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 Gartz. Richard
and his brother,
Charles Crane, were founders of R. T. Crane &
Brother, Chicago manufacturers of plumbing iron and
Crane became active in
Iroquois Memorial Association and hired fire
John Ripley Freeman to investigate the fire and
Crane's engagement to a young ingénue three months before the Iroquois
fire. Emily Hutchinson became Crane's third
wife in 1905 when he was seventy-three years old and
she was thirty-five.
According to the 1910 U.S. Census, there were
twelve people living at the wealthy industrialist's 2541 Michigan St.
including Emily's sixty-year-old mother, a secretary,
servants, and a staff artist.