1920 Obituaries: January 3

From the front page of the January 3, 1920 issue of the Chicago Daily News:

“COSTELLO-Jan. 2, 1920, Hanorah, aged 70 years. Funeral Monday, Jan. 5, at 9:30 a.m., from chapel, 1115 W. 12th-st., to Holy Family church, where high mass will be celebrated; autos to Mount Carmel.”

“DURKEN-Eileen M., beloved daughter of Thomas J. and Agnes Carroll Durken, fond sister of John W. Funeral Monday, Jan. 5, 1920, from her late residence, 5120 S. Aberdeen-st., at 10 a.m., by autos to Mount Olivet; for further information call Oakland 6428.”

“DICKEY-Mary (nee McGourk), at her residence, 4753 N. Clark-st., mother of John and Anthony Golden, Mrs. Anna Doherty, Mrs. Mary Flood, Mrs. Sarah Sears and Mrs. Elizabeth Whitman. Funeral notice later.”

“EBELING-Anna, suddenly, beloved wife of Albert Ebeling, fond mother of Albert, Jr., and Mrs. Rose Kiley of Lake Forest. Funeral from late residence, 2537 S. Halsted-st., Monday, Jan. 5, 1920, at 2 p.m., by autos to Evergreen cemetery; member of Ladies Washington Review No. 52, L.O.T.M.”

“EKSTROM-Esther, Jan. 2d; late of 1555 Highland-av., beloved wife of Gust Ekstrom, mother of Harry and Margaret, sister of Samfrid and Alma Gustafson. Funeral Monday, 1:30 p.m. from chapel, 3176 N. Clark-st. Interment ‘Rosehill.”

“FREYER-James, dearly beloved son of Mr. and Mrs. Freyer (nee Edinger), fond brother of Dorothy. Funeral from late residence, 4018 N. Kimball-av., Monday, at 2:30 p.m., Jan. 5, 1920. Interment at Montrose cemetery.”

“FRANCES-At Stockholm, Sweden, Wednesday, Dec. 31. Mrs. Lillian Frances, wife of Oscar J. Frances.”

“GEIST-Charles J., Jan. 1, aged 56 years, beloved husband of Hulda (nee Meyer), fond father of Helen, Arthur, George, Carl, Theodore, Martin, Ernest, Hulda and Laura, father-in-law of Mrs. Marie and Lora Geist. Funeral Monday, Dec. 5, at 1:30 p.m., from late residence, 3033 S. Karlov-av., to Grace Evangelical Lutheran church, thence to Concordia.”

“GORDON-Esther, beloved wife of Abraham Louis Gordon, fond mother of Anna Sylvia, daughter of Louis and the late Anna Pitzele, sister of Leo, Julian, Anna and Hilliard Pitzele. Funeral Monday, Jan. 5, 1 p.m., sharp from chapel, 4649 Prairie-av., by autos to Graceland cemetery.”

“HICKEY-Maurice T., Jan 2., husband of the late Elizabeth (nee Faucett), fond father of Mrs. K. Clifford, Mrs. L. Traver, Mrs. Mabel McNally, Mrs. Florence O’Loughlin, Mrs. Grace Toelle, Mrs. Madeline Hanrahan and William A. Funeral Monday, Jan. 5, from late residence, 1018 W. 61st-st., at 9:30 a.m., to Our Lady of Solace church, where high mass will be celebrated, by autos to Mount Olivet.”

“HAMLEY-Alice (nee Hanrahan), wife of the late James Hamley, sister of the late John Hanrahan and Margaret Casey, native of Ballingary, Limerick, Ireland, at her residence, 323. S. Francisco-av. Funeral notice later. For information call Garfield 3100.”

“HARVEY-Joseph L., beloved husband of Myrtle Harvey (nee Doran), father of Irving Earl and Myrtle Frances Harvey, at his residence, 2437 Flournoy-st., burial at Toledo (O.), via Lake Shore Ry. train, Sunday, at 8:25 a.m. Toledo (O.) papers please copy.”

“HAUGAN- Mrs. Marie, aged 72 years. New Year’s day, at 1:45 p.m. Funeral from her late residence, 3535 Armitage-av., Monday, Jan. 5, 1920, at 2 p.m., to Mount Olive cemetery.”

“BARKHOLTZ-Charles, Jan. 2, 1920, age 60 years, husband of Kathryn Barkholtz. Funeral services 3 p.m., Sunday at the late residence, 632 N. Leamington-av., Austin; interment Fulton, Ill., Monday, Jan. 5, 1920.”

“JUDD-Orange DeWitt, beloved husband of the late Sarah E. Judd, father of Mrs. J.L. Gallard, Greentown, Ind., Dr. H. H. Judd, Bozeman, Mont., and Mrs. Winfred Marsh. Funeral Monday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m., from chapel, 5662 Broadway. Interment Detroit Mich.”

“JACKSON-Charles W. Jackson, beloved husband of Emma L., father of Howard E. Funeral services Monday, 2 p.m., from his late residence, 54 Crescent-pl., Wilmette.”

“KLEINFELDT-August, aged 57 years,  Jan. 2, 1920, beloved husband of Emma (nee Strudeman), beloved father of George, Arthur, August Jr., Raymond, Irma, Florence Kleinfeldt, beloved brother of Mrs. Fred M. Kummerow, John, Henry Kleinfeldt and the late Mrs. Bertha Boetcher. Funeral Monday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m., from chapel, 1720 W. Chicago-av., by autos to Forest Home cemetery.”

“KOHN-David, Friday, Jan. 2, 1920, aged 20 years, beloved son of Emil and Bebeta Kohn, fond brother of Edward and Rose. Funeral Monday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m., from late residence, 434(? last number is illegible) W. 25th-pl., to Free Son’s cemetery.”

“KNAACK-Emil, suddenly, Jan. 2, dearly beloved father of Oscar E. Knaack and Rose M. Swisher. Funeral notice later.”

“LOFTUS-James F., beloved husband of Nellie (nee Kelly), fond father of John and Helen Loftus, brother of Michael, John, Patrick and Mrs. James Gilmartin. Member of St. Elizabeth’s court No. 22 Catholic Order of Foresters. Native of Bonniconnon, County Mayo, Ireland. Funeral Monday, Jan. 5, at 9 a.m., from late residence, 300 W. 42d-st., to St. Cecelia’s church; automobiles to Mount Ollvet. For information call yards 884.”

“LOMAX-George Lomax, Dec. 30, at Los Angeles, Cal., aged 68 years, beloved husband of Helen (middle initial illegible) Lomax and father of George J., Alfred, Frank B., William L., and Miss Helen Lomax, brother of James H. Lomax. Funeral services will be held Monday, Jan. 5, at 2 p.m., at Central Masonic temple, 912 N. LaSalle-av., under the auspices of St. Bernard commandery No. 35, K.T. Interment Rosehill cemetery.”

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

3 thoughts on “1920 Obituaries: January 3

  1. I find it interesting that women’s maiden names were included. I can’t remember ever seeing that in obituaries from that time period and earlier. Unless, of course, the deceased was wealthy and a reference to a high society line also made news.


    • Hi Dave,

      Thanks for reading my posts! You’ll have to peek at the 1894 obituaries I transcribed. It’s amazing how many contain maiden names, even when the married woman is not the subject of the death notice. That’s what makes these such valuable resources, especially for those “between census years” dates of death. And why I feel it’s so important to preserve this information whenever possible.


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