Twenty-two-year-old Frank D. Hayes (b. 1881) had
recently moved to Janesville, Wisconsin. In
December, 1903 he spent the holidays in Chicago
visiting his parents, Dennis and Mary Finan Hayes. On December 30 he was one
of over six hundred who went to a Mr. Bluebeard matinee at the Iroquois Theater and did
not return home.
It is not known who went with
Frank to the theater, or where he was seated.
His body was identified by his fourteen-year-old brother, Emmet, at Rolston's funeral home.
He was buried in Calvary Cemetery in Chicago the
morning of January 2, 1904
the oldest of four children. His father, Dennis
Hayes, immigrated to the U.S. from Canada in 1872
and was a longtime police sergeant at the
Larrabee street station. The family
owned their home at 69 Clifton Ave. in
Chicago. Mary and their children were natives of
years after the fire
passed away early in 1905. Dennis was almost forced to retire from
the police department in 1909 by Chief
Shippy along with two dozen other sergeants over
fifty years of age. He
managed to hang on to his job, however,
and in 1910 was a desk sergeant at the Hudson Avenue
station. In 1910 Dennis remarried,
to Elizabeth Bergh of Beloit, Wisconsin.