Lulu Calvert Sues for Divorce

The following Chicago Daily News story made the front page April 25, 1894:

“Mrs. Calvert is Silent.

Ald. Kerr’s Daughter Has Nothing to Say About Her Suit for Divorce.


Occurred Very Unexpectedly at Waukesha-Her Friends Surprised at the Separation.

Hyde Park social circles were pretty well torn up to-day over the announcement in the morning papers that Mrs. Rupert L. Calvert of St. Louis has entered suit for divorce against her husband.

Mrs. Calvert was Miss Lulu Kerr, daughter of Ald. W. R. Kerr, 5126 Washington avenue, and her marriage, which occurred not quite two years ago, created something of a sensation, as many romantic features were connected with it.

Mrs. Calvert possesses beauty of face combined with attractive manners and she was a great belle before her marriage to young Mr. Calvert.

A year ago last summer Mrs. Calvert, then Miss Kerr, was stopping at the Fountain house, Waukesha, with her family. Also at that place was Dr. Bartlett, a Chicago man, to whom, it was rumored, Miss Kerr was engaged, as he was very attentive to her. But one night the Fountain house guests noted that Dr. Bartlett and pretty Miss Kerr came in to their dinners separately instead of together, as had been their custom, and the guests smiled at the lovers’ quarrel.

Then did Miss Kerr quietly treat the observers to a heavy surprise. Mr. Calvert of St. Louis now entered on the scene. Rumor had it that he had long been a suitor for the hand of Miss Kerr and he was quick to grasp his opportunity. During the progress of a hop that same night at the hotel Miss Kerr and Mr. Calvert slipped away and when they returned in a couple of hours it was to announce to the surprised gathering that they were married.

Congratulations came thick and fast and Dr. Bartlett came back to Chicago. The bride’s family was not averse to the match, as Mr. Calvert, who was well known to them, was of good family and financial standing. He at present is vice-president of the Vane-Calvert Paint company of St. Louis. His mother was one of the three beautiful daughters of Mr. Vane, an old Chicago man, who lived in Evanston as far back as 1855, and his father, who is dead, left him a large fortune.

And now, after a brief period of wedded life, Mrs. Calvert has entered suit for divorce on the grounds of cruelty, habitual drunkenness and threats to kill. As her husband is traveling in Europe the suit will probably go by default.

Down at Ald. Kerr’s residence this morning, neither Mrs. Kerr nor Mrs. Calvert would be seen, sending down word that there was nothing to be said.

Friends of the family all seemed very much surprised over the divorce suit. One of them said:

“I could scarcely believe my eyes when I read it in the papers. Of course I have heard all sorts of things but I supposed they were only rumors and gave them no credence whatever, as I have known Mrs. Calvert ever since she was a little girl.”

Some time ago a story was telegraphed from St. Louis to the effect that Mr. and Mrs. Calvert and some friends were dining at a St. Louis club were certain members of the party became too lively to suit the management and that in consequence the party was asked to leave. Friends of Mrs. Calvert in this city indignantly declare that in so far as this story might seem to reflect upon her it is unfounded, as her conduct could never be anything but most proper.”

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