At the Iroquois was a
husband and wife named Oakley and a
family of three named Oakey. The
difference is that while all three members of the Oakey family died, neither of the
There is conflicting information about these
families online but the gravestone for the Oakey
family (above) is evidence of the deceased victims.
Forty year old Wisconsin
Alfred John Oakey (b.1863), was a dentist.
His wife, forty-three-year-old Canadian native,
Emma Francis Hughes (1860-1939), and their two sons,
six year old Theodore Hughes Oakey (1897-1964) and
five-year-old Alfred John Oakey Jr. (1898-1981),
remained at home on Wednesday, December 30, 1903.
The doctor took his two older children, thirteen-year-old Frances Lucile (b.1890) and eleven-year-old Marion
(b.1892) to an afternoon matinee of Mr. Bluebeard at
the Iroquois Theater.* All three
Dr. Oakey's body was found at
Jordan's funeral home. The bodies of all three Oakeys were identified by D. L. Phillips.
The Oakey family was buried at the
Forest Hill Cemetery in Madison, Wisconsin.
Frances, who at school went by
her middle name, "Lucile,"
attended the Lewis-Champlin school with three other
Iroquois Theater victims – the two
Rimes boys and Eva Hire.
Two years prior
to the fire Dr. Oakey enjoyed a
7,000 mile railway trip to San Francisco with fellow
Methodists, including a visit to Playland swimming
pools and amusement park in San Francisco. After his
death his widow, Emma, moved to San Bernardino and
made a new life for herself and their two sons,
Theodore and Alfred Jr.
Big thanks to Ron in Madison, Wisconsin for a
gravestone photo taken at the Forest Hill Cemetery.
At his website he provides info about some other
years after the fire both Oakey boys married and had
families. Alfred Jr. named his first-born
daughter Marian Lucy after his two sisters.
* I found one online
reference suggesting that the Oakey and
family attended the theater together. While
that is temping since dentists Dr. Oakey and Dr.
Rimes were friends, I've not yet found solid
verification of this.