Thirty-four-year-old Clara was the wife of William
A. Mills (1864-1928) and had two daughters,
five-year-old Ruth and eight-year-old Mildred
The family rented a flat in the Lincoln Park area of
Chicago at 628 Sedgwick St., since renumbered as
1924 Sedgwick, and still standing.
identified his wife's body. Newspapers did not
report the identity of Clara's theater companions.
Perhaps her husband and/or her children. If he took
charge of the children, Clara could have been swept
under by the crowd. Alternatively, there were
reports of children being passed out through the
worked as a foreman at Wilder & Co. a leather
tanning company at 212 Lake owned by John E. Wilder.
Clara was the daughter of
Benjamin and Emma Laflin Robinson. She had at least
two siblings, brothers Leon and Fred. The family was
from Massachusetts but in 1900 were living in
Chicago. Her father also worked in leather
In the years after the
Mildred and Ruth lived
with their uncle Paul and aunt Hattie Mills Bruso,
William Mill's older sister, in Worcester
Massachusetts west of Boston in 1910 and by 1918
lived with their father and his new wife, Marian
Fish (1873-1942). He worked then as a sole cutter in
a shoe shop.