Charles Henry Cubbon
(1848-1916), a painter, was one of the men working at
Northwestern when the Iroquois Theater fire broke
out. Others were
Joseph Leibert and Murril Tierney. Painters and students
stretched ladders and
scaffolding across Couch Place and helped several
dozen theater goers escape.
Cubbon later sent an
engraved portion of the plank to the parents of
William McLaughlin who died from burns incurred
while helping people climb onto one of the planks
stretched across Couch Place.
Hall, Hoynes coincidence
and his coworkers were applying buff-colored paint
in Booth Hall in
Northwestern's law school. Henry Booth
(1818-1898), the law school's first dean, was the
namesake. Northwestern's law school, Chicago's first, was
founded by an 1859 donation from Thomas M. Hoyne
(1817-1883), a prominent attorney in Chicago.
Susie Hoyne, was among the Iroquois Theater
survivors, escaping from the first floor.
Susie and her father, Thomas Hoyne Jr., who had
followed in his father's footsteps into a legal
career, graduating from Northwestern, probably read
newspaper stories about planks and Booth Hall
painters with special interest.
Northwestern had established
it's Professional School in the heavily remodeled
former Tremont House hotel at Lake and Dearborn a
year earlier (including the addition of a seventh-floor). Supreme Court justice, James Oliver
Wendell Holmes spoke at the dedication. Law
occupied the third floor, sharing the building with
dentistry, pharmacy and general
university offices. The law school
consisted of rooms for assemblies, recreation,
courtroom practice, alumni and faculty, a library
and three lecture halls – Booth, Hurd and Hoyne.
Since renovation and move-in took place in October
1902, the December work in Booth Hall must have been
The eight-year-old hero
Cubbon testified about (below) was probably