Boston, MA Cocoanut Grove Club Fire, Nov 1942

Cocoanut Grove Night Club Fire from Front View Of Building Side View of Building Memorial Plaque Memorial Plaque




Lowell -- With scores of charred bodies remaining unidentified in Boston morgues, Greater Lowell had already counted 10 dead and one missing in the horrible holocaust enacted at the Cocoanut Grove club Saturday night, as the tragic list kept mounting early this afternoon.

Greater Lowell Victims.
KELLY, MARY E., 21 Myrtle street, Lowell.
ROGERS, MILDRED, 50 Varnum street, Lowell.
FITZGERALD, Private HENRY T., 29, Lake street, Wilmington.
FITZGERALD, JAMES J., 39, Lake street, Wilmington.
FITZGERALD, JOHN A., 41, Lake street, Wilmington.
FITZGERALD, Wilfrid A., 31, Lake street, Wilmington.
LOWE, GEORGE T., 45, Frost road, Tyngsboro.
QUINLAN, Sergt, JOHN J., Burnap street, Wilmington.
ALTIERI, Private FRED L., Fort Devens.
ADLER, Private MILTON DAVID, Fort Devens.

PEAVEY, JANE, daughter of Col. HARRY C. PEAVEY, Fort Devens.

GOODWIN, JAMES, U. S. Coast Guard, Woburn street, North Wilmington, rescue worker.

Other Victims Well Known Here.
AMBROSE, MARION, 42 Fine street, Winchester.
GRIFFIN, HELEN C., 330 Primrose street, Haverhill.
WELCH, HELEN, 28 Lebanon street, Winchester.
(All Lowell State Teachers' College graduates)
GILBRIDE, CAROLYN, 20, 44 Grant road, Swampscott.
DEE, ANNA, 10 Bromfield street, West Somerville, also a Lowell State Teachers' College graduate.

The pall of grief arising from the unprecedented catastrophe, spread to the families of two Lowell young women, four Wilmington brothers, a Wilmington army sergeant and a Tyngsboro World War veteran. In addition, Lowell relatives and friends mourned the deaths of four young women living in other communities, but well know here as a result of attendance at the Lowell State Teachers' college. At least two Fort Devens soldiers also died.

Six of the local victims were members of a party of 12 men and women, only one of the whom was saved. There included MARY E. KELLY, 21 Myrtle street; MILDRED ROGERS, 50 Varnum street, and HARRY, JAMES, JOHN and WILFRID FITZGERALD of Lake street, Wilmington.
The town of Wilmington bore the brunt of Greater Lowell's losses, for in addition to the four FITZGERALD brothers, Sergt, JOHN J. QUINLAN of Burnap street, Wilmington, stationed at Fort Devens, also died in the club fire. MISS ROGERS was principal of a Wilmington grade school.
Late reports placed among the missing and probably dead, the name of MISS JANE PEAVEY, daughter of Col. and MRS. HARRY C. PEAVEY of Fort Devens. MISS PEAVEY'S father, dental chief at the fort, was leading a search for his this noon, with but scant hope of finding her alive.
Two Fort Devens soldiers were definitely placed among the dead. Officials gave their names as Private First Class FRED L. ALITERI and Private MILTON DAVID ADLER, the former a resident of Somerville. ADLER'S home city was not known at press time.
Several other Fort Devens officers and soldiers may also have lost their lives, and a thorough check was being made today.

Well-known here and all dead, are: The MISSES MARION AMBROSE, 42 Fine street, Winchester; HELEN WELCH, 28 Lebanon street, Winchester; CAROLYN GILBRIDE, 44 Grant road, Swampscott and HELEN C. GRIFFIN, 330 Primrose street, Haverhill. They were graduates of the local Teachers' college. Several have local relatives. Injured, is MISS ANNA DEE of 10 Bromfield street, West Somerville, also widely known and a former Teachers' college student.
The World War veteran who survived German bullets and shells, only to succumb in the Boston fire, was GEORGE T. LOWE, 45, of Frost road, Tyngsboro recently moved to Boston, where he was working at the navy yard.
LOWE'S sister, MRS. JULIA THOMPSON or read 238 Appleton street, heard her own name called out in reports yesterday as being among the dead. The case of mistaken identity caused many calls to come to her home and was apparently the result of her name being found on her brother's body.
The most tragic episode in the greater-Lowell area, was the near wiping-out of a party of 12 persons who had gathered at the club to fete the home-coming for the Thanksgiving holiday of two soldiers, Pvt. HENRY FITZGERALD of Wilmington and Pvt. ROBERT HORRIGAN of Turners Falls.
This group, comprising of six men and six young women, went to the club only a short time before fire broke out. All perished, with the exception of Pvt. HORRIGAN, who lies gravely injured in a Boston hospital.
Throughout the city and its suburbs, grief was widespread. For the first time since Pearl Harbor war was only a secondary topic. The city actually appeared stunned, although the tragedy occurred more than 25 miles away.
Lowell contributed the use of its patrol wagon, converted into an ambulance and several rescue workers while Wilmington supplied its own ambulance and a number of workers, one of whom was injured. He was JAMES GOODWIN, a member of the U. S. coast guard, who was hurt while aiding in removing victims. GOODWIN is belived to be the only Greater Lowell person injured.



Coconut Grove/Bethlehem Steel

Henry Rivoire was my Grandmothers Brother. He passed away in the Coconut Grove fire. Over 65 years later Henry and all that perrished are still remembered. Henry was also employed by Bethlehem Steel Co. in Quincy Ma. My Grandmother passed away 8-17-06. They are together again.

My husband's mother died in

My husband's mother died in this fire, and to this day he is affected by it. He grew up without a mother, it was/is effecting every aspect of his life and how he has lived it. It is without a doubt a horrible horrible fire that took so many innocent lives, sham on the owner's of the Coconut Grove Night Club. It is with hope that they lived with this complete nightmare for ever the rest of their life. And time does not heal the pain.

dauntless dotty

i have read 2 books about this terible has a picture of doty miles before the fire..she entertained for years afterward mostly on public she wore a veil and courageous lady!! hope this bought the 2 books, one softcover, one hardcover fronm

Conrad Schorling

My uncle was Conrad Schorling, looking for any information

My uncle was Conrad

My uncle was Conrad Schorling of Springfield, Ma. Looking for any information

Coconut Grove fire

Does anyone have any info about a young teenaged female entertainer (piano player and singer) named Dotty Metzger (maybe used the name Dotty Miles)? She was burned in the Coconut grove fire. She was my aunt. Family imdicated she was referred to as Dauntless Dotty as her burn wounds were so severe that no one expected her to survive. She spent months at Mass General.

Dorothy Powers

I was interested if the grandmother was Barbara L. Putnam Wilson. If so, I would interested in this person coming back to me.
Virgil Reichle
Cell: 913-515-4157

Coconut Grove Fire Victims List

Thank you for this list. I searched on the Internet a few years ago for the name of a victim, but, couldn't find a list until now. I see her name, Dorothy Powers of South Boston. She was the sister of a grandmother in our family. I was thinking about her tonight and decided to look on the web again for info about the fire and found your website and her name. I don't know if it is a coincidence that today is Nov. 24 and the fire was Nov. 28, I didn't recall the date of the fire. I'll always remember it now after seeing her name and reading some of the stories of the fire. May she, and all the others, rest in peace.

Coconut Grove Fire

I am a great niece of someone who was killed in the Coconut Grove Fire. Jane Peavey is my Great Aunt, my grandmothers sister. We, the family do not know much about that evening, but we do know that she was going to the Grove with a college friend. She was a student at Emerson and was in her early 20s. She was listed as missing, but later my Great-Grandfather ided her by dental records, he was a dentist in the Army and was stationed in Mass.