Christina Daleiden’s Probate File

One valuable document genealogists/family historians need to find and review are the probate files and Probate Court records for their family members. The DuPage County Clerk’s Office was a rich source of family history information on the Daleiden family. One file in particular was very revealing and un anticipated.

Christina Daleiden lived a very short life. For a previous posting in this blog on Christina and her father see this link. Here is the Wheaton Illinoian’s description of the incident leading to her death.

Wheaton Illinoian covered the tragic death of Christina Daleiden the daughter of William T. and Susan (Elsen) Daleiden’s daughter. Christina was Christopher Daleiden’s grandaughter.

Christina Daleiden in a photo taken during the time of her 1st Communion at St. John’s Church in Winfield Illinois.
Solarine was the cleaning solution used by Christina Daleiden on the day of her death due to burns on her body.

William Daleiden and his family were seeking some closure regarding his daughter’s death. One avenue that was pursued was a claim suit filed against the Solarine Co. Solarine was a metel polish used by Christina that caused her death. The Probate filing of claim (dated May 19, 1910) states:

Due chose an action consisting of a claim for damages against the Solarine Co. a corporation by reason of an explosive or combustion or ignition of a polishing compound prepared by said corporation and which results in the death of the said testatee. Said claim being for the sum of $10,000.

John Prendergast was the Attorney appointed to represent the family in the claim case. On 5 June 1911 one year later a settlement was recorded in DuPage County Court in Wheaton:

That through your petitioner’s said attorney he has been able to procure an offer of settlement from the Solarine Company. That said company offers to pay the sum of Twenty-five Hundred Dollars ($2,500) and has deposited a certified check for that amount in escrow subject to the permission of your Honorable Court to settle said cause of action for this sum.

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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