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Re: Mrs. Julia Stevens

Posted: 27 Jan 2010 7:03PM GMT
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Is this the family you seek? No reference to a Boylan; I haven't been able to find a Carter Boylan.

Julia's first husband was Leslie STEVEN; after her divorce from Leslie, she married Walter Krafft. In 1920, Leslie and Julia Steven were living in DuPage County, IL. In 1930, Elmhurst, DuPage County: Leslie B. Steven, 34, b. IL, parents b. IL; wife, Julia, 33, b. IL, parents b. IL; daughter Virginia, age 9, b. IL. Both Leslie and Julia were listed as proprietor, candy mfg.

These articles are from the Chicago Tribune Archives; perhaps you will find a connection in the information. Is this the family you seek? No reference to a Boylan.

1994-04-22 Chicago Tribune (IL)
JULIA C. KRAFFT, FOUNDER OF MRS. STEVEN'S CANDIES
By Kenan Heise, Tribune Staff Writer.
Julia C. Krafft, 98, the founder of Steven Candy Kitchens Inc., was a farm wife in 1921 when she started the very successful, nationwide firm that manufactured and distributed her Mrs. Steven's Candies. She was also the founder and owner of the Honey Bear Farm near Genoa City, Wis.

A resident of Rancho Santa Fe, Calif., and formerly of Lake Forest, she died Sunday at home in Rancho Santa Fe.

Mrs. Steven's Candies proved a very popular item in Chicago for several generations. Her three-pound box that sold for a dollar made it possible during the Depression for people with marginal incomes to purchase a quality box of chocolates. Her candy eventually sold through 22 retail stores and 800 outlets across the country.

Mrs. Krafft was born on a farm near Wayne, growing up in a log cabin there. After grammar school, she attended Ellis Business College in Elgin. After working for a while as an office manager at a threadworks in Elgin, she married Leslie Steven and lived on a farm. They were later divorced, but she kept the name for her candy.

Looking for a second income to help out, she followed a friend's advice and started making fudge. She found an outlet, a drugstore in the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad station and began selling as much candy as she could make.

She left the farm, and with $1,000 in capital set up her business in Chicago, selling candy out of a drugstore in the Chicago & North Western station. Her business and cooking abilities came together in the company that continued to expand until she sold the company in 1956.

In addition to the Honey Bear Farm, Mrs. Krafft also owned and developed three other farms and the Little Traveler Shop in Geneva. It featured antique and gourmet shops as well as a tearoom.

She was appointed by the late Mayor Richard J. Daley as co-chairman with his wife, Eleanor, of the Chicago Beautiful Committee.

Mrs. Krafft was a member of the board of directors of the Salvation Army, the Chicago Boys Club, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, the Hadley School for the Blind and the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation.

There are no immediate survivors. Services will be held Friday in Rancho Santa Fe.
Copyright 1994, Chicago Tribune. For permission to reprint, contact Chicago Tribune. Record Number: 19940422OB9404220114

SSDI
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JULIA C KRAFFT 14 Dec 1896 17 Apr 1994 92067 (Rancho Santa Fe, San Diego, CA)
California Death index indicates she was born in Illinois and her father's last name was Clark.
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1959-01-07 Chicago Tribune (IL)
W. A. KRAFFT, MILLINERY CO. PRESIDENT, DIES
Walter A. Krafft, 69, of 199 Lake Shore dr., husband of Mrs. Julia Steven Krafft, founder and former owner of Steven Candy Kitchens, Inc., died Tuesday in Passavant hospital after a long illness. He was president of Emporium World Millinery company, 36 S. State st., and president of the University of Chicago Cancer Research Foundation.

Mr. Krafft and his wife also owned Honey Bear farm, a tea room and shops near Genoa City, Wis., and the Little Traveler shop at 404 Third st., Geneva. A pharmacy graduate of Northwestern university, Mr. Krafft was president of the former Buck and Rayner drug store chain. He was a member of the University' of Chicago Citizens board and a director of Goodwill Industries of Chicago.

Surviving, in addition to Mrs. Krafft, are a daughter, Virginia Krafft; a brother, Col. Henry L. Krafft of Carmel, Cal., and two sisters, Mrs. Clotilde Horsch of New York and Mrs. Edna Ives of Oak Park. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday in Grace Lutheran church, River Forest.

Julia's daughter Virginia
1959-10-28 Chicago Tribune (IL)
BRIEF SERVICE FOR HEIRESS HELD IN CHAPEL
A brief service for Mrs. Virginia Krafft Dore, 39, Chicago heiress, was held Tuesday in the chapel at 1035 N. Dearborn st.

Mrs. Dore, a bride of seven weeks and manager of a restaurant and specialty shops at Honey Bear farm at Genoa City, Wis., was found dead under mysterious circumstances Saturday night in her home at the farm.

Her mother, Mrs. Julia Steven Krafft, wealthy founder of a candy company and owner of Honey Bear farm, and her husband, Francis Dore, 38, vice president of the candy firm, sat side by side thru the service.

More than 300 persons filled the chapel to overflowing and occupied part of an adjoining section where an amplifier enabled those in attendance to hear the eulogy by Dr. O. A. Geiseman, assistant pastor of People's church, 941 Lawrence av.

Dr. Geiseman, who performed the wedding ceremony for Mrs. Dore and Francis Dore seven weeks ago in the church, said she was "a kind and good girl, who did many fine things."

Four members of the choir at People's church sang at the service. They were the same four who had sung at Mrs. Dore's wedding.

A spokesman for the family said after the service that Mrs. Krafft was shocked by her daughter's death and asked that she be allowed to remain quietly in seclusion.

Copyright 1959, Chicago Tribune. For permission to reprint, contact Chicago Tribune. Record Number: 19591028ob020

1959-10-26 Chicago Tribune (IL)
DORE
Virginia Krafft Dore, age 39, of Powers Lake, Wis., formerly of 199 Lake Shore drive. Survived by loving husband Edward; beloved daughter of Mrs. Julia Krafft of Chicago, Ill.; several aunts and uncles. Services 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at funeral chapel, 1035 N. Dearborn. Entombment Rosehill mausoleum. Visitation after 2 p.m. Monday at the Haase funeral home, Genoa City, Wis., and after 10 a.m. Tuesday at chapel, 1035 N. Dearborn. DE 7-3036. Copyright 1959, Chicago Tribune. For permission to reprint, contact Chicago Tribune. Record Number: 19591026dn087

1960-05-26 Chicago Tribune (IL)
RULE CANDY HEIRESS' DEATH SELF-CAUSED
Wind Up 7 Month Mrs. Dore Probe
Kenosha, Wis., May 25 [Special] -- Kenosha county authorities wound up their seven month investigation of the death of Mrs. Virginia Krafft Dore Wednesday with a ruling that death was selfcaused and was either intentional or unintentional.

Coroner Edward J. Wavro and District Atty. Joseph Molinaro said they are excluding homicide on the basis of physical evidence plus lie tests given by the state crime laboratory to nine persons. These tests indicated that those submitting to them had "no guilty or preliminary knowledge of the death."

Found Dead Oct. 24

Wavro said there will be be further investigation on the basis of present evidence.

Mrs. Dore was found dead last Oct. 24 in a bedroom of a house occupied by her and her husband on Honey Bear farm, a restaurant and shopping center which she operated for ther mother, Mrs. Walter A. Krafft of Chicago, founder of Stevens Candy Kitchen, Inc.

She had returned alone a few hours earlier from a football game in Madison, Wis., which she had attended with her husband and friends.

The husband, Francis Dore, 38, who had been married to her only a few Weeks, found the body when he got home shortly before midnight. There were monoxide fumes in the house from a sports car in a garage under Mrs. Dore's bedroom. The motor of this car was running when Dore arrived and another car in the garage had an empty gas tank and the ignition turned on.

Wavro said that death was the result "of carbon monoxide intoxication complicated by acute alcoholism."

Suicide Threats Told

"There is no evidence to indicate whether the death was a suicide or accidental," Wavro asserted.

Molinaro said authorities found no evidence that Mrs. Dore had been despondent over marital or financial problems, altho several of her acquaintances reported they had heard her threaten to commit suicide on many occasions.

Julia's mother
1952-07-24 Chicago Tribune (IL)
CLARK
Rose A. Clark, beloved wife of George B. Clark of Wheaton, Ill., fond mother of Mrs. Walter A. Krafft, Mrs. Bertha Blinks, and Mrs. Merrill Sayer, all of River Forest, and the late Roy Clark of Roselle, Ill., grandmother of Virginia Krafft, John Blinks, Roy Clark, James Clark, George Sayer, and Jule Sayer, great-grandmother of Roy Clark Jr. Friends may call at funeral home, 120 N. Hale street, Wheaton, Thursday afternoon and evening. Service private. Copyright 1952, Chicago Tribune. For permission to reprint, contact Chicago Tribune. Record Number: 19520724dn054

Julia's father:
1955-04-28 Chicago Tribune (IL)
George Barnerd Clark, born Aug. 5, 1871, at Bloomingdale, Ill., passed away April 27, father of Mrs. Walter A. Krafft, Mrs. Bertha Blinks, Mrs. Merrill Sayer, and the late Roy George; grandfather of Virginia Steven Krafft, John Blinks, George Sayer, Jule Sayer, Roy Clark, and James Clark; great-grandfather of three. Funeral Friday at 2 p.m. at chapel, 120 N. Hale, Wheaton. Interment lake Street Memorial Park cemetery, Elgin. Copyright 1955, Chicago Tribune. For permission to reprint, contact Chicago Tribune.
Record Number: 19550428dn018

1955-04-28 Chicago Tribune (IL)
OBITUARIES, George B. Clark
Edition: Chicago Tribune
George Barnerd Clark, 83, of 205 W. Evergreen st., Wheaton, for many years midwest sales representative of the Oelwein [Ia.] Chemical company, died yesterday in his home. He was the father of Mrs. Walter A. Krafft of River Forest, the Julia Steven who heads the Mrs. Steven's candy shops in Chicago, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis. Also surviving are two other daughters, Mrs. Bertha Blinks of Genoa City, Wis., and Mrs. Mildred Sayer; six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. Services will be held at 2 p.m. tomorrow in the chapel at 120 Hale st., Wheaton. Copyright 1955, Chicago Tribune. For permission to reprint, contact Chicago Tribune. Record Number: 19550428ob008

Julia's brother
1941-05-23 Chicago Tribune (IL)
CLARK
Roy G. Clark of Roselle, Ill., husband of Amanda [nee Harmening], father of Roy George and James Henry, son of George and Rose Clark, brother of Mrs. Walter Krafft, Mrs. Bertha Blinks, and Mrs. Merrill Sayer. Funeral Saturday, 2:30 p.m., at chapel, 134 S. York street, Elmhurst, Ill. Interment Lake Street Memorial cemetery at Elgin, Ill.
Copyright 1941, Chicago Tribune. For permission to reprint, contact Chicago Tribune. Record Number: 19410523dn03

Julia's first husband, Leslie Steven
1968-05-02 Chicago Tribune (IL)
Leslie B. Steven, suddenly, beloved husband of Ann. M., nee Meyer; loving father of John and Robert; grandfather of Wendy Lynn Steven; brother of Glen L.; son of the late James and Effie, nee Bartlett. Resting at Thomas J. Cooney Sons Funeral Home, 3552 Southport avenue. Services Saturday, 11 a.m. Interment St. Joseph's. Copyright 1968, Chicago Tribune. For permission to reprint, contact Chicago Tribune. Record Number: 19680502dn123

Leslie Steven's mother
1944-01-28 Chicago Tribune (IL)
STEVEN
Effie M. Steven, nee Bartlett, beloved wife of the late James R., fond mother of Glen L. and Leslie B., sister of Hettie Woodworth, Lee Landon, Irving and Hamilton Bartlett. At chapel, 120 Hale street, Wheaton, Ill. Services will be held Saturday, 1 p.m. Interment Wheaton cemetery. Copyright 1944, Chicago Tribune. For permission to reprint, contact Chicago Tribune. Record Number: 19440128dn069
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