Helene (Preetz) Mumme gravestone
(Photo by Vernon B. Paddock)

B. November 23, 1880 in Gardelegen, Saxony-Anhalt, Germany
D. February 15, 1962 in Oak Park, Cook County, IL
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  • Husband: Otto Mumme; died before 1936 in Germany
  • Children:
    1. Marie Dorothy (Mumme) Schmicker born December 2, 1901 is Sichar, Federal Republic of Germany; married Arthur W. Schmicker (1893-1959) in 1922 in Knox County, IL; Marie died May 22, 1992; Marie and Arthur are buried in the Aspen Grove Cemetery, Burlington, Des Moines County, IA
    2. Louise (Mumme) (Heinrichs) Holle born August 21, 1904 in Sirhan, Germany; married (1) Ernst Heinrichs on July 26, 1925 in Raetzlingen, Germany and divorced before 1939; married (2) Fritz J. Holle (1899-2004) on February 4, 1950 in Cook County, IL; Louise died January 29, 1991 in Stanislaus County, CA
    3. Lena (Mumme) Korell (of Hamburg, Germany)
    4. Otto Mumme (of Germany)
    5. Rudolf William Mumme born February 16, 1909 in Sichau, Germany; married Mary C. Schavotis (1913-2001), daughter of John and Clotilde Schavotis; Rudolf died February 12, 2002 in Crystal Lake, McHenry County, IL (See section pertaining to Rudolf William Mumme buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery) (See section pertaining to Mary C. (Schavotis) Mumme buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery)
  • Siblings:
    • Wilhelm Pretz

Additional Information:

According to the New York, U.S., Arriving Passenger and Crew Lists (including Castle Garden and Ellis Island), 1820-1957:

ALL ALIENS arriving at a port of continental United States from a foreign port or a port of the insular possessions of the United States, and all aliens arriving at a port of said insular possessions from a foreign port, a port of continental United States, or a port of another insular possession, in whatsoever class they travel, MUST be fully listed and the master or commanding officer of each vessel carrying such passengers must upon arrival deliver lists thereof to the immigrant inspector
This (white) sheet is for the listing of THIRD-CLASS PASSENGERS ONLY
S.S. “DEUTSCHLAND”, Passengers sailing from HAMBURG, November 19th, 1936.  Arriving at Port of New York, November 27th, 1936.
Family name: Mumme; Given name: Helene; Age: 56; married or single: wid.; Calling or occupation: h/hold; Able to Read: yes; Read what language: German; Write: yes; Nationality: Germany; Race of people: German; Place of birth Country: Germany; City or town: Gardelegen; Immigration Visa, Passport Visa, or Reentry Permit Number: 451 NIV; Issued in Hamburg on 10/26/36; Last permanent residence: Germany, Hamburg; Name and complete address of nearest relative or friend in country whence alien came, or if none there, then in country of which a citizen or subject: Son i/1. Karl Korell, Borgfelderstr. 28, Hamburg; Final destination: Foreign country: N.Y. Germ Hamburg; Whether having a ticket to such final destination: yes; By whom was passage paid? s.col.23.25; Whether ever before in the United States, and if so, when and where?; no; Whether going to join a relative or friend; state name and complete address, and if relative, exact relationship: Son: Rudolf Mumme, Chicago, Ill. 2647 N. Racine Ave.; Condition of healthy, mental and physical: good; Deformed or crippled: no; Height: 5 feet, 5 inches; Complexion: fair; Color of Hair: grey; Color of Eyes: grey; Marks of identification: none

According to the 1950 U.S Census for Chicago, Cook County, IL living at 3010 Whipple Street, the househole members were:

“Rudolph W Mumme, head, age 41, married, born in Germany, Occupation: Machinist in Exper. lab. – Meat packers; Mary C Mumme, wife, age 36, married, born in Austria, Occupation: Relief Assembly – Radio mfrs., Was he living in this same house a year ago?: Yes, What country were his father and mother born in?: Father: Hungary, Mother: Austria, What is the highest grade of school that he has attended?: S10, Did he finish this grade?: Yes, Last year in how many weeks did this person do any work at all?: 36 weeks, Last year (1949) how much money did he earn working as an employee for wages or salary?: $1,500; Helene Mumme, mother, age 69 widowed, born in Germany; Claudie H. Mumme, daughter, age 15, never married, born in Illinois”

According to the Daily Sentinel (Woodstock IL) Monday, February 19, 1962, page 3:

   “Funeral Services Saturday for McHenry Resident – McHENRY – Funeral services for Mrs. Helen Mumme, 81, of 2905 S. River road, McHenry, who died Thursday in West Suburban hospital, Oak Park, followed a lingering illness, were held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the MacGillis funeral home at Round Lake with burial in Fort Hill cemetery.
   She was born Nov. 23, 1880, in Germany and came to the United States in 1947.  She had resided in this area for 11 years.
   Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Marie Schmicker, Burlington, Iowa, Mrs. Louise Holle, Franklin Park, and Mrs. Lena Korell, Hamburg, Germany; two sons, Rudolf, McHenry, and Otto, Germany; five grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren; and a brother in Germany,”

According to the Chicago Tribune (Chicago IL) Saturday, February 17, 1962, page 44:

“MUMME – Helen Mumme, dear mother of Marie Schmicker, Louise Holle, Lena Korell, Otto, and Rudolf; loving grandmother of five; great-grandmother of seven; fond sister of Wilhelm Pretz.  Services Saturday, 2 p. m., at MacGillis Funeral Home, Round Lake, Ill.  Interment Fort Hill cemetery.”