Clifford Malyon and Dewitt Murphy probably had fun
watching people react to hearing that
fifteen-year-old Clifford was thirteen-year-old
Dewitt's uncle. Clifford was the youngest
brother of Dewitt's mother, Elizabeth "Lizzie" Malyon
Murphy (1868-1946). Dewitt was
her oldest child. At his death in 1903, Elizabeth was
three months pregnant and her third child, Marian,
was six years old.
On December 30 Clifford F. Malyon (1887-1940)
and Dewitt James Murphy (1890)* went to a matinee of Mr.
Bluebeard at Chicago's newest luxury playhouse,
the Iroquois Theater. They sat in a back row
of the third-floor balcony. It was
reported that Clifford waited until the panic
subsided then walked out without difficulty. He said
Dewitt tried to follow but fell unconscious,
presumably from smoke inhalation.
Dewitt's body was found at Rolston's Funeral
Home where it was identified by his father, meat
packing clerk James D.
Clifton Malyon lived at 368 Bissell
Street with his mother and siblings. Dewitt
lived with his parents at 1340 Sheffield Avenue in
Dewitt attended the Horace Greely
School. Other Greely School Iroquois victims
Dorothy and Wallace Lemenager.
Dewitt was buried in
Rosehill Cemetery in Chicago with his grandfather,
James Murphy, an American Civil War vet who passed
in 1900. James was a sergeant in Company D
20th Regiment of the Illinois Infantry.
years after the fire
Elizabeth had another son in 1904, naming him Donald
Egbert Murphy. In 1920 they lived in Pennsylvania and in
1930 in Montclair, NJ. Donald graduated from
Princeton in 1927.
Clifford Molyon became a
painting contractor and lived with his widowed
mother until her death. He married in 1915,
had three children and moved to California.