Happy New Year from all of us at the Eastland Disaster Historical Society! As of today, we can no longer say that the 100th anniversary of the Eastland Disaster is next year -- it is now this year. This creates a sense of urgency within the organization for two very important reasons:
From Executive Director and Chief Historian, Ted Wachholz:
“I never realized how much I look like her,” she said to me. “I have her nose, her smile, the shape of her face. Everyone tells me that I also have her personality – bubbly, silly, and fun.”
Chicago, Illinois -- The following group of "The 844" Eastland Disaster victims are remembered this week: Alma Etter (age 21); Angela (Mrs. Louis) Etzkorn (46); Jennie Evenhouse (26); Anna B. Evenhouse (23); Harry Evenhouse (21); Mary Fanret (19); Robert Farnara (21); Amelia Farrell (19); William Alexander Feehan (39); James Fenik (34); Mary (Mrs. James) Fenik (29); Helen Fenik (4); William Fenik (7); Margaret Fick (19); Alma F. Fink (29); and Edward Henry Garner (38).
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.
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).