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 Catherine O'Leary

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Catherine O'Leary Famous memorial

Birth
Ireland
Death
3 Jul 1895 (aged 68)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Plot
Section 10, Lot 94/110, Grave 16W
Memorial ID
2932 View Source

Historical Folk Figure. Owner of the cow that was blamed in the legend for starting the Chicago Fire of 1871. Catherine O'Leary and her husband resided at 137 DeKoven Street, Chicago. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 began in their barn on the night of October 8th while they lay asleep in their home. Her descendants apparently have gone before the Chicago City Board Council and asked them to correct the information about the cause of the fire. They believe the fire was started by a tenant in Mrs. O'Leary's boarding house who was drunk and passed out while smoking. To this day, the exact cause of the fire has never been identified. The Chicago City Board Council exonerated Mrs. O'Leary in 1997 of any blame in the Great Chicago Fire.

Historical Folk Figure. Owner of the cow that was blamed in the legend for starting the Chicago Fire of 1871. Catherine O'Leary and her husband resided at 137 DeKoven Street, Chicago. The Great Chicago Fire of 1871 began in their barn on the night of October 8th while they lay asleep in their home. Her descendants apparently have gone before the Chicago City Board Council and asked them to correct the information about the cause of the fire. They believe the fire was started by a tenant in Mrs. O'Leary's boarding house who was drunk and passed out while smoking. To this day, the exact cause of the fire has never been identified. The Chicago City Board Council exonerated Mrs. O'Leary in 1997 of any blame in the Great Chicago Fire.


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  • Maintained by: Find a Grave
  • Added: 15 May 1998
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 2932
  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/2932/catherine-o'leary: accessed ), memorial page for Catherine O'Leary (Mar 1827–3 Jul 1895), Find a Grave Memorial ID 2932, citing Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA; Maintained by Find a Grave.