Sigmund Moses Eisendrath
(1860-1928) lost his wife, thirty-six-year-old
Henrietta “Ettie” Davis Eisendrath (b. 1867), and
his daughter, eight-year-old Natalie E. Eisendrath
(b.1895), at the Iroquois Theatre fire in 1903.
immigrated to America from Dorston, Germany in 1868
with his parents. Ettie was born in Louisiana and Natalie in Illinois.
Sigmund and Ettie married in 1891. Natalie was
their only child. She attended the LaSalle
elementary school on on Hammond and Eugenie streets
Henrietta was Sigmund's
second wife and sixteen years after the Iroquois
Theater disaster he remarried. One son
resulted from his first marriage.
Ettie's body was identified
by Sigmund's nephew, Jacob Leonard Eisendrath, and Natalie's
at the Cleveland mortuary by Joseph A.
Berger, relationship unknown.
The funeral was held at the
North Chicago Reformed Hebrew Congregation Temple on the corner of LaSalle and Goethe
on Sun Jan 3, 1904. The service may have been
conducted by Rabbi Abram Hirschberg. Rabbi
Hirschbert eulogized the Eisendraths and other
Iroquois Theater victims in a commemorative service
held at the temple on the first anniversary after
"If the disaster
has had the effect of arousing us
permanently, so that we will avenge all
such crimes against humanity and insist
that laws shall not be transgressed
wantonly, then the martyrs of the fire
have not died in vain but have left a
heritage to all."
The Eisendraths were part of
a Jewish community in Chicago estimated at 75,000 in
The Eisendraths were buried
at Rosehill Cemetery.
Sigmund was an
1898 co-founder of a
sheepskin tanning company, Weil & Eisendrath at
2231-39 Elston Ave. His partners were his
brother-in-law, Emanuel Raphael Weil, and Samuel