Mrs. Ida S. Hippach and Her Daughter
and E. G. Lewy Titanic Passengers.
Relatives Await News.
Several Former Residents Among Ocean Travelers
Probably Drowned at Sea.
|5845 NW Circle Avenue, Chicago|
By the time it was over, it was the deadliest theater fire and the deadliest single-building fire in United States history. At least 602 people died as a result of the fire, but not all the deaths were reported, as some of the bodies were removed from the scene.
At the time of the fire, the Hippach family was living at 2928 (now 6149) N. Kenmore Avenue in the Edgewater neighborhood of Chicago. A parking lot occupies that space today. Funeral services for the boys were held at the Episcopal Church of the Atonement in Chicago. They were buried in the Hippach family plot in Rosehill Cemetery.
Adding to her grief, Ida’s mother Julia died October 4, 1907.
|Jean and Ida Hippach about the time of the Titanic disaster|
In the 1913 Chicago Blue Book of Selected Names of Prominent Residents, Mrs. L. A. Hippach reported that her Receiving Day was "Wednesday."
Although the Titanic story had a happy ending for Ida Hippach and her daughter, tragedy was not done with the Hippach family. On October 29, 1914 Ida's one surviving son, Howard Hippach was killed in an automobile accident outside of Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.
Here’s the story from the Lewiston (Maine) Evening Journal from May 15, 1933:
Entering or leaving Farmington on Route 4, the attention of strangers is always attracted by the attractive gate at the Howard Hippach Memorial Athletic Field. This field, with its ornamental gates is a memorial to one of the most popular boys who ever attended the Abbot school, whose tragic death soon after graduation in 1914 is as great a mystery today as it was then. It was the gift to the school of his father, L. A. Hippach of Chicago.
Upon his graduation, young Hippach returned to his home in Chicago, planning to enter college that fall. One morning he left home for a ride in his big, high-powered – for those days – roadster. With him on the spare seat rode his pet dog. It was never possible to learn what had occurred after he drove away from home. No one appeared to have seen him; he visited no place.
From that moment until he was found, a few hours later, dead beneath his car on Lakeside drive, the little dog standing guard over him, no trace was ever had of the route he had followed, or where he went or what he did.
Here is the Death Notice for Howard Hippach from the Chicago Daily Tribune of October 30, 1914:
Howard's death left Jean Hippach as the only survivor from among Ida's four children.
The Chicago Daily Tribune from August 25, 1915 brought another tale of tragedy connected with the Hippach family:
According to the article, Jean Hippach nearly collapsed with grief over what had happened.
The 1920 US Census finds what was left of the Hippach family living at 2808 Sheridan Place in Evanston.
|2808 Sheridan Place, Evanston|
Jean no longer lived at home - she had married Hjalmar Unander-Scharin on January 3, 1920, at the Fourth Presbyterian Church in Chicago. At the Sheridan Road address were Louis Hippach, aged fifty-five, and Ida, aged fifty, along with servants Emma and Herman Bunzli and chauffeur Theodore Boychuz and his wife Mary. Louis Hippach reported that he owned the home free and clear, and that his occupation was "Wholesale Merchant of Glass."
In 1921 Louis Hippach applied for a passport to travel all through the Far-East ("China, Japan, Burma, Philippine Islands, Hawaiian Islands, Samoa and Korea") on behalf of Tyler & Hippach. Ida Hippach did not accompany her husband.
Ida Hippach also did not accompany her husband when he sailed to Cherbourg, France in 1928, or to Key West, Florida in 1930, or to San Diego, California in 1930 or to San Juan, Puerto Rico in 1932. One may have thought that after her 1912 trip that Ida Hippach was through with sailing, but that was not the case. As early as August of 1913 Ida sailed to Hamburg, Germany and back to New York on the S. S. Imperator, without incident. Traveling in the summertime, the chances of encountering an iceberg were extremely unlikely.
Don't think, however, that while Louis Hippach was traveling the world, Ida was passing the time by staying at home. During her married life she managed at least one trip to Europe per year, supplemented by trips to Hawaii, Cuba, etc.
The 1930 US Census shows Louis and Ida Hippach still living at 2808 Sheridan Place in Evanston. Louis indicates his occupation as "Merchant in the Glass Industry." In addition to Louis and Ida, there is their maid Elizabeth Swanson and a Lodger named Syesuke Takalaski from Japan. Louis reported his home worth $125,000.00, and said that they did own a radio.
Jean Hippach Unander-Scharin sued her husband for divorce on June 4, 1930, charging infidelity and asking for custody of their three children.
Louis Hippach suffered a heart attack on May 29, 1935 at his home in Evanston. He was admitted to Passavant Hospital in Chicago where he died on May 30, 1935 as a consequence of his heart attack. He was seventy-one years old. Here is his death certificate, and a later certificate correcting his date of birth and age:
and his obituary from June 2, 1935:
Louis was buried alongside his three sons in the family plot at Rosehill Cemetery.
By the time of the 1940 US Census, the house at 2808 Sheridan Place in Evanston was full again. In addition to seventy-one year old Ida, there was her daughter Jean Scharin, Jean's children, eighteen year old Howard, fourteen year old Jean and ten year old Louise, nurses Barbara Bruck, Marie Peterson and Minerva Prescott, and servants Sarah Lundi and Frances Sauer. Paul Holmgren was living in the coach-house.
Ida had died September 22, 1940 and was buried the very next day, September 23, 1940 - unusual for a family that was not Jewish.