years after the fire
toddler at the time of his mother's death, went to
live with his mother's
parents, Mary and James Hedges. Edward's World War I
draft registration card information is a clue to
what his brother Arthur might have looked like as an
adult. Edward, in
1917 a dry goods salesman, was described as 5' 11,
of medium build, with brown hair and blue eyes.
He later became a superintendent at a plumbing
supply house. His 1920 marriage to Eulalie Maloy ended in 1924 but a son resulted from the
Bergch remarried in 1905, to widow Belle M. Ikerman
Oliver, and moved to Milwaukee where he worked as a
traveling salesman in the construction industry.
No evidence that his boy Edward ever lived with him
but it might have been the best solution for all
After the death of her daughter and grandson, followed by the loss of
her husband James (see below), Edward was probably a balm for grandmother Mary Hedges' grief.
father, James Hedges, a contractor and hide exporter
who helped organize the
Iroquois Memorial Association, committed suicide
in February 1906. There was a minor problem with one
of his construction projects but his family said he
had been behaving oddly since the deaths of his
oldest daughter and grandson.
elementary school at Lincoln and West 49th streets
in Chicago was named after James when he was
president of the township school board.