James R Hobby

  • Birth 1837 New York, USA
  • Death 8 Nov 1860 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA
  • Memorial ID 62307270

On the morning of November 8, 1860, the steamship Globe exploded in the harbor of Chicago, Illinois, resulting in fifteen fatalities. The Chicago Daily Tribune described the occurrence as, "One of the most appalling calamities that ever occurred in this city..."

Among those listed as killed in the explosion is this entry:
"No. 1. James R. Hobby, aged 23. He was on board assisting the clerk of Messrs. Munn & Scott in checking off a consignment. The latter left the boat a moment to go to the office, and was on his way back when the explosion took place, fortunately thus escaping the fate of his friend, who was instantly killed, and found buried among the debris on the dock. Deceased was a young man of much promise. His parents reside in Conn. He was nephew of John E. Sutherland of this city, and was formerly a conductor on the State street cars, where he won many friends by his urbanity and gentlemanly deportment. His death will pain many hearts. The remains, after being viewed by the coroner's jury, were delivered to his friends."

Gravesite Details Note: The New York Times and Chicago Journal give his name as "James Hobbie." New York Deaths & Burials gives burial place as Stamford, CT.

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  • Created by: Kurt Johnson
  • Added: 29 Nov 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 62307270
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for James R Hobby (1837–8 Nov 1860), Find A Grave Memorial no. 62307270, citing Woodland Cemetery, Stamford, Fairfield County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Kurt Johnson (contributor 47367988) .