The picture above of a police
officer is a 1903
Chicago policeman –
which John H. Reidy
(1842-1910) was when he and his wife, Bridget
"Delia" Cahill Reidy (1846-1928), lost their
three daughters and a niece at the Iroquois Theater
Twenty-nine-year-old Mary Reidy (b.1873).
Mary worked as a bookkeeper
T. Reidy (b.1877) taught
at the Pickard School in Chicago
(or Eleanora) “Nellie”
(Body identified by a
was their youngest.
Mary E. McGunnigle
(b.1859) was from from New
York). Her body
was found at Jordan's funeral home. She
was the oldest of nine children born to Patrick
and the late Mary Cahill McGunnigle, sister to
Bridget Cahill Reidy. Her mother having died
when some of the children were young, Mary had
become surrogate mother for her siblings and
kept house for the family. Some newspapers
reported that her first name was Mayme and gave
her age as thirty.
In 1900, five Reidy
children lived at home
at 614 South Sawyer Ave.
in Chicago, where they
still lived in 1903 and
worked as a bookkeeper, Anna as a school teacher at
the Pickard school on Sawyer Ave, and John Jr. and
Thomas as clerks on the railroad. It is not known
where Nellie worked; she may have
been in college.
John and Bridget, married in 1868, were from
Ireland, as were their parents.
Bridget and the children came to America in 1879
and John Sr. in 1880-81.
In the years after
When he died in 1910, it was reported that back in 1903,
in his grief, John Reedy had tried to shoot himself and had
never recovered from the deaths of his children. In
1920, seventy-two year old Bridget Reidy lived on Washington
Blvd. with her son, John Jr., and his family.
The Reidy family is buried at a Calvary cemetery in
Evanston, IL. Mary McGunnigle's body was
transported by train to Westbury, NY and interred in
the family plot in the Catholic Cemetery.
Discrepancies and addendum
In some reports, a Reidy son, John J Reidy
(1874 - 1903), is
reported as a victim. I
don't know whether he
attended the fire but he
was still alive in 1920.
They lost a grown son in 1899, four years before the
Iroquois Theater fire.