The Ludwig family died in
the fire, including Herman "Harry" (b. 1859), his
wife Sarah A. "Sadie" (b. 1862) and daughters
Eugenia "Gina" M. Ludwig (b. 1885) and Carolina
A."Lina" Ludwig (b. 1889). Mr. Ludwig managed the
Hallwood Cash Register company at 41 Dearborn St.
The family lived at 113 Circle Ave. in Norwood Park.
Relatives found Harry, Sadie’s and Eugenie’s bodies
a few days after the fire but Caroline’s body was
still missing on January 13, 1904. Relatives
described her as having been large for her age,
wearing woolen underclothing, a child’s corset
cover, black stockings with two-tone blue and grey
shoes, a flannel petticoat with two tucks and lace,
a pink and white striped skirt with five tucks, a
white top skirt, a brown accordion plated dress, a
long red coat, a brown hat.
Mrs. John A. Rose, Sadie
Ludwig's sister, treasured a few pieces of Sadie’s
jewelry as keepsakes. Seven years after the fire, on
Jan 19, 1910 a burglar, William Pennington, broke
into the Rose home and took the jewelry. Mrs. Rose
surprised him in the act and police officer Waldo
Phelps chased the burglar down to retrieve the
office of Hallwood Cash Register opened its doors to
fifty Iroquois Theater victims. Employees L.A.
Weismann, Harry Snow, Harry Dewitt and C.J. Burnett
did what they could to make people comfortable, all
the while wondering if their boss, Harry Ludwig and
his family, had survived.
The Hallwood company was based in Columbus, Ohio. It
engaged in a decade-long war with National Cash