This stark newspaper
status report about human life is an example of a community coping with a mass tragedy in
an era without electronic communication. It was not
unique. Such lists were published for days, likely
used by mortuaries and municipal service personal as
well as by friends, family, employers and coworkers
For the citizens of Chicago in 1903, in addition to
there were hundreds of injured.
Newspaper reports helped
identify which families needed assistance and
There were examples of the press pandering
to rubberneckers but it also helped create
a common frame of reference, as radio and
television would do in later times.