Four Generations

Four Generations
Loretta, Don, Vicki with Andy, Grace and Clarence Hilb

Sunday, June 5, 2011

So what happened to Grace and Rudolph after Patsy's Death?

Rudolph had full custody of Grace at the time of Patsy's death.  They resided in an apartment in Chicago and had a housekeeper Theresa. 

Rudolph married Mary Kern of Joliet Illinois on July 2, 1932(per their marriage certificate).  Rudolph was 26 and Mary was 18.  The marriage took place in Chicago Illinois. 

It is not clear of how they met or where they resided during the marriage.  It could have been Chicago or it could have been Hammond Indiana where Rudolph filed for divorce.

There is an article in The Hammond Times March 22, 1937:
Rudolph Schubnell, 2855 Truman Avenue Hammond today filed divorce proceedings in Hammond Superior court against his wife Mary whom he married on July 21, 1932.

The couple separated on November 16, 1936, when according to the complaint Mrs. Schubnell left home. She was his second wife and is alleged in the bill to have scolded her husband because of an 8 year old child by the first marriage.

TIP #8:  Watch those dates.  The marriage certificate shows the date of marriage as July 2, 1932 and the newspaper shows July 21, 1932.

I have attempted to locate a copy of the divorce proceedings with no luck to date. Probably have to make a trip to Hammond and do the research myself.

I want to know a little bit more about the scolding Rudolph got about the 8 year old (my mother Grace). There are stories that my mother resided with Aunt Dorothea and Uncle Bud for several years while growing up.  Could this have been during the time frame Rudolph was married to Mary and the scolding was because she found out about Grace?  More research to go....

Note: Aunt Dorothea and Uncle Bud aka Dorothea and Bud Schwartzentraub. Bud was Rudolph's business partner for several years.  We always considered them family.