Seeks Daughter Lost 37 Years, in Wilmette
Lake Shore News (Wilmette, Illinois), 1 Jan 1915, p. 1

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Mother, now well-to-do, would aid child placed in Home of the Friendless

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1 Jan 1915
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  • Illinois, United States
    Latitude: 42.07225 Longitude: -87.72284
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The Chicago Herald, a few days ago, published an account of a mother who, thirty-seven years ago, gave into the care of the Home for the Friendless, her two-year-old daughter because her second husband couldn't muster up much affection for her. Husband No. 2, however, permitted her other three children to remain with them. The mother's name was Mrs. Cattie [unclear] Campbell, and her second husband was Charles Miller.
According to the Herald the Millers, after many years, located in Laporte, Indiana, and there some time ago Mr. Miller died. Upon his death his widow took a third husband, William Brockman.

Searches for Daughter
Mrs. Brockman had considerable property and wanted to see all her sons and daughters provided for. She came to Chicago and went to the site where the Home for the Friendless had been thirty-seven years ago. There was nothing there, barring a skyscraper or two. She went to the county building, and was directed to T. J. Naddy, vault clerk in the office of the Superior Court.
Naddy told her where the home is now situated, and found that under date of August 3, 1877, was an indenture recording Mrs. Brockman's consent to give her baby, Esther, to H. H. Bunker [unclear?] of Wilmette. There were no adoption papers on file. There was no Bunker in Wilmette.

Esther Moves West
About this time a reporter for the Herald interested himself in the case. He went to some of the old residents of Wilmette--Mrs. F. L. Joy, 812 Central avenue; E. P. Dunshee, 1123 [unclear] Fifteenth street, former city clerk and now justice of the peace, and to Paul Schroeder of 415 Linden avenue.
They remembered the Bunkers and Esther. She had been married to Otto Behn, who had been a ticket agent on the Chicago and Northwestern railroad, and twelve years ago Mr. and Mrs. Behn and Mrs. Bunker went west. They were heard from later and are now in Deep Creek, Washington, where the Behns have a grocery.
Mr. Bunker, Esther's foster father, was a teaming contractor in Wilmette and was much esteemed. He died when Esther was a girl. Esther was nearly 27 years old when she was married to Behn. She is 39 years old now.

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Seeks Daughter Lost 37 Years, in Wilmette