Monday, February 1, 2016

The Old Lincoln Farm Again

2016-2-1. Bessie Kucaba
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Image from the Chicago Daily Tribune 12 Mar. 1901.

On the morning of March 11, 1901, a boiler explosion at a Chicago laundry killed eight people. Among the dead was the 15-year-old Bessie Kucaba, whose mutilated remains were identified by her brother-in-law, Hugo Zobjeck. Her parents, Frank and Mary Kucaba, resided "on the old Lincoln farm," according to the Hobart Gazette.

I have previously seen a reference to the old Lincoln farm describing it as south of East Gary (Lake Station). I have never been able to identify the Lincoln farm's location, not then and not now. But the fact that elsewhere I've seen references to the Kucabas living at the Bijou, which has also been described as being south of Lake Station, makes me wonder whether the Bijou's grounds had once been the old Lincoln farm.

♦ "Boiler Bursts; Dead Number 8, the Injured 51." Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Ill.) 12 Mar. 1901.
♦ "General News Items." Hobart Gazette 15 Mar. 1901.
♦ "Laundry Explosion, Dead and Injured." Chicago Daily Tribune (Chicago, Ill.) 12 Mar. 1901.

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