Mary E. Low Mudge – Born 11 December 1843 to Daniel and Mary Barker Low.
At the age of 23 she married Isaac Mudge, age 39 years in November of 1866 in La Porte County. He had been married previously and had a daughter, Jessie. Isaac’s brother, Albert Mudge, a farmer and township assessor was living in Coolspring Twp. and this is probably how they met. In the 1870 census they were living in Belvidere, Illinois.and he was a manufacturer of rhubarb wine and according to an IRS tax assessment in 1864, Isaac was making rhubarb wine before they married.. The 1880 History of La Porte County stated she married Isaac R. Mudge and resides at home with her parents. It is obvious she was separated from Isaac probably not due to the rhubarb wine as he was in the rhubarb wine business prior to their marriage.
Under La Porte County Guardianships on 20 September 1883 Mary E. was appointed guardian to her mother Mary B. Low after the death of her father in 1882.
Mary is shown in the census of 1900 and 1910 as living in Michigan City by herself as a boarder.
The 1920 census shows her living on Spring Street as head of the household. She had two ladies boarding with her, one a corsetiere and the other a music teacher. She died 9 May 1924 at the age of 80 years. Her ex-husband passed away in 1914. All censuses showed them both a widow and a widower after their separation.
Gloria Arndt, 6/11/2013