Herman Bein (b.1885) went to the theater alone and
sat in the second floor balcony. He was one of
the first injured victims to be removed from the
Iroquois Theater. He died at
the Postgraduate Hospital in Chicago twelve days after
the fire, bringing the death toll to 597. That
he was one of the first to be taken out of the
theater indicates that he was conscious and able to
speak for at least some of his time as a hospital
Herman was one of
three children born to Adolf /
Adolph (1845-1918) and Sarah Abrahamson Bein (1865-1922
). They had married in 1884. Adolf immigrated to America at age
twenty-five and by 1900 was a prosperous enough saloon keeper
to afford a domestic employee. Sarah was born in
New York, their children in Illinois.
had one living sibling, a younger sister named Rose Bein
(1889-1970). Another sister, Etta, had died in
1910 Adolf, Sarah and Rose were living with Sarah's
father, Morris Abrahamson (1844-).
Herman was buried in the family plot in Forest Home Cemetery in Cook
County, IL with his parents and Etta.