Milwaukee, WI Newhall House Fire, Jan 1883 - Among the lost, dead, missing

The condition of John Gilbert, the comedian of the "My Sweetheart" company, is more favorable to-day, although the patient has not yet recovered consciousness. It is considered a blessing that he can recuperate somewhat before regaining his senses, for the shock that awaits him when he inquires for his wife is feared. In this view his warmest friends pray that his intellect may be clouded for days that his physical condition may mend. The attendants say there is not doubt about his improved condition to-day, and feel that it is permanent, and not a mere temporary reaction. Telegrams were sent out early yesterday morning throughout the country stating that the entire "My Sweetheart" company was lost, and this announcement, although promptly contradicted, has flooded the opera-house with anxious inquiries by wire from all parts of the country as to the safety of this member and that. The managers are happy to send the cheering response that the facts enable them to give. The Minnie Palmer company left the city to-day for Grand Rapids, to fulfill an engagement there. Miss Palmer was completely prostrated yesterday by the shock caused by the death of Mrs. Gilbert and the terrible injuries received by Mr. Gilbert, a member of her company. The latter's mother and sister arrived from Chicago yesterday afternoon and are in attendance upon the sufferer. They are in very poor circumstances and dependent upon the son and brother for support. Mr. Rogers, the manager of the company, received a telegram last evening from Mrs. Gilbert's father, William Sutton, of Stouben [sic] County, N. Y., to send the body of his daughter to her home. The Minnie Palmer company will give a benefit next Monday evening, at Detroit, the receipts to be devoted to defraying the funeral expenses of the unfortunate young wife and for the care of her husband. The body of Mrs. Gilbert was removed from the Morgue yesterday.

Among the lost is Capt. James P. Vose, of the United States Engineer Corps, stationed in this city. Capt. Vose was a native of Providence, R. I., and a gentleman about 43 years of age. He enlisted in the First Rhode Island Cavalry at the outbreak of the war, going out as Captain. He served creditably in the field under Gen. Pope, and was mustered out of service honorably at the close of hostilities. In about 1870 he became connected with the Engineer Corps of the Army. He was not a West Point graduate, the title of Captain remaining with him from his volunteer service. First he was stationed at Newport, R. I., then transferred to Chicago, and later to this city, where he has resided for the past six or seven years, filling the position of Government Harbor Inspector. He leaves a daughter about 4 years old, living with her mother's parents, in New-York. His wife, Miss Ella Smith, of Chicago, died about a year after their marriage.

Judge George Reed, formerly of Manitowoc, who is among the missing, was a native of Middleton, Middlesex County, Mass., where he was born Nov. 10, 1808, and was in his seventy-fifth year. He attended the academy at Castleton, Vt., from 1826 to 1830, entered college at Middlebury, Vt., in 1830, and studied law at Castleton from 1831 to 1834. He came to Wisconsin in 1835 and settled in Milwaukee.

The New York Times, New York, NY 12 Jan 1883



From the Bath (Steuben County) Courier.

Mrs. Gilbert, who was killed during the terrible fire at Milwaukee, on Wednesday morning of last week, was formerly Miss Gertie Sutton, and resided with her parents at Bloods, this county. She was well-known as one of the Lynn Sisters, vocalists, and had been married only one day at the time of her horrible death.

The New York Times, New York, NY 21 Jan 1883


The remains of Gertrude Donohue, wife of John Gilbert Donohue, the actor, were sent to her father's home, at Blood's Station, N. Y., to-day. The unfortunate husband was unable to accompany them.

William E. Cramer and wife, who were injured at the time of the fire, were declared out of danger by their physicians today.

The New York Times, New York, NY 2 Feb 1883