some early victim lists, John J. Weber (1854-1912)
is thought to have escaped from the 1903 fire at the Iroquois
Theater. For the next nine years until his
death he had to live with knowing that while he
survived, his wife of twenty-five years did not.
Hours later he identified Carrie's body.
Caroline "Carrie" (b. 1854)
was forty-nine years old. Her maiden name was
Married in 1878, the same year he started his
hackney coach company, John and Carrie were the
parents of two children. In 1903 Martha "Mattie" Weber
(1879-1963) was twenty-four and Harold Weber
(1890-1907) was twelve.
John Weber was a founder and co-owner of Weber & Bayha, a
company at 166 Chicago Avenue in Chicago that from
1878 to 1912 provided horse-drawn bus service between the
Chicago Northwestern train depot at the corner of
Wells and Kinzie and State street area department
stores.* His partner, David Bayha, was his
brother-in-law, married to Carrie's sister, Lucy.
Another brother-in-law, Richard W. Glasebrook,
married to her sister Anna, was a manager at the
firm. The business provided a good
income, enabling John and Carrie to purchase their
home at 402 Garfield in
Chicago and to employ a fulltime domestic servant.
Born in 1854, Carrie grew up in Wheeling, Illinois,
one of a herd of daughters born to European immigrants, Frank and
Catherine Weber. Frank and five of Carrie's siblings were still living at the time of
her death, several of whom lived in Chicago and
would have been able to attend her funeral.
In the years after the fire
John Weber remarried in 1905
to a native of England named Irene, surname not
yet known. It was her second marriage. She had
born a child, presumably by the first marriage, that
was still living in 1910 but did not live with Irene
and John. Carrie and John's son, Harold Weber,
died at age seventeen four years after the fire.
Daughter Mattie married, divorced and remarried.
The last Weber & Bayha bus
ran in January, 1912 and John Weber died four months
later. Before his death he relocated to
Ludington, Michigan to operate a fruit farm.
He was buried
alongside Carrie at Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago.
In a strange coincidence, in
1932 Carrie's sister, Lucy Bayha, by then a
seventy-seven-year-old widow, died from burns
received in a home fire.
Discrepancies and addendum
* Travel literature of
the time referenced popular Chicago shopping
destinations as including Marshall Fields, Siegel Cooper
Company, Rothschild's, Mandel's, The Fair, Carson Pirie Scott and The Boston Store. Weber and Bayha's four horse-drawn carriage buses were
replaced on January 28, 1912 with four "electric
In the early 1900s there was
an actress named Carrie Weber and a Chicago actor
named John Weber. Different folks.