stone thrown into a pond, a death in a family causes
ripples that impact survivors for decades. Because
people attend the theater in company with others,
the Iroquois fire resulted in multiple fatalities
for most families, and the rippling was more like a
tsunami. As a result of the deaths in one Iroquois
party of four, one man lost his wife, both sons and
his stepdaughter. Parents lost a daughter and three
of their five grandchildren. Another man lost his
only daughter. Another his mother, sister and two
half brothers. A woman lost her sister, a niece and
two nephews. A man lost his aunt and three cousins.
Four deaths produced twenty-one lost relationships just
among their immediate family members.
Louisa Kehres Bogg
Corbin, age 37
Mamie Bogg, age 17
Vernon Corbin, age 12
Norman Corbin, age 10
in 1865, Louisa Kehres was the youngest daughter of
German immigrants, John Kehres (1831-1909) and
Ernestina "Christina" Kehres (1839-1909).
nineteen Louisa married William Thomas Bogg
(1861-1954). Their son, Harry Joseph Bogg
(1884 -1936), was born soon thereafter, followed by
Mary Louise "Mamie" Bogg in 1886. Mamie was named
after her aunt and her nickname probably came about
to avoid confusion since the two women lived in the
William Bogg was from a large family that emigrated
from England when he was a toddler. He worked as a
bookkeeper at the Armour company, in the Chicago
marriage was not successful and in March 1891 Louisa
and William divorced. Louisa remarried that same
year, to Victor V. Corbin (b. c1865), a
flour salesman for the Pillsbury company. It was a
second marriage for Victor but the identity of his
first wife is not known.
divorce was amicable enough that nine years later,
in 1903, ex-husband William and their daughter,
Mamie, lived in the same house at 6933 Princeton
with Louisa's parents, John and Christina Kehres,
and Louisa's sister, Mary Louise Kehres Hinckley
(1861-1923). Mary Louise had married Spanish
immigrant, Carlos "Charles" B. Hinckley (1859-1924),
the same year Louisa married Victor Corbin, 1891.
Victor, Louisa bore two sons, Norman W. Corbin (b.
1893) and Vernon W. Corbin (b. 1891). In 1903 the
Corbin family lived at 6938 Wentworth in Chicago.
Norman and Vernon attended the Yale Practice School.
December 30, 1903, Louisa, then thirty-seven years
old, took ten year old Vernon, nine year old Norman
and seventeen-year-old Mamie to the Christmas
matinee at the Iroquois. All four perished.
task of identifying the bodies of his wife and sons
fell to Victor Corbin and his brother in law,
Charles Hinckley. Mamie's remains, taken to Gavin's
Mortuary, could have been identified by her father
or uncle Hinckley. She was buried in Mr. Hope
Cemetery in Chicago.
William Bogg remarried four months after his
daughter Mamie's death, to Iola "Ola" Mackie. He
lived to age ninety-three and moved to California after Ola's
death in 1962.
Victor Corbin became sales manager of the western
division for Pillsbury Flour. In 1918 he co founded
the Corbin Flour Co. and a decade later co founded
the Marek Oil Company to prospect for oil in New
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