Jacob (1837-1910) and
Elizabeth Beder (1842-1929) were married in 1867.
Between 1868 and 1884 Elizabeth gave birth to eight
children, of whom six lived to adulthood. Four were
still living in 1903.
On December 30, 1903, two of their daughters and two
grandchildren went to the Mr. Bluebeard matinee. All
There was a ten-year difference in the Beder sisters'
ages and their economic circumstances were different
as well. One had married a craftsman and the other a
trader on the Chicago Board of Trade. When Amy and Edyth made plans to spend time together at the
matinee Elizabeth and Jacob may have been pleased
that the family bond was stronger than those
Edyth (b. 1868) was the Beder's oldest daughter. She
married divorcee John Linton Vallely (1868-1941) in
1892. He had emigrated from Ireland to America in
1886 and was on the Grain Board of Trade at the time
of their marriage.* They had one child, Bernice Vallely, who was eleven when she went to the
Iroquois. By his first wife John also had a son,
William E. F. Vallely.
/ Amie Josephine Beder McKenna (b. 1878) of 758
South Kedzie Ave was twenty-five years old at her
death. She was married to John L. McKenna
(1874-1930) who did upholstery work. Amy was a
seamstress. Their only child was three-year old
Bernard McKenna (b.1900), one of the youngest
Iroquois victims. John McKenna identified the bodies
of his wife and son.
McKenna and John Vallely identified the bodies of
their wives and children.
Funeral services were conducted by Reverend D. F.
Fox of the California Avenue Congregational church
and burial was at Forest Home cemetery in Chicago.
* Prior to his marriage to Edyth, John Vallely was a
bookkeeper and for thirty years after the fire, a