If you were to look to the left as you face the wall of niches, you would encounter the final resting place for three members of the Liljencrantz family: Gustave, Ottilie, and Adaline.
The 1880 US Census finds the family living at 69 (now 529 W.) Grant Place in Chicago:
|529 W. Grant Place, Chicago|
Gustave listed his occupation as "US Surveyor." Adaline's mother Harriet Hall was also living with the Liljencrantz family. She listed her occupation as "Help of Home."
Being an engineer, Gustave also liked to tinker with gadgets in his spare time. On September 18, 1883 he received his first US Patent #285048, for a "Fruit Jar Opener:"
As a US Engineer, Gustave Liljencrantz spent a good portion of his time creating maps for the government. Here's one he produced in 1880 of the Chicago Harbor:
Gustave Liljencrantz was listed in the 1889 edition of the US Register of Civil, Military and Naval Service as an Assistant Engineer at an annual salary of $175.00.
Gustave received another patent on September 2, 1890, #435701 for a "Folding Stair-Chair":
The 1890 US Census for Chicago is lost, but the City Directory of the time shows the Liljencrantz family living at 3808 Johnson Court (now 3808 S. Vincennes, Chicago). The site was formerly occupied by part of the Ida B. Wells Homes; now it is a vacant lot.
On May 18, 1896, Gustave Liljencrantz became a naturalized US citizen.
The 1900 US Census shows the family living in the same place, although it is now referred to as 3808 Elmwood Place. Fifty-seven year old Gustav lists his occupation as "Assistant US Engineer." Living with him are fifty-five year old Adaline, twenty-two year old Ottilie, and Adaline's mother, eighty-two year old Harriet Hall.
Changes are apparent in the 1910 US Census. First of all, the family has moved. Their new address is 627 E. Groveland Park in Chicago:
|627 E. Groveland Park, Chicago|
Sixty-eight year old Gustave lists his occupation as "Civil Engineer." For some reason Adaline is not listed as living in the household. Thirty-four year old Ottilie is listed, as well as Adaline's mother, ninety-two year old Harriet Hall. Also listed are twenty-two year old Violet Meyer, a nurse, and sixteen year old Bessie Pienski, a live-in servant.
The nurse must have been there to take care of Ottilie, because she passed away on October 7, 1910 after complications from an operation. As mentioned above, Ottilie Liljencrantz was a renowned author, and her story will be told in this blog next week.
On June 5, 1912 Gustave Liljencrantz published a book of his own: Rapid Cost Estimation for Piers and Breakwaters. While not as popular as his daughter's books, his book did receive rave reviews in the engineering community.
Adaline Hall Liljencrantz' mother Harriet Parker Hall, died on February 27, 1912 at the age of ninety-three.
Being past the usual retirement age of sixty-five, Gustave did not give up his love of tinkering. On March 10, 1914 he received US Patent #1089713 for a toy gun that he designed:
and in June, 1915 he received a US Patent #1143210 for a game called "Running for President:"
Gustave Liljecrantz retired in the spring of 1916 when he turned seventy-four. He had buried his loving wife and his devoted daughter. He was old and he was tired. On August 10, 1916 he applied for a US passport. He had a ticket to sail on the Frederick VIII, leaving New York on September 6, 1916 for Sweden. Here is his passport photo:
|Gustave Adolph Mathias Liljencrantz c 1916|
He said in his application he planned to stay in Sweden visiting relatives for "possibly one year." He ended up staying there for the rest of his life - eleven years.
Readers of the Chicago Daily Tribune of November 6, 1927 saw the following article on page 12: