Edna Torney (b. 1877) was
twenty-six years old when she died
at the Iroquois. She taught at the Throop School and
lived at 1292 W. Adams St. I do not know
what grade level Mary taught.
Edna was the oldest child of Patrick and Mary A. Torney and had three siblings.
Named after her mother she went by her middle name from infancy.
Patrick Torney (b.1855) and his wife Mary A. Torney
(b.1857) were natives of New York and Michigan,
married in 1875. Their surviving children, Austin A. Torney (b. 1883), Blanche A. Torney (b.1887) and
Manus "Babe" M Torney (b.1890). All the Turney
children, including Edna, were born in Michigan, in
the Lenawee county area in the bottom southeast
corner of the state. Edna was born in Adrian
and her godfather was Thomas J. Navin.
Patrick Torney worked as a painter and decorator in an
organ factory. As an adult, Austin became a newspaper
correspondent and Blanch and Babe worked as
brother, Austin, identified her body. He was
about twenty years old at the time. The
funeral was held at Our Lady of Sorrows Church and
burial was reportedly at Mount Carmel Cemetery.
Edna's father was the choir director at the two-year-old St. Charles Borromo
Church and Edna was the
organist. Father and daughter moved to Our
Lady of Sorrows Church. The family remained
dear to choir members at St Charles Borromo Church and a
choir mass was sung for Edna and another choir
member who lost her life at the Iroquois,
According to her marriage records,
Emma / Emily
Lillian Newman Brinsley (b. 1860) was
forty-two at the time
of her death, though after the fire newspapers
reported she was twenty-nine. She married Ohio native
Herbert Gibson Brinsley (1869-1918) in June 1902.
It was the first marriage for Herbert but I've failed
to learn if Newman was Emma's maiden name.
Prior to that time she also
taught at the Throop School but I did not find
evidence that she taught after 1901.
Emma's husband Herbert was an
architect and head of the drafting department for
the Chicago Board of Education. Reportedly
someone named C. M. Owens identified Emma's body.
Herbert remarried Eliza Elsa
Zimmerman Douglas in 1912, with whom he had one
child. He was one of four sons born to John C.
Brinsley Sr. (1828-1900) and Harriet Gibson