The Hastings Family

James Elliot Hastings

Birth: 17 September 1916, in Chicago, Cook county, Illinois, United States
James Elliot Hastings was born on 17 September 1916 in Chicago, Cook county, Illinois, the son of Leroy Hezmer Hastings, aged 35, and Ethel Elliott, aged 36.

Father: Leroy Hezmer Hastings

Mother: Ethel Mary (Elliott) Hastings

Education: Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School

Occupation: Attorney.
James was a partner in the firm of Chadwell, Kayser, Ruggles, McGee and Hastings.

Death: 11 June 1993 in Glenbrook Hospital, Glenview, Cook county, Illinois, United States, aged 76
James E. Hastings is recorded as widowed, aged 76, born on 17 September 1916 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Leroy H. Hastings and Ethel M. Elliott. James's occupation is attorney, and he is resident at 1342 Larrabee Lane. James was buried on 14 June 1993 at Phoenix Crematory, Lombard, Illinois. The informant is Margaret Sullivan.

Chicago Tribune 13 June 1993 (Chicago, Illinois)
James E. Hastings, 76, a Chicago attorney and longtime Northbrook resident, died Friday in Glenbrook Hospital, Glenview. Mr. Hastings was a partner in the firm of Chadwell, Kayser, Ruggles, McGee and Hastings. He was a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School and served in the Army during World War II. He is survived by two daughters, Camille MacKusick and Margaret Sullivan; two sons, Jeffery and James E. Jr.; and seven grandchildren. Services will be private.

Cremation: 14 June 1993 at Phoenix Crematory, Lombard, Illinois, United States.

Census & Addresses:
1920: 851 Windsor Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
1990: 1342 Larrabee Lane, Northbrook, Cook county, Illinois   (death record)

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John Douglas Hastings

Birth: 14 October 1907, in Chicago, Cook county, Illinois, United States
John Douglas Hastings was born on 14 October 1907 in Chicago, Cook county, Illinois, the son of Roy H Hastings, aged 23, born in Marengo, Illinois, and Ethel M Elliott, aged 32, born in Dublin, Ireland. The birth was registered on 9 August 1937, in Cook county, Illinois.

Father: Leroy Hezmer Hastings

Mother: Ethel Mary (Elliott) Hastings

Married: Barbara (Reynolds) Tanner in 1935

Barbara was born on 13 June 1911, in Chicago, Cook county, Illinois, the daughter of Harry Hein Reynolds and Florence Thacker and later adopted by Edward Everett Tanner Jr. on Florence's marriage to Edward. She graduated with a B.A. from Northwestern University in 1933. Barbara was the half-sister of Edward Everett Tanner III, an author who wrote, under the nom de plume Patrick Dennis, Auntie Mame: An Irreverent Escapade (1955), as well as several novels under the nom de plume Virginia Rowans. A biography of Patrick Dennis describes the house that he and Barbara grew up in.
Uncle Mame: The Life Of Patrick Dennis pp3-4 (Eric Myers, 2000)
...the west side of the street has changed little over the past eighty years. At 1574 Asbury Avenue, a vaguely Prairie-style two-story house still stands, although it has recently suffered an ignominious frosting of gray stucco. There is no plaque on the house to mark it as the childhood home of the author of Auntie Mame.
  This comfortable, upper-middle class residence had a picture window fronting the street and a large solarium in the rear. On the side was a garage, a late-1920s addition, with space for two cars. Inside the house, everything was smartly upholstered in black sateen with brilliant turquoise welting, the result of a stylishness that always came naturally to Pat's mother, Florence. Although she had been born and raised in the much smaller town of Ottawa, Illinois, sixty miles southwest of Chicago, Florence Thacker had always been known for vast quantities of chic and charm that made her a hit in Chicago social circles. "She could charm the birds right off the trees," Pat often said of her.
  Florence was one of three women in the house at 1574 Asbury Avenue. There were also pat's sister, Barbara, born ten years before him, and his grandmother, Samantha Thacker, Florence's mother, who doted on him.
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  The women in Pat's house adored him, and his sister, Barbara, became his best friend.
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  Once grown-up, Edward left Buffalo and worked his way into the Midwest. In Ottawa, Illinois, he met Florence Thacker at a dance at the boat club. Although a farming community, Ottawa had a rigid class system, and the local boat club was the equivalent of a yacht club anywhere else. Florence had a young daughter, Barbara, by a marriage that had ended in divorce—a rarity in that time and place. However, this did not deter Edward from proposing to Florence and accepting young Barbara as his own daughter. Edward would prove a better father to Barbara than to Pat—he did not carry the same expectations for her—and Barbara adored her new daddy. As far as she was concerned, Edward would always be her real father.
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p25:
 the Tanners had been able to give their daughter a beautiful wedding when Barbara married Jack Hastings in 1935.
 
Census:
1920: 4109 Drexel Boulevard, Chicago, Cook county, Illinois
1930: 1574 Asbury Avenue, Evanston, Cook county, Illinois
1935: 2525 Hartzell, Evanston, Cook county, Illinois   (1940 census)
1940: 2525 Hartzell, Evanston, Cook county, Illinois
1942: 165 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago, Illinois   (WWII draft registration card of uncle Ernest Elliott)

Occupation: Attorney. In the 1940 census, John is listed as a lawyer for a government lending bank.

Death: 10 January 1990, at Evanston Hospital, Evanston, Cook county, Illinois, United States, aged 82
John Douglas Hastings is recorded as married, aged 82, born on 14 October 1907 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of Roy Hastings and Ethel Elliott. John's occupation is attorney, and he is resident at 2101 Beechwood. His spouse is Barbara Tanner. John was buried on 12 January 1990 at Belford cemetery, Elmhurst, Illinois. The informant is Barbara Hastings.

Wilmette Life 18 January 1990 p178 (Wilmette, Illinois)
John Douglas Hastings, 82, an attorney, died Jan. 10 at Evanston Hospital. Born in Chicago. He is survived by his wife, Barbara; two daughters, Susan Hastings and Patricia Sommer; a son, David T. Hastings; three grandchildren and his brother, James E. Hastings.

Burial: 12 January 1990 at Belford cemetery, Elmhurst, Illinois, United States.

Census & Addresses:
1910: 863 Lakeside Place, Chicago, Illinois
1920: 851 Windsor Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
1935: 2525 Hartzell, Evanston, Cook county, Illinois   (1940 census)
1940: 2525 Hartzell, Evanston, Cook county, Illinois
1990: 2101 Beechwood, Evanston, Illinois   (death record)

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Leroy Hezmer Hastings

Birth: 20 February 1884, in Marengo, Illinois, United States

Father: Douglas Alfred Hastings

Mother: Clarissa Beaumont (Vandeberg) Hastings

Married: Ethel Mary (Elliott) on 12 September 1906, in Chicago, Cook county, Illinois, United States

Children: Occupation: Auditor for an electric company (1910); Accountatnt for a railroad (1920); Executive of a public utility (1937)

Death: 24 February 1937, in Evanston, Cook county, Illinois, United States, aged 53, of pneumonia
Roy Hezmer Hastings is recorded as married, aged 53, born on 20 February 1884 in Marengo, Illinois, the son of Douglas Alfred Hastings born in Marengo Illinois and Clarissa Beaumont Vandeberg born in New York. Roy's occupation is executive public utility, and he is resident at 1109 Asbury Avenue, Evanston, Cook county, Illinois. His spouse is Ethel Elliott Hastings. Roy was buried on 26 February 1937 at Graceland, Chicago, Cook county, Illinois. The informant is John D. Hastings.

Belvidere Daily Republican 25 February 1937 p7 (Belvidere, Illinois)
Mr. and Mrs. R. B. Beldin were called to Chicago Wednesday by the death of Mrs. Beldin's brother, Roy Hastings. Mr. Hastings, a former resident, died of pneumonia.

Burial: 26 February 1937, in Graceland cemetery, Chicago, Illinois, United States.
Although Leroy's death record states that he was buried at Graceland cemetery, he is not found in the Graceland cemetery records.

Census & Addresses:
1900: Carol Township, McHenry county, Illinois
1910: 863 Lakeside Place, Chicago, Illinois
1920: 851 Windsor Avenue, Chicago, Illinois
1937: 1109 Asbury Avenue, Evanston, Illinois   (death record)

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