taught at the Farragut elementary school. A friend
who accompanied her to the theater was found dead in
her seat in the dress circle. That
victim's name was not reported in reports about
Ella was buried at the
Graceland Cemetery in Chicago.
Another teacher at the
Farragut school also died at the Iroquois Theater,
Mary "Adella" Strawbridge.
Ella and Mary were two
of thirty teachers at the Farragut school in 1903,
supervised by principal Mary E. Baker.
Farragut (today a high school, grades nine to twelve) was
located at Spaulding Avenue and 23rd Street.
Constructed in 1894, the school was nine years old
then, with 1,438 students -- 310 more students than
there were seats. Three new schools were being
constructed to relieve the situation and a portable
building was ordered as a temporary solution.
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