August Mette I 25,371
- Born: May 1844-1848, Hessen-Kassel, Germany 25,628
- Marriage: Lottie M. Reed
- Died: 19 Dec 1901, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA at age 57 40
- Buried: 22 Dec 1901, Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois 63
In the voter registration rolls of Cook County, Illinois, 1890, he stated that he'd been in the precinct 5 months, county and state 20 years. (Lived at 2600 Wentworth at the time. That 2600 Wentworth address is the address of the Mette saloon written about in the Southtown Economist paper in 1951.)
We also know he was in the civil war because his wife, Lottie, earned a pension from his service.
The following are snippets from the Inter Ocean Newspapers:
"Mette vs. Bradley Default and ... property in plff (?) and one cent damages" (Legally this means Mette won the case by default.)
"14812 (?) Evans vs. Peterson rule on deft(?), to deliver up property ... 14813 Mette vs. Same; same order." (Legally this means Mette won the case by default.)
Mette vs. Peterson; same order
10-13-1876 "Sporting Notes the Trigger"
"The one and one-quarter mile dash was won by Warlock; Mette second and Athlene third."
24884 A. Mette vs. W.M. Goodsall Appeal..."
12-7-1877 "City in Brief Printers Refuse to Sign the Typothetse's Contracts - Reception..."
August Mette and William J. Gallagher ... partners. He was asked if he was a ... partner in the firm of August Mette and Co. and denied he was. He..." (I did not find this one in the newspaper as listed. I looked in the a.m. edition. Could this have been in the p.m.?)
"August Mette announces himself a candidate for Alderman from the fifth ward. August Mette, a soda water manufacturer is spoken of as a candidate for Alderman from the Fifth Ward. August Mette, a soda-water manufacturer of the Fifth Ward is spoken of as a candidate for Alderman. Ald. Sommer has decided not to run."
"Local Politics. the Fifteenth Ward Republicans-Delegates Elected to the Town Conventions"
Within that article is a section on the Fifth Ward Democratic nominees, one of which is August Mette.
"Finance and Commerce"
In real estate section of the Inter Ocean paper, 9-25-1878 "Buena Vista place, 129' e of Murray st. s.f. 50 x 100 ft, dated Sept 12 (William J Binning & wife to A and H Mette)" consideration listed is $500.
12-18-1879 "City Crime"
"Justice Hammer yesterday issued a warrant for the arrest of Augustus Mette, complained of by Nicholas Nesser of larceny as bailee of $90." (p.8) That's all it says.
Jacob vs. Mette; assit by stip sub to crt (?) to take up on five days' notice
"...Chase vs. Mette; suit dis ... want(?) pros (?)"
Inter Ocean in article entitled, "The Liquor Dealers"
"The committee on Permanent Organization reported that the District Executive Committee be composed as follows: Chas King, President; Adolph Miller, Vice President; P.M. Hainsborough, Corresponding Secretary, G. Adams, Recording Secretary, and August Mette, Treasurer."
A. Mette & Bro. advertised in the Hyde Park & Englewood Directory, published by R.R. Donnelley & Sons. It reads under Soda and Mineral Waters:
METTE A. & Bro. 2 to 5 Buena Vista pl (see adv. back col'd page XII) (I couldn't find that.)
Liquor Protection. Meeting of the Association. (What followed were the minutes of the meeting. They were quite lengthy, but they end with this:) "Resolved, That is is an unjust discrimination against our business to permit retail grocers to sell liquor in less quantities than one gallon without paying a proper license fee.
August Mette recommended to the various associations the adoption of a card to be used by the children of parents who sent them after liquor. The card must have the signature of the parents before the saloon-keeper would be justified in making the sale. This brought up several points for discussion. B. Baum called attention to the manner in which justice cases were conducted against saloon keepers, claiming many of them were decided against the liquor men in order to get the costs. John McKeough explained the manner of procedure, and said nearly every justice in Chicago made three or four cases out of one count. He urged upon the members to make a test case and carry the matter to the Supreme Court. He said also that it was a gross wrong, and that a remedy could be found when the names of these police court men come up for confirmation. Charles King spoke of how the liquor dealers had been betrayed by men elected to the Legislature...
The election resulted in the choice of the following: ... the Hon. August Mette, Treasurer..."
58,768 -- August Mette et al vs. Sun Mutual Insurance Co., asst $2,000, George F. Westover, attny.
59,769 -- August Mette et al vs. Germania Insurance Company, asst $3,000 Same attny.
59,770 -- Same vs. Security Ins. Co., Asst $2,000. Same attny.
Inter Ocean in article entitled, "The City in Brief. Cilmore's Confederates Afraid of the Confession He Threatens to Make."
I came across the following article in the InterOcean dated 12-8-1886 about August. Headline : Social Side of Church Life -- General Notes -- Around the Hotels -- Personal. AFRAID OF DEVELOPMENTS. GALLAGHER'S ACCOMPLICES GROWING UNEASY. It is stated on reliable authority that there is one especially terror-stricken individual, at least, who fears what William J. Gallagher, in the heat of passion, may say against him, and the fact that Gallagher, as stated in the InterOcean of yesterday, has decided to plead guilty to his sins and trust to the mercy of the court, and not to what his political clique may do for him has only added further to the shivering individual specially referred to. This individual is now a well-known soda-water manufacturer, but his history is further connected with the mysterious burning of an ice house some time ago, on which the insurance was fully paid. Out of the excessive loving kindness which this individual bears Gallagher, and which daily increases as the plot thickens and judicial mercy is sought in preference to friends, he is now paying, and has been paying for some time past, the boarding bill of Gallagher in the County Jail, for this gentleman does not live like the common herd of criminals -- on bread and coffee, and stew and bread, and bread and coffee, which constitue the three meals a day of the plebian sinner -- but is growing fat and aldermanic on the best that the market affords. The individual whose name is withheld, out of respect to the law of libel, has, in addition to figuring in the mysterious buring down of ice houses and manufacture of temperance through the aid of soda water, is charged with having served the important part of a "fence" in the transactions with which Gallagher is charged. It is also mentioned as an incident in his history that he has so frequently signed his name on the bonds of well-known criminals as to be fairly entitled to the rank of a professional bailer or surety, though his want of poverty deprives him of the title of a straw-bailer. To return to the star actor in this performance, Gallagher's warlike and independent spirit is manifested by his charging that he would send to the penitentiary along with himself a citizen official, one who is the leading stay of his party, and who has frequently and victoriously appeared as a leading star in spring elections, say once every two years. The friends of this distinguished gentleman, and he himself also, however, laugh at the idea that Gallagher knows anything about his doings that can ensure him a passage to Joliet, and say that his threats are empty talk, like that indulged in by Mackin." -- I did some checking in Historic Chicago Tribunes. This Wm. Gallagher had quite a reputation around town as a crook. Forgery in 1888. He died in 1894. Perry Duis' book, "The Saloon" states (p. 56), "When his personal supply of homemade wine spoiled, he tried to set fire to the building in order to collect the insurance. Even this desperate act failed, but his story was repeated hundreds of times, each incident contributing to the other saloonmen's higher insurance rates." So this story about Gallagher may have a Mette connection or maybe someone else.
"They Want 'Stuff'"
The South Side saloon-keepers met in Barnum's Pavilion, corner of Indiana and Cottabe Grove avenues. Routine business occupied the two hours session. The proposition of Alderman Colvin to increase the saloon license to $1,000 was taken quite seriously. Said August Mette "Colvin wants stuff, he wants to go to Hot Springs, but he don't get any out of this crowd. Harry Hildreth failed to get the Appraisership, and he wants 'stuff,' by a little crookedness or some other way. We'll wait till they pass their ordinance and then act." Bernard Baum remarked: "It will be their political death. We will defeat every one of them."
...Routine business occupied two hours session. The proposition of Alderman Colvin to increase the saloon license to $1,000 was taken quite seriously. Said August Mette, "Colvin wants stuff. He wants to go to Hot Springs, but he don't get any out of this crowd."
A. Mette & Bro. vs. Frank Becker, Conf of judgt $248.30
4-2-1887 "Indicted Boodlers Many of Them Appear before Judge Anthony and Give Bond [note: A "boodler" is defined as a person who is involved in the selling of votes by aldermen to entrepreneurs seeking city contracts. source: Chicago's Greatest Year, 1893 by Joseph Gustaitis.]
"...persons who gave bail yesterday before Judge Anthony: Michael Wasserman, two indictments for conspiracy, and one for bribery; sureties August Mette, soda water manufacturer, and George Wilson, saloon keeper, corner of Clark and South Water streets. Bonds for $10,000."
4-9-1887 "A Few More Bonds Taken from Several of the Indicted Statesmen by Judge Tuley
"or was rather pulled in, for he ? to do it in bad grace, as one of the sureties on the bonds for $13(?),000 of ex-Commissioner Van Pelt: "Pop man" August Mette appearing as the other surety; these bonds being for the last batch of indictments against Van Pelt, eleven in number, ten for conspiracy and one for bribery."
"The old ... reelected, as follows: A. Mette, ..."
Nos 1005 and 1012 Michael Wasserman, Sureties, August Mette and George Wilson. Amt of had (??) $10,000
Henry L. Turner et al vs. August Mette ... Brennan. Appeal.
Inter Ocean iCriminal Court Cullings.
"In Judge Baker's court yesterday morning the cases against Charles Schultz and Fritz Nebel, South Side saloon-keepers, charged with selling intoxicating liquor to minors, were called, and the defendants not appearing the bonds were declared forfeited, the sum being $500 each. Schultz's sureties were Max Dold, No. 629 Ashland avenue, and August Mette No. 2511 Emerald avenue. For Nebel the sureties were August Lenders, No. 276 Augusta street, and Charles Farron, No. 604 Fourteenth street.
7-15-1887 "The City in Brief Mina Hope, a Cultured Lady, Narrowly Escapes from Vile Conspirators"
"Reports from a dozen committes were received and voted upon and officers were elected as follows: ... August Mette, Secretary, P.F. Maloney. The business of the meeting was then taken up, which proved to be the denunciation of the work of the Citizen's...."
First Natl Bk vs. Mette; dis n c
"...noon, William J. Gallagher, the convicted "fine worker" appeared before Judge Clifford in the custory of Deputy Sheriff Charles Gross, to testify in the case of August Mette & Co., against the Illinois Mutual Insurance Company. He was neatly dressed in a black Prince Albert suit..."
10-27-1887 Law -- Judge Clifford
"... Mette vs. Allemania Fire Ins Co ..."
"4743 Mette vs. Allemania Ins Co der..."
"Orders -- 4725 Mette vs. Mut Ins Co; lv to file addtl plea"
11-2-1887 "The City in Brief United States Troops on Route for Highwood -- True to Their..."
"At the regular meeting of the South Side saloon keepers, held yesterday afternoon at Baum's hall, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President Aug Mette
No. 4727 Mette vs. Security Ins. Co., on trial
"...Mette vs. Security Ins Co on trial'
No. 4??? Mette vs. Security Ins. Co on trial
No. 4727 Mette vs. Mut Ins Co on trial
Judge Clifford Judgments and Trials Mette vs. Security ... Co. ver for plffs $748.14, mo n t by deft
12-1-1887 "Dr. Geiger Found Not Guilty in the Changes Made Against Him"
"GALLAGHER IS COMING. Judge Clifford issued a writ of habeas corpus yesterday directed to Warden McClaughery, of the Joliet Penitentiary, to bring into court to-day William J. Gallagher who is detained at Joliet for forgery. He is wanted as a witness in the case of August Mette & Co., against the Illinois Mutual Insurance Company which is on trial to recover insurance money on an ice house belonging to Mette & Co. Gallagher was employed at one time by Mette & Co., but just what he will swear to is not yet known.
JOLIET, Ill. Nov. 30 -- Special Telegram -- Deputy Sheriff Hubbard came down from Chicago to-day with a writ of habeas corpus for William J. Gallagher, the ballot-box manipulator and fine worker and pal of Mackin, who is "doing time" for obtaining money by false pretenses. When Gallagher was brought in and dressed in citizen's clothes he was greatly excited. He said he could not for the life of him tell what it was for. Had it been two weeks ago, he said, he would have known why he was wanted, but now, after the boodlers' [bottler's?] cases were settled, he had no idea what they wanted of him. Gallagher has lost that sleek avoirdupois gained by a month's high living at the Schwartz-Watt's trial in Morris. He was given a soft job in the library, but got too smart. The deputy warden caught him writing notes to convicts about the prison, and for this little violation of rules he was put to work in the prison bootshop, where he has worked off his surplus fat wielding a hammer and cutting boot heels with a die. When about to leave on the train, Gallagher was feeling in better spirits, as he began to entertain a faint hope that whatever they wanted him for might keep him in the Chicago Jail the remainder of his sentences. His term will expire here in six weeks. He is wanted as a witness in a civil suit in the Chicago Courts involving insurance matters."
Judge Clifford -- Mette vs. Ils Mut Ins. Co. judgt on ver (?) $1,465.10 and appld -- 3,356
Judge Clifford -- No. 1745 Mette vs. Ill Mut Ins Co on trial
Judge Clifford -- ... Mette vs. Ill Mut Ins Co, on trial
12-7-1887 "Record of the courts. The Grand Jury Returns a Large Number of Indictments..."
63872 -- Fritz Benzli and Chas ... Mette. Appeal."
"In the suite of August Mette & Co against the Illinois Mutual Insurance Company, which was on trial before Judge Clifford to recover fire..."
Inter Ocean in legislative article
"Law -- Judge Clifford
Orders -- ?? Mette vs. ? Mut Ins. Co.; mo entd by deft for judgt -- 7,405
Mette vs. Allenmania (?) Fire Ins. Co. sui... and dis n c 7,431
InterOcean legislative article
Law -- Judge Clifford. Judgments and Trials... "-- 4745, August Mette vs. ? Mutina? Co; jud...
"Christ W. Heuser vs. August Mette Ap-..."
"Turner vs. Mette: appl dis--
mention of a suit "Mette; mo n t contd to June 30
Judgments 12904 Mary Keuper, admx, vs. August and Henry Mette; by deflt, $1,110-116,834, (as published, legally, this means Keuper won the case by default, with a judgment of between $1,110 and $116,834, the exact amount to be determined at a later court hearing.)
...Security Ins. Co vs. Mette argd ... and taken -- 2,892 ? Mut Ins. Co. vs. Mette on brfs -- 2893
"117,6?? -- Anna M. Feltgen vs. August Mette, Lottie Mette et al. Bill to cancel trust deed M.A. ??? Laur, soir
"Judgments... August Mette judgt $354.26."
11-16-1888 General Court News. Consolidated Bottling Business.
"John A. Lomax, Arthur Christin, George Lomax, August Mette, Henry Mette, and Louis W. Mette filed a bill of injunction in the Superior Court against Thomas Hennessey, Herman Pomy, Patrick Hayes Cornelius Ryan, William A. Hausburg, A.L. Hoffman and Louis H. Sass. In March, 1887, the complainants and defendants incorporated the Chicago Consolidated Bottling Company, with a capital stock of $600,000, of which complainants are more than half owners. The object of the company was the manufacture and sale of soda, mineral and aerated water, ginger ale, porter's and lager beer. Property worth $60,000 was been accumulated and business done by the company since its organization amounts to $500,000. It is now charged that defendants have entered into a conspiracy to divert the business from the original purpose. They called a meeting for Wednesday last to lease all the property of the company to other people under the pretense that it will be for the benefit of the stockholders. Complainants say, however, that defendants have the sole intent and design to cause the stock to pass into the hands of certain of their friends with a view of defrauding complainants. Judge Shepart issued an injunction restraining defendants from transferring any of the property and from changing the by-laws of the company which will permit a change."
An Expensive Celebration
When August Mette won his lawsuit in December, 1887, before Judge Clifford, involving insurance for the loss of his icehouse, he deemed it an occasion for celebration. At that time he was a collector for the Consolidating Bottling Company and ... to the saloon of Christ W. Heuser, in the ... mester Hall, on West Twelfth street, to collect a bill. There he met some friends, told them his victory in the courts and asked them... drink. This was kept up until fifty-two ...es of campagne (sic) had been opened and a bill...96 established. When Heuser presented Mette with a bill, the latter was much surprised and refused to pay it. Suit was brought before Justice Lyon, a judgment rendered for $95.50 in favor of Heuser and Mette took an appeal which was tried before Judge Clifford yesterday. Mette claimed that Heuser had no business selling him the wine because he was intoxicated, and said that the saloon-keeper tried to "pluck" him. The jury did not know exactly what to do in the matter, so they split the amount sought and gave Heuser a verdict for $45. Mette is willing to pay that sum for his fun if Heuser will accept it."
"3040 Heisen vs. Mette judgt on ver"
Inter Ocean in legislative article
"John A. Lomax vs. Patrick Hayes, August Mette, A.M. Hof..., Louis W. Mette, Brewer & Hoffman Brew... Co. ..."
Mette vs. Sun Ins Co; passed to November 5 - 855 Same vs. Germania Ins Co: same
"Chancery -- Judge Jamieson
Orders -- ... 524, Huwian vs. Luther: rule on August Mette and Wm Smith to show cause why they should not turn over money to creditors and rule on recr to make full rept in 10 ds"
Inter Ocean in article entitled, "Record of the courts City Prosecutor May Attacks the Tuley and Horton Bridwelll Decisions"
"Judge Jamieson yesterday ruled August Mette, the soda water man, to show cause by Saturday why he should not pay over $2,200 in the suit of John Inman against Charles R. Luther and others. William Smith was appointed receiver in the case and Mette was his bondsman. Smith collected $2,200 and claims that he left the money with Mette to pay the creditors, he being obliged suddenly to leave for California on account of the illness of his wife."
"Before Judge Blodgett
The Courts -- U.S. Circuit
Chancery -- 928, Hutchinson vs. Mette: deflt and decree pro conf. (That's all it says)
82466 Plume & Atwood Mfg Co vs. August, Henry, and George Mette Asst $350
"6032 Mette ...gment set aside; suit discontinued
9-24-1890 "Liquor Dealers Meet Big Convention at Joliet, Ill the State Protective Association Opens its..."
"...President Hummel called them to order, and Mayor T.J. Kelly, of Joliet, made a brief address of welcome. Edwin Porter, of Joliet, was made temporary, and August Mette of Chicago made permanent chairman..."
Inter Ocean in article entitled, "Twas a Day Off, Chicago's Liquor Dealers Make Merry at a Picnic at Ogden Grove"
"At 4:30 the eight contestants were made to "toe the mark." Aug Mette stepped out before them and read the rules under which the race was run and the word was given. The spectators fled before the avalance of flesh..." and also in the same article, "...S.J. Brandi was Chairman of the reception committee; August Mette, committee on prizes..."
"93,617 C. Tegimayer vs. Mette Bros Appeal"
"Mette vs. Feligen motion for leave to file additions, suggestions"
"...Mette et al on find ? $227.?"
7-1-1892 "Will Not Keep Open Chief McClaughry Determined to Stop the Gambling. Talebearers Are Doomed. All...
"The ages of the arrested persons ranged from 29 to 33(?) years. The cases were continued until July 5. All were held in $200 bonds, each of which were signed by August Mette. The keeper and inmates of a gambling house at 305 Wabash avenue, arrested..."
1-1-1893 "Brief Mention"
"... presented that gentleman with a ha...Year's present, consisting of a horse...necessary furnishings for it. The ... Mette delivered the presentation speech in his usual happy manner, enumerating upon the ... which had been performed by Mr...."
Inter Ocean in article entitled, "Hesing and His Men Enthusiastic Meeting of Workers from All Wards"
"5th Ward August Mette [and others]
2-15-1893 "Should He Be Mayor, Carter Tells What He Would Do in That Position"
"...at a meeting held in Germania Hall, No. 2311 Wentworth avenue. State senator Thiele presided. The speakers were Carl Haerting, August Mette, and ... The Democrats of the ward are divided on local issues."
Inter Ocean in article entitled, "Indiana Mineral Springs"
"...August Mette and wife are among latest Chicago arrivals."
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 in article entitled, "Will Boycott the Alton Road. Liquor Dealers in Session at Springfield in an Angry Mood"
"...John G. Rogers and August Mette both of Chicago, were placed in nomination for temporary chairman, and Mr. Rogers withdrawing, Mr. Mette was unanimously chosen...."
Inter Ocean in article entiled, "Chicago Men Win the Honors State Liquor Dealers' Association Elects Officers and Adjourns"
"After the ball and banquet the last of the delegates will leave the city for home. The election of officers was the feature of today's proceedings. August Mette of Chicago placed in nomination President Gainty for re-election..."
"The Pinafore Indoor Baseball team defeated the Bridgeports at Styx's Hall last night. The game was very interesting throughout, the features of the game being the batting of Mette and Cru?? , and the pitching of Manix. Indoor baseball promises to be very popular judging from the way the game last night was received..."
Inter Ocean in article entitled, "All Want Clean Men Movement for Municipal Reform Crystalizes, is Divorced from Party Is to..."
"... and upon being refused by said judges and clerks to cast our ballots in said ballot box, and refusing to cast them in the soap box, we were therefore compelled to lose our votes. (signed by a list of people including) August Mette, George Mette, Henry Mette
"Alderman David Deiel, John Ernst, and August Mette are candidates on the Democratic side. It is said the central committeemen, Austin and Miller, are with Mr. Mette and that he will be nominated."
Inter Ocean in article entitled, "Gossip of the Candidates. some of the Men Who Are Seeking Nominations'
"John Ernst and August Mette are candidates on the Democratic side. It is said the central committeemen Austin and Miller are with Mette and that he will be nominated."
Daily InterOcean "Saloon Keepers Will Help, Too Join in the Movement to Secure Cheaper Ice"
"The district board of the Illinois Liquor Dealers' Protective Association met yesterday afternoon at the offices of the association in the Schiller building. August Mette, the president, appointed a committee to confer with like committees from various interested..."
There was an August Mette who served in the House of Rep's for the state of IL in 1883, according to a book titled, "Politics and Politicians: A Succinct History of the Politics of Illinois from 1856 to 1884, with Anecdotes and Incidents, and Appendix from 1809 to 1856" by D.W. Lusk, printed in Springfield, IL, 1884. This is our August Mette.
Also mentioned as same in "History of Cook County, Illinois: from the earliest period to the current time" for 1882-1883.
No photos or renderings of August are available from the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield. Perhaps available through the Chicago area repository.
From the book, "Biographies of the State Officers and Thirty-Third General Assembly of Illinois, " p. 181 "Hon. August Mette.
"His father was a musician, by profession, in the Province of Hesse, Germany, when this gentleman was born, in 1844. The family came to the United States in 1854, locating in Baltimore, Maryland. Mr. Mette came to Illinois in 1870, establishing himself in business, as a manufacturer of soda-water, ginger-ale, mead, cider, etc. in Chicago. His education was acquired in the public schools of Baltimore, he being instructed in music, at the same time. In the early part of the War, he enlisted in the Sixth Maryland Regiment, was wounded, and, in 1863, honorably discharged from the service. He is an Odd Fellow, as such being also a member of the Degree of Rebekah, and belongs to the German Order known as Harigari, but holds no membership or relation of communion in any church. In politics, he is a Democrat, having affiliated with that party about two years since, from motives of public policy. He feels that the Democratic party is the party of the people, and that the interests of the people demand its supremacy in the affairs of the government. He is now an occupant of a public office for the first time, having been elected to the House of Representatives, by the largest vote cast for any candidate upon his ticket, from the Eleventh Cook County District, in 1882. In personal appearance, he is short, and light in complexion. He is quiet and dignified in bearing; polite and generous in his intercourse with the public; firm in opinion and incisive in debate. He is a man, who cannot be coerced into measures, but is obliging and generous when treated as a gentleman should be."
Found in The Bulletin, Bloomington, IL titled "Capital Removal" "Mr. Mette has introduced a bill into the lower house of the general assembly for the removal of the state capital from Springfield. The proposition is to submit to the voters their choice of places for the location of the state house between Peoria, Bloomington, Decatur, Belleville, and Lincoln. The bill recites the condition of the capitol at present and assumes that there is a disposition to take the seat of government to some other city. In a contest like this, Bloomington would be elected by a large majority." (dated 2-2-1883). The next day in the same paper was this: "Capital Removal. Mr. Mette, of Cook county, has as we have already stated, introduced into the lower house of the general assembly a bill to submit to the people the question of relocating the state capital. Chicago, Peoria, Decatur, Bloomington, Belleville, Centralia and Springfield are to be voted for. To the place receiving the most votes the capital will be removed. The bill ought to be passed. In such a contest Bloomington would be sure to come out ahead. We can convince the people of the state that Bloomington is the place for the capital."
[Note to self: in the 1900 census, Rudolf Sontag was living at 2467 Archer Ave., and is listed as a brewer. Had a wife, Teresa, and sons Walter, & Eddy, & George, daughters Louise, Elsy, and Meta. Sontag's brother is mentioned in Perry Duis' book about saloons. Sontag's brother worked for a major beer retailer.]
A Joseph Baum lived at 5 Buena Vista, as evidenced by a newspaper article in the Chicago Daily Tribune on 4-14-1889.
To Find Mette Bottling in Sanborn Maps: It's in Chicago 1905-1951, vol. 3, 1911, Sheet 57.
On the question, "Did A. Mette ever really become an attny?" I have this response from the Newberry:
Dear Ms. Woods,
Thank you for your question about August Mette and his legal status as an attorney in Chicago. I checked in our copy of "Chicago law directory" (Call # KF193 .C45), which only lists the members of the bar from 1913-1914. I did not see his name listed as a member of the bar in this edition.
I also checked a few other law directories for Chicago around the turn of the 20th century. I checked the Chicago listings in two editions of the Martindale's American Law Directory (Call # K 006 .55), and did not see his name listed as a member of the bar in 1901 or in 1912. I also did not see his name listed in a Chicago Law Directory from 1907 (Call # Microfiche 5737).
I hope this has been helpful. We do not have consistent listings of lawyers in Chicago before the 20th century, but let me know if I should check to see if we have any records that indicate that he was a legitimate attorney in the 1890s.
Library Assistant, General Collections
60 W. Walton Street, Chicago, IL 60610
Noted events in his life were:
• Alt. Birth, May 1851. 34 This may not be right because the 1900 census, the source for this year of birth, also says he was born in Maryland, which he wasn't.
• Immigration: From Bremen, 18 Nov 1856, Baltimore, , MD. 34,371,629 On the boat: Georg Mette, 54; Anna Mette, 46; Elise Mette, 16; Ludwig Mette, 14; Auguste, 8; Georg Mette, 7; Michael Mette, 5; Marie Mette, 3/4. George the father is listed as a joiner by trade. The family is coming from Balhorn, Hessia (now Balhorn, Bad Emstal, Germany).
In the time period of 1851-1860, 73,722 German or Swiss people arrived in Maryland. That's up from 50,660 for 1840-1850 and 44,584 for the period 1833-1839.
Quoted from Pioneers in Service The German Society of Maryland 1783-1981:
has time and again been ignored is the fact that the great majority of needy immigrants whom the Society assisted during the 19th century were only transients in Maryland. Most of them traveled on the national turnpike to Cumberland and from there on to the Midwest. Others turned north to find employment in the industrial cities. As long as they were within the boundaries of Maryland, the Society looked after them. When it received reports that German immigrants had been grossly imposed upon by a transportation agent at Cumberland, it pressed charges against the contractor for transportation in Baltimore as well as against his agent in Cumberland for obtaining money under false pretenses. Later the German Society appointed its own representative, a Mr. Treiber, in Cumberland, who was to observe closely the transit of immigrants and report any irregularities without delay.
On the other hand, of course, it happened that many Germans remained in Baltimore even though they might not have planned to do so originally. For lack of acquaintances they found themselves unable to secure suitable jobs. In order to help such people, who often possessed skills valuable to the industrial development of the city, the German Society in 1845 established a so-called "Intelligence Bureau." Frederick Raine, publisher of the German Correspondent, for a minimal compensation offered to place this employment bureau in his newspaper office. During its first year of existence more than 2000 applicants appeared, some 600 of whom were able to find employment through the "Intelligence Bureau." In 1846 already, most of the 3500 applicants were helped in securing jobs. Soon the existence of this bureau became known far and wide outside Baltimore and in the next few years thousands of German workers were placed in shops and industrial establishments in Washington, York, Cumberland and Pittsburgh. Many factories and railroad companies availed themselves of the Society's placement bureau to find skilled mechanics or labers from among the German newcomers. By 1853 so much work was at hand in the "Intelligence Bureau" that the appointment of a full-time agent became necessary. Jacob Ober kept the office until his untimely death in July 1853, when he was succeeded by H.F. Wellinghoff who was instructed to locate the bureau at Fells Point near the landing piers of the emigrant ships. Wellinghoff retained this position for thirty years, during which time his name became synonymous with this special service of the Society. There is no record of the number of job seekers who applied at his office, but to judge from the number of applications during the first years, there must have been close to 50,000 people who sought help from him. Only when old age made it impossible for "Papa Wellinghoff" to continue, did he resign in 1883.
The Society also inaugurated an additional service for the sick who were under the care of its physicians. In 1846 Charles Caspari, a long-established apothecary, was authorized to furnish medicaments against prescriptions by the physicians at the expense of the Society. By 1849 two more apothecary shops, those of John Stehl and H.M. Koechling, were added in order to serve as dispensaries for free medicines to the poor.
Immigration increased steadily. Almost 74,000 persons from German speaking countries are listed in the official statistics as having landed in Baltimore between 1841 and 1850. Still others passed through the state in search of jobs after having arrived in New York and other ports to the north. The revolutions of 1848 and 1849 and their aftermath in Germany and Austria had given new impetus to emigration. While relatively few among the arrivals had been actively involved in the fighting, many young people were discontent with the restrictive measures that followed the failure of the uprisings. The available space on ships could hardly accommodate the swarms of those willing to emigrate. Weeks of waiting in the ports often consumed all the savings which were to help them over the first lean days in America. Vessels were overcrowded and many of the new-comers reported impositions that were thought to be problems of the past.
Louis Heuser, who later became a respected teacher in the English German schools of the city, vividly described in his diary the hardships which accompanied a voyage of fifty-five days from Bremen to Baltimore in the early fall of 1852. A virtual black market in food and drinking water aboard the vessels depleted the funds of many emigrants. Then the ocean trip alone still required four to six weeks in spring and fall and eight weeks or more in summer.
This renewed increase in immigration provided plenty of work for the German Society, which reported a membership of 169 persons in 1851. While in the past its efforts had been universally acclaimed by the citizenry of Baltimore, regardless of national background, for the first time now the German Society was confronted with public attacks and criticism. The great influx of German and other European immigrants alarmed many native Americans, especially of the lower and uneducated classes. An intense felling developed against foreigners, partly caused by the existence of numerous and very active German organizations in Baltimore. While the real reasons for this sudden appearance of xenophobia were complex and not to a small degree due to the general tension that prevailed in the decade before the Civil War, the fear that the large number of foreigners might form a state within the state, remaining aloof from the native-born citizenry, was a major contributing factor to the organization of the anti-foreigner movement, the secret order of the "Know Nothing," which spread rapidly all over the state and turned into a political party in 1854. Although the German Society had its origins in the 18th century and remained apart from the many ephemeral groups that were formed by recent German immigrants, it was frequently identified with their activities by those ignorant of its real purpose. A spirit of hatred and discrimination prevailed during the years between 1850 and 1860 which was equaled in American history only by the germanophobia of the First World War. Often the mob ruled the streets and newly arrived immigrants as well as old, established German and Irish organizations were openly attacked by rowdies.
During this trying period, the German Society accorded much help to the newcomers who were bewildered by the hateful reception which they received in the land of liberty. The Society maintained a dignified attitude knowing that the "Know Nothing" days were not to last forever. The prestige which many of its officers and members enjoyed in the public life of the city and the state contributed much toward overcoming the difficulties of the time.
In 1858 the German Society took a prominent part in the Steuben Festival, which was staged by the American citizens of German birth or descent in Baltimore to impress on the public the patriotism and loyalty of the great majority of German-Americans. General Steuben himself was in his later years the president of the German Society of New York, a sister organization with which the Baltimore Society maintained cordial and close relations throughout its history. Albert Schumacher, the chairman of the Steuben Festival in 1858, pointed out this fact when re recounted the numerous feats of Americans of German stock in defending and building the common homeland. The impressive and orderly demonstration in Baltimore had deep effects. In the face of physical threats the German-Americans rallied around the American flag.
Soon the scene changed. The great issues of the day were no longer the danger from foreign immigration but the acute danger of a division of the country over the problems of regional economic interests and over the slavery question. While the year 1860 still set a record with regard to the number of German immigrants arriving from Europe, the outbreak of the War between the States dried the flow of immigration down to a trickle. The war caught Maryland between the two camps. The sympathies of the members of the German Society were certainly as divided as those of most other segments of the population, but under the vigorous, tactful and liberal leadership of Albert Schumacher the Society remained intact. As in all phases of its history, the German Society with its great mission of charity was never influenced nor divided by political, ideological or religious partisanship. It knew only one distinction: those, who were willing to help in its humanitarian endeavors, were always welcome while those, who were apt to carry partisan interests into its ranks, were rejected."
• Physical Description, 7 Aug 1862. 630 At age 18, he was 5'4 1/2" tall, with light complexion, grey eyes, and dark hair.
• Occupation: Hair Spinner, 1862, Baltimore, , MD. 630
• Military Service: Civil war, 1863, Maryland. 630,631,632,633 He enlisted 8-7-1862 in Baltimore for a 3 year term, was transferred to V.R.C. (U.R.C?), date unknown. Was mustered in 8-9-1862. His records say a "Bounty and premium paid." (Amount not listed.)
"In the early part of the War, he enlisted in the Sixth Maryland Regiment, was wounded, and, in 1863, honorably discharged from the service." -- From "Biographies of the State Officers..."
Was in the 6th Maryland Infantry, 6th Regiment, Co. H., I. Was a private until he was injured and given an honorable discharge.
From Maryland Volunteers Civil War: "Mettee, August, Private. Date of Enlistment or Muster in. -- Aug. 7, 1862. Wounded in action , May 13, 1863, by Guerrillas; transferred to V.R.C. From the same book on the chapter stating the history of the unit: "This regiment was organized at Baltimore, Md., from August 12 to September 8, 1862, to serve three years. It was mustered out, in accordance with orders from the War Department, by reason of close of the Civil War, June 20, 1865. This regiment, raised in pursuance of President Lincoln's call of July 2, 1862, was essentially a representative Maryland regiment. Eight companies were recruited in counties representing different sections of the State, as follows:...Company H, Washington County...and two companies, F and I, were recruited in the City of Baltimore.
The regiment rendezvoused at Baltimore City and, after a brief period for drill and discipline, left September 20, 1862, to join the Army of the Potomac, then in Western Maryland, where it was assigned to the Maryland Brigade, 8th Army Corps. Subsequently the following assignments were made:
March 28, 1863, to the 3d Brigade, 2d Division, 8th Army Corps.
With the Maryland Brigade, the regiment remained on the upper Potomac until December, 1862, when it marched to and encamped on Bolivar Heights, Harper's Ferry, Virginia.
On the 28th day of March, 1863, the 6th Regiment was detached from the Maryland Brigade and ordered to Berryville, Va., where it was assigned to McReynolds' (3d) Brigade, 2d Division, 8th Army Corps."
There are over 20 pages of war records for August. For many months, he was listed in the muster rolls as being absent without leave, but part of his record was expunged when it was found that he had been in the hospital recuperating from a gunshot wound to the leg during some of the months of awol muster calls. Back pay was reinstated. Missed muster (deserted) beginning on or around Nov. 25, 1862. Also Jan., Feb., March & April, 1863. Listed as present April 30, 1863. Gone May through October, 1863. Transferred to V.K. Corps, date unknown because the records were lost. He was in Newton University General Hospital, Baltimore for the months of March & April, 1863 but he's listed as again deserted April 22, '63. His record reads, "This man deserted before the reception of the order, and his descriptive had been marked Deserter and sent to the adjutant Genl's office." For July & Aug., '63, he was on the hospital muster roll of Jarvis General Hospital, Baltimore. His next record says, Dec. 1862 -- absent without leave. Jany 1863 -- Absent, sick. Jany. 1863 -- Absent without leave. March 1863 -- Absent sick. May 1863 -- Absent with leave by order Maj. Genl. Milroy." Next, on official Adjutant General's Office paper, it says the following: "Washington, May 29, 1888. He was comitted to Newton University gen'l hosptl (sic), Baltimore, Md, March 13, 1863, with anaemia, and deserted April 22, 1863. This charge of desertion is removed as erroneous. He rejoined his Co. between April 22d and 30th, 1863, exact date not stated. The charge of desertion are (sic) ? for July and August 1863 is removed as erroneous. He was comitted to Jarvis gen'l hospital, Baltimore, Md., July 22, 1863, g.s. wound leg, and sent to gen'l hospital."
Then years go by, and seven years after August had died, his wife Lottie must have written to clear his record, and cleared her way to receive both back pay for when he was in the hospital and also a war pension. On May 21, 1908, the Adjutant General's Office writes, "The charge of desertion of on or about November 25, 1862, against this man is removed under the provisions of section 2 of the act of Congress, approved March 2, 1889. He was absent without leave from on or about Nov. 25, 1862, to on or about March 13, 1863. It has this day (May 21, 1908) been determined by this Department that the charge of absence without leave against this man on the company roll dated June 30, 1863, is erroneous." Enclosed was his hospital admission and the note from the Medical Director's Office, Middle Department, 8th Army Corps, Baltimore, Md, dated July 22, 1863 asking that August be admitted to Jarvis General Hospital. It was signed by "Asst. Surg. D.L. Peters." Once his name was cleared, he was given back pay for the months he was gone. Also enclosed was a note dated 11-16-1863 saying August was admitted to U.S. Army General Hospital, Steuart's Mansion on 7-22-1863 and was transferred to Federal Hill on 10-15-1863. Note: See Louis D. Mette for info about August's brother also enlisted in the same regiment. Additionally, there was a Martin Mette also of Baltimore in the 6th regiment at the same time, and a Joseph Mette in the 5th.
• Citizenship, 1869. 34,585,634 He stated on his 1888 voter registration that he became a naturalized citizen in Baltimore, MD in 1869.
• Residence, 1 Jun 1870, Baltimore, , MD. 24 Living here were August as head, his wife Charlotte, and carpenter John Miller and factory worker George Stevens. Living nearby is August's brother Henry and his family (previous page of the census). All living in District 1.
• Migration, 1870, From Baltimore, MD to Chicago, IL. 632
• Occupation: Keeping a Tavern, 1 Jun 1870, Baltimore, , MD. 24
• Occupation: Soda Water Bottler, 1872, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 85 The business began in 1872 at 328 Archer Ave. selling "tonic beer." It was called "August Mette & Bros," or "A. Mette & Bros." as listed on the bottle. The brothers were Henry and Louis, but Michael and George also worked for the company, and then some other family members joined in as well. In 1873, the city directory had the company at 370 Archer making "soda water," and in 1879, the company moved to 5 Buena Vista. It eventually probably spread to include 2-5 Buena Vista. Around the year 1890, the business was sold to brothers Henry and George, who changed the name to "Mette Bros." In that year, George, Henry, and Louis all worked at the company. By 1914, the elder brothers who originally owned the company had all died, and Mette Bros. was then owned by George's widow, Marie. By this time the company's address was 716-724 W. 25th St. The location was the same, but the street name had changed. (To googlemap search it, type in 716 W. 25th St.) The company phone number was Yards 798. The company existed until at least 1924, but I'm not yet sure of the exact year of its demise. Earl Mette recalls hearing stories about how the company would load up the truck with bottles of pop and take them to the park to sell on summer days. Several pop bottles have been unearthed in the building of Millennium Park in Chicago (space that was at one time part of Grant Park). Earl also recalls the story of how the company money was stored in bushel baskets in the company's horse barn. At some point the horse barn burned down, killing the horses and burning the money.
• Residence, 1872, 328 Archer Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 85 Same address as the Mette Bottling Co.
• Residence, 1873, 985 S. Halsted, Chicago, Cook, IL. 85 Living with brother Louis.
• Residence, 1874-1879, 987 S. Halsted St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 85,635 Living with brother Louis for part of that time.
• Patent: Improvement in Bottle-Stoppers, 2 Sep 1879. 636 In April of 1879, Charles Hutchinson, another Chicago soda water bottler, invented what is called the Hutchinson bottle topper. It was a wire, rubber, and metal plate contraption which seemed to be a notable improvement. In September of the same year, the following patent was issued to August Mette:
Amos F. Parkhurst, of Algonquin, Assignor of One-Half His Right to August Mette, of Chicago, Illininois.
IMPROVEMENT IN BOTTLE-STOPPERS.
Specifications forming part of Letters Patent No. 219,302, dated September 2, 1879; application filed May 6, 1879.
To all whom it may concern: Be it known that I, Amos F. Parkhurst, of Algonquin, in McHenry county, and State of Illinois, have invented a new and useful Improvement in Bottle-Stoppers, of which the following is a specification.
The invention relates to bottle-stoppers where it is desired to preserve the stopper and keep it in place in the neck of the bottle for repeated use....
• Residence, 1880-1882, 2452 S. Halsted, Chicago, Cook, IL. 85 Either this is a different house, or the numbering system changed. (?)
• Residence, 1 Jun 1880, 2453 S. Halsted, Chicago, Cook, IL. 25 Living here are Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Shaughnesey and then August and Lotti plus their son August. Also here is William "Metti", August's cousin.
• Health: broken leg, 1 Jun 1880. 25
• Residence, 1882, Corner of Emerald & Archer Aves., Chicago, Cook, IL. 85
• Politics: State Representative, 1882-1883, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 637 Jane Ehrenhart, reference desk librarian at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library in Springfield said he served in the house between 1883-85.
Bloomington (IL) Bulletin reported in an article entitled "Capital Removal" the following: "Mr. Mette has introduced a bill into the lower house of the general assembly for the removal of the state capital from Springfield. The proposition is to submit to the voters their choice of places for the location of the state house between Peoria, Bloomington, Decatur, Belleville, and Lincoln. The bill recites the condition of the capital at present and assumes that there is a disposition to take the seat of government to some other city. In a contest like this Bloomington would be elected by a large majority." (Feb. 2, 1883). The following day they ran this, also titled "Capital Removal": Mr. Mette of Cook county has, as we have already stated, introduced into the lower house of the general assembly a bill to submit to the people the question of re-locating (sic) the state capital. Chicago, Peoria, Decatur, Bloomington, Belleville, Centralia, and Springfield are to be voted for. To the place receiving the most votes, the capital will be removed. The bill ought to be passed. In such a contest Blooington would be sure to come out ahead. We can cinvince the people of the state that Bloomington is the place for the capital." (At the time, the new State House was being rebuilt in Springfield, with work beginning in 1868. However, work stopped when the appropriation limit was reached. Three referenda were held and defeated to increase spending on the structure. In the year that this article appeared, the legislature authorized the Governor to appoint three commissioners to superintend its completion. It was then deemed complete in 1888.)
• Physical Description: short and light in complexion, 1883. 638
• Politics: Democrat, 1883, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 639 Referred to as "the low-license leader of the House from Chicago," and the Chicago Tribune in an article entitled, "Mixing Beer. A Process Invented by Democrats to Catch the German Vote." says he (Mette) was given the floor to repel some attacks made on him by Mr. A.C. Hesing. He claimed to have been true to his colors from first to last, but more than suggested that Mr. Hesing's attempts to bring about a compromise had increased the vote for the Harper bill and especially been instrumental in bringing Mr. Stimming over to the temperance side of the House. Mr. Mette also put in a word or two for the Democratic party."
• Residence, 1885, 2473 Archer Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 85
• Residence, 1887-1888, 2511 Emerald Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 585,640
• Politics: Served in the IL House of Representatives, 1882-1884, Springfield, Sangamon County, IL. 641 Listed as a member of the House of Reps for Cook County for the 33rd General Assembly, 1882-1884.
• Legal, 26 May 1883, Springfield, IL. 642 A legislator (Billings) "offered a resolution for the appointment of a committee of seven to investigate an alleged tampering with the House journal. By agreement the resolution omitted that part which was intended to defer action on the License bill until this committee reports, but Mette at once offered an amendment to that effect. The Speaker held the amendment out of order, as it proposed to deprive the bill of the right to be considered. An appeal was taken, and the Speaker was sustained..."
• Business: Soda Water Trust, 1886-1888. 643 A trust was formed between all but one of the soda water manufacturers of the city except one. Members of the trust were John A. Lomax & Co., Dempsey & Ryan, Hayes Brothers, Sass & Hafner, Mette Brothers, Thomas Hennessy, and William Hansbury. They manufactured soda, mineral, and aerated waters. Original capital stock was valued at $600,000. Majority stockholders were August, Henry, and Louis Mette and the Lomax brothers and Arthur Christin. Annual sales were about $500,000 per year. The group became divided about how best to run the company. The trust filed for insolvency in 1889.
• Residence, 1890, 1900 Wentworth, Chicago, Cook, IL. 34,85 This is in the South Lawn neighborhood.
• Legal: Bond posted by Mette for Mike Wasserman, 2 Apr 1887, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 173 Wasserman was an alleged "Boodler," (boodle is the proceeds from a crime) indicted in Chicago. When it came time for Wasserman to present his bonds, his sureties were August Mette and another man. They bound themselved for his appearance in court to answer an indictment for conspiracy and bribery. Mette estimated his worth at $50,000.
• In the News: Saloon keeper fees, Oct 1889, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 644 "Each saloonkeeper in Chicago pays into the city treasury $500 per annum. In this way they contribute over two millions (sic) of dollars toward the maintenance of the municipality."
The article also mentions that saloons must be closed on Sundays and the curtains drawn.
• Occupation: saloon owner, August Mette & Sons, 1890-1895, 2600 Wentworth, Chicago, Cook, IL. 85 August & his son, August, have their faithful old Great Date, Jumbo, sitting stuffed in the saloon's window. (Southtown Economist, 1-21-1951, p. 1 and 2-4-1951, p. 1) In the meantime, Mette Bros. Bottling has been sold to his brothers Henry & George (1848).
• Residence, 1890-1892, 2600 Wentworth, Chicago, Cook, IL. 553
• Honor: Chairman of Liquor Dealers' & Manufacturers Protective Assn, Sep 1892, Decator, Macon County, Illinois. 645
• Legal: Mette Bros. vs. Chicago City Railway Co, Apr 1894, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 116 I don't know the particulars of the case but it was filed in the Circuit Court, Cook Cty.
• Travel: Indiana Mineral Springs, 14 Jan 1894, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 646 Went there with his wife, Lottie, and others to "take the baths."
• Organizations: State Liquor Dealer's Association, 26 Sep 1895, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 646
• Organizations: President, Illinois Liquor Dealer's Protective Assn, 23 May 1896, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 646
• Organizations: Secretary of Illinois Liquor Dealers' Association, 1897. 647 Meeting held in Danville, IL
• Legal: practicing law without a license, 6 Jun 1899, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 648 Listed in newspaper in a column of others who were said to be practicing law without a license from the Supreme Court.
• Residence, 8 Jun 1900, 2600 Wentworth, Chicago, Cook, IL. 34 They were renting this house. Living here were August and wife Lotta, plus his married daughter Hannah and Hannah's husband Albert Klein, their 2 daughers and his niece Lotta Mette and 3 (as far as I can tell) unrelated boarders. Ward 5, enumeration district no. 123, sheet 13. Building still exists. It's a 3 story brick building. Saloon on the first floor, living quarters above.
• Legal: Mette Bros. vs. Neierman J and S Pinkowskey, Jan 1900, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 116 I don't know the particulars of the case. Case C203680
• Occupation: lawyer, 1900, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 34
• Occupation: Still running the saloon, 1900. 85 The city directory for 1900 still lists him as running his saloon at 2600 Wentworth, and he's not listed in the city directory under the list of attorneys or lawyers.
• Residence: McCoy Hotel?, Jul 1901, 2600 Wentworth, Chicago, Cook, IL. 649 Note: in 1925, 2600 Wentworth was the site of the McCoy Hotel. -- source 10-9-1925 Tribune, pg. 4, col. 1. But 2600 Wentworth is the site of the August Mette Saloon, and if it was a hotel in 1925 it would have been a very small one at that. The building still exists and can be seen on Googlemaps.
• Residence, 19 Dec 1901, 303 Wabash Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 44
• Death: Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 44,92 Cause of death -- hemmorhage of bowel and cirrhosis of the liver & kidneys.
Listed as a "mineral water manufacturer" on Cook County, IL, Deaths Index, 1878-1922.
• Obituary: Chicago Tribune, 21 Dec 1901, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 31 METTE -- August, beloved husband of Lottie M. Mette (nee Reed), Dec. 19, 1901, aged 57 yrs. Funeral from late residence, 2600 Wentworth ave., to Oakwoods Cemetery Sunday, Dec. 22, 1901, 1 p.m., sharp. Member of Hutten Lodge No. 398, I.O.O.F., and Commander Welter Post No. 701, and S.S.S. association, and L.D.P.A. of Illinois. Baltimore papers please copy.
• Cemetery, 22 Dec 1901, Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois. 558 He's listed as being buried in Grave 376, lot 376, Block 3, Section B. We visited 6-14-2006 and found he has a rather large obelisk, but it's made of sandstone and most of the writing has worn away. The name Mette is readable, and August's name is, too, if you look carefully. There are a large number of Mettes buried together around August, but we found only a few headstones. One was labeled Vater (father), one Mother, and one Husband (I believe.) I have a photo of the stone. Those buried around him were many young children, inc. Anna Thews, Otto Thews, Frank Mette, August, Lottie, George, Annie, Lottie, Frederick, Amelia, Annie, Mary, and Edward Smith. Other adults buried near August are Maggie, and Louis.
• Will, 12 Dec 1901. 70 Listed in the will regarding distribution:
"First. I order and direct that my Executrix hereinafter named pay all my just debts and funeral expenses as soon after my decease as conveniently may be.
Second. After the payment of such funeral expenses and debts, I give, devise and bequeath to my belowed wife, Lottie Mette, All my personal property of every kind and nature.
I also give to my beloved wife Lottie Mette, all my real estate -- to wit Lots 8, 9, and 10 in Block Five in A. Murry's Addition to South Chicago, together with all improvements thereon; Also all the undivided interest which I may have in the following Real Estate: to wit Lots 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 in Block 5 in A. Murry's Addition to South Chicago being all in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.
Lastly, I make constitute and appoint My Beloved Wife Lottie Mette (without bond) to be Executrix of this my last Will and Testament hereby revoking all former Wills by me made."
Signed on 12-12-1901
August married Lottie M. Reed, daughter of Jacob Reed and Living. (Lottie M. Reed was born on 10 Apr 1849 in Baltimore, Baltimore, MD,24,25,34,44 died on 27 Mar 1917 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 40,54 and was buried on 30 Mar 1917 in Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, Illinois 31.)