Amelia "Rose" Selfridge (Buckingham)

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Rosalie Amelia Selfridge (Buckingham)

Also Known As: ""Rose""
Birthdate: (57)
Birthplace: Chicago, IL
Death: May 12, 1918 (57)
Highcliffe, Christ Church, Dorset, England (influenza)
Place of Burial: Highcliffe, Dorset, England
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Benjamin H. Buckingham and Martha E. Buckingham (Potwin)
Wife of H. Gordon Selfridge, Sr., retail entrepreneur
Mother of Viscountess Violette de Sibour (Selfridge); Rosalie de Bolotoff (Selfridge), Princess Wiasemsky; H. Gordon Selfridge, Jr. and Beatrice Buckingham (Selfridge) Lovell-Lewis
Sister of Anna Sophia Chandler; Isabel Potwin Buckingham and [infant son] Buckingham

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About Amelia "Rose" Selfridge (Buckingham)

Rosalie Amelia Buckingham, born July 5, 1860, in Chicago, Ill., daughter of Benjamin Hale and Martha Euretta (Potwin) Buckingham; married November 11, 1890, in Chicago, Ill., to Harry Gordon Selfridge, of Chicago, Ill., who was born January 11, 1858, in Ripon, Wis., son of Adj.-Gen. Robert Oliver and Lois Frances (Baxter) Selfridge, of Jackson, Mich.

Mr. H. G. Selfridge was admitted as partner, January 1, 1890, to the firm of Marshall Field & Co., wholesale and retail dry goods merchants, Chicago.

Mrs. Selfridge spent from 1873 to 1879 in study of languages and music with her mother in Europe. From 1884 to 1888 spent with her family in travel through Russia, Turkey, Holy Land, Egypt, Greece, Austria, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, Netherlands, France, Spain and England, Scotland and Ireland, Italy and Switzerland.

They reside (1892) at 182 Rush St., Chicago, Ill. No children.

Source: The ancestors of Ebenezer Buckingham, who was born in 1748, and of his descendants, R. R. Donnelley & sons, 1892, (256 pages), pages 183-184, downloaded May 2011 from

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Kate Sturges Buckingham, Rose Buckingham's second cousin, donated funds for the construction of the famed Buckingham Fountain, the centerpiece of Chicago's Grant Park, formally titled the Clarence Buckingham Memorial Fountain, after Kate's brother. Constructed in 1927, the fountain is one of the largest of its kind with a center jet that streams water 150 feet in the air. The structure was designed by Chicago architect Edward Bennet who, along with French sculptor Marcel Loyau and engineer Jazques H. Lambert, built the fountain in the vein of the Latona Basin at Versailles.

The fountain is designed to symbolize Lake Michigan, with four pairs of Art Deco style sea horses that symbolize the four states that border Lake Michigan's shoreline. During its more impressive water displays, the fountain circuits through more than 15,000 gallons of water per minute. In total, the fountain contains more than 1,500,000 gallons of water and contains nearly 200 jets. The fountain was constructed at a cost of $750,000, along with the Buckingham Fountain Endowment Fund with an initial investment of $300,000 to pay for maintenance. Buckingham Fountain was dedicated on August 26, 1927.

Today, it's known as the "front door to Chicago's front yard" in reference to its flagship position in Grant Park, and it was added to the National Registry of historic Places, July 21, 1993.

Here's the path between Rose Buckingham and Kate Buckingham:

Rose Buckingham → Benjamin H. Buckingham, her father → Alvah Buckingham, his father → Ebenezer Buckingham, Jr., his brother → Ebenezer Buckingham, Jr., his son → Kate Buckingham, his daughter

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Amelia "Rose" Selfridge (Buckingham)'s Timeline

July 5, 1860
Chicago, IL
Age 31
September 10, 1893
Age 33
Chicago, Cook, Illinois, United States
April 2, 1899
Age 38
Chicago, Cook Co., IL
July 30, 1901
Age 41
Lake Geneva, Walworth, Wisconsin, United States
May 12, 1918
Age 57
Highcliffe, Christ Church, Dorset, England
Highcliffe, Dorset, England