Twenty-seven year old Canadian
native, Edith A. Dickie (b. 1876) lived at 619 W.
65th Place in Chicago. She taught at the Sherwood
school at the corner of 57th St. and Princeton. It
is suspected that she attended the matinee with
other teachers, possibly Anna Chapin, another
Sherwood school teacher, and Anna’s sister,
Chapin, who taught at the Kershaw school and was
another Iroquois victim.
Edith lived with her parents and three brothers,
John, James and Luke Dickie. They were the children
of Thomas and Ida Catherine Ballard Dickie. A fifth
sibling was deceased. The family emigrated from
Ontario, Canada in 1885. Edith and her
brothers may have attended Sherwood school.
Edith graduated from Englewood High School in 1894
and was working as a teacher two years later.
She attended the University of Chicago, taking
classes in education in the summer of 1902. The
university held a memorial service after the fire to
honor Edith and eight other past and present U of C
students who died at the Iroquois.
Thomas Dickie and his three sons worked as clerks
for the railroad.
Constructed in 1885 and named to
honor Jesse Sherwood, a former member of the Chicago
board of education, the Sherwood school employed
twenty seven teachers in 1903 and had so many
students that a portion of the third floor assembly
hall was converted to add three more classrooms,
bringing the total to eleven. (A twelve-room
addition came in 1912.) William Black was the
principal, the second since the school’s beginning.
Edith’s body was identified by James H. Brayton,
principal of the Raymond school. Four years later,
at age sixty-one, Brayton committed suicide; his family
reported that he became despondent about a lingering
It was reported that Edith was buried at Mount Hope
Cemetery in Chicago and though that has not been
confirmed by a photo of her gravestone, Mount Hope
was also reported as the burial site of her father
in 1923 so it is likely there is a Dickie family