Harry Danner lost their daughter, Eva,
when she was thirteen years old
in 1883, and their oldest daughter, Helen, four
traveled to Chicago from
Burlington, Iowa to spend the holiday's with their
middle daughter's family. On Wednesday
afternoon, December 30, they
attended a matinee performance of Mr. Bluebeard, likely selected for the
benefit of ten-year-old granddaughter Hellen. At the
daughter, as well as
granddaughter, and Harry, her husband of
Fifty-eight-year-old Harry Danner (b. 1845, Pennsylvania)
was a civil war veteran and retired
His body was found
at Rolston's funeral home and identified by George
Taylor of 2616 West 41st Court (George's relationship
to family not yet known). Harry's wife, Mary
Elizabeth "Lizzie" Tizzard Danner (1845-1906)
survived the fire and passed away in 1906.
Lizzie was the daughter of
William Tizzard,† postmaster and for eight
years the owner of The Gazette newspaper in
Burlington (today's Hawk Eye). In a
will drawn a year prior to her death, Lizzie Danner
named the husband of her niece, Margaret Danner
Pettibone, John H. Pettibone, as
executor of her estate, to distribute a few thousand
dollars and personal belongings valued at $150,
including a sewing machine, seal skin jacket, large
blue jardinière a few pieces of jewelry and her pink
bedroom furniture. To her "dear son-in-law Harry Wunderlich," Lizzie left her stock in the Crystal Lake
Hunting and Fishing Club and a drum, cap and sword
from the civil war that had belonged to her brother,
Will Tizzard, and pictures.† Harry Danner's
tools and guns went to Bert Gibbs of Burlington.
A picture of Libbie went to Mrs. Chester Cleveland
in Chicago, not related, who lived a few blocks from
where Libbie and Harry lived in Chicago on Wilson
St. Dispersal also included $12 for Lizzie's
gravestone at the Aspen Grove Cemetery in
Burlington, in the family plot with Harry, Libbie
Thirty-three-year-old Libby Perle Danner Wunderlich (b. 1869) was one of four
daughters born to Harry and Lizzie Danner. Libby
Harrison "Harry" Wunderlich (1870-1932), a
fellow Iowa native.
Their daughter, Hellen M.
Wunderlich (b. 1893)
was named after her aunt, Hellen Tizzard. The
family lived at 834
Wilson Avenue in Chicago (today the site of
the Wentworth Intermediate School, maybe). Harry worked for a piano
Harry, Libby and Hellen
were buried in the Aspen Grove cemetery in
Burlington, Iowa following funeral services
at the Christ Episcopal church.
In the years after the fire
after the fire, Harry Wunderlich moved to Kansas
City as a manager of the Brooklyn-based F. G. Smith
piano store, producer and distributor of
Bradbury Pianos. In 1907 he married Maude
M. Ransom and in 1915
purchased the Kansas City F. G. Smith branch, as well as the
Carl Hoffman Music Company. The Wunderlich Piano
retail store was located at 219 E. 10th St. and
offered phonographs and radios as well as pianos.
By 1905 he'd moved pianos to the second floor to
make room for more Victrolas and listening booths.
Harry sold the company a few years before his death
in 1932 and the company remained in business in
Kansas City until 2005.
Discrepancies and addendum
was in the 45th Iowa
infantry April to September, 1864, reaching the rank
of 5th sergeant.
I. Tizzard (1842-1902
joined the 1st Iowa Infantry as a drummer boy, later
enlisting in company G 25th of Iowa and becoming a
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