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.
is not known what grade level Mary taught but a
Josephine Reynick was transferred from the Spry
school to the Throop school, possibly to replace
Edna was the oldest child of Patrick and Mary A. Torney and had three siblings. She was named Mary
after her mother but went by Edna 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
Edna’s body was identified by her brother Austin who
would have been twenty years old at the time. The
funeral was held at Our Lady of Sorrows church and
burial was reportedly at Mount Carmel.
Edna's father was the choir director at the two-year
old St. Charles Borremo 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 Borremo 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 a 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 in the fall of 1902
did not report for work so was not assigned to a
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
* The Throop school and Throop street
were named after Amos G. S. Throop, a 1850s
Temperance Party mayoral candidate and businessman.