EDHS News and Updates

News and Updates

Marion Eichholz's Passing: A Reflection and Appreciation

A personal reflection from EDHS Executive Director and Chief Historian, Ted Wachholz:

While attending the visitation for Marion Eichholz at the Hursen Funeral Home a week ago, we spent time being greeted by and visiting with Marion's family -- including her younger sister Shirley. Our conversations reminded us of how we first met Marion's family, and I wanted to share the story with you.


"The 844": A Mother's Third Tragedy

Chicago, Illinois -- The following victims of the Eastland Disaster, part of "The 844," are remembered today: Catherine (Mrs. Vincent) Dubek (age 38); Catherine Dubek (16); Joseph Dubek (11); John Dudek (33); Mary Krzyzaniak (Mrs. John) Dudek (27); Charles James Duggan (30); Victoria Dulean (21); Rose Dunne (25); Alexander Dupke (21); Marya (Minnie) DzionDziak (19); Mary Helen Egan (15); Nicholas Elecks (45); Walter Elendt (20); Lena Engels (23); Jenny Erickson (24); Carrie Erlandson (22); Rachel (Hill) Foster (25), and Harry Foster (25).


Last Known Survivor of the Eastland Disaster Passes

Chicago, Illinois -- The last known survivor of the Eastland Disaster, Chicago's greatest loss-of-life tragedy, has passed away. On Monday, November 24, 2014, Marion Eichholz passed away at the age of 102.

EDHS gives our deepest condolences and sympathies for the loss of this brave survivor.


"The 844": He Died Trying to Save His Beloved

Chicago, Illinois -- We honor and remember the following who were among "The 844" who lost their lives in the Eastland Disaster: Josephine (Mrs. Frank) Dolezal (age 27); Lillie Dolezal (9 months); Mary Dolezal (4); Paul H. Dolgner (24); Robert Doll (21); Charles Doll (17); Stanley Dombkowski (30); Eleanore Donajska (17); Florence T. Drury (17); and Roberto Fornera (21).


"The 844": Anna Fitzgerald's Family Broken

Chicago, Illinois — This week we recognize and honor the lives of the following people who were among "The 844" who died in the Eastland Disaster.

We commemorate: John J. Daly (age 24); Agnes Forlop (Mrs. John J.) Daly (26); Theresa Danda (19); Edward Danda (11); Frantisek Danek (32); Frederick Dankers, Jr. (24); Martha Adamkiewicz Darka (24); Lillian Schultz Davis (20); Earl Harvey Dawson (18); John Debnar (40); Howard John Dester (28); Caroline Mary (Mrs. John W.) DeTamble (26); Frank A. Dobberman (33); George W. Dobek (19); Anna Dolejs (20); Marie Dolejs (17); Rose Dolejs (19); Joseph Dolejs (18); William Fitzgerald, Sr. (46) and James Fitzgerald (9).


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