Charles Seyferlich, my greatgrandfather, ( my dad and older brother are also Charles ) became head of fire department in 1910 when his predecessor and about 11 other firemen where killed at the Stock Yard fire. I've heard that this was the greatest loss of firefighters in U.S. history till 9/11/01. Charles was born in Waren, Germany ( in Germany name was spelled Seyberlich or sometimes Seiberlich ) and came to Chicago as a baby with his parents and grandparents after July 1854. He is buried in Wonders Cemetary at Clark and Irving in Chicago.
His younger brother Arthur was also head of the fire department in later years.
I don't know much about the Chicago Fire but I've run accross newspaper articles about him online. Try a search on google.com. All the Seyferlichs you find will be relitives.
Also try the Library Of Congress web site, they have pictures of Art, Charles and his familey. His son herbert is my grandfather.
Kurt Seyferlich was my first cousin. My dads twin brother William's son born about 1942. I've hear he has passed away.
I knew him well when I was a kid. He lived with my grandmother Clara (nee balow) till he went into the Navy.