Twenty-four-year-old Eleanor "Elna" Frandsen (b.
1880) worked as a domestic servant for the Charles
G. Bolte family in Winnetka, IL, about
sixteen miles north of Chicago. She attended the theater with
her employer's thirteen-year-old daughter,
Linda Bolte, who also perished. The pair
may have been members of a large party from
Winnetka, including the
Fox family. (Or not. Newspapers
reported the Winnetka party as involving seven,
eight or nine people, with five and eight
Elna's body was discovered at Postlewait's funeral home and identified by George
Rasmussen, relationship unknown.She was buried in Elk Horn,
Iowa in the Atlantic Cemetery.
Elna was born in Denmark and
emigrated to America in 1895.
Her mother (see below) lived in Atlantic, Iowa with
Elna's sister Henrietta's large family.
In 1900 Elna had
worked for the Joseph Eisendrath family in New Trier,
while a James Frandsen, perhaps a brother, worked for
the Boltes as a gardener, probably helping Elna find
the new position at the Boltes in Winnetka. (I
was not able to find James after 1903 though he may
have relocated in Utah.)
Elna's new position at the
Bolts was markedly different. At the
Eisendraths she was one of four servants, and there
were four children, all under age six. At the
Boltes Elna was the only servant and the youngest
child was a teenager. The ten-year age
difference may have made Elna more like an older
sister to Linda than a servant.
Elna's widowed mother,
Christina Hansen Frandsen (1850-1931),
lived in Atlantic, Iowa and
could not afford to have her daughter's body
transported to Iowa. Elna
was one of the beneficiaries of money
from a Iroquois Theater victims fund of
$250 ($6,500 adjusted for
inflation) raised by the Illinois Club
fraternal organization so that her body could be shipped to Iowa. One of the
contributors was club members was Elna's boss, Charles Bolte,
donated $20 ($550 adjusted for inflation)
to the fund.
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