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NancyC
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Posted - 31/08/2020 :  00:16:33  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It's interesting that the children Homer and Halina had, Leora and Charles, disappear from the picture and are not listed when he died. There is also no father listed for Charles when he was 20 and living with his mother.
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jkmarler
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USA
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Posted - 31/08/2020 :  01:05:45  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Illinois State Secretary of State Digital archives as a new database of licensure of physicians in Illinois. Here is one of the two listings for H. John Tillotson:

Name
H. John Tillotson
Certificate Number
4792
Line Number
N/A
Original Volume & Page #'s
V. 4, p. 175
Year of License
1881
Residence/Location
(Illinois Counties Listed)
Will (ca. 1880-81); St. Louis, Missouri
There is also a clickable to look as the actual record
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jkmarler
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USA
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Posted - 31/08/2020 :  01:26:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One of the articles in the Chicago Daily News dated Fri 22 May 1896 notes a controversy about the Tillotson divorce proceeding. The judge gets into the plaintiff's lawyer's face (that is Helina Tillotson's lawyer) because he wanted to know if there was another woman in the case.

The attorney said "We don't care to open up the case any more than is necessary."

The Judge wasn't having it: "I'm going to find out whether there is any collusion here. If there is one objection to information I want, the bill may be dismissed."

Her lawyer withdrew his objection and Mrs Tillotson said that there was another woman in the case.

Homer had been charged with desertion.

Do you suppose the other woman was Bertha?
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jkmarler
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USA
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Posted - 31/08/2020 :  02:23:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by NancyC

It's interesting that the children Homer and Halina had, Leora and Charles, disappear from the picture and are not listed when he died. There is also no father listed for Charles when he was 20 and living with his mother.



Leora and Charles are living with their maternal grandparents in 1880.
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:MXVS-KKS

And one of the numerous family tree databases says Charles died before Homer. See this at familysearch:
https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:QG6G-87NH

Edited by - jkmarler on 31/08/2020 06:05:19
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ToreL
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Norway
433 Posts

Posted - 31/08/2020 :  06:53:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Anyone with progress on Bertha's first husband? The 1910 piece describes him as a wealthy doctor and best friend of "Tillison" . Are there many "Gardners" at about Tillotsons age in the Illinois medical doctor license register?
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NancyC
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Norway
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Posted - 31/08/2020 :  12:58:00  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
It would be good to find out about Gardner. According to the article, he was also a physician, but so wealthy that he did not have to work. But since he was supposedly Tillotson's best friend, it would be a reasonable guess that they had gone to medical school together. I found records of the College of Physicians and Surgeons, Baltimore, and searched for both Tillotson and Gardner. There are two references to Tillotson, but there are too many Gardners to find "our" Gardner without knowing more about him. https://archive.org/details/collegephys00unse/page/n29/mode/2up?q=Tillotson Homer graduated in 1880.

Regarding the 1880 census, it seems Homer, Halina, Leora and Charles are all living with Halina's parents on their farm in Yellowheae, Kankakee, IL. Homer is listed as a physician, so he was apparently in practice at that time.

Thanks to Jan Peter Wiborg for tinting the portrait of Bertha! Great job!
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NancyC
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Posted - 31/08/2020 :  13:00:34  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks to Jackie Marler for the wonderful tidbit on the Tillotson divorce! Maybe the Chicago Genealogical Society can eventually help find more on it!
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ToreL
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Norway
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Posted - 31/08/2020 :  14:14:35  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The address at 166 Ashland Boulevard, where she was a boarder in 1900, appears to have been in a fashionable area at the time: https://chicagology.com/chicagostreets/ashlandblvd/

Edited by - ToreL on 31/08/2020 14:24:45
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jkmarler
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USA
6832 Posts

Posted - 31/08/2020 :  14:19:16  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ToreL

Anyone with progress on Bertha's first husband? The 1910 piece describes him as a wealthy doctor and best friend of "Tillison" . Are there many "Gardners" at about Tillotsons age in the Illinois medical doctor license register?



Yes, there were a number. Looking at only Cook county (since that is where Homer was located ), whose records appear in 1892-1899, there was a Charles Gardner.

In the pre 1916 deaths database at the Illinois State Secretary of State digital archives, here are the adult male Gardners who died between 1892-1900 in Cook County:

Chas. H. Gardner d. 2 July 1894 age 59
Ben P. Gardner d. 11 Feb 1896 age 64
David T Gardner d. 10 Jan 1896 age 66
Henry Gardner d. 16 Aug 1894 age 27
J.F. Gardner d. 31 Jan 1894 age 33
Thomas E. Gardner d. 9 Aug 1899 age 53
William H. Gardner d. 10 Apr 1899 age 62
Wm H Gardner d. 25 Aug 1897 age 21

The newspapers only seemed to carry one obituary for one of these William H (printed in the paper as Wm H) no family information included but listed the funeral as "private" and to be held at his address 1566 Fulton St and that his remains were moved by carriage to Rosehill which I assume is a cemetery.
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jkmarler
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Posted - 31/08/2020 :  14:29:52  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by ToreL

The address at 166 Ashland Boulevard, where she was a boarder in 1900, appears to have been in a fashionable area at the time: https://chicagology.com/chicagostreets/ashlandblvd/



From the description with hospital, and a couple of medical schools, its a real "Pill Hill."

Homer lived in New York until 1880. His license in Illinois was granted in Will county. One note on his physicians record says moved to 610 Olive St in St. Louis, Mo.

Edited by - jkmarler on 31/08/2020 15:16:41
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jwiborg
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Norway
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Posted - 31/08/2020 :  18:39:03  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Her residence in 1900 is a school for young ladies.
Her 2 year finishing school prior to the marriage?
Or was that prior to the Gardner marriage? This story-line isn't always accurate..


Edited by - jwiborg on 31/08/2020 23:47:13
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jwiborg
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Norway
4788 Posts

Posted - 31/08/2020 :  21:46:37  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The article from the book "De som dro ut" ("Those who left") says that her last time in Norway was in the summer of 1908.
And it continues: During that visit, the newspapers reported about a dangerous car accident that she had with Helga on the road Sand - Suldal.
I've been searching for reports about that accident, and I finally found it! It did not happen in the summer of 1908, but on October 1st, 1907:

From Bergens Aftenblad, 05.Oct.1907:

Kjøreulykke i Suldal
"Vestlandsposten"s Korrespondent i Sand melder: Tirsdag hændte et stygt Kjøreuheld oppe i Suldal. 3 Kvinder og en Mand skulde kjøre nedover fra Osen. Komne et Stykke på Vei tørnede Kjøretøiet mod en Haandkjærre, hvorved Vognen væltede ud i Grøften og alle 4 iværende kom under Vognen. De 4 var Maskinist Pedersens hustru fra Stavanger, en Dame fra Chicago, Lendsmand Larsens hustru og en Mand fra Suldal. De to sidstnævnte fik slemme Skrammer og Kvæstelser, de øvrige slap lettere. Alle er tilsengs, men de menes snart at kunne blive friske igjen og faar antagelig ikke varigt Meen af Uheldet.

Driving accident in Suldal
Vestlandsposten's correspondent in Sand reports: On Tuesday, an ugly driving accident happened up in Suldal. 3 women and a man were to drive down from Osen. Arriving a short distance on the road, the vehicle crashed into a handcart, whereby the wagon overturned in the ditch and all 4 who were inside came under the wagon. The 4 were machinist Pedersen's wife from Stavanger, a lady from Chicago, sheriff Larsen's wife and a man from Suldal. The latter two suffered nasty scratches and injuries, the others escaped more easily. All are bedridden, but they are soon thought to be able to recover and will probably not suffer permanent injuries from the accident.

So "Helga" was onboard, right? The two other women in the car were machinist Pedersen's wife and sheriff Larsen's wife...

Mrs Tillotson is listed twice on the Carmania, arriving New York October 30th, 1907. Departure Liverpool.
Lillotsen, Berthie (frame 677)
Tillotson, Bertha (frame 581)

She must have left Stavanger on October 18th. Jenny Svendsen, Aasta Klungtvedt, Martha Berge and Ranveig Berge all left Stavanger for Chicago on that date, and can also be found on the Carmania.


Edited by - jwiborg on 31/08/2020 22:04:10
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NancyC
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Norway
177 Posts

Posted - 31/08/2020 :  22:27:36  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great to have this article! Thanks so much for being so persistent!

Yes, we had also found that Berta's final trip to Norway was in 1907, rather than 1908. Very interesting to know of the other women who left for Chicago on the Carmania. Klungtvedt (Klungtveit) and Berge are good Suldal farm names, and Svendsen is also known at Sand. Perhaps she had helped these women with domestic service posts in Chicago?
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jwiborg
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Norway
4788 Posts

Posted - 31/08/2020 :  22:35:01  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The Chicago Medical Directory list Tillotson's residence as "703 Plaza Hotel"

(TILLOTSON H. J. (R) 84 Dearborn, 9 to 8, Central-4375 ; res. 703 Plaza Hotel, White-2271 ; Phy. and Surg. Baltimore, Md.. 1880 ; Surgeon United States Rolling Stock Co., C, B. & Q. R. R. and D. M. & Atlantic; President Tillotson Medical Co. ; Mem. American ;Medical Union.)

"The Plaza" which have been referenced here in relation to Bertha must refer to The Plaza Hotel in Chicago. They must have lived there for years.... Room 703... that must be on the top floor. Hopefully there was an elevator in the building.


1910 CHICAGO ILLINOIS THE PLAZA HOTEL

Edited by - jwiborg on 31/08/2020 22:50:14
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ToreL
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Norway
433 Posts

Posted - 01/09/2020 :  13:31:04  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
quote:
Originally posted by jwiborg

Her residence in 1900 is a school for young ladies.
Her 2 year finishing school prior to the marriage?
Or was that prior to the Gardner marriage? This story-line isn't always accurate..



I believe that advertisement is from 1896. There is this entry in the 1897 Chicago Blue Book, but I don't see Mrs Reid there in 1898 or later.

Edited by - ToreL on 01/09/2020 13:38:23
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