Gas Kills Man and Wife

Chicago Daily News 10 September 1894

Chicago Daily News
10 September 1894

The following article appeared on page 1 of the September 10, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News;


Death Enters the Home of J. A. Rawlins of Ravenswood.

J. A. Rawlins and his wife were killed by illuminating gas in Ravenswood during last night.

The couple lives at Sunnyside avenue and Robey street and were quite well known in their locality. They retired as usual last night and when they failed to appear this morning a search was made of the house and the couple were found dead in bed. Gas had been leaking into their sleeping apartments all night from an open gas-jet and the fumes had overcome and then smothered to death the sleeping couple. Efforts were made to revive them, but life had been extinct too long and medical aid was unavailing. The coroner and police were notified of the death and an investigation is being made to-day to disclose as near as possible the circumstances that surrounded the fatality.

Mr. and Mrs. Rawlins were elderly people and in good circumstances. the husband had retired from business. He was in good health except for a slight injury to the leg for which he intended to consult a physician to-day. He had been accustomed to the use of gas, but last night in turning off the jet he failed to close the current entirely and the fumes leaked into the room.”

The following obituaries appeared on page 2 of the September 10, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News;

“ALSOP-CHRISTOPHER THOMAS, husband of Cacelia Alsop (nee Charlotte), aged 43 years. Funeral Tuesday at 2 p.m. from his late residence, 156 Freemont-st. to Forest Home.”

“DRISCOLL-Sept. 9, MARIE, the beloved little daughter of Mary Driscoll (nee Farrell). Funeral Tuesday, Sept. 11, from her grandparents’ residence, 3212 5th-av., by carriages to Calvary.”

“KELLY-In St. Paul, Minn., Aug. 27, of consumption, CHARLES H. KELLY, brother of Mrs. C. O. Andrews and Mrs. D. D. Dutton.”

The following notices appeared on page 7 of the September 10, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News;


“BENTON-FORD-Miss MAY FLORENCE, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Septimus Ford of W. Adams-st., was quietly married Sept. 9 to CHARLES L. BENTON of this city.”


“BROSNAN-TIMOTHY, beloved husband of Hanorah Brosnan (nee McCarthy), father of Mrs. A. J. Kelly, Patrick, Maurice, Thomas and Kittie Brosnan, aged 60 years. Funeral Tuesday at 10 a.m. from his late residence, 14 Rumsey-st., to St. Columbkill’s church, where high mass will be celebrated, thence by carriages to Calvary. Manchester (N.H.) and Boston papers please copy.”

“CORCORAN-At his residence, 509 Austin-av., Sept. 9, 1894, MARTIN J., beloved husband of Johanna Corcoran (nee Lynch), brother of Sister Mary Pius and uncle of Edward Corcoran. Member of division 11 A. O. H. Court Gettysburg I.O.F. and Western Reserve C.O.F. Funeral Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 10 o’clock, to St. Columbkill’s church, where requiem mass will be said, thence by cars to Calvary via C. & N.W. Ry.”

“DALEY-Sept. 9, 1894, CATHERINE MARY, beloved child of Bartholomew and Nellie Daley (nee O’Connor), aged 1 year and 1 month. Funeral Tuesday, at 10:30, from 40 Newberry-av., by carriages to Calvary.”

“FARRELL-At the residence of her son, 458 N. Clark-st., Sept. 9, 1894, CATHERINE, beloved wife of Edmund Farrell. Funeral Tuesday, at 10 o’clock a.m., to Church of Immaculate Conception, thence to Calvary.”

“GRADY-At 503 W. Kinzie-st., Sept. 9, 1894, Miss LIZZIE, beloved daughter of Bridget Grady. Funeral Tuesday, at 10 a.m., to St. Columbkill’s church, thence by C. & N.W. R.R. to Calvary.”

“HANLEY-At his mother’s residence, 354 W. Van Buren-st., Sept. 8, 1894, JAMES T., beloved son of Eliza and the late Timothy Hanley, aged 27 years. Funeral Tuesday, Sept. 11, to St. Patrick’s church, where high mass will be celebrated, thence by carriages to Calvary.”

“JOHNSON-Sept. 10, 826 School-st., MAGNUS EDWARD, youngest son of Magnus and Lillie Johnson, aged 17 months. Funeral Wednesday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m., by carriages to Graceland.”

“MULVANEY-CHARLES S., beloved son of Peter and Mattie Mulvaney, aged 3 months and 9 days. Funeral from parents’ residence, 171 E. Indiana-st., at 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 11, by carriages to Calvary.”

“MURPHY-Sept. 9, 1894, BRIDGET, beloved wife of the late John and mother of Mrs. Frank Harrison, Frank, James, William and Peter Murphy and grandmother of John Murphy, aged 72 years; native of Parish of Cashel, County Longford, Ireland. Funeral Tuesday, 11th, from her late residence, 984 38th-st, at 9 a.m., to Nativity church, where requiem mass will be celebrated, and thence by cars to Mount Olivet via 49th and Halsted-st. depot.”

“NELSON-WALTER J. H., beloved son of John Nelson. Funeral Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 2 p.m., from late residence, 168 High-st., Lake View, by carriages to Graceland.”

“ROACH-Sept. 8, 1894, WILLIAM, beloved son of Michael and Maggie Roach (nee Brady), aged 4 months and 16 days. Funeral Tuesday, at 11 o’clock, from parents’ residence, 23 Commercial-st., by carriages to Calvary.”

“SIEVERT-At 3101Ullman-st., Sept. 9, AUGUST, son of Joseph and Carolina Sievert, aged 8 years. Funeral from residence, at 11 o’clock, Tuesday, Sept. 11.”

“ZOLLWEG-CLARA, beloved daughter of Otto and Julia Zollweg, aged 18 years. Funeral Tuesday, Sept. 11, 1 p.m., from parents’ residence, 297 Hirsch-st. to Concordia.”

My transcription above is exactly as the notices appeared on pages 1, 2 and 7 of the September 10, 1894 issue of the Chicago Daily News with the exception of quotation marks at the beginning and end of each obituary. Abbreviations, capitalizations and references to people, places and things are indicative of the era in which this information was published. When possible, the deceased are also memorialized on Find A Grave.

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