"Katie" H. Becker (b.1865) was married to Andrew
Collin Kennedy (1866-1947) and Margaret "Maggie" B.
Becker (b.1877) to Andrew's half brother, David
Edwin Kennedy (1875- 1956). The men had a
common father, John Chapman Kennedy (1835-1899), but
David's mother was Sarah C Driskell (1846-1914) and
Andrew's was Mary Ann Davis (1841-1870).
At the time of their deaths at the Iroquois Theater,
Kate was thirty-eight years old and Maggie was
twenty-six. They were the daughters of either Phillipp and
Mary Phiel Becker or Christian and Elizabeth Becker.
Maggie and David married four years before the
Iroquois Theater fire and had no children; Kate and
Andrew had two children – thirteen-year-old Raymond
and two-year-old Jean (who would later marry a
Becker family was from Freeport, a small town in
Stephenson County in the northwest corner of
Iroquois Theater victims from the Freeport area
Helene Cooper and Emma Steinmetz from Lena.)
Katie were buried side by side at the Freeport City
Cemetery in Freeport, Illinois.
David and Andrew Kennedy
searched the morgues and hospitals together looking
for their wives. I was unable to learn anything
about where the sisters were seated in the
years after the fire
Kate's husband, Andrew,
married Frances Palmer after the fire. Maggie's
husband, David, married Birdie Irene Gordon three
years after the fire.
Maggie and Kate's names were omitted from
most Chicago newspaper stories. Maggie's name
was included in one 12/31/1903 list, Kate's was not,
then four days after the fire the Inter Ocean
ran the story that appears in the accompanying
photo. (Demonstrating that the word romance
had a broader meaning in 1903 than it does
today.) In it, Kate is referred to as Matee.
I found nothing else that substantiated that
nickname. A major Iowa newspaper
mentioned the "Becker Misses" and that story was
picked up by other papers. They were included
in the Cook county coroner inquest so there
isn't much doubt that they were Iroquois victims.
Two other Iroquois Theater
Agnes and Frances Kennedy, were not related
to Margaret and Kate. Their names were
included in most newspaper reports.