Christina Daleiden: A Short Tragic Life

Christina Daleiden was the daughter of William T. and Susan Daleiden. She was born 10 June 1897.

This photo was taken of Christina Daleiden in 1906 at the Casper and Susan Schlick Daleiden wedding held in Winfield. Christina is the girl with the white bow in her hair. William T and Susan Daleiden are behind her.
(Photo: Frank J. and Mae C. Schlick Photo Archive).

Christina at the age of 12 held a job working in the household of Judge Richard Prendergast. The Prendergast home and farm were located on the southeast corner of what is now the corner of Roosevelt Road (Illinois Route 38) and Winfield Road outside of Winfield Illinois. Today she would be considered a juvenile under Illinois Department of Labor rules, however back in the early 1900s it was not unusual for parents to lend out their children to work in order to bring money into the household.

Christina Daleiden, the daughter of William T. Daleiden, in a photo taken in memory of her First Communion in the Catholic Church at St John the Baptist Catholic Church in Winfield Illinois.
(Photo: Frank J. and Mae C. Schlick Estate Photo Archive).

Christina was cleaning and polishing a stove at the Prendergast home at the time of her tragic death. Here is a newspaper account of the incident published in the Wheaton (Illinois) Illinoian on 5 November 1909. She was only twelve years old at the time of the accident. The headline read: GIRL MEETS DEATH CLEANING STOVE.

The weather-worn headstone and grave of Christina Daleiden ( Born 10 June 1897 and Died 3 November 1909). Location of grave is at the St Johns the Baptist Roman Catholic Cemetery at Gary’s Mill Road in Winfield, Winfield Township of DuPage County, Illinois.

Christina’s father filed a petition in probate court on behalf of Christina’s estate on 16 May 1910. John Prendergast was the Attorney representing the family in court. “One chose an action consisting of a claim for damages against the Solarine Co. a corporation by reason of our explosion a combination a ignition of a metal polishing compound prepared by said corporation and which resulted in the death of the said restitution. Said claim being for the sum of $10,000.00“. A settlement of $2,500 was negotiated and paid by the Solarine Co. to the family and heirs. The case was settled 5 June 1911.

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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