Iroquois fire took the lives of three of Morris and
Jennie Blum Eger's children and two of their
Sabine Eger age twenty-seven
Eger Bloom age thirty-two
Marian Eger Reiss age thirty-five
Ernest Reiss age eleven, Marian's son
Reiss age ten, Marian's daughter
Rose and Marian were three of Morris and Jennie
Eger’s ten children. The Eger family emigrated from
Austria in two groups, one in 1885 and a second in
1891. Morris Eger (1834-1915) and Jennie Eger
(1835-1905) married in 1860. Morris’s company, Eger &
Co., operated a pair of prosperous cigar stores in
Chicago, specializing in Havana cigars. Several of
his sons worked in the stores. Cigar smoking
was hugely popular in the early 1900s.
Sabine (b.1875) lived with her parents at 3760
Indiana Avenue in Chicago and taught at Moseley
Bloom (b. c.1872) sometimes went by Rosa. In
1896 she married New York native, Henry Max Bloom
(1871-1938) and they had a child that same year,
Robert Eger Bloom. Robert died a year before the
Iroquois fire, in January, 1903 at age seven so
Henry was still grieving over the loss of his son
when he lost his wife.
On the burial permit for Rosa, and in some newspaper
lists, her name was spelled as Blum rather than
Bloom. Her body was found at Rolston's
Bloom was a wholesale clothing manufacturer,
successful enough that in 1900 the family had a
Swedish servant to help with their home at 4226
Vincennes Avenue in Chicago. Two years after the
fire Henry remarried, to Frances Guthmann. The
pair had two daughters in the years after the fire.
and Rose’s older sister Marian and her husband lived
just down the street from Rose, at 4244 Vincennes
Avenue. Marian Eger Reiss (b.1868) had married a
fellow Hungarian immigrant, Arnim Reiss (1865-1942)
in 1891.* Their first child, Ernest H. Reiss, was
born in 1892 and his sister Erna S. Reiss the
following year. Like his father in law, Arnim was a
cigar maker. He immigrated to America in 1884. After
the Iroquois fire, Arnim moved to Manhattan and in
1905 got into some sort of trouble that resulted in
imprisonment but at his death he was buried in
body was identified by their older brother, Emil
Eger (1866-1945) and Rose’s at Rolston’s funeral
home by Emil’s brother in law, Dr. Henry E.
Goldberger. (Emil was married to Minnie Goldberger).
Bodies of the three Reiss family members were
identified by Sam Spielberger, Albert Eger (brother
of Rose, Sabine and Marian) and Otto Fautl (sp?).
were buried in the Waldheim Jewish Cemetery in
Forest Park, Illinois.
1900 census worker's handwriting is
inaccurately interpreted by current day recognition software as
being Russ instead of Reiss.