News and Updates
Remembering the Heroes
Chicago, Illinois -- Captain Dan Donovan was employed by the City of Chicago as a city diver. When the Eastland capsized on the morning of July 24, 1915, he was one of the first divers to reach the tragic scene.
Charles Gunderson was the proprietor of Chas. Gunderson and Son Submarine Divers, and his biggest job was diving for bodies amongst the Eastland Disaster.
We honor the following professional and volunteer divers who risked their lives in the rescue and recovery of the Eastland Disaster: Anderson, Captain Oscar; Bildhauser, S. E.; Brown, Hugh; Davis, Mr.; Deneau, Captain William M.; Donovan, Captain Dan; Evenson, William; Halvorsen, Harry; Johnsen, Iver; Johnsen, Walter; Loeb, Arthur; McAleer, Mr.; Prochall, Emmett; Reckinger, Mr.; Saunders, Sr., George Alfred; Sawrey, Mr.; Sullivan, Francis (Frank) Bernard (Barney).
Chicago, Illinois -- The following men were crew members of the United States Coast Guard and assisted in the rescue and recovery of the Eastland Disaster on and following July 24, 1915: Erickson, J. (Surfman No. 7); LeClair, A. J. (Surfman No. 5); Lehne, G. A. (Surfman No. 6); Mruzynski, M. J. (Surfman No. 4); Nedeau, S. (Surfman No. 2); Preston, William E. (Surfman No. 1); Westerberg, W. W. (Surfman No. 9); and Zenn, M. (Surfman No. 8).
Today we honor the following men from the Chicago Police Department who aided in the rescue and recovery efforts in the Eastland Disaster on July 24, 1915: Lescher, John S.; McFarlane, John B.; O'Rourke, Frank; Ryan, William; Sesher, Henry; and Wolff, Bernard.