George Mette I
(Abt 1802-1879)
Annie Elizabeth
(1812-1887)
Frederick Kearns
Katherine Seitz
Michael Mette
(1852-1929)
Anna Kearns
(1852-1917)

Lillian Mette
(1880-1924)

 

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James Herbert Hegarty

Lillian Mette 14

  • Born: 31 Aug 1880, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 14,34,38
  • Marriage: James Herbert Hegarty on 3 Dec 1900 in St. Joseph, Berrien County, Michigan 27,335,336
  • Died: 17 Apr 1924, Chicago, Cook, IL, USA at age 43 38
  • Buried: 21 Apr 1924, Mt. Hope Cemetery, Cook, IL 27,343
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bullet  General Notes:

Lived for a time at 3520 W. 62nd Pl., Chicago, IL. Belle Radcliffe's grandmother, although she never knew her.

She is listed on her son's birth certificate as "Lilly." Her death certificate says she died at 8918 S. Lowe Ave., 15th Ward, Chicago, but her address at the time was 3520 W. 62nd. St. It also says she was a housewife.
Listed in legal papers for the purchase of their home as "Lilian," just one "l" there in the middle, but we own her personal signature on some legal paperwork where she's spelled it "Lillian."

According to notes taken as James H. Hegarty spoke, Lillian's parents were from Baltimore -- they got off the ship there.

We believe she was a member of the Twenty-sixth St. Mennonite Mission church because James Harold Hegarty said once that his whole family (except for his father) went to church there. We know for certain that Lillian's mother was a faithful member there, too.

On a bridal shower invitation for Helen Moroney, Lillian's name was spelled "Hagerty".

Belle Radcliffe has in her possession a paper with the following mimeographed poem on it. We don't know to whom it belonged. Next to each line of the poem is glued a colored ribbon bow that corresponds with the line of the poem.

If to me your heart is true,
Send me back my bow of blue.

If of me you sometimes think
Send me back my bow of pink.

If to me your heart is dead
Send me back my bow of red.

If you want me to elope,
Send me back my helitrope.

If of me you sometimes dream
Send me back my bow of green.

If the writers (sic) name you guess,
Send the bow to his address.

The interesting thing about this is written in pencil at the top of this poem. It begins with the letters N.B. then there's a space, and these lines written in pencil: "If you wish me for your wife, Send me back my bow of white." There is no white bow!



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bullet  Noted events in her life were:

Residence, 4 Jun 1900, 2553 Lowe Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 34 Living here are Henry Schensen, Magrith, and their 7 children plus "Kitie" Mette as head of household at age 23, her sisters Lillian and Margerith and Mamie, and her brother "Wiliam". Living next door are "Aug" Mette, his wife Anie, "Wiliam" Gavin and "Irine," his wife. Ward 5, Enumeration District 120, Sheet 3.

Occupation: Worked at a Bindery, 4 Jun 1900, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 34 Probably worked at the same place as her sisters Kittie and Margaret. No months of the year unemployed.
Enumeration District 120.

Residence, 3 Jan 1920, 3520 W. 62nd Pl., Chicago, Cook, IL. 14 Listed under James Haggerty. Living here are James, William, son James, and William Mette, Brother-in-law.

Illness: cause of death, lobar pneumonia, sick 11 days, Apr 1924. 38 Secondary cause of death: anemia and myocarditis

Death, 1924, 8918 S. Lowe, Chicago. 38 In the 1928 Reverse Directory, this was the home of L.D. and Frieda C. Olson. I contacted the Chicago Public Library and they looked in their phone book for 1924 and the Olsons weren't living there.
I'd like to find out whose house this was in 1924 since I don't think this was her home address. This is the address on her death certificate as location at which she died. The house was listed in the Suburbanite Economist for sale on 9-21-1926 (p. 19). Ad ran like this: "HOUSE -- 5 rms., conc. block found., h.w. ht., cem. bsmt., laundry tubs, elec., 2-car garage, all in good cond. Price $5,500 8918 Lowe, Vinc. 10035. -- (bet)" In the Suburbanite Economist on 3-1-1927, apparently it had been on the market for a while and they ran this ad: "8918 Lowe, 5-rm frame cottage, conc. found., L.T., hot water ht., elec. gar.: price $5,500; cash $1,500; bal. same as rent".... listed by W.H. Brinkman of 8688 Vincennes Ave. Going back to 1-24-1913, I find this article, "William J. Moon, who lived at 8918 Lowe Ave., a fireman on the Chicago, Indiana & Southern railway, was run over and killed at Madison Ave. Sunday evening..." When Googling the address, I see an older home surrounded by post WWII bungalows. It's a small wood-framed place, boarded up and overgrown as of 1-2015. However, the houses around it are well cared for and neat.

Cemetery: Mt. Hope Cemetery, Chicago, IL. 63,335 Lot 235 Section 7, written on receipts paid by J.H. Hegarty in 1924. Receipts say the bills were paid by James Hegarty & Herndon Benton. Other than saying that Benton is an heir with James Hegarty, I don't know who Benton is. -- ew Benton is buried with Lillian, James Herbert & others.


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Lillian married James Herbert Hegarty, son of James Hegarty and Minnie W. Shannon, on 3 Dec 1900 in St. Joseph, Berrien County, Michigan 27,335.,336 (James Herbert Hegarty was born on 4 Nov 1877 in New York, , NY, USA,11,38,150,337,338 died on 28 Jan 1929 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 40,335 and was buried on 31 Jan 1929 in Mt. Hope Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, IL 1,38.)


bullet  Marriage Notes:

Married by the minister of the gospel, according to FamilySearch.com's Michigan marriages 1868-1922 where the original records can be viewed. Witnesses to the marriage were F.C.(?) Berger as minister, Mr. W.E. Burk, and Mrs. F.C. Berger, all residents of St. Joe, MI.

Information given in "Michigan Marriages, 1868-1925" (FHL) shows James Hegarty's parents were James and Minnie Shannon Hegarty. James was a grocery clerk, born in NY.

St. Joe was a "Gretna Green" marriage spot. In other words, it was a spot where eloping couples could seek a hasty marriage (see http://www.newberry.org/genealogy/news/default.asp?postid=490), sort of like a Las Vegas of the day. In fact in June of 1900 there was an article in the Chicago Tribune describing a matrimonial derby day in St. Joe with over 30 couples participating from Chicago.
Belle Radcliffe owns the ticket envelope in which the railroad ticket would have been stored. The Michigan Central ran from Central Station downtown Chicago and also stopped at Twenty-second St., Thirty-ninth St., and Hyde Park and 63rd Streets before heading to St. Joe, MI and beyond. It had sleeping, dining, and parlor cars.

December 3 was a Monday.

Lilian proposed to Jim via this:

Belle Radcliffe has in her possession a paper with the following mimeographed poem on it. We don't know to whom it belonged. Next to each line of the poem is glued a colored ribbon bow that corresponds with the line of the poem.

If to me your heart is true,
Send me back my bow of blue.

If of me you sometimes think
Send me back my bow of pink.

If to me your heart is dead
Send me back my bow of red.

If you want me to elope,
Send me back my helitrope.

If of me you sometimes dream
Send me back my bow of green.

If the writers (sic) name you guess,
Send the bow to his address.

The interesting thing about this is written in pencil at the top of this poem. It begins with the letters N.B. then there's a space, and these lines written in pencil: "If you wish me for your wife, Send me back my bow of white." There is no white bow! It had been folded, and on the back was written something like (writing from my memory) "Jas. Lawler's". She must have sent it to his work.




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