Jun. 21, 1902 Baltimore Baltimore City Maryland, USA
Daughter of Illinois Governor Shelby Moore Cullom and his wife Hannah Fisher Cullom.
Mrs. Ella Cullom Ridgely, wife of William Barret Ridgely, comptroller of the currency, and daughter of Senator Shelby M. Cullom, died at 2:15 o'clock yesterday morning at the Johns Hopkins hospital, Baltimore, Md. She had been taken to the hospital from her home in Washington, Thursday, and had undergone for appendicitis. The news of Mrs. Ridgely's sudden death came as a sorrowful surprise to her relatives and friends in Springfield. Friday afternoon a message was received at the Ridgely National bank from William Barret Ridgely, stating that his wife was ill and had been taken to the Johns Hopkins hospital in Baltimore to undergo an operation. The message stated that the operation had been performed and that Mrs. Ridgely's condition was not as bad as had been feared. After receiving this information the Springfield relatives of Mrs. Ridgely were not alarmed, and accordingly were not prepared for the reception of the message announcing her demise. That message came from her husband to Mr. Charles Ridgely.
A dispatch from Washington stated that Mrs. Ridgely was indisposed for two or three days before she was taken to the hospital. She was accompanied there by her husband and one of her daughters. Senator Cullom went to Baltimore Friday morning and received a report from Doctor Mitchell that the operation was performed successfully. Friday afternoon Senator Cullom returned to Washington after leaving the bedside of his daughter feeling confident of her recovery. At 8 o'clock Friday night Senator Cullom received an alarming message form Doctor Mitchell over the long distance telephone. It was to the effect that Mrs. Ridgely's temperature was so high that there was grave danger of her death before morning. Doctor Mitchell advised that the members of the family be assembled at the bedside, and Senator Cullom left hurriedly for Baltimore, taking with him his granddaughter, Mrs. Ridgely's younger daughter. By the death of Mrs. Ridgely, Senator Cullom is left childless, his younger daughter Carrie, who was married to Robert Gordon Hardy, the artist, having died about three years ago.
Mrs. Ridgely was born and reared in Springfield. She was educated at the Bettie Stuart Institute and graduated at that institution. In 1888, during Senator Cullom's term as governor of Illinois, she was married to William Barret Ridgely, at the executive mansion. From that time until a short time ago Mr. and Mrs. Ridgely made their home in Springfield. Some time after the closing of the Springfield rolling mills, in 1899, Mr. Ridgely was elected secretary of the Republic Iron and Steel company, and moved his family to Chicago, where they resided for a year and a half, previous to Mr. Ridgely's appointment as comptroller of the currency. Last October Mr. and Mrs. Ridgely moved to Washington. Mrs. Ridgely became widely known in social circles despite her short residence there. While in Springfield she was a member of the Shakespearian club, a close social organization, composed of her most intimate friends.
Besides her husband, Mrs. Ridgely is mourned by Senator and Mrs. Cullom, and by her two daughters, Misses Catherine Cullom and Eleanor Ridgely. The elder, Miss Catherine, is just budding into womanhood. She graduated recently from an exclusive school in Washington where she has spent the past six years, residing during her school life with her grandparents. Miss Eleanor Ridgely, who is five years younger than her sister, attended school in Springfield until the removal of her parents, when she went with them to Chicago and thence to Washington.
The remains of Mrs. Ridgely left Washington last night accompanied by the funeral party. They will come via Chicago, reaching there this afternoon and thence direct to Springfield over the Chicago & Alton railroad, arriving early Monday morning. The funeral will take place Monday afternoon at the First Presbyterian church. The interment will be in Oak Ridge cemetery. IL State Journal, Springfield, IL 6-22-1902