EDHS News and Updates

News and Updates

Disaster Family Descendants Reunited After 85 Years

Chicago, Illinois — Nearly 85 years after the Eastland Disaster broke two families apart, the continuing preservation of the Disaster's history brought these two families back together.

Last Wednesday, we brought you the story of the Brychta brothers: Anton and Joseph Brychta, two brothers who were both part of "The 844" who perished in the tragedy. Back in 1915 when the Brychta families lost their beloved husbands and fathers, their legacy seemed to end there. But by keeping the memories and stories of these brothers alive, EDHS enabled the two separated families to reconnect decades later.


"The 844": The Loss of the Brychta Brothers

Chicago, Illinois — This is the fourth week where EDHS is commemorating the lives of the following people who were among "The 844" who perished in the Eastland Disaster.

We honor: Ida May (Mrs. C.C.) Berlin (age 42); Joseph B. Bertrand (50); Joseph W. Betlack (18); Mathilda Beutelspacher (18); Albert Biel (27); Anna Bigalski (23); Louis Bilwachs (19); James Frank Binkley (20); Anna Bizek (16), Mary Bizek (19); John M. Blaich, Jr. (24); Carl Bluch (21); Matthew J. Bonga (23); Elizabeth Bosch (30); Louis George Bosse (26); Joseph A. Brychta (31) and Anton Brychta (37).


First Animation of Eastland's Movement Released

Chicago, Illinois — A new critical aspect of how EDHS communicates the history of the Eastland Disaster has been added to our website: a visual animation of the Eastland's movement on the morning of July 24, 1915.


"The 844": Anna Brenner's Story

Chicago, Illinois — This week we commemorate and celebrate the lives of the following people who were among "The 844" who died nearly 100 years ago in the Eastland Disaster.

We honor the lives of: Florence Begitschke (age 18); Agnes Behrendt (22), Gertrude Behrendt (17); William Belmonti (19); Anna Belsky (19); Anna Benes (20); Anna Benik (21); Samuel Benn (37); Leroy David Bennett (21); David G. Benson (25); Gertrud (Mrs. Gustav O.) Berg (35), Irene Berg (1); Myrtle J. Berglund (12); David A. Bergman (22); Harry D. Bergquist (15); and Anna Brenner (18).


"The 844": The Story of Victim Frederick Biehl's Widow

Chicago, Illinois — In this second week of October, we commemorate the lives of the following people who were among "The 844" who tragically lost their lives in the Eastland Disaster.

We honor: Harold E. Andren (age 19); Susanna (Mrs. Albert) Androvits (30), Amalia Androvits (6), Emerentia Androvits (3); Kate (Mrs. Thomas E.) Austin (47); Frances Badalewska (20); Harry Baia (16); Emilie Bambasova (20); Paul Bannach (20), Bessie Karvasek (Mrs. Paul) Bannach (19); Edward S. Bartlett (55); Anna Batruel (21); Benjamin Becker (20); Margreth Becker (18); Jethro Richard Beel, Jr. (27); and Frederick Biehl (26).


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