Am thinking the only way I'd get across a plank sixty feet in the air would be if dragged by the hair while blindfolded
and tranquilized. But maybe fear of fire would
trump fear of heights.
Alice Kilroy managed the challenge and lived to testify about it, one of the lengthier audience testimonies to be reported.
Two Kilroy sisters went to the
Mr. Bluebeard matinee at the Iroquois Theater on December 30, 1903. All the seats were sold so they purchased tickets for standing room in the third floor balcony. Both were among the lucky who survived.
Twenty-two-year-old Alice Kilroy (1881-1972) was a new
teacher, assigned to the Drummond school.
She had followed in the
occupational footsteps of her oldest sister, Cecelia
E. Kilroy (1863-1922), who taught at the
Andrew Jackson school.
Alice and Cecelia were two of
around nine children born to
Irish immigrants, Daniel Kilroy, a carpenter, and Mary
McNamara Kilroy. Some of the Kilroy children
were born in Ireland before emigration, some in
Indiana and some in Illinois.
The sister at the Iroquois with Alice was probably
Cecelia because, like Alice, she would have been on
The Drummond elementary school was located at
Clybourn Place and North Lincoln St. The Andrew
Jackson school was at 820 Carpenter.