1903 Obituaries – December 30

The following articles and death notices appeared on page 12 of the December 30, 1903 issue of the Chicago Daily News;


Night Watchman Punished in Mrs. Rosa Ganka Suicide Case.

Spencer Cayson, night watchman of the Saratoga Hotel, who, with Manager Paschal Hicks, was arrested several weeks ago for smuggling the body of Mrs. Rosa Ganka, 480 Washington boulevard, out of the hotel in a cab after she had committed suicide, was fined $25 by Justice Sheldon yesterday. Manger Hicks was discharged, on evidence that he was not at the hotel the morning the body was taken away and that S. S. Hicks, a clerk, had been mistaken for him.

Cayson pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawfully removing Mrs. Ganka’s body and said that he was ignorant of the fact that he was violating the law.”


Des Moines Burglars Also Take Diamonds and Watches. {By the Associate Press.}

Des Moines, Iowa, Dec. 30.-Burglars blew open the safe of O. Cohen, jeweler and pawnbroker, last night and secured $8000 in cash, diamonds, watches and other property . The theft was discovered this morning when Cohen opened his store. The burglars entered from the rear by means of a key. A policeman shot at a suspicious character near Cohen’s store last night and afterward landed the fellow in jail. It is believed he may have had something to do with the robbery.”


W. C. Putnam Shoots Himself in Head at Lansford, N.D. {By the Associate Press.}

St. Paul, Minn., Dec. 30.-A special to the Dispatch from Minot, N.D., says, W.C. Putnam, aged 50 years, cashier of the bank at Lansford, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head. The affairs of the bank are said to be in good condition.”


Passes Away at Westport House, County Mayo-Born in 1824. {By the Associate Press.}

Dublin, Dec. 30.-The marquis of Sligo died to-day at Westport House, Wesport, County Mayo. He was born in 1824.”

“Dennis Leahy, Ball Player, Killed. {By the Associate Press.}

Knoxville, Tenn., Dec. 30.-Dennis Leahy, for several years a player in the Virginia league and at one time a member of the Cincinnati team, was shot and killed here to-day by Frank Ragan. Ragan was arrested.”

407px-Chris_and_the_Wonderful_LampJEROME SYKES IS DEAD.

Leading Man in “The Billionaire” Succumbs to Pneumonia.

Jerome Sykes, leading man of “The Billionaire”, now playing in Chicago, died of pneumonia yesterday afternoon at the Hotel Stratford. The fatal illness was contracted Christmas eve while he was giving an entertainment to members of his own company, at which he danced in highland costume. He became overheated and sat near a window, where he caught cold. The following day he played his part in the Christmas matinee, although suffering much from the effects of the cold. Serious illness then seized him and at 4:30 p.m. yesterday he expired.

One of Mr. Sykes’ hits in the theatrical world was in the character of the fat boy in Lillian Russell’s production of “An American Beauty”, although his first venture as a star was in “Chris and the Wonderful Lamp” in 1900. He next had the principal role in “Foxy Quiller” for two years and then brought out “The Billionaire”. He was 37 years old, was born in Washington, was a thirty-second degree Mason and a Mystic Shriner. A widow and brother survive him. Burial will probably be in New York.”


“ADOLPHSEN-A. CHRISTINE, beloved daughter of John, aged 19 years 16 days. Funeral from 589 W. Ohio-st., Friday, Jan. 1, at 12:15, to Swedish Lutheran church, corner May and Huron-sts., thence by carriages to Mount Olive.”

“BAHNSEN-LIZZIE BAHNSEN (nee Boerner), beloved wife of John Bahnsen and mother of Raymond and Ethel, Dec. 28, aged 29 years 4 months. Funeral Thursday, Dec. 31, at 2 p.m., from 298 W. Ravenswood-pk., to Wunder’s cemetery.”

“BARRY-ELIZABETH T., Dec. 29, aged 57 years, at her residence, 959 Washington-bd. Funeral Thursday, at 9:15 a.m., to St. Malachy’s church, thence to Calvary cemetery.”

“BENT-THOMAS B., at his residence, 108 N. Hoyne-av., aged 33 years, beloved husband of Mrs. Nellie Bent, member of Garden City lodge No. 14, A. F. & A. M. Funeral Thursday, Dec. 31, 1 p.m., by carriages to Rosehill. Phoenix (Ariz.), and Los Angeles (Cal.) papers please copy.”

“BOGUE-At Hinsdale, DuPage county, 2:30 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 30, 1903, GEORGE MARQUIS BOGUE, born at Norfolk, St. Lawrence county, New York, Jan. 21, 1841. Funeral from late residence, 9 o’clock, New Year’s morning.”

“BRADY-Dec. 29, ELIZABETH, beloved mother of John, James and Mrs. Mary Norton, aged 81 years. Funeral Friday, Jan. 1, 1904, from her late residence, 3783 S. Albany-av., at 9 a.m., to St. Agnes’ church, where services will be held, thence to 49th-st. and Ashland-av. depot, by cars to Mount Olivet.”

“BURK-ROSIE BURK (nee Volke). Burial Thursday, Jan. 31, from the chapel of St. Elizabeth’s hospital, where high mass will be celebrated, at 9:30 a.m., burial at St. Boniface cemetery.”

“BURKE-PATRICK, beloved husband of beloved husband of Kittie Burke (nee Burke), and brother of the late Alice Lynch, at his late residence, 3457 Wentworth-av., Dec. 29. Funeral notice hereafter.”

“CARY-JOHN W., at Lake Geneva, Wis., Dec. 24, suddenly, of pneumonia, age 75 years and 9 months. Burial Dec. 26. Albany (N.Y.) and San Francisco (Cal.) papers please copy.”

“CLARK-HENRIETTA J., Dec. 30, 1903, aged 89 years. Funeral Friday, Jan. 1, 1904, at 1 p.m., from 47 Peterson-st., to Graceland.”

“COVERT-SIDNEY C., Dec. 27, age 51 years. Funeral from Postlewait’s chapel, 322 Ogden-av., interment at Forest Home.”

“FARDY-LAWRENCE FARDY, father of James, Patrick and Lawrence and Mrs. T. M. McCarthy, at his son’s residence, 1529 S. 42d-av. Funeral Thursday, at 9:30, to St. Finbarr’s church for high mass, burial at Mount Carmel.”

“HOLM-JOHN HOLM, 188 Townsend-st., aged 74 years, Sunday, Dec. 27. Funeral from Smith’s undertaking establishment, Thursday at 2 o’clock.”

“KIRBY-Dec. 28, at 11 p.m., EUGENE T., aged 41 years, at 6052 Woodlawn-av., beloved husband of Ellen Kirby (nee Aslin), beloved son of Mary Kirby and the late Maurice Kirby, brother of Mrs. W. C. Byrne, John F. Kirby, Fred W. Kirby and the late Mrs. Thomas Annable. Funeral Thursday, Dec. 31, at 10 a.m., to St. Thomas’ church, where high mass will be celebrated, thence by carriages to Mount Olivet. Providence (R.I.) papers please copy.”

“KOLSTEDT-ORVILLE GEORGE KOLSTEDT, Dec. 29, aged 3 months 21 days, beloved son of Otto and Clara Kolstedt (nee Terske). Funeral Thursday, Dec. 31, 10 a.m., from late residence, 478 Sedgewick-st.”

“JENSEN-Tuesday, Dec. 29, Mrs. PETRINA JENSEN, wife of the late Jens Peter Jensen, mother of Mrs. Annie Aaggaard, Mrs. Minnie Meyer, Mollie, Christina, Mary, Mrs. Martha Milmer, Lillie, May, Harry. Funeral New Year’s day, 1 p.m., from late residence, 715 W. North-av., to Rosehill.”

“LITTLESON-SUSAN, beloved wife of Thomas Littleson, Dec. 28, aged 44 years. Funeral Friday, Jan. 1, at 1 o’clock, to Mount Olive, from 261 N. Carpenter-st. Bella Olsen, Martha Lee, Stewart Olsen.”

“LOUGHRY-ISABEL C., (nee Fyens), beloved wife of Frank Loughry, at her residence, 6651 Jackson-av. Funeral services from Holy Cross church, corner of Jackson-av. and 66th-st., Thursday at 10 a.m., thence by electric cars to Mount Olivet.”

“LONG-JULIA, Dec. 29, 1903, aged 74 years, beloved wife of the late William Long and mother of Mrs. William Burner, Mrs. Kate Sullivan and Mrs. Mary Donovan, native of Ballylanders, County Limerick, Ireland. Funeral from her late residence, 586 32d-st., Friday, Jan. 1, 1904, at 10 a.m., to Church of Nativity, by cars to Mount Olivet.”

“MAYESKIE-In loving remembrance of our dear mother, PAULINE MAYESKIE, who died three years ago, Dec. 30, 1900.

We have missed you day and night, dear mother,

Missed your kind and loving face.

Home is lonesome without you,

As we sit and gaze at your vacant place,

And we think of the sufferings you went through,

And the night your spirit-soul took flight,

We will always think kindly of you,

The sad three years ago to-night.


“MURPHY-JOHN, beloved brother of William F. Murphy of Philadelphia, Pa; Richard D. Murphy of LaCrosse, Wis.; Mrs. Kate A. Reilly of this city, and the late Thomas A. Murphy of Wilmington, Del. Funeral Thursday, Dec. 31, from the residence of his niece, Mrs. Torris Cowles, 520 Fulton-st., to St. Columbkill’s church, to Calvary cemetery.”

“MURPHY-Dec. 28, JOHN W., beloved brother of Wm. S. Murphy of Philadelphia, Pa., Richard D. of LaCrosse, Wis., Mrs. Kate O’Reilly of this city and the late Thomas A. Murphy of Wilmington, Del., at the residence of his niece, Mrs. Torris Cowles, 520 Fulton-st. Funeral by carriages to Calvary cemetery, via C., M. & St. P. R. R.”

“MOTT-Dec. 29, 1903, HELEN ELIZABETH, beloved daughter of Sidney Mott, aged 14 years. Funeral Saturday, at 10:30 a.m., from late residence, 316 W. North-av., to Annunciation church, thence by carriages to Calvary.”

“MULLEN-ELIZABETH, mother of Charles and John A. Mullen and Mrs. Bessie Kerrigan. Funeral from late residence, 1603 Harrison-st., Thursday, 9:15 a.m., to Our Lady of Sorrows church; cars to Calvary, union depot.”

“NASH-CHARLES T. NASH, this morning, in his 77th year. Funeral from his late residence, 230 Ashland-bd., Friday, 2 p.m.”

“O’MELIA-WILLIAM H.,  beloved husband of Minnie O’Melia (nee Russell), son of Mrs. Lucie O’Melia, brother of Mrs. Charles A. Murphy, Mrs. Henry W. Kurth, member of Dexter council, No. 1020, Royal Arcanum; also Lincoln council, No. 9, Royal league. Funeral from late residence, 815 54th-pl., at 9 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 31, to Church of Visitation, where high mass will be celebrated, by carriages to union depot, thence by cars to Calvary. Manitowoc (Wis.) and Escanaba (Mich.) papers please copy.”

“PALLESEN-BORGE CHRISTIAN PALLESEN, Tuesday, 29th, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Thiene, beloved father of Olaf, Maren, Theresia, Borge and Mariea, native of Stavanger, Norway. Funeral from 611 Evergreen-av., New Year’s day, 1 p.m., to Waldheim cemetery.”

“PRONER-JOHN, 6123 Stewart-av., aged 57 years. Funeral Thursday, at 2 p.m., at house.”

“QUILL-FLORENCE, aged 16 years 4 months, beloved daughter of John and Kate Quill (nee Rochford), sister of Mamie, Thomas, Catherine, Margarite, Dora and James. Funeral notice later.”

“RAHN-OTTO, beloved husband of Hannah Rahn (nee Sachtleben), Dec. 28. Funeral Friday, Jan. 1, at 1:30 p.m., from 1182 Milwaukee-av.”

“ROHAN-MARGARET, beloved daughter of Mrs. J. Rohan, sister of Mary, Katherine, Bridget, Julia, Hannah, John and Michael Rohan; native of Castle Gregory, County Kerry, Ireland. Funeral from mother’s residence, 3150 Forest-av., Thursday, Dec. 31, at 8:30, to St. James’ church, thence by cars to Mount Olivet, by the Grand Trunk railroad.”

“RICHEL-Dec. 29, 1903, KITTIE (nee Donnellan), beloved wife of Fred Richel, sister of Mrs. M. Conley, Mrs. J. McCarthy, Anna, James and Joseph Donnellan, member of St. Mary’s court No. 6, W. C. O. F. Funeral Friday, at 10 a.m., from late residence, 749 W. Irving Park-bd., to St. Edward’s church, thence by carriages to Calvary.”

“SCHIMMEL-GEORGE H. SCHIMMEL. In loving remembrance of our beloved son and brother, who died two years ago, Dec. 30, 1901.

Worthy of great respect was he,

With those he left behind.

A better friend there could not be,

A son more true and kind,

He no more will join our number,

He no more our sorrows know.

From his loving mother and sister, MRS. AND MISS SCHIMMEL.”

“SHERIDAN-GLADYS, Dec. 29, 1903, beloved daughter of the late Owen and Josephine Sheridan, aged 2 years 7 months. Funeral Jan. 1, 1904, from residence of Mrs. Woodward, 791 W. Lake-st.,”

“SCHIEBER-Dec. 29, BERTHA, wife of John Schieber. Funeral Jan. 1, at 2 p.m., from residence of her daughter, Mrs. John W. Scott, 610 S. Kedzie-av., to Wunder’s cemetery.”

“SCANNELL-MARY SCANNELL, at her residence, 2753 N. Paulina-st. Funeral Thursday, at 9:30 a.m., to Church of Our Lady of Lourdes, where high mass will be celebrated, thence by carriages to Calvary.”

“SPARR-AUGUSTUS SPARR, aged 57 years, beloved husband of Rosetta Sparr and father of Mrs. E. A. Rossiter, Mrs. H. E. Johnson, Charles L. and Florence M., at 10 p.m., Dec. 28; member Hesperia lodge No. 411, A. F. and A. M. Funeral from his late residence, 408 W. Jackson-bd., Dec. 31, at 12:30 o’clock, to Waldheim.”

“WHEELER-On Monday, Dec. 28, 1903, EDWARD E., beloved husband of Katherine and father of Elizabeth, Harvey, Mary, Stewart, William and Edward Wheeler; member Pansy tent No. 83, K.O.T.M., aged 52 years. Funeral from his late residence, 448 Stephenson-st., Pullman, Thursday, at 9 a.m., to Holy Rosary church, by carriages to Mount Olivet.”

“WEIGOLD-CHRIS, beloved husband of Catherine Weigold (nee Reaser), father of Ida, Lily, Mary, Katie, Johnnie, Willie and Mrs. Hoellerich, at his residence, 676 S. Halsted-st. Funeral notice later.

A precious one from us has gone;

A voice we loved is stilled.

A place is vacant in our home,

Which never can be filled.”

When possible, the information above was added to Find A Grave.

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