Theater fire victim, twenty-year-old Hannah Weinfeld,
was one of eight children born to Ignatz Weinfeld
(1846-1907), who had emigrated from Austria to
America in 1875. Hannah's mother was a Hungarian
native, Emma Aufrichtig (1845-1924). Emma was
Ignatz's second wife, married in 1881, who bore
three of his eight children. Named after Emma's
mother, Hannah was Emma's first-born daughter.
It is not yet
known who attended the theater with Hannah on
December 30, 1903, or where she was seated. Her body
was identified by one of her older brothers, Joe
Her funeral was held at the
Weinfeld home at 3745 Wabash the Sunday after the
Iroquois Theater fire, attended by her parents and
six siblings. She was buried in the Weinfeld family
plot in Jewish Graceland Cemetery in Chicago.
In 1878 Ignatz was in the hardware business but by
the mid 1880s until 1905 he sold crockery at 545 S.
Halsted and 3824 State. I failed to learn whether
his business was primarily retail or wholesale. A
year after the Iroquois Theater fire, a $10,000
liability suit was filed on Hannah's behalf.