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 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.
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.
Chicago, Illinois — EDHS shares with great sadness the passing of George W. Hilton, author of "Eastland: Legacy of the Titanic," who died Monday, August 4, 2014 at age 89.