Peabody, MA St. John's Catholic School Fire, Oct 1915 - No One Responsible

Birth, Marriage & Death Records

NO ONE CRIMINALLY RESPONSIBLE FOR FIRE.

ACTING CHIEF NEAL SAYS THE PEABODY SCHOOL COMPLIED WITH LAW -- BODIES OF 21 VICTIMS CLAIMED BY PARENTS -- DAY OF MOURNING TODAY -- SPECIAL FUNERAL SERVICES IN PARISH CHURCH.

Peabody, Oct. 29. -- The bodies of all of the 21 girl pupils of St. John's parochial school, who lost their lives yesterday in a fire which swept through the building before they had a chance to escape, were claimed by their parents today. Five bodies remained over night in an undertaking establishment while relatives endeavored to identify them. Four of these were identified and at noon there remained the charred form of a little girl, burned beyond possible hope of recognition.
When the four had been taken away MRS. JOHN AHEARN, mother of AGNES AHEARN, eight years old, who was unaccounted for, went to the improvised morgue and finally accepted the body as that of her child. It was placed in a coffin and sent to her home.

List Of Dead.
The complete list of the dead children is as follows:
AHEARN, AGNES, 8 years, 30 Midway street.
BURKE, FLORENCE, 11 years, 3 Coleman street.
BRESNAHAN, HELEN T., 16 years, 132 Washington street.
BURNS, NELLIE, 7 years, 18 Dustin street.
BEAUCHAMP, MABEL T., 11 years, 31 Elm street.
COMPAINI, KATHERINE M., 10 years, 104 Washington street.
COMEAU, ELIZABETH, 10 years, 19 Dustin street.
CHEBATOR, PETRONELLA, 6 years, 196 Washington street.
DOLLESKI, ANNE, 14 years, 148 Washington street.
DOHERTY, FLORENCE, 11 years, 27 Elm street.
ESSIAMBRE, IDA, 6 years, 8 James street.
FAY, MILDRED, 13 years, 46 Webster street.
HAYES, MARION, 7 years, 42 Oak street.
JONES, ANNA, 10 years, Forrest street.
KEEFE, HELEN R., 11 years, 12 Chestnut street.
KENAY, ANNA, 10 years, 2 Lord's place.
McCARTHY, MARY E., 18 years, 82 Centre street.
NOLAN, ELIZABETH A., 16 years, 17 Wheeler street.
MEAD, MARY, 15 years, 33 Pierpont street.
O'BRIEN, ANNA M., 11 years, 26 Osborne street.
O'CONNELL, KATHERINE M., 13 years, 44 Andover street.
While investigation has not fully established the origin of the fire, acting Chief NEAL of the state police, after an investigation today announced that he had found no one criminally responsible.

The Lowell Sun Massachusetts 1915-10-29