Friday, April 4, 2014


I have written previously about tombstone message - words carved into a tombstone which make up the last message the departed wants to leave to those still in this world.  It was such a beautiful day last Saturday that after I fulfilled a Find a Grave photo request at Rosehill Cemetery I wandered around to see what I could "dig up".  My eyes were drawn to a large imposing monument that marked the final resting place of Ada Beatrice Schultz.

On the front of the monument was the following:

Erected in
Loving Memory of
"Days That Are Gone
Will Never Come Again"

Ada Beatrice Schultz

What can we find out about Ada Beatrice Schultz?

Ada Beatrice Schoneman was born in 1875 in Michigan, the daughter of Adolph Schoneman (1845-1892) and Barbara A. Schoneman (1854-1915).  Ada was the "middle child".  She had an older sister Anna (1872-????), and a younger sister Beulah (1879-1909).

The 1880 US Census shows the Schoneman family living in Pontiac, Michigan, where Adolph said his occupation was "Cooper" (someone who makes wooden barrels).

Unfortunately Adolph Schoneman died in Pontiac, Michigan on January 8, 1892.  Shortly after that, Barbara Schoneman packed up her three daughters and moved to Chicago.    

On October 4, 1894 Ada Beatrice Schoneman married Otto Kohlhamer (1870-1897) in Chicago.  Their married life together did not last long, because on July 7, 1897 Otto Kohlhamer died of tuberculosis:

Here is his Death Notice from the Chicago Daily Tribune of July 8, 1897:

Ada and Otto did not have any children.

Life went on for Ada, and the December 23, 1899 Kane County (IL) Advocate had the following happy news:

But as was often the case in those days, the happiness was fleeting. Ada Beatrice Schoneman Kohlhamer Schultz died on January 15, 1905 in Chicago of endocarditis.  She was only twenty-eight years old.  

Here's her Death Notice from the Chicago Daily Tribune of June 16, 1905:

Her mother bought a plot at Rosehill Cemetery and erected a beautiful monument to her departed daughter.

Ada's exact resting place was marked with a simple stone that says "My daughter Ada."

"Days that are gone will never come again" - Ada Beatrice Schultz - May she rest in peace.

1 comment:

  1. I assume it stands for Ada. I believe one of Ada's sayings was "Days that are gone will never come again". Thanks for asking.