Title Insurance Records and The Great Chicago Fire
Richard F. Bales
46 PROBATE& PROPERTY JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2004 On Sunday evening, October 8, 1871, fire broke out in the barn of Patrick and Catherine O’Leary, who lived in a tiny cottage at 137 DeKoven Street on Chicago’s West Side. The flames spread quickly through the shacks and shanties of this working class neighborhoood Burning brands soon jumped the Chicago River, first to the city’s South Side, then to the North Side. Before burning itself out in the early morning of Tuesday, October 10, the fire had...