Tom and Maggie Winder lost
two of their five children at the Iroquois Theater.
Paul W. Winder (b. 1886) was seventeen and Barry
Winder (b. 1891) was thirteen.
Paul attended the R. T.
Crane high school but it is not known what school
Barry attended. (A list published by the Board
of Education of student Iroquois fatalities omitted
at least a dozen names.)
family lived at 201 S. Harvey in Oak Park, Illinois.
The boys had three siblings, including an older
sister, a younger brother and three year old sister.
Two years after the Iroquois fire, Tom and Maggie had another child, a daughter.
Thomas identified the bodies of
his sons. They were buried at Forest Home Cemetery in Forest Park.
children had interesting parents
Walsh Winder (1862-1946) emigrated from
England as a young child with her parents. Thomas
"Tom" Woods Winder (1862-1933) was born in Ohio and
Maggie's family lived in Fort Wayne, Indiana. They married in 1884 and
spent their honeymoon bicycling around California.
To win a $2,500 prize from the Buffalo Express
newspaper (or $1,000 from the Eclipse Wheels bicycle
company; reports varied), Tom spent 274 consecutive
days in 1895 bicycling around the perimeter of the
United states on a twenty-two-inch Eclipse bicycle. He then
spent 1896 on a lecture tour about his bicycling
A writer at heart, as a
young man Tom tried his hand at newspaper ownership,
purchasing the Warsaw Wasp newspaper in 1884.
The paper was discontinued a year later when, as he
told another Warsaw newspaper, the lease on his
office ran out. By 1903 he turned to the production end of the business
and worked as a printer for newspaper publishers in Chicago,
in later life becoming head of the composing room
for a Methodist book publisher.
In 1924 Tom and Maggie returned to California for a
visit to celebrate their fortieth wedding
Her friend tried to save
WI dental student took lady friend to theater
Susie Clay Iroquois Theater fire victim
Chicago's candy and gum
makers in early 1900s
George Schneider Beloit
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