--April 3, 2017.
The authorities want to ensure that all the descendants, if there are any, agree with that decision. We, as members of the Atelier d’histoire Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, want that question to be settled as fast as possible. Sarah Maxwell deserves it.
Sarah Maxwell (1875-1907) was the principal and a teacher at the Hochelaga Protestant School that used to be on Prefontaine Street in the Hochelaga district. On February 26, 1907, a fire broke out that force an evacuation. Strangely enough, the little ones were on the top floor. She was able to rescue some of them, but died while attempting saving the last ones. The tragedy made seventeen victims including Miss Maxwell and sixteen children from 3 to 8 years old. She was only 31 years old.
At the time of her death, Sarah Maxwell was living with her mother on St. Urbain Street. She was the youngest of five children. Daughter of James Walter Maxwell and Sarah Margaret Stanley, she had a brother and three sisters.
-Annie, her older sister, was born in 1866; still single in 1911 (census).
-Ida, born in 1868; died single in the 1930s.
-Winnie, born circa 1870; was a public school teacher in 1891; no other information available.
-William Charles, born in 1873; married Edith Mardter at the end of the 1890s.