Shiners girls immigrated to America from their
home in county Tipperary in Ireland.* They were the
daughters of Thomas and Ellan Flanley Shiner. In 1903 two
worked as domestic servants and three were married.
On December 30, two of the sisters, Maggie and
Alice, went to an afternoon matinee performance of
Mr. Bluebeard at Chicago's newest theater,
the Iroquois. Both lost their lives in the fire that
killed over 600 people.
Twenty-eight-year-old Margaret Shiners Cogan (b.1875) had married bookkeeper Dominic Cogan (1871- )
four years previously. They had not yet started a
family. Dominic was a co-owner in a business with
two uncles, John Flanley and Patrick H. Martin. The
Cogan's lived at 5904 Normal Avenue in Chicago.
Twenty-six-year-old Alice Shiner worked as a
domestic servant for the Maurice E. Mills family on Oakenwald in Chicago. The household included
Maurice and his wife, Jessie, and his parents,
Fannie and Henry Mills.
bodies were identified by their half brother, police
officer Thomas Grace.
A fourth sister,
Mary Shiners, worked as a domestic servant for the
Eugene McCarthy family. A fifth was married to a Breen
and a sixth to an O'Brien.
High mass was
said for their funeral the morning of Monday,
January 4, 1904 at St. Anne's church. They were
buried in the Cogan family plot at Mount Olivet
cemetery in unmarked graves.
In the years
after the fire Dominick Cogan married another Irish
immigrant, also named Margaret. The pair had