Charles J. Hull (1820-1889) sits just inside the main entrance.
A wealthy real estate developer and one of Chicago's pioneer citizens, Charles Hull is best known today for the use to which his Halsted Street mansion was put. The house, built in 1856, was leased in 1889 to social reformer Jane Addams (1860-1935), who later acquired much of the surrounding neighborhood as well. "Hull House" was a settlement house, providing housing and education to new immigrants for over forty years.A strange story became associated with Hull House in the 1920s, particularly among Italian immigrants. Supposedly, a young woman was pregnant when her husband swore at a picture of Christ. As punishment, the baby was born with horns, a tail, and cloven hooves. This "devil-baby" was given over to Addams and kept in the attic of Hull House. People came from miles around to see the "devil-baby", only to be turned away at the door with the news that no such creature existed at Hull House. This story eventually inspired the film Rosemary's Baby.
Lulu E. Fellows
Died Nov. 23, 1883
Aged 16 Years.
Lulu Fellows sits eternally beneath this tree, a wistful expression on her face. An open book is in her lap. The likeness in marble is badly worn, particularly the hands and nose. Years after this statue was placed over the grave, a protective glass box was erected. Gifts of flowers and coins have been deposited by visitors through vents at the base of the glass box.
The Jauriet monument is topped with a statue of a woman in a thin, clinging dress, reaching heavenward with upturned eyes. All of her curves are visible, and this figure is one of the most erotic pieces of funerary art in Chicago. Female figures of this type usually do not represent an actual person, but rather an ideal woman that the man buried here would like to have mourning him.
Leonard Wells Volk arrived in Chicago in 1858 after studying sculpture in Italy, a trip sponsored by his brother-in-law, Stephen Douglas. He created a bust of Senator Douglas and one of President Lincoln. He sculpted Douglas and Lincoln several times over the next few years, and these remain his best-known works. One of his last works was this self-portrait, executed by Gast Monuments. Volk sits in a small island, surrounded by the headstones of his family.
Frances M. Pearce Wife of Horatio O. Stone and daughter of the same name, died May 1864
This incredible sculpture is protected from the elements by a glass box. It dominates its small section, surrounded by a few flat headstones (including that of Horatio O. Stone, who commissioned the work when his young wife died in childbirth). The Pearce monument is said to be haunted-- supposedly, on the anniversary of Frances' death, the glass box will be filled with a mysterious white mist.
Who fell in France in 1918
The family name on the monument is Raithel. The eight grave markers bearing that name indicate a large family, but relationships are not specific. The oldest member buried at the site was John N., born in 1821, died in 1889. His wife was Barbara, nee Kuhn, born in 1827 and died in 1867. The monument represents two sisters who lie at its foot and apparently were very close in life.
Thanks to Graveyards.com for the information on individual headstones.