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BROOKLYN THEATRE FIRE
On the night of December 5, 1876, over 300 people
(including some of the actors)
who had come to see the popular actress Kate CLAXTON in "The Two Orphans"
died in a fire that engulfed the Brooklyn Theatre.
The L-shaped theatre built in 1871, occupied a large portion
of the Johnson Street blockfront. Started by a kerosene lamp, that swept
up the ceiling and turned the auditorium into an inferno. The
theatre had no fire escapes and ond only 5 narrow exits.
Unidentified bodies were buried in a common grave in Green-Wood Cemetery.
A monument was erected to the victims of one of the worst fires
in history. Modern fire prevention in public places resulted
in part from the tragedy.
6 December 1876
NOTE: This is a summarized version. The Union covered pages
and pages of testimonies, eye witness accounts, lists, that
were carried over for almost two weeks. Below are 3 of the
lists of victims in order of how they were revived.
EXTRA-1 O'CLOCK P.M. -Great Calamity -Burning of the Brooklyn Theatre
GREAT LOSS OF LIFE -Probably Over One Hundred Victims -EIGHTY BODIES RECOVERED
Still More in the Ruins -SHOCKING SCENES
History of the Brooklyn Theatre
The Brooklyn Theatre was built on the site of old St. John's Episcopal Church,
which stood at the corner of Washington And Johnson streets.
The church, a frame structure, was erected during the summer of 1826, by
Rev. Evan M. Jonson, the first rector, at his own expense, on his own land.
It was first opened for divine service September 24, 1826, and for several years
was furnished to the congregation ffree of cost. On the Easter following its
opening it boasted of nineteen communicants. On the tenth of July in the same
year (1827) it was consecrated by Bishop Hobart. In 1833 it was enlarged and
improved, and purchased by the congregation.
A few years later still further improvements and extensive repairs were made on
the building. By 1861 the building showed the ravages of crime and was decayed
and unsightly in appearance, and was then so extensively "renovated" as almost
for amount to a rebuilding of the structure. Subsequently a rectory was
enlarged and fitted up adjoining the church. In 1868 the old building and the
land were sold for $90,000, the congregation removing subsequently to a new stone
church built in 1959.
In the spring of 1870 the purchasers of the old building, Messrs. Wm. C. KINGSLEY, A.C.
KEENEY, Judge Alex. McCUE, and others broke ground for the new theatre, the old church
having been demolished in the meantime. The theatre building was completed in the
latter part of September, 1871, and opened to the public October 2, under the
management of Mr. and Mrs. F.B. Conway, being known as "Mrs. F.B. CONWAY'S
BURNING OF THE BROOKLYN THEATRE
The annals of Brooklyn present no occurrence equalling in horror the
scenes of last night and this morning of the burning of the Brooklyn Theatre.
Just after the curtain was "rung up" upon the last act, about eleven
o'clock, a drop scene called in stage parlance "a moonlight cut scene" was
discovered to be on fire. This scene was but a piece of hanging painted
canvas at the back of the stage.
THE INFLUENCE OF THE DRAFT,
this drop evidently came in contact with the border or side lights.
When first discovered the fire was but a small affair, and could have been
easily extinguished at once, for but one end was in flames. An effort was
made by one of the stage workers to strike off the burning part, but this
was of no avail. Then an attempt was made to lower it, and this without
avail. It could have been torn down, but that would have involved the
tearing down of the scene visible to the audience, over which was placed a
ceiling. The actors were upon the stage, and to have torn down the scene
would have been to endanger their lives. To be sure, the curtain might have
been lowered and the stage cleared. Yet so insignificant was the fire, so
much danger of
CREATING A PANIC
in the audience by the adoption of these means that it was discarded. But
the fire grew and communicated with other scenes. Before anything could be
done to repress the flames, they had gained a headway that showed the
experienced that the theatre was lost. The curtain was "rung down," and Mr.
Thorpe, the stage manager, appeared before the curtain. But the smoke was
now filling the theatre, and the flash of trhe flames was seen through the
crevices of the scenes. By this time the whole machinery and scenery were
upon fire. To the unitiated it is impossible to show how rapidly the flames
will spread when once under headway upon a stage. The frame upon which the
scenery is supported is wood of the lightest description, and if the theatre
have any age whatsoever, is as dry as tinder; the canvas is cotton painted,
and therefore highly flammable; the ropes, the unused scenes lying against
the walls, the numberless gas jets feeding the flames, the light timber -
all these make a fuel upon which the flames feed with
Such was the case last night, and in less than ten minutes from the time the
fire was discovered the stage was enveloped in volumes and vast sheets of
flame, while the roar and crackling was awe inspiring.
In the meantime a panic had possessed the audience. The lower
portion of the house was not large, and the audience, through the ample
means of exit, and which had been increased this season, made their way out
of the theatre.
The dress circle or second gallery was much better filled, yet from this the
escape was made, and, so far as is learned, without loss of life. But even
here a number were injured by the rush of the terror-stricken people. Men
and women were struck down and trampled over by the stronger in the mad rush
for the door. Wm. McConnell, the policre telegraph line man, who's also a
fireman, made his way to the dress circle shortly after the breaking out of
the fire, and says that the circle was well cleared.
But upstairs in the gallery is where the scenes of horror
transpired. The gallery was literally packed with a mass of humanity. As
ample as are the means of exit below, here they were limited. The panic that
possessed these poor beings is something too intense to be described. The
whole mass struggled to the doors, when
A HUGH[sic] BLOCK OCCURRED
The young and the weak were knocked down and trampled upon, and at
the doors the people were literally wedged together. One who escaped says
that in spite of himself he was carried along, and that the way was made
over the bodies of those who had been cast down. Many of these must have
been suffocated and become insensible. While these scenes were transpiring
the flames had seized upon the house or auditorium, and the dense smoke and
intense heat was doing its work in rendering insensible many others. Many
losing their senses, becoming frantic, and insane through fear, and utterly
despairing of life, leaped into the raging flames beneath. It is impossible
at present writing to estimate the loss that occurred in the gallery.
One half hour from the discovery of the fire, the back wall on
Johnson street fell out, and now the flames had full sway.
FROM THE OUTSIDE
the scene was terrific. The roaring of flames was so great that persons
could not converse, save by shouting a half a block away from the burning
The firemen, though promptly upon the spot, worked with that vigor
and efficiency for which the Brooklyn Department is nboted, were almost
powerless, so great was the rage of the flames. It took but one hour and a
half to reduce the building to nothing.
(appears to be part of an account the writer heard told from someone
identified as "witness")
. . .saw several
LADIES KNOCKED DOWN
in the parquette and others in the vestibule. There was even then a flash of
fire to the ticket office. Saw no effort made to put out the fire. From the
dress circle to the front entrance the people were all in a panic; women
were knocked doan and the crowd pushed over them; saw no effort n the part
of the employes[sic] to put out the fire; thought if the audience had been
requested to leave quietly when the fire first broke out they could have
been saved: there might have been trouble in the gallery, did not think all
the people got out of the dress circle. The place was very hot when witness
left it; did not hear any stairs break but heard the fire cracking on the stage.
E.M. RICHARDSON, of No. 246 Adams street, testified to being in the
gallery and seeing men trying to pull down the fire with the polls from the
flys. Sparks were falling. After the panic, which followed the second alarm,
all rushed for the doors. The opening from the gallery to the stairs was
about twelve feet, and had no doors on. There was a mass of people there
when he got to that door. In going down the first flight all were pushing
buton their feet. The lights were up; at the first landing near the box
office the lights went out. . and a man fell, and witness on top of him; it
then seemed to him that all who followed him fell on that heap; the place
was dark, and volumes of smoke came up; witness was on his face, but was
familiar with the stairs, and had to turn his body to get down; there was a
jog there, and the men on top cried "Let me go;" got out and went down
alone; there were no bannisters nor hand-rails to the stairs, he was sure,
and nothing to hold on to but a bare wall; looked back from the street, but
saw NO ONE COMING OUT.
THE FIRST LAYER OF BODIES
was found early this morning just under the stairway leading from the family
circle. After they were removed and the debris cleared away, another layer
was found. The firemen under command of Chief Engineer Nevins worked
gallantly during the night and morning.
The Number of Victims
There were four hundred tickets sold for the gallery last night as
state by the Treasurer, Mr. Butler, showing that the number at least were in
the gallery at the breaking out of the fire.
One hundred and fifty bodies have been taken from the ruins, and the
work steadily goes on. Several days will probably elapse before the extent
of the loss of life will be fully known.
Between twelve and one o'clock the Coroner was informed that the Morgue was
as full of the dead s could be accomodated, and it was necessary to secure
some other building. He immediately went out with his informant with the
intention, if possible, of getting the occupation of the empty brick market
building in Adams street, between Fulton and Myrtle avenues.
The Coroneer;s Office - Jurymen Selected
The Coroner's office was subjected to frequent visits this forenoon
by friends of missing persons, who were eager for any possible information,
and to secure passes of admission to the Morgue, whither the dead had been
taken. Numerous tickets were issued, but with the verbal assurance that
there might be of necessity, some delay in getting in, as the extraordinary
event had overtaxed the facilities of the Morgue for receiving the dead, and
it would be necessary to make some temporary arrangement that would enable
the pressing crowd to view all the dead and such shreds of clothing,
jewelry, or other mark of identification as may have been found with them.
Coroner SIMMS has requested the following named gentlemen to sit as
John J. STUDWELL
John J. DRAKE
Arthur W. BENSON
John T. MARTIN
The inquest will commence at the Morgue about five o'clock this afternoon.
The Thirteenth Regiment for Guard Duty
A Union reporter learned from Gen. JOURDAN, the President of the
Police Commission, this morning that one hundred members of the Thirteenth
Regiment, N.G., had tendered their services to relieve the police who have
now beenwithout rest since the fire began. The latter are completely
fatigues out. Some of the men who had just come off post on Tuesday night
had to attend the fire immediately, and have since been constantly on duty.
The city is comparatively uncovered, and if New York thieves should make a
raid it would, no doubt, be highly successful. General Jourdan and the
oother Police Commissioners, in view of the circumstances, resolved to
accept the offer, and the men of the Thirteenth will be on duty this
afternoon in Washington street, with sidearms, and the police will return
to patrol duty.
The Military Guard Duty
The Fourteenth Regiment will relieve the Thirteenth Regiment, now on
duty, at six o'clock this evening. The members of the Fourteenth Regiment
are requested to report in fatigue uniform, at the Armory, Portland avenue,
at 5:30 P. M.
The Thirteenth Regiment will assemble at regimantal armory, at 6:30
A. M., Saturday morning, and relieve the Fourteenth Regiment.
AMONG THE DEAD,
the scene was pitiful in the extreme. Scared men walked aimlessly about, and
seemed to have lost their senses. Women were in tears, and as the name of
some missing man who was known was mentioned; there was a muttered "poor
fellow," and epxressions of sympathy fell from the lips of police officers
used to scenes of horror and death in every appalling shape.
Up to ten o'clock only one body had been recognized. It was that of Nicholas KIELY,
said to be a brother of the Very Rev. Father KIELY of this diocese.
The body of HUGH F. DONER, of No. 117 Tillary street, aged
thirty-one years, milkman, was identified by means of his watch and chain by
his brother at the Morgue at noon today. The remains were removed to the
residence of the deceased.
Chief Engineer Nevins, Assistant Engineer FARLEY, and Officer
COLLINS, of the First Precinct. recovered the body of the brother of the
latter, aged twelve years, whose name was DANIEL COLLINS. The officer was
relieved from duty by Captain Smith, and the remains were removed to the
residence of the officer, at No. 101 President street.
The body of ADAM KURTZ, aged twenty-two, who resided at No. 322
Myrtel avenue, was identified at the Morgue shortly after noon.
The body of Officer MC KEON, was found in the debris shortly after
one o'clock, and was recognized by his club and by the book of the Bylaws of
the Police Department in his pocket. His body was found near the front of
Eastern District Residents Missing
JACOB KRAMER, nineteen years of age, son of FELIX KRAMER, of Stagg
street and Bushwick avenue, is missing. A companion named CHAS. STRAUB, of
214 Stagg street. . . . . . . .
Three neatly dressed ladies tearfully applied for some information
regarding a young man named HARRY ANDERSON, of Syracuse, N.Y., who was
visiting his sister, Mrs. DUNNING, at 86 Henry street. He sas known to have
attended the theatre last evening, and did not return.
W. H. FLETCHER, of New York City, is missing from his home. His
brother asked for a pass to the Morgue, thinking that he might have gone to
the Brooklyn Theatre, as he had friends in this city.
The wife of JOHN TURNER, a butcher doing business at Jay and
Prospect streets, stated that her husband went to the theatre last night and
had not been heard from.
MORRIS SOLOMON, a German cigar manufacturer, residing at 103 Boerum
place, reported the loss of his entire family, a wife and five children, two
of the latter being young ladies.
The Victims of the Brooklyn Company and EmployeEs.
Messrs. CLAUDE BURROUGHJS and H.S. MURDOCK, the actors, are
undoubtedly among the victims. So far as can be learned, these two gentlemen
as soon as the alarm was given, proceeded up stairs to their dressing room,
which was over the stage and have not since been seen. It will be some time
before the bodies can be recovered, as the fire is yet burning on the
Johnson street side, and the firemen are directing their efforts at present
solely to getting out the bodies from the the [sic] lobbies and stairway
which seemingly broke down with the tremendous weight and pressure,
percipitating[sic] the victims into the pit from which the bodies are being
taken. Most of the bodies lie with their feet towards the main door, seeming
to show that they platforms and stairways went down simultaneously.
Office CHARLES LOTT and his son have not been seen since last
evening. He was the special officer of the gallery, and was well known and
JAMES LEONARD, a flyman, was undoubtedly smothered wo quickly that
he was unable to escape, for "BUCKY CUMBERSON," one of the oldest flymen of
the theatre, was cauggt[sic] so quickly by the flames that he had no time to
use one of the many ropes always in the flames, but jumped out of a window
into the street, and now lies in the City Hospital in a precarious condition.
Funerals To-Day (12 December)
The remains of DANIEL F. COLLINS were buried from No. 101 President
street at half-past tow o'clock this afternoon. The funeral of this brother,
William H. COLLINS, aged twenty-eight, a member of the Democratic General
Committee, who died of congestion of the brain on Friday night, took place
at the saeme time. Nassau Lodge, of the Brooklyn Chapter, Brooklyn Council
and Clinton Commandery, of which WM. H. COLLINS was a member, attended in a
body. A vast number of friends followed the remains to the grave.
Catholoc Services for the Dead
At nine o'clock this morning a solemn mass of requiem was offered
for the repose of the souls of the unrecognized dead who had perished at the
fire on Tuesday night, at the Catholic Church of Sts. Peter and Paul's, on
Second street, E.D., by order of the Rev. SYLVESTER MALONE, the pastor, who
has taken a lively interest in the proceedings connected with the public
burial of the victims. At the three masses yesterday, public prayers were
offered for them.
Funeral of the Actors Murdoch and Burroughs.
The funeral services over the remains of HENRY S. MURDOCH and CLAUDE
BURROUGHS, the actors, took place yesterday afternoon in the "Little Church
Around the Corner," in Twenty-ninth street, near Madison avenue, New York
City. The church was crowded with friends of the deceased, professional and
unprofessional, many being obliged to stand in the aisle. The Chestnut
Street Theatre Company of Philadelphia, were represented. The members of
trhe Arcadian Club attended, wearing the badge of mourning. They were seated
at the front of the church upon the left side. The pews directly in front of
the chancel on both sides of the main aisle were reserved for members of the
Union Square and Brooklyn Theatre companies and for the relatives of the
deceased. Prof. MURDOCH, of Philadelphia, was the only member of the MURDOCH
family present. Mr. and Mrs. BURROUGHS, the parents of CLAUDE, and a
brother, with Miss BLOHM, the lady to whom the deceased was to have been
married, were present, occupying seats near the bodies. The committee of the
Union Square Company had the funeral arrangements in charge.
The Death Roll (Deaths List #1)
Full and Correct List of the Missing.
The following is a complete list of all those persons who have been
reported at Police Headquarters as missing. The number is 31. Inclded in
this list are those who have been identified by their friends.
ALBERTI, LOUIS, 17, 266 Atlantic avenue.
ALBERTI, AMANDA, 18, 266 Atlantic avenue.
AUGNANOS, EDWARD D., 16, 417 Atlantic avenue.
ABRAMS, ARIEURA, 18, 341 Hamilton avenue.
ARMSTRONG, CHRISTOPHER, 22, 208 Skillman street.
AUERBACH, GUSTAV, __, 32 Hudson avenue.
ARNIO, ARTURI, 18, 341 Hamilton avenue.
ARNINIAN, ARTHUR, __, 341 Hamilton avenue.
ADDISON, JOHN, 177 Water st.
ANDERSON, WM. residence unknown.
ARNAUD, GUSTAVE, __, Hamilton avenue.
ASHWELL, JOSEPH, 86 Fleet st.
BEDFORD, DAVID, 16, 126 Hicks st.
BALL, WILLIAM, __, Thirty-sixth st. and Third ave.
BALL, GEORGE, __, Thirty sixth st. and Third ave.
BEATTIE, EDWARD A. 18, 71 Carlton ave.
BULLEY, JOHN, ?, Greenpoint
BURROUGHS, CLAUDE, 28, Hotel St. Stevens, N.Y.
BROWD, Miss, 17, 520 Hicks st.
BROWN, WILLIAM, 35, Atlantic ave.
BLATTORE(sp?), EDWARD, 17, 71 Carlton ave.
BARRETT, WILLIAM H. Jr., 26 Vanderbilt ave.
BRYANT, EDWARD, 21, Bridgehampton, L.I.
BENNETT, WILLIAM, 19, Fulton st.
BERRY, Mrs. RICHARD, 35, No. 43 Smith st.
BERRY, CAROLINE, Smith and Livingston sts.
BLACKFORD, CHARLES, 33, wife and child, 212 Bridge st.
BOLDREDGE, GEORGE, 29, 215 Adams st.
BOYLE, THOMAS, 24, 386(?) Adams st.
BRODERICK, FREDERICK, __, 85 Sackett st.
BRODERICK, PATRICK, 17, 85 Sackett st.
BROOKS, ADELINE, 18, 1667 Atlantic ave.
BYRNE, BERNARD, 15, 263 Plymouth st.
BARNES, __, 17, 520 Hicks st.
BROWN, WILLIAM, 35, Atlantic ave, between Adelphi st. and Carlton ave.
(colored), coachman of MELVILLE BRYANT, M.D.
BROWN, HANNAH, wife of above.
BOYLE, PETER,__, Adams place.
BRODERICK, PATRICK, 182 HUntington.
BROWN, Mrs. HANNAH, Atlantic ave.
BROWN, WM. 520 Hicks st.
BRYANT, WM. A. 107 Flatbush ave.
BRYANT, WM. 370 Navy.
BUNCE, HENRY M. 176 Fulton
BURTON, W. F. 436 Lafayette ave.
BENTLEY, WM. 18, 361 Fulton.
BOYNE, THOMAS 24, Vanderbilt ave.
BOYLE, ROBERT 42, Orond pl.
COWAN, JAMES, 28, 197 South Portland avenue.
CHISHOLM, Mrs. 23, 515 Court ave.
CADMUS,GEORGE,30, 628 Fifth avenue.
CADMUS, Mrs. Phillip, 23, 68 Fifth avenue.
CAVANS, MORTIMER, 19, 474 Hudson avenue.
CASSNET, JOHN, 22, 164 Prince street.
CHICHESTER, THOMAS, 23, 232 Court street.
CHRISTIAN, JAMES, 23, 232 Court street.
COLLINS, HARRIET, 14, 101 President street.
COLLINS, DANIEL, 14, 101 President street.
COLLOM, JAMES, 13, 46 Amity street.
CULLEN, JAMES D., 14, 41 Amity street.
CONROY, MICHAEL, 18, 256Plymouth street.
COYLE, NICHOLAS, 30, Johnson and Duffield streets.
CRANE, OLIVER F., 221 Bridge street.
CAVANAGH, FROST, 19, 474 Hudson ave.
CALHOUN, SAMUEL, 188 North Portland ave.
CASSIDY, JAMES, 15, 150 Hamilton ave.
CONCANNON, PETER, 73 Walworth st.
COWAN, JAMES, 58 Sumter st.
CURRAN, RICHARD, 25, 123 Jay. st.
COGGSWELL, ALBERT, 24, __ Adelphi st.
DIETZ, ABRAHAM, 18, 394 Kent avenue.
DIETZ, AARON,, __, 394 Kent avenue.
DEVAU, CHARLES, 17, Knickerbocker Ins. Co.
DEVINE, THOMAS, 25, 405 Marion st.
DONLON, WILLIAM, 18, 229 Navy street.
DOOLITTLE, HENRY 27, Greenpoint
DEVOE, CHARLES E., 19, 34 Devoe
DOOPER, JOHN, 20, Willoughby and Canton streets.
DELEPARTE, ED, 19, 66 Smith street.
DAKIN, DANIEL, 22, New London Conn.
DAKIN, HARRIET, 12, New London Conn.
DOODEY, EDWARD, 13, 102 President street.
DONER, HUGH, 33, 117 Tillary street.
DEMPSEY, THOMAS, 18, 103 President street.
DOUGHERTY, ANN J., 36(?), Elm place
DOUGHERTY, SAMUEL, 13, Elm place
DUNLAP, CHARLES, 20, Eighty-first street and Boulevard N.Y.
DAGAN, DANIEL, __, New York
DENISON, DENNIS, 26 Withers st.
DAVIS, SAMUEL O., 445 Gates ave.
DORAN, JOHN, Willoughby and Kent aves.
DORITZ, EDWARD, 103 Prince st.
EAGAN, MATTHEW, 19, 104 King st.
ELLIOTT, JAMES, __ Atlantic avenue.
FADEN, MATTHEW, 21, 269 Jay.
FARRELL, GEORGE, 17, 145 Myrtle avenue.
FITZGERALD, GEORGE, 15, 70 High.
FOLEY, CORNELIUS, 18, 151 Degraw.
FORKSHEIM, ABRAHAM, 19, 1075 Third ave.
FROIDENAUX, ROSINS, 15, 254 Columbia
FRY, THOMAS, 206 Skillman.
FREMIG(sp?), ANNE, 17, 54 Court
FARRELL, JOHN, 145 Myrtle ave.
FARRELL, JOSEPH, Myrtle ave. and Duffield st.
FRANKISH, DR. W. K., 751 Fulton
FRANK, CHAS., 179 Columbia.
RANK, WILLIAM, 179 Columbia
FRELL, GEORGE, 100 Fleet place.
FRANCIS, GEORGE, New York
GILES, JOHN 23, Woodbury, L.I.
GOODWIN, JAMES, 23, No. 495 Court street.
GOSSERT, CHARLES, 19, No. 98 Livingston street.
GREEN, FRANK, 18, No 1029 LAfayette avenue.
GREIG, JOHN, 23, No. 251 Van Brunt street.
GUNN, JOHN, 28, No. 245 Adams street.
GILLHOLM, SAMUEL, 23, No. 138 Portland avenue.
GRACE, JOHN, 22, No. 87 Douglas street.
GRANGER, GEORGE, Galveston Texas.
GRAY, WILLIAM, A., Greenpoint.
GAINES, ROBERT, 20, No. 197 Butler street.
GAREY, P.H. 19, No. 104 President street.
GALLAGHER, PATRICK, 236 Plymouth street.
GARREY, JOHN, Fourteenth street.
GARVEY, JOHN E. Twenty-fifth street and Third avenue, New York
GAY, JAMES, 128 York street.
GLASS, PHILIP, 66 Wolcott street.
GRAY, ALFRED H., 158 Cayler street.
HAEDRICH, DORA, 9, 191 Fulton st.
HAMILTON, DELIA, 20, 169 Pine st. N.Y.
HAMPSON, F., 461 Dean st.
HAMPSON, Miss EMMA, 461 Dean.
HAMPSON, EUNICE, 30, 461 Dean.
HAND, STEWART, 20, State and Smith.
HARRISON, CHAS., 14, 349 Bridge.
HARTMAN, WM. 22, 2 Marey av.
HAWKINS, SAMUEL, 24, 81 Prince.
HECHT, LEWIS, 18, 431 Pulaski.
HICKEY, JOHN, 23, 103 Fulton.
HURLE, FREDERICK, 22, __ Livingston.
HOLBROOK, __, __ Ba?ic.
HAYES, SAMUEL, 20, Wyckoff st. and Fifth av.
HAYES, JOHN, 205 Twenty-second st.
HANIFY, _____, 175 Court st.
HASTON, JOHN, 447 Hudson ave.
JACKSON, GEORGE, 18, 56 Hicks.
JACKSON, CHAS. 13, 56 Hicks.
JACKSON, ROBERT, 35, 441 Flatbush av.
JENNINGS, JOHN W., 1847 Concord.
JONES, HENRY H., 17, 34 Summit.
JORDAN, FRED, 21, 49(?) Pacific.
JACKSON, JOHN H., 25 Adams st.
JACKSON, ROSE, 35, 445 Atlantic ave.
KEENAN, JOHN, 26, Marcy avenue and Van Buren street.
KENNEDY, JOHN, 8, 81 Gold street.
KERRIGAN, J., 22, 341 Water street, N.Y.
KELLY, NICHOLAS F., 21, 141 Johnson street.
KAMECKE, OTTO, 22, 182(?) Atlantic avenue.
KRAFT, HENRY, 189 Boerum street.
KRAFT, GEORGE, 189 Boerum street.
KURTZ, GEORGE W. 20, Myrtle avenue and Cumberland street.
KURTZ, ABRAM, 22, 322 Myrtle.
KELTS, EDWARD, Vanderbilt avenue.
KALEY, MICHEL, 18 Meeker ave.
KRAMER, JOSEPH, Bushwick ave. and Stagg st.
KEIGLER, JOSEPH, 19, 296 Atlantic ave.
LAMB, LAWRENCE, 21, 211 Plymouth.
LAMB, THOMAS, __, 211 Plymouth.
LANGTON, THOMAS, 19, 68 Dtate.
LEEK, CHRISTOPHER, 42, Eighty-first st. and Boulevard, N.Y.
LEISTER, ISAAC, 19, 362 Atlantic.
LENNON, JAMES, 194 John.
LEVERICH, CALEB J. 35, 105 Clermont
LEYDEN, JAMES, 25, 199 State.
LOGAN, GEORGE 28, 190 Amity.
LOGAN, JOHN, __, 190 Amity.
LODNEY, JOSEPH, __, 242 Conover.
LORIMER, GEORGE 21, Pearl and Concord sts.
LOTT, GEORGE, P., 22, 454 Sackett st.
LOTT, CHARLES B, 50, 464 Sackett st.
LOUGHLIN, JOHN, 20, 244 Bridge st.
LOWENTHAL, ABRAM, 18, 203 Fulton st.
LUNT, CHARLES 18, 452 Hart st.
LUNT, JOSEPHINE, 39, 452 Hart st.
LIDGATE, MARGARET, 48, 1189 Atlantic avenue.
LAFELL, GEORGE, 1338 Fulton st.
LANAGAU, JAMES, 46 York st.
LIKEWISE, ANNIE, New Lots.
(?)JOHN, JOHN, 86 Prince st.
LOYTON, JAMES, Court st.
MACKIN, DANIEL, 19, 94 Hudson avenue.
MARTIN, ANN, 59, 37 Lawrence street.
MARTIN, TIMOTHY, 37 Lawrence street.
MARTINS, Mrs., 45 Smith street.
MAYBAN, STEPHEN, 47, 66 Prince street.
MCKEON, PATRICK, Sanitary Squad.
MCCLELLAN, MARY ANN, 19, 168 Pine st. N. Y.
MCCLELLAN, EDWARD, 22, 168 Pine street, N.Y.
MCCLELLAN, JAMES, 55, 168 Pine street, N.Y.
MCCULLOUGH, ANGUS, 26, 294 Pacific street.
MCCULLOUGH, JOHN, 22, 294 Pacific street.
MCGUIGAN (or MCGULGAN), JAMES, Red Hook.
MCLOUGHLIN, GEORGE, 23, 229 Fifteenth.
MCNEIL, JAMES, 20, 160 Myrtle.
MEIGHAN, JOHN, 20, 76 Lafayette ave.
MOWBRAY, JOHN, 25, 385 Centre street.
MILLBERG, THOMAS, 23 Atlantic.
MULVANEY, MARY, 18, 11 Little Water.
MURDOCH, H. S. 28, 53 Concord.
MCGINNIS, JOHN, 30, 33 Little Water.
MCGUINNIS, JOHN, 18, East New York.
MITCHELL, CHARLES, 18, East New York.
MCCULLOUGH, DONALD ROSE, 15, 294 Pacific.
MARTIN, JAMES, 24, 827 Bergen.
MORRISON, ALBERT W., 24, 404 Sackett.
MCLAIR, DANIEL, 19, 94 Hudson.
MARTIN, PAT EDWARD, North Elliott place.
MCGRATH, JAMES, 25, 95 Gold.
MORGAN, FRANK, 20, 234 Atlantic.
MASSEY, HIRAM, 332 GOld st.
MCCAFFRAY, JAMES F., 251 Navy.
MCCAFFREY P., 131 Twenty-first.
MCGIFF, FRANCIS H., 349 Hicks.
MCCLEAN, DENNIS, 160 Myrtle ave.
MCCLEAN, JAMES, 160 Myrtle ave.
MCMANUS, JOHN, 506 Court.
MCNALLY, JOHN, 191 Prince.
MITTEBERG, DIEDRICH, 551 West Thirty-seventh st., New York.
MURPHY, JAMES, 62 Amity.
MYER, WILLIAM, 25 Orchard, New York.
MORRIS, JAMES, 23, 25 Liberty.
MCCARTHY, PATRICK, 67 James, New York.
MORTON (?), D. S., Galveston, Texas.
MCDERMOTT, John, 26, Fulton.
MCGIVEN, DANIEL, 45, 11 Adams.
MCGIVEN, JOHN, 13, 11 Adams.
MCCLEAN, DANIEL, 490 Court.
NATHAN, STEPHEN, 47, 66 Prince.
NOBLE, JOHN, 20, Fourteenth.
NAGLE, WILLIAM R., 33, 58 Broadway.
O'BRIEN, HUGH, 193 Concord st.
OFFERMAN, Tom, 18, No. 361 Fulton st.
O'NEILL, JOSEPH, Myrtle ave.
O'NEILL, Mrs. J., Myrtle ave.
OTIS, CHARLES, No. 180 Clinton st.
ORAM, STEPHEN, 48, 66 Prince st.
OLSEN, LEWIS, 19, 147 Sackett st.
OSTRANDER, JACOB L. 874 Navy st.
OSBORNE, WILLIAM, 32, Greenpoint.
PAMPLE, LENA, 16, Fulton and Nassau streets.
PICKFORD, FRANK, 18, 14 Patchen avenue.
PIERCE, Mrs. H. 44, Duffield street.
POLLARD, JOHN, 18, Flushing and Grand avenues.
POLLARD, WILLIAM 19, Flushing and Grand avenues.
POOLEY, CORNELIUS, 18 151 Degraw ave.
QUICK, Elias B., 18, No. 23 Sixth st. E.D.
REDDY, JOHN, 22, 90 Walworth st.
ROBINSON, THOMAS, 19, 25 Willoughby st.
RONCE, CHARLES, 49, 191 Prince st.
RONCE, CHARLES JR., 18, 191 Prince st.
ROSE, DANIEL, 18, 294 Pacific st.
ROSSELL, ANTONIO, 21, Hicks and Fulton sts.
ROTHWELL, ADELAIDE, 30, 1191 Atlantic ave.
ROTHWELL, Mrs. SHEPHERD, 1191 Atlantic ave.
ROGERS, CATHARINE, 25, East New York.
ROGERS, KATE, 19, East New York.
RUSSELL, ARTHUR, 23, 334 Atlantic ave.
ROLRE (?), HENRY, Grand ave. and Bergen st.
ROWELL, MICHAEL, 33, Fifth ave. and Park place.
ROSELLE, Mrs. 23, 62 Fulton st.
SMITH, Mrs. and two daughters, 141 Sands street.
SMIRTZ, CHARLES, 18, 289 Court street.
SMIRTZ, HENRY, 15, 289 Court street.
SOLOMON, DEBORAH, 20 103 Boerum place.
SOLOMON, LENA(?), 22, 103 Boerum place.
SOLOMON, MARY, 23, 103 Boerum place.
SOLOMON, MORRIS, 47, 103 Boerum place.
SOLOMON, PHILIP, 24, 103 Boerum place.
SOBEIL, DANIEL, 19, 53 Court and Nelson streets.
STENSON, THOMAS, 1191 Dean street.
STETHOUSE, ABRAM, 26, 40 Flatbush avenue.
STEPHENS, GEO., 15, 214 Jay street.
STYLES, CHAS., H. 18, 251 Putnam avenue.
STEDHALL, A., 25, 45 Flatbush avenue.
SHERMAN, Mr. and Mrs.
SOUWEIN, A.J., 22, 294 South Fourth street, E.D.
STEANER (?), ABRAHAM, 43 Slatbush avenue.
SAMPLE, ______, 23, 127 Bridge st.
TRACY, JOHN, 17, 242 Wyckoff st.
TRAINOR, MICHAEL, 13, Underhill avenue and Pacific st.
TRENING, ANNIE, 17, 54 Court st.
TURPINGTON, WILLIAM, 18, Fourteenth st. and Fifth avenue.
TAYLOR, ARTHUR, 17, 27 Chauncey st.
THORBEY, JOHN 25, 285 Centre st.
THORPE, CHARLES, New York.
THOMAS, E.M. Philadelphia.
TURNER, JOHN F., 126 Jay st.
ULSEN, LEWIS, 157 Sackett street.
VALDEZ, 18, No. 62 Fulton street.
VALDEZ, JOSE M., 22, 89 Fulton street.
VETCH, CHRISTIAN, 27, Smith street.
WARNER, JOHN, 27, 4?8 Atlantic avenue.
WEEDON, HENRY, 23, 112 Myrtle avenue.
WAKEMAN, EVERETT, 18, 140 Willow street.
WOODS, JOHN, 23, 101 Fleet street.
WROE, CHARLES, 49, 191 Prince street.
WROE, CHARLES Jr., 18, 191 Prince street.
WATSON, JOHN B., 31, 24 Ainslie street, E.D.
WHISTINGE, THOS., 24, 417 Hudson avenue.
WARD, MATILDA, 18, North Oxford street.
WELCH, JAMES, 90 Catharine street, N.Y.
WELDON, MICHAEL, 138 South First street.
WOBURN, JOHN, 25 Centre street. N.Y.
WEST, CATHARINE, 21 Hart street.
WAINER, STEPHEN, B. 26, 85 St. MArk's place.
WHISTANOE, THOS., 48 Hudson avenue.
26 December 1876
A MEETING FOR THE RELIEF OF the sufferers by teh fire at the Brooklyn Theatre
will be held at the Adademy of Music on Thurs. Evening, Dec. 21, at 8 o'clock.
The meeting will be addressed by :
Rev. Chas. H. HALL, D.D.
Rev. Henry WARD BEECHER,
Rev. Emory J. HAYNES
Rev. J. HYATT SMITH
James TANNER, ESQ., and others.
The citzens of Brooklyn are particularly invited to attend this meeting at which
will be made a full report of the present condition of the sufferers, the steps
already taken for their relief, and the probably means required for their
Frederick A SCHROEDER, Chairman
A.P. PUTNAM, D.D.
Albert DAGGETT, Secretary, Finance Committee
9 December 1876
Death List # 2
The Death Roll.
Corrected List of the Identified
Careful computation of the number of persons lost fixes it at 292, the
number officially returned by the Coroners. Of the total number 215 have
been identified, and the full names and addresses are given as follows:
DEATH LIST #2
ADDISON, JOHN, 177 Water st.
ALBERTI, AMANDA, 18, 266 Atlantic avenue.
ALBERTI, LOUIS, 17, 266 Atlantic avenue.
ANDERSON, WM, residence unknown.
ARMSTRONG, CHRISTOPHER, 22, 208 Skillman street.
ARNAS, ARTURO, 18, 341 Hamilton avenue.
ASHWELL, JOSEPH, 86 Fleet ?
AUERBACH, GUSTAV, __, 32 Hudson avenue.
AUQUINOS, D, 295 Navy st.
BARRETT, WILLIAM H, Jr., 26 Vanderbilt ave.
BENNETT, WILLIAM, 19, Fulton st.
BREEMON, JOHN, 410 Pearl st. N.Y.
BRODERICK, PATRICK, 17, 85 Sackett st.
BROOKS, ADELINE, 18, 16?7 Atlantic ave.
BOODIS, Mary, __ Fulton st.
BOYLE, ROBERT B., 183 Portland ave.
BROWN, Mrs. HANNAH A., Howard and Sumter street.
BROWN, WM, 17, ___Hicks st.
BRYANT, WM. 67 Flatbush ave.
BRYANT, EDWARD, 24, Bridgehampton, L.I.
BRYANT, W. 370 Navy
BUNOE, HENRY M. 96 Fulton
BURKE, FREDERICK, 17, Montreal, Canada
BURKE, George, 20, brother of Frederick.
BURROUGHS, CLAUDE, 28, actor, N.Y.
BURTON W.F. 436 Lafayette ave.
BYRNE, JOHN, 263 Plymouth st.
CALHOUN, Samuel, 138 North Portland ave.
CARLYLE, David, visiting a friend in Gold st.
CASSIDY, Michael, 471 Adelphi st.
CASELET, John, 22, 164 Prince st.
CHICHESTER, Thomas, 23, Court and Baltic streets.
CHRISTIAN, Thos. H, 24, 262 Court street.
COLLINS, Daniel, 14, 101 President street.
CONALY, Robert, 18(?), Carroll st.
CONCANNON, Peter, 16 Walworth st.
CONROY, Michael, 18, 256 Plymouth street.
COWAN, James, 22, 197 South Portland avenue.
CRAFT, George, 189 Boerum st E.D.
CRANDALL, Wm. H(?), 28, 325 Myrtle ave.
CREED, Walter W, 44 Duffield st.
CULLIM, James, 13, 46 Amity street
CURRAN. Richard, 23, 125 Jay st.
DEBARRO, Jos A., 246 Fourth st, E.D.
DEBARRO, Clare, wife of above.
DELAPOTTERIE, Ed. 19, 66 Smith street.
DEMPSEY, Thomas 18, 103 President street.
DENISON, DEnnis, 26 Withers st.
DESHAY, Wm, Williamsburgh
DEVINE, Thomas, 25, 403 Marion st.
DEVOE, Charles 19, Knickerbocker Ins. Co.
DIETZ, Aaron -- 394 Kent avenue.
DIETZ, Abraham 18, 394 Kent avenue.
DONER, Hugh 33, 119 Tillary street.
DONALY, William 18, 229 Navy street.
DOODY, Edw. P, 18, 103 President st.
DUFFY, Matilda Ward, 18 North Oxford st.
DUNER, James E., 143 Cantron street.
DUNLAP, Charles 20, Eighty-first street and Boulevard N.Y.
ELCOTT, James, Baltic, between Bond and Nevins streets.
EVANS, Sydney, Hudson, near DeKalb ave.
FARRELL, George 17, 145 Myrtle Ave.
FARRON, Hiram, 80, DeKalb ave. near Kent.
FITZGEERALD, George 15, 70 High.
FOLEY, Cornelius 18, 151 Degraw.
FRANKE, Chas., 78 Degraw st.
FRANKE, Wm, brother of above.
FRANKISH Dr., W. K., 92 South Portland ave.
FRAEL, George, 100 Fleet place.
FROIDEVAUX, Rosina 15, 257 Columbia.
GALLAGHER, Patrick, 236 Plymouth street.
GARVEY, John S. 141 Adams st.
GASSERT, Charles E, 19, No. 98 Livingston street.
GAY, James, 129 York street.
GAREY, P.H. 19, No 104 President street.
GILLISE, Philip, 66 Wolcott street
GOODWIN, James 22, No. 495 Court street; buriedyesterday.
GRACE, John 22, No. 87 Douglass street.
GRAY, Alfred H., 158 Calyer street, Greenpoint.
GREEN, Fred, 18, No. 1029 Lafayette street.
GREIG, John 22, No. 251 Van Brunt street.
HAENDRICH, Dora 9, 191 Fulton st.
HAENDRICH, Emma 8, 191 Fulton street.
HANIFY, John, 175 Court st. Buried yesterday.
HARDGRAVE, Chas. 134 St, Market place.
HARTMAN, Wm. 22, 2 Myrtle ave.
HAWKINS, Samuel 24, 81 Prince.
HAYES, Sameuel 20, 688 Warren st.
HECHT, Lewis 18, 431 Pulaski
HICKEY, John 23, 108 Fulton.
HOFFERMAN, Frank, 18, 173 Smith st.
HOWELL, Robert L, 247 Van Brunt st.
HURTON, John, 487 Hudson ave.
JACKSON, Chas. 13, 55 Hicks.
JACKSON, Geo. 18, 55 Hicks
JACKSON, John H., 355 Adams st.
JACKSON, Robert 35, 44 Flatbush av.
JENNINGS, John W. 18, 47 Concord. At first identified as FARRELL.
JONES, Henry A. 17, 154 Summit.
KALEY, Michael, 18 Meeker ave.
KAVANAUGH, MOrtimer L, 477 Hudson Ave.
KEENAN, John 26, 497 Marcy avenue.
KELLY, Nicholas 21, 141 Johnson street.
KERRIGAN, Jas. 22, 341 Water street, N.Y.
KENNEDY, John 18, 81 Gold street.
KRAFT, George 189 Boerum street.
KRAMER, Joseph, 45 Maujer st.
KUNTZ, Abram 22, 322 Myrtle avenue.
LAFELL, George, 1678 Fulton st.
LAMB, James, 211 Plymouth.
JANE, Geo, 86 Prince st.
LANE, John 26, Southport, Conn.
LANAGAN, Jas, 21, 65 Amity st.
LEYDEN, James 26, corner Court and Joralmon.
LAWLOR, Patrick, 58 Little st.
LEONARD, James 191 John.
LEITMERS, Margaret, East New York
LESSEUR, Isaac 19, 325 Atlantic
LEVERICH, Caleb 35, 105 Clermont.
LIDGATES, Margaret, 38,Wife of Wm. Lidgates, expressman, 1189 Atlantic avenue.
LOWENTHAL, Abram 18, 203 Fulton st.
LOGAN, George E. 28, 170 Amity.
LOONEY, Joseph, 242 Conover.
LOTT, Charles H. 50, 484 Sackett st.
LOTT, George P. 22, son of the above.
LOUGHLIN, John R. 20, 244 Bridge st.
MARTIN, James 25, 313 Bergen st.
MARTINS, Ann 59, 37 1/2 Lawrence street.
MASSEY, Hiram, 332 Gold st.
MCCAFFREY P., 131 Twenty-first.
MCCAFFRAY, James F, 251 Navy.
MCCARTHY, Patrick, 55, James, New York
MCCULLOUGH, Angus 26, 294 Pacific street.
MCCULLOUGH, John 22, 294 Pacific street.
MCGIFF, Francis H. 349 Hicks.
MCGINNIS, JOHN 19, 33 Little Water.
MCKEON, Patrick, Sanitary Squad, 459 Court.
MCLOUGHLIN, George 23, 229 Fifteenth.
MCLEAN, Dennis, 160 Myrtle ave.
MCLEAN, James, 160 Myrtle ave.
MCMANUS, John, 506 Court.
MCNALLY, Henry F. 202 Prince.
MEDINGER, Joseph, 148 President.
MEIGH, Alfred, 83 Oakland street, Greenpoint.
MEYER, William, 25 Orchard, New York
MITCHELL, Charles, 18 East New York
MORRIS, James, 194 Sands st.
MORTISON, Albert W. 24, 405 Sackett.
MOWBRAY, John, 25, 385 Centre street.
MURDOCH H.S., New York.
MURPHY, James, 62 Amity.
MURPHY ___, East Forty-first street, N.Y.
NAGLE, William R., 33, 58 Broadway, E.D.
O'BRIEN, HUGH, 193 Concord st.
OFFERMAN, Frank F., No. 163 Smith st.
OLSEN, Lewis 19, 147 Sackett st.
O'NEILL, Mrs. J., Myrtle ave.
ORAM, Stephen, 48, 66 Prince st.
OSTRANDER, Jacob L. 374 Navy st.
OTIS, Charles, No. 180 Clinton st.
PAMPLE,Lena, 16, Fulton and Nassau streets.
PARSONS, Mrs., St. Louis, MO
PAYNE, Lewis, No. 470 State st.
PEARCE, W.H., 42, 44 Duffield st.
PICKFORD, Frank 18, 14 Patchen avenue.
POLLARD, William 19, Flushing and Grand avenues.
POWELL, Wickham Jr., 999 Fifth avenue.
QUINA, James 16, 81 Gold street.
RALPH, Harry 33, 772 Bergen street.
RANDELL, G. R., residence unknown.
REARDON, Patrick, 936 Myrtle avenue.
REDDY, John 22, 90 Walworth st.
ROBINSON, Theodore, 325 Willoughby st.
ROGERS, Mrs. Joseph, East New York
ROSS, Donald, 294 Pacific st.
ROTHWELL, Adelaide 49, wife of Stephen Rothwell, 1191 Atlantic ave.
RUSSELL, Arthur B., age 23.
SCHANTZ, Charles 18, 289 Court street.
SCHANTZ, Henry 16, 289 Court street.
SIMPSON, Mrs. Amelia, 24, 141 Sands st.
SMITH, Mrs. 52, 141 Sands st.
SOLOMON, Deborah 18, 103 Boeerum place.
SOLOMON, Mary 22, 103 Boerum place.
SOLOMON, Morris 46, 103 Boerum place.
SOLOMON, Nina 22, 103 Boerum place.
SOLOMON, Philip 24, 103 Boerum place.
SOUWEIN, Albert J. 294 South Fourth st.
STENSON, Thomas, 1191 street.
STEVENS, Geo. 15, 214 Jay street.
STETTAUER, Abraham, Nos. 45 and 47 Flatbush ave.
STYLES, Chas. H. 18, 251 Putnam avenue.
TAYLOR, Arthur, 17, 27 Chauncey st.
TAYLOR, John, colored.
THOMAS, E.M. Philadelphia.
TRACEY, John 17, 272 Wyckoff st.
TURNER, John F, 126 Jay st.
TURPENNING, William 18, 272 Fourteenth st.
TUORBEY, John 25, 265 Centre st.
VALDEZ, Jose M 22, 89 Fulton street.
VETCH, Christian 163 Smith street.
WARD, Lena, 18 North Oxford street.
WARD, William, 18 North Oxford street.
WEBSTER, Henry, aged 17 of St. Thomas, West Indies.
WEBSTER, William H., Flatbush ave.
WEEDON, Henry 23, 112 Myrtle avenue.
WELCH, James, 90 Catharine street.
WELDON, Michael, 238 South First street.
WENIG, Annie, aged 17, 64 Court street.
WHISTENCE, Thos., aged 18, 447 Hudson avenue.
WROE, Charles aged 49, 191 Prince street.
WROE,Charles Jr., aged 18, 191 Prince street.
Revised List of the Lost
DEATH LIST #3
It is yet absolutley impossible to get at a complete and perfect
list of the identified dead and missing. Everything is confusion in the
Coroner's and Board of Health offices. Instead of there being an
alphabetical list with the names in full, correctly spelt, with age and
residence, there are lists and pieces of lists with the names mixed and in
several instances repeated two or three times, and as for the way the names
are spelt that appears to be of no consequence. No time should be lost by
the authorities in having made out a correct alphabetical list of the
missing and another conmplete alphabetical list of the identified, and when
they are made out to have them placed on the walls of the Coroner's office,
where everyone can go in and see them.
The following is as complete a list of the dead and missing as can
be procured. The total number by it seems to be 276. Coroner Simms states
that he has given permits for the burial of 201 bodies, so that fifteen
names are missing from the list:
ASHWELL, Jos. A.
AUQUINOS, Eddie D
BARRETT, William H Jr.
BLACKFORD, Mrs. Chas.*
BOYLE, Robert H
BROWN, Hannah A
BRYANT, Edward E.
BRYANT, Wilno? S
BUNCE, Henry M.
BURROUGHS, Claude de B
BURTON, William F
CADMUS, Geo. W*
CADMUS, Marian Adele*
CLARK, Christopher E.
CASSIDY, M J
CHICHESTER, Thos. H.
COLLINS, Danl F.
CRANDALL, Wm E.
CRANE, Oliver F*
CREED, Walter W
DEANARO, Joseph A
DEMPSEY, Thos J
DE VOE, Chas E
DONER, Hugh F.
DONER, James E
DOODY, Ed. P
DOUGHERTY, Ann Jane*
DUFFEY, MAtilda Ward
FARRELL, George J
FARON, Hamilton B
FRANKISH, Wm K
GARVEY, John E
GASSERT, Charles H
GEARY, Patrick H.
GILL, James J*
GRACE, John A
GREEN, Frank E.
HAMPSEN, Mrs. F*
MCDERMOTT, John J.
MCLEAN, Chas Dunlap
MCNALLY, Henry F
MEDINGER, Joseph P
MORRISON, Albert W
MURDOCK, H S
(note: his last name is spelled "O'BRIEN" on lists 1 & 2, so this may be a typo)
OFFERMAN, Frank F
OSTRANDER, Jacob L.
HARDGROVE, Chas J
HARTMAN, Wm P
HAYSE (sp?), Samuel
HOWELL, Robert L
JACKSON, Geo. W
JACKSON, John H
JACKSON, Robert N
JENNINGS, John W
JONES, Henry A
KAVANAUGH, Mortimer L
PEARCE, W H
POLLARD, John T
POWELL, Wickham C Jr
ROTHWELL, Adelaide S
RONCE, Chas Jr*
RUSSELL, Arthur H.
SORWINE, Albert J
LAMB, LAwrence W
LANE, James H*
LEVERICH, Caleb J*
LOGAN, George E
LOONEY, Joseph F
LOTT, George P
LOUGHLIN, John R
MARTIN, Patrick E
MCCAFFRAY, James E
MCCLELLAN, Mary Ann
STYLES, Charles H
THOMAS, E M
TURNER, John F
VALDEZ, Jose M*
WATSON, John B*
WEBSTER, William H
WELDON, Michael J
WOODS, John J
WROE, Charles Jr
WAKEMAN, Everett H
13 September 1877
DIED FOR OTHERS
A Hero of the Brooklyn Theatre Fire
During the meeting of the First Ward Republican Association meeting last
evening attention was called to the fact that one of the members, a son of
Mr. James SAMPLE, of No. 137 North Elliott place, had perished in the
Brooklyn Theatre fire. Subsequently, the Union-Argus reporter questioned
Mr. SAMPLE as to the circumstances of his son's death and received the
following statement, never before published, which places the deceased in
the roll of heroes. Deceased's name was William J. SAMPLE, his age
twenty-three and his occupation that of a clerk in his father's dry goods
store, No. 127 Bridge street. The night of the fire he left home to attend
a meeting of Commonwealth Lodge, F. & A. M. Upon his failure to return home
at his usual hour, his father and mother
And on inquiry learned from a member of the lodge, Mr. PALMER, who carries
on the dry goods business in Myrtle avenue, that deceased had parted with
him about half-past ten o'clock. There all traces disappeared, and the
father, fearful that his son had perished in the fire searched for some clue
that would confirm or disprove his terrible suspicions. The confirmation
came in the shape of a pair of fire-stained sleeve Buttons, but a watch and
keystone could not be found. Weeks flew by and nothing was learned as to
the circumstances attending the death of the young man, until a Mrs. HOBBY,
who lived in Cumberland street, sent word to Mr. SAMPLE that her son and
deceased were together near Tillary street when the
ALARM OF FIRE
Was heard. Young Samples at once turned back to aid the unfortunate beings
in the theatre, and while laboring for others lost his life. The reason for
Mr. SAMPLE failing to obtain the information earlier was that Mrs. HOBBY's
son, in ignorance of the tragic death of his companion, left the city on business.
27 November 1877
LOST ON THE HURON
The last Doorkeeper of the Brooklyn Theatre Escaping Death by fire to Find a
Persons who were accustomed to attend the Brooklyn Theatre will recollect
Mr. George W. PRICE, the doorkeeper whose suavity of manners was noticeable.
At the time of the theatre fire in December of last year, he had a narrow
escape from death. When the first alarm of fire was given he rushed to the
orchestra doors and opened them, attempted to allay the panic, but in vain,
and was knocked down and trampled upon by the escaping audience. His
numerous friends in this city will be sorry to know that he lost his life by
the wreck of the United States war vessel Huron, which went ashore at Kitty
Hawk on Saturday last. He was thirty five years of age, and was married to
his second wife two years ago. He leave a wife and a child aged thirteen
months. Up to and within a short time of his shipping on the Huron he was
employed as clerk in the New Jersey Zinc Paint Company's office, No 61
Maiden Lane , New York, and resided with his wife's parents at Hudson City,New Jersey.
Harriett Doyle Auger
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