Lena Mette 623
- Born: Abt 1873, New York 3,623
- Marriage: Frank Thomas Klein on 21 May 1896 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 622
Noted events in her life were:
• Alt. Name: Lena Drurnert. Her marriage certificate lists her as Lena D(hard to read)runert, but this is most definitely the right Lena marrying Frank Klein on the correct day at the right address!
Could she and her sister Hannah have been illegitimate children of Mette's, and keeping their mothers' names?
• Alt. Birth, Abt 1872.
• Residence, 9 Jun 1900, 181 W. 87th St., New York, New York. 34 Living in Manhattan in what looks to be an apartment building.
• Occupation, 9 Jun 1900, 181 W. 87th St., New York, New York. 34 Janitoress
• Residence, 1930, 221 High St., Brooklyn, Kings, NY. 3
Lena married Frank Thomas Klein on 21 May 1896 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA.622 (Frank Thomas Klein was born about 1869.)
"METTES AND KLEINS WED -- Nine brothers of Two Grooms Line Up to See Them Marry -- Great Event in Wentworth Avenue Circles in Which Crown Point and Chicago Families Are United in the Presence of 500 Guests -- Brides' Stock of Sisters Exhausted or They Might Have Had a Few More Brothers-in-Law.
August Mette has four sons-in-law two brothers named Klein. That he has not eleven sons-in-laws, all brothers, so the neighbors say, is because his stock of daughters of marriageable age is limited to two. There are eleven of the Klein boys, and there seems to be a marked affinity between them and the Mette girls.
Mr. Mette is a well-to-do South Side liquor dealer and property-owner who, by reason of his position as President of the District Board of the Liquor Dealers' Protective Association, is an active leader in the fight against the ice trust. One night recently after a hard day's work in planning a campaign against the icemen, Mr. Mette was smoking his after-dinner cigar at his home, No. 2600 Wentworth avenue, when his daughter Hannah, aged 21, came into the room and said: "Papa, I'm going to be married." "Who to, my dear?" was Mr. Mette's query.
"Albert Klein," said Hannah.
Mr. Mette was satisfied, and said so. He knew Albert to be a thrifty young man, of whom nothing but good could be said. So he lit a fresh cigar and picked up a newspaper. Ten minutes later Lena Mette, aged 23, came in and said: "Papa, I'm going to be married."
Inquiry brought out the fact that Lena's husband was to be Frank Klein, a brother to Albert, and of equally good renoun. Mr. Mette could offer no valid objection. His girls were of age and had made wise selections, but he did a little mental figuring on the quiet concerning the size of his family and debated with himself whether he should be thankful he had no more daughters to be carried off by the Kleins, or sorrowful that he could not number more of the latter as sons-in-law.
The Klein family lives at Crown Point, Ind., where the father, John Klein, carries on a big dairy business and owns a large stock farm. His eleven stalwart sons answer to the following names:
Joseph Klein, Philip Klein, John Klein, Frank Klein, Henry Klein, Jacob Klein, Peter Klein, August Klein, Albert Klein, Conrad Klein, Emil Klein.
The wedding of Lena and Hannah Mette to Frank and Albert Klein took place at the Mette home on Thursday evening and nine of the brothers lined up to see the marital knots tied. It was a big affair in that part of the city, the oddity of the double event and the popularity of the two families securing the presence of nearly every one of the 500 people to whom invitations were sent. The only conspicuous absence was that the elder Klein, who, being a devout Catholic, could not reconcile himself to the idea of participating in a ceremony in which the officiating clergyman was a Protestant. Despite this the wedding went ahead without a jar or hitch, ending with a dance, in which the two Kleins and their wives, the nine Klein brothers, and the 500 guests took part. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Smith, pastor of the Marie Methodist Episcopal Chapel, Twenty-third street and Wentworth avenue. When he had pronounced the final words the brides received nine kisses from the nine brothers, and as Mr. Mette surveyed the Klein aggregation he said: "They're a likely lot of young men. It's too bad there are only two Mette girls." And the nine Klein brothers echoed the sentiment."
(Marie Methodist Episcopal Church is the Marie Chapel attached to Trinity Methodist Episcopal Church, 23rd & Wentworth. -- see Chicago Tribune 10-18-1897, p. 9. Dr. Smith was Joshua Smith, pastor. The chapel was dedicated 10-18-1883.)