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 1920s
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1920
  • Lydia Swanson, January 26, 1920 Age: 23
    • Dr. Rosa Gollnick (?), Chicago, IL
  • Margaret Marts, February 15, 1920 Age: 26
    • Self-induced/Dr. E. Anderson, Kansas City, MO
  • Christine Hetland, March 1, 1920 Age: 39
    • Dr. John M. Klinck (?), Chicago, IL
  • Rose Lieberman, April 16, 1920 Age: 24
    • Dr. Herman J. Webber, Chicago, IL (?)
  • Sophie Krawczyk, April 22, 1920 Age: 28
    • Midwife Mary Simkus, Chicago, IL (?)
  • Catherine Kasper, April 26, 1920 Age: 26
    • Midwife Rose Preib, Chicago, IL (?)
  • Frances Collins, May 6, 1920 Age: 34
    • Dr. Warner, Chicago, IL
  • Vincenza Romano, July 11, 1920 Age: 36
    • Midwife Marie Lendino, Chicago, IL (?)
  • Adelaide Fowler July 27, 1920 Age: 38
    • Dr. Barney Welty, Chicago, IL (?)
  • Christina Anderson, August 6, 1920 Age: 35
    • Midwife Emelia Schaffer, Chicago, IL (?)
  • Alice Jolly, October 18, 1920 Age: 30
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Francis Karies, October 23, 1920 Age: 19
    • Dr. C. W. Milliken, Akron, OH
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1921
  • Jennie Chubb, January 4, 1921 Age: 21
    • Veronica Rypcznski, profession not indicated, Chicago, IL (?)
  • Iva Triplet, March 9, 1921 Age: 28
    • Dr. C. W. Milliken, Akron, OH
  • Catherine Riga, April 1, 1921 Age: 32
    • Dr. Simeon Minden, New York, NY
  • Violet McCormick, April 23, 1921 Age: 30
    • Dr. Louise Achtenberg (?), Chicago, IL
  • Emma Shanahan, April 24, 1921
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Dorothy Friedland April 26, 1921 Age: 25
    • Undetermined perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Katherine Falesch May 4, 1921 Age: 37
    • Midwife Eva Lorch, Chicago, IL (?)
  • Florence Cobb, March 6, 1921 Age: 23
    • Dr. C. W. Milliken, Akron, OH
  • Edna Rohner, July 14, 1921 Age: 23
    • Dr. Otto Klemmick, Chicago, IL (?)
  • Beulah Pickerill, August 13, 1922 Age: 21
    • Dr. Vincent Filletti, Chicago, IL
  • Virginia Rappe
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    • September 9, 1921 Age: 25
    • Unverified, Wakefield Sanitorium, San Francisco, CA
  • Annie Sczepkowski, October 20, 1921 Age: 30
    • Unknown perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Edna Curran, December, 1921
    • Dr. Johnson Strouse, Garrett, IN
  • Marie Pickles, December 19, 1921 Age: 18
    • Nurse or midwife Clarence Shoere, Chicago, IL
  • Belle Keehn, December 28, 1921 Age: 30
    • Unspecified physician, Chicago, IL
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1922
  • Irene Michaelson, January 7, 1922
    • Dr. William H. Bricker, Jr.
    • Bricker Sanitarium, Atlantic City, NJ
  • Hattie Mae Myers, March 7, 1922 Age: 19
    • Dr. Charles C. Keester (?), Wichita, KS
  • Nina Pierce
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    • February 15, 1925 Age: 22
    • Dr. Lucy Hagenow, Chicago, IL
  • Louise Huse, June 12, 1922 Age: 30
    • Midwife Agnes Tholl (?), Chicago, IL
  • Veronica Maslanka, June 19, 1922 Age: 26
    • Midwife Mary Pesova (?), Chicago, IL
  • Carrie McDonald, August 1, 1922 Age: 27
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Denver, CO
  • Delia Campbell, August 10, 1922 Age: 38
    • Dr. George F. Slater (?), Chicago, IL
  • Catherine Wainwright, August 26, 1922
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Long Island, NY
  • Corrine Comstock, October 16, 1922 Age: 18
    • Self-induced, Quincy, IL
  • Anna Scott, September 7, 1922 Age: 28
    • Dr. J. J. Hunter (?), Antelope, MT
  • Mary Gresky, September 20, 1922
    • Mary Vargo (?), profession not indicated, Ohio
  • Mary Cybulski, September 26, 1922 Age: 35
    • Lucy Kozolwski (?), profession not indicated, Chicago, IL
  • Margaret Sullivan, October 1, 1922 Age: 21
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Lillian Humbert, October 25, 1922 Age: 24
    • Nurse or midwife Mrs. M.C. Anderson (?), Chicago, IL
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1923
  • Mary Sudik, February 12, 1923 Age: 20
    • Dr. A.B.C. Davis, Oklahoma City, OK
  • Daisy Singerland, April 22, 1923 Age: 30
    • Dr. James W. Lipscomb (?), Chicago, IL
  • Emma Herod, April 30, 1923 Age: 29
    • Dr. Emma J. Warren (?), Chicago, IL
  • Mary Federowicz July 21, 1923 Age: 28
    • Anna Mithnewicz (?), profession not specified, Chicago, IL
  • Martha Byzynski, August 11, 1923 Age: 26
    • Nurse or midwife Jane Worchowski (?), Chicago, IL
  • Catherine Stange, August 21, 1923 Age: 32
    • Dr. Daniel R. Lucy (?), Denver, CO
  • Madge Bowman, September 8, 1923 Age: 16
    • Midwife Kate Seuer (?), Chicago, IL
  • Annie Allison, September 29, 1923 Age: 44
    • Chiropractor Henry Mottard, aka Dr. Henry Green, Brooklyn, NY
  • Lydia Nelson October 16, 1923 Age: 19
    • Dr. Charles Klinetop (?), Chicago, IL
  • Alice Johnson, November 26, 1923 Age: 23
    • Dr. Lorenz Lapsky (?), Chicago, IL
  • Mollie Monilson, September 29, 1923 Age: 18
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Lauretta Schranz, October 16, 1923 Age: 16
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Hazel Hadicke, December 16, 1923 Age: 19
    • Dr. Charles C. Keester (?), Wichita, KS
  • Sophia Hartozinski, December 18, 1923 Age: 40
    • Midwife Mary Roback (?), Chicago, IL
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1924
  • Elizabeth Strobel, January 4, 1924 Age: 28
    • Anna Wenzig (?), profession not specified, Chicago, IL
  • Helen Koss, January 6, 1924 Age: 26
    • Midwife Emma Morch (?), Chicago, IL
  • Wanda Szidzewicz, February 26, 1924 Age: 23
    • Midwife Ida Cantor, Worchester County, MA
  • Selma Hetlund, March 16, 1924 Age: 35
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Etta Marcus, March 29, 1924 Age: 30
    • Dr. William J. Wick (?), Chicago, IL
  • Madelyn Anderson, May 6, 1924 Age: 24
    • Dr. Louise Achtenberg, Chicago, IL
  • Mary Whitney, May 17, 1924 Age: 26
    • Dr. Lou E. Davis, Chicago, IL
  • Anna Strazynski, June 7, 1924 Age: 27
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Loren Franklin August, 1924 Age: 19
    • Dr. Charles C. Keester, Wichita, KS
  • "Bonnie", August, 1924 Age: 18
    • Dr. Charles C. Keester, Wichita, KS
  • Elizabeth Strazdas, November 19, 1924 Age: 38
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Mildred Bleschke, November 21, 1924 Age: 24
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Margaret Foley, November 25, 1924 Age: 20
    • Dr. Roger S. Parry (?), Mapleton, IL
  • Arretta Hardesty, December 24, 1924 Age: 31
    • Dr. John T. Martin, Marion Township, IN
  • Agnes Nazar December 30, 1924 Age: 21
    • Rogie Hatal (?), profession not specified, Chicago, IL
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1925
  • Jean Cohen, January 22, 1925 Age: 17
    • Dr. Lucy Hagenow, Chicago, IL
  • Kate Radochouski, January 23, 1925 Age: 34
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Agnes Crowe, February 16, 1925 Age: 28
    • Unspecified female midwife, Chicago, IL
  • Della Davis, May 18, 1925 Age: 25
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Betty Fisher June 13, 1925 Age: 24
    • Dr. August Goetz (?) and/or Dr. Henry Gautsen (?), Chicago, IL
  • Gertrude Wynants, July 19, 1925 Age: 17
    • Margaret Shott Higgens (?), profession unspecified, White Plains, NY
  • Lottie Lowy, July 26, 1925 Age: 27
    • Dr. Lucy Hagenow, Chicago, IL
  • Katarzyna Tobiasz, August 29, 1925 Age: 31
    • Nurse or midwife Barbara Kolur (?), Chicago, IL
  • Elizabeth Welter, September 14, 1925 Age: 19
    • Dr. Lucy Hagenow, Chicago, IL
  • Mary Williams, September 15, 1925 Age: 25
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Faye McGinnis, September 25, 1925 Age: 23
    • Dr. Walter Penningdorf (?) and/or Dr. Walter Voight (?), Chicago, IL
  • Helen Bain, November 20, 1925 Age: 23
    • Dr. George Slater (?), Chicago, IL
  • Anna Kick, November 20, 1925 Age: 29
    • Unspecified midwife, Chicago, IL
  • Margaret Zito, December 7, 1925 Age: 18
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Bridget Masterson, December 16, 1925 Age: 22
    • Dr. Lucy Hagenow (?), Chicago, IL
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1926
  • Victoria Smith, January 21, 1926 Age: 38
    • Peter Krakowski (?), profession not specified, Chicago, IL
  • Mary Elizabeth Christy, January 23, 1926 Age: 19
    • Dr. James H. Coleman (?), Carterville, IL
  • Alberta Handy, February 2, 1926 Age: 38
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Anna Welger, February 27, 1926 Age: 36
    • Midwife Theresa Struhala (?), Chicago, IL
  • Alice Annalora, March 20, 1926 Age: 19
    • Dr. Wilford Vine, Chicago, IL
  • Ida Bosen, March 22, 1926 Age: 35
    • Verified self-induced with unspecified abortifacient, Chicago, IL
  • Louise Maday, March 31, 1926 Age: 24
    • Midwife Amelia Becker (?), Chicago, IL
  • Fern Strecker, April 26, 1926 Age: 26
    • Midwife Elizabeth Schade (?), Chicago, IL
  • Mary Sayers, May 1, 1925 Age: 26
    • Midwife Edna Marie Dietrich (?), Chicago, IL
  • Willie Pearl Walker, June 1, 1926 Age: 18
    • Dr. Thomas Ney (?), Chicago, IL
  • Lillian McCullough, July, 1926 Age: 18
    • Dr. James P.A. Nolan (?), Brookline, MA
  • Edith Green
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    • July 10, 1926 Age: 20
    • Dr. Thomas P.A. Nolan (?), Brookline, MA
  • Margaret Muscia, August 28, 1926 Age: 44
    • Minnie Miller (?), profession unspecified, Chicago, IL
  • Myrtle Shall, August 29, 1926 Age: 22
    • Self-induced by unspecified method, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Mary Bailek, September 15, 1926 Age: 23
    • Midwife Rozalia Ossowska (?), Chicago, IL
  • Jeanette Jarrett, October 11, 1926 Age: 28
    • Dr. Roy Shell (?), Chicago, IL
  • Ethel Horner, October 15, 1926 Age: 23
    • Dr. Albert Peacock, Chicago, IL
  • Mary Moorehead, November 29, 1926 Age: 25
    • Dr. Lucy Hagenow, Chicago, IL
  • Sophie Peterson, November 30, 1926 Age: 34
    • Dr. Frederick Springe (?), Chicago, IL
  • Mary Paradowski, December 20, 1926 Age: 23
    • Midwife Josephine Petrova (?), Chicago, IL
  • Emily Mueller, December 21, 1926 Age: 15
    • Midwife Magdelane Stegeman (?), Chicago, IL
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1927
  • Fern Howe, January 13, 1927 Age: 27
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Uniontown, PA
  • Angenita Hargarten, February 20, 1927 Age: 23
    • Midwife Anna Trezek (?), Chicago, IL
  • Nancy Dawson, March 21, 1927 Age: 25
    • Dr. J.F. Peck (?), Chicago, IL
  • Arhne Reynolds, April 5, 1927
    • Dr. Louis Ginsburg (?), Chicago, IL
  • Anna Mae Smith, June 19, 1927 Age: 20
    • Dr. George F. Slater (?), Chicago, IL
  • Irene Campbell, August 9, 1927 Age: 33
    • Dr. Herman Webber (?), Chicago, IL
  • Florence Kruse, August 29, 1927 Age: 15
    • Dr. James Aldrich (?), Chicago, IL
  • Martha Kohnke, September 24, 1927 Age: 35
    • Nurse Emma Schultz (?), Chicago, IL
  • Auna Arola, October 17, 1927 Age: 31
    • Dr. Vincent Tonavena (?), Chicago, IL
  • Lucille van Iderstine, November 30, 1927 Age: 22
    • Dr. Emil Gleitsman (?), Chicago, IL
  • Loretta Enders, December 11, 1927 Age: 19
    • Dr. Amante Rongetti, Chicago, IL
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1928
  • Margaret Ruth Day, January 12, 1928 Age: 20
    • Dr. T. W. Rice (?), Centralia, IL
  • Stella Licherman, February, 1928
    • Dr. W. E. Shelton (?), Chicago, IL
  • Martha Watson, February 23, 1928 Age: 26
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Vivian Willis, March 3, 1928 Age: 21
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Lucille Smith, March 6, 1928 Age: 23
    • Midwife Emma Schulz (?), Chicago, IL
  • Julia Agoston, March 12, 1928 Age: 24
    • Dr. Anton Feher (?) and Dr. Helen Moskowitz (?), Chicago, IL
  • Stefania Kwit, April 3, 1928 Age: 30
    • Midwife Pauline Majerczyk (?), Chicago, IL
  • Mildred Jakobsen, April 8, 1928 Age: 26
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Bessie Kouns, May 1, 1928 Age: 29
    • Dr. H.C. Dorroh, Ashland, KY
  • Margaret Barnts, May 8, 1928 Age: 27
    • Pauline Ziekerman (?), profession unspecified, Chicago, IL
  • Irma Robinson, June 19, 1928 Age: 23
    • Dr. Mike Roberson, Durham, NC
  • Rose Hannover, June 22, 1928 Age: 31
    • Dr. Lester I. Ofner (?), Chicago, IL
  • Maud Thurmond, July 28, 1928 Age: 21
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Shellane Franklin August 23, 1927 Age: 27
    • Dr. Gordon Jackson (?), Chicago, IL
  • Stella Wallenberg, September 14, 1928 Age: 20
    • Masseuse Loretta Rybicki (?), Chicago, IL
  • Anna Borndal, November 4, 1928 Age: 22
    • Dr. Lou E. Davis (?), Chicago, IL
  • Eunice McElroy
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    • November 14, 1928 Age: 21
    • Dr. Thomas J. Ney, Chicago, IL
  • Eshter Wahlstrom
    • December 1, 1928 Age: 23
    • Dr. Lou E. Davis (?), Chicago, IL
  • Lola Whiteman, December 11, 1928 Age: 21
    • Midwife Mary Murawski (?), Rockford, IL
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1929
  • Edna Vargo, January 23, 1929 Age: 22
    • Katherine Bajda (?), profession not indicated, Chicago, IL
  • Bernice Barnes, January 24, 1929
    • Dr. Ira B. Willits, Chicago, IL
  • Mary Strugnall, February 3, 1929 Age: 16
    • Dr. Joseph A. Harter (?), Chicago, IL
  • Louise Allman, February 5, 1929 Age: 25
    • Midwife Amelia Juarez (?), Chicago, IL
  • Anna Fazio February 13, 1929 Age: 20
    • Midwife Marie Zwienczak, Chicago, IL
  • Ruth Weir, February 16, 1929 Age: 25
    • Dr. Maurice Strum, New York
  • Violet Diancalana, February 17, 1929 Age: 25
    • Lay abortionist Mrs. Bajda (?), Chicago, IL
  • Gladys Schaffer, February 17, 1929 Age: 23
    • Midwife Emma Schulz (?), Chicago, IL
  • Virginia Clark, February 21, 1929 Age: 26
    • Dr. G. W. Wilbanks, Georgia
  • Marie Epperson, February 26, 1929 Age: 19
    • Dr. J.W. Elsiminger (?) or Dr. Richard E. Thacker (?), Oklahoma City, OK
  • Alline Brown, March 10, 1929 Age: 18
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Catherine Mau, March 11, 1929 Age: 30
    • Midwife Anna Heisler, Chicago, IL
  • Clara Duvall
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    • March 27, 1929 Age: 32
    • Unconfirmed self-induced with knitting needle
  • Marjorie Luensman, May 22, 1929 Age 27
    • Midwife Mary Rottmann (?), Chicago, IL
  • Elizabeth Palumbo, May 23, 1929 Age: 24
    • Dr. Amante Rongetti (?), Chicago, IL
  • Amelia Strumbas, May 30, 1929 Age: 19
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Viola Koepping, June 7, 1929 Age: 20
    • Dr. Albert West (?), Chicago, IL
  • Jennie Kuba, June 20, 1929 Age: 28
    • Midwife Mary Zwieniczak (?), Chicago, IL
  • Fannie Shead, June 21, 1929 Age: 25
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Winifred Garver, June 27, 1929 Age: 19
    • Dr. Anna Schultz (?), Chicago, IL
  • Gloria Schultz, July 3, 1929 Age: 19
    • Dr. W. B. Parke, Camp Douglas, WI
  • Frances Rogers, July 8, 1929 Age: 26
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Emmy Anderson, July 24, 1929 Age: 19
    • Dr. Sven Windrow (?), Chicago, IL
  • Violet Morse, August 1, 1929 Age: 22
    • Surgical nurse Gertrude Pitkanen (?), Butte, MT
  • Ruth Friedl August 21, 1929 Age: 27
    • Unverified self-induced with abortifacient, Denver, CO
  • Marjorie Johnson, August 22, 1929 Age: 34
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Gene Raligh, September 18, 1929 Age: 21
    • Dr. H. W. Coulter, Tacoma, WA
  • Barbara Auer, September 28, 1929 Age: 29
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Agnes Johnson
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    • October 26, 1929 Age: 33
    • Dr. Joseph Stern (?), Chicago, IL
  • Mary Kelly, November 11, 1929 Age: 23
    • Unidentified perpetrator, Chicago, IL
  • Signia Sobbry, December 1, 1929 Age: 25
    • Dr. Effie Lobdell, Chicago, IL



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a person's name
indicates that there canbe some question ofwhether the personactually perpetrated theabortion.
This would include cases
in which a person diedprior to trial, a casenever made it to trial,a person won a newtrial on appeal, or aperson was acquittedbut I have beenunable to determine why.
In many cases, an
acquittal does not meanthat the person did notperform the abortion.In some cases thejury might have decidedthat the abortion wasactually performedlegally and thus thewoman's death wasaccident, not homicide.