Throughout the summer of 1903, Edward Loughlin (in
newspapers sometimes spelled Laughlin)
stopped by to watch construction of the Iroquois Theater.
On November 23, 1903, day of the Iroquois grand
opening, he and a fellow inspector from the Chicago
building department, Julius Lenses, went through the
theater. He gave a verbal report to his boss,
Chicago Building Commissioner George Williams, that the
Iroquois was "OK."
"OK" would haunt him for the rest of his life.
weeks later, the Iroquois burned, killing over 600
Seven days later, the coroner's inquest began.
day later, Edward's wife died. He and Maggie
had been married for twenty-nine years and she had born nine
of his children, of which seven were living, six of
them living with Edward, the youngest of them nine
Seventeen days later, the coroner's jury ruled that
Edward should be held over for a grand jury trial.
To stay out of jail he had to post $2,000 bail.
Twenty eight days later he was one of two indicted
for neglect of duty.
Thirty days later, his son died. Edward
Loughlin Jr. was nineteen.
April 8, 1906, Edward died without seeing a
resolution to the charges against him.