Thirty-nine-year-old Walter Howe Thacher (b. 1865)
lived at 443 W. 60th Place in Chicago. He was a
piano salesman for the Chicago Weber
Piano* store on Wabash Ave,
successful enough to
employ a Swedish servant to help out his wife,
Jennie M. Hewett Thacher (1871-1945), with their three
daughters: Bessie, Lucy and Jennie Edith, aged four to nine years old.
With such a young brood,
the $10,000 double indemnity accident life insurance policy
(see insurance advertisement)
must have made a huge difference for his family. This was one of several such life insurance
ads that appeared in newspapers after the Iroquois
Theater fire. The insurance industry wasn't
unique in trying to capitalize on the tragedy.
Manufactures of paint and fire extinguishers also
stooped for that one.
Jennie and Walter married in Taunton, Massachusetts 1892.
Possibly she and one or more of their
daughters attended the Iroquois with him and
Walter's body was identified
by his father, Francis Thacher (1845-1919). Walter's
mother, Alvira /
Elvira Waldron Thacher (1844-1928) lived to
suffer his death, as
did several of his four siblings.
Walter's funeral was held mid afternoon January 2,
1904 at Van Duser's Undertakers at 6138 Wentworth
It is not yet known where Walter was interred but it
may have been in Oak Woods Cemetery in Chicago where
Jennie was buried in 1945.
years after the fire
served on an Englewood committee to raise subscription donations of $1 or
more for the Iroquois Memorial hospital. It
was reported that fifty two victims had come from
Englewood. In 1906 she lived in
Taunton, Massachusetts but returned to
Chicago and in 1911 married Alfred Callham.