last thoughts of fifty-year-old Edward E. Clarke (b.1853) may have touched upon the irony of a fire
insurance underwriter dying in a fire. More
likely, there's not much interest in irony when one
is terrified or in agony.
It is not known if Edward
attended Mr. Bluebeard with a family member
or with friends. It appears that none of his family
died at the Iroquois. His family consisted of his
wife, Wisconsin native, Hannah “May” D. Davis Clarke (1860-1941),
and three children, including one from
his first marriage. The children were
twenty-four-year-old Elizabeth Adele Clarke (1879-1905)
from Edward's marriage to Elizabeth Perot
Hallowell (1854-1883), fifteen-year-old Dorris Clarke (1888-1983) and thirteen-year-old Maynard Edward
A native of New York, Clarke was an attorney and
manager for Chicago Fire Underwriters and Reliable
Fire Underwriters insurance. If his son and
grandson resembled him, Edward was of medium height
with dark brown hair and blue or hazel eyes.
The Clarke family lived at 5432 Lexington Ave. He
and May married in 1887. It was a second marriage
for Edward. His first wife, four years gone, most
probably from childbirth complications, had been the sister of one of Edward’s partners
in the insurance business, Marshall Tyson Hallowell.
Edward’s body was taken to Perrigo’s mortuary and
interment was at Oakwoods Cemetery. His first wife
was buried in New Jersey.
Coincidentally, Clarke's business partner, Charles
C. Reed, died a month before the Iroquois fire after
being thrown from a horse. Reed had retired from the
Illinois Trust & Savings Bank prior to joining
Clarke in an underwriting firm.
In the years after
Edward’s oldest daughter, Elizabeth Adele Clark, who
went by Adele, did not marry. She died in 1905
at age twenty-six and was buried in Oakwoods next to
her father. His second daughter, Dorris,
married four years after her father's death, and had
a child, Eugene. The marriage didn't last and
she remarried in 1920. She, her second husband
and her mother, May, ended up in Spokane, WA.
Son Maynard Clarke married, had two children,
operated a sewing machine store in Spokane and
eventually relocated his
family to Hawaii.