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.
at Chicago's newest playhouse, the Iroquois Theater.
All five perished.
The Garns and Wolffs were the daughters and
grandsons of a wealthy and prominent 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 corporate secretary in
one of her father's companies, the Eclipse Pulley
Covering Company. The Garns lived at 321 W. Monroe
St. Before 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
nine 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 a thirty-seven-year-old named Mary Burk,
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.
Bertha's funeral was held at Reeseville, Wisconsin,
on Jan 4, 1904. Reeseville had been the Burke
family's most recent hometown. The sister cited in
the 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.
Bertha was one of three Iroquois victims who were
natives of Dodge County, Wisconsin, the other two
and Orleana Moak of