Twenty-seven-year-old Ontario 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. I suspect she
attended the theater with other teachers, possibly
Anna Chapin, another Sherwood school teacher, and
Anna's sister, Agnes
Agnes, another Iroquois victim, taught at the
Over 40 Chicago public school teachers were Iroquois
Edith lived with her parents and three brothers,
John, James and Luke Dickie. The children of
Canadian immigrants, Thomas and Ida Catherine
Ballard Dickie, the family had emigrated from
Ontario in 1885. Edith and her brothers may have
attended Sherwood school. Thomas Dickie worked as a
clerk for the Milwaukee Road (Chicago, Milwaukee and
St. Paul Railway) at the Union Passenger station on
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
Constructed in 1885 and named to honor Jesse
the Sherwood school employed twenty-seven teachers
in 1903. It had so many students that three more
classrooms were carved from the third-floor assembly
hall, bringing the total to eleven. (A twelve-room
addition came in 1912.) William Black was the
principal, the second since the school's beginning.
Newspapers reported burial was at Mount Hope
Cemetery in Chicago. Though not confirmed by a photo
of her gravestone, Mount Hope was also the burial
site of her parents.
James H. Brayton, principal of the Raymond School,
identified Edith's body. (Four years later, at age
sixty-one, Brayton committed suicide; his family
reported that he was despondent over a lingering