George Mette I
(Abt 1802-1879)
Annie Elizabeth

Henry Mette


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Berhardine (Bernhardin) A./Bernardine Thomas

Henry Mette 25

  • Born: Sep 1834, Saxony 25,34,35,552
  • Marriage: Berhardine (Bernhardin) A./Bernardine Thomas
  • Died: 11 Jul 1901, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA at age 66 40
  • Buried: 14 Jul 1901, Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois 63

bullet  General Notes:

The 1880 census has his birth year as 1838, but the 1900 census has it as 1835.

Inter Ocean newspaper:

11-16-1888 in article entitled, "General Court News Consolidated Bottling Business", John A. Lomax, Arthur Christin, George Lomax, August Mette, Henry Mette, Louis W. Mette filed a bill for injunction in the Superior Court against Thomas Henneesy, Herman..."

5-7-1893 in article titled, "Don't Like Viaducts Fifth and Sixth Ward Citizens Enter a Protest Want Elevated Tracks
"Henry Mette next spoke. He said, "...must not have any temporary viaducts... what is a temporary viaduct anyway? ... want track elevation. That is all we ask..."

5-7-1893 Chicago Tribune - "Object to temporary viaducts. Fifth and Sixth Ward Resident Make Protest in Mass-Meeting. An important meeting of citizens of the Fifth and Sixth Wards was held at Koch's Hall, No. 2334 South Halsted street, last evening to protest against erecting temporary viaduct instead of elevating the railroad tracks. Among these present were ...Henry Mette of Mette Bros., ... Mr. Schaar stated that the object of the meeting was to offer as strong a protest as possible against the erection of any viaducts to take the places of elevated railroad tracks... Short speeches of protest were also made by ... Henry Mette. The following committee was then appointed to confer with the Mayor and represent the views of the people in the southwest part of the city: ... Henry Mette..."

Inter Ocean in article entitled, "Want their Release Petition for Pardon for Fielden, Schwab, and Neebe, Socialist Amnesty Society Labor"
H. Mette is listed.

The Northeastern Reporter, Volume 36
Mette et al. v. Feltgen (Supreme Court of IL...) Joint Tenancy-Descent-Infants-Revocation of Deed..."This was an action of ejectment brought by Anna M. Feltgen against Henry, August, and Louis Mette to recover the undivided one-half of lots 8 and 9 in block 5 in Murray's addition to South Chicago. The defendants pleaded not guilty, and the cause being tried by the court, a jury being waived, it was found that the plaitiff was the owner in fee of an undivided one-half of the lots, and that the defendants were guilty of unlawfully withholding possession thereof from her." (This is a very lengthy and legally complicated ruling against the Mette brothers, written about extensively in this book.)

Inter Ocean, "The City In Brief -- An Italian is Killed by a Negro" (I think this may be an incorrect title listed for this article)
"An extensive program has been prepared by the committee of arrangements, of which Henry Mette is chairman. The program provides for a two days' session to end tomorrow evening with a banquet."

Inter Ocean 10-7-1896 "The City in Brief Sadie Goff Plays the Role of a Female Dr. Hyde"
"The officers of the association are ... Henry Mette, Chicago..."

4-10-1895 "Great Camp Formed Knights of Macabees of Illinois Show Progression, Meet in Convention..."
"...Henry Mette, 116 Altona, ..."

4-15-1880 "Booming. Chicago will be Tonight for General Grant in Overwhelming Numbers"
Henry Mette's name is listed in the column

"136381 Henry Mette use of A. Mette vs. Jacob Weiner"

"Guardianships -- Estate Frederick Heinritz et al, minors; letters to Henry Mette, bond $3,000 apprd

Note to self: I can find no evidence that Baltimore papers copied Henry's obit, even though his obit ends with the words, "Baltimore papers please copy." I can find no evidence that they did.

He's the one who fell or walked off the roof of his blacksmith shop during the heat spell that summer. Was it suicide? No, most probably not. People were sleeping on their roofs to get relief from the hot weather, and his is one of several that summer who died that way. It killed him and he left behind $2.70, 1 knife, and 1 pocketbook.

Check out the newspaper the Maryland Sun on 3-17-1840 in an article entitled, "Watch Returns Eastern District March 12" for something about Henry Mette being thrown in jail for breaking into his mother-in-law's house (Mrs. Inloes) and assaulting Joseph Inloes. I don't know if this is the same guy or if I've got that right from the snippet of article I can see on

Henry is the only child of Georg & Elizabeth Mette to have an obituary in the Chicago Tribune.


bullet  Noted events in his life were:

Alt. Birth: 1835, 1836, 1838, or 1841. 24,25,34 1880 and 1900 census, headstone, and obit all have close or different birth dates.
September, 1836 is shown on the 1900 census.
On the 1870 census, he's listed as having been born in Prussia.

Immigration, 1857, Saxony. 34 From the passenger lists arriving in Baltimore from Bremen, we see Heinrich Mette arriving in 8-1846. He's a farmer, planning to head to Cincinnati, age 29. Last residence was Hohne, sailing on the ship Elise.
HOWEVER, in the 1900 census, he lists his immigration date as 1857, one year after the rest of the family arrived. I don't find any Mettes arriving in that year.

Citizenship: naturalized, 1868, Court of Com. Pleac. (?), MD. 553

Residence, 1 Jun 1870, Baltimore, , MD. 24 Living here in the 1st District of Baltimore was Henry, his wife "Benteena," six year old Anna, and one year old John. Living nearby (on the next page of the census) is August Mette and his family.

Occupation: Factory worker, 1 Jun 1870, Baltimore, , MD. 24

Residence, 4 Jun 1872, 29 Murray, Chicago, Cook, IL. 86 This was 6th ward. These births are listed in a register & it looks to me as if the registration date is 6-4.

Residence, 1875, 18 Buena Vista Pl. Chicago, Cook, IL. 127

Employment: soda water manufacturer, 1880, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 25

Residence, 8 Jun 1880, 9 Singer St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 25

Residence, 1885, 2469 Archer Ave., Chicago, Cook County, IL. 85

Occupation: A. Mette & Bros, 1885. 85

Legal: Chicago Daily Tribune, 1 Jan 1890, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 554 "Henry and George Mette, saloonkeepers at No. 2 Buena Vista place, were placed under bonds pending trial on a charge by William Hafner of the Chicago Consolidated Bottling company of wantonly breaking 400 boxes of bottles."

Legal: Henry Mette vs. Henry Schroeder et al, Oct 1893, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 116 Case filed in Cook County Circuit Court. I don't know the particulars.

Property: home owner, 1900, 2469 Archer Ave., Chicago, Cook County, IL. 34

Residence, 5 Jun 1900, 2469 Archer Ave., Chicago, Cook County, IL. 34 Ward 5, Enumeration district 118, sheet 6.
Living here are Henry Mette as head, wife Bernhardine, daughters Margaretha, Emma, and Emilie. Living next door on one side is Rudolf Sontag and his family. Rudolf worked at the pop shop at one time, but here he's listed as a brewer. Living on the other side is George and Mary Mette and their 2 daughters plus Louis W. Mette.

Occupation: Soda Water Manufacturer, 5 Jun 1900, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 34

Residence, 11 Jul 1901, 2418 Lowe Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 44

Death, 11 Jul 1901, 2469 Archer Ave., Chicago, Cook County, IL. 555 Death was caused by Henry's falling off the roof of the blacksmith shop at the rear of his home at 2469 Archer. Address of the shop may have been 2418 Lowe Ave. He died during a period in Chicago history when there was a month-long heat spell that spurred suicides, "heat prostrations" and heat-related insanity cases. The day before or of, depending on time of death, was a record 102 degrees. The coroner's report reads: The said Henry Mette now lying dead at 2418 Lowe Ave. in said city of Chicago, County of Cook, State of Illinois, came to his death on or about 11th day of July a.d. 1901 from shock and injuries accidentally received caused by falling or walking from the roof of the blacksmithshop to the yard in the rear of his home 2469 Archer Av on or about the morning of July 11 a.d. 1901. Listed below were the names of the jurors to attended the inquest." Then there were the list of witnesses. Those were August Mette, 2600 Wentworth, attorney at law; Rud Sontag, brewer, (probably from Mette Bros. brewery... the unidentified man in the photo with Grandpa Mette??) and the coroner.

Obituary: Chicago Tribune, 12 Jul 1901, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 556 Mette, Henry Mette, beloved husband of Bernardine Mette (nee Thomas), and father of Annie, wife of Charles Gross; John and Grace Mette (nee Smith); Louis and Emily Mette (nee Witstrom); Mamie, wife of Alex Boyd; Maggie, Emma, and Mildred, brother of Mrs. Elizabeth Rabe; Louis, August, George, Michael, and Mrs. Mary Kemper, July 11 at 4 a.m., aged 60 years. Funeral from his late residence, 2469 Archer av., Sunday July 14, at 1 p.m. to Oakwoods Cemetery. Baltimore papers please copy."

Death: Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 557 Printed 7-12-1901 Chicago Tribune
Henry Mette, Politician and Property-Owner in Fourth Ward, Found Dead in His Yard.
Henry Mette, 68 years old, a prominent politician and property-owner in the Fourth Ward, was found dead in the rear of his house at 2469 Archer avenue early yesterday morning. At first it was supposed he was the victim of foul play, but later it was shown that death probably was due to accident. It is believed he walked on the flat roof of a blacksmith shop which adjoins the rear porch of his residence and fell from the structure, a distance of fifty feet. His collar bone and nearly all his ribs were broken by the fall. Mr. Mette manufactured pop and soda water at 2,4, and 6 Buena Vista place." From the Chicago Tribune of the day he died - "Hottest Day in City's History. Mercury Climbs to 102 in Weather Office, Then Falls to 66 When Wind Changes... At 3 o'clock 102 degrees Fahrenheit; at 7:40 o'clock 66 degrees."

Cemetery, 14 Jul 1901, Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, IL. 558 He's listed in the Illinois 1929 Roll of Honor, which lists his grave location as Lot 128, Block 1, Section J. He is the only Mette with a readable headstone. There is room under his name for someone to have carved Bernhardine's name, but it isn't carved. There is a photograph of the headstone. We visited 6-14-06.
Also buried here are Emma Jane Mette, a person with the last name of Coors, Fred Wurst, Bernhardine (Henry's wife), Charles Gross, and Louis Mette.

Probate, 19 Jul 1901. 70 "On reading and filing the petition, duly verified of Bernhardina Mette of the County of Cook in the State of Illinois, from which it appears to the Court that Henry Mette of Chicago in said County, died intestate on or about the 11th day of July AD 1901 leaving Real & Personal property and effects in said County, the value of which does not exceed the sum of $4,600 ; that the petitioner is the widow of said decedent, and prays that August Mette may be appointed to administer upon said estate." ... for the bond part, it says August's bond should be $1200, ...and that his bond be "duly executed with the Fidelity and Deposit Company of Maryland as his sureties..."


Henry married Berhardine (Bernhardin) A./Bernardine Thomas, daughter of Living and Living. (Berhardine (Bernhardin) A./Bernardine Thomas was born on 27 Jun 1845 in Germany,13,34 died on 28 Aug 1913 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 40 and was buried on 31 Aug 1913 in Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois 63.)

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