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Name: Phoebe Wrenn Norcross Bentley (Mrs. Richard)


Historical Note: Mrs. Bentley was the daughter of Frederic Norross and the granddaughter of John H. Wrenn, Chicago broker/banker and book collector.  On December 9, 1922 she married Richard Bentley, 1894-1970, a 1917 Yale graduate and 1921 Northwestern Law graduate -- son of Cyrus Bentley Jr., Chicago attorney (clients included Anita McCormick Blaine).  Her grandfather was the late John H. Wrenn, long prominent in Chicago brokerage circles and also a noted book and art collector, owning a valuable private library and collection of etchings. Mr. and Mrs. Bentley have three children, Cyrus III, Alice Wrenn and Barbara. ("ILLINOIS, The Heart of the Nation" by Hon. Edward F. Dunne, Volume IV, 1933, Transcribed by Kim Torp)  http://genealogytrails.com/ill/cook/chicagobios3.html .  Wren is best known for his collection of T. J. Wise forgeries--discovered by Pollard and Redgrave ca. 1930.  But in 1938 the Bentleys added a library to their 1928 David Adler home (addition by Ambrose Cramer) to house familiy books, etc.





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