Two victims of the Iroquois
Theater fire were the nieces of one of Chicago's
most successful manufacturers, Richard T. Crane.
They were the
daughters of Richard's sister, Kate
Crane hired fire
John Ripley Freeman to investigate the fire and
September, 1903, three months prior to the Iroquois
fire, it was reported that Crane had become engaged
to a young ingénue, Emily Hutchinson, daughter of
Dillon B. Hutchinson and sister of Mrs. Martin A.
Crane had been married twice before. When he and
Emily married in 1905 he was seventy three years old and she
was thirty five. According to the 1910 census there were
twelve people living in their home at 2541 Michigan St.,
including Emily's sixty year old mother, a secretary,
servants, and a staff artist.
and his brother,
Charles Crane, were founders of R. T. Crane &
Brother, Chicago manufacturers of plumbing supplies.