- Born: 21 Sep 1887, Chicago, Cook, Illinois 13,14,92,114,150
- Died: Abt 17 Jun 1965, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA about age 77 81
- Buried: 19 Jun 1965, Archer Woods, Chicago, Cook, IL 81
Lived in Chicago, IL. Uncle Will to James Harold Hegarty. Known as a "good church-goer," meaning the 26th St. Mennonite Mission church, 720 W. 26th St., Chicago. He gave Jim Hegarty a Bible, which is in the possession of Belle Radcliffe.
According to a note I wrote as James H. Hegarty spoke, I wrote "Uncle Bill had a son." Apparently Grandpa was telling me something about Uncle Bill at the time, but I wasn't getting it all down fast enough and the story has been lost.
Possible timeline, based on Chicago City Directories. I'm uncertain if I'm following the correct William here.
1910 -- William and sisters Catherine and Pearl work at Mette Bros. bottling company.
1916 -- Listed as a bottler (no doubt for Mette Bros.) Home is 722 W. 26th St., Chicago
1917 -- Again listed as a bottler, home is now 720 W. 26th St.
Not listed in the Illinois Statewide Death Index.
He's listed as living at 722 W. 26th St. in the death cert. of his mother, Anna. He signed the paperwork for her.
From the book, "After Ten Years," the story of the 26th St. Mennonite Gospel Missionary Church, Bill is quoted as:
"p. 54 -- "It is with pleasure that I write this testimony concerning our Bible Study Class. I feel there is no greater educational work in the world than that of Bible Study. I am certainly glad for our Bible Class and for what it has done for me. Am sure that, if there was a greater interest on the part of the people in the study of the Bible, this world would be a more pleasant place in which to dwell." Wm. Mette
There is a Wm. Mette who died 2-7-1971 in Cook Cty, according to the Cook Cty IL Death Index, Ancestry.com
Listed as "Willie" on his birth cert. He was his mother's 11th child, according to the birth cert although I have him listed as the 7th child. I can't find evidence of intervening births. Born with the help of a midwife, Mary Boehm who lived just a few doors down at 2516 S. Halsted when they lived at 2521 S. Halsted. She delivered all the Mette babies.
Note to myself: A William G. Mettee of Oak Park, IL patented a Photographic-Plate Washer on 5-7-1903 (for photographic negatives). See notes for other Wm. Mette!
A U.S. Naturalization Record is available through Ancestry.com of William E. Mette, a minor, age 5, who was naturalized on 4-4-1881. It was witnessed by August Mette in Cook County, IL. This MUST be a relative. This William is listed as William E. Mette, and birth year approx. 1876.
The 1940 census said he was widowed, but in 1917 at the time of his WWI registration, he's listed as age 29 and single.
Noted events in his life were:
• Birth, 21 Sep 1887, 2521 S. Halsted St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 92 Assisted at birth by Mary Boehm of 2516 S. Halsted St. This was the 11th birth for Anna "Kerren" Mette. His birth cert. lists his name as Willie.
• Residence, 21 Sep 1887, 2521 S. Halsted St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 624
• 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.
William was a student at the time, 10 months of the year.
• Religion: Mennonite, 1906, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 367 This is the testimony he wrote in the After 10 Years book by A.M. Eash
"It is with pleasure that I write this testimony concerning our Bible Study Class. I feel there is no greater educational work in the world than that of Bible Study. I am certainly glad for our Bible Class and for what it has done for me. Am sure that, if there was a greater interest on the part of the people in the study of the Bible, this world would be a more pleasant place in which to dwell." 1906
• Occupation: Laborer in bottling factory, 18 Apr 1910, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 13
• Education: Finished 8th grade. 6
• Residence, 18 Apr 1910, 2609 Lowe Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 13 Living here with his mom, and sisters Pearl and Catherine.
• Physical Description, 5 Jun 1917, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 150 Short height, medium build, blue eyes, light brown hair.
• Occupation: soda water bottler, 5 Jun 1917, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 150 Location of business was 716 W. 25th St., Chicago.
• Residence, 1917, 220 W. 26th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 150
• Military Service: Claimed Religious Exemption, Mennonite, 1917. 150
• Occupation: receiving clerk in a foundry, 1920, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 14
• Residence, 3 Jan 1920, 3520 W. 62nd Pl., Chicago, Cook, IL. 14 Living with Grandpa James Harold Hegarty, and Grandpa's parents James and Lillian "Haggerty".
• Medical: patient, Elgin State Hospital, aka IL Northern Hospital for the Insane, 8 Apr 1930, Elgin, Kane, IL. 3 The 1930 census says he's widowed, age is off by 2 years from what I know of his birth date, but it says he was born in IL, his father born in Germany, his mother born in Maryland, which all checks out. Under "Occupation" is written "Occupational Class." Under "Industry" is written "Institution." Under the "was he at work yesterday" column is the answer "yes." If asked if he was a veteran, he's answered yes, of WWI.
• Residence: Elgin State Hospital, 10 Apr 1940, Elgin, Kane, IL. 6
• Obituary: Chicago Tribune, 18 Jun 1965, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 31 Obit:
Chicago Tribune (IL) - June 18, 1965
Deceased Name: William C. Mette
William C. Mette, fond son of the late Michael and Anna Kearns Mette; beloved brother of the late Margaret L. Benton, Catherine Arnold and Minnie Gavin; dear uncle of Dorothy Buxton. Funeral Saturday, 2 p.m., at Blake-Lamb Chapel, 712 W. 31st street. Interment Archer Woods. 735-4242.
Chicago Tribune (IL)
Date: June 18, 1965
(Archer Woods is or has a Potter's Field. Could he be buried in a Potter's Field?!? If so, why does he have the cost of an obituary in the Tribune?)
• Funeral, 19 Jun 1965, Archer Woods, Chicago, Cook, IL. 31 Section E, lot 291, grave 6
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