Louis W. Mette
Louis W. Mette 25
InterOcean newspaper, 5-31-1878 "by means of a chattel mortgage, foreclosed by one L.B. Stone, of New York, a brother of the manager. Yesterday some of the performers were around trying to pick up the pieces. William Burke, claiming $190; Louis Mette, $54...."
Noted events in his life were:
• Alt. Birth, 1847. 76 According to his marriage certificate to Delia, Louis was 50 when he married, but other records indicate he was 55 at marriage. Could he have shaved a few years off because of the big age gap between the two of them? Delia reported she was 28 on the marriage cert.; other records she was really 26.
• Immigration: from Bremen, 18 Nov 1856, to Baltimore. 371 On the ship Columbia: 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) Ship type: Bark. National Archives' Series #M255, roll 11, list #20. Destination: Cincinnati
• Military Service: Deserted at Harper's Ferry, 9 Feb 1863. 630 He had enlisted in Army Company H, Maryland 1st Infantry Regiment on 5-27-1861 (six weeks after the beginning of the war). He was a Private, Co. H, I, in a Maryland regiment. He appeared on a "Descriptive List of Deserters Arrested." The list was dated Sept. 8, 1864, and signed by Provost Marshal 1st District of Illinois. It says he deserted 2-9-1863 at Harper's Ferry. Apparently he was using the alias of John Williams, as reported in the paperwork going back and forth about his desertion between William James, Capt. and Provost Marshall for the 1st District in Illinois, and the war department office in Washington, D.C. Also in on that batch of correspondence was the "Office A.A.P.M.G. in Springfield, IL. He was arrested 9-8-1864 in Chicago, IL. $30 was paid for his apprehension. He told them his original organization was mustered out of service. He was received at "Post Douglas" on 9-8-1864. Then he was arrested a second time 11-29-1864 for having given the wrong name to the enrolling officer, and for desertion because he wrongly stated that his regiment was mustered out of service and that he had nine months to serve. He stayed at Camp Douglas until April 20, 1865, (the end of the war) when he was sent to Kelton B...? (Bki or Bke?), Cincinnati, Ohio. (When Louis arrived at Camp Douglas, the prison population was around 7,000. By the end of 1864, the camp held 12,082. Prison exchanges began April 1, 1863. Only 30 prisoners remained by July 5, 1865. -- Source: a book called To Die in Chicago: Confederate Prisoners at Camp Douglas 1862-65 by George Levy)
• Employment: Mette Bros. worker, 1872-, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 85
• Residence, 1872, 985 S. Halsted, Chicago, Cook, IL. 85
• Marriage: to Maggie Kline, 24 Sep 1874, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 74
• Residence, 1874, 987 S. Halsted St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 85
• Residence, 1875, 13 Emerald Ave., Chicago, Cook, IL. 85 Living next door to Michael Mette.
• Residence, 1876, 22 S. Lowe, Chicago, Cook, IL. 85
• Residence, 1878, 610 27th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 85
• Residence, 1880, 614 27th St., Chicago, Cook, IL. 85
• Residence, 1881, 2552 Emerald, Chicago, Cook, IL. 85
• Residence, 1882, 2717 Emerald, Chicago, Cook, IL. 85
• Citizenship, 1884, Cook County, IL. 553
• Residence, 1885-1900, 24 25th Place, Chicago, Cook, IL. 651 Owns the house free & clear in 1900 census. He's living there with wife Delia and daughter Carrie L.
• Marriage: to Delia Bahan, 9 Aug 1897, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 74
• Residence, Jul 1879, 27th between Wallace and Butler, Chicago, Cook, IL. 44
• Residence, 10 Jun 1880, 4612 Butler. 25 Living here are Louis W. Mette as head, wife Margaret, son Fredrick, and daughter Mary.
• Naturalization, 26 Oct 1880, Cook County, IL. 242 Witnesses were Franke (sic) Weger and Joseph Fewrtte (sic). He'd been a U.S. resident 22 years. (I looked both up in the 1880 census and neither had occupations listed. Both from Prussia.)
• Residence, 6 Jun 1900, 24 25th Place, Chicago, Cook, IL. 34 Living here are Louis as head, Delia his wife, and daughter Carrie L. Ward 5, Enumeration district no. 118, sheet 7.
• Residence, 16 Jan 1891, 24 25th Place, Chicago, Cook, IL. 652
• Death, 20 Mar 1904, 24 25th Place, Chicago, Cook, IL. 44 Caused by cirrhosis of the liver
• Probate: Died Intestate, 26 Mar 1904, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 70 On reading and filing the petition, duly verified of Delia Mette of the County of Cook, in the State of Illinois, from which it appears to the Court that Louis W. Mette of Chicago in said County, died intestate on or about the 20th day of March ad 1904, leaving real and personal property and effects in said County, the value of which does not exceed the sum of $3,900 ... (later in document, ) ..."It is further ordered that J.J. Fagan N JShannon and StH Soharenberg be appointed to appraise the personal estate of said decedent subject to appraisement..."
Louis married Margaret "Maggie" Kline aka Klein on 24 Sep 1874 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 74.,76 (Margaret "Maggie" Kline aka Klein was born in 1856 in Prussia,25 died on 22 Jul 1891 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 40 and was buried in Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, IL 44.)