Twenty-five-year-old Ella V. Hughes Dubois (b.1880)
of 38 Oregon Ave in Chicago,
wife of house painter, Arthur L. Dubois (1877-1949),
attended the Mr. Bluebeard matinee alone, her second
theater solo adventure since her marriage
two months earlier, on October
21, 1903. Hours later, after a long
search, Arthur found his wife's body at Buffum’s mortuary.
Ella was the daughter of Owen and Mary McNalis
Hughes, sister of Andrew Hughes, all of
Pennsylvania. The bottom photo is Ella as a
her mother and brother.
Ella's funeral was held on Saturday, at Notre Dame
Church. She was buried in Mount Carmel.
Arthur Dubois (sometimes spelled
Du Bois), was the oldest of six
children born to Canadian immigrants, Leon and Palmire Giruad.
In the years after the fire
remarried in 1907 and by
1910 had followed in his father's footsteps and
become a photo engraver in the publishing industry. He
and his second wife, Lucie Mosher, would have four
children, including a son, Arthur M. Dubois jr.
It is thought that in 1927, after Lucie's death, he
married again and fathered three sons.