|Birth: ||Dec., 1897|
|Death: ||Mar. 4, 1908|
GRETCHEN DORN (1897-1908). At the age of 10, Gretchen Dorn died in the Collinwood School fire on March 4, 1908, one of the deadliest disasters in United States history. She was buried in Woodland Cemetery with her parents, Frank & Gretchen Dorn; however, her name is also on the Collinwood School Fire Memorial at Lake View Cemetery in Cleveland. Her sister Kae survived the fire and went on to be Mrs. Kae Dorn Cass, a prominent Cleveland artist.
Residence: 389 Park Ave.
Cause of death: "burned school house fire"
Mr. Dorn was one of the early neighborhood reponders to the fire. He tried to pry his daughter out of the tangled mass of bodies in the flaming doorway,in vain.
Other relatives may include: (these monuments are all grouped together and match in style)
David Stephan, Margaretha Stephan, Adolph Schildhauer, and Katherine Schildhauer
Name: Dorn, Gretchen
Date: March 6, 1908
Source: Source unknown; Cleveland Necrology File, Reel #021.
Notes: Dorn-Gretchen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank J. Dorn. Funeral will take place Saturday afternoon at 2 and will be held at the home, 380 Park ave., Collinwood, O.
The Collinwood school fire occurred March 4, 1908 in Collinwood, Ohio (now a part of Cleveland). 172 students, two teachers and one rescuer were killed.
Lake View School was built with masonry walls and wooden joists. One wooden joist caught fire when a steam pipe overheated it. The building's main staircase extended from the front doors of the building, up to the third floor; without benefit of fire doors. The stairwell acted like a chimney, helping to spread the fire quickly. Oiled wooden hall and classroom floors also fueled the fire.
Contrary to local legend, building's doors opened outward. This is verified by accounts of the fire written at the time. As panic leading to the crush of a large number of students in stairwell vestibules contributed to the death toll, students also died as a result of smoke inhalation and the fire itself. Some children died jumping from second and third story windows. Family and neighbors watched as victims trapped in the building were burned beyond recognition.
Those killed in the fire who could not be individually identified, as well as those students whose parents could not afford a burial, were buried in a mass grave in Cleveland's Lake View Cemetery. Additionally, several families who lost their children in the fire chose to bury their children's remains adjacent to the Collinwood victims.
most info from John Stark Bellamy II's book, "They Died Crawling"
Ohio Death record #872463.
Frank J Dorn (1866 - 1924)
Gretchen Schildauer Dorn (1873 - 1969)
Gretchen Dorn (1897 - 1908)
Katherine Elizabeth Dorn Cass (1901 - 1971)*
Plot: sect 80, lot 23, grave 1 NE corner
Maintained by: JMD
Originally Created by: Shiver
Record added: Sep 11, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7861471