Lora B Hinze

Age: 70 years, 5 months, 29 days


DOB: December 7, 1892
Eagle Lake, IL USA

DOD: June 5, 1963

Daughter of Henry F. and Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman

Sister to: Lillian (Henry H. Wegert), Henry W. DDS (Marguerite Toleson), Carolyn M., Donald W. (Martha J. Mitchell) and Ferne (William R. Hildeman)

Wife of Arthur A. Hinze, married October 31, 1924

Mother of Lowell A. (Julia “Julie” Terry) Hinze

Grandmother to three grandsons: Mark W., Jeffrey A., Daniel T. Hinze, but she only got to meet two of them.

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Bahlman-Hinze NatrimonialMiss Lora Bahlman of Beecher and Arthur A Hinze were quietly married, Friday evening October 31, 1924, at the home of Rev. J.G. Grace on West Fifteenth Street. They spent their honeymoon at Davenport, IA. Mrs. Hinze has been employed in the city clerk’s office for several years. The groom is chief clerk of the Zouri Drawn Metals company – Chicago Heights Star.Zouri Drawn Metals Co




Mr. and Mrs. Hinze are both well known and highly respected Beecher people, the bride being the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry F. Bahlman and the groom is the son of Dora Hinze Stade.


Lora B Hinze obitLora B. Hinze, of Chicago Heights, beloved wife of the late Arthur, loving mother of Lowell of San Diego; fond sister of Ferne Hildeman of Chicago Heights and Dr. Henry Bahlman of Chicago Heights; grandmother of two. Resting at West End Funeral Home, 1340 Otto Blvd., Chicago Heights after 4 p.m. Thursday. Services Friday, 1:30 p.m. Entombment Beecher cemetery.

Lora’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Husband: Arthur A. Hinze
Father & Mother Henry F. Bahlman & Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman
Sister & Brother-in-law: Lillian (Bahlman) Wegert and Dr. Henry H. Wegert
Sister & Brother-in-law: Ferne (Bahlman) Hildeman & William R. Hildeman
Brother & Sister-in-law: Henry W. Bahlman, DDS & Marguerite (Toleson) Bahlman
Sister: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Brother: Donarld W. Bahlman
Aunt : Lena Bahlman
Uncle & Aunt:  John H. Bahlmann & Anna L. (Wehrmann) Bahlmann
Uncle: William F. Bahlmann
Uncle & Aunt: Charles H. Bahlman & Sophia “Minnie” (Schweer) Bahlman
Cousin: Dorothy (Bahlman) Saller & Herbert Saller
1st Cousin 1x removed: Baby Son Saller
1st Cousins 1x removed: Charlene M. (Saller) Graham & Arthur Graham
1st Cousins 2x removed: Nancy (Graham) Fenske
Husbands half brothers (Albert A. Hinze) wife: Mary E. (Jessen) Hinze

Other, more distant family include: Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking, Fick, Freerking, Frobose, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Peters, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Wilkening,


Ida Heldt

Age: 79 years, 11 days

(nee Ida Elizabeth Johanna Peters)

DOB: August 12, 1883
Mecklenberg, Germany

DOD: August 23, 1962
at Home, Beecher, IL USA


Daughter of Martin Christian and Fridericka Johanna (nee Barmann) Peters

Sister to: Friedericka (August Piel), Rudolph (Elizabeth Eckhoff), Emma (Wilhelm Klemme), Helena (Carl Engelking) and William (Helen Wehling) Peters

Wife of Fred E. Heldt, married December 16, 1900 in Beecher.

Mother of Violet (Henry T. Meeter) Heldt

Can you see Violet sitting on her mother’s lap in the buggy?


1909 Halloween postcardMr. and Mrs. S.R. Stites and Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Heldt entertained about 50 of their married friends at a Halloween party Saturday evening. The party gathered at the home of Mrs. H. Bielfeldt at 7:30 o’clock and from there ambled around in an effort to locate where the function proper would take place. When they arrived at the Stites home, they were directed through the dimly lighted rooms, following a narrow roped passage to the basement. Before reaching their destination, however, they heard weird and hideous noises that fairly made the cold chills creep up and down their spinal columns. The basement was in utter darkness, but a match was brought into play and jack-o-lanterns and lighted candles soon illuminated the room, when it was found tables were set with plenty of good things to eat that would even tempt a ghost. Unique and appropriate decorations adorned the tables. Large jack-o-lanterns were placed in the center of the tables, while at each plate there were small candles with carrots as candlesticks. Alongside of each plate were also small turnips filled with assorted candies. Even the paper napkins were adorned with a pumpkin face and a witch, appropriate to the occasion. After satisfying the inner man – at which the writer must confess we overdone it – the happy throng were escorted to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Fred E. Heldt, where they found the rooms tastily decorated with corn stalks and autumn leaves. 1909 Halloween Good WitchHere games, vocal and instrumental music, dancing and general merriment prevailed and each guest seemed to enjoy an equal share of the fun. At midnight the good witch made her visit with a kettle of sparkling grape juice just to put on the finishing touch, and shortly afterward the party dispersed, regretting that it had “got late late so early.” The ladies, Mesdames Stites and Heldt, are charming entertainers and are deserving of much praise for their party on Saturday evening, which was so successfully carried out.
Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Lake of Chicago were the only out-of-town guests.




Colonial Room Chicago 1950Mr. and Mrs. Fred Heldt celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary, Saturday, Dec. 16th. They received many cards, flowers and lovely gifts. The couple were the guest of their son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Meeter and children, Patricia and Dudley, at a dinner in the Colonial Room in Chicago. A quartette of costumed carolers rendered several Christmas songs at their table. As the dessert was served, a cake with lighted candles was placed before the honored couple while the organist played “I Love You Truly”, “The Anniversary Song” and “Because.”

August 30, 1962 – BEECHER HERALD

Final Rites Monday for Mrs. Fred Heldt

Final Rites Ida HeldtFuneral services were held Monday at 2 p.m. at the Hack Chapel in Beecher for Mrs. Fred Heldt, 79, of 705 Woodward Street, Beecher, who died Thursday at her home following a lingering illness.

Born in 1883 in Germany, Mrs. Heldt came to the United States as a child.

Mrs. Heldt is survived by her husband, Fred, a daughter, Mrs. Henry Meeter of Beecher; two sisters, Mrs. Helena Engelking of Beecher and Mrs. Emma Klemme of Steger; a brother, William Peters of Steger; two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, a brother and a sister.

Services were conducted by Rev. Glenn Schwerdt with burial in the Beecher Mausoleum.

Ida’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:

Husband: Fred E. Heldt
Mother & Father: Martin Peters & Fridericka (Barmann) Peters
Brother & Sister-in-law: Rudolph Peters & Elizabeth (Eckhoff) Peters
Brother & Sister-in-law: William Peters & Helen (Wehling) Peters
Father & Mother-in-law: Ernst Heldt & Lisette (Stadt) Heldt
Cousin of husband: Henry Heldt Sr.

Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Hildeman, Hinze, Hoffman, Hoppensteadt, Horn, Hunte, Kaczynski, Kappe, Kilborn,  Kirchhoff,  Klocksieben, Koch, Langreder, Leder, Maass, Matthias, Mc Carty, Meyer, Monk, Niedert, Ohlendorf, Pansa, Pralle, Riley, Ristenpart, Rohe, Rust, Saller, Selk, Struve, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Wilkening,






Donald W. Bahlman

Age: 55 years, 8 months, 27 days


DOB: March 24, 1906
Beecher, Will County, IL,  USA

DOD: December 21, 1961
Virginia Beach, VA,  USA


Bahlmann Family Coat of Arms

Son of Henry F. and Emma (Wehmhoefer) Bahlman

Husband of Martha Jo Mitchell Bahlman, married March 17, 1945 in Bruton Parish Church, Williamsburg, VA.

Father to:
Carol L. Bahlman (John Evans), Donna R. Bahlman (Dr. Joseph Killen), Donald W. Bahlman, Jr.

UOI-Urbana Theta XI - Donald WGraduated from the  University of Illinois Urbana/Champaign. A member of THETA XI Fraternity.

Worked as a Junior Accountant at a Chevrolet assembly plant in St. Louis, Missouri after graduating from the University of Illinois in 1930.

Automobile salesman of Oldsmobiles and Cadillacs while waiting to be commissioned in the Navy at the start of WWII.



Served in World War II as Inspector at the U.S. Norfolk Naval Ship Yard – Retired Lieutenant Commander



DECEMBER 22, 1961


VIRGINIA BEACH – Donald William Bahlman, 55, husband of Martha Jo Mitchell Bahlman of 200 75th Street, died in a Virginia Beach hospital Thursday at 11:50 a.m. after a long illness. A native of Beecher, Illinois, he was a son of the late Henry F. Bahlman and Mrs. Emma Wehmhoefer Bahlman. He lived in Virginia Beach seven years. He was a sales engineer with American District Telegraph Corp.

Besides his widow, surviving are two daughters, Miss Carol Lynne Bahlman and Miss Donna Reid Bahlman of Virginia Beach: two sisters, Mrs. Lora Hinze and Mrs. Ferne Hildeman of Chicago Heights; and a brother, Dr. H.W. Bahlman of Chicago Heights.

The body was sent from Maestas Funeral Home to Hack Funeral Home, Beecher, where a private funeral service will be conducted Saturday at 4 p.m. Entombment will be in the Beecher Mausoleum. The family has asked that, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to the American Cancer Society.

(Editor’s note: Mr. and Mrs. Bahlman were expecting their third child. Donald W. Bahlman Jr. was born four months after his father’s death)

Donald’s family members also resting in the mausoleum are:
Father: Henry F. Bahlman
Mother: Emma Wehmhoefer Bahlman
Sister & Brother-in-law: Lillian Bahlman Wegert & Henry H. Wegert
Sister & Brother-in-law: Lora Bahlman Hinze & Arthur A. Hinze
Brother & Sister-in-law: Henry W. Bahlman & Marguerite Toleson Bahlman
Sister: Carolyn M. Bahlman
Sister & Brother-in-law: Ferne Bahlman Hildeman & William R. Hildeman
Aunt: Lena Bahlman
Uncle & Aunt: John H.Bahlmann & Anna L. Wehrmann Bahlmann
Uncle: William F. Bahlmann
Uncle & Aunt: Charles H. Bahlman & Minnie M. Schweer Bahlman
Cousins: Dorothy Bahlman Saller & Herbert C. Saller
Cousins: Charlene M. Saller Graham & Arthur Graham
Cousin: Baby Son Saller
Cousin: Nancy Graham Fenske

(Note: Some family members maintained the original spelling of Bahlmann while others omitted the last “n”)