Twenty-five year old Arkansas
native, Lucy Abigail Sill (b. 1876) lived with
her widowed mother and was a teacher at Calumet
High School on Normal Avenue in West Pullman, Illinois at the
time of her death at the Iroquois Theater.
She was the only child of Emmet Dorr Sill
(1850-1895) and Elizabeth Mead Close Sill
(1851-1933). Emmet Sill died (in a train
accident while working as a conductor) before
Lucy’s 1899 graduation from the University of
Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Lucy and her mother rented at 6504 Union Avenue
in Chicago at the time of Lucy’s death and at a
different address in 1900. By 1920 Elizabeth relocated to Colorado and
in 1933 lived in
Lucy's Iroquois theater
companions are unknown. There was at least one
party of Chicago area teachers and there may have
been a party of Auburn Park Women's Club members, an
organization in which Lucy was active.
Her body was identified by Avon
S. Hall, principal at Calumet High School and Auburn
Park Elementary School (that shared a common
building at 8025 Normal Avenue in Chicago).
Hall had been the first principal at the Calumet
High School when it opened in 1891.
funeral was held on New Years day, January 1,
1904. She was buried at Oak Hill Cemetery in
Cedar Rapids, Iowa, beside her father.