Forty-year-old Maria E. Hogan Brennan (b. 1860) and
her son, ten-year-old son, James T. Paul Brennan
(b.1892), lost their lives at the Iroquois Theater.*
They were the wife and child of Patrick George
family lived at 608 West Fulton Street in Oak Park.
A grown daughter, Katherine Brennan (1882-1969),
either did not attend the theater or survived the
fire. Katherine was the daughter of Patrick's first
marriage to Mary McGuire.
Patrick G. Brennan worked as an inspector in the
production department of the Chicago's American
newspaper in 1903 and in his later years as a
custodian at the US District court.
Both Maria's and
James' bodies were found at Rolsten's funeral home.
Funeral services were held at St. Columbkille Catholic
Church and burial was in Mount Carmel Cemetery.
years after the fire
Patrick Brennan filed a wrongful death suit against
the Iroquois Theater for $20,000 for the lost of his
wife and son.
1906 Patrick's remaining child, Katherine Brennan,
married a piano salesman, Edward J. Burke. Patrick
lived with them for a couple decades.
In his mid
sixties, Patrick married a third time, to Nellie
James' name was not included in lists of Chicago
public school victims. He may have attended
sometimes went by George, his middle name.
coroner's inquest reported her name as Mary
Elizabeth Brennan and some newspapers reported it as
Margaret. James' was sometimes reported by his
middle name, Paul, and his last name misspelled
as Brennen. Even Grenan appeared in one
newspaper list. James' age was stated as ten,
eleven and thirteen.
sculpture by Joseph Dux on Chicago theater
1903 Coke shampoo
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