Caroline L Struve

Age: 76 years, 2 months, 6 days


DOB: January 1, 1874
Beecher, IL USA

DOD: March 7, 1950
Miami Beach, FL USA

(Editor’s note: Caroline’s headstone has been stained by the leaking roof. We are in the process of cleaning the marble)

Daughter of Heinrich and Marie (nee Bergmann) Kappmeyer

Sister to: Henry W. (Lena Rippe), Mary (August H. Lossmann), Minnie L. (John H. Williamson), Caroline L. and Emma L. (Rudolph Hack) Kappmeyer

Wife of Arthur Struve, married May 10, 1895, Beecher, IL USA

Mother to: Rosamond (William J. Orr) Struve

Grandmother to: Margaret “Peggy” Orr

Carrie Kappmeyer’s Autograph Books 1884 – 1886

Beecher Public Schools

Autograph Books 1884 - 1888

Autograph Books 1884 – 1888

These books have been donated to the Beecher Historical Society and are available at the Train Depot.

If you can read German, we would like to have some of the inscriptions translated.

Below are a few of the notes Carrie’s friends wrote in her autograph school books:

“Dear Carrie: When you are sitting all alone and thinking of the past; Remember that you have a friend that will forever last. Your Schoolmate, Mary Wendling, 1887 Friends”

“Carrie Jan. 17, 1888 When these pages you are turning and chase these lines to see I this token of my friendship leave for you to think of me. Your Friend, Emma Heldt”

“Dear Carrie! Play not with my heart, let all my joy depart. Your Friend, Freddie Heldt , Beecher; March 24, 1886”

“Friend Carrie: May the wings of your happiness never lose a feather. Sincerely, Tillie Boltman, Beecher Feb. 8th, 1886”

“To Carrie: At some time or another the Lord will Provide, it may not be thy time, it may not be my time and yet in his own time the Lord will provide. Your Friend: Alvine Boecker”

“Dear Friend Carrie: In after years when this you see; I wonder what your name will be. Your Friend: Sophia Guritz 1885”

“To Carrie: Remember well and bear in mind; A faithful friend is hard to find; And if you find one just and true; Change not the old for the new. Emma Fick Aug. 2nd 1885”

“Dear Carrie: May you be happy each day of your life. Get a god husband and make a good wife. Your friend: Augusta R. Wehling , Remember me, March 4th 1886”

“Dear Carrie: Please have in mind the prettiest boy is hard to find! If you find one bright and gay. Hang on to his coat tails night and day. Your friend: Emma Heldt, March 24th 1886”

“Dear Carrie, Take my heart, Lord for I cannot give it to thee. Keep it for I cannot keep it for thee. Your friend: Christ Akermann, Beecher Feb. 22nd 1887”

“Dear Carrie: Jan. 30, 1888 Faith in Jesus Christ will give sweetest pleasures while you live; Faith in Jesus must supply solid comfort when we die. Your schoolmate: Minnie Ristenpart, Beecher, IL”

“Carrie, May he who clothes the lilies and makes the sparrow fall. Protect and save you Carrie and guide you safe through it all. Your friend: H.C. Hunte Beecher IL Feb. 1, 1887”

“Carrie: In the storms of life, When you need an umbrella. May you have to uphold it a handsome young fellow. Your Friend: M.E. Dodge, Crete, Feb. 23rd 1885”

(I like this one the best)  “To Carrie: Make a life happy, Give at your ease, Get a good husband and do as you please. Florence Smith, Crete March 5th 1887”

 March 9, 1950 – Miami Daily News

Mrs. Caroline Struve

Caroline Struve - Miami Daily NewsMrs. Caroline L. Struve, 76, of 8119 Harding Ave., Miami Beach, died Tuesday. Mrs. Struve had been here two months and is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Rosamond Orr, Miami Beach. The body will be sent to Chicago Heights, Ill., by Lithgow 54th St., center.


March 10, 1950 – Chicago Heights Star

Funeral Services for Mrs. Arthur Struve Tomorrow

Caroline Struve obit - The StarFuneral services for Mrs. Arthur Struve will be held at two p.m. tomorrow at the chapel at 1340 Otto Boulevard. The widow of Arthur Struve, well known Chicago Heights real estate man, Mrs. Struve died Tuesday night at Miami Beach, Fla., after an illness of ten days. She was 76 years old.

The Rev. John R. Wyngarden, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, will officiate at the rites, and entombment will be at the Beecher Mausoleum.

Mrs. Struve had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. William J. Orr, 223 Country Club Road, since the death of Mr. Struve on July 27, 1932.

She was born January 1, 1874, in Beecher and was married to Mr. Struve in the village on May 10, 1895. She was a member of the Chicago Heights Woman’s Club and of organizations affiliated with the First Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her daughter, Mrs. Struve is survived by one granddaughter, Miss Margaret Orr.

March 16, 1950 – Beecher Herald


Caroline Struve obit - Beecher HeraldFuneral services were held for Mrs. Arthur Struve of Chicago Heights at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, at the chapel at 1340 Otto Blvd, Chicago Heights. Entombment was made at the local Mausoleum. Rev. John R. Wyngarden, pastor of the Chicago Heights First Presbyterian Church officiated.

The widow of Arthur Struve, former Beecher banker and Chicago Heights real estate man, died, last Tuesday night, at Miami Beach, Florida after an illness of ten days. She attained the age of 76 years.

Mrs. Struve was born January 1, 1874 in Beecher. She was united in marriage with Arthur Struve, May 10, 1895. She was active in social affairs for many years while residing in Beecher and after moving to Chicago Heights, she became a member of the Chicago Heights Woman’s Club and organizations of the First Presbyterian Church there. She had resided, since the death of her husband, July 27, 1932, in the household of her daughter, Mrs. William J. Orr, at Chicago Heights.

Besides her daughter, she is survived by one granddaughter, Margaret Orr.

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

Husband: Arthur Struve
Mother-in-law: Rosamunda Struve
Cousin: Caroline “Lena” F. (Kappmeyer) Horn
2nd Cousin: Clara E. (Horn) Hager
2nd Cousin: Walter L. Horn
2nd Cousin: Reinhold W. Horn
2nd Cousin: Arthur H. Horn


Other, more distant family include: Bahlman, Batterman, Bergmeier, Beseke, Bielfeldt, Bohl, Cloidt, Dunlap, Engleking,  Fenske, Fick, Fiene, Freerking, Frobose, Graham, Guritz, Hack, Hager, Haltenhof , Heine, Heldt, Hildeman, Hinze, 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, Thielman, Vagt, Von Engeln, Wegert, Wehmhoefer, Wiechen, Westphal, Wilkening.


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