Forty-five-year-old Ellie Fair was a school teacher at
the Gallistel School and her sister, fifty-nine-year-old Maria
Fair, was a retired teacher. They attended the
Mr. Bluebeard matinee with another Gallistel
Susie Clay, and Susie's landlord, Henrietta Collier.
Henrietta was the only one of the foursome who
sisters owned their home in the
Windsor Park area of Chicago at 7564 Bond Ave.
The pair immigrated to America in 1869. Ellen was
born in England, where their father, Alexander Fair,
was a major in the British army, and Maria was born
in India, their mother's native country.
Maria had three siblings -- Minnie, George A. and
Their funeral was held at st. Margaret's Episcopal
In December, 1904 a wrongful death suit was filed on
Fair was one of the first two teachers at the
Bradwell School. The other teacher,
Carrie Sayre, and the school principal,
Irene Fort, were also Iroquois Theater victims.