Sisters Jennie Belle Finich and
Lida Elnore Finch Hickman
four and seven years old when orphaned by the deaths
of their parents. They were taken in by a maternal
Samuel M. Link
(1937-1904), and his wife,
a cousin, Mary Agnes Link Link
(1842-1926). Samuel was a
banker and one-time mayor of Kirksville, Missouri,
a city with a population in 1903 of around 6,000.
It is not known where the sisters were seated in the
Iroquois or if others accompanied them to the theater.
Jennie Belle Finch (b.1882)
followed in her mother's footsteps and become a
school teacher. She was in her second year in Room 2
public school in her hometown, Kirksville, Missouri.
After a two-day search Jennie's body was
identified by twenty-two-year-old Robert A. Loucks,
an accountant at the stockyards.
Jennie's funeral was held on
Sunday afternoon after the fire with services
conducted by the pastor of the First Baptist church.
Burial was in the Link family plot at the Forest-Llewelyn
Cemetery in Kirksville.
Twenty-four-year-old Lida Hickman (b. 1885)
celebrated her third wedding anniversary with
bookkeeper at Armour & Co. They
on Calumet Avenue in Chicago.
Lida spent most of the month of
December in Vandalia, Illinois, home of Charles'
was found at Rolston's Funeral home and identified
by Dr. Harold H. Steere.* Her funeral was
held on January 3, 1904 in Vandalia, IL, followed by
in the South Hill Cemetery
there. Charles joined
her in 1933.
years after the fire
Charles Hickman remarried
in 1906 and spent the end of his life in Montana.
Jennie and Lida's uncle
Link, passed away
in September, 1904 at age sixty-seven, some
asserting his death was caused by a cold caught while searching
for their bodies.
Charles Hickman received a $750 settlement for
Lida's death from Fuller construction, the company
who built the Iroquois Theater.
Discrepancies and addendum
Jennie Finch's name was
omitted from some victim lists but a death
certificate was issued and her gravestone
substantiates her her death.
Lida's parents were Mary Link Finch (1846-1889) and
Jacob D. or James B. Finch (c.1842-1882)
In some materials Lida's name
is spelled "Lyda" but her grave marker reads
* In 1914
Steere, age forty-three, was shot and killed by a
patient for charging $435 ($11,000 adjusted for
inflation) while failing to treat a hernia.
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