EDHS News and Updates

News and Updates

"The 844": The Fate of Bessie Dvorak

Chicago, Illinois — On this first Wednesday of November, we honor the lives of the following people who were among "The 844" who perished in the Eastland Disaster.

We commemorate: Anton J. Brychta (age 37); Anton Brynacki (30); Mabel Deichmann Bucholz (21); George Buczkowski (28); Yadigwa Budzinska (18); Arthur Buege (19); Herbert Buelow (18); Anna Buth (20); Josephine Cajthaml (18); Andrew Capra (24); Nellie Carney (20); Jacomo Caro (32), Rose (Mr. Jacomo) Caro, Felicia Caro (5); Thomas Joseph Carroll, Jr. (20); and Bessie Dvorak (21).

Descendants Still Treasure Watch of Great-Great-Aunt

Chicago, Illinois — "The 844" story from last week told the story of the Eastland's largest family to succumb to the Disaster -- the Sindelars. This family of seven was completely wiped out on the morning of July 24, 1915.

On that fateful morning, Western Electric foreman George Sindelar boarded the Eastland along with his wife Josephine, their five children, and Josephine's sister Regina Dolezal. Sadly, the family all perished together in the Chicago River.

Author Jay Bonansinga wrote about the Sindelar family in his 2004 book "The Sinking of the Eastland: America's Forgotten Tragedy," saying: "Crushed in the mob, their cries silenced by the explosion of water, the Sindelars faced eternity with their children pressed against them."

"The 844": A Family of Seven Completely Wiped Out

Chicago, Illinois — This week we commemorate the lives of the following individuals and families who were among "The 844" who perished in the Eastland Disaster.

We honor the lives of the following victims: Svend H. Bothun (age 30); Oliver J. Bouffard (25); Harry Boult (25); Frank J. Bradley (23); John Brady (23); John Braitsch (42), Anna Braitsch (17), Frederick Braitsch (9), Gertrude Braitsch (11), Hattie Braitsch (7), Marie Braitsch (6 months); Thomas F. Brennan (23); Henry Brosche (32); Sophia A. Bruesch (48); and Regina Dolezal (20).

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).

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