Dixon (1859 - 1937), Yorkville,
Illinois native, lost his wife and both children at the
Arthur found the bodies of his
daughters early on but after three days of searching
for his wife, brought her dentist, Dr. Elwell, in to
help. The dentist had worked on Annie's teeth
five years earlier. When the dentist
identified the body, Arthur realized he'd looked at
the remains on prior trips to the morgue but it was so badly
injured that he did not recognize Annie.
The Dixon family lived at 100 Flournoy St. in
Chicago. Arthur Dixon and his wife, Anna (nicknamed
Dixon (b.1860, Wisconsin), had two daughters:
year old Leah (sometimes spelled Leigh) F. Dixon (b.1888) and
nine year old
Edna A. Dixon (b.1894). A seven year old son, Ralph Eugene Dixon,
had died six years prior to the Iroquois Theater
Anna and Arthur were
married in 1887. Anna's family was from Norway,
Arthur’s from England. Edna attended the Irving
Elementary School but Leah's school wasn't reported.
The Dixon family was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery
in Yorkville, Illinois.
In 1903 Arthur Dixon worked
with his two older brothers, William and Zohrab, at
Dixon Bros grocery. They were the children of
Zachariah and Deborah Carter Dixon. Six years
after the Iroquois fire, Arthur married Harriet E.
Mock.* They spent their last years in
Rockford, Illinois where Arthur worked as a
telegrapher for Western Union.
Arthur went by "A. Z.,"
possibly to avoid confusion with another Arthur
Dixon in Chicago who was a prosperous and socially
prominent banker and industrialist, who also had a
daughter named Edna, a wife named Annie and a
brother named William.
* One genealogy researcher
reports Harriet's last name as Welsh but the
marriage license cites Harriet Mock. Perhaps
Harriet a Harriet Welsh married a man named Mock
before her marriage to Arthur Dixon