Annie Justice Shimer. She had been born 30 May 1878 (? 1873?) in Logansport, Indiana, to James Monroe, an attorney b. ca. 1830 in Indiana, and Grace E. (nee Weikes; b. 1845 in Ohio) Justice. In 1880, she was noted as being 6 years of age, living in Logansport, Indiana, with her parents and sister Mabel, 9. Her first marriage was to Alexander C. Paterson, whom she married 31 December 1892 at Chicago (at the age of 14?; she may in fact have been a few years older; 1873 rather than 1878, they year of birth she would claim later. It was stated she was 19 at the time of their marriage). In 1910, she lived at 23 East 31st Street in New York City, and was listed as a widowed rooming house keeper, aged 30. Her sister also lived at the same address. There were five lodgers living there and a maid worked/lived in the household as well. She married Robert Delmo Shimer (15 October 1879- 6 October 1935) in Manhattan on 16 January, 1911. In 1915, she lived at 41 West 47th Street in New York City. She was a wealthy chemist and society woman, and was going to London to reorganize several large chemical companies. She had been to England early in the year and had returned on the Lusitania 20 February to complete her business arrangements, expecting to stay in the USA six weeks. She was 5’6’’ tall, had brown eyes and grey hair. Mrs. Shimer did not survive the sinking of the Lusitania. Her body was recovered and identified after the disaster (No. 66) and was forwarded per s. s. Philadelphia 26 May, c/o Messrs. Ooso & Co., 75 West 47th Street, New York.‘
”A wedding was solemnized last evening at 8 o’clock at Grace Church, when Mrs. Anne C. Paterson, daughter of the late James Monroe Justice of Indiana, was married to Robert Delmo Shimer, son of the late Robert B. Shimer of this city. The ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Edward Octavus Flagg, a friend of the bride and her family. Only a few intimate friends and relatives were present. The bride was attended by her sister, Miss Maibelle Heikes Justice……
Mrs. Paterson is a resident of New York, but was formerly Mrs. Alexander Craigie Paterson of Chicago, and by he former marriage is the sister-in-law of Sir Arthur Elliott, Bart., of Edinbugh, Scotland. Her cousin is Quincy A. Myers, at present Judge of the Supreme Court of Indiana. The bride is a noted horsewoman and a lover of outdoor sports, and has traveled extensively. Robert Delmo Shimer is in the commission business in this city, and although the heir of a wealthy family is said to be possessed of a large fortune in his own right. While still a young man, he has spent much time traveling, and has been around the world several times. He lately returned from Auckland, New Zealand, where he owns a sheep ranch of 8,000 acres. Mr. and Mrs. Shimer left at midnight for Palm Beach, Fla., where they will spend the season at the Royal Poinciana Hotel. When they return in the Spring they will occupy a home on Riverside Drive. Later it is their intention to go on an extended trip to New Zealand, accompanied by the bride’s sister, Miss Justice.” (The New York Times, 17 January 1911, p. 9)
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