Thirty-five year old
Susie Alice Welton (b.1866) was born in Ohio
but grew up in
Detroit, Michigan. In
1903 She taught
kindergarten at the Scanlan
elementary school in
Perry Avenue near 117th
street. She had taught
school in Detroit prior to moving to Chicago,
She was the
only daughter of Charlotte Taylor Welton and Harlan Page
Welton, a Presbyterian minister relocated to Toronto
from Detroit. In Detroit he had been pastor at
the Hope church at Woodward and Hendrie avenues.
Her father received a telegram from friends that
Susie had gone to the theater and that her body had
not been found.
While he traveled by train to
Chicago her friends continued to search for her
body. She was located shortly before her
father reached Chicago, identified by F. D.
told the Detroit newspaper that she had attended the
theater with family members of the house where she
lived - at 6241 Kimbark Avenue in
Chicago. (This was
Frances and Amy Owens, both of whom were also
Iroquois Theater fire victims.)
Funeral and burial
information was not reported.
She was named after her
Susannah Farifield Judd Taylor.
Discrepancies and addendum
Scanlan school was named after the man who donated
the land -- Thomas Scanlan (b. 1861-1912). An Irish
immigrant, Scanlan is remembered for having mastered
a wide variety of careers in his lifetime, including
shop keeper, banker, school principal, lawyer,
bookkeeper, realtor and organist. One of his many
projects was the village of Gano south of Chicago.
original eight-room Scanlan school was built in 1888. A
twelve-room addition went up in 1898 and in 1914 a new
school was constructed, including a gymnasium and