Accounts of the Chicago Fire are presented here from two Daughters of Charity who witnessed it, Sister Angeline Carrigan and Sister Walburga Gehring. At the time of the fire, the Daughters had three schools, a mission for social services, an existing hospital, and another hospital under construction in the city. They lost a school and the social services mission (of which Sister Carrigan was sister servant) in the disaster. After the fire, they cared for poor persons of the burned districts in their hospital and in the hospital established by the city’s Relief Committee. Sister Gehring was in charge of the latter and of the Daughters’ hospital that was underway, St. Joseph’s. She gives an extensive history of St. Joseph’s origins and construction.
McNeil D.C., Betty Ann
"Daughters of Charity Recall the 1871 Chicago Fire: 'It traveled like lightning.',"
Vincentian Heritage Journal: Vol. 34
, Article 3.
Available at: http://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol34/iss1/3