I have such an abundance of stories from this era because of the excellent research presented in the Homicide in Chicago Interactive Database and because news coverage of abortion was abundant during this time.

Women's Stories from the 1900s
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1900
  • Ida Henry, January 12, 1900 Age: 26
    • Dr. Paulina Bechtel, Chicago, IL
  • Barbara Shelgren, January 22, 1900 Age: 25
    • Dr. Paulina Bechtel, Chicago, IL
  • Alice Koester, March 5, 1900
    • Maria Janke, profession unspecified, Chicago, IL
  • Mary Jane Douds, May 21, 1900 Age: 26
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Mrs. Andre Jorgenson, June 28, 1900
    • Midwife Anna Philgren (?), Chicago, IL
  • Sarah Bonda, July 2, 1900 Age: 20
    • Midwife Martha Heisig, Chicago, IL
  • Juliette O'Brien July 17, 1901 Age: 23
    • Dr. Michael A. Arnholt, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Mary Borglun, August 4, 1900 Age: 20
    • Nurse or midwife Mary Kempfer, Chicago, IL
  • Ida Stewart, September 20, 1900 Age: 37
    • Unidentified physician, Tipton, IN


1901
  • Juliet Pottinger , January 7, 1901 Age: 21
    • Dr. Maggie Becker, Chicago, IL
  • Jennie Mallard, January 16, 1901 Age: 20
    • Dr. Margaret Simmons, Chicago, IL
  • Jessie Matteson, May 9, 1901 Age: 22
    • Dr. J.B. Butts, Chicago, IL
  • Rosa May Swope, July 5, 1901 Age: 24
    • Dr. F.D. Smith (?), Astoria, IL
  • Annie Robinson, August 18, 1901 Age: 28
    • Dr. Teresa Muenster (?), Chicago, IL
  • Irma Brown
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    • November 15, 1901 Age: 22
    • Dr. Robert E. Gray (?), Chicago, IL
  • Rose Lefebre, December 1, 1901 Age: 33
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL


1902
  • Dora McBride, 1902
    • Mrs. Shaffer, profession unspecified, Paulding, OH
  • Harriet Larocque, April 25, 1902, Age 19
    • Dr. Mary J. McCleery (?), New York, NY
  • Irene Wengel, June 12, 1902
    • Dr. Lucy Hagenow, Chicago, IL
  • Henrietta Apple, September 15, 1902 Age: 31
    • Midwife Lena Schott, New York, NY


1903
  • Emma Morris, July 16, 1903 Age: 29
    • Verified self-induced with instrument, Jacksonville, IL
  • Florence Gaiewski, September 4, 1903 Age: 23
    • Dr. Ladislaw Slominski (?), Chicago, IL
  • Sophie Herman, November 1, 1903 Age: 23
    • Midwife Harla Faustman (?), Chicago, IL


1904
  • Stella Murgatroyd, January 30, 1904 Age: 27
    • Dr. C. W. Manley, Illinois
  • Edith McIntyre, April 1, 1904 Age: 24
    • Dr. Charles Eastman, Old Orchard, ME
  • Margaret McCarthy, May 18, 1904 Age: 18
    • Midwife Gertrude Plenz, Chicago, IL
  • Alma Swanson, July 11, 1904 Age: 24
    • Midwife Marie Anderson (?), Chicago, IL
  • Stanislawa Zagonski, September 30, 1904
    • Possible lay abortionist Mrs. Alexander Wojtanowski, Chicago, IL
  • Mary Lawson, October 6, 1904 Age: 33
    • Dr. Alois Rassmussen (?), Chicago, IL



1905
  • Ida Vierow
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    • January 6, 1905 Age: 28
    • Midwives Amella Maichrowicz and Anna Becker, Chicago, IL
  • Leona Loveless, February 11, 1905 Age: 17
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Ischua, NY
  • Mary Putnam, March 14, 1905 Age: 27
    • Dr. Lucy Hagenow, Chicago, IL
  • Ida Pomering, March 23, 1905 Age: 30
    • Doctor or midwife Apollonia Heinle, Chicago, IL
  • Ida Alice Bloom, March 24, 1905 Age: 28
    • Dr. Julius Goltz, Chicago, IL
  • Hannah Calhoun, May 7, 1905
    • Self-induced or unknown perpetrator, Peoria, IL
  • Susanna "Susan" Geary
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    • September 19, 1905 Age: 20
    • Dr. Mary S. Dean, Boston, MA
  • Dorothy Spuhr, November 16, 1905 Age: 18
    • Midwife Julia Gibson, Chicago, IL
  • Annie Killhoff, December 5, 1905 Age: 19
    • Dr. Joseph Vassumpaur (?), Chicago, IL
  • Elsie Holman, December 9, 1905 Age: 27
    • Midwife Emma Schultz (?), Chicago, IL


1906
  • Jennie Martin, January 16, 1906 Age: 28
    • Dr. William F. Briney, Chicago, IL
  • Mercedes Berriogobel
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    • February 5, 1906 Age: 15
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Ida Prochnow, February 20, 1906 Age: 35
    • Midwife Madaline Motgna, Chicago, IL
  • Bessie Orme February 23, 1906 Age: 26
    • Dr. George Fosberg, Chicago, IL
  • Lola Maddison, March 2, 1906 Age: 28
    • Dr. Lucy Hagenow, Chicago, IL
  • Otilia Winkler, March 2, 1906, Age 23
    • Midwife Wilhemina Benn, Chicago, IL
  • Anna Gosch, March 20, 1906
    • Unverified boyfriend/abortionist, Kearney, NE
  • Bessie Braun, April 6, 1906 Age: 22
    • Midwife Julia Gibson, Chicago, IL
  • Johanna Faulner June 29, 1906 Age: 40
    • Midwife Emily Redeniske (?), Chicago, IL
  • Anna May Klanenberg, August 23, 1906 Age: 24
    • Dr. J. W. Mitchell (?), Chicago, IL
  • Annie Heaney, September 26, 1906 Age: 50
    • Dr. Jonathan L. Miller (?), Chicago, IL
  • Emma Miller, November 24, 1906 Age: 22
    • Chicago, IL


1907
  • Ellen White, January 10, 1907 Age: 36
    • Midwife Ellen Watchek, Chicago, IL
  • Sarah Cushing, January 15, 1907 Age: 24
    • Midwife Gertrude Plenz, Chicago, IL
  • Nellie Walsh, February 12, 1907 Age: 28
    • Dr. Adolph Buettner, Chicago, IL
  • Ella Brunswick, March 5, 1907 Age: 24
    • Midwife Kunigundi Hardman, Chicago, IL
  • Paulina Schneider, March 17, 1907
    • Dr. Robert Emery (?), Peoria, IL
  • Bessie Simons, March 19, 1907 Age: 30
    • Dr. Charles D. Hughes (?), Chicago, IL
  • Dora Swan, March 23, 1907 Age: 24
    • Dr. Louise Achtenberg, Chicago, IL
  • Annie Raabe, April 4, 1907 Age: 33
    • Undetermined perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Norma Beck, April 4, 1907 Age: 32
    • Dr. Thomas Balhollchett (?), Chicago, IL
  • Annie Horvatich, May 6, 1907 Age: 26
    • Dr. Lucy Hagenow, Chicago, IL
  • Julia Williamson, June 6, 1907 Age: 29
    • Midwife Emily Redemski, Chicago, IL
  • Madeline Paffrath, July 21, 1907 Age: c. 21
    • Midwife Harcone Scheutner or midwife Alice Gustafson, Chicago, IL
  • Mabel Brock, September 23, 1907 Age: 27
    • Midwife Mrs. Lobbie, Hobart, IN
  • Lizzie Paulson, November 24, 1907 Age: 38
    • Possible lay abortionist John Nelson, Chicago, IL
  • Marcie Mayer, December 29, 1907 Age: 19
    • Midwife Mary Bing, Chicago, IL


1908
  • "Dottie H.," February 23, 1908
    • Unspecified physician, Chicago, IL
  • "Ruby C.," March 2, 1908 Age: 24
    • Unspecified midwife, Chicago, IL
  • Nellie Shuff, March 7, 1908 Age: 26
    • Midwife Johanna White, Chicago, IL
  • Sophia Turner, April 18, 1908 Age: 36
    • Dr. Jessie E. Robertson (?), Chicago, IL
  • Annie Johnson, April 25, 1908 Age: 32
    • Midwife Augusta Heiderich, Chicago, IL
  • Cora Johnson, April 26, 1908 Age: 32
    • Midwife Mrs. Dietrich (?), Chicago, IL
  • Elizabeth Gies, June 19, 1908 Age: 27
    • Dr. William H. Wilson (?), Philadelphia, PA
  • Lillie O'Neill June 24, 1908 Age: 36
    • Dr. Albert C. Davis, Chicago, IL
  • "Cathy W.," July 11, 1909 Age: 24
    • Verified self-induced with catheter, Chicago
  • Bertha Isserstadt August 14, 1908 Age: 23
    • Possible lay abortionist Margaret Wiedman (?), Chicago, IL
  • Ida Peterson, September 10, 1908 Age 27
    • Possible lay abortionist, Chicago, IL
  • "Sophie G.", September 27, 1908
    • Unspecified midwife, Chicago, IL
  • Mary Rahn, October 1, 1908 Age: 21
    • Midwife Frida Trappe (?), Chicago, IL
  • Lillian Stelborn, October 2, 1908 Age: 19
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • "Cathy R.," October 13, 1908 Age: 19
    • Verified self-induced with catheter, Chicago, IL
  • Olga Anderson, October 14, 1908 Age: 23
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • "Millie T.," December 22 or 23, 1908 Age: 25
    • Unspecified midwife, Chicago, IL
  • Christina Pearson, December 24, 1908 Age: 38
    • Dr. L. A. Mueller (?), Chicago, IL


1909
  • Mary Prestkiewicz, 1909 Age: 17
    • Dr. Golumbowski (?), Chicago, IL
  • Florence Wright, January 12, 1909 Age: 34
    • Midwife Louisa Achtenberg, Chicago
  • Kate Blust, March 12, 1909 Age: 22
    • Midwife Emma Novak (?), Chicago, IL
  • Lena Oppendal March 13, 1909 Age: 37
    • Midwife Carrin Bakke (?), Chicago, IL
  • Carrie Person, March 25, 1909 Age: 37
    • Midwife Caroline Meyer, Chicago, IL
  • Stella Kelly, April 30, 1909 Age: 28
    • Midwife Louise Achtenberg, Chicago, IL
  • "Tessa Z.," June 22, 1909 Age: 29
    • Unspecified midwife, Chicago, IL
  • Lillian Swing, August 15, 1909 Age: 15
    • Dr. Hamilton Shaver (?), Chicago, IL
  • Anna Dennin, August 27, 1909 Age: 23
    • Dr. E. Mayeke (?), Chicago, IL
  • Marian Lang, November 11, 1909, Age: 29
    • Dr. E. L. Pope (?), Chicago, IL
  • Anna Pozajevich , November 23, 1909 Age: 24
    • Possible lay abortionist, Chicago, IL
  • "Sadie D.," December 22 or 23, 1909 Age: 39
    • Suspected abortion, perpetrator unidentified, Chicago, IL
  • "Cathy H.," December 25, 1909 Age: 28
    • Verified self-induced with catheter, Chicago, IL