The Sault News-Record September 7, 1901
Sault Saint Marie, Michigan
Ida McKinley Wheeler
Ida McKinley Wheeler was born July 10, 1896 to parents James Byard Wheeler and Zilphie Elizabeth Carpenter Wheeler in Seney, Schoolcraft County Michigan.
Ida’s unique name came from her very Republican, very politically involved father, James. He named her after First Lady Ida McKinley, the wife of President William McKinley who served as the 25th President of the United States from 1897 to 1901. She was born the year of William McKinley’s presidential campaign and election. Her father James was a strong supporter of William McKinley...Well I guess so!
Ida’s family spent a brief residence in Alger County before moving to Sault Saint Marie Michigan circa early 1900's. I do not know much about Ida’s life. At some point she made it to Chicago along with her sisters Marjorie and Ethel.(my grandmother) Marjorie was married and lived in Chicago, Ethel came back to the Soo after a few years and married there.
Ida married William C. Panter sometime about 1925 probably in Chicago, the couple never had any children. I heard some vague story that Ida's husband had worked for Al Capone, but how would anyone ever find that out! Ida's husband William died in Chicago July 10, 1955, and Ida continued to live in Chicago. She died September 28, 1971 in Chicago and is buried in Sault Saint Marie, Michigan in the Pinegrove Cemetery with her sister Ethel Raeburn’s family.
I would love to find out more about Ida's life in Chicago.
President William McKinley was shot on September 6, 1901 and later died from the wounds inflicted by the assassin on September 14, 1901.
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Ida's photo, family collection.