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Lizzie Isch
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Birth: 1867
St. Clair County
Illinois, USA
Death: Jan. 5, 1884
Belleville
St. Clair County
Illinois, USA

Lizzie was the daughter of John Isch and Elizabeth Pfeiffer. She died in the fire at the Convent of the Immaculate Conception. She is buried at Green Mount Cemetery where there is a monument to those lost. Her cousin and my grandmother Louisa Poirot was the same age and was a day student going home every night, she lived.

A local newspaper reported as follows. Old furnaces heated the three-story convent across from St. Peter's Church. The 26 Sisters of Notre Dame along with their five novices and 32 young students had said their evening prayers and were in bed. Its classrooms were on the street floor, while the dormitories occupied the upper two floors. At 10:45 p.m. some sisters were awakened by the fumes and cries of "Fire!" from August Leve, the night-watchman. Billows of dense smoke and tongues of fire were pouring from the upper windows on all sides of the convent. Into the early morning through an intensifying snowstorm, firefighters battled the blaze, but the department had no ladders that could reach the upper floors. There were a few stories of incredible individual heroics, but in the end four of the sisters and 22 of their young charges ages 10-20 died.

Lizzie had an uncle that became famous. Michael Sebastian Pfeiffer 1832-1917 who married Barbara Laquet 1843-1926 in Belleville. Shortly after their marriage in 1859 Michael and Barbara came to California by covered wagon and settled in Big Sur. Pfeiffer State Park is named in their honor.

Roslyn Schaefer
 
 
Burial:
Green Mount Catholic Cemetery
Belleville
St. Clair County
Illinois, USA
 
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Record added: Sep 03, 2007
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Lizzie Isch
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Lizzie Isch
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Lizzie Isch
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How very tragic. I had read the story of the fire while doing Belleville historic research. Hit me hard seeing this memorial.
- Huntress
 Added: Jul. 1, 2010
Never to be forgotten
- Roslyn Schaefer
 Added: Sep. 3, 2007
 
 
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