In 1890 at age twenty-four
Carrie Mahr (1866-) married the widowed father of
four children, aged three to nine, harness maker Andrew Hartmann
(1855-1893). Two years later, in 1892, Carrie bore a fifth child,
her namesake. Andrew died the following year
and Carrie took up raising five children on her own,
certainly grateful for the building Andrew left them at 5705 S.
Halstead where he had operated his harness
business, with space in the back for the family to
On December 30, 1903,
and at least one of the children,
twenty-two-year-old John Steve Hartmann (b. 1881),
attended a Mr. Bluebeard pageant at Chicago's
newest playhouse, the Iroquois Theater. It
seems likely others of Carrie's children and John's
siblings were also
at the theater, particularly eleven-year-old little
Carrie and sixteen-year-old Andy Hartmann
All in the Hartmann theater party
but John escaped the inferno.
It is not known where the Hartmans were seated in
John Hartmann's body was found at
Carroll's funeral home and identified by his
younger brother, Andy R. Hartmann.John
was buried next to his father in the Mount Greenwood
Cemetery in Chicago.
If he resembled his
John was slender and of medium height with light brown hair
and blue eyes.
In 1900 he was working as an apprentice engineer.
He was nine years old when Carrie became his
stepmother; as the oldest of Andrew and Emma Seib
Hartmann's children, he was the one who best
remembered his birth mother and maybe the one whose
affections Carrie worked hardest to win.
Though the 1900 U.S. Census reported that Carrie was
Andrew Hartman had been gone a decade.
They had married in 1890. He was a native
of Switzerland and Carrie of Germany.
years after the fire
Carrie was one of the many who
filed a wrongful death suit, but
as hers was filed
against Fuller Construction rather than the Iroquois
Theater owners, she may have been one of the few to receive a settlement.
Andy became a foreman in the switchboard department
at the Western Electric telephone plant in Chicago.
He eventually moved to California.
Discrepancies and addendum
Spelled with one n, Hartman, in many 1903/4
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