Charlotte Emily Plamondon, age
twenty one, of
Chicago (1882-1968). Charlotte's uncle,
George Plamondon, was one of the bidders on
November 17, 1903 for seats at the Iroquois
Theater premier on November 23. At the
premier, a society event, her parents joined her
uncle in the Alexander Revell party in box
seats. Charlotte was one of five children
in this well to do family, cared for by three
servants, including a coachman. In 1915
Charlotte's parents, Charles and Mary Plamondon,
died when the Lusitania sank. Two months
later a cousin died when the Eastland excursion
The A. Plamondon Manufacturing Company
manufactured machinery and equipment for flour
mills, grain elevators, breweries, distilleries,
malt houses, paint mills, etc., including
shafting, pulleys, hangers and gearing. In
addition to A. Plamondon, the family owned the
Saladin Pneumatic Malting Construction Company
and were officers in the Fort Dearborn National
In the years after the Iroquois Theater fire
Charlotte became engaged to Oliver T. Boyd
of Philadelphia but the engagement did not last
and in 1910 she married Allen Bradford Ripley
(1880-1962), with whom she bore two children.
At the time of their marriage Ripley was
advertising manager for Carson Pirie Scott & Co.
but four years later
founded the U.S. Sample company. In 1925
U.S. Sample spun off the U.S. Color Card
Company. U.S. Color Card printed paint
color samples for paint manufacturers.
Cornelia Wicker Armsby
of Evanston, Illinois.
Daughter of the late James Kendall Armsby, a
prosperous grocery wholesaler, and Cornelia
"Lena" Anderson Armsby. Daughter
Cornelia lived in France
from 1908 until at least 1921. On her
passport as references she cited two NYC
residents, Messmore Kenmore, owner of the city's
largest cinema house, the historical Capital
Theatre, and William S. Hofstra, original
benefactor of Hofstra University in Long Island.
Avid golfer, never married. Lived in Rapollo
Rome and San Francisco 1930s-1969. In her
obituary Cornelia was cited as a leading hostess of
Italy's American Colony. One of her brothers
followed in their father's footsteps and became a
pioneer in distributing California fruit throughout
U.S. Cornelia and another brother were
received by Pope Pius in 1930.
Josephine M. Eddy
(1881-1918) and Elizabeth Eddy (1887-1969) of Evanston,
two of four children born to Clara Hall Eddy and the
late of Morris R. Eddy. Morris was a prominent
furniture retailer in Indianapolis who relocated the
family to Chicago in 1884. Josephine married
John H. Hayden in 1918 and died five months later.
Elizabeth married Samuel D. Rowe and had two
children, Elizabeth and David.
Magdalen Elsie Elmore
from Astoria, Oregon was the
daughter of Samuel and Mary E. Elmore. Three months before the
fire she was feted at a tea given by Grace Hills,
cited as a school friend of Grace's at the Somers
School in Washington, DC. Elsie was the first
in the party to escape from the theater box.
In 1907 she was a bridesmaid in Grace Hills'
wedding. Elsie married Theodore Childs and
they had two children.
Grace J. Hills (1884-) of Chicago,
only child of Charles F. Hills and Hilda Hills.
In 1903 she was a student at the Somers School in
Washington, DC. The Hills lived at 4419 Greenwood in a ten-year-old
home that still stands. Charles was an
American Civil War veteran, having been a lieutenant
of H & K Companies at the battle of Chickamauga.
Four years after the Iroquois Theater fire,
following two years in college, possibly at the
University of Michigan, Grace married Leroy
Woodland, a banker, and the pair had two children,
George and Virginia.
(1886-1960), age sixteen, and her mother,
Katherine Officer Keyes
forty-eight, both of Evanston. Hosts of the
theater party, they were the wife and daughter of an
influential wholesale grocer, Roland A. Keyes.
Six years after the Iroquois Theatre fire, having
completed two years of college, Katherine married
John C. Slade, a lawyer, and the pair had two
Frances Keyes Pearson
(1878-1959) of Evanston, age
twenty-five. Frances was Katherine Officer
Keyes' oldest daughter, sister to Katherine Keyes,
married in 1903 to attorney Harry Putnam Pearson
(1873-1952) and mother of a one year old daughter.
A couple decades later Frances married the
millionaire lumber magnate, Addison Stillwell, a
union that ended in a messy divorce.
Marie Peters of
Columbus, Ohio, was a friend of Charlotte
Plamondon. Three years later Marie was in
Chicago staying at the Annex hotel for a couple
weeks. Charlotte organized a luncheon and
matinee in Marie's honor. Marie may have been
the daughter of George and Carolina Krag Peters.
(My spectulation on that one is weak. A Miss
Marie Peters of Columbus, OH spent much of 1906
traveling, visiting friends in the midwest,
including Charlotte Plamondon. One of her
stops was to her sister-in-law, the recently widowed
Mrs. August Peters then living in Danville, KY.
August Peters had several sisters, none with the
first name Mary or Marie but one could have gone by
a middle name.)