Rosemary Baur Bull 1911-2006

Rosemary Baur was born on May 13, 1911, in Chicago, Illinois, and was the only child of Jacob Baur (the founder and president of liquid carbonics) and Bertha Duppler.

As noted in the attached articles, Rosemary was an heiress to a fortune as a young girl.  Her father died when she was a mere 15 months old.  Her father was 54 years old at the time of his death.  He had surprised everyone when at age 51 he married Bertha Duppler who was said to be the highest salaried woman working for the government as a secretary to the postmaster. Bertha was 29 years old when she married Jacob who was 51 years old.

Jacob was 53 years old at the time of Rosemary’s birth.  Her mother, Bertha, was 32 years old.

In the 1920 census, Rosemary was 8 years old and lived on East Cedar Street in Chicago.  In addition to her mother (head of household), there are also listed a cook, butler, 2 maids, and a governess. At some point the address became 1511 Astor St.

Rosemary’s mother, Bertha, was for 24 years,  the Republican National Committeewoman for Illinois and was twice a candidate for Congress

Rosemary was the “wealthiest girl in Chicago.” She married a young English barrister who was Canadian born, Brennan “Bartle” Bull, on November 2, 1931. They had two children during their marriage. She died on May 17, 2006, in her hometown, at the age of 95.

Rosemary and her husband Bartle had 2 children.  They were Romia Bull and Bartle Bull.

Why is Rosemary Baur Bull a part of my family history?  When I was growing up, my father, would tell stories of a part of his family that were not just rich…but “stinking rich.” He told of how they lived in buildings that spanned city blocks with servants to care for their needs. He always told me it was “the other side of our family.”  I did not really question what all that meant until my interest in ancestry grew.

Rosemary Baur is a part of our family history but is NOT a direct descendant.  My great grandmother Carrie Baur was a sister to Rosemary’s father, Jacob Baur.  This means Rosemary’s father was my one of my Grandmother’s uncles.

So, why am I including this blog?  Well, it makes quite a story and completes for me those stories my father used to tell of this family.

There were literally too many articles from the past to include in this blog, but ironically, there seems to be almost no information about her later years, nor could I find an obituary for her.  In an article about her husbands’ death it is noted that she was separated from him at the time of his decease.

Rosemary Baur March 29, 1920 Seattle Times
July 28, 1922 The Denver post Rosemary Baur
Rosemary Baur to Wed Bartle Bull from Arkasas Gazette May 14, 1931
Rosemary Baur from San Francisco Chronicle May 14, 1931.png
Arkansas Gazette May 14, 1929 Rosemary Baur

Here are some articles regarding Rosemary’s husband:

18 October 1950 Chicago Tribune (part 1)
18 October 1950 Chicago Tribune (part 2)
18 October 1950 Chicago Tribune (part 3)

8 thoughts on “Rosemary Baur Bull 1911-2006

  1. Mary Harris russell

    I have a direct Baur connection, because my grandfather, Arthur Baur, was another brother of Jacob Baur, Rosemary’s father. What was Carrie Baur’s married name?

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    1. wonderfulstoryphotos Post author

      Caroline “Carrie” Baur was my great grandmother. She married Henry Joseph Spruhan. They were married 28 Sept. 1886 in Terre Haute, Indiana. I have done a great deal of research on your (our) family on Ancestry. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have!

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      1. Mary Harris russell

        I will have more notes to compare, when I’m back home in Chicago. Currently on vacation in Mexico. Simplest one is this: did Carrie and Henry ever pass on family legends/suspicions that Bertha, Rosemary’s mother, had destroyed a previous will, which might have left some money to Jacobs Baur siblings?

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  2. Kara Riley

    I cleaned Rosemary Bull’s home from 1992-1997. I was a college student employed by her and spent many Sunday lunches with her in her home as her guest and ran her around on her errands. I always wish I had recorded her many stories of people she knew and her life adventures. She will always be a part of me as she was very much a part of my life.

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