of Construction of Evanston Canal.
Towns Hail Enterprise
Evanston and Wilmette Welcome Effort to Clear Waters
Along the North Shore.
He closed his address with the following paragraph:
Louise Elizabeth Paullin was born January 10, 1895 in Evanston, Illinois to George Washington Paullin (1864-1933) and his wife Mary Hamilton, nee Garwood (1858-1946). George was originally from Philadelphia, and Mary from New Jersey. They married February 2, 1866 in Jersey City, New Jersey, but shortly after their marriage relocated to Evanston. The Garwood family was already well-established in Evanston, and in 1875 local druggist William Garwood invented the ice cream sundae.
George Paullin was a furrier by trade, and he knew that Evanston women of means would be good customers for his warm furs during Chicago's frigid winters.
In addition to Louise, George and Mary Paullin had three other daughters: Frances Ann (1887-1977), Laura Virginia (1889-1986), and Little Florence (1890-1891).
The 1890 US Census for Evanston is, of course, lost, but the Paullin family shows up on the 1900 US Census, living at 1837 Wesley Avenue in Evanston.
|1837 Wesley, Evanston|
The 1910 US Census finds the Paullin family living at 1908 Sheridan Road in Evanston:
|1908 Sheridan Road Evanston|
Here's a photo of Louise from the 1914 "Bear:"
She was again a class officer, this time the First Semester Secretary.
Here's a photo from her freshman year at Northwestern where she was Chairman of the Social Committee:
In her senior year (1918) she worked on the Northwestern Candle magazine:
And here is Louise Paullin's entry from her senior yearbook in 1918:
Miss Louise Paullin succeeds Mr. Lee as city editor of The News-Index. Her appointment follows about a year and a half of work on Mr. Lee's staff and is an expression on the part of the publishers that women if properly trained and if endowed with the necessary enthusiasm and perseverance can do equally as well as men the work which heretofore has been called exclusively men's field.
The 1920 US Census shows the Paullin family still living at 1908 Sheridan Road in Evanston. George lists his occupation as "Fur Manufacturer" (I thought the animals "manufactured" the furs...); Laura is a teacher in a private school and Louise is the editor of a daily newspaper, as mentioned above. The third sister, Frances, had married Raymond S. Pruitt in 1914.
In the years after her graduation, in addition to being the Editor of the Evanston News-Index, Louise assisted in the Botany laboratory and continued to take classes at Northwestern, in subjects as diverse as Chemistry, Art and English. Louise's two sisters, Frances Anne and Laura Virginia, also graduated from Northwestern - Frances in 1912 (Liberal Arts) and Laura in 1933 (Education).
The 1930 US Census shows the Paullins are still at 1908 Sheridan Road. George Paullin indicated that they owned the house and assigned a value of $37,000 to it. Sixty five year old George listed his occupation as "Retired," and Laura as a "Teacher in a Public School." Surprisingly, Louise specified "None" as her occupation.
Louise's father, George W. Paullin, died in Evanston on November 18, 1933. Here is his obituary from the Chicago Daily Tribune of November 19, 1933:
The 1940 US Census finds Louise Paullin living with her widowed mother Mary and her sister Laura, still living at 1908 Sheridan Road, which they now say is worth $40,000. This time both Laura and Louise list their occupation as "Grade School Teachers."
Louise's mother, Mary Hamilton Garwood Paullin, died in Evanston on September 24, 1946. She was eighty seven years old. The Chicago Daily Tribune reported that she left an estate of just under $1 million to her three daughters.
On a happier note, Louise Paullin married the then-mayor of Evanston, Mr. Samuel Gilbert Ingraham on January 23, 1947. (Mr. Ingraham retired from his position as mayor in 1953, due to ill health.)
|Mayor S. G. Ingraham|
Louise Paullin Ingraham was a member of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church and the Evanston Daughters of the King, and served as a director of Canterbury House at Northwestern and on the Women's Board at Seabury-Western Theological Seminary. She was active in the local community as a member of the Evanston Historical Society, where she once gave a lecture, and the Women's Club of Evanston. Her community interests extended beyond Evanston as well to include membership in the Chicago Historical Society, the Mid-Western Antique Association, the Women's Republican Club of the 13th Congressional District, and the Fort Dearborn chapter of the D.A.R.
She is not buried at Christ Church next to her husband - she is in the Paullin family plot at Rosehill Cemetery:
|The Paullin Family Plot - Rosehill Cemetery|
Here is her tombstone - again nothing about her and the canal:
|Louise Paullin 1923 Passport photo|
Louise Elizabeth Paullin Ingraham - who turned the first shovelfull of dirt for the North Shore Channel - may she rest in peace.