Pictured Minnie Schaffner and the Forestville
at 45th and St. Lawrence in Chicago where she taught.
On December 30, 1903 in
Chicago at an afternoon matinee performance of
Klaw & Erlanger'sMr. Bluebeard Christmas pantomime a
fire broke out on stage that quickly spread to the auditorium.
Over six hundred people were killed and hundreds more injured,
making it the worst theater fire in America's history.
Minnie lived with her large family at 578 45th Place in Chicago. She was the oldest child of Moses (c1830-1888) and Fannie Gaseph (Joseph) Schaffner (1841-1927), both from Germany, who married in NYC in 1867 after they came to America.† Moses passed away 15 years before Minnie's death so it was fortunate for Fannie that she had children to help her through the loss of her oldest daughter.
Minnie and her siblings were born in Ohio, except Morris who was born after the family moved to Chicago.
By 1900 Fannie and
her children were living at 31 Walnut St., including
Nettie's husband and infant child, and a nephew,
Nathan Schaffner, son of Isaac Schaffner, who worked
as an insurance clerk. There were four earners in
the household and they had two servants.
By 1910 Fannie lived with her son Morris and they
had moved to Prairie Ave and by 1920 she lived with
her daughter Hannah and her husband, George Soulman.
Morris / Maurice J. Schaffner (b. 1877), cigar salesman
Abraham J. Schaffner (b. 1871) in 1898 married Pauline Soulman (b. 1872)
Hannah J. Schaffner (1881-1964) married George Soulman (b. c1880, Michigan), a soap salesman, in 1906 and they had a son named Harvey D. Soulman (b. 1907) who in 1930 worked as a hotel clerk, and a daughter named Bessie (b. 1908).
Nettie Schaffner (b.1876) married Abe Soulman (1860-1920), a traveling salesman.
They had a daughter named Mildred (1900-1943) and another named Minnette (1904-1963).
Harvey N. Schaffner (1883-1897) - not sure this is one of Minnie's siblings, am wondering if Middle name is Nathan and this is Isaac's son.
Discrepancies and addendum
* Minnie Schaffner
graduated from high school in 1888 and according to
the 1880 census she was born in 1869 so the age
reported in 1903 era newspapers, twenty-five, was
† Moses Schaffner was one of eleven or more
children. He immigrated with his brother, Isaac
Schaffner (1832-1914, married to Henrietta Hecht b.
1869, who had a son named Nathan who lived with
Fannie for a time after Moses' death) in their mid
20s. Moses and Isaac stayed with their sister and
brother in law, Nathan and Harriet Becker in Ohio,
when they first arrived in the U.S. Have read on the
web that Moses and Isaac Schaffner were related to
the Schaffner's in the Hart-Schaffner-Marx clothier
family but I am not sure how.
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