Twenty-year-old Dora Goerk
(b.1883) and her fiancé, William C. Bartsch, lost
their lives at the Iroquois Theater.
Dora, a dress maker, was one of four children born
to the late Heinrich" Henry" G. Goerk (-1899) and
German immigrant, Dorthea Maria Oehlsen Goerk.
Dora's siblings were Elizabeth “Lizzie,”
(1864-1947), with whom she lived, Henry (1866-1942)
and stepbrother Adolph (d. 1928).
body was identified
by her brother, Henry Goerk and her funeral was held
at her sister’s home. She was buried at Graceland
Cemetery. The last name was sometimes spelled Gork.
The Goerk family lived at 1030 Byron St.
Twenty-four-year-old William C. H. Bartsch (b. 1879)
was described in a 1903 Chicago city directory as
being a "newsman." It is not known whether that
meant that he sold newspapers or reported for them.
William was the son of the late Conrad Joseph
Bartsch (b. 1844), a tailor who emigrated from
Germany, and Sophie Bartsch (1848-1934), and had two
siblings, Hugo Bartsch and Annie Bartsch
(1873-1897). In 1903 William and his mother lived at
329 Hudson St.
William was buried at Rosehill Cemetery. In the
family plot is a sister named Anna Bartsch
(1873-1897) and his mother, Sophie Bartsch