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Mothers Pension Fund

Application for Relief

According to the Encyclopedia of Chicago, the Illinois state legislature passed the first statewide mothers’ pension law in the United States in 1911. It was intended to provide a universal subsidy to families with dependent children but without an adult male income. The pensions were supported by child welfare reformers, women’s clubs and juvenile court judges as an improvement over the existing options that sent families to the poor house, forced mothers to give up their children, or turned children into wage earners. By 1920, forty states had mothers’ pension programs.

The information contained in the Mother’s Pension files could prove to be very helpful to a family historian. The reasons for requesting assistance from the county include death, divorce and desertion. Information that may be included in the file are birth, marriage and death dates as well as religion, name of church attended, occupations and the names and addresses of relatives and employers.

If you would like a copy of the file, please read our Research Assistance Policy.

For more  information about mothers’ pensions, visit www.encyclopedia.chicagohistory.org

Surname First Name File # Date
Allen Blanche 4443 1921
Allen Blanche 3614 1919
Allison Cora 11001 1936
Anderson Edith 6950 1928
Anderson Emma 5016 1923
Andresen Minnie 3470 1918
Armstrong Alice 8790 1931
Aston Mattie Lizzie 11816 1938
Bachman Amanda 2399 1915
Bailey Loretta 7063 1928
Brandau Helma 3386 1918
Barrier Maggie 8275 1930
Beckman Cecelia 10405 1935
Behm Augusta 9636 1933
Bell Ida 3585 1919
BENNETT Clara 8577 1931
Bennett Lillian C. 14796 1937
Bennett Lillian C. 14796 1941
Berkley Mabel 4625 1922
Blietz Bertha 10646 1936
Bone Mollie 11609 1937
Bohlin Edith L. 5053 1923
Bohne Lulu E. 2497 1919
Bornn Emelia 4640 1922
Bradley Elizabeth 4926 1922
Brammer Mattie B. 9096 1932
Brinker Geertrude 13004 1938
Brown Edith 5635 1925
Brown Mary 3385 1928
Budarek Jewel 11885 1938
Bulger Sadie 8819 1931
Bunnel Pearl 5045 1923
Butler Inez 9519 1933
Butler Rothe 9095 1932
Campbell Edith 14620 1941
Carr Julia 7648 1929
Chamness Lucy 3745 1919
Clark Matilda 10036 1934
Cooper Ethel 11185 1937
Dailey Mary H. 8978 1932
Davis Emma 3530 1919
Davis Evelyn 7978 1930
Davis Tillie 8042 1930
Davy Lilla Myrtle 11223 1937
Demmin Leah 3333 1918
Demmin W.C. 3182 1918
Everette Sadie 8696 1931
Fairchild Mamie 5432 1924
Farnsworth Emma 8912 1932
Fehrman Matilda 10812 1936
Fillmore Mildred 9841 1934
Fisk Katherine 9412 1933
Fohrman Emma 9549 1933
Fohrman Emma 9589 1933
Flood Nellie 8811 1931
Franzen Margaret 8798 1931
Fridlund Lillian 11015 1936
Frisby Frances 0 1936
Gilday H. Marguerite 8226 1930
Gilliland Ida 8193 1930
Glaze Mae 10931 1936
Glimes Esther 4514 1924
Glimes Esther 5052 1923
Glissman Sarah 10037 1934
Gorman Sarah 11998 1938
Gould Lyda 9557 1933
Greenhagel Serened 8391 1931
Gregg Ida 13829 1940
Groesser Mandella 11817 1938
Groneman Minnie 3124 1917
Groves Marie 14315 1940
Gruer Mattie 3471 1918
Gustafson Jennie 9411 1933
Haberman Hattie D. 4313 1921
Hachtel Pauline 4092 1920
Hastings Caroline 9241 1932
Heath Carrie 3421 1918
Henise Laura 10915 1936
Henise Laura 10930 1936
Hilton Lillian 8874 1931
Hinz Gladys 6526 1927
Hodge Grace 8844 1931
HOLMES Goldi8e 9655 1933
Holmes Rose C. 8127 1930
Horn Agnes Barbara 2457 1915
Horn Anna 3291 1918
Hubbard Gladys 7987 1930
Huske Hulda 3250 1918
Hutson Anna 7195 1929
Ikert Frieda 8238 1930
Joerns Estella E. 3509 1919
Johnson Ann 8979 1931
Johnson Olive 9305 1932
Jones Ann 10816 1936
Jones Ella 10249 1935
Jordon Lillian 4992 1923
Kaczmarek Francis 6861 1928
Katzensky Rose 8102 1930
Kaun Minnie 7746 1929
Keller Ella R. 6738 1928
Keller Ella R. 14870 1928
Killman Flora 8820 1931
Kimball Anna 8755 1931
Kirkpatrick Anna Mae 9031 1932
Kline Isa 4639 1922
Knodle Virginia 9094 1932
Krabbe Eleanor 10518 1935
Krummwiede Alice 6905 1928
Lane Rose 10311 1935
Lawrence Marvel 10810 1936
Leetzow Sophia 11784 1938
Leman Elizabeth 10219 1935
Leonard Beulah 66561 1927
Lester Edith 10217 1934
Lloyd Lynda 14158 1940
Lohbauer Rosa 3472 1918
Masel Marie 9880 1934
McAlpin Kathryn 15034 1941
McBride Ruth 14500 1941
McCallum Ione 11186 1937
McMillian Tillie 10364 1935
McPherson Susie 9232 1932
Metzler Susanna 2810 1916
Meyers Mary 7014 1928
Miller Carrie (Carnie) 6972 1928
Miller Carrie 7466 1929
Miller Fern 10443 1935
Molnar Ethel 10888 1936
Mortley Caroline 6683 1927
Morton Leitha 13066 1938
Mueller Pauline 14038 1940
Myhre Bertha 6164 1926
Nelson Anna 8611 1931
Nelson Mathilda 9051 1932
Newman Mary 9030 1932
Norbraten Clara H. 8095 1930
Oleson Ella 9961 1934
O'Neil Oris Fern 10442 1935
Orban Elizabeth 9957 1934
Orban Elizabeth 10365 1934
O'Rourke Meta 10648 1936
Otte Mathilda 7143 1929
Pachter Minnie 11956 1938
Palmer Hazel 11035 1936
Parsons Ethel 11790 1938
Payne Martha 10689 1936
Pease Bernice 10813 1936
Pearson Ida C. 3969 1920
Pease Mabel 2811 1916
Pederson Rose 9716 1933
Peters Martha L. 9168 1932
Peterson Anna 4515 1921
Petty Lillian 10096 1934
Pierce (Pearce) Lulu 5912 1925
Pierce Ollie 2651 1916
Pierce Margaret 10588 1935
Ponsonby Pauline 5147 1923
Popp Ethel 6308 1926
Rausch Emma 9433 1933
Reinert Mabel 11187 1937
Reph Anna 8689 1924
Resech Doris 10310 1935
Rickert Myra 8427 1931
Roth Laura 8117 1930
Rudin Estelle 15345 1942
Russell Nettie 10587 1935
Rutt Stella 14492 1941
Schmitz Anna 2661 1916
Schneider Dorothy 8913 1932
Schultz Freida 3422 1918
Scott Edith M. 2893 1917
Showalter Margaret 14241 1940
Smith Ethel 4818 1922
Smith Muriel 8572 1931
Sommers Lena 5448 1924
Sommers Lena 7337 1929
Spriet Myrtle 10929 1936
Stansrud Alvina 7650 1929
Stark marie 6581 1927
Stevens Ada 15498 1942
Swanson Jennie 7117 1920
Stuart Minnie 10312 1935
Summers Dollie 9558 1933
Symons Amanda 5911 1925
Therlizz Anna 2898 1917
Thiede Daisy L. 13337 1939
Thomas Della 8416 1931
Thrun Lily 4174 1921
Torling Addie 3508 1919
Traub Pauline 8976 1932
Trinkhon Alice 7144 1928
Trumbo Eulah 9202 1932
Uteg Annabelle 13572 1939
Volk Mary 11155 1937
Vosburgh Sarah A. 11650 1937
Wauchope Mabel 8977 1932
Webb Agnes 8244 1930
Webb Iva 2828 1916
Werrbach Mabel 10647 1936
Wettering Anna 3110 1917
Wilharm Marguerite 14589 1941
Williams Kathryn 14493 1941
Widder Beulah 11134 1937
White Beulah Leonard 9824 1934
Whitmire Mary 13996 1940
Woleben Annabelle 11064 1936
Wood Litta 8306 1931
Wood Litta 8491 1931
Wright Elsie V. 6824 1928
Young Elizabeth 4739 1922
Zeason Frances 3484 1919
Zornow Matha Martha 10520 1935