Here's a photo of the building where the Pearlmans lived (2057 N. Sawyer, Chicago):
|2057 N. Sawyer, Chicago|
The accident that killed Shirley Pearlman took place near the intersection of Division Street and Pine Avenue in Chicago. Here are two different views of the intersection:
Here is the interim Death Certificate which allowed Shirley's body to be buried:
Here's her death notice:
From the Chicago Daily Tribune of January 21, 1932:
Three blows were received yesterday by the livery car chauffeurs' union in its attempt to compel mourners to ride to funerals in hired automobiles:
No union livery cars were hired for the funeral of Miss Shirley Pearlman 17 year old high school girl who was killed in an accident on Tuesday after the automobile in which she was riding to a funeral was forced out of the cortege by union orders. The driver of the hearse that carried Miss Pearlman's body to the cemetery was warned by law enforcing officials to make no hostile or dilatory move and the cortege of private cars followed the hearse in defiance of the union edict.
The death of Miss Pearlman is to be called to the court's attention, it was announced. testimony was given at the inquest that she and others were compelled to take their cars out of the cortege following the body of Louis Lakin, an incident that was followed in a few minutes by the fatal accident, when the car in which Miss Pearlman was riding collided with a coal truck. Lakin, a high school youth, was killed by a watchman.
Nearly 1,000 persons attended services for Miss Pearlman in the undertaking rooms of Weinstein Brothers at 3556 Roosevelt road. Rabbi Goldstein of the First Rumanian congregation officiated, but in his talk said nothing of the cause of death of the girl.
Mrs. Beckie Pearlman, mother of the dead girl, had to be carried away from the coffin. Weeping was heard throughout the services. The family had decided not to employ union cars, but of necessity had to have a hearse which had a union chauffeur.
"Let me alone," was all this driver would say when asked his name and what orders he had from his union officials, Prosecutor Mueller and Investigator Roche told him they would permit no trouble and if he attempted to do anything to block the funeral or embarrass the mourners he would be locked up and a policeman would drive his hearse.
Six girl friends of Miss Pearlman were pallbearers. They were Ruth Sinow, Ethel Menna, Ida Fink, Hilda Gordon, who is president of the Jovials Social club of which Miss Pearlman was a member. The girls were students at Tuley high school, which Miss Pearlman attended, and of which Lakin had been a student.
Following a religious custom, the mourners followed the hearse for two blocks on foot before entering their automobiles.
Then, with no effort on the part of the driver to comply with the union order, or any interference, the privately owned cars lined up back of the hearse and the procession proceeded to Jewish Waldheim cemetery. Sixty-one private cars were in line, among them being several cars of policemen and representatives of the state's attorney.
Here is the "Final" Death Certificate with the Coroner's finding of "Accidental Death:"
Shirley Pearlman - a beautiful young woman with her whole life ahead of her - struck down because a union tried to dictate who could ride in a funeral procession. On her way to the cemetery to bury a classmate, Louis Lakin, who died because of an error in judgement, Shirley's death just compounded the loss.
May she rest in peace.