Maria Streeter obit The Inter Ocean Chicago, Illinois Friday, February 13, 1903

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Maria Streeter obit The Inter Ocean Chicago, Illinois Friday, February 13, 1903 - MARIA STREETER TO LIE III ML OLIVET Father Code...
MARIA STREETER TO LIE III ML OLIVET Father Code of Catholic Church Grants This Privilege. KNEW HER YEARS AGO Funeral Services to Be Held in Church of Holy Family. 'Captain' Streeter Declare Death of Wife Is Hardest Blow He Ever Haa Received. Mrs. Maria Streeter. wife of "Captain-George Wellington Streeter, will be burled at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning from the Holy Family church, where she often worshiped In the earlier years of her life. Though in later years, with her mind distracted by the turmoil and strife which surrounded her, she often disregarded her religious vows and duties. Father J. J. Code consented that the funeral services be held at the church, and that she be burled In Mount Olivet, a Catholic cemetery, even though no priest attended her in her dying moments. It was in a house opposite the Holy Family church that William Jordan, her only son, was born more than a score of years ago. There was one other living person whom Mrs. Streeter always claimed as her child, the notorious Clara Ward of Detroit, divorced wife of Prince Chi may and sweetheart and fellow-mountebank of Rigo, the gypsy musician. Coualn of the Potters. Maria Streeter's spirit was as unconquerable as that of her doughty husband, whom the dollars of the north shore millionaires and the machinery of the state's attorney's office have at last succeeded in placing behind the prison bars. She claimed that in her veins ran the same restless blood that Inspired Clara Ward to her reckless deeds, and. when directed in more legitimate channels, made the Wards of Detroit and the Potters of Chicago leaders in both commerce- and society. Captain John Ward and Nancy Ward were brother and sister In Detroit. E. B. Ward and a daughter, who afterward became Mrs. O. W. Potter, were the children of Captain Ward. Nancy Ward married a man named Mulholland and had a daughter. Maria. This daughter was the Msria Streeter who died two nights ago in a hovel overlooking the land on the lake front which her millionaire cousins prevented her and her husband from securing by leading in the bitter battle against them. Ifuabaud Diea la Llbbj. Maria Streeter's first husband was John Jordan, who died in Ltbby prison. Before he was captured the daughter, who she claimed afterward became Clara Ward, was born. He was away at the front and she was In poor circumstances., and with the baby girl went to the home of her cousin, E. B. Ward. Without resources or prospect, she consented that he adopt the child as his own. and It was christened Clara Ward. Within the next year John Jordan returned from the war. but be went again to the front and was captured. In the meantime, too, E. B. Ward had been assassinated on the courthouse steps In Detroit, and his widow had d rived Maria and her child from the Ward home. ho came to Chicago, and William ! Jordan, a horse trader and friend of the vn- t 0TA. ,-. 'I .! ..... i '...' Twelfth' , m .v. am ui u-lr, wo) U 1 U UU street. He Is now in Chicago. In 18C she married "Captain Streeter" and from that time until he was arrested the two restless spirits never were separated. In June he will be 60 years old. and If she had lived until July - Maria would have been the same age. Eben B. Ward, she always said, was her only friend among her mother's rela tives, and the Potters -of Chicago were the oitterest enemies of hr husband." v . . "Captain' Streeter Broken. The hovel in which she died overlooks the lud she loved so dearly and for which ehe and her husband fought so-long. It Is within 200 feet of where they were shipwrecked, near the spot where her mother died in 1S89, where her niece died In 1890. and the scene of all her trouble and strife. "Captain" Streeter, a prisoner In the coun ty Jail, feels his loss keenly. He said yes terday: "It is the worst blow I ever had. I would have given the whole lake front and all I ever hope to own If that woman could have had peace for just once. I have had lots of trouble, but never before anything like this and I am struck hard. She was a strong-minded woman and she stuck loyally to me. Some one will have to suffer for this. j

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