When he incurred fatal injuries
at the Iroquois Theater, twenty year old orphan, George Grenier* Schneider, was a junior at Beloit College in
Wisconsin, a coed liberal arts college. He was
spending the winter recess with Reverend David
Beaton, pastor of the Lincoln Park Congregational
Church in Chicago.** Classes were due to restart on
January 6, 1904.
Beaton lived at 437 Belden Ave.
Severely injured, George was taken to the Samaritan
hospital where friends cared for him until he died
two days later.
George was to have graduated from Beloit in a class
of 44 students in 1905. He was one of 15-20 members
in one of the school's three fraternities, the Alpha
Zeta chapter of Sigma Chi. As a junior, he would
have completed Psychology 3 and Ethics 2 before the
Christmas break and looking ahead to 16 credit hours
in Economics 3 and Ethics and Christian Evidences 2.
His annual room, board and tuition: $250.
George’s artwork appeared in the Beloit annual, the
"Codex." The school established a lectureship in his
memory. George may have been a young man searching
for his proper niche.
Prior to Beloit College, he
attended the English High and Manual Training school
of Chicago, Rose Polytechnic (today's Rose-Hulman
Institute of Technology) and the Chicago Art
George was buried alongside his parents on Monday, Jan 4, 1903 at Graceland Cemetery in Chicago.
Services were conducted by Reverend Beaton and many
of his Beloit classmates and faculty attended. His
only surviving relative was a grandmother.
* Spelled Griner in some period newspapers.
** In 1909 the Lincoln Park Congregational and
Evanston Avenue Congregational churches merged to
form the Wellington Avenue Church of Christ that