|Birth: ||Jul. 5, 1860|
|Death: ||May 12, 1918|
MRS. SELFRIDGE DIES IN ENGLAND; END WAS SUDDEN
Mourned by Many in the City of Her Birth.
The death of Mrs. Harry Gordon Selfridge at Highcliffe castle, Hampshire, England, marks the passing of the third of noted Chicago women in as many months. The others were Mrs. Hobart C. Chatfield-Taylor and Mrs. Potter Palmer.
The news of the death of Mrs. Selfridge was sudden and came as a distinct shock to her many local friends and acquaintances, and especially to her only sister, Mrs. Frank R. Chandler of 744 Rush street. The wife of the London merchant, who before her marriage was Rose Buckingham of this city, was ill only a few days.
Mrs. Selfridge contracted pneumonia, London dispatches said, as the result of overwork and exposure in caring for wounded soldiers. Mr. Selfridge presented a complete convalescent hospital to Mrs. Selfridge last Christmas.
Daughters Aided Work.
Since that time she and her two elder daughters, Rosalie Buckingham Selfridge and Violette Buckingham Selfridge , had devoted practically all of their time in supervising the institution, which covers ten acres.
The Highcliffe castle estate embraces 200 acres and a 700 acre shooting preserve. The London house of the Selfridge family is at 30 Portman square, but has been occupied by the family only at infrequent intervals during the last six months.
A cablegram received by Mrs. Chandler at 4 a.m. yesterday indicated that hope for Mrs. Selfridge 's life had not been abandoned. Specialists had been sent for from London, twelve miles away. The next word received was an Associated Press dispatch stating that she was dead.
Well Known in Chicago.
Up to the time that Mr. and Mrs. Selfridge went to live in London twelve years ago, they were intimately identified with Chicago's business and social life. Mr. Selfridge , once associated with Marshall Field in the management of the department store bearing the latter's name, created a sensation when in 1906 he founded a typically American department store in the heart of London at an estimated investment of $5,000,000.
Following this venture Mrs. Selfridge took a lively interest in the business, and on one of her frequent visits to Chicago told with humor how English women were learning to become bargain hunters, despite their traditional poise and reserve.
A Native of This City.
Mrs. Selfridge was born July 5, 1860, in a house which occupied the site of the Chandler home at 744 Rush street. The original structure was destroyed in the fire of 1871 and was rebuilt in 1877. There Rose Buckingham was married to Harry Gordon Selfridge Nov. 11, 1890, and the residence became the home of the two until 1899, when her husband bought the James Deering house now at 1400 Lake Shore drive.
The wedding was the society event of a decade and the society columns characterized it as one of the most elaborate and beautiful ever seen in Chicago. The ceremony took place in the Central church, later known as Central Music hall, and was solemnized by Prof. David Swing. The organist and chorus of the Apollo club furnished the music.
Had Traveled Much.
Much of Mrs. Selfridge 's early life was spent in European travel. She was intimately acquainted with every continental capital. She visited Berlin for the last time in 1912. She was educated almost entirely by tutors and was an accomplished linguist and musician. She played the piano and harp and sang well.
In addition to her husband and two daughters, Rosalie and Violette, Mrs. Selfridge is survived by a son, Harry Gordon Selfridge Jr. and a third daughter, Beatrice.
Harry Gordon Jr. is attached to the[MISSING-TEXT] FRIENDSHIP'S TRIBUTES Those Who Knew Mrs. Selfridge in Chicago Feel Shock of Loss.
MRS. FRANK. R. CHANDLER of 744 Rush street, only sister of Mrs. Harry Gordon Seldfridge, received a letter from Mrs. Selfridge yesterday morning, just a few hours after she received the cable announcing her sister's death. The letter, written on April 24, told of the convalescent camp which accommodates twenty-five soldiers that Mr. Selfridge gave his wife for a present last Christmas. She spoke of how happy it made her to care for these wounded men and of how glad she was to be able to do it. The camp is located just outside the castle grounds at Highcliffe.
In this letter she also said; " Gordon , just 18 years of age, has volunteered and is working under Maj. Dunning (of New York) at American army headquarters in London. Whether he will be called upon to go to the front we know not, but he will be ready to do what his country needs."
Mrs. Thomas R. Hinde, who had known Mrs. Selfridge for a great many years, said of her yesterday: "I have known her ever since I have lived in Chicago and she was a beautiful Character and a charming and gracious woman."
Mrs. John G. Shedd, another old friend, said: "I have known Mrs. Selfridge ever since I moved to Chicago, many years ago. We will all miss her very much. She was a lovely woman."
Mrs. George M. Pullman said; "She was a lovely, sweet woman, and her death is most unfortunate. We had been friends since we were girls, and I am grieved to Bear of her death."
Mrs. Frank G. Logan also expressed her sorrow when she was told of her friend's death. "I am inexpressibly shocked and grieved. I had known Mrs. Selfridge a very long time. It is terrible." she said.
Mrs. Moses Wentworth said: "Our friendship dates from the time I was 6 years old. We were very dear friends, and I was asked to be one of her bridesmaides, but was unable to attend her wedding. I am very much grieved to learn of her death."
American army department in London. Beatrice is in school.
Mrs. Selfridge was a member of the Colonial Dames, the Daughters of the American Revolution, the Daughters of the Founders and Patrons of America, the Fortnightly club, the Amateur Musical club, and the Alliance Francaise. She also was entitled to wear the decoration of the Order of the Golden Palms, awarded her by the French republic for her interest in Gallic art, literature, and science.
Chicago Tribune (IL) - May 14, 1918
Benjamin Hale Buckingham (1820 - 1864)
Martha Euretta Potwin Buckingham (1822 - 1904)
Harry Gordon Selfridge (1858 - 1947)
Chandler Selfridge (1891 - 1891)*
Rosalie Dorothea Selfridge de Bolotoff (1893 - 1977)*
Violette Buckingham Selfridge de Sibour (1897 - 1996)*
Harry Gordon Selfridge (1900 - 1976)*
Beatrice Buckingham Selfridge Lewis (1901 - 1990)*
Isabel Buckingham (1849 - 1866)*
Baby boy Buckingham (1858 - 1858)*
Rosalie Amelia Buckingham Selfridge (1860 - 1918)
Violet Dumont (1874 - 1883)**
Note: # 6159523-findagrave memorial # for her grandfather, Alvah Buckingham
St Mark Churchyard
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Record added: Mar 14, 2013
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