Dentist Dr. Mervin B. Rimes
Bertha Rimes (b. 1867),
three sons to the Mr. Bluebeard matinee at
Chicago's glittering new Iroquois Theater. Ten
Myron L. Rimes (b. 1893),
six year old
Martin L Rimes (b. 1897)
and five year old
Lloyd B. Rimes (b. 1898)
were probably spellbound by the aerial dancers and
Eddie Foy's antics.
Back at home their grandmother,
Luff (1835-1918), looked after their little
sister, Ora R. Rimes (1900-2002). The entire
theater party of five perished, leaving three year
old Ora an orphan.
Myron and Martin attended the
Lewis-Champlin school with two other Iroquois
theater victims -
Francis Lucile Oakey and Eva Hire.
Francis's father was also a dentist and according to
some reports the Oakey and Rimes family attended the
theater together but I've not yet been able to
Bertha and Mervin had married
in 1891. By 1900 he was prosperous enough to
afford a Swedish servant.
Percis and her daughter,
Margaret Luff, raised Ora Rimes. She grew up
to graduate from college, marry Francis G. Kinglsey,
with whom she had a daughter, also named Ora.
Her husband, a wealthy and influential businessman,
was a principle in Milliken Textiles, a financial
adviser to the Manhattan Project and co-producer of
the annual Milliken Breakfast TV Show.