several years after the fire, Washington, D.C.
native Esther Boggs (1886-1977), in 1903 a sixteen
year old dancer, seems to have cultivated newspaper
attention with references to her psychological
trauma as an aerial dancer at the Iroquois. In a
newspaper interview, manager and founder of the
Grigolatis aerial troop, Friedrich Zschiegner,
stated there was only one American girl in his
ballet company. I’ve wondered if he referred to
Iroquois fatality, Connecticut-born Nellie Reed, who
grew up in Europe. Perhaps he instead referred to
Esther J. Boggs. Or not. Despite much searching, the
only connection I have found between Esther and
aerial ballet is that she appeared in three Klaw &
Erlanger productions that featured the Grigolatis.
Prior to Mr. Bluebeard, Esther appeared in
Sleeping Beauty, Mother Goose and
Pearl of the Pumpkin. After the fire she made a
career in vaudeville.