Fifteen-year-old Ethel M. Peck
(b.1888) and her fourteen-year-old brother, Willis W. Peck (b.1889),
both perished from substantial burns. Their Sunday
school teacher identified Ethel by a pin the teacher
had given her and pocket trinkets identified Willis. They were the children of Mary
Williams Peck (1864-1931) and attorney Charles B.
Peck (1858-), living on Hermitage Ave in
Their mother dropped them off at the theater then
traveled downtown on an errand. Willis and Ethel
promised to wait for her return at the entrance
after the matinee. Two hours later Mary
returned and saw wagons carrying away the dead. Dr.
H. H. Steele helped her search the morgues until
both children were found the following day.
Burial was at the Lakewood
Cemetery in Minneapolis, MN near where they were
born. Rev. Dr. Leavitt H. Hallock of the
Congregational Church conducted the service.
Willis Peck was one of three
Iroquois Theater victims who were students at the
Ravenswood School on N. Paulina. The others
Emma Josephine Reynolds and
Helen Wunderlich. Ethel was one of four
Iroquois Theater victims who attended
Lake View High School (The others were
Glen and Helen Bickford,
Helen Davy and