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 — "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."
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 — 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.
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.