William T. Daleiden: A Life Filled with Tragedies

William T. Daleiden was the only son of Christopher and Margaret Daleiden of Winfield Township, DuPage County, Illinois. As I researched William’s life several tragedies occurred within his lifetime emerged from my research.

William T. Daleiden
( Born 17 November 1872 – Died 7 March 1916)
1880 U.S. Census Winfield Township DuPage County Illinois

William was born on the 17 November 1872 and died 7 March 1916. He was the second born of four children. His three sisters were: (A Catholic nun) “Sister Mary Philippina” Daleiden (Born 1870 ā€“ Died 1930), Susan (Nee Daleiden) Schlick  (Born 1877ā€“ Died 1945) and Katherine (Nee Daleiden)Armbrust (Born 1880ā€“ Died 1953). William is first listed on a U.S. Census at the age of seven in 1880.

Per the Probate file from the DuPage County Clerks Office for Christopher Daleiden on a Proof of Heirship document within the Probate File and dated 1 August 1910 there is listed two other children born of Christopher and Margaret: “Two children, Annie and Peter, died before the death of their father – both in childhood“. Anna appears on the 1880 U.S. Census at the age of 5 years. There is no trace of Peter as being recorded on the 1880 Census, it is assumed that Peter may have been born some time between the years 1868 and prior to 1880 Census being taken. There is no mention of either Annie nor of Peter in Margaret’s Probate File when she died in 1916.

Winfield Public School class photo 1902. In the front row left to right: John Daleiden, Mary Daleiden next to Jacke Zeier, Emma Enders and Lil Heinz. Other people in this photo include: Back row: Alice Kennedy, teacher; George Higgins [Higgins Store and the Coal and Material Co. family], Mike Elsen, Theodore Heinz, Lena Schmidt (Higgins), and Clara Heinz. (Photo: Winfield Glimpses: Special 1968 issue for the Illinois Sesquicentennial Year and Winfield Good Old Days Celebration fall 1968.).

William married Susan Elsen on 24 September 1895. They had seven children: Charles, William B. [See a separate blog on his life asWinfield Postmaster and Store merchant], Catherine, Tony (Anthony), Edward, Mary, and George.

William T. Daleiden and Susan (nee Elsen) on their wedding day.
The Matthias Elsen family of Winfield Illnois Winfield Township DuPage County Illinois (c. 1912). Left to right front row: Anna (Bolleg), Christina (Ewen) Elsen, and Catherine. Back row: Michael, Susan (Daleiden) Elsen, (Sr. Freida) Helena, and Matthias.
Christina Daleiden is shown in this photo in October 1906 with her father and mother William T. and Susan Daleiden. Christina is the girl in the front row with the straps. Her parents are directly behind Christina.
(Photo: Frank J. and Mae C. Schlick Estate Photo Archives).
Christina Daleiden’s headstone at St. Johns Cemetery in Winfield, Winfield Township, DuPage County, Illinois.

In 1910 the first of two tragedies would occur. The first was reported on 5 November 1909 in the Wheaton Illinoian newspaper:

One can only imagine the scene at the Prendergast home when this tragic accident occurred. A valant attempt by a father to save his young daughter’s life. As a father when first reading this I was emotionally drained as I attempted to put myself into his place attempting to rescue one of my own daughters from a simliar fate. I would image that this event shook the family and William to the core.

I will be doing a separate posting on what the Probate File for Christina reveals about this tragedy in the future that will add some details to this incident.

On 10 March 1916 the following headline and article appeared on the front page of the Wheaton Illinoian newspaper:

In the same year on 15 February 1916 William’s uncle Michael died. Michael was the first Daleiden family member to settle in Winfield Township. 1916 was not a good year for the family.

William considered himself a “Woodman” one who cuts down trees and sells lumber or planks. This photo is one example of an apparatus that he may have been using at the time of his death.
Photo Courtesy Wisconsin Historical Society, Creator of Image: McCormick Harvesting Machine Company, Men Cutting Wood with Engine Powered Saw, Image ID: 9572. Viewed online at https://www.wisconsinhistory.org/Records/Image/IM9572.
Grave of William and Susan Daleiden. St. Johns Catholic Cemetery Winfield Illinois Winfield Township DuPage County Illinois.

About Schlick Daleiden Families - DuPage and Kane Counties of Illinois

Kevin Davis is a retired Public Library Director. He is a Board member of the Winfield (IL) Historical Society. Davis has over 35 years experience working in public libraries. He is deeply interested in local Chicagoland, Dupage, and Kane County History. Davis earned a BA in History and an MA in Library Science from Dominican University. He is a volunteer researcher for the St. James Farm Forest Preserve part of the Forest Preserve District of DuPage County in Illinois. His work includes extensive writing and research on the McCormick family line who were former owners of St. James Farm. He is an avid family historian / genealogist and has done extensive research on the Schlicks and Daleidens of DuPage and Kane County Illinois.
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1 Response to William T. Daleiden: A Life Filled with Tragedies

  1. Pingback: Christina Daleiden’s Probate File | Schlick Daleiden Family DuPage/Kane Co. Blog

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