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.
Here are some articles regarding Rosemary’s husband: