Thirty-two-year-old Lucy Wolff Garn (b.1868) took her
youngest sister, twelve-year-old Harriet Wolff,
Lucy's two boys, eight-year-old William "Willie" Joseph
Garn (b.1896) and eleven-year-old Frank "John"
Ludwig Garn Jr. (b.1893) and a seamstress,
forty-five-year-old Bertha Burke (b.1858) to the Mr. Bluebeard matinee
at Chicago's newest playhouse, the Iroquois Theater.
All five perished.
The Garns and Wolffs were the daughters and grandsons of a wealthy
Chicago industrialist, Ludwig Wolff, founder of
plumbing fixture manufacturer, L. Wolff Manufacturing
Co. (See photo montage below.)
Lucy's husband, Frank
Warren Garn (1864-1947), a native of Toledo, Ohio, was secretary of one of her
father's companies, the
Eclipse Pulley Covering Company. The Garns
lived at 321 W. Monroe St. Prior to becoming
involved in his father-in-law's industrial ventures
Frank Garn described himself as a concert singer.
Lucille may have been pregnant with Frank jr. at the
time of her wedding. There were no
announcements of an engagement and the modest
Tuesday afternoon ceremony took place almost 9
months to the day prior to his birth.
The funeral for Harriet, Lucy and her boys was held on
Sunday, January 3, 1904 at her father's home at 1319
Washington Blvd. The family was buried in the Metzgar Cemetery in Helena, Ohio near Sandusky.
Though some early newspaper reports referred to her
as Mary Burk and thirty-seven years old, subsequent
reports and her death certificate cited Bertha Burke,
aged forty-five. Her address was
given once as 831 W. Monroe but more commonly as 911 W. Monroe.
funeral was held at Reeseville, Wisconsin on Jan 4,
1904. Reeseville had been the Burke family's
most recent hometown. The sister cited in
newspaper clipping above was Ella Burke Ames who in
1898 had married Watertown, Wisconsin undertaker and
furniture dealer, William H. Ames. Bertha and
Ella were the daughters of Richard Burke.
was one of three Iroquois victims who were natives
of Dodge County, Wisconsin, the other two being
Anna and Orleana Moak of Watertown.