Nineteen-year-old Josephine M. Gahan (b.1884) lived
at the corner of Wentworth and Garfield or at 129
25th Place. Both addresses were given. Her body was
discovered at Perrigo's funeral home and identified
by her guardian, James Clark,
who lived at the 25th street address.
It is not known who
accompanied Josephine to the theater.
Josephine was one of four
to the late John Gahan
(1840-1890) and Josephine Kerwin Gahan (1851-1894).
Both brothers and her sister were living in 1903.
funeral was held All
Church on Hermitage and Wilson* and burial was at Calvary Cemetery in
Evanston alongside her parents.
Clark (1851-), was a stone cutter who had emigrated
from Ireland in 1868. He owned his
home on 25th street where he lived with his wife,
Margaret, and their two children.
Margaret's maiden name was
Mullins and in the area at Calvary Cemetery where
Josephine is recorded as being buried is a large
stone labeled Mullins. I failed to learn the
familial connection between the Gahans and
Mullins and Clarks.
Josephine's sister, Alice Gahan
Burns, was one of one hundred and fifty people who
attended a memorial service held thirty-nine years
after the fire. Also in attendance was
Annabelle Whitford Buchan and former coroner
In the years after the fire
One of Josephine's brothers
and her sister Alice married but they produced only
one offspring, a child named Virginia Catherine
Burns, pictured above. Probably the closest
we'll get to know knowing what Josephine Gahan looked like Virginia died in
2005 without marrying or producing offspring.
Discrepancies and addendum
Newspapers in 1903/4
reported that Josephine was seventeen but her birth
certificate was issued in 1884, making her nineteen
* Constructed in 1883, today
getting a new bell tower. Could use some