The Great Chicago Fire and the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow

The Great Chicago Fire and the Myth of Mrs. O'Leary's Cow

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by Richard F. Bales
     
 

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Bales works for a title insurance company that maintains the only set of land records to survive the 1871 blaze. He adds to the substantial literature on the disaster by focusing on the cause of the fire and the inquiry investigation by Chicago's Board of Police and Fire Commissioners. Among his goals is to salvage the reputation of the working-class Irish woman

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Bales works for a title insurance company that maintains the only set of land records to survive the 1871 blaze. He adds to the substantial literature on the disaster by focusing on the cause of the fire and the inquiry investigation by Chicago's Board of Police and Fire Commissioners. Among his goals is to salvage the reputation of the working-class Irish woman blamed for the conflagration since hours after it began. Annotation c. Book News, Inc.,Portland, OR

Editorial Reviews

Journal of Illinois History
an entertaining and valuable source of information
C&RL News
should exonerate Catherine O'Leary from more than 130 years of unmerited slander
City Talk
painstaking anaylsis

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786423583
Publisher:
McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date:
04/18/2005
Pages:
350
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.00(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

Richard F. Bales is Assistant Regional Counsel for the Wheaton, Illinois office of Chicago Title Insurance Company. This title insurance company maintains the only set of land records that survived the blaze of 1871. Bales' initial conclusions concerning the cause of the Great Chicago Fire earned him the Illinois State Historical Society's Harry E. Pratt Memorial Award.

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Great Chicago Fire And the Myth of Mrs. O'leary's Cow 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Mr. Bales, I think that this book is wonderful! I learned things I never knew before. Thank you for your time with my interview! Sincerely, Tracy Windett, Red and Blue Newspaper