of his mother, 525 S. Austin-av., Oak Park, Friday, at 2 p.m.; burial at Forest Home.”

“LOWRY-MARK LOWRY, on Dec. 10, at Farmer City, Ill., husband of Flora Lowry (nee Devine) of Chicago.”

“MASON-LESTER EARL, infant son of Charles T. and Lulu M. Mason, Dec. 9, at 3230 Rhodes-av., aged 5 months and 14 days. Funeral Friday at 1:30 p.m. to Oakwoods.”

“M’MANUS-MICHAEL, Dec. 8, at residence, 228 S. Peoria-st., beloved husband of Minnie McManus (nee Jones), son of Catherine and the late Hugh McManus, brother of John, Mrs. Kate Nichols, Mrs. Mary Woodley and the late Hugh McManus. Funeral Friday, at 9:30 a.m., to St. Patrick’s church, carriages to Mount Carmel; member of Truck Drivers’ local No. 705.”

“M’CLEARY-PATRICK, beloved father of Lillie and Mary McCleary, brother of Mrs. Annie O’Brien, at his sister’s residence, 324 Johnson-st. Funeral Saturday, Dec. 12, at 9 a.m., to Sacred Heart church, where solemn high mass will be celebrated, thence by carriages to Calvary.”

“MULCAHY-BRIDGET MULCAHY (nee Connery), Dec. 9, beloved wife of David Mulcahy, mother of Thomas, Alice and the late Abbie Mulcahy, and Mrs. J. Bunyan, at her residence, 775 37th-st., native of Youghal, County Cork, Ireland. Funeral Friday, at 9 a.m., church of Nativity, where high mass will be celebrated, thence by cars to Mount Olivet, 49th and Halsted-sts. depot.”

“NOFS-ALBERTINA (nee Wegner), beloved wife of William Nofs, Dec. 9. Funeral Sunday, 13th, from house, 56 Elston-av., at 1 p.m., to Fourth German M.E. church, Augusta and Robey-sts., at 2 o’clock, thence by carriages to Rosehill cemetery. William Nofs, husband; Emil Nofs, son; Minnie Nofs, daughter-in-law, and five grandchildren.”

“NEINDORF-MARY NEINDORF, 284 N. Clark-st., aged 86 years. Funeral services at late residence, 8 p.m., Friday evening. Burial Grass Lake, Mich.”

“ORTSHEID-BENJAMIN, beloved husband of Alice (nee Zadrow), father of Irma Ortsheid, at his residence 791 S. Halsted-st. Funeral Friday, at 9:30 p.m., to Union depot. Burial Cassville, Wis.”

“O’SHEA, Dec. 9, 1903, PATRICK F., beloved son of Timothy and Ellen O’Shea, brother of Edmond, John, Mary E., Kittie, Margaret and Bessie O’Shea. Funeral from parents’ residence, 80 25th-pl., to All Saints’ church, by carriages to Calvary.”

“SAMPSON-GEORGE H., aged 14 years and 5 months, only son of George and Mary Sampson (nee Riley), Dec. 8. Funeral Friday, Dec. 11, at 9:30, from 191 N. 51st-ct., to Our Lady Help of Christians, to Calvary cemetery. Illinois council, No. 87, K of F. M.”

“ROBINSON-HENRY J., beloved husband of Nellie Robinson (nee Tows), father of Harry, Willie, Ralph, Ollie and Mrs. J. Giesler. Funeral from late residence, 139 Sibley-st., Friday morning, at 10 o’clock, to Jesuit church, where high mass will be celebrated, interment at Calvary. Oswego (N.Y.) papers please copy.”

“SAMPSON-GEO. H., beloved son of Geo. Sampson and Mary Sampson (nee Reilly). Funeral Friday, Dec. 11, from 191 N. 51st-ct., at 9:30, to Our Lady Help of Christians’ church.”

“STINHOLDT-In loving remembrance of our friend, IRENE, who died one year ago to-day. We have done what we have promised; we know you’re at rest and with dear Freida, will wait at the heavenly gate. Gone but not forgotten. MRS. NIEMANN.”

“SCHMALZ-ELIZABETH C.,  beloved daughter of Carl L. Schmalz, Thursday, Dec. 10, aged 32 years 4 months and 25 days. Funeral Saturday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m., from 24 Keenon-st., to Waldheim.”

“SCHMIDT-JOSEPHINE, beloved mother of Jacob, Peter, Frank, Katherine, Mary, Elizabeth, Amelia, aged 67 years and 6 months. Funeral Friday, at 9:30 a.m., from her daughter, Mrs. Katherine Damke’s residence, 286 Dayton-st., to St. Michael’s church, thence to St. Boniface cemetery.”

“WILSON-Dec. 9, 1903, ELEANOR MIX WILSON, beloved wife of Henry G. Wilson, at residence, 823 Flourney-st. Funeral services at Western Avenue Baptist church, corner Western and Warren-avs., Friday, 1:30 p.m.”

“WEGAT-ANNA E., dearly beloved daughter of Augusta Martens and sister of Louis and Walter Wegat and Max Martens, at her home, 2467 Drake-av., Dec. 9, 1903, at the age of 21 years 2 months and 4 days. Funeral Sunday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m., by carriages to Montrose cemetery.”

“WALSH-LIZZIE WALSH (nee Connell), wife of the late James Walsh, sister of Susie Warnock and W. F. Connell. Funeral from late residence, 5606 Sangamon-st., at 1 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 12, carriages to Mount Olivet.

Beneath you mound of earth,

The hands that God hath joined,

Cling yet in death together.


“WERNEBURG-Mrs. A.E. WERNEBURG, daughter of Mrs. M. R. and the late John Nolde, Wednesday morning, Dec. 9, 1903. Funeral Friday, Dec. 11, 1903, at 12 o’clock noon, from her late residence, 534 W. 65th-pl. Burial at Mt. Hope.”

“YOURELL-Dec. 9, CHARLES, beloved husband of Agnes Yourell and brother of Bryan Yourall, aged 45 years. Funeral Friday, Dec. 11, at 9:30 a.m., from his late residence, 523 W. Van Buren-st., to St. Jarlath’s church, thence by carriages to Mount Carmel.”

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