George Mette I
(Abt 1802-1879)
Annie Elizabeth

Louis W. Mette


Family Links

1. Margaret "Maggie" Kline aka Klein

2. Delia Bahan

Louis W. Mette 25

  • Born: 1842, Prussia (Germany) 25,650
  • Marriage (1): Margaret "Maggie" Kline aka Klein on 24 Sep 1874 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 74,76
  • Marriage (2): Delia Bahan on 9 Aug 1897 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 74,76
  • Died: 20 Mar 1904, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA at age 62 40
  • Buried: 23 Mar 1904, Oakwoods Cemetery, Chicago, Cook, IL 44

bullet  General Notes:

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...."

Louis' second marriage was to a woman of ill repute. Delia Bahan had been caught in a compromising position with a married man seven years before she and Louis married. The married man's wife caught them and had them both arrested for adultery, and it made the papers. By today's standards, this is not such a big deal, but in those days a proper woman had her name mentioned only three times in her life: her birth announcement, her marriage, and her obituary. To top it off, Delia and Louis had their first child two months before their marriage date.

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.)

Interesting to note there was a Louis Mette living in Minonk who was a "retail dealer in liquor in 1862 and other years. (US IRS Tax Assessment Lists, 1862-1918, Ancestry) and a J.M. Mette in the same business in Effingham in 1863.


bullet  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)
He was really mustered out on 7-2-1865 at Arlington Heights, VA. -- source: Maryland Volunteers, War of 1861-65.
Note: See also August Mette for additional military service out of Baltimore during the civil war. Also note that when Mette Bottling was established, it was only about 2 miles away from Camp Douglas, where Louis was being held. The camp was an irregularly shaped piece of property with boundaries at 31st, Cottage Grove, 33rd Pl., and S. Giles Ave. The barracks would have been on the western-most edge of the property, making it even closer still to the bottling company.

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

Employment: clerk, Mette Bros, 1900, Chicago, Cook , IL, USA. 34,85 The 1900 census lists him as a soda water manufacturer.

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..."

Know all Men by these Presents, that we Delia Mette as principal and Jennie E. Walter and Thomas Roach as sureties of the County of Cook and the State of Illinois, are held & firmly bound unto the people of the State of IL, in the penal sum of $3,000 ...Witness our hands and seals, this 26th day of March a.d. 1904 the condition of the above obligation is such, that if the said Delia Mette as Administratrix of all & singluar the good and chattels, rights & credits of Louis W. Mette, deceased, do make or cause to be made a true & perfect inventory of all & singular the goods and chattels, rights & credits of the said deceased, ...which shall be found remaining upon the account of the said Administratrix, the same being at first examined and allowed by the Court, shall deliver and pay unto such person or persons, respectively, as may be legally entitled thereto; and further do make a just and true account of all her actings and doings therein, when thereunto required by the said Court; and if it shall appear that any last will & testament was made by the deceased, and the same be proved in Court, and letters testamentary or of administration be obtained thereon, and the said Delia Mette do in such case, on being required thereto, renders and delivers up the letters of administration..." (signed) Delia Mette of 24-25th Place; Jennie E. Walter of 351 26th St., and Thomas Roach of 22-25th Place


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.)


Louis next married Delia Bahan on 9 Aug 1897 in Chicago, Cook , IL, USA 74.,76 (Delia Bahan was born on 16 Aug 1870 in Illinois or Ireland 34.)

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