Eastland Guest Book



Name:Alicia Anzaldo
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 08/27/05

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Name:kathleen swatkowski
From:plainfield,il
Date Entered: 08/23/05

Comments: my grandfather george mcgrath was a survivor of the eastland disaster.he was 19 years old,single,and worked in the cable department.

Name:scott johnson
From:chicago il
Date Entered: 08/22/05

Comments: i just aquired the jewel tea poster stamp booklet you mentioned complete and trying to research it i found you guys

Name:Nancy Rabka
From:ILLinois
Date Entered: 08/20/05

Comments: Thanks so much for this great site. Have always had an interest in the Eastland and the site was most helpful. Learning from the past is so interesting. Never knew the lost of life was greater then the Titanic. Again....Great Site!!!!

Name:Carol Kovarik West
From:Originally Berwyn, Illinois
Date Entered: 08/10/05

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Name:roger tyson
From:None
Date Entered: 08/10/05

Comments: Hi everyone greatsite weljob keep it up by.


Name:Patricia Parucka-Williamson
From:Minneapolis
Date Entered: 08/06/05

Comments: Surname: I was born Patricia Parucka. Myself and my two sisters are the daughters of George Anthony Parucka, born 4-13-08 in Cicero. His father was Charles Parucka. His parents were divorced when he was about 2 and he lost all contact with his biological father, Charles.
We drove by Western Electric many times when we were children.

Name:John Kedzierski
From:Riverside
Date Entered: 07/29/05

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Name:ronald allen
From:Victoria Mn
Date Entered: 07/28/05

Comments: Just read book by Jay Bonsing...(sp)-Sinking of the Eastland.Found it to be fascinating and something I was never aware of. Plan on reading more

Name:ronald allen
From:victoria mn
Date Entered: 07/28/05

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Name:George Zieman
From:California (born Chicago)
Date Entered: 07/24/05

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Name:marc cremin
From:fort myers,fla.
Date Entered: 07/21/05

Comments: Very interesting site.Just retired in 2005 after 34 years
with the Bell System,AT&T and various spin offs.

Funny, that in all of my years with the Bell System and interactions with Western Electric I really don't remember hearing much,if anything,about this disaster.Only now have I been able to understand this huge tragedy.Please add me to your mailing list.

Marc Cremin

Name:August Aquila
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 07/21/05

Comments: Grandson of Augustino Aquila

Name:Maureen Milott
From:No. Las Vegas, Nv. presently
Date Entered: 07/19/05

Comments: My grandmother, Varina Baggs, was on that boat that day she did survive. If you have any more information that you could share with me I would greatly appreciate it. Maybe a list of names or something I can pass down to my children about this event. I also worked at Western Electric Copany in Cicero, Il. What a wonderful place it was to work. Thank you for allowing me to share.

Name:tom rogers
From:Tucson, AZ
Date Entered: 07/13/05

Comments: I sit here, red-faced and embarrassed for my ignorance. After living in Chicago for over 20 years, I learn about this tragedy only today! Thank you for this informative site. When funds become available, I shall donate to you.

Name:Don Coyer
From:Savannah, Georgia (now)
Date Entered: 07/11/05

Comments: I have some ancestors who are Tureks from the Chicago area, originally from Bohemia. My grandmother was Marie Anna Turek, who married Joseph Gorman. Her fathers name was Jan Turek. Obviously and thankfully, none of them were aboard the Eastland. I wonder though if we are related to some of the Tureks who had the sad fate of being aboard. DC

Name:Mary-Lou Chall
From:Detroit, Michigan
Date Entered: 07/04/05

Comments: An impressive site. I see that you are doing a through job of reporting on this tragedy. The pictures bring humanity to the lists of names. Superb.

I was doing a Wintermute name search (genealogy)on Google and found a Bertha Wintermute was a passanger.

Prior to finding your site I had never heard of this tragedy.


Name:Christine Braun
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 06/28/05

Comments: My great-grandfather worked for Western Electric and the entire family was to go on the picninc. The night before, my great-grandmother had a terrible dream. When she awoken, she told my great-grandfather she and the children were not going. He went, along with her sister and her sister's friend. We all know what happened. Fortunately, my great-grandfather was on the side that went up. He was a swimmer and supposedl saved lives. His siter-in-law and friend were not so lucky. They were into the water and drowned. Because of this, my grandmother would never let my mother and aunt swim and was overly cautious near water. I heard this story many times growning up. One time I took my grandmother to the exhibit at the Historical Society and she told me much more about it.

Name:George Moses
From:Chicago, Illinois
Date Entered: 06/28/05

Comments: My grandfather retired from W E in 1947. My mother was to attend the Eastland event, but for some reason she couldn't. She was 3 years old.

I still have my grandfather's retirement book with the good wishes from many friends.

My grandfaters name was George Louis Coffey.

Name:Gary Mitchell,Sr
From:San Francisco
Date Entered: 06/24/05

Comments: As A 3rd Generation and Current AT&T Employee In San Francisco who was Born In Lincoln,Ill I was Astounded to Learn of this part of Both Our Company and American History.I beleive That even though AT&T and Lucent(Western Electric)are Officially Seperate Enities Nowdays It is the People we associate with Daily That Still Makes the Family.

Name:GARY MITCHELL,SR
From:SAN FRANCISCO
Date Entered: 06/24/05

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Name:Gordon Rheinstrom
From:Arlington, VA
Date Entered: 06/24/05

Comments: I was reading a book about the U-505. There is a brief narrative about the sinking of a WWI U-Boat in Lake Michigan by the USS WILMETTE, former SS EASTLAND. Didn't anyone calculate stability in those days. The ship was obviously unstable from the very day she was launched.

Name:Albert Richmond
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 06/22/05

Comments: My GrandParents survived the disaster
Lysle and Blanch Goyette

Name:Albert Richmond
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 06/22/05

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Name:Joyce Ostrowske
From:Ohio, now SC
Date Entered: 06/20/05

Comments: I signed your guest book recently and would like to have my e-mail removed from your list. Thank you.

Name:Joyce A. Ostrowske
From:Ohio, Now SC
Date Entered: 06/17/05

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Name:Tamara Utens
From:California
Date Entered: 06/17/05

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Name:Lois Arnish
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 06/14/05

Comments: chicago history has always been an intrest to me, I lived in the city and area for the 63 years of my life. chicago is one of the greatest citys that I know. Always fasinating. have been to the memorial, very touching, sad. all should know about this

Name:Philip Wett
From:Ingleside, IL
Date Entered: 06/11/05

Comments: I was entering my name in search,, out of boredom last year. I Came across the tradegy. My father past away in 1995. My father never knew much of his fathers side of the family. I read the name Peter Pankowski (Wett), and found he was my grandfather. I find this very interesting, finding a part of my ancestory. A very tragic situation.

Name:Jim King
From:Glasgow, Scotland
Date Entered: 06/09/05

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Name:Amanda Nudera
From:
Date Entered: 05/30/05

Comments: My Great-grandmother was aboard this ship. She was unable to swim and somebody pulled her out of the water by her hair. If it was not for that person, I would not be here today.

Name:Amanda Nudera
From:Berwyn, Illinois
Date Entered: 05/30/05

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Name:Valerie Bower
From:La Grange, IL
Date Entered: 05/29/05

Comments: My great-grandparents, grandparents and my grandmother's brothers and sisters were aboard the Eastland that fateful day. My grandmother was pregnant with my mother. Obviously she survived. However, her mother, a couple of brothers and a sister-in-law (I believe) died that day. My grandfather had sailed over from Sweden and therefore was a swimmer. My understanding is that he pulled my grandmother out by grabbing onto her hair when they were both under water. Additionally, so the story goes, my grandfather saved his father-in-law
and several others as well due to his swimming and diving skills. The families names were Selig and Swangren.

Isn't there to be some commemorative gathering this July? Please advise.

Thank you for your interest in keeping the memories of all those lost alive.

Name:Debbie Blank-Chor
From:Chicago now in AZ
Date Entered: 05/26/05

Comments: This brings back fond and loving memories of all the hours I spent here with my parents decorating the graves on Memorial Day. My great grand mother, grandmother, and her whole side of the family are buried at Bohemian National.


Name:Janet Boy
From:Las Cruces, New Mexico
Date Entered: 05/25/05

Comments: My grandfather was a passenger on the Eastland but is not listed on the passenger list. His name was John Henry Tegmeyer. He passed away in 1968. He was on an upper deck when it toppled over. He managed to get out a porthole and helped another family get out as well before he was pulled back by the police that day. He was not injured and did not lose anyone as he was single. My grandmother Christine Linden was on the dock waiting. They had not met yet. He later had 3 sons and 13 grandchildren and none of us would be here if he had not survived.

Name:Anna Fitzgerald
From:Ireland
Date Entered: 05/25/05

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Name:D. Diasio
From:Chicago & Area
Date Entered: 05/23/05

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Name:Daniel Diasio
From:Hammond Indiana
Date Entered: 05/23/05

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Name:Ruth Ward
From:Arlington Heights
Date Entered: 05/17/05

Comments: I was at the AHML tonight at your presentation. Sorry I couldn't stay through all of the questions, but I wanted to tell you how great the presentation was. Very well done. You have taken on quite a task, you can be proud of your efforts.

Name:John Blaha
From:California - Originally - Mass
Date Entered: 05/17/05

Comments: I have some very dear cousins in Antigo Wisconsin I haven't heard form in 50 years - Their names are Betty Blaha, billy blaha and Bernice Blaha.

Name:John Blaha
From:California - Originally - Mass
Date Entered: 05/17/05

Comments: I have some very dear cousins in Antigo Wisconsin I haven't heard form in 50 years - Their names are Betty Blaha, billy blaha and Bernice Blaha.

Name:linda t thaxton
From:chicago
Date Entered: 05/14/05

Comments: when ever the subject o the eastland comes up i try to stress th fact that it was no little accident over800 people died and we certainly need to remind our historians that the eastland should not and will not be forgotten

Name:Lynda Dunaway
From:Rome, GA
Date Entered: 05/14/05

Comments: Couldn't put it down! Rates right up there with the Titanic disaster in capturing the reader's full attention.

Name:SUZANNE NICHOLS
From:CHICAGO
Date Entered: 05/12/05

Comments: THIS WAS MY GREAT GREAT GRANDFATHER.

Name:Richard Fleischer
From:Mesa,AZ
Date Entered: 05/07/05

Comments: A cousin of my mothers,Chester G Fostle was a victim,he was a employe of Western Electric,as I also was.I retired in 1986 by which time we were called AT&T.

Name:Debra H Theil-Nelson
From:Gurnee, IL
Date Entered: 05/07/05

Comments: I am the granddaughter of Theil, Roy Cyrus (110-124 Assistant Foreman) whose wife, Louise R. Theil, (Mrs. Roy Cyrus) Age 28 Married, died at the Eastland along with her sister. The two women were there with their husbands. My grandfather was an employee of Western Electric. My daughter, Lauren G. Nelson, knows the details of the story surrounding the two couples.

My mother the daughter-in-law of Roy Cyrus Theil has told the Eastland story to all our family members for decades. It was the story that Roy told her.

My daughter, Lauren G. Nelson has researched the geneology of our family and she has the name of Louise's sister. The two woman are buried in Chicago next to each other.

Thank you for a nice site.

Debra H. Theil-Nelson







Name:Rutger Lamers
From:
Date Entered: 05/04/05

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Name:Bill Brightwell
From:Rolling Meadows
Date Entered: 05/03/05

Comments: I was informed about your site from a person I work with in the Rolling Meadows Historical Society. My father worked at Western Electric for 35 years, as an Engineer. I had heard about the disaster from him only once or twice. The disaster was well before his employment. I am very glad that you have gone to the work and effort to keep this time in the history of Chicago alive. Thank you very much...

Name:Kathleen Tesar
From:Waxhaw, N>C>
Date Entered: 05/03/05

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Name:Claire Williams
From:UK - Brighton
Date Entered: 05/01/05

Comments: Forgot to mention that we are looking forward to reading Western Electric History. Thanks Claire


Name:Claire Williams
From:uk
Date Entered: 05/01/05

Comments: Great website I never really read about this disaster before. Keep up the good work.

Williams family
UK

Name:Katherine (Nulle) Edwards
From:Chicago,IL.,living in Elgin,IL
Date Entered: 04/26/05

Comments: This is a great picture of my Great-Grand Parents! I would not be here today if they had not been late.

Name:David Unold
From:Milwaukee, WI
Date Entered: 04/22/05

Comments: I knew Sister Virgil Freilich, a nun who passed away a few years ago here in Milwaukee. She was raised by her grandmother many years ago in Chicago after her father and mother, Jan and Hattie Freilich, were killed in this disaster. She spoke of her mother and father's death often and with great sorrow.

Thank you for preserving the memory of her parents and the family members of so many who perished in such an unfortunate manner.

Name:Irene Miller
From:Chicago/Woodstock
Date Entered: 04/22/05

Comments: My great grandmother, Minnie Roser, died on the Eastland. My Mother, Beulah Schulz, was separated from her mother Irene Schulz (Roser), the daughter of Minnie, at a very early age. Irene either divorced or left my grandfather,Otto. As I have been told, the Roser family, was very displeased with their union and, as my Mother tells me, did nothing to help keep the children in touch with their Mother after the separation. Over the years my Mother has tried unsuccessfully to discover anything about her mother. It would fill her heart with great joy to learn anything about her Mother, Irene. Perhaps there is a decendent of the Roser family that is in touch with your organization? I would much appreciate hearing from you or them or be directed to any sources that could assist me in this regard. My Mother is 90 years old and, for as long as I can remember, she has hoped that someday she would learn what happened to her Mother. Thank-you in advance for your help, Irene S. Miller

Name:sherrie johnson
From:pensacola florida
Date Entered: 04/12/05

Comments: Searching my family history and found my grandmothers name on your website. I also found
information on her parents. Nice job on your site.

Name:Barb Lopez
From:Cincinnati, Ohio
Date Entered: 04/01/05

Comments: Was just checking it out. My sister is married to
a Dan Donovan who is one of many.
Her husband's family comes from Cleveland, Ohio.
His grandpa Dan was the police chief there many years ago.

Name:Dale Wheeler
From:Hastings,Mi
Date Entered: 03/24/05

Comments: My Father was born and raised in the St Joseph Mi.area, and talked about the Eastland often when I was a kid.
I was looking thru some family memorabilia today and found an old post card he had,and decided to look it up on the net; and there it was !

Name:Larry Koppen
From:Spring Valley, Wi
Date Entered: 03/24/05

Comments: My grandfather, John Almberg according to a Daughter Ebba Almberg Koppen was a W.E. employee, and scheduled to attend the picnic cruise. Do to an illness of a daughter, Jane, the decision not to attend was made.
Those scheduled to attend were John, Emma, Ebba, Carl, and Jane Almberg. Any information as to this family would be appreciated.

Name:Carol Subera
From:Colby, WI
Date Entered: 03/21/05

Comments: I recently realized (through an old obituary) that a distant relative perished on the Eastland as a young woman. I have read the recent book about the tragedy. I am wondering if there is a list of names of those on board? Both those who perished and those wh survived. Thanks

Name:heidi gierman
From:
Date Entered: 03/18/05

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Name:Patrick Lundy
From:Libertyville, Il
Date Entered: 03/17/05

Comments: Very interesting Web Site. Only very recently I learned from a cousin that her father (my uncle) Philip Cullom was a passenger on the Eastland. Will see what recollection/artifacts she might have. Keep up the good work.

Name:Marie Gonzalez
From:Las Angels
Date Entered: 03/15/05

Comments: I think that the Eastland was a very tragic moment in life and although not man people remember I think that people wuold soon know about the Eastland Disaster where over 800 passengers and crew memebers died .

Name:KAREN MALDNADO
From:
Date Entered: 03/15/05

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Name:Charmaine Stanislaw
From:Libertyville, IL/Valpraiso, IN
Date Entered: 03/08/05

Comments: I am a senior at Valparaiso University and wokringon my senior thesis on the Eastland Disaster. I am focusing on the lack of justice after the criminal and civil trials after the disaster. I have been to the National Archives and I am continuing to research. If anyone has any more information to share with me I would love to hear more.

Name:Sarah Mathews
From:Fairbanks Alaska
Date Entered: 03/05/05

Comments: Thomas Mathews who is listed in your web page was my husbands great grandfather. Do you have any other information on him??

Name:David S. Ennes
From:Born in Chicago. Now Florida
Date Entered: 02/27/05

Comments: Having got half way thru Jay Bonansinga's, "The Sinking of the Eastland, America's Forgotten Tregedy", I was reminded by my wife that her great Uncle William F. Corbett was listed by the Eastland Disaster Organization as "One Who Helped". The descriptions of the disaster by Bonansinga are almost too much to read. I recommend it to anyone who wants more information about this tragedy. It's a read that is both hard to put down and sometimes difficult to continue. You will definitely be touched. The Organization's work at preserving this bit of American history is to be lauded.
David S. Ennes

Name:Teri Anderson
From:Allen, Texas
Date Entered: 02/24/05

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Name:William ZAya
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 02/21/05

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Name:Kristin Appelhof
From:Bloomington, IL
Date Entered: 02/13/05

Comments: To my Great Grandparents and my childrens Great-great Grandparents, James and Jenny Peterson and Auntie Mable. Thank you for your survial and your spirit to survive.
Love, Kristin, Anders and Pia

Name:Kristin Appelhof
From:Bloomington, IL
Date Entered: 02/13/05

Comments: To my Great Grandparents and my childrens Great-great Grandparents, James and Jenny Peterson and Auntie Mable. Thank you for your survial and your spirit to survive.
Love, Kristin, Anders and Pia

Name:Mervin Meece
From:Riverside California
Date Entered: 02/13/05

Comments: I am a retired Western Electric employee(1989) I happened to see a tv program on the science channel that mentioned the accident that happend in Chicago, I did a google search and found your site. It was very informative. Thank you for shareing some history about my company that I was not aware of.

Name:Julile Waller
From:Chicago Il
Date Entered: 02/09/05

Comments: Hi, my name is Julie Waller. I am the granddaughter of Jack James Billow. While doing a family report with my 6 year old daughter, we came upon this web site. my grandfather lived until he was 93. He never stopped telling us about his experience with the Eastland. Our family has a taped inteview with my grandfather telling all about the Eastland disaster. We also have a video tape of him for a TV spot done in 1978. My grandfather was very proud of the fact that he helped save the lives of many people.

Name:Kim Orlowski
From:Illionois
Date Entered: 02/07/05

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Name:Susan Benes-Pacheco
From:Berwyn, but now in S. Calif.
Date Entered: 01/31/05

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Name:Jason Krivanec
From:Justice, IL
Date Entered: 01/28/05

Comments: I did a google search of my last name, My Grandfathers first name is george......funny how I happened upon your site.

Name:Steve Dobrowolski
From:New York, New York
Date Entered: 01/14/05

Comments: William Francis Corbett was my great great uncle that dove in to save survivors. Great Website!

Name:raymond n samuelson
From:youngstown,ohio
Date Entered: 01/12/05

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andmother related the story to me in 1957 she was from chicago and was in the loop at the time .

Name:raymond n samuelson
From:youngstown,ohio
Date Entered: 01/12/05

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andmother related the story to me in 1957 she was from chicago and was in the loop at the time .

Name:Earl Gallas
From:Peoria, Il
Date Entered: 01/08/05

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Name:Raymond Joschko
From:Edina, MN
Date Entered: 01/02/05

Comments: My aunt, Emily Jaszka (aka Joschko) perished with the sinking of the Eastland. It was not until I found the list of victims did I know that my aunt used the name Jaszka, I am trying to find out if the personnel records of Western Electric still exist - if I can - why my aunt used this last name. As far as I can determine, all of my other aunts and uncles used the name Joschko. I can't recall any of my Dad's siblings who ever diecussed this tragedy.

Name:Mimi Lathan
From:Memphis, TN
Date Entered: 01/01/05

Comments: This is my gaughter in law's grandfather, and she sent me a download and link to this site. Interesting.

Name:Ken Behnke
From:Algonquin, IL
Date Entered: 12/30/04

Comments: My grandmother was pregnant with my mother and worked for Western Electric and was supposed to be on that ship had morning sickness and decided not to go on the trip. Her Name was Elsie Schletz

Name:John Boda
From:Joliet
Date Entered: 12/29/04

Comments: My grandmother was on the Eastland that tragic day and was one of the survivors, although she is nowhere listed anywhere in the records. If anyone knows any living contacts today please let me know. Her name was Anna Bohn with sisters Clara and Rose who may have been on with her. She worked at the Hawthorne plant in Cicero and later married into the Svoboda family.

Name:Adam Daly
From:Australia
Date Entered: 12/28/04

Comments: I was wondering how many, EASTLAND survivors are still living today? Can you tell me their names?
I noticed the name, PLAMMONDON on the Pasenger list, are they related to CHARLES AMBROSE PLAMMONDON AND MARY PLAMMONDON who were victims of the sinking of the LUSITANIA on Friday May 7th, 1915?

Name:Dan Sherburn
From:Spring lake, MIchigan
Date Entered: 12/26/04

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Name:kofi ahmed
From:togo
Date Entered: 12/14/04

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Name:Jan Sonfield
From:Georgia (formerly Chicago)
Date Entered: 12/05/04

Comments: My great-aunt Marie Kalalova was an employee of Western Electric and is one of the 800 who lost their lives on that teriible day. I now have in my possession her handbag tag belonging to the S.S. Eastland. This has been in my family for many years and will continue to be a cherished momento. I have truly enjoyed your website adn look forward to future articles and photos.

Name:Michael Henning
From:Milwaukee, WI
Date Entered: 11/28/04

Comments: A very tragic occurence. To be so excited and happy one minute, and then facing a disaster and grief the next is so very sad.

Name:Allen Williams
From:Buffalo, N.Y.
Date Entered: 11/23/04

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Name:bosch kathy
From:
Date Entered: 11/20/04

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Name:Chris Mooney
From:Staffordshire England
Date Entered: 11/16/04

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Name:Chris Mooney
From:Staffordshire
Date Entered: 11/16/04

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Name:Don Hatch
From:Round Lake, Il.
Date Entered: 11/15/04

Comments: I was sorry to hear of the passing of Libby Hruba. I taught about it in my class of seventh graders today.

Name:Kathy Bosch
From:Minneapolis
Date Entered: 11/15/04

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Name:David S. Ennes
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 11/12/04

Comments: I've heard there is a book on the subject. Please send title and where available. My wife is Grand Niece of William F. Corbett. I wonder also if there is a connection betwteen her Corbett family and the illustrious family of Chicago firefiters? Thanks.

Name:Laurie Murphy
From:Whitewater WI
Date Entered: 11/11/04

Comments: My two Aunts, Grace Hess and Helen Meglin(not sure of the spelling of her last name) both worked for Western Electric at the time of the disaster. They were both going to go that day, when their mother, my grandmother told them she had dreamt of bodies laying all over a dock covered in canvas and urged them not to go. They heeded her advice and according to my mother, newspapers showed pictures of bodies covered in canvas on the docks the next day. My grandmother's name was Laurie K. Slater nee Murphy. Apparently the Irish fey gift resided with her and spared her daughters that day.

Name:Steven G. Jelinek
From:Milwaukee Wis.
Date Entered: 11/09/04

Comments: After reading "RAISING THE EASTLAND" in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel CUE section I became compeled to look for a list of those who died in this tragedy. While paying my respects I ran across my last name. Her name was Blanka jelinek. I'm not sure if she or her sister Anna Zobac is in anyway connected to my tree, but it sure felt strange.

Name:Anne Ring
From:Manitowoc, Wi
Date Entered: 11/08/04

Comments: My grandfather, Aloysious Gaffney was assistant to the president of Western Electric at the time.
As I understand it, he was put in charge of settling the estates of the deceased and making the funeral arrangements. This experience set him off on a career as an insurance adjuster.

Name:joe müller
From:
Date Entered: 11/07/04

Comments: cool site

Name:hans macher
From:
Date Entered: 11/07/04

Comments: nice page

Name:Jean Moynihan
From:San Jose, CA
Date Entered: 11/06/04

Comments: My great aunts' names were Hanora and Catherine Moynihan. They died on the Eastland. They were my grandfather's sisters. His name was Henry Moynihan. My father was young when they died, but he did talk about it a few times and would never take a ship ride because of what happened to his aunts. They worked for Western Electric at the time. Mrs. O'Keefe was their aunt.

Name:Kim Crubaugh
From:Peoria,Il.
Date Entered: 11/01/04

Comments: I just finished reading Jay Bonansinga's book The sinking of the Eastland and found it to be very interesting.

Name:Patricia Blaha
From:South Dakota (United States)
Date Entered: 10/31/04

Comments: Hi, My name is Patricia and i am looking for my ancestors.

Name:Matthew Bates
From:New Lenox
Date Entered: 10/21/04

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Name:LaVerne Heiser
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 10/21/04

Comments: My Aunt, Catherine Heiser, was a survivor of the Eastland, her cousin and fiance died. My aunt worked for Western Electric, I remember as a small child some mention about this, but my aunt did not talk much about this. Anyone out there related to Catherine Heiser?

Name:Kathi Polivka-Jendrzejak
From:Justice
Date Entered: 10/18/04

Comments: It was great to read about my ancestors. My grandfather has told me the story of Josephine many times before. Never saw a picture until now.

Name:Al Kopatschek
From:Las Vegas, NV
Date Entered: 10/11/04

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Name:EGOBIA NWAGUY
From:TG
Date Entered: 10/04/04

Comments: I DON LAND HERE OOOOOOOOOOOOO PLEASE KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK.

Name:Stephanie Cooksey
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 10/01/04

Comments: I found out by accident that Oprah's building(is listed under Chicago's most haunted places) was the former Second Registry Amory and the morgue for this disaster. I really didn't know much about it(I was born YEARS later), so I found this site on Google. Thanks for the information on a very important part of Chicago history, and I hope something like this NEVER happens again!

Name:Dan Herney
From:Shenandoah Valley, Viginia
Date Entered: 09/29/04

Comments: Greetings: My father, John Herney,(Horney), who Was 16 years old, was supposed to meet his friends for the picnic that day. He arrived late,and was not able to get on board, as he waited in line, the boat rolled over, all his friends on were lost.
Thank You for this great website. Sincerely: D.K.H.

Name:C.R. Holland
From:St. Louis MO.
Date Entered: 09/20/04

Comments: Research maritime disasters.

Name:Ted Wachholz
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 09/17/04

Comments: Hi Dad. I'm in American Studies class with Como and Katovich at the library looking up stuff for my paper

Name:geoff whitfield
From:england
Date Entered: 09/08/04

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Name:geoff whitfield
From:liverpool england
Date Entered: 09/08/04

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Name:MARK WILLIAMS
From:VALPARAISO , IND
Date Entered: 09/06/04

Comments: MY GRANDMOTHER [LOUISE REDDEROTH] SURVIVED THE EASTLAND DISASTER. SHE ONLY LIVED BECAUSE HER GIRLFRIEND WOULD NOT LET HER GO BELOW DECK UNTILL THE SHIP WAS ON THE LAKE.
SOAKING WET, SHE AND HER FRIEND GOT A FREE RIDE HOME ON THE TROLLEY BECAUSE THEY BOTH LOST ALL THIER MONEY.
MOM IS STILL ALIVE AND HAS MANY STORYS AND DETAILS PASSED DOWN.

Name:Rosemary Cholke
From:Texas (Born in Oak Lawn, Ill.
Date Entered: 08/26/04

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Name:Delores Stevens Mason
From:Indianapolis, Indiana
Date Entered: 08/19/04

Comments: I have thirteen (13) glass plates of the Eastland disaster that were taken by my Grandfather, George Stevens. I would like to share these slides by having them put into the book. Whom would I contact to accomplish this. Delores Stevens Mason

Name:Holly M.
From:Wisconsin
Date Entered: 08/17/04

Comments: I love your site. It has alot of facts and detailes about the horrible incident. I live by lake michigan and when my mom got this poster from a store in door county, it showed all the shipwrecks of the Great Lakes. When i saw a ship that looked somewhat like the Titanic and was in Lake Michigan, I looked and it said, Eastland, 1915, 835 lives lost, the worst shipwreck in Great Lakes history. I had to find out about this ship and what happened so i looked it up on the internet and i found this great site. Thank you for making it and caring so much about something that happened a long time ago.

Name:chris congdon
From:cedar falls, iowa
Date Entered: 08/16/04

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Name:mary Matejka
From:Virgil, Illinois
Date Entered: 08/15/04

Comments: Wow, I have been searching the Luciatania for a Joseph Manak, who family tale drowned in the sinking. Well a little more questions and the story was it was it could have been a ship in chicao that rolled over and he drowned. I now know it was Anton Manak who drowned. The list of people on board spells his name wrong "Maniak" it is "Manak". I am looking for other family member who want to reconnnect to grandma Anna's line.

Name:ronna white
From:
Date Entered: 08/05/04

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Name:Ronna White
From:
Date Entered: 08/05/04

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Name:Ronna White
From:Roselle
Date Entered: 08/05/04

Comments: My family would not be here today if grandma's trip on the Eastland didn't occur the weekend before the Eastland disaster. Grandma was about 19 - 20 years old and being set up with grandpa for a blind date on the Eastland. She passed on two years ago, one month shy of 107, but she told the story often of how lucky she was to be on the week before.

Name:Edie Kane
From:Palatine, IL
Date Entered: 08/05/04

Comments: I've had an interest in the Eastland Disaster since childhood. My father was 19 at the time of the disaster, and worked in the Reid Murdoch building. He often told me stories of what he saw, and when he reported for work on 7/25/1915 he was told to go home, as the building was being used as a morgue. I have some old photos that he took of the scene. I have also visited Bohemian National Cemetery where many victims are buried. Interesting.

Name:Virginia Willey
From:Rolling Meadows, IL
Date Entered: 08/02/04

Comments: I enjoyed looking at your Web site. I will be back when I find out the names of my relatives who survived the disaster.

VBW

Name:George Zieman
From:California (born Chicago)
Date Entered: 07/24/04

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Name:Theresa Mello
From:harriman, tn, born in chicago,
Date Entered: 07/20/04

Comments: my great granfather is bernard wolff who helpped save people that day of the disaster. i'm proud to know that about him. he is my fathers mothers father.

Name:James Sigler
From:Englewood, Colorado
Date Entered: 07/19/04

Comments: I am researching my family. My grandfather,
Martin Mitchell Kubiak, was married in St.
Adalbert church to my grandmother, Anna Jus, in
1895. Later, he married his second wife,
Agatha Kaliszewski, in St. Casimir Church in 1913. I am wondering where the records went
from these churches once your church was built.
My mother, Pauline Agatha Kubiak, met my father,
Byron Emerson Sigler, Jr, while working at
Western Electric. My father was an engineer
and they moved when he got a job with the US
Civil Service. He helped to design the turbines
for Hoover/Boulder Dam. I don't know a lot about
my mother's family. Martin Kubiak was an
immigrant from Poland or Prussia, and he was
a Catholic of Polish heritage. He arrived in
this country around 1894. His first wife Anna
Jus died young, and we know next to nothing about
her. We are hoping to find these records in the
church.

Name:elizabeth cosgrove
From:st. louis, missouri
Date Entered: 07/12/04

Comments: i believe a relative andrew capra or capri was aboard the eastland. he died.

Name:George Moses
From:Cicero, Illinois
Date Entered: 06/24/04

Comments: My mother told me she missed the Eastland, parents thought she was two young, her father George Louis Coffey was in the employ of Western Electric. He expired in 1950, resided at 18 w. 73rd st. Chicago. He was an avid fisherman, Eagle River, Wisconson was his favorite, and he bowled.I have his autograph book from co-workers when he retired. If anyone wants a copy of a signiture I will oblige.

Name:adele odom (Zobac)
From:Vernon Hills, Il.
Date Entered: 06/18/04

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Name:Pat Boelkow
From:McHenry Illinois
Date Entered: 05/14/04

Comments: I am a 60 year old grandmother of 4 and I have never heard of the Eastland. Thank You for creating a page in history on this subject. Pat Boelkow

Name:Stuart Grantham
From:St Louis, MO
Date Entered: 05/04/04

Comments: Friend sent me to this site, Im third generation to work in bell system,(im employeed by AT&T). I enjoy looking a history and I believe we must preserve it. Thank you for the time and energy that was put in this site. I intend to go the location of the memorial when I go to Chicago again.

Name:Paul Brown
From:Minnesota
Date Entered: 04/15/04

Comments: My great-great uncle was either playing in an orchestra or had his orchestra on board when it rolled over. He evidently helped save people because I have a letter from the Coroner's office and a silver star that he received.

I didn't know until today that there is a site dedicated to the Eastland. I found out about it on a Detroit ruins website from a guy known as jjaba.

Name:Erica Charles
From:Oak Park, IL
Date Entered: 03/25/04

Comments: What a thoughtful and informative site. I'm shocked I didn't know more about this tragedy, being so interested in Chicago history. I am enraptured by all the pictures and accounts.

Name:Linda Rudroff
From:Alta Loma, CA
Date Entered: 03/24/04

Comments: I returned from a Chicago vacation yesterday. I spent time looking over the site of the Eastland Disaster and getting info from the Chicago Histor-ical Society downtown. My grandfather is Captain John H. O'Meara from the tugboat, Kenosha, who aided in the rescue efforts made July 24, 1915. I was able to obtain 2 pictures of the tug during the disaster but any other info about my grandpa or his tug is appreciated. thanks. Linda Rudroff

Name:colleen gardner
From:massachusetts
Date Entered: 03/18/04

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Name:LaVerne Heiser
From:Naperville, Illinois
Date Entered: 03/15/04

Comments: My aunt was Catherine Heiser who survived the awful event. My aunt really did tell me much about this, partly because I was so young and maybe she thought I wouldn't understand. But, she was my favorite aunt, and I understand now as an adult how painful those memories must of have been to her. From what I read she was a cousin to Ann Bremer. I would like to know if there is anyone who would like to e-mail me with more information?

Name:K Culbertson
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 03/12/04

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Name:KATIE LITTLE
From:TRAVERSE CITY, MI
Date Entered: 03/10/04

Comments: THIS HELPED ME WITH MY PROJECT! THANK YOU VERY MUCH!
-KATIE LITTLE

Name:Anna K
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 03/04/04

Comments: This is a very orgazanized and informative site.

Name:Grace Parks
From:Detroit, MI
Date Entered: 02/26/04

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Name:George Zintak
From:Originally Chicago but now CA
Date Entered: 02/25/04

Comments: My great-grandparents and family were aboard the Eastland. My great-grandmother, Pauline Zintak, and my great-aunt Helen Zintak both perished in the disaster. My great-grandfather Henry Zintak and the rest of the children, survived. I have been going through old pictures, if I come across any of my great-grandfather or his family, I'll submit them to you.

Thank you for this rememberence.
George Zintak

Name:Lorine Schulze
From:Canada
Date Entered: 02/25/04

Comments: I just found your website (great job, thanks for your efforts in getting this online!) and thought you might be interested in linking to a letter I have online about the Eastland Disaster.

This letter was written by L. D. Brown, of Berwyn Illinois
26 July 1915 and published in an Ontario (Canada) newspaper. I have transcribed it and put it online at

Past Voices: Letters Home
http://pastvoices.com/usa/eastland1915.shtml


Name:Sharie Schraub
From:Cicero, IL
Date Entered: 02/24/04

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Name:Judy Osborn
From:Minnesota
Date Entered: 02/23/04

Comments: Hi-I'm wondering if you can answer a question for me. I'm trying to find information regarding my aunt who was buried at a young age in 1919 by O. Muchna in Bohemian National Cemetery. Do you know where I could find those records? I can't find a curret Muchna Funeral Home. Many thanks.

Name:Vlastimil Zastera
From:Prague
Date Entered: 02/22/04

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Name:Elaine Margarites
From:Mt. Prospect, Il
Date Entered: 02/16/04

Comments: I am Linda's cousin. Our grandfather, Ted Witt was supposed to help on the ship, but my grandmother refused to board. Forever afterwards our grandfather heeded my grandmother's forebodings.

Name:linda thaxton
From:chicago
Date Entered: 02/14/04

Comments: i found theodore witt
lottie witt(WIFE)
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myrtle
evelyn the 2 witt daughtersmy grand mother lottie refused to go because of a bad feelishehad








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Name:Dan Nork
From:St Paul, MN
Date Entered: 02/13/04

Comments: Can you tell me anything else about Carl Nork? While googling my name (like the true dork I am) I came across his page on your site. Maybe we're related? Thank you very much.

Name:jenn winter
From:chicago
Date Entered: 02/06/04

Comments: my grandpa is james lee elliott, and i've never before seen a young picture of him... nice to be able to see that. thanks.

Name:Martha Geiszler
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 01/20/04

Comments: My Gradfather is E. W. Sladkey of which you have his story on your site. I remember him speaking of this disaster

Name:Frank nejdl
From:scottsdale,az (chicago)
Date Entered: 01/19/04

Comments: very interesting site. My Grandfather was onboard the Eastland that day.... Would be most interested in more info.

Name:Joseph Vavra
From:Baltimore, Maryland
Date Entered: 01/16/04

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Name:MN MN
From:dnj
Date Entered: 01/14/04

Comments: Im here for a book report. Its great

Name:miriam bolivar
From:chicago, ill
Date Entered: 01/06/04

Comments: i would really like for your organization to come to our school and give a presentation. because we are doing a project on Chicago, and this topic sounded very interesting.

Name:Lucy Blair
From:Port Charlotte Fl
Date Entered: 01/03/04

Comments: This is a great site. We learned a lot about the tragedy. My grandmother had friends on the Eastland. My grandfather had saved some postcards similar to those you have on the site. Too bad this effort didn't happen 40 years ago or more when more survivors would be able to give first hand accounts.

Name:theresa mello
From:chicago
Date Entered: 12/30/03

Comments: this is my great granfather

Name:Vivian Semesky
From:Indiana
Date Entered: 12/29/03

Comments: My uncle was on the Eastland when it sunk on Lake Michigan. He swam to shore, because he lived in Whiting, Indiana, and it was right near home. He was Joseph Kundrat

Name:Fred Miller
From:
Date Entered: 12/26/03

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Name:roach thomas
From:
Date Entered: 12/24/03

Comments: are you a mcauliffe relative ? i am searching for the present day mcauliffe people. frank mcauliffe retired as chief of the chicago fire insurance patrol. he was one of many mcauliffes in the chicago fire department who served from the 1890's to the middle of the 20th century. searching for any and all info on frank esp. his role in the eastland rescue operation. please e mail me at roiste@hotmail.com or cfdcfip@hotmail.com

Name:Michael Scharringhausen
From:Covington, KY: U.S.A.
Date Entered: 12/23/03

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Name:Barbara Franke
From:Long Grove, Illinois
Date Entered: 12/16/03

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Name:Angela Zobac
From:Iowa
Date Entered: 12/14/03

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Name:Barbara Power
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 12/13/03

Comments: My grandfather was a Chicago policeman and helped save people during the Eastland Disaster. Although he lived for several decades beyond the sinking, he passed away before I was born and I am looking for any information about him.

Name:john lessor
From:winter haven florida
Date Entered: 12/12/03

Comments: Mr. Charles dibble jr lives in our home park he is the son of the radio operator , who was on the EASTLAND when she turned on her side.While giving a presentation about the titanic I happened to mention the eastland and he told me about his father.

Name:Barbara Franke
From:Long Grove, Illinois
Date Entered: 12/09/03

Comments: My 2 great uncles were on the Eastland. Harry and William Engenhart. My dad knows alot about the family story involved in the disaster. Alice, the daughter of William is also alive. I find your site to be very interesting.


Name:Charles Hitzeman
From:Brookfield, IL
Date Entered: 12/08/03

Comments: I would like to be place on email list with my email. Previous submit was for infomational purposes.

Thank you.

Charles Hitzeman

Name:Todd Hitzeman Funeral Home Ltd
From:Brookfield, IL
Date Entered: 12/08/03

Comments: This is a nicely composed site. Very factual. The Eastland Disaster played a role in my families history also. The Hitzeman Funeral Home was there to serve the unfortunate families at that time. Fredrick and Charles Hitzeman were in the business in that time. Norbert Hitzeman also a funeral director was also an employee of Western Electric. We still have files of the Eastland Disaster of the families we served. If there are families who would like to inquire more about that time period they are more then welcome to contact us and we will do the best we can.
www.HitzemanFuneral.com

The Hitzeman's

Name:Darren Franckowski
From:Indiana
Date Entered: 11/30/03

Comments: I live in Michigan City, Indiana and just visited our lighthouse museum recently. I was drawn to several photos, but none so sad as the pictures of the Eastland tradgedy. I was also surprised to learn that the ship was headed to my hometown for a day of fun at the dunes.

Name:Christopher Walker
From:Sacramento, CA
Date Entered: 11/21/03

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Name:Roger Pacific
From:Bangor Michigan
Date Entered: 11/17/03

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Name:Philip Houillon-Cohen
From:Palm Springs, CA
Date Entered: 11/17/03

Comments: In the past year, while reserching my ancestors have documented that Augusta Houillon was my Father (Joseph Houillon) cousin. This information was recently sent to me by Augusta Houillon's nephew Robert Houillon

Name:Anna Ceranek
From:Poland
Date Entered: 11/09/03

Comments: It's a great site, actually. I'm looking for everybody who knows something about MARY CERANEK (single, 17) who perished in the disaster. I wonder if it was my relative? Maybe you help me to find other members of my close and further family?

Name:Thomas Smithe, Jr.
From:Wauconda, IL
Date Entered: 11/09/03

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Name:Gloria Hildreth
From:Cicero, Illinois
Date Entered: 11/06/03

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Name:mugu acid
From:lome togo
Date Entered: 11/06/03

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Name:Paul Marton 3rd
From:Washington,U.S.A
Date Entered: 11/06/03

Comments: very interesting pictures my father and grand father share the same names.

Name:Lauren McCarthy
From:Glendale Heights, Illinois
Date Entered: 10/25/03

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Name:Jenny Elskes
From:originally Chicago
Date Entered: 10/22/03

Comments: The Eastland disaster is one of my family legends. My grandmother, who worked at the Western Electric, had tickets with her friends for the Eastland on the day of the picnic. They missed the boat because they were late to the pier. My grandmother discovered her hem needed to be stitched up just before she left the house. (She could not swim. Took swimming lessons only after the disaster.)

Your website filled in historical details for me. Thanks

Name:Lisa Herron
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 10/18/03

Comments: This is a good site

Name:Cheryl Dobbertin
From:Burbank, Il.
Date Entered: 10/13/03

Comments: I've been helping my mother-in-law look up info on the Eastland. A relative, Ella Traznik, lost her life on the Eastland.

Name:Terry Hanson
From:New Jersey
Date Entered: 10/13/03

Comments: While searching my family geneolgy I found out my great grandmother perished on the ship and I wanted more information. Your site has been very helpful.

Name:Ray Smith
From:None
Date Entered: 10/07/03

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Name:Barbara Bradley
From:None
Date Entered: 10/07/03

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Name:Connie Anomous
From:Cleveland, OH
Date Entered: 09/23/03

Comments: An internet friend of mine had a dream about the Easterland disaster a week or so ago. She dreamed she was standing on a bridge watching but at the same time she was helping souls pass over. It made me curious as I had never heard of the disaster before so I did a search. Your site is very informing and the personal accounts, though chilling, provided the more emotion and detail than you can find in any history book. Thank you!

Name:Layola Kuehnke
From:Germany
Date Entered: 09/22/03

Comments: Hallo,
eure Homepage ist sehr informativ gemacht, auch wenn ich zuerst mit der Navigation nicht klar kam.
Wie schafft ihr es bloß, immer so aktuell zu bleiben? Muß doch ein Riesenaufwand sein, oder?
Viele Grüsse, Layola

Name:vanessa montella
From:lakewood, california
Date Entered: 09/21/03

Comments: i just saw this story aired on a 'haunted america' show. i was so amazed at this disaster, i had to look it up. i have a need to learn more about the famlies that lost their lives that day.

Name:Michelle Roberton
From:Saint Joseph Missouri
Date Entered: 09/19/03

Comments: This is an extremely heart wrenching story. For some unknown reason, it was meant for me to explore this website, why, I do not know...

Name:YALCİN CİLER
From:bornova.İZMİR.TURKEY
Date Entered: 09/12/03

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Name:Theresa Kennedy
From:Ca
Date Entered: 09/09/03

Comments: Hello. I have just found out that my great-grandmother worked for Western Electric and she was the only one who did not go on board. Any information about that day besides whats up already?? Please e-mail me with any extra info. Thanks...

Name:Kathleen Jaderberg
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 09/08/03

Comments: My aunt, Florence Glenday, was a survivor of the disaster. She and a friend were on the outing and both were on the bottom of the ship - which had ended up above the surface of the water - and she told her friend that if she got off the boat alive she would become a nun.

She did survive and became a Sister of St. Joseph at the La Grange motherhouse.

Name:michele montalbano
From:web search on the eastland
Date Entered: 08/07/03

Comments: i just recentley heard about the eastland and i am facintated with and am looking for all kinds of info on it

Name:Sarah Moore
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 07/31/03

Comments: Any word on the status of the Wacker Drive monument? Drove by yesterday and noticed it still seemed to be gone. There was a big story in the Chicago Reader abotu the Vietnam Vet's memorial -- what about the Eastland?

Name:Tom Brandsness
From:Berwyn, ILL
Date Entered: 07/29/03

Comments: I used to work at Western Electric and we always were reminded of this sad story. Worked at Hawthorne Works in Cicero until 1985 before it was shut down.

Name:Sheila Orwat
From:Berwyn, IL
Date Entered: 07/25/03

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Name:Berilyn Harris
From:Milledgeville, GA
Date Entered: 07/24/03

Comments: I was listening to The Morning Show on WMBI today on my computer at work in Milledgeville,GA when this came up as part of the "time Machine" on this date in history. I decided to check out the website. I am sorry for such a tragedy. This is the first I had ever heard of it.

Your Website is very informative. I hope you have many respondants.

Name:Charles W Dibbell
From:Winter Haven,Florida
Date Entered: 07/17/03

Comments: Hello Everyone.I finally found your web site and I have to tell you a story.Just lately I joined a collectors club and they gave a presentation about the Titanic and other disasters at sea.I remembered that my dad talked about one but only remember alittle about it.By the way,My fathers name was Charles M Dibbell.It is believed that he was the last living survivor of the "Eastland".He was the wireless operator on the Eastland.In the book Eastland-Legacy of the Titanic by George W.Hilton it refers to my Dad and to some of his life after the Eastland tragedy.I am reading the book now.At last I can find out the whole story

Name:Alvin Meers
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 07/12/03

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Name:David Babcock
From:Fort Worth, Texas
Date Entered: 07/07/03

Comments: My name is David R. Babcock, of Ft. Worth, Texas. Is this author, H.E. Babcock the same H.E. Babcock who lived in Nebraska in the early 1900's. If so, he is my Great Grandfather. My Grandfather's name is George Babcock. I'm just trying to find information about H.E. Babcock.

Name:Betty Ann Zett
From:Ohio
Date Entered: 07/04/03

Comments: My aunt, Martha Pfeiffer was one of the fatalities. My daughter , Natalie Zett is writing a book about the Eastland and has visited the site. I have not been able to do this . Such a tragedy.

Name:Bob Schmidt
From:Kitchener, Ontario
Date Entered: 07/01/03

Comments: George Schmidt was my grandfather's brother. A relative of mine told me about your site. Thanks.

Name:Kim Porter
From:Plainfield, IL
Date Entered: 06/30/03

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Name:Patrick Willow (Wierzbicki)
From:ClevelandOhio
Date Entered: 06/30/03

Comments: Hi I'm researching Markowski Wierzbicki family

Name:Robert Havlik
From:South Bend, Indiana
Date Entered: 06/26/03

Comments: Hi!
Am I still considered a member or is there annual dues? I am still on your mailing list. My wife and I should like to attend the rededication and lunch.
Please advise.
Bob Havlik

Name:michazel bobzico
From:africa
Date Entered: 06/20/03

Comments: i love this siet thanks

Name:Pete Schwenk
From:CA
Date Entered: 06/19/03

Comments: where did this disaster happen where at in chicigo.

Name:theresa mello
From:chicago
Date Entered: 06/17/03

Comments: bernard wolff is my great-granfather

Name:Michelle DBila
From:Naperville, IL
Date Entered: 06/07/03

Comments: Ted had visited my MPS intro class at DePaul in 2001. That is how I heard about your organization. I am further along in the MPS program now and I just was curious to see how the organization has grown and what is new, in the last couple of years.

Name:Michelle DBila
From:Naperville, IL
Date Entered: 06/07/03

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Name:Carole Hoge
From:Merrill, WI
Date Entered: 06/04/03

Comments: Rosalia Rynarzewski was my aunt, sister of my dad, John Rynarzewski.

Name:michael boby
From:africa
Date Entered: 06/04/03

Comments: i love this seit

Name:eve jenkins
From:WALES
Date Entered: 06/03/03

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Name:ROSEANN ALLAS
From:FORMLYCHGO-NOW FLORIDA
Date Entered: 06/01/03

Comments: I THINK IT GREAT THAT SOMEONE HAS SOMETHING ABOUT THE EASTLAND
ROSEANN ALLAS

Name:Jennifer Eichholz
From:None
Date Entered: 05/29/03

Comments: hello

Name:Betty Connor
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 05/24/03

Comments: My grandparents were on the boat that day. My grandfather survived but his wife died. He later married another woman (my grandmother)who was also on the boat that day. Do you have any accounts or photos of John and Lillian Davis?

Name:Carolynn Inabnit
From:South Bend, Indiana
Date Entered: 05/23/03

Comments: While working on a geneolgy project with my step-nephew, he brought this page to my attention,
asking whether Charles would be part of the family. After some E-mail exchanges with Charles' daughter, we have discovered that he is part of the family. Charles had a brother, Leonard, who is my step-brother's father. What an exciting find, however, the story of the disaster is very haunting!


Name:Cherilynn Keaton
From:Orlando Florida
Date Entered: 05/22/03

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Name:Carolynn Inabnit
From:South Bend, Indiana
Date Entered: 05/17/03

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Name:Katie Shay
From:Howland
Date Entered: 04/30/03

Comments: This site is intriguing.

Name:Kimberly Porter
From:Plainfield, IL
Date Entered: 04/22/03

Comments: My great-aunt, Katarina Biniak, was on the ship
and lost her life. My grandmother frequently told stories of Katarina's swimming prowess, and of how she tried to save others before perishing. She was only about 17 years old.

Name:Ken Bus
From:Elmhurst, Illinois
Date Entered: 04/04/03

Comments: I have more information about one of the passengers on board the Eastland when it sank. He was my great-uncle, Arthur Behm, born April 25, 1897. He survived the Eastland Disaster and told the story many times during his life of how he swam to safety and was rescued.

Name:Jane Byrne
From:Pennsylvania
Date Entered: 04/04/03

Comments: I pray your parish stays strong and alive. I attended the now closed St. Mary of Czestochowa school in Philadelphia, PA, in the 60's. It was closed in 1994.

Name:Gilbert Murguia
From:Chicago, south
Date Entered: 04/02/03

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Name:Chris Marsh
From:Michigan
Date Entered: 04/01/03

Comments: I think i may have foun my great-Grand father on this website he was Marchewka

Name:DICK DeFORTE
From:BLUE ISLAND
Date Entered: 03/27/03

Comments: I BELIEVE THAT MY GRANDFATHER, MARCUS DeFORTE WAS ON THE EASTLAND THE DAY OF THE TRAGEDY. I REMEMBER BEING TOLD THAT HE WAS A COOK. I HAVE THE STAR HE RECIEVED WITH HIS INITIALS ENGRAVED ON THE BACK AND A LETTER FROM THE COOK COUNTY CORONER. THE LETTER WITH IT'S ENVELOPE IS NOW AT CHICAGO CONSERVATION CENTER FOR AN ESTIMATE TO PRESERVE IT FROM FURTHER AGING.

Name:DICK DeFORTE
From:BLUE ISLAND
Date Entered: 03/27/03

Comments: I BELIEVE THAT MY GRANDFATHER, MARCUS DeFORTE WAS ON THE EASTLAND THE DAY OF THE TRAGEDY. I REMEMBER BEING TOLD THAT HE WAS A COOK. I HAVE THE STAR HE RECIEVED WITH HIS INITIALS ENGRAVED ON THE BACK AND A LETTER FROM THE COOK COUNTY CORONER. THE LETTER WITH IT'S ENVELOPE IS NOW AT CHICAGO CONSERVATION CENTER FOR AN ESTIMATE TO PRESERVE IT FROM FURTHER AGING.

Name:DICK DeFORTE
From:BLUE ISLAND
Date Entered: 03/27/03

Comments: I BELIEVE THAT MY GRANDFATHER, MARCUS DeFORTE WAS ON THE EASTLAND THE DAY OF THE TRAGEDY. I REMEMBER BEING TOLD THAT HE WAS A COOK. I HAVE THE STAR HE RECIEVED WITH HIS INITIALS ENGRAVED ON THE BACK AND A LETTER FROM THE COOK COUNTY CORONER. THE LETTER WITH IT'S ENVELOPE IS NOW AT CHICAGO CONSERVATION CENTER FOR AN ESTIMATE TO PRESERVE IT FROM FURTHER AGING.

Name:True Flachs (Kuhlman)
From:Quincy, Il.
Date Entered: 03/04/03

Comments: This is my Grandpa Kuhlman. Thank you for sharing this story.

Name:John Sullivan
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 02/28/03

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From:testted
Date Entered: 02/27/03

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Name:anna erickson
From:chitown
Date Entered: 02/26/03

Comments: thanks so much for all this good info. it really helped me on my chicagio history fair project. This site is really good. I suggest that you tell more about the laws that were changed as a result of this terrible disaster. thx again.

Name:MUGU OBI
From:LAGOSE
Date Entered: 02/26/03

Comments: COOL SITE,I PASS BY

Name:kaleina adams
From:seattle
Date Entered: 02/21/03

Comments:
Your site is great. Thanks and Keep this resource goin!

Kaleina.


Name:Stanley Fillips
From:Onalaska, Washington
Date Entered: 02/18/03

Comments: Surprised to find someone with my name on the list of passengers for this incident. Not sure if this is/was a ancestor???

Name:Phil Thames
From:Huntsville, AL
Date Entered: 02/16/03

Comments: I am a descendant of Bendt Petersen, brother of Martha K. Petersen. Interesting site! But, Martha's last name is with an "e" instead of an "o". Thanks!

Phil Thames

Name:Adam Daly
From:Ringwood, Australia
Date Entered: 02/08/03

Comments: I have found your sight about the Eastland disaster excellent. I have learnt quite a lot about the disaster. I was wondering if the, Allen sisters - Kathryn, Laura and Lucy survived the disaster. How many Eastland survivors are still living in, 2003. Can you please include name, age and maiden name (if a female.
Thanking-you,
Adam Daly

Name:Robert E. Verney, Sr.
From:New Jersey
Date Entered: 02/08/03

Comments: Our family is connected to this disaster with the loss of Robert Jerome Tarlton Ricker/Riker, age 14 yrs. would be my first cousin, once removed on my mother's Riker side of our family. His father,James Edward Ricker/Riker was a Western Electric employee, and with his wife Estelle (Tarlton) that day, were preparing for an outing, not a funeral, and one can only imagine the shock and horror they felt. You have done well, to carry on the spirit of that day for us latter generations to see the photos, and understand the sudden events of July 24, 1915. I see the names of many Skandinavians. Was Chicago a gathering place for them in those days? I ask because my wife's familes (paternal & maternal) were from Denmark & Sweden, living in Pennsylvania in the mid 1800s & New Jersey in the 1920s. I am already an e-mail recipient, which is why I have answered NO, below.

Name:Bill Gillespie
From:Kitchener, Ontario, Canada
Date Entered: 01/28/03

Comments: Very informative. I had heard a little about it before as my grandmothers brother drowned in the accident. I was talking genealogy with a distant relative today Jan. 28,2003 & he mentioned the one that had drowned George Edward Schmidt from Baden, Ontario, Canada. I then went looking for information & found this site. It helped that I found a newspaper article about Georges death amongst my papers, that gave the name of the ship.I am glad to have this information to add to my family tree.

Name:Betty J. Hogeorges
From:Cjicago, Illinois
Date Entered: 01/25/03

Comments:
My late father, John McFarlane, was a member of the Chicago Police Department in 1915 and aided in the rescue efforts on that fateful date, July 24th. I live along the Chicago River, only two blocks away from the disaster site which was between the streets Clark and LaSalle. There was a memorial plaque dedicated to the disaster at the exact site. on the south bank of the Chicago River. This plaque was removed at the time of the Wacker Drive reconstruction, which took two years. Wacker Drive is now reopened, however, the memorial plaque was not returned to its original location. I wonder about this.pWascx

Name:Patrick Stevens
From:Indianapolis, IN
Date Entered: 01/22/03

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Name:Kristin H.
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 01/16/03

Comments: I shared the thoughts and prayer for those who died and lived in The Eastland Disaster. :(

Name:Haneefa Muhammad
From:Chicago, Illinois
Date Entered: 01/13/03

Comments: Haneefa Muhammad Helen C. Peirce School. Phary Youen was my student in seventh and eighth grade. Her history fair projects were exemplary at that time as well. I am very proud to see her pursuring this academic area. I'm excited to see this category for student advancement. thank you for your efforts and acknowledgements. The Eastland Disaster was apivotal moment in history. One that should not be forgotten.

Name:George Dvorsky
From:NJ
Date Entered: 01/09/03

Comments: My Grandfather, who worked for Western Electric at the time, and Grandmother were late that day and missed the boat.

My Grandfather's sister died on the boat.

George Dvorsky

Name:Tamara Lubic
From:Grand Haven, MI
Date Entered: 01/09/03

Comments: To the writer who inquired about photos of Frank McCauliffe, are you aware of the Eastland exhibit held this summer at the South Haven Maritime Museum in South Haven, MI? Perhaps it was on loan. Since it was my first knowledge of the disaster I'm unfamiliar with what's "out there." Maybe I'm imagining it, but I seem to remember seeing the name Frank McCauliffe because that name always makes me think of the Challenger's Christa McCauliffe. Best wishes in your search.

Name:sandy neumann
From:blue island ill
Date Entered: 01/05/03

Comments: im a firefighter for calumet park ill my hearts out to the familys of the lost ones

Name:Thomas Yanul
From:Oak lawn / Chicago
Date Entered: 01/03/03

Comments: Very nice presentation. When I went to work at the City News Bureau of chicago in 1969 the Managing Editor was a man named Larry Mulay. He used to talk about his "early" days, and that included covering the Iroquis theater fire and the Eastland disaster.
Its a fitting tribute to those who died, and to those who lived.

Name:Daniel Carstens
From:Waukesha, Wisconsin
Date Entered: 12/29/02

Comments: What a great site. My grandmother always talked about the Eastland Diaster when I was growing up.
I think It had as much of an impact on her generation as 911 had on ours. I have it bookmarked and will check back to finish reading everything.

Name:Daniel Carstens
From:None
Date Entered: 12/29/02

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Name:LOURDES GALVEZ
From:CHICAGO
Date Entered: 12/27/02

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Name:DEEDRA DROLLINGER
From:ROSSVILLE, ILLINOIS!
Date Entered: 12/26/02

Comments: I WOULD JUST LIKE TO SAY THAT YOU HAVE DONE A VERY GOOD JOB TELLING THE STORY AND THE FACTS OF THE EASTLAND DISASTER. I CHECK BACK EVERY NOW AND THEN TO CHECK FOR NEW ADDITIONS TO THE SITE! I HAD HEARD OF THE EASTLAND DISASTER BUT JUST THE BASIC STORY, I HAD NO IDEA JUST HOW BIG A DISASTER IT REALLY WAS. MY HEARTS GO OUT TO THE PEOPLE WHO WENT THROUGH THIS. THE ONES WHO PERISHED, AS WELL AS THE ONES WHO HAD TO SOMEHOW TRY TO PUT THEIR LIVES BACK TOGETHER AFTER THIS. I CAN'T EVEN START TO IMAGINE THE STRENGTH THESE PEOPLE HAD TO HAVE, NOR TRULY UNDERSTAND THE LOSS ANY OF THEM FELT. ONCE AGAIN, MY HEART GOES OUT TO ONE AND ALL THAT WERE TOUCHED IN ANY WAY BY THIS DISASTER. THANK YOU FOR YOUR SITE A AND EDUCATING PEOPLE OF THIS INCIDENT BECAUSE IT TRULY AMAZES ME HOW MANY PEOPLE HAVE NEVER EVEN HEARD OF IT! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!
DEEDRA DROLLINGER

Name:Charlene Reinhart
From:Chicago, Illinois
Date Entered: 12/26/02

Comments: Catherine Sheridan, age 21, who died in the Eastland Disaster was the niece of my great grandfather Edward Sheridan. Catherine Sheridan's parents were Patrick Sheridan and Bridget McHugh of Co. Cavan, Ireland.

These are Catherine's siblings:

Phillip Sheridan
Anne Sheridan (Cullen)
Ellen Sheridan (McGovern)
Beatrice Sheridan (Whalen)
Margaret Sheridan (Kenny)
Gilbert Sheridan m. Susan McMurrow (lived in Glangevlin, Co. Cavan, Ireland)
Mary Sheridan (Quinn)
Susan Sheridan (Smith)
John Sheridan (b. 1891) m. Mary McGovern

THE DAILY NEWS, Monday, July 26, 1915

SHERIDAN - Catherine Sheridan, fond sister of Phillip, John, Gilbert, Mrs. Whelan, Mrs. Kenny, Mrs. McGovern, Mrs. Quinn, Mrs. Cullen and Susan Sheridan, native of Legnotroghpa, County Cavan, Ireland. Funeral Tuesday, July 27 at 9:30 a.m. from late residence, 3347 Congress St. to Our Lady of Sorrows' church, where solemn high mass will be celebrated; autos to Mount Carmel.

Her sister Ellen Sheridan who was married to Michael J. McGovern was supposed to be on the Eastland too, but was delayed.

Date of Death 1934-02-22
From Death Notice:
Michael J. McGovern. lieutenant Chicago Fire Department, wife Ellen Sheridan, children Mrs. Herlihy, Mrs. Delaney, Philip P., Frances A. and late Michael J., Eileen M. and Sue, siblings Mrs. Kehoe of Chicago, Mrs. P Martin and Patrick of Leitrim, late Philip and Mrs. Corrigan, mass St. Pascal's, burial Mt. Carmel Cemetery.

Name:donna wright
From:orlando
Date Entered: 12/14/02

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Name:Judy Botham
From:Sydney, Australia
Date Entered: 12/08/02

Comments: My grandfather was a deckhand on board the Eastland when it sunk. He survived the disaster and left soonafter to come to Australia where he married and settled.

Name:Regis Stetar
From:Pennsylvania
Date Entered: 12/03/02

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Name:John Kuhlman
From:Quincy, Illinois
Date Entered: 12/03/02

Comments: Joseph T. Kuhlman is my Grandfather. I am very proud of him and the rest of my family.

Name:linda thaxton
From:chicago
Date Entered: 11/24/02

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Name:thomas j roach III
From:mchenry ill
Date Entered: 11/23/02

Comments: i am searching for info and photos concerning frank mcauliffe. my great great grandfather was jeremiah mcauliffe, frank's father. my roach ancestors in the cfd were thomas roach and his father, james roach. i am also researching the chicago fire insurance patrol which frank was chief. my grandfather, thomas roach, was on patrol 1 1924-1926. please contact me. i need your help and i may be able to help you. i have extensive info and photographs on these subjects.

Name:sven marchewka
From:germany,niederau
Date Entered: 11/22/02

Comments: möchte meinen stammbaum erfahren,ab wann es uns gab

Name:ROBERT HALVORSEN
From:cAPE MAY COURT HOUSE NEW JERSE
Date Entered: 11/17/02

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Name:anna kengo-ru
From:australia
Date Entered: 11/10/02

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Name:Jane Cross
From:California
Date Entered: 11/09/02

Comments: My grandmother, Florence Larsen, was an employee of W.E. and was supposed to attend. She lived at home, and her mother told her she didn't want her to go. Grandma ended up staying home. On Monday morning, she went to work, and was the only one left from her floor of W.E. My mom has told this story many times over the years, and then with a smile, tells us that the moral of the story is, "Listen to your mother!" I was really glad to find this site, to see pictures, and learn more. Thank you!

Name:Melissa Mcconnaughay
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 11/04/02

Comments: HI my names melissa, i am 16 yr's old and live in chicago..i just recently herd about this dissaster and was very saddend by it..the fact that over 800 ppl died is just so sad..i am going to be doing a large presintation for my speech class about it so that my classmates can understand what happend on that tradgic day.

Name:Paul Hildreth
From:New Orleans
Date Entered: 10/27/02

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Name:Jan Palmer
From:Schaumburg, IL
Date Entered: 10/24/02

Comments: Mine is one of the stories scenerios seen last night on Channel 11. My great-grandfather, Charles Blaha, worked for Western Electric. He and my grandmother were going to the picnic, leaving home my father, then age 4 and his sister, then age 5. They were picking up a friend who was notoriously late. They arrived in time to see the overturned ship. Last night reminded me how very lucky my family was that day. Thank you for preserving this important history.

Name:lisa buchanan
From:Portage, Michigan
Date Entered: 10/24/02

Comments: Lisa k Buchanan, Portage, Michigan never had heard of this disaster until I saw part of it on the History channel last night. Wow, a disaster of this magnitude right in our own backyard. you hear enough of the great chicago fire, the san fransico quake. But I have never heard of this one. It is hard to imagine the loss of entire families and think about the might of beens if this had never happened. Just the thought of the history alone that cannot be passed on because there is no one left of a paticular family.

Name:Beth Brink
From:Bridgman, MI
Date Entered: 10/24/02

Comments: I caught the Eastland Disaster on Chicago Stories on PBS (Channel 11) last nite (10/23/02) - had heard of it briefly before from Chicago by River series. It's difficult to imagine the devastation until you see this program - so tragic - unnecessarily tragic. The program brought this disaster close to home since we are only about 11 miles from St. Joseph, MI (home of the ship lines?) and not that far from Millburg, MI where Capt. Pederson retired too - there was also someone from the ship who retired as a banker in St. Joe??? Found your website listed at end of program.

Name:Joseph Rhodes
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 10/24/02

Comments: I first learned of the Eastland Disaster from my grandmother and greatuncle. He was a primary Chicago City News Bureau on-location reporter who covered the catastrophe. I was in 5th grade at the time and it was a discussion at school. I was never able to view photos and listen to commentary such as aired on PBS (WTTW) recently. Please continue your good work and we must do all things possible to remind the public and officials of this most tragic event. It is a reminder to us all of the importance of governmental regulation in all aspects of public health and safety.

Name:Brittany Gore
From:Pearland
Date Entered: 10/17/02

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Name:Rosalie Kick
From:Mundelein, IL
Date Entered: 10/17/02

Comments: My Mother told us the story of the Eastland when I very small, she was there. My mother's name was Albie Horazvorsky. She lost two cousins, Emma & Ella Horazvorsky. My mother told me that she went with them to this picnic and was told by a Fortune Teller that this boat was going to capsize and not to go on it. My mother was afraid to go and her cousins wouldn't listen to her.

Name:brenda fields
From:dayton,ohio
Date Entered: 10/16/02

Comments: What an unbelievable loss of life, and due to negligence at that. Which made it an avoidable tragedy and a senseless loss of lives.Reading the firsthand accounts of the rescued and rescuers I found myself alternately having cold shudders run through me and tearing up.
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to visit such a highly educational and moving website May i say you have done a fantastic job! I cannot believe I made it to be 40 years old and had never heard of the incident!

Name:nan harvey
From:florida
Date Entered: 10/12/02

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Name:Jennie Queeney
From:Crest Hill, IL
Date Entered: 10/05/02

Comments: I'm writing a paper about the Eastland for a course I'm taking and I was grateful to find a website with so much factual information. Thanks!

Name:JAMIE WILLIS
From:VICKSBURG, MICHIGAN
Date Entered: 09/30/02

Comments: I THINK IT IS AMAZING AND A LITTLE BIT SAD THAT SO MANY PEOPLE CAN PERISH AND NOBODY REALLY CARES TO REMEMBER. I MEAN UNLESS YOU ARE A DESCENDANT OF ONE OF THE VICTIMS, OR A MARITIME HISTORIAN YOU DONT REMEMBER THE EASTLAND WRECK. IF PEOPLE OF TODAY WOULD OPEN THEIR OWN MINDS AND PLACE THEMSELVES BACK TO 1915, THEY WOULD REALIZE HOW TRAGIC THE WRECK WAS.

Name:austinjerry jerrt
From:lome
Date Entered: 09/13/02

Comments: good dsite guys iam here

Name:Charlotte Berger
From:Schererville,In
Date Entered: 09/07/02

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Name:Donna Pressley
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 09/02/02

Comments: Last week we went downtown to find the memorial. It wasn't there. Finding your website tonight I see the memorial disappeared. I hope the city plans on replacing it. My great Aunt Anna Quinn died on the Eastland. She was 22. I am looking for any information on her that I can find. I want my children and grandchildren to be aware of this tragedy. Thanks for your organization

Name:Felix Garcia
From:Cicago
Date Entered: 08/31/02

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Name:robert Myers
From:Elizabethtown , KY
Date Entered: 08/31/02

Comments: robert kemp myers,sr. md,phillip ward myers,md,richard m myers, martha (myers)tedrowe all grandchildren of esther and Clifford ward and children of vivian ward myers plus 8 great grandchildren. I was told of the Eastland disaster by our grandfather
clifford Ward in the 1950's.

Name:Denise D. Vanaria
From:Orlando, Fla. Orig. Chicago
Date Entered: 08/31/02

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Name:justine randall
From:waseca ,mn
Date Entered: 08/27/02

Comments: justine marie randall

Name:june linhart-musikant
From:indiana
Date Entered: 08/21/02

Comments: Very interesting site. Presents the entire story.A great aunt of mine, Marie Linhart was on that boat and was lucky enough to survive.

Name:Donna Allman
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 08/19/02

Comments: My grandfather (Carl Mattson) worked on the Tug Kenosha and helped at the scene. I was born on July 24th 1945, 30 years after the tragedy.

Name:Virginia Folsom
From:New Orleans, La.
Date Entered: 08/11/02

Comments: I had ancestors who perished on the Eastland. An uncle named John Murawski and and aunt named Marya Frackowiak. They were my father's brother and sister.

Name:Brian Ringel
From:Wauconda IL 60084
Date Entered: 07/30/02

Comments: Gabrielle Schlentz was my grandmothers sister

Name:Donald Eastland
From:Hillsboro, Texas
Date Entered: 07/29/02

Comments: History as it should be portrayed---personal.
detailed, and direct. Was the ship named for a [person? If so for whom and why? If not, ffor
what?

Name:Cindy Kilroy
From:Houston, Texas
Date Entered: 07/27/02

Comments: Someone was looKng for me and was directed to your website while looking for my maiden name, Dorgan. They sent me this information and I found your lovely historical society. It was nice to know more about my family history.

Name:Mike Stowers
From:Raleigh, NC
Date Entered: 07/26/02

Comments: I have forwarded my comments [and your website address] on this disaster to PBS-NOVA. I have asked them to consider a NOVA special on the Eastland. My fingers are crossed they will consider it.

Name:Michael Stowers
From:Raleigh, NC
Date Entered: 07/26/02

Comments: The loss of life, so close to the dock, is staggering. While Titanic's story has more drama, and has captured the imagination of many, the story of the Eastland is likewise haunting. Your site gives the viewer an wonderful exposure to accounts, stories, pictures, and lists. Your society has a wonderful mission; a mission in part to remind us that disasters are made from small events that build on one another. Thanks for a trip back to 1915--I'll look at that spot on the Chicago river quite differently when I travel to the windy city again.

Name:Jenny Belott
From:Illinois/Cook County
Date Entered: 07/24/02

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Name:Mary Mittag
From:Bolingbrook, IL
Date Entered: 07/23/02

Comments: My grandfather's sister died on the Eastland. I am very interested in genealogy, therefore, the story of this untimely death and tragedy has always intrigued me and I have longed to know more about it and her. She was only 25 years old.

Name:monette turner
From:caifornia
Date Entered: 07/22/02

Comments: I give anyonw who was related or knew one of the few survivor's my deepest regards as do i regret their death.

Name:Julie M.
From:Wisconsin
Date Entered: 07/22/02

Comments: I think that this web-site is really interesting. I also think that it is very nice that the 1915 Eastland disaster is being acknowledged since so few people know about it. I'd like to hear more about it too. Nice job.

Name:Gene C. Vileta
From:Berwyn, now living in Davis, I
Date Entered: 07/20/02

Comments: My father, Charles A. Vileta was a survivor of the Eastland Disater. I have the Tribunes article
of January 2, 1958 with my father's commentary
as published by the newspaper upon his retirement
after working 48 years for Western Electric.
He and his three buddies boarded the Eastland even though my father wanted to board the 2nd boat, which he said was safer.My father survived, but his three buddies did not. I would be happy to send the Eastland disaster historical society a copy of the newspaper clipping. I believe it would be a welcome addition to your society.


Name:Gene C. Vileta
From:None
Date Entered: 07/20/02

Comments: My father, Charles A. Vileta was a survivor of the Eastland Disater. I have the Tribunes article
of January 2, 1958 with my father's commentary
as published by the newspaper upon his retirement
after working 48 years for Western Electric.
He and his three buddies boarded the Eastland even though my father wanted to board the 2nd boat, which he said was safer.My father survived, but his three buddies did not. I would be happy to send the Eastland disaster historical society a copy of the newspaper clipping. I believe it would be a welcome addition to your society.


Name:Randi Wagner
From:Berwyn
Date Entered: 07/19/02

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Name:Martha Tedrowe
From:Riverside, IL
Date Entered: 07/09/02

Comments: My grandfather, Clifford James Ward, was an electrical engineer at Western Electric. He graduated from Case University in Cleveland. My grandfather stayed in Cicero for only a few years. Both of his daughers were born there. He, along with his wife Esther Kirsop Ward and his daughters Esther and Vivian (my mother) were scheduled to go on the Eastland excursion this day, but my Aunt Esther became ill and they were unable to go. My grandfather told me of the losses, of the funerals, of the sadness of the time. He also told me of the relief he felt that his family had not been aboard.

Name:Alan Green
From:Chula Vista, Ca
Date Entered: 07/05/02

Comments: All this work you have done and when my wife and I were on the Chicago River cruise in 1999 not a word was mentioned about this disaster as we passed by the site.

Name:Ed Donahue
From:St.Ignace,Mi
Date Entered: 06/25/02

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Name:Theodore Thomas
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 06/15/02

Comments: My grandmother was a survivor of the Eastland. I remember her telling me about the Eastland. She was a Supervisor at Western Electric and was on that ship with her coworkers when it tipped over. She told me that a very wealthy man jumped in the water and pulled her out. If it wasn't for him, I guess I wouldn't be here writing this.

Name:Amy Nekvasil
From:Michigan City, Indiana
Date Entered: 06/13/02

Comments: This website is very informative. The whole tragedy tugs at my heart for many reasons. I am a life long resident of Michigan City, IN and wish that they would have been able to enjoy our lovely little town on the lake. Also,because many of the people being of Bohemian decent, as I am. My mother explained to me what happened when I was a child..Ive always wanted to learn more. Again, this site is very informative and I plan on seeing a presentation this summer.

Name:mary sindelar
From:Niles, Il
Date Entered: 06/08/02

Comments: You have created a great site. Lots of info and pics. Now it make me curious to know if I am related to the Sindelar's on the boat.

Name:Jennifer Eichholz
From:Belleville ill
Date Entered: 06/06/02

Comments: my family

Name:Janet Stavnes
From:Hawthorn Woods, Il
Date Entered: 06/05/02

Comments: Ferdinand Reschke is my Great Grandfather. We knew that he was a survivor of the disaster and my daughter used his story for a paper in grade school. Thank you for your website.

Name:Nancy Boettcher
From:Otsego Michigan
Date Entered: 06/04/02

Comments: Two of my husbands great aunts perished. Dora Schroth and her sister Caroline Affeld. They were from the Joliet area.

Name:Dave Herring
From:Hammond,Indiana
Date Entered: 06/01/02

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Name:David DiGeronimo
From:Columbus, Ohio
Date Entered: 05/25/02

Comments: Having attended high school and lived in the northern suburbs of Chicago after high school, I am really surprised that nothing was mentioned at all about this horrendous disaster during my time in the Chicago area. I believe this should be part of every history class so the memory of such a thing happening is not forgotten.

Name:Betty Berger
From:Chicago, IL
Date Entered: 05/23/02

Comments: To whom: It appears the Historical Society has well-documented this disaster. I would appreciate any data the Society wishes to send me via email or snail mail. Thnaks Betty J Berger, Chicago.

Name:Janet Collins Jensen
From:LeRoy, IL
Date Entered: 05/19/02

Comments: I am a decendant of rescuer, William F. Corbett. He was my father's uncle. The Eastland disaster was never mentioned in our family and I knew nothing about it until a second cousin found the website. I've always believed that everyday people could be heroes and I'm proud to be related to one.

Name:Margarette Wisler
From:St. Joe, Indiana
Date Entered: 05/09/02

Comments: I am the daughter of Mary Stump, who drowned on the boat. I can give you more information if you are interested.

Name:Debbie Thompson
From:New Lenox, IL
Date Entered: 05/07/02

Comments: My mother's aunt, Caroline Parucka, died in this disaster.

Name:Emmett Jordan
From:Milwaukee
Date Entered: 05/07/02

Comments: http://communities.msn.com/LadyElginShipwreck

Name:julie carver
From:colorado
Date Entered: 05/06/02

Comments: well while writing this essay for my english class i relize that there was more to the disaster then i know about i would like to thank ever one that put this page to gather for helping me find what i need and more i now relize what all happend if any one has any other picture of the Eastland dister i would really be thankful if some one would send them to me at cool_14_2001@yahoo.com thanks
julie

Name:Kathi Robertson
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 05/04/02

Comments: I am the great grandniece of William Corbett. His sister was my paternal grandmother. It was a thrill being able to read about his efforts. Thanks

Name:Melvyn Magree
From:Duluth
Date Entered: 04/28/02

Comments: Hi,

I found your site via Google searching for Magree's. I found a reference to my cousin once removed, Doris Magree Karp. I have lost touch with her and have wondered how she is.

As an added bonus, I found out that her husband was a Wolsfeld descendent as is my wife.

- Mel

Name:reginald bowles
From:Sequim, Wa.
Date Entered: 04/26/02

Comments: I just heard about your site, & was interested as my father was a volunteer diver on the day of the capsize

Name:Alice Warnes
From:Boswell, British Columbia
Date Entered: 04/23/02

Comments: I am the daughter of Reggie Bowles. My maiden name was Sylvia Alice Bowles and I grew up in Portland, Oregon. I would be interested to know who came up with this information--I didn't know it existed, or rather, that there were people still interested. I would like to congratulate your efforts. I learned of this site from my nephew David Bowles. I am married to a Canadian and living on Kootenay Lake in the remote S.E. corner of B.C.--right above Sandpoint, Idaho.

Name:Nancy Barr
From:Texas
Date Entered: 04/22/02

Comments: My great-aunt and uncle were lost on the Eastland. I saw your program on PBS when I was in Chicago last week.

Name:Juan Rivera
From:Logan Square, Chicago
Date Entered: 04/20/02

Comments: I,m a 33 year old Chicagoan, and I just seen the television documentary on the eastland, you always hear about stories like the titanic, the chicago fire, and of many other disasters, not to take away from these events, but I've never heard of the story of the disaster of the eastland and that it happened in our own river, I commend you on your efforts to keep the memory alive, the documentary I watched touched me and saddened me to know so many lives were lost, but at the same time it made me realize that even back then in the mists of tragedies or disasters that Chicagoans come together to help unselfishly.
Thank You for sharing this Web Site with me.

sincerly,

Juan Rivera

Name:Carole Bertz-Wilson
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 04/17/02

Comments: According to my father, William Bertz of Roseland, his two older brothers, Frank and Joe, heard of the disaster and hooked up the horse and wagon to go help.

Roseland is at the far south side of the city, about 111th St. and it was a long ride, but they felt they had to help.

Name:Ted Dillenburg
From:Homer Glen,Il.
Date Entered: 04/16/02

Comments: My Aunt Caroline Parauka died on the Eastland.

Name:Cynthia Nelson
From:Elgin, Ill.
Date Entered: 04/16/02

Comments: Thank you for your efforts on the documentary that aired tonite. My husbands great uncle August Nelson died on the Eastland and I learned a great deal about that day from your program. I had never heard of the Eastland before joining the family; I am sure this program will go a long way toward educating others about the disaster who, like me, had never been told about it. Your website has given me some materials to add to the family history so that my grandkids will be able to understand this event which helped shape our family as well as so many others.

Name:Bodie Ebergeny
From:None
Date Entered: 04/04/02

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Name:melissa hageman
From:iowa
Date Entered: 04/02/02

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Name:Casandra White
From:China Town New York
Date Entered: 03/29/02

Comments: It was a sad day for everyone.
I saw the eastland on a show called So Weird.
My favorite show.
I look up everything ship I see on T.V. on in a newspaper.
The Eastland is just like the Titanic a favorite ship of mine.

Name:Casandra White
From:China Town, Sangao Californa
Date Entered: 03/27/02

Comments: It was very sad. I saw the episode of So Weird on this ship. I think that the ship should not have sunk. But Just like the Titanic and her sister ships.

Name:Peter Eastland
From:Milton Keynes UK
Date Entered: 03/23/02

Comments: Our son has a fascination with the Titanic.
We were surprised to find a similar disaster with a ship bearing our surname.

We will read the web site with interest.

Name:Linda Thaxton
From:Chicago,Illinois
Date Entered: 03/22/02

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Name:Linda Thaxton
From:Chicago,Illinois
Date Entered: 03/22/02

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Name:Melissa Hageman
From:Calmar, Iowa
Date Entered: 03/21/02

Comments: If anyone knows any info about the 2 Reisners that were on the Eastland, I would really appreciate it. My Mom's maiden name was Reisner, and I am curious if there is any relation.

Name:Marc W. Zastera
From:Minnesota USA
Date Entered: 03/20/02

Comments: I was researching the name "Zastera" and found this sight!

Name:Lynn Sikora
From:Chicago, Il
Date Entered: 03/19/02

Comments: My mother's uncle was on the Eastland. He was in the band. We think he was playing the piano. His name was Eric Krueger, and was only 22 yrs. old. He had just recently been married and his wife wanted to go with him but he told her no. He said he'd be playing in the band the whole time.

My mother and her cousin have a few short stories about that day. I have to get it all written down soon, as my mother will be 88 yrs old this year.

Name:Lynn Sikora
From:Chicago, Il
Date Entered: 03/19/02

Comments: My mother's uncle was on the Eastland. He was in the band. We think he was playing the piano. His name was Eric Krueger, and was only 22 yrs. old. He had just recently been married and his wife wanted to go with him but he told her no. He said he'd be playing in the band the whole time.

My mother and her cousin have a few short stories about that day. I have to get it all written down soon, as my mother will be 88 yrs old this year.

Name:John Wiggins
From:Franklin Grove, IL
Date Entered: 03/16/02

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Name:Maggie Meier
From:Los Angeles, CA.
Date Entered: 03/14/02

Comments: My grandmother lost 4 of her siblings on the Eastland: Anna, Rose, Marie, and Joseph Dolejs. She was also supposed to go, but had to cancel out at the last minute. Amazing to think about the impact this has had on our family history!

Name:Jean Zack
From:Downers Grove IL
Date Entered: 03/09/02

Comments: TUREK - Re Melissa Hageman of Iowa posting of 2/19/02. Of the 4 Tureks that died on the Eastland, John was my uncle and the 2 girls were my cousins. I don't know who Albert was.

Name:Linda Thaxton
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 03/08/02

Comments: My grandfather should of been on the Eastland but
at the last minute my grandmother,got a bad feeling about goingonthe boat and refused to board

Name:Linda Thaxton
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 03/08/02

Comments: My grandfather should of been on the Eastland but
at the last minute my grandmother,got a bad feeling about goingonthe boat and refused to board

Name:Lorrie Shields
From:Carrollton, MO
Date Entered: 03/07/02

Comments: Looking for shipwreck in Chicago river, 1915, list of deceased, photos. Just heard about it on "Sightings" tv show. A pic of a woman who died caught my eye, but they took her off screen too fast so I didn't get much info, just her name was Miss Freda ??. Chicago has a VERY interesting history.

Name:Lisa Martin
From:Florida
Date Entered: 03/04/02

Comments: really helped my report for school

Name:Tyler Hausele
From:Chicago,Illinois
Date Entered: 03/04/02

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Name:John Macinrow
From:Hell
Date Entered: 03/02/02

Comments: What is this? Why is my name here?

Name:Barrie Wilson
From:Forfar, Scotland
Date Entered: 02/23/02

Comments: This is an excellent site. I have been interested in the Eastland for a number of years and found this facinating and poignant.

Name:Edwin Geberbauer
From:Waukegan, IL
Date Entered: 02/22/02

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Name:Jake Nalley
From:Bloomington
Date Entered: 02/20/02

Comments: Hey Ted is Jake thanks for all the info and pictures!!Your the best!!!

Name:Amanda Stokes
From:Florida
Date Entered: 02/20/02

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Name:Melissa Hageman
From:Iowa
Date Entered: 02/19/02

Comments: My releatives were the the 4 Tureks that died when the ship went over. They were my great-great-grandfather,my great-great-uncle, and my 2 greataunts.

Name:Cailin Moore
From:Tumut, NSW, Australia
Date Entered: 02/18/02

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Name:Bill Sparks
From:Green Bay Wisconsin
Date Entered: 02/10/02

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Name:Nancy O'Donnell
From:Michigan
Date Entered: 02/03/02

Comments: Hi,
Looking for any information on the O'Donnell Funeral Home, Chicago, also the Martin Funeral Home, Chicago. Both are in our family tree. Any information would be greatly appreciated.
Sincerely,
Nancy O'Donnell

Name:charlene mayo
From:pittsburgh
Date Entered: 01/21/02

Comments: i grew up in chicago born and raised their.I had never heard of the eastland until i watched a kids program last night called so weird about ghosts.Today i got on the computer and put eastland in and was supprised to find their was such a ship as told on this program.

Name:None None
From:None
Date Entered: 01/21/02

Comments: Hello,
I have always been amazed by Titanic but I never thought that this had happened. I was watching a show on Disney last night and it talked about this disaster. I was amazed and eagerly wanted to get online and find information on this. I thank you for founding this web site because it has helped me in many ways. Continue with the sucess you are achieving. Thank you.

Sincerely,
Anonymous

Name:Vladimir Henzlik
From:Czech Republic
Date Entered: 01/21/02

Comments: I was looking for my family name Henzlik (very rare now in my country, originated probably from only one small village). What a bad surprise, there was one girl of them on the S.S. Eastland.

Name:H. Richard Hagen
From:New Lenox, Illinois
Date Entered: 01/17/02

Comments: I learned recently from my grandmother that my great-aunt Rose (Hagen) Humm was an employee of Western Electric and was scheduled to board the Eastland for the picnic on the day of the disaster. Fortunately, for my family, my Great Aunt Rose was 20 minutes late and did not board. She met her husband, Charles Humm, at Western Electric, and they were married until his death.

Name:James Bond
From:England
Date Entered: 01/16/02

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Name:Ashley Heinrich
From:Chicago, Ill.
Date Entered: 01/16/02

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Name:Lance Heitz
From:Ludington Michigan
Date Entered: 01/16/02

Comments: My love for the GREAT LAKES HISTORY brings me yet to another chapter . My heart goes out to such a great loss of life . great lakes post card collector Ludington Michigan.

Name:Jeff Forgue
From:Westmont, IL
Date Entered: 01/16/02

Comments: Hello-
I mainly just wanted you to know how I "stumbled" on this web site.
I decided to do a "google" search for "Russell's Barbeque", just to see if they had a "web-site".
Apparently, they don't, and your site was the first site offered to me by "google.com".
When I saw yours, I just smiled.

The whole Eastland disaster has been interesting to me for years.
I am 48 years old. One of my daughters decided to do a school "report" on it 5-6 years ago. She checked several books out of the library to do her report. In talking to her about her project, it sounded like an interesting story ... and one that I didn't remember hearing about.

The book that seemed interesting to me was George W. Hilton's "Eastland: Legacy of the Titanic". I read it cover to cover and was fascinated.

In telling my parents that I was reading this book, many stories came out.
My mom's parents both worked at Western Electric, and tried to get on the Eastland. My dad's dad was a private driver for a "doctor" in Chicago, who drove him there and helped with the recovery. Also, my wife's parents have connections to the Eastland.

I am not sure who I am talking to here. If you want to know more details about the "stories" I have been told, or want to know more about my connection with "Russell's", let me know.

-Jeff (FivePlus1@aol.com)

Name:Li An Kwan
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 01/14/02

Comments: I am a student working on a history fair project about the Eastland Disaster. I think this is a great site for research.

Name:TATIANA LOPEZ
From:CHICAGO
Date Entered: 01/07/02

Comments: EVEN THOUGH IVE NEVER BEEN ON A SHIP,THIS INCIDENT MAKES ONE THINK ABOUT GOING ON A SHIP TWICE.THANKYOU FOR INFORMING THE FACTS.




SINCERELY,

FIRST TIME USER

Name:wendy poblocki
From:chicago
Date Entered: 01/07/02

Comments:
My mothers madian name was krause,I am looking for information on her cousins 3 sisters named krause also who lived next door to her on n wellington,they were on the eastland when it sunk in the chicago river.
I would like to know where they are buried in the saint lukes cemetary?
Please email me at
gypsyandus2000@yahoo.com

Name:Robert Zanolla
From:Sao Paulo/Brazil
Date Entered: 01/06/02

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Name:Susan Porter
From:Grover Beach, Ca(born in WA)
Date Entered: 01/06/02

Comments: Mrs. Kirkhoven, a midwife who delivered my mother and 10 other siblings in exchange for the corrective shoes my grandfather made for her. She was a young passenger (with parents I presume) on the Titanic. I'm looking for relatives or decendents.

Name:Jim Ruddle
From:Rye, NY
Date Entered: 01/03/02

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Name:Ronald Culbertson
From:Brookfield
Date Entered: 12/30/01

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Name:Ronald Culbertson
From:Brookfield
Date Entered: 12/30/01

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Name:Margaret Ambrosino
From:Chicago, Il (live in Portland)
Date Entered: 12/29/01

Comments: Hello,

A site finally dedicated to this horrible disaster, I can't believe I didn't find this sooner. Growing up, I've only heard bits and pieces. You must get loads of email/guestbook entries from ancestors of those involved. Mario Ambrosino was my grandfather, he died in 1977. You list his age as 5 but my dad told me he was a teenager. Who knows. Anyway, the story I got was he and my great grandfather (Vitaliano) were musicians, hired big band entertainment, getting ready to board as the Eastman was starting to go down. They were serendipidously late because Mario, Jr. forgot his bowtie! It's all so spooky, I wouldn't be here if they perished.
Anyways, great job on the site. Thanks for being here. I'm just learning about this more and more and just starting to make my way through the site. From what I've heard this was in many ways wors than the Titanic.
Thanks again. Keep up the good work.
Margaret

Name:Linda Barker
From:Rohnert Park, Ca.
Date Entered: 12/27/01

Comments: In memory of my Great grandaunt Nannie Shannon
December 6, 1881 - July 24, 1915

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From:asdf
Date Entered: 12/21/01

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Name:Georgianna Counterman
From:Kenosha, WI
Date Entered: 12/12/01

Comments: Enjoyed your sight, very educational.
Thank You,

Name:Linda Eaton
From:Schaumburg. Illinois
Date Entered: 12/08/01

Comments: I just recently learned of this site, when I found out that my Great-Grandfather, Julius Ferdinand Reschke, had been one of the survivors.

It was interesting to re-read his story,as my father had included it in his memoirs.

Name:rose cech
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 12/07/01

Comments: I didnt now about this until a friend told me and I found this by chance hope to read more in the day to come.

Name:ROBERT.M. KERSHAW
From:Newcastle upon Tyne. ENGLAND
Date Entered: 12/04/01

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Name:Jeff Patrick
From:Cedarville, Michigann
Date Entered: 11/30/01

Comments: Hello. I am just learning of the Eastlander Disaster and wanted to do my own research on this subject.

Name:Peter Stein
From:Evanston, IL
Date Entered: 11/29/01

Comments: Fun website with lots of information but can you add more photos and graphics? It would help bring exhibit to life. Also, what happened to man who jumped aboard the boat to be with his coworkers or the little boy who got into the lifeboat?

Name:Richard Peloubet
From:Sanford, Michigan
Date Entered: 11/23/01

Comments: In researching my ancestors, I came accross this site. On the passanger list I found these names,
Peloubet, Mac
Peloubet-Daughter of Mac Peloubet
Peloubet(Pelubet),William
Peloubet (Pelubet,Petubet),May-Daughter of William Peloubet (Pelubet)
Anyone with information on these names or any other about the Peloubet family can contact me at;
rspeloubet@aol.com
Thank-You for the detailed information on the Eastland Disaster.
11/23/2001

Name:Ed Harms
From:Wildwood IL
Date Entered: 11/22/01

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Name:Evan Demaree
From:Indiana USA
Date Entered: 11/22/01

Comments: I'm a 3rd grade boy. I like what you setup.
Please tell me how did you got into learning about this ship.

Name:Christian Lopez
From:Topeka, Ks
Date Entered: 11/20/01

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Name:Terry Welch
From:Florida
Date Entered: 11/19/01

Comments:
Wonderful

Name:Dawn Evenhouse
From:Chicago (now)
Date Entered: 11/13/01

Comments: My great-grandfather Harry was on board that day along with 2 of his sisters. They died, but Harry survived. He was interviewed in one of the papers of the time, and his story is cited in the book. We don't know much about it, because he never really spoke of it to his son.

Name:Allen Reed
From:Oak Park, Illinois
Date Entered: 11/12/01

Comments: My grandfather, Adolf A. Bergmann, was an engineer for Western Electric. He had tickets to the Western Electric party on the Eastland. However, at the last minute he was unable to attend. After the accident he was one of many Western Electric employees sent by Western Electric to share condolences with the surviving relatives of the disaster.

Name:Lily Ann Roderick
From:Mill Creek, Washington
Date Entered: 11/12/01

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Name:Douglas Maston
From:Greensboro, NC
Date Entered: 11/12/01

Comments: Hello,

My grand parents, John Thomas "Tom" Weber and
Rose Weber nee Samuelsson were on the Eastland
the day it capsized and sank.

Grandpa Tom was employed at the Western Electric
Hawthorn plant in Cicero, Illinois. They were going on the excursion like everyone else.

The boat over-turned, and my grand parents fell
into the Chicago River. Grand Ma could not swim.
It didn't stop her from getting to shore. However, she arrived in just her bra, panties, and slip. All of her other clothes had been torn off
of her by people in the water.

Grand Ma was something else. She survived the
Chicago Fire, survived the Eastland, and was a
"carnie" for many years at Riverview Amusement Park.

She lived to be 96 years old. My grand father
was a person I never knew. He died before I was born.

He was quite an athlete and was awarded a
special statue by Western Electric for his on the
field accomplishments.

When my Grand Ma died, we made a contribution to
the Chicago Historical Society in her name. They
sent us a copy of a special edition of their
members bulletin devoted to the Eastland. I still
have it.

Please keep the memory of this disaster alive.
So many good Chicagoans perished that day.

Take care,

Doug Maston

Greensboro, NC

Name:Dave Karwowski
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 11/09/01

Comments: I saw the piece in CityTalk. It about time the Eastland disaster gets some press.

Name:Jim Sikora
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 11/08/01

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Name:Jim Sikora
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 11/08/01

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Name:Mr.Lindsay Moore
From:Wood Dale,IL
Date Entered: 11/08/01

Comments: I first heard about the Eastland Disaster thru
my father many years ago who read about it in
school in the 1930's. Now my dad was born in chicago in 1911 he was only 1 yr. when this
happened. He would always talk about the history
of Chicago and its events. From the Great Chicago
Fire to the Columbian Exposition to the Eastland
Disaster,etc. Ever since then I taken an interest
in Chicago's history. Every now and then I go the
Chicago Historical Society and look at the wealth
of information that they have there on Chicago
disasters. This is all fascinating stuff!

Name:Jack Bolt
From:Naperville, Illinois
Date Entered: 11/08/01

Comments: My Father-Harry Bolt was a survivor of the Eastland disaster.He managed to climb up onto the side of the ship after it turned over.His sister, Marie,who is now 98,recalls that he traveled home from the scene by streetcar and came into the house with his clothes soaking wet.The event happened one day before my father's 19th birthday.He continued as a Western Electric employee until his death in 1949.

Name:Ricky Dodd
From:Valparaiso, IN
Date Entered: 11/08/01

Comments: Until last night when I say a documentary on the Eastland Disaster, 11/07/01, I had never heard of this incident. Words cannot explain how I felt seeing all the death from this tradedy.

Name:Katherine Porter
From:Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Date Entered: 11/07/01

Comments: Thank you for your hard work.

Name:Margaret Maynard
From:Rockford, IL
Date Entered: 11/07/01

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Name:Elaina Moreno
From:The Great Chicago
Date Entered: 11/07/01

Comments: I thought the Eastland ship was a wounderful ship and the captain was an idiot for comanding more passangers then the bout could carry. My heart goes out to everyone who lost their lives or a family member in this tragety.

Name:Connie Adler
From:Barrington, IL
Date Entered: 11/06/01

Comments: My grandmother survived the Eastland though she is not listed on the survivor list. Her son, now 83, told me she was rescued by a man who ultimately died there. Her name was Amelia (Emily) Majciewski--lived in Cicero--where so many Western Electric employees lived. Her son is Henry Dec.

Name:John Delaney
From:Grayslake, IL
Date Entered: 11/06/01

Comments: My Grandfather was a newspaper reporter in Chicago at the time of the sinking. He covered the story for the Chicago papers. I can remember him talking about it when I was little. He supposedly went down with the divers to cover the story. I believe he is pictured in a picture in the book about the Eastland that came out about six years ago. I will have to look through some of his papers to see what I have about the sinking.

Name:Shawn Brennan
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 11/06/01

Comments: I saw the Eastland story on Chicago Stories on WTTW last night.

Great website!

Name:Adrianne Beal
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 11/06/01

Comments: Our family has an unsubstantiated story that our g-grandparents and their children were to be on the Eastland, but my g-grandfather was ill and kept the whole family at home that day. He was an employee of Western Electric.

Do you know of any way to check the story?

Name:Jon Dvorak
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 11/05/01

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Name:Denny Kolkebeck
From:Illinois Bell Ameritech S B C
Date Entered: 11/05/01

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Name:Rob Peters
From:Bartlett, IL
Date Entered: 11/05/01

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Name:Leamond Allen
From:originally N.C. currently: Chg
Date Entered: 11/05/01

Comments:
Dear Folks,

I was not born here, but living here in
Chicago many years now, has made me very
interested in Chicago's unique history.
I'm joining the Historical Society as well
as sending a modest memorial-donation in
the name of Ms. Josephine Markowski, as her
story is most moving.
Most Sincerely,

Leamond Anthony Allen



Name:Craig Happel
From:Elmhurst IL
Date Entered: 11/05/01

Comments: Heard about site from WGN radio interview. Good luck finishing the site. Thanks for your efforts.

Name:June Bourke
From:Arlington Heights
Date Entered: 11/04/01

Comments: Very interesting.

Name:Russell&Helen Zapel
From:Des Plaines Ill
Date Entered: 11/03/01

Comments: Picked up the information in the Chicago Tribune and the name Decker rang a loud bell.If you recall we were neighbors on Margail.
When I worked in the Cicero Berwyn area and at the Hawthorn Works as a telephone man for Illinois Bell I used to hear references from the old timers about the Eastland.

Name:Neydine Pille
From:Peoria, IL
Date Entered: 11/03/01

Comments: wonderful, wonderful

Name:Katherine Konopasek
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 11/02/01

Comments: My grandmother was supposed to be on the Eastland as well, but never got there. Otherwise, I probably would not have been here.
Thank you for getting this part of history together.

Name:Betty Connor (Davis)
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 11/01/01

Comments: My Grandfather and his new bride Lillian Davis were on the Eastland. Unfortunately Lillian died. My Grandfather later remarried another woman named Lillian who was my Grandmother. They are both gone now but the story of the Eastland is a piece of history I will always remember.

Name:Roland Giolli
From:University of Calif., Irvine
Date Entered: 10/28/01

Comments: In July 1915 my mother was a 13 yr. old girl living with her family just a few miles north of the point of the Eastland Disaster on the main segement of the Chicago River: acyually, she lived near Clark and Division Sts.

I feel that I relate to that time in Chicago and to, in particular, to the people.

Roland A. Giolli

Name:Lucille Willgale
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 10/28/01

Comments: I am here because my grandparents were late for the excursion. Have the tickets never used.

Name:Tina Bartelmey
From:Justice, Il
Date Entered: 10/26/01

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Name:G.E. Williams
From:Chicago IL
Date Entered: 10/26/01

Comments: An excellent source of the history of the Eastland. One of the best I have seen on the web.

Name:Carol Carlin
From:Chicagi, IL
Date Entered: 10/26/01

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Name:Bill Dearhammer
From:Arlington Hts, IL
Date Entered: 10/25/01

Comments: I read about you in WTTW's CityTalk newspaper, page 17, 19, October 26-November 8, 2001. Tried to enter this below but it is not one of your options. I plan to watch the Channel 11 program about the Eastland on Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m.

Thanks for enabling this story to stay alive.

Name:Linda Nelson
From:Lake Zurich, IL
Date Entered: 10/24/01

Comments: Last year while visiting the Titanic exhibit I was apalled to see the enormity of the Eastland disaster and the fact that nobody knows about it. Everyone in the world knows of the Titanic, also the Chicago fire, but the Eastland is never mentioned. It took me 40 yrs. to learn of it and that my grandmother was invited to the picnic that day, but was unable to go. God bless you people, this should have done 80 yrs ago.

Name:Christen Tillitz
From:Colorado
Date Entered: 10/23/01

Comments: Hi,
I've been watching the television show on the Disney Channel called "So Weird". Recently I taped an episode of it. It was about the Eastland Disaster and Fiona Phillips was haunted by a little boy who died on the Eastland named Brian McCully. I don't know if this person was real. But after that, I've been very interested about it, and I just went surfing on the web to find information about it.
So thank you for having info on it for me. I may decide to do a report on it sometime.
Thanks again,
Christen Tillitz

Name:Jon Kesterke
From:O.I.M>
Date Entered: 10/18/01

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Name:Raymond Shuda
From:Indian Head Park Illinois
Date Entered: 10/16/01

Comments: My mother Priscilla Mockiewcz was on the
Eastland in 1915.
She always told us kids how bad it was I'm not sure if she was getting on the boat or was on the boat itself. On her 75th.birthday I bought her a
Chicago Herald newspaper as a present,I still have it to this day. It was a special edition that came out the day the Eastland went down.
I would like to bring it to one of your meetings

Name:HOWARD KILROY
From:CHICAGO
Date Entered: 10/13/01

Comments: ENJOYED READING ABOUT THE EASTLAND I REMBER MY DAD TELLING ME ABOUT THE EASTLAND

Name:Dan Templin
From:DeKalb, IL
Date Entered: 10/11/01

Comments: Great source of information! Thanks for all the hard work and dedication!

Name:James Renderman
From:Bollingbrook, IL 60440
Date Entered: 10/11/01

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Name:Nancy Phares
From:Oregon
Date Entered: 10/08/01

Comments: Thank you for this remarkable site. My grandmother, Jean Hoesch,12, was invited by a girlfriend to attend this event. She was rescued by Eddie Gorman, 15. She had remarked that many of the passengers had come to one side of the ship to wave to onlookers.
It is interesting to note that Jean had helped Eddie's mother a few years earlier, when she was 9, durring a difficult childbirth when the Dr was unavailable.
Any information about Eddie or his relatives would be wonderful!

Name:Rich Cervenka
From:Chicago, Illinois
Date Entered: 10/08/01

Comments: FYI: Eastland passenger & casualty Jaroslav (Jerry) Sklenicka, a foreman at Western Electric, was my great-grandfather (my paternal grandmother's father). He is buried alongside my paternal grandparents in the Eastland section of Bohemian National Cemetery in Chicago.

He was survived by his wife, Anna, & their three (3) children: Bessie (my grandmother), Libby & George.

Name:Sheila Holmes
From:Nottingham ENGLAND
Date Entered: 10/03/01

Comments: I have found info that has solved a mystery for me
regarding George Frake son of William & Orange Hodson He was bp 1814 @ Castle Donington and married Amy Taylor in Derby
I have traced the family back to 1600 and would like to make contact

Name:arthur richards
From:Mattoon, Illinois
Date Entered: 09/27/01

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Name:Sandy Lippert
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 09/27/01

Comments: I am the granddaughter of Mary Vrba, daughter of Glenn Lippert. I'm not sure but I think I may have signed the guest book once before.

Name:Sarah Mongiat
From:Naperville, Illinois
Date Entered: 09/22/01

Comments: I just can't believe what happened... those poor people.

Name:Daniel McAuliffe
From:North suburbs of Chicago
Date Entered: 09/22/01

Comments: My Grandfather was Jeremiah McAuliffe, in light of the recent tradgities in NY,DC&PA, I was just thinking about him & started searching the web. His two sons , Jack (my father) & Jerry are celebrating thier 80th birthdays next month(the're twins)! I would like to find more info on my Grandfather and his brother Frank.
thanks, Dan McAuliffe 9/11/01

Name:Robert E. Verney, Sr.
From:Old Bridge, NJ
Date Entered: 09/17/01

Comments: I had a relative, age 14, Robert Jerome Tarlton Riker, who died on the Eastland. Thanks to a cousin of mine, I now have your website to refer to, and to add to Robert's genealogy information.

Name:Jim Phelps
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 09/14/01

Comments: I like your site.

Name:Don Kurtz
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 09/07/01

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Name:Ralf Rohse
From:Germany
Date Entered: 09/04/01

Comments: just looking for relationships.
Great site!

Name:MICHAEL COLLINS
From:BUFFALO, NEW YORK
Date Entered: 09/01/01

Comments: GREAT SITE!

Name:Robert Pacl
From:Martha's Vineyard
Date Entered: 08/26/01

Comments: I was born and raised in Cicero. We had many neighbors who worked at the Hawthorne plant of the Western Electric at Cermak Rd. and Cicero Ave. I believe there were around 30,000 employed by the company. I had an Aunt and 2 Uncles who worked there at the time of the tragedy, who for one reason or another, did not go. I worked there for one summer myself long afterwards. It was more like an extended family atmosphere at the company. We had several neighbors who had lost family members in the tragedy and most of our neighbors knew someone who died in it. It was never forgotten by the employees who were at the Western when it happened.

Name:Melvin Rouse
From:Evansville, Ind.
Date Entered: 08/23/01

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Name:cathie Talarek
From:Wisconsin
Date Entered: 08/20/01

Comments:
Thank you very much for a very informative incite into the Eastland Disaster. I appreciate all the hard work that went into the making of the site.
It is most valuable information and greatly appreciated.

Name:Anita Oswald
From:Boulder, CO
Date Entered: 08/17/01

Comments: My mother's grandfather is the fireman pictured in the famous photograph of the disaster. Recently, my mother and her first cousins expressed interest in joining the society and giving proper credit to my great grandfather for his participation in the rescue efforts. She was told that another person related by marriage had claimed to be the descendant. My mother is the oldest cousin, Helen Lorraine McMahon Solick, and her mother was the oldest daughter, Helen Fitzgerald McMahon. My mother is 78 and was very close to her grandfather and mother. It would give her great pleasure if you would acknowledge her grandfather while she is still alive.

You may contact her at 773-763-2420. She has many photographs of her grandfather with the grandchildren.

Name:jim dougan
From:California
Date Entered: 08/15/01

Comments: I don't know if you got my first note..
I was originally from Chicago, but now live in L.A. California.. will visit next trip back..Jim Dougan

Name:Lenore Same
From:Colorado
Date Entered: 08/12/01

Comments: I grew-up hearing the story of the ill-fated Eastland. My Grandmother's brother, Henry Schreiber, died in that disaster. My grandmother and her mother had to go to Navy Pier to "find Henny". It moved her to tears everytime she told the story. Only now did I realize that there exists an historical society. As I study my family's history, my children will learn from this web site. Thank you for preserving this history.

Name:Nadine Jernberg
From:Bourbonnais, Illinois
Date Entered: 08/11/01

Comments: My Great uncle Oscar John Jutzi rescued Anna M. from the water and later they married. Don't know Anna M.'s last name. Don't know how Oscar was there, except that he was an excellent swimmer and may have just jumped in to save people.

Name:Nadine Jernberg
From:Bourbonnais, Illinois
Date Entered: 08/11/01

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Name:joe walker
From:roseburg, or.
Date Entered: 08/11/01

Comments: my great grandfather jes walker was a firefighter that was awarded a badge and citation for his help during the eastland diaster. it is nice that these people are being remembered. how can i find out more about his involvement? thanks joe walker

Name:Gordon Provost
From:UK
Date Entered: 08/08/01

Comments: As often happens, I came upon the EASTLAND site by accident.

I stayed for several hours.

It is an astonishing story, but what is more astonishing is that it is not better known. I had never heard of it before, yet the loss of life was apalling and the circumstances 'unusual', to say the least.

Your site tells the story with precision and power. You never compromise the dignity of those who died, and your analysis is even handed and thoughtful.

Congratulations, we can't afford to forget stories like that of the unfortunate Eastland. Those who ignore the lessons of history are condemned to repeat them, as someone once said!

Best wishes from Northumberland, England.

Name:Geraldine Cooper
From:Im from Chicago Ill currantly
Date Entered: 08/07/01

Comments: I shared my comments already Western Electric should have been shut down forgood. unfair labor practices. to demnmand the employees in that disaster to return right to work or lose their job is unforgiveable. I was raised withing a few blocks from Western electric

Name:Geraldine Cooper
From:Im from Chicago Ill currantly
Date Entered: 08/07/01

Comments: I shared my comments already Western Electric should have been shut down forgood. unfair labor practices. to demnmand the employees in that disaster to return right to work or lose their job is unforgiveable. I was raised withing a few blocks from Western electric

Name:Doug Parris
From:IL
Date Entered: 08/06/01

Comments: Very interesting site. Thank you for your efforts.

Name:Doug Parris
From:IL
Date Entered: 08/06/01

Comments: Very interesting site. Thank you for your efforts.

Name:Charles Vehlow
From:Akron Ohio
Date Entered: 08/01/01

Comments: I was told my grandfather, Alanzo Flynn and wife Clara were in line to board.

Name:Steven Toby
From:Washington, DC
Date Entered: 07/31/01

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Name:David Mendel
From:California
Date Entered: 07/31/01

Comments: Thanks for the great site. My Great Great Uncle, Erich Krueger (Great Grandma's brother) was the piano player on the Eastland. He was a good swimmer, but was apparently down below when the ship went over. He was 22 and recently married when he died. It was interesting to come across this site as I knew very little about this disaster.

Name:Paul Edwards
From:Peacehaven, England
Date Entered: 07/31/01

Comments: I first became aware of the Eastland disaster via a link from the horrific Iriquoi theatre fire website. In England there is no knowledge at all of these events. My searches first related to the Titanic disaster of which I've had an interest for the past 40 years. I found your site informative, tragic and grateful that events such as this should not be allowed to be forgotten. I don't know if as a result of your site I linked to www2.novagate.net/~bonevelle/eastland but I read the author's observations as to why so few people in the USA have not heard of the disaster. I had hoped to reply but cannot find email details. In England the event is totally unknown, but in similarity during the last 20 years similar disasters ie: Herald of Free Enterprise & Estonia (A whole can of worms thereby hangs a tale, cover ups, lies etc.) go largely unremembered. Solely due to modern short term "news values" - Those that perished aboard the Eastland must never be forgotten particularly in the country where it happened. Strength to sites like yours which perpetuate the memory.
Best Wishes
Paul

Name:Mary Heveron-Smith
From:Webster, New York
Date Entered: 07/26/01

Comments: Thanks for putting together a great web site. It makes the tragedy more real for me, a teacher in Webster. My interest has to do with poet Carl Sandburg's coverage of the Eastland when he was a reporter on the Day Book.

Name:jenny COLANTO
From:BERWYN/CICERO
Date Entered: 07/25/01

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Name:Lee Zolner
From:Brookfield, Illinois
Date Entered: 07/25/01

Comments: The newspaper article mentioned that the website contains a complete passenger list, including a list of people who almost boarded the ship that day and a timeline of the day's events, to mentioned two that I did not see on your website. It is an educational piece of Chicago history. Some of us know of this disaster but not to the extent that your website brings it out through the pictures and personal stories.

Name:fred fred
From:fredville
Date Entered: 07/24/01

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Name:Richard Sobie
From:Glen Ellyn,IL
Date Entered: 07/24/01

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Name:Robert Myers
From:San Luis Obispo, CA
Date Entered: 07/22/01

Comments: Very interesting history, one can only imagine what took place that day, and what must have went through the minds of those involved. Another piece of Chicago history of which there must be many books and memories of people that were involved during it's history, keep up the great work, enjoyed the reading I have done on the ship thus far will look forward to reading more of the information avialable on your internet site.

Name:Dennis Hall
From:Canyon, TX
Date Entered: 07/22/01

Comments: It was very interesting. It's hard to believe so many lives could be lost so close to land and in such shallow water.

Name:Therese Marchewka Gasper
From:Riverside Illinois 60546
Date Entered: 07/21/01

Comments: My father Charles Michael Marchewka was seventeen when he survived the Eastland disaster. He rarely spoke of the tragedy but whwen he did it was about how he and his friends formed a chain to help people to to help each other and to say how lucky and greatful they were to be alive. I attended your December meeting at the Berwyn Public Library, at that time I presented you with a photograph of the memorial mass at Saint Mary of Czestochowa Church in Cicero in Dad!s memory as a survivor, his name should be listed among the survivors and is not. Please correct this.

Name:Nadine Smuk
From:Willowbrook, Illinois
Date Entered: 07/20/01

Comments: Karl (Carl) Roseland and Lena Roseland were my mothers' cousins.

Name:Nadine Smuk
From:Willowbrook, Illinois
Date Entered: 07/20/01

Comments: Karl (Carl) Roseland and Lena Roseland were my mothers' cousins.

Name:Randi Wagner
From:Berwyn Illinois
Date Entered: 07/19/01

Comments: Anna Benes my Grandmother was a surivior on the
Eastland. Your records have her listed as perished in error.

Name:grace ----------------------
From:chicago
Date Entered: 07/18/01

Comments: i love the web page but i am still in wonder about the sopsse huntings of the area in which the disaster happen if any one has more info on that please email me at gamm66@hotmail.com

Name:Kaylee Rinella
From:Akron, Ohio
Date Entered: 07/14/01

Comments: hey cool i have studied and read about both thanks because i had 2 do a report on boat disasters u got me an a. so thanks that gives so0o0o much info my teacher couldn't believe that i wrote that paper. cool thanks write back if u can.!!!!!

Name:Len Sagenbrecht
From:Omaha, NE
Date Entered: 07/13/01

Comments: If anyone knows anything about my great uncle, FRANK SAGENBRECHT, I'd sure appreciate hearing. This is a mystery in our family.

Len S.

Name:Paul Hayden
From:Sparks Nv.
Date Entered: 07/12/01

Comments: Thank you for the info I came across this while looking up the Edmundfitzgerald. A friend of mine grew up in Ill. And had know idea about this bit of history so I sent it along to him.
Thank you.

Name:Terrence Heeney
From:Originally Oak Park, Il.
Date Entered: 07/11/01

Comments: Congratulations on so much "brilliant" work. My grandfather, Joseph A. Martin and his maternal uncle, John O'Donnell assisted with embalming many of the bodies. John owned the O'Donnell Bros. Funeral home started in 1880, originally on Roosevelt Road across from Holy Family and in 1915 on Harrison st. It later became the Martin Bros. Funeral home ceasing in 1954.Earlier in 1906 they performed the same saddening task at the Iroquois Theater fire. Thank you again.

Name:Tom Kepshire
From:South Bend, IN
Date Entered: 07/06/01

Comments: History buff. Suring and came on your site. Enjoyed it and look forward to returning and seeing updates.

Name:Mary (Eppers) Ford
From:Richland Center, Wis.& Chicago
Date Entered: 07/04/01

Comments: Very interesting site, I got to learn more about the day my great-grandmother, Agusta (von Schwanveldt) Wiese died.

Name:Don O'Brien
From:Oak Park,Il
Date Entered: 06/29/01

Comments: Your site needs a capsule info spot.
Where was boat going?
How many on board?
How many died?
Main cause?
I had to search around too much to get some but not all this info.
My uncle was a survivor Walter Rush, but i didn't see his name. I don't suppose there is an official list of passengers.

Name:Don O'Brien
From:Oak Park,Il
Date Entered: 06/29/01

Comments: Your site needs a capsule info spot.
Where was boat going?
How many on board?
How many died?
Main cause?
I had to search around too much to get some but not all this info.
My uncle was a survivor Walter Rush, but i didn't see his name. I don't suppose there is an official list of passengers.

Name:James Mathews
From:Gaithersburg, MD
Date Entered: 06/29/01

Comments: Enjoyed the site.

My great grandfather manned a fire boat that assisted in rescue attempts. I became interested in the subject of the Eastland Disaster when I came across a letter addressed to him from the Cook County coroner, Peter Hoffman. The letter commended my great grandfather for his efforts in the disaster.

Jim Mathews

Name:Kevin Pixler
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 06/27/01

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Name:Maria White
From:Monticello, Iowa
Date Entered: 06/22/01

Comments: While searching for my Italian ancestors in the Chicagoland area, I stumbled across your link and a thunderbolt hit me. I remember as a very young child my grandfather, Michael Gallo, telling me the story of the this terrible disaster. He owned a grocery story and was coming from market and came upon the scene. He told me of the people screaming and thrashing in the water and of his attempt to resuce some by throwing in empty crates of vegetables for people to try to cling to. I remember it like it was yesterday he used to tell me with tears in his eyes. Michael passed away in 1974, but his vivid accounts of this tragedy always remainded in his mind.

Name:Paul Jensen
From:60946
Date Entered: 06/17/01

Comments: Wher is the list of deaths i it once. My wifes grandfathers first wife was aboard as was he. She perished. Her name was Barbara Lukens nee Wiley.
Thanks Paul

Name:Marshall Massengale
From:Atlanta, Georgia
Date Entered: 06/17/01

Comments: I have lived in the greater Chicago area but had never heard of the disaster which is surprising. During the time I was growing up, the disaster that seemed to capture the public's fascination and which the media periodically revisited from time to time was the horrific fire that swept through Chicago's "Our Lady of Angels" Catholic School.

I only read about the Eastland disaster within the past couple of years, the story having been one of a number of notable shipwrecks documented in a volume. I was pleased to note that in 1989 a marker was erected near the site of the wreck and that a Website now exists to commemorate the events of 24 July 1915.

Kind Regards,

Marshall H. Massengale
Atlanta, GA USA

Name:Ray Thomas
From:Bristol, England
Date Entered: 06/07/01

Comments: On holiday in Chicago I came across the plaque on the waterfront. At home, I did a search and came across the site.
A fitting memorial to those who died and the people who tried to help rescue them.
Such a tremendous pity so many could drown so close to land.

Name:Gail Benes
From:Chicago, Ill.Now England
Date Entered: 06/03/01

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Name:Teri Milch
From:USA
Date Entered: 06/02/01

Comments: Was directed to this site by a link on the Encyclopedia Titanica website. This site was nicely done and well put together.

Name:Bernie Aiello
From:Fayetteville,NY
Date Entered: 06/01/01

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Name:Kelly Healy
From:Iowa
Date Entered: 05/31/01

Comments: WHat happened is really sad, but I think if people know about it, it will help!

Name:Karen Halverson
From:Fox Lake, IL
Date Entered: 05/24/01

Comments: I am Anton Brychta's granddaughter. My name is Karen Halverson and my father was Charles Brichta (yes he changed the "y" to an "i"), and related to Anna Carter. I am interested in hearing from other relatives pertaining to the family.

Thank you,
Karen Halverson

Name:Karen Halverson
From:Fox Lake, IL
Date Entered: 05/24/01

Comments: I am Anton Brychta's granddaughter. My name is Karen Halverson and my father was Charles Brichta (yes he changed the "y" to an "i"), and related to Anna Carter. I am interested in hearing from other relatives pertaining to the family.

Thank you,
Karen Halverson

Name:mary ann hrankowski
From:rochester, new york
Date Entered: 05/19/01

Comments: years ago I purchased a small handmade oar with a postcard picture of a ship, incised into the wood are '1904' and 'Eastland of South Haven' I have searched on and off for past few years and am so excited tohave finally found information....this little oar seems to have been made by a youngster who had a wonderful trip on her.

Name:David Ziervogel
From:Las Vegas, NV
Date Entered: 05/18/01

Comments: Dear Ted,

Wasn't sure how to contact you other than this. Have you ever considered contacting Oprah Winfrey since her studio is in the building which served as a teporary morgue for the Eastland victims? I once heard her say on her show that she felt the studio was in some way "haunted." Anyway, it would be a great way to reach a large sector of America and make them aware of the huge suffering experienced by our families and so many others.

I am FINALLY in receipt of a photograph of my grandfather, Emil Ziervogel, who perished at age 30. I will forward this to you along with a brief family history, and the fact that my grandmother was shunned by grandpa's family after his death "lest she ask them for money."

Kindest regards.

David Ziervogel

Name:Pete Crapia
From:South Side Chicago
Date Entered: 05/11/01

Comments: Excellent site, keep up the good work.

Name:Vickie Speek
From:Morris Daily Herald
Date Entered: 05/07/01

Comments: Great site, Guys! I gave your handout to the director of the Morris Illinois public library. I think she will be calling you. If she does, I'd love to do a feature. Good Luck!

Name:Robert, Brian Zimmerman
From:Lake In the Hills, Illinois
Date Entered: 05/05/01

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Name:Wayne Tanney
From:North Riverside, IL
Date Entered: 05/04/01

Comments: I had just found out from my uncle that my great uncle Oscar Jacobsen was a passenger on and perished on the Eastman. I decided to look it up on the internet because he wasn't positive. I looked up your site and yes, there was his name!Thanks for having this informative site.
Sincerely,
Wayne Tanney

Name:Mark Zimmerman
From:Cary,Illinois
Date Entered: 05/01/01

Comments: Looking up the Eastland Disaster I was happy to find your site.I was very Pleased to see my Grandfather (Edward Zimmerman) get recognition in your people who helped page. My father (Robert Zimmerman) would have loved to have seen that. Unfortunatly he passed away last April (2000).Thanks again. My father would be very greatful for this.
Mark Zimmerman

Name:S. W.
From:Australia
Date Entered: 04/28/01

Comments: I am 11 and live in IL. This is for a school project. Let me tell you something I learned: Some guy took some kinda torch and started burning through the hull. The captain told him to stop but the guy pushed him away. 40 people were rescued through that hole. Later the captain ( Pederson ) was arrested for objecting rescue attempts.

Name:robert greier jr
From:ohio
Date Entered: 04/26/01

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Name:Sydney Cokins
From:Riverside
Date Entered: 04/24/01

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Name:paul zonghi
From:ma.
Date Entered: 04/22/01

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Name:Sue Krupansky
From:Clarkston, Michigan
Date Entered: 04/22/01

Comments: What a disaster. I didn't realize how many people perished. It was talked about by my dad, who said he had relatives that died there. (Anna Quaine and her sister.)

Name:christopher Zwetz
From:Highland Park, Il
Date Entered: 04/17/01

Comments: I am John F. Uebel's great-grandson

Name:david hanks
From:aurora
Date Entered: 04/16/01

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Name:James Walsh
From:Oak Park-now living in Califor
Date Entered: 04/14/01

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Name:Roxy Eastland
From:London - UK
Date Entered: 04/13/01

Comments: My name sake is a naval disaster! That I did not expect. Now I want to visit Chicago.

Name:Annie Kreuz
From:New Jersey
Date Entered: 04/12/01

Comments: Hello,I know one of the people who was on that ship...Brian McGivly!!

Name:Annie Kreuz
From:New Jersey
Date Entered: 04/12/01

Comments: Hello,I know one of the people who was on that ship...Brian McGivly!!

Name:Marsha VanPuymbrouck
From:Twisp, Wa.
Date Entered: 04/11/01

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Name:David MacLachlan
From:Florence ,Alabama
Date Entered: 04/05/01

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Name:Chrles Hart
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 04/03/01

Comments: After being out of touch with family for 40 years I discovered while visiting with a long lost cousin that our Grandfather was the same Charles Hart that aided in the rescue of so many people from the Eastland. Christine Doneski who submitted an article is my cousin.

Name:Karen Vyhnanek
From:None
Date Entered: 04/03/01

Comments: Just a note to change our e-mail address.

Name:Edward Graham
From:Sarasota FL
Date Entered: 03/28/01

Comments: Very interesting and complete explanation of Metacentric Height, GM.

I stumbled across your site and have bookmarked it for further purusal.

Name:Edward Graham
From:Sarasota FL
Date Entered: 03/28/01

Comments: Very interesting and complete explanation of Metacentric Height, GM.

I stumbled across your site and have bookmarked it for further purusal.

Name:Eileen Colgan
From:Chicago now living in SC
Date Entered: 03/26/01

Comments: I read you possible causes and have been told that everyone went to one side of the boat to wave to their families and friends, and the boat fell over from the shift in weight.

Name:Eileen Colgan
From:Chicago now living in SC
Date Entered: 03/26/01

Comments: My great great grandfather was Captian Dan Donovan aka Diver Dan Donovan. You have him listed under The Hours That Followed, Individuals, Those Who Helped, Captian Donovan reference number 108. I thought you would like to have a first name for him.

Name:Eileen Colgan
From:Chicago now living in SC
Date Entered: 03/26/01

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Name:Pat Heinen
From:Algonquin, IL
Date Entered: 03/23/01

Comments: I signed up before in your guest book and attended the commemorative party last summer. My e-mail has changed and I wanted to update you with the new address. My friend said she recently received your latest newsletter and I did not, so I'm assuming it's because of the e-mail change. Please update your list. Thanks so much.

Name:Cristina Tecanhuehue
From:Chicago,IL.
Date Entered: 03/22/01

Comments: I think it is a very sad tragedy that so many passengers had to drown. the reason I am signing your guest book is because Igot very intrested in tis disaster after watching a television program called "SO WIERD" and they were talking about the Eastland Disaster and how a little boy died and how his soul was still alive.

Name:Bill Drake
From:Rochester, NY 14626
Date Entered: 03/20/01

Comments: Hello. I think your site is very interesting. How could I find out more about those Coroner and Police stars that picture the Eastland?

Name:Audre Estes
From:Escondido, California
Date Entered: 03/19/01

Comments: I have a question, was their a young boy by the name of Brian Mcqivly or Mcgivly? Did he drown? on the Eastland? was he even aboard the Eastland?

Name:Joelle Lynsi
From:New Jersey
Date Entered: 03/19/01

Comments: Hi!
I love your infomation on the eastland disaster! i would only hope that you add in more info on this spectular, yet horrible event in our time!

Name:Sandra Lippert
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 03/19/01

Comments: I am the granddaughter of Mary Vrba, survivor of the Eastland disaster. My father, Glenn Lippert, emailed copies of the stories of the plans to retrieve artifacts from the river and the web sites address was included in the article. I decided to pay the site a visit.

Name:Lois Durr
From:Hawaii
Date Entered: 03/19/01

Comments: Hello-thank you for your thoughtful remembrance of the Eastland. I heard of the disaster all of my childhood. My mother would have been a girl of 12 when the terrible incident occured. Her father Wm (Willie) Stewart worked in a cold storage warehouse on the river and I believe that some of the bodies may have been taken to the warehouse. Her memories were so vivid...Perhaps from the horror she heard from her father. Aloha--Lois

Name:Bill Mitchell
From:Deary Idaho
Date Entered: 03/13/01

Comments: Hi,
I was born in Berwyn at MacNeal in 1937. My grandfather, William Thompson Ames, built the home at 3436 Grove Ave about 1900. I grew up in Berwyn but left about 1961.
Do you ever post any pictures of old Berwyn (Businesses near the CB&Q station)? I know that the Berwyn Beacon used to print some of the old pictures years ago.

Bill

Name:MICHAEL SMITH
From:FLORIDA
Date Entered: 03/10/01

Comments: I am not aware of any relative being lost on the TITANIC; I do recall late members of my family
who mentioned a cousin who was lost on the EASTLAND.
A few years ago, another relative mentioned in passing that the event was employer-sponsored
by Western Electric, something I had not known
previously. Your website is illuminating in its
detail. Thank you for showing its passenger list.

Name:Patrick Phillips
From:South Carolina
Date Entered: 03/08/01

Comments: I am truely sorry for the lost of life in this accident. Although it was long ago, I'm sure some people are effected by it.

Name:Joan Ernsting
From:Carol Stream, IL
Date Entered: 03/07/01

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Name:WJ -
From:None
Date Entered: 03/07/01

Comments: You have a good site. I never really knew much about the Eastland disaster before coming to your site.

Name:Donald Campbell
From:Sydney, Australia
Date Entered: 03/07/01

Comments: Found a copy of "EASTLAND - Legacy of the Titanic" by George W. Hilton at my local library. A fascinating read.

Excellent website which fills in a few gaps and provides a logical timeline for the whole event.

Good work.



Name:DANIEL JARSKI
From:Oak Lawn,IL
Date Entered: 03/02/01

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Name:Angela Roy
From:Springfield,Mass
Date Entered: 03/02/01

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Name:Christine Doneski
From:Gamaliel, Arkansas
Date Entered: 03/01/01

Comments: My Grandfather, Charlie Hart, operated a tugboat
that rescued some 100 people. I was given this
information by my mother and she had an article
from the Chgo Tribune naming my grandfather and I think a fellow named Benson. I would like to learn more details. Thank you
Christine Doneski
E-mail address cedarlane_cottage@hotmail.com

Name:David Schubert
From:Atlantic City, NJ
Date Entered: 02/27/01

Comments: Thanks for a wonderful web site! I am related to the Sindelar family who died on board. George Sindelar was my great-uncle. I grew up in the Chicago area then have since moved to New Jersey. I did not know until recently about the connection between our family and the Eastland. It seems our older generation does not like to talk about the past. My family would confirm the information found here but would have never brought the subject up without my first mentioning it. I am webmaster of DAVE'S ROOT CELLAR http://www.usgenealogy.com/drc/ and will add a link to your site soon.

Name:Dieter Braitsch
From:Switzerland
Date Entered: 02/26/01

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Name:Albert Holler
From:St.Petersburg,FL(Cicero,IL)
Date Entered: 02/25/01

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Name:Sarah E Moore
From:Chicago's Gold Coast
Date Entered: 02/25/01

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Name:doraliz reynoso
From:chicago
Date Entered: 02/23/01

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Name:Andrew Rizzo
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 02/23/01

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Name:Madonna Taylor
From:Anywhere, USA
Date Entered: 02/21/01

Comments: Although not listed as an individual who helped in the rescue, my grandfather personally accounted to me the story of how he was driving a horse pulled truck carrying crates of chickens. He was on the dock just as the Eastland overturned. He threw in all his crates and helped save many lives. His name was Ralph Harold Dring.

Name:Ann Dodge
From:Elk Grove Village, IL
Date Entered: 02/18/01

Comments: Thank you for this site. My grandfather and aunt died on the Eastland. I have always wanted to know more about it. Now thanks to this site I have learned much about this tragedy.

Ann

Name:Joy Vazquez
From:Chicago,IL
Date Entered: 02/17/01

Comments: I'am a 12 year old girl and I'am doing the Eastland for a History Fair Project.I heard about the Eastland for the first time on Channel 11.I attended Bell School

Name:Charlotte Bock
From:Lombard, IL
Date Entered: 02/16/01

Comments: My Grandmother's youngest brother died aboard the Eastland. The story has been told that he was playing the piano as the ship overturned and sunk.

Name:Elasteen Smith
From:None
Date Entered: 02/13/01

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Name:Gina Claude
From:Television news
Date Entered: 02/11/01

Comments: All of my life living in the south suburbs of Chicago, I've never heard of the Eastland disaster story, until last year. I would have thought that this would have been something that I would have learned about in school (history).

Name:Kurt Amling
From:Arlington, Texas
Date Entered: 02/10/01

Comments: Hello EDHS. Really enjoyed meeting everyone at the commemoration back in July of last year. I do have a picture from that evening to share with you and when I run across it I will send it. My mother Nancy, granddaughter of a survivor, and her brother visited Sweden this past Fall and have found that my great-grandfather's name was spelled Karl Oskar Swanson but may have changed it to Carl Oscar upon moving to America.

Name:Olivia and Abby Bookshester-Stoica
From:Chicago Il
Date Entered: 02/09/01

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Name:Bill Jones, Jr.
From:Menominee, MI 49858
Date Entered: 02/08/01

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Name:sandra navarrete
From:mexico
Date Entered: 02/07/01

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Name:felicia lee
From:chicago
Date Entered: 02/07/01

Comments: hi,
i am very glad you all had this information because at school i am doing this history fair and i wanted to do it on this topic. you woul'nt believe how difficult it is to find information about history. well, my project is worth 50 extra credit points and i can really use that in my european history class. by the way, i attend hyde park academy. if my teacher thinks my project is good then i may even compete in the city-wide history fair! either way i'll make sure i come back to this website and tell you how things went. thanks again for the information.
gratefullly submitted,
Ms. Felicia Lee

Name:P. OSEN
From:None
Date Entered: 02/06/01

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Name:M Viloria
From:Morton Grove
Date Entered: 02/06/01

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Name:Christine Harmon
From:St. Charles, Illinois
Date Entered: 02/05/01

Comments: My great-great grandmother's brother and his family all lost their lives on the Eastland. They were the Sindelar family. There were seven of them. Our family has several of the postcards and a watch worn by Josephine Sindelar when she lost her life. These momentos are very special to us. Your website is providing a lot of useful information to people.

Name:Morgan Wilson
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 02/05/01

Comments: This site is a very good site for information. It helped me and my friend a lot! Thanks so much.

Name:john barrett
From:palatine il.
Date Entered: 02/03/01

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Name:Sandra Foster
From:Lockport, Illinois
Date Entered: 02/02/01

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Name:Joseph Gallagher
From:St. Charles Illinois
Date Entered: 01/29/01

Comments: I am glad there is such a site on the web. Its very well done as well as imformative. Thanks for sharing it with us.
Regards;
Joseph P. Gallagher

Name:Barbara Hodgson
From:Rio Rancho, New Mexico
Date Entered: 01/29/01

Comments: I was disappointed to see that my great- grandmother, Frances Hartman, was not listed on the passenger list of the Eastland. She survived and in fact saved many lives, as she was an excellent swimmer. Frances Haartman was born 1/29/1880 and died in 1969. She was an employee of Western Electric at the time of the disaster. These details have been passed down through our family--Frances' daughter (my grandmother) Blanche Kriz, and her daughter (my mother) Dorothy Tvrdik.

Name:Barbara Commito
From:River Forest, Illinois
Date Entered: 01/29/01

Comments: I am the great niece of Paul Kalka who survived the Eastland. Also I am the cousin of Tomas Wielgos who did not survive.

Name:Michael Ehrhardt
From:Memphis,Tn
Date Entered: 01/28/01

Comments: Ray Ehrhardts brother and Tom Ehrhardts cousin.
Would like to be added to your mailing list.
Lost Greatgrandfather and Greatgrandmother.

Name:Deb (Slavik) Lumberg
From:Poplar, WI
Date Entered: 01/27/01

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Name:Deb (
From:None
Date Entered: 01/27/01

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Name:Dottie Tari
From:Fraklin, NC
Date Entered: 01/24/01

Comments: My name is Dorothy Ann Tari, maiden name was Williams. My grandfather was William Maurice Williams, my father Ralph E. Williams. They were the founders and owners of B.F. Gump Company and Gardner Wire Company on Chicago. In my grandfather's and father's family album is an article concerning the the Eastland disaster. My grandfather claimed and arranged a funeral and burial place for one of the unclaimed children. My sister and I have been trying to find out more about this, and we were so happy to have been sent an article from the Chicago Tribune, printed on 1/14/01. I was born in Oak Park and raised there until the age of 5, then we moved to River Forest. I am a graduate of Roosevelt Grade School in River Forest and Oak Park/River Forest Township High School in Oak Park. I will be trying to read and learn from your web page, and would most certainly enjoy any more information you can furnish me. We do not know anything more at this time concerning the child (a boy) that my grandfather claimed. Do any of you know more?
Again thank you for any help you can give me on this matter, or directions to somewhere I can learn more.
Dorothy Ann Tari
673 Daves Creek Rd.
Franklin, NC 28734
1-828-524-0253
e-mail: harmony@smnet.net

Name:Dottie Tari
From:Fraklin, NC
Date Entered: 01/24/01

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Name:Mayra Padilla
From:Mexico
Date Entered: 01/23/01

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Name:Julia Maras
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 01/21/01

Comments: is anyone knows where the eastland memorial plaque is located please email me the address at shortie752@aol.com

Name:Frances O'Neill
From:Franklin Park, Il.
Date Entered: 01/21/01

Comments: Hi Ted, Thank you for your e-mail. Sorry I really don't have any more information other then my grandfather the policeman name was John(Jack)J, Kerley, he died in 1935. I have away been fascinated with the Eastland,because of the story,but no one ever went into details and I was too young to ask more. If I should find more I will write. Frances

Name:Kim Viening
From:Zeeland, Michigan
Date Entered: 01/17/01

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Name:Catherine Suerth-Richter
From:San Diego Ca (org. Chicago)
Date Entered: 01/16/01

Comments: Although I am not a direct desendant of Nicholas Suerth, I am related. His father and my great-grandfather were brothers. Having been born and raised in Chicago,I have always known about the disaster, I only recently found out that a Suerth was on the boat.

Name:Joyce Hengels Gardner
From:Norridge, Illinois
Date Entered: 01/15/01

Comments: Am looking forward to your genealogical section. An ancestor, Barbara Hengels, was one of those who perished.

Name:David Ziervogel
From:Las Vegas, Nevada
Date Entered: 01/15/01

Comments: My grandfather, Emil Ziervogel, was one of the victims. Had my father, who was 6 years old at the time, not had the flu, the entire family would likely have died in the tragic incident.
I would love to hear from you.

Are you familiar with the book "Eastland Legacy of the Titanic" by George Hilton? If not, it is very thorough and worth reading.

Name:Barbara Croft
From:Oak Park, IL
Date Entered: 01/15/01

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Name:Gary Haverland
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 01/15/01

Comments: I am sure of a connection or two but not much detail. My grandmother Anna G(K)imbel Traub had something to do with the Eastland disaster. There is a Frank J. Traub listed as a survivor.
One William Carl Reiser claimed to be a witness to the event. He was a trolley or elevated conductor (did they have elevateds in 1915)

Name:Frances O'Neill
From:Franklin Park,Il.
Date Entered: 01/14/01

Comments: My grandfather Sam Dewbray worked for Western Electric. He was planning to be onthe boat with his family, but my grandmother made him plant a lilac bush first. They were late and never made the boat. Thank goodness. My other grandfather was a policeman for Chicago and was assigned at the docks when the people were pulled out of the water dead. He was there for days. These are the stories I was told when I was young. Frances

Name:Dolores Leone-Norris
From:125 W., Second St, Hinsdale Il
Date Entered: 01/14/01

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Name:raymond ehrhardt
From:chicago
Date Entered: 01/14/01

Comments: my great grand parents died on the ship.is there any pictures of employes?

Name:raymond ehrhardt
From:chicago
Date Entered: 01/14/01

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Name:Stephenie Mateika
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 01/13/01

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Name:Linda Szalacinski
From:Milwaukee Wisconsin
Date Entered: 01/12/01

Comments: While researching my family tree, I stumbled across M. Szalacinski in the SSDI. I wondered about him and why such a young man died so
early. I'm knocked out to find this information!

How tragic, both his death, and the fact that
it seems he had no one to mourn him from his
family. At least he is known to me now.....

Name:Eric Biel
From:Chicago, Illinois
Date Entered: 01/10/01

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Name:Asma Ahmad
From:Chicago, Illinois
Date Entered: 01/10/01

Comments: I liked the site.

Name:Elizabeth Megen
From:Orlando, FL
Date Entered: 01/08/01

Comments: My Great-Grandmother was on the Eastland and survived, thanks especially to the man who helped her out of the water...if it wasn't for his help, I wouldn't be here today. She lived to the age of 95, thanks to him...and like many of the other survivors, was afraid to be anywhere near a body of water after the disaster.

Name:Brian Drake
From:in the USCG 9th District
Date Entered: 01/08/01

Comments: First off, why is this a guest book, and not a guest log?...after all this is a site dedicated to one of the greatest maritime disasters ever. However, this is the best site I have come accross regarding this horrific disaster. I can't wait to see all of the links you promise to add in the future.

Name:Mary Kuroff
From:Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
Date Entered: 01/06/01

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Name:Walter E Smithe, jr
From:LakeBarrington, IL
Date Entered: 01/05/01

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Name:James J Kallal
From:California
Date Entered: 01/04/01

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Name:Anthony Scheidt
From:Atlanta, GA
Date Entered: 12/28/00

Comments: Nice Web site. But lets not forget the real shame here lies in the fact that the owners knew she was unstable and the law made them put more lifeboats and rafts on the upper deck. Imagine the horror of the engineers in the engineroom as they try to add ballast to counter the list while loading only to find out it gets worse and worse.

Name:Phil Houillion
From:Ohio
Date Entered: 12/25/00

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Name:Krissy Kuever
From:Lake Zurich,IL
Date Entered: 12/21/00

Comments: Ithink this event is so interesting to read about since I'm so close to Chicago.

Name:becky zellner
From:gresham oregon
Date Entered: 12/18/00

Comments: i first heard about the eastland disaster on a show that i was watching called so weird and they did a show on it. that got me interested in learning more about it.

Name:Gary Penfold
From:Saratoga Springs NY
Date Entered: 12/16/00

Comments: I continue to enjoy your website. As an employee of Western Electric/AT&T Technologies/Lucent Technologies for 34 years, I have followed the Eastland tragedy with interest. I regret not being closer to Chicago to view the displays in person.

Name:Joan Schroeder
From:Berwyn
Date Entered: 12/07/00

Comments: Barb and Ted: Yes, I still have the pictures and the video. I presented the program to my ladies group and they enjoyed it. Just yesterday, I spoke to 2 third grade classes in Berwyn. They are studying disasters and were so interested. They loved the video and the pictures. I can return them to you at any time; I really apprecitate the loan, and enjoyed talking about the Eastland. Give me a call 708-788-8606 and we can schedule something. Happy Holidays!!! Joan p.s. Our computer is fixed and I have an e-mail address at home.

Name:Joni Goyette-Schulz
From:Palatine, Illinois
Date Entered: 12/01/00

Comments: My family members where on the Eastland. My grandfather has a scrapbook that he saved because his brother died on this boat.

Name:caitlin slaney
From:Pennsylvania
Date Entered: 11/29/00

Comments: i heard about this and other chicago disasters when i was watching a television show called "sightings" it is on the sci-fi channel.i was very interested about the little boy who was not claimed due to the fact that his whole family died in the accident.
Caitlin Slaney, 13

Name:Lynda Adkins
From:Bowling Green, Kentucky
Date Entered: 11/25/00

Comments: I was often told by my Aunts, that my Uncle Otto "Art" Whitschorek was working on the Eastland when it rolled over. Thanks to your site I believe I can know put that myth to bed.

Name:Scott Siemen
From:Lexington, KY
Date Entered: 11/20/00

Comments: Very nice site

Name:Kate Zenkus
From:Lakemoor, IL
Date Entered: 11/17/00

Comments: Why is there only one photo?

This is quite a site. I will look at it when I have more time.

Name:Candyce Wolsfeld
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 11/08/00

Comments: What a tragic event. I am interested in others who lost family members aboard the Eastland.

Name:Christi Christman
From:Des Moines, Iowa
Date Entered: 11/07/00

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Name:Victoria Deitche
From:South Holland ILL.
Date Entered: 11/05/00

Comments: This Website helped me find good information for my history fair project.
The pictures were helpful too.

Name:Victoria Deitche
From:South Holland ILL.
Date Entered: 11/05/00

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Name:Ryan Germain
From:Crofton Maryland
Date Entered: 11/05/00

Comments: your web site is excellent.I am doing a school report and this was my best source of information.

Name:Joseph Veselka
From:Bartlett, Illinois
Date Entered: 11/04/00

Comments: I am the grandson of Helen Zeman (Veselka) who worked for Western Electric and did not get on the Eastland. However, her brother Bill Zeman had the ticket but was able to get off.

Name:Barb Del Carlo
From:Naperville, IL
Date Entered: 11/03/00

Comments: My Grandmother, Margaret Mary Riley, b. 5/17/1902 d.2/3/1992, told me repeatedly about being a young girl and riding the streetcare home from the north side early the Sunday morning after the Eastland disaster. She rode past all the bodies lying on the street/sidewalk, whatever, covered in sheets, and didn't know what had happened. Later she found out about the ship and never forgot seeing all the covered bodies lining the street.

Name:Chad Anderson
From:St. Charles Il
Date Entered: 11/02/00

Comments: I would be interested in bringing my daughter (11) and my wife (not 11) to see the museum in Wheaton. Any information on the hours or how to do this would be very helpful. Thank you.
Chad Anderson

Name:Krystyna Kalucki
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 11/01/00

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Name:Annie Lee
From:Malaysia
Date Entered: 10/31/00

Comments: I knew this incident because I read a book titled "so weird", it the story is not true, but one of the character they use this incident of Eastland, so I'm curious to know is it true, and I surf the net, and I found this web site. This is so great until even passangers list is inside, I can't believe it!

Name:tyrone brown
From:southfield
Date Entered: 10/29/00

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Name:Bonnie Vinovich
From:Crown Point, Indiana
Date Entered: 10/27/00

Comments: Hi Ted-Just thought I would let you know that Bill and I are going to Florida next week to bury my dad's ashes next to my mom's. He would be thrilled with the scholarship; the celebration last summer was a wonderful tribute. Have you and your wonderful family recovered yet? L know you all worked very hard; your effort was appreciated. Regards, Bonnie Vinovich

Name:Joan (Rylands) Schroeder
From:3445 Home, Berwyn, IL 60402
Date Entered: 10/26/00

Comments: Hi! I am presenting a program for my womens group on the Eastland in November, and I have been doing research on the internet. I am always finding new info, and am still emotional when I study the events. Seeing my dad's name on the passenger list brought it all back. I am using my work computer, since my home computer is giving me trouble. Just wanted to let you know that your info is valuable, and people are interested, even though they are not directly involved like me and my family.

Name:Ryan Germain
From:Maryland
Date Entered: 10/24/00

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Name:Marilou Bautista
From:Chicago, IL
Date Entered: 10/20/00

Comments: I'm helping my 6th grader daughter do research on Chicago and she decided on working on shipwrecks in an near Chicago. This site seems very well put together and full of insightful information. Thank you for all your work.

Name:William Crawford
From:Coloma, WI. (Chicago, Il)
Date Entered: 10/17/00

Comments: Thank you so much for providing information on this terrible disaster. Jenny Erickson, my cousin, age 21, single was on the Eastland when it capsized. She died and the story of her death has been passed down in our family ever since.

Name:Michael Danek
From:Laingsburg, MI
Date Entered: 10/17/00

Comments: I am one of Frank Danek's grandsons, and have been interested in the Eastland for obvious reasons. You have done a nice job on the web site, and your work is very much appreciated.

thanks, Michael (Mick) Danek

Name:Dave Dulany
From:http://www.dulany.net
Date Entered: 10/15/00

Comments: As a former resident of Cicero, I know several families that were affected by this terrible tragedy.

Name:Belena Redmond
From:DePaul University
Date Entered: 10/13/00

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Name:Terry Daniels
From:Phoenix (born in Oak Park)
Date Entered: 10/10/00

Comments: My mom got a book about Chicago last week. she was showing it to me and mentioned the Eastland disaster, I had never heard of it. She told me that my great grandfather and his brother where among the 8oo who perished. she will be estatic when I show her this web site!

Name:Lisa Walker
From:Holland, Michigan
Date Entered: 10/05/00

Comments: Just happened to look up your sight -- and not really expecting anything to be there. We have had a story floating around our family that there was a relative that had died in a shipwreck on the Chicago River...

Happened to look on your Victim's List -- and there we are! Now we know, one of our family members was on the Eastland and perished with so many others!

Thanks a lot for your work on this sight and for the work done constructing a list of victims. It is nice to have proof of the family story, and as well the information will help me in my geneological project.

Again, thanks.

Lisa L. Walker

(The victim was George Cholke)

Name:Patricia Morris
From:Huntington Beach, CA
Date Entered: 10/02/00

Comments: My father, who passed away in 1992, wrote a yet unpublished story about his parents who missed getting aboard the Eastland because his grandmother begged them to sit and have a cup of coffee with her before their departure. I am researching the story further and hope to publish his story in book form with other historical family facts. I don't, however, find them among your list of those who narrowly escaped. Were tickets sold ahead of time?

Name:Gary Falk
From:Louisville, KY
Date Entered: 10/01/00

Comments: Maritime disasters and other marine incidents are of great interest to me, especially determining
causes and how it changes future equipment, procedures, etc.
The Eastland disaster especially arouses my
curiousity considering the close proximity to land and the fact that it was still in port.
Gary Falk

Name:REG SCOTT
From:SAULT STE MARIE ONT
Date Entered: 09/27/00

Comments: GREAT

Name:Anne Saller
From:Chicago, now Orange, CA
Date Entered: 09/26/00

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Name:Erin Tipton
From:Battle Creek, MI
Date Entered: 09/26/00

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Name:Fao Sanni
From:Bennin, Africa
Date Entered: 09/24/00

Comments: I would like if you could send me list of books about the disaster, and maybe pictures. Also if there was anyone that is still alive and was part of it, I would like to know if I can interview them because this is my history fair topic. I live in carbondale,Il and I have a hard time finding informations. I heard about the disaster on a tv show on disney, and your site has been most helpfull.

Name:Tobin Roggenbuck
From:Oswego, Il
Date Entered: 09/24/00

Comments: I am a senior at Aurora University and I'm working on a research project on the Eastland disaster. I'll look forward to utilizing this resource.

Name:Mary Edwards
From:North Carolina
Date Entered: 09/18/00

Comments: I signed the book and did not get my comments on page. It is a wonderful site and It brought the "Eastland" alive to me. I had an aunt and uncle who were aboard the ship when it turned on its side. I did not see their names on list of survivors. My cousin's mother and dad were aboard. I wondered who she could write to with information. She does not have a computer to send information.

Name:Mary Edwards
From:North Carolina
Date Entered: 09/18/00

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Name:Patrick Dunne
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 09/18/00

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Name:marge rakovec
From:wisconsin
Date Entered: 09/12/00

Comments: very interesting

Name:marge rakovec
From:wisconsin
Date Entered: 09/12/00

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Name:maryellen vaughn-d'ambrosio
From:phoenix,az
Date Entered: 09/09/00

Comments: have been receiving your welcome e mails but have a new e mail address now. old e-mail 112307.620@
compuserve .com now:
marydambr@cs.com grandfather - edward j. vaughn asa chicago fireman who helped in the rescue of passengers. born in chicgo have been in phoenix for 35 years. hope to get to chicago next summer so i can see the display.

Name:marge rakovec
From:Neillsville wisconsin
Date Entered: 09/05/00

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Name:j.c. hebron`
From:louisiana
Date Entered: 09/05/00

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Name:Emily Myers
From:Indiana
Date Entered: 09/05/00

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Name:Catherine maciejewski
From:new york
Date Entered: 09/05/00

Comments: i love the fact they i could look up information on my great aunt Nellie!

Name:Test Test
From:somewhere
Date Entered: 09/04/00

Comments: This is a test record from Henry. Let me know if you get this one.

Name:Dianna Bruso
From:Indiana
Date Entered: 09/04/00

Comments: I have an ancestor who was missing at the same time as the Eastland Disaster. It was believed, he and his family were on the ship. His name was Marius Pedersen, wife was Janie and 2 young boys. One boys name was George and I don't know the other ones name. Marius was born in Denmark and would have been 29 years old. His wife was from Canada.
I would like to know if there is any way to check this out.

Name:julie gould
From:streamwood Il. 60107
Date Entered: 09/03/00

Comments: I am very happy to find this web site. My aunt Elizabeth Mueller was the fiance of Charles Zitt who died on the Eastland. He was going to play baseball so she decided to take a later boat. She never married.

Name:CECILIA KOUGH
From:Chicago, Illinois
Date Entered: 09/02/00

Comments: Hello, I'm very impressed about the information you hae gathered on the Eastland Disaster, good job.

Name:Karen Pavletich
From:Elk Grove Village, Illinois
Date Entered: 09/01/00

Comments: Would love to visit the Titanic Exhibition.
Also, my in laws might have had a distant relative on the eastland disaster.

Name:Test est
From:None
Date Entered: 08/30/00

Comments: This is a test entry

Name:Tracy Flindall
From:Barrie Ontario, Canada
Date Entered: 08/28/00

Comments: how fascinating- I was doing some research on my family name and found Helen Flindall- if only i knew more about this person, her family background..

Name:Lise Amundrud
From:Jacksonville, FL
Date Entered: 08/26/00

Comments: My great great grandfather was the maritime inspector who stated the Eastland was seaworthy that day. He never forgave himself

Name:Katherine McCullough
From:Kansas City,MO
Date Entered: 08/25/00

Comments: The Eastland and the Titanic were sad disaster, but what I'm mad about is that after the Titanic sank, that had 16 lifeboats, so way didn't the Eastland have more than 12 lifeboats.

Name:Ray Gilgenbach
From:Glenview, IL
Date Entered: 08/21/00

Comments: My uncle George Gilgenbach was on the Eastland that day.
His name does not appear on the list.

My great uncle Peter Gilgenbach worked for Western Electric. He was not on the ship that day.

Name:Marie Kosik
From:Lisle, Illinois
Date Entered: 08/15/00

Comments: My father's grandmother, aunt, uncle, and cousin died on the Eastland. Therefore, I was very interested in this website. I will be sharing the information on the site with my father who is 82 and remembers the tragedy very well. His parents were also supposed to be on the ship but his mother got sick and they didn't go. If they had gone, I wouldn't be here today!

Name:David Holubik
From:Chicago, Il
Date Entered: 08/15/00

Comments: My grandmother was a survivor of the Eastland. Her name is Myrtle (Paschen) Holubik. She is now deceased.

Name:jim delaney
From:brielle, new jersey
Date Entered: 08/14/00

Comments: my father, james delaney, worked in aircraft and i believe he was in cicero, illinois. his family lived in iowa. he had several sisters, one named mabel delaney who later married a chicago attorney named william phelan. he also had a sister who was lost in the eastland disaster. i have no idea what her married name was, if she was married. i have found no mention of a delaney among the names of the victims. if anyone has any ideas as to how i can continue my search, i would genuinely appreciate hearing from you.


Name:Marcia Ashcom
From:Originally from SE side of Chi
Date Entered: 08/12/00

Comments: I am ashamed to say that even though I was born and raised in South Chicago, I did not know about the Eastland disaster until I returned to settle back in Illinois 4 years ago. My family and I have made 2 trips to see the Titanic exhibit at Science & Industry, and we also spent a lot of time looking at the Eastland tragedy on display. I think it was very appropriate that the Eastland be included with the Titanic. The Eastland disaster happened right here, and Chicago is able to share its sorrows among those many visitors from all over, who are visiting the Titanic display. I would hope that Science & Industry would reserve a special place for the Eastland memories. It is because of organizations like you that we can continue to keep the memory alive for our children and grandchildren. Thank you for educating me as well.

Name:Carrie Brissette
From:Indiana
Date Entered: 08/11/00

Comments: What can I say? This site is truly amazing. The information, the links, the personal touch... it's very tragic but very educational too.
Thank you for putting such a fabulous site together about a little known tragedy. You've got my membership in the mail.

Name:Walter Horn
From:Houston, TX
Date Entered: 08/07/00

Comments: Originally from Chicago, my brother in Aurora sent me a copy of The Beacon News article about the Eastland. My grandfather, Richard Adolf Horn, was a Western Electric manager. He told us that he had been on the Eastland, but we do not see him listed and are unable to reach the genealogy links/sites. Perhaps he was on the Theodore Roosevelt or the Petoskey passenger lists. Is there a way to check that?

Name:Carol Frieders
From:Aurora, IL
Date Entered: 08/06/00

Comments: Keep up the good work. Always enjoy your newsletters and improvements to your web page. Glad to hear that students are using your information for school history projects. I am already on your mailing list.

Name:Lauren Nelson
From:Gurnee, IL
Date Entered: 08/05/00

Comments: I love your web site! I am researching my family tree and I have been able to find wonderful information. I am a relative (great-granddaughter) of Mr. & Mrs. Roy C. Theil, who were on the ship during the very unfortunate incident.

Thank you again!

Lauren

Name:Christine Schneider
From:Watseka, Illinois
Date Entered: 07/30/00

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Name:Denise Fedorow
From:Goshen, IN (orig. Yonkers, NY
Date Entered: 07/30/00

Comments: Having just recenly learned of this disaster, and wanting to know more about it, I was thrilled to find your website!

Name:Pat Cremeens
From:Plainfield, Ill.
Date Entered: 07/30/00

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Name:John Hayward
From:Elk Grove Village, IL
Date Entered: 07/29/00

Comments: I just found out from my mother that my great aunt, Henrietta Zajicek and my great uncle, Edward Zajicek died in the disaster. I read about it in the Elgin Courier newspaper where I saw the website mentioned and decided to look for their names. My grandmother was supposed to go on the trip but was rather shy and decided not to go. Had she gone I suppose I wouldn't be typing this in my computer...
John E Hayward Age 39

Name:Peggy Mangun
From:New Lenox, IL
Date Entered: 07/27/00

Comments: My grandmother, Ann Fredericks & at least one of her sisters, Alice Fredericks were passengers on the Eastland, so we heard the story many times. Alice Fredericks died in this disaster. I do not find either of their names on your passenger list. What do I need to do to get this information included? I'm not sure which other family members were also on this trip--I know some also perished & some were among the survivors. I would have to check with my mother to get more complete information.

Name:Marilyn Fornell
From:Marina City, Chicago
Date Entered: 07/26/00

Comments: I'm always amazed at how many native Chicagoens have never heard of the "Eastland". Working a block away from where the disaster happened is sobering.



Name:Giusy Di Filippo
From:Italy
Date Entered: 07/26/00

Comments: Beautiful web site ! but I Can't realize the connections in your "The Eastlander's family tree"!!

Name:Dwight Levere
From:Ontario, Canada
Date Entered: 07/25/00

Comments:
Was this an Act of God???

Name:tom plunkett
From:joliet, il.
Date Entered: 07/25/00

Comments: The Eastland disaster is very interesting to learn about and your web site is very interesting.

Name:Helen Niesen
From:Monona, WI
Date Entered: 07/25/00

Comments: I was reading Everton's Ancestry,com comments on today's (July 25) events. The material, pictures and closeness to WI. got me interested in the disaster.

Name:Melonie Honeycutt
From:Tyler, Texas
Date Entered: 07/25/00

Comments: This site has been extremely informative. I truly appreciate all the time and effort that so many individuals have dedicated to this project.

Name:Lee Selin
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 07/24/00

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Name:Terry Kraus
From:Glen Ellyn, IL
Date Entered: 07/24/00

Comments: My grandmother, was a 15 y/o employee of Western Electric. And since it would have been improper for a single woman of her age to attend such a function unchaperoned, Her Aunt Mae was to accompany her. Aunt Mae was well - known for her vanity and this included shoes that were far too small for her because she wouldn't admit to her true size. As they were trying to get to the last streetcar that would get them to the ship on time, Aunt Mae sat down in the middle of a lawn and said, "Aw nuts, I can't take another ship in these shoes." So they never boarded the doomed excursion ship. I wouldn't be writing this now as grandma couldn't swim at all. She shared some kind of survivor's guilt but she also said that G-d must have meant for her to be here. Grandma passed away in her early 90's but she always remembered The Eastland tragedy anniversary Thank you for letting me share.

Name:Janette Raysby
From:Phoenix, AZ
Date Entered: 07/24/00

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Name:William Albert JR.
From:Hampshire IL 60140
Date Entered: 07/24/00

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Name:Scott Scheibly
From:Decatur IL.
Date Entered: 07/24/00

Comments: Thank you for the history lesson.
Machinery Repairman First Class (Surface Warfare / Aviation Warfare) Scott E. Scheibly USN

I am having trouble typing in where I heard about this. I heard this on WMAQ 670 radio .

Name:Susan Kasprowicz
From:Warrenville, IL
Date Entered: 07/24/00

Comments: Very nice website. I heard about it from Bart Shore, an announcer on the soon-to-be-defunct radio station WMAQ. I've always been fascinated with Great Lakes shipwrecks, and this is a good resource.

Name:kerry erber
From:lemont , il
Date Entered: 07/24/00

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Name:charles kelly
From:Elgin, IL
Date Entered: 07/23/00

Comments: I first learend of the Eastland disaster on the Wally Phillips radio show on WGN over 20 years ago.

Having served in an engine room for the US Navy I regularly filled/transfered water in ballast tanks to compensate for taking on fuel, fresh water etc.. I never experienced the problems this ship experienced. I would like to know more of the ships engineering features regarding controlling ballast.

Again, great site; looking forward to additions.

Name:Nancy Fury
From:Joliet, Illinois
Date Entered: 07/23/00

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Name:Doris Sabanish
From:Maple Park, Ill.
Date Entered: 07/23/00

Comments: Very interesting.
I saw an article in the newspaper about the Eastland.
I am going to see the Titanic Display soon and will be glad to see more there on the Eastland.

Name:Doris Sabanish
From:Maple Park, Ill.
Date Entered: 07/23/00

Comments: Very interesting.
I saw an article in the newspaper about the Eastland.
I am going to see the Titanic Display soon and will be glad to see more there on the Eastland.

Name:dorothy groenendal
From:sandwich,il 60548
Date Entered: 07/23/00

Comments: dorothy groenendal

Name:RITA WINGER
From:ELGIN, IL (CHICAGO,IL)
Date Entered: 07/23/00

Comments: MY MOTHER WAS MARIE ZIOLA AND SHE WAS A PASSENGER ON THE EASTLAND. WHAT INFORMATION CAN OUR FAMILY SUPPLY TO HELP COMPLETE YOUR RECORDS.

Name:ROBERT PETERSON
From:SOUTH ELGIN, IL.
Date Entered: 07/23/00

Comments:
WELL DONE WEB PAGE. THIS DISASTER HAS FASCINATED ME SINCE THE MID 60'S. WOULD YOU KNOW IF THERE IS A DOCUMENTARY MADE FOR TELEVISION BEING MADE ON THIS DISASTER? I'M SUPRISED THERE HASN'T BEEN A DOCUMENTARY OR MOVIE MADE ABOUT THE EASTLAND IN THE PAST.

Name:Lucille LaFong
From:Jeffersonville, Kentucky
Date Entered: 07/22/00

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Name:Debi Caldwell
From:Belen, NM
Date Entered: 07/21/00

Comments: My grandfather witnessed it - he was seven years old. He and his father saved many people. He has told the story to us often over the past few months!

I'll print out the website for him - it's great!

Name:steve Pavetich
From:chicago il
Date Entered: 07/20/00

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Name:John McDonald
From:Atlanta, Georgia
Date Entered: 07/18/00

Comments: Very interesting site. Was trying to find information about my great-grandfather who
worked for the U.S. Life Saving Service.
His name is Capt. Charles Carland. I have
some info. that states he helped in the
rescue of passengers on the Eastland.

Name:Billy Scheulmor
From:Kentucky
Date Entered: 07/16/00

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Name:Stacy McArdle
From:Crystal Lake, IL
Date Entered: 07/16/00

Comments: I am so thrilled to find this site. I didn't know it existed. Great job and thanks!
Haunted Pages
http://www.hauntedpages.com

Name:Lucille LaFong
From:Jeffersonville, Kentucky
Date Entered: 07/11/00

Comments: I am a Great Granddaughter of Joseph and Katherine Menth who were two of the victims of the Eastland Disaster. I was born in Chicago the oldest daughter of Edward Joseph Menth and Lucille McCarthy Menth. I am also first cousin to the current Catholic Cardinal of Chicago, Francis E. George, OMI. "Frannie" and I are 8 months apart in age and grew up together. His Mother was a sister of my Mother. I discovered this site as I was researching the Eastland Disaster to add to my family history for my grandchildren and someday, their children, etc. I never realized there was an Eastland Society and am very much interested in it. Thank you. Sincerely, Lucille Menth LaFong

Name:Robert Havlik
From:South Bend, IN.
Date Entered: 07/10/00

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Name:Alex Kim
From:Lake Forest, Illinois
Date Entered: 07/10/00

Comments: Your web site rocked!! It really helped me in my report. Thank you for helping me.

Name:JOHN LESSOR
From:ERIE PA
Date Entered: 07/10/00

Comments: HAVING BEEN INTERESTED IN THE TITANIC DISASTER FOR MANY YEARS,AND HAVING NUMEROUS BOOKS AND OTHER TITANIC THINGS I STARTED TO FOLLOW TRAILSTHAT LED TO THE EASTLAND DISASTER,AND WAS SADDENED BY THE HUGE LOSS . KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK . JOHN S LESSOR

Name:jessica jones
From:chicago
Date Entered: 07/08/00

Comments: i just wanted tot hankyou for the provided information becuase it is really helping me in retaining resources for my research paper god bless america
good-bye

Name:Geoff Whitfield
From:Liverpool, England.
Date Entered: 07/08/00

Comments: I was pleased to find a Society devoted to this terrible tragedy. Being from the United Kingdom, the "Eastland" disaster is unheard of here and it was only during a visit to your beautiful country that I first heard mention of it.I wonder if overseas membership is available?
I compiled the passenger manifest for David Zeni's book "Forgotten Empress" the story of the Empress of Ireland, I am also the Secretary of the British Titanic Society.

Name:Chris Brandon
From:Anchorage, AK
Date Entered: 07/07/00

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Name:Darin Suchodolski
From:Grand Rapids, Michigan
Date Entered: 07/06/00

Comments: Great site...hope to see more of the links up and running soon.

Name:Elizabeth Price
From:Randolph,VT
Date Entered: 07/03/00

Comments: Hello! I am very interested in ships and there odd sinkings.

Name:Lisa Storey-Johnson
From:Originally MT, now living IN
Date Entered: 07/02/00

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Name:Kelsey Schranze
From:Plymouth
Date Entered: 07/02/00

Comments: I heard about the disaster on televison.It was on So Weird. I really seem interested in it.

Name:Brian & Tammy Rabe
From:Indianapolis
Date Entered: 07/02/00

Comments: My grandfather was on the Eastland with his parents and sister. He was 4 and lived to tell about the incident. He recently passed away this May and this is a great site to capture many memories.
--Brian Rabe

Name:maggie fortuna
From:Los Angeles, CA
Date Entered: 06/29/00

Comments: My grandmother lost three of her siblings on this disaster. I have just recently been made of this fact by my aunts and am curious to find out more about the specific circumstances leading up to it. I would be interested in viewing the passenger list if such a thing is available. Thank you for this opportunity to learn more about this event that shaped my family's history.

Name:Maryann Olsen
From:Carmel, Indiana
Date Entered: 06/26/00

Comments:
I lost 2 of my Aunts on the Eastland and one Aunt that was saved. Something that she never talked about as long as I knew her, which was a very very long time. My Mother was only 5 when this tradigy happened. Could not believe that one of my cousins found this page. I am very new to the internet and have a webtv not a regular computer but am so happy to have had the chance to talk about this with you. How did this ever get started?

Name:David Swanson
From:Columbus
Date Entered: 06/24/00

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Name:Joanne Beda
From:Carpentersville, Illinois
Date Entered: 06/24/00

Comments: I found this site on iWon.com. I was searching for Eastland information because my grandmother told me the story of her aunt and uncle being on the Eastland. I haven't had a chance to look around much, but so far I like this site.

Name:jessica jones
From:chicago
Date Entered: 06/23/00

Comments: i would as a tourist like to know and obtain information as to where to go when disaster strikes such a unique work of art.un fortunatly this web site is not offering information for this question right now

Name:HOLLIE LUYKX
From:SCHAMBURG
Date Entered: 06/23/00

Comments: I THOUGT THIS WAS A GOOD WAY TO LEARN ABOUT CHICAGO. IT'S HISTORY . THE CHICAGO'S TITANTIC.THE ONLY WAY I KNOW ABOUT THIS IS MY GRNDMOTHER TOLD ME THIS AND IWAS VERY INSTERED.TELLTHIS ILIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT SHIP WRAKS.

Name:EDGAR . M. JACKSON
From:CHICAGO ,ILL.
Date Entered: 06/21/00

Comments: A NEWSREPORTER ON CHANNEL 7 WAS TALKING ABOUT THE TITANNIC DISPLAY AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY AND HE MENTIONED THE EASTLAND DISASTER AS CHICAGO'S VERSION OF THE TITANNIC. I HAD NEVER HEARD OF THE EASTLAND, SO I WENT ON LINE TO FIND OUT ABOUT IT.I KNOW OF A SIMILAR ACCIDENT THAT HAPPENED IN MEMPHIS ON A RIVERBOAT ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN THE LATE 1800'S. MY OLDER SISTER.S LIVE IN MEMPHIS AND DURING A VISIT I WAS ON THE RIVER AND NOTICED A PLAQUE ABOUT THE SHIP AT THE SPOT IT SANK OFF SHORE. THE PLAQUE IS ON A RAMP IN THE RIVER . WHEN I RETURNED A YEAR LATER THE RIVER WAS 15 FEET ABOVE FLOOD STAGE ,AND THE PLAQUE WAS SUBMERGED.

Name:EDGAR . M. JACKSON
From:CHICAGO ,ILL.
Date Entered: 06/21/00

Comments: A NEWSREPORTER ON CHANNEL 7 WAS TALKING ABOUT THE TITANNIC DISPLAY AT THE MUSEUM OF SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY AND HE MENTIONED THE EASTLAND DISASTER AS CHICAGO'S VERSION OF THE TITANNIC. I HAD NEVER HEARD OF THE EASTLAND, SO I WENT ON LINE TO FIND OUT ABOUT IT.I KNOW OF A SIMILAR ACCIDENT THAT HAPPENED IN MEMPHIS ON A RIVERBOAT ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER IN THE LATE 1800'S. MY OLDER SISTER.S LIVE IN MEMPHIS AND DURING A VISIT I WAS ON THE RIVER AND NOTICED A PLAQUE ABOUT THE SHIP AT THE SPOT IT SANK OFF SHORE. THE PLAQUE IS ON A RAMP IN THE RIVER . WHEN I RETURNED A YEAR LATER THE RIVER WAS 15 FEET ABOVE FLOOD STAGE ,AND THE PLAQUE WAS SUBMERGED.

Name:Lindsay Campbell
From:Adelaide, South Australia
Date Entered: 06/19/00

Comments: This is an amazing story. I cannot believe that I had not heard of this story before today. I am pleased that I have now. It should be made into a dramatised movie !!!

Name:John F. King
From:Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Date Entered: 06/16/00

Comments: A distant cousin of mine was a fatality on the "Titanic" (Thornton Davidson). I have been a resident of Chicago area since 1973 and always considered the memory of the "Eastland" seriously. Both, among other things, are reminders not only of the mortality of man but of his recklessness and lack of caution. I hope the memory of these disasters keeps these concerns in front of us. Good site! JFK

Name:Erwin Siwek
From:Born in Chicago, Sept 10,1926
Date Entered: 05/30/00

Comments: I am Erwin G.Siwek, one of the sons of John Siwek who was credited with rescuing several hundred survivivors of the disaster. He was decorated by the city and by New York central Railways.I am interested in obtaining copies of newspaper articles, photographs, etc. I hope to be in hicago on July 22.

Name:Heidi Nieman
From:None
Date Entered: 05/29/00

Comments: Ted,

I was looking for the picture of my great grandmother Clara Reisner. Is it on here and I just did not see it?

Heidi Nieman

Name:James Vollnogle
From:Indianapolis In
Date Entered: 05/27/00

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Name:roland giolli
From:university of california
Date Entered: 05/27/00

Comments: I have seen photos of the eastland before and after the disaster (another web site). Did this diaster of 1915 occur near the La Salle Street bridge over the Chicago River? If this is not the case, what bridge (over this river) was the nearest to the actual site.

Name:Howard Myones
From:Hollywood, Florida
Date Entered: 05/27/00

Comments: Dear Eastland Disaster Memorial Society,
For my school research paper this year I had to write about a disaster. I had never really known about this, but I had heard of it. Your site really helped me learn and understand what happened that fateful day. I would contribute money, but I don't have any. Thank you and please send me updates about the site.

Name:Tremaine Davis
From:Wirth School Chicago IL
Date Entered: 05/14/00

Comments: Found Web site doing home work on the SS Eastland

Name:Eileen Lowery
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 05/13/00

Comments: Hi, my grandpa, Richard E. Cassidy was a Chicago Fireman. We have pictures of him as a rescue worker at the site. We would like to share these pictures with you. thanks for keeping up the site

Name:BUTZ GREG
From:FLA
Date Entered: 05/13/00

Comments: I HAVE FOUND AN OLD ''REAL PHOTO ''POSTCARD OF THE SHIP WHILE BEING RESCUED AT THE DOCK. WONDER IF THIS IS OF VALUE TO ANYONE? THANKS!

Name:Colleen Ringel
From:Skokie, IL
Date Entered: 05/13/00

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Name:Michelle Lang
From:Canada
Date Entered: 05/10/00

Comments: I really like this site. I learned about this on a TV show. It's kinda spooky. It was just 3 years after the Titanic sunk. Capsizing right infront of a dock. How could so many people die? It was right on the dock.

Name:judy montgomery
From:troy, mo 63369
Date Entered: 05/10/00

Comments: i was checking info on the titanic exibit, when i came across this info on the eastland. i have never heard of this incident. i am going to go back and read more on this. i would very much like to come to chicago this summer. my husband and myself are planning a trip there to see all of the exhibit this summer. our five year old grandson is so interested in the titanic. he has watched the latest movie several times. we felt he would really enjoy this exhibit.

Name:Andrew Johnsen
From:Cedar Lake, IN
Date Entered: 05/04/00

Comments: On the Eastland postcard of the divers (I also have this postcard) Iver Johnsen is the second diver from the left.

Name:Andrew Iver(middle name) Johnsen
From:Cedar Lake, IN
Date Entered: 05/04/00

Comments: My grandfather, Iver Johnsen, a Danish immigrant, was the first diver on the Eastland after it capsized and the last to leave after all the bodies had been recovered. My grandfather learned the diving business from his older brother Andrew Johnsen. In 1915 My father and grandparents lived on the south side of Chicago. At that time my grandfather was a well known hard hat diver in Chicago and the Great Lakes region.

Name:Andrew Iver(middle name) Johnsen
From:Cedar Lake, IN
Date Entered: 05/04/00

Comments: My grandfather, Iver Johnsen, a Danish immigrant, was the first diver on the Eastland after it capsized and the last to leave after all the bodies had been recovered. My grandfather learned the diving business from his older brother Andrew Johnsen. In 1915 My father and grandparents lived on the south side of Chicago. At that time my grandfather was a well known hard hat diver in Chicago and the Great Lakes region.

Name:Israel Martinez
From:Chicago iL Carpenter School
Date Entered: 05/03/00

Comments: I have enjoyed reading about the Eastland disaster. It is nice to know that there is information about Chicago's history.I have enjoyed reading through your interesting history. There is alot of tragedy in this selction that I have read.I hope that you keep on puting interesting things about Chicago's history. I hope that you keep up the good work!!!!

P.S I AM AN 8 GRADER AT CARPENTER SCHOOL.

Name:Thomas Ramsey
From:downtown Chicago
Date Entered: 04/25/00

Comments: I think it a wonderful and admirable thing that your organization perpetuates the memory of the terrible disaster that struck our community. Without organizations such as yours, history and its lessons, and related stories of suffering and survival, are lost to those who might benefit from learning about them.

--- Tom Ramsey

Name:Robert Kern
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 04/25/00

Comments: Great information. I had no idea that had happened.I am from the Chicago area.

Name:Joanne (Swanson) Hales
From:Concord, California
Date Entered: 04/25/00

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Name:Joanne (Swanson) Hales
From:Concord, California
Date Entered: 04/25/00

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Name:Gayle Magruder
From:Richmond, VA
Date Entered: 04/24/00

Comments: My Grandmother & her sister, Rose and Mary Janousek, were on the Eastland and tearfully she told us as children about that day. She and her sister were on the boat and they had to crawl out a window. A man, whom they never identified, told them to hold onto the boat railing,(hanging overboard). They both survived because of him,but apparently were scratched all down their backs from people trying to climb onto them.

Name:LINDA MOYNIHAN
From:BRIDGEVIEW,IL
Date Entered: 04/24/00

Comments: I WAS TOLD MY GRANDFATHER WAS ON THE EASTLAND THAT DAY. IS THERE A PASSENGER LIST? HIS NAME WAS GEORGE MCGRATH,HE WOULD HAVE BEEN ABOUT NINETEEN.

Name:Diane Wodtka
From:Iuka,Il 62849
Date Entered: 04/21/00

Comments: My mother told of the Eastland disaster many times. Her father went to the dock area where the bodies were taken to be identified. His young niece was easily identified for she had beautiful long red hair. Her mother ran a funeral home, and her father was a jeweler. They all perished that day.

Name:SCOTT KRECKER
From:LIBERTY, MO.
Date Entered: 04/20/00

Comments: MY GRANDMOTHER CATHERINE OKEEFE WAS ON BOARD THE DAY IT SANK. SHE WAS 13 YEARS OLD. SHE WAS WITH TWO COUSINS WHO WORKED FOR WESTERN ELECTRIC. THE TWO COUSINS DROWN AND MY GRANDMOTHER SURVIVED.

Name:Bonnie Dinkel
From:Billings, Montana
Date Entered: 04/20/00

Comments: My grandmother was on the Eastland and survived.
She was 14 years old when it happened. Her name was Kathleen O'Keeffe.

Name:Carol Gapen
From:Naperville Illinois
Date Entered: 04/19/00

Comments: It is so exciting to see the wedding picture of my grandparents, Irene McDonald and Charles P. Carroll on your web page! I look forward to seeing the exhibit at the museum of science and industry. While visiting Portland, Oregon my brother, Charles P. Carroll, and I were so thrilled to see this picture on the world wide web so many years after their deaths and so many more years after they survived that sad day. Thank you for your work in preserving this piece of Chicago history.

Name:Donna Mary Gruenke-Wilson
From:Des Plaines, IL
Date Entered: 04/18/00

Comments: Please add my email address to your mailing list. I am researching my family tree with my mother and
she asked me to search for Eastland information.At
this time I was told that my maternal grandmother lost two cousin's, Mary & Margaret Keenan. The only thing we know is that the RedCross assisted the family in returning their bodies home to Ireland and that the younger sister was engaged. Do you have any information? Any plans on a family night at the exhibit? Thank you. Donna W.

Name:Donna Mary Gruenke-Wilson
From:Des Plaines, IL
Date Entered: 04/18/00

Comments: Please add my email address to your mailing list. I am researching my family tree with my mother and
she asked me to search for Eastland information.At
this time I was told that my maternal grandmother lost two cousin's, Mary & Margaret Keenan. The only thing we know is that the RedCross assisted the family in returning their bodies home to Ireland and that the younger sister was engaged. Do you have any information? Any plans on a family night at the exhibit? Thank you. Donna W.

Name:Robert Wachholz
From:Chicago, now Barrington Il
Date Entered: 04/13/00

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Name:Ray Gilgenbach
From:Glenview, IL
Date Entered: 04/12/00

Comments: My uncle, George Gilgenbach was on the Eastland that day. His girlfriend died. His Uncle Peter Gilgenbach worked for Western Electric.

Name:Dorothy Wagner
From:Rolling Meadows/Chicago
Date Entered: 04/10/00

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Name:lois Durr
From:Oahu, Hawaii
Date Entered: 04/08/00

Comments: Hello---I cannot quite share my feelings adequately as I read the accounts on your site. Horror-sadness-eerie fascination.--Thank you for your time and effort.--My mother who would have been 12 yrs. old at the time of the disaster, always talked of this event. I am not sure why she was so affected. I know my grandfather Wm. Stewart was a "cold storage man" and may have been working near the disaster site. Aloha--lois

Name:lois Durr
From:Oahu, Hawaii
Date Entered: 04/08/00

Comments: Hello---I cannot quite share my feelings adequately as I read the accounts on your site. Horror-sadness-eerie fascination.--Thank you for your time and effort.--My mother who would have been 12 yrs. old at the time of the disaster, always talked of this event. I am not sure why she was so affected. I know my grandfather Wm. Stewart was a "cold storage man" and may have been working near the disaster site. Aloha--lois

Name:Wendell Bark
From:Hot Springs Village, AR
Date Entered: 04/06/00

Comments: My grand-uncle (grandmother's brother), George E. Schmidt, was a casualty in the Eastland disaster. I remember in my youth my father and grandmother telling me of the Eastland capsizing in the Chicago River. Our family tree shows she had 4 brothers, but until I accessed your web site, I never knew which brother it was. I am now 71 years old. It was most interesting to learn all the intricate details of the events surrounding this event.

Name:william adair
From:il.
Date Entered: 04/05/00

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Name:Jon*(cool person) cubs rule
From:None
Date Entered: 03/30/00

Comments: your website is cool Cubs rule!!!

Name:BEn Cubs rule
From:None
Date Entered: 03/30/00

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Name:Heidi Nieman
From:None
Date Entered: 03/23/00

Comments: Hi Ted,

My Dad had sent you the casette with my Great Grandmother's picture on it. I didn't see it on here. Is it safe to assume it did not work? Do you want us to send you the original picture?
Let me know. It is not in the best condition, but we can send it as is, and then please return it. Thanks Heidi Nieman

Name:Priscilla Pierce
From:Oklahoma City, OK
Date Entered: 03/19/00

Comments: It is my understanding that my grandfather, Clemons William (C.W.)Zander, was a supervisor at Western Electric at the time of the Eastland disaster. I believe that, as a supervisor, he was required to sell tickets to his employees. He felt that it was unfair to coerce the staff to purchase the tickets as the cost was equal to a week's pay for his employees, many of whom had very large families. He refused to sell the tickets or to attend the outing. He left town for the weekend and returned, unaware of the tragedy. When he reported to work, he was informed that he was being terminated and that he was needed at the morgue. He then went to the morgue and helped with body identification. The stench was so overwhelming and the experience so traumatic that it led to his having severe nausea for months. Eventually, a physician recommended that he move South in order to improve his mental and physical well-being. He moved to Alabama, married my grandmother and had two daughters. Unfortunately, he developed pneumonia in 1939 or 1940 and died. The story of the Eastland was passed down to me by my aunt. I am uncertain about the accuracy of all of the details I have shared, but am certain that my grandfather suffered greatly as a result of his experience. I would be interested in knowing if there is any documentation of my grandfather's involvement after the disaster. I realize that my story is not one that is particulary flattering to Western Electric. It is important, however, that the entire story is told. Over 800 people lost their lives......I just can't imagine.

Name:Dan Wett
From:Minnesota
Date Entered: 03/16/00

Comments: Love this new website. Need more info. on Western Electric. It looks as if this portion is still under construction. If anyone has any info. we all would greatly appreciate the information.
Thanks,
Dan Wett
W8496@rconnect.com
PS:My Great Grandfather died on the Eastland and my Grandfather (a young teen) was fortunate to survive, (fortunate for my birth)

Name:eric rabe
From:indiana
Date Entered: 03/15/00

Comments: My relatives were on the eastland.

Name:Robin Sor
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 03/10/00

Comments: This web site is tha bomb!!! I'm doing a report and found this site to be very helpful!

Name:BOB ZITO
From:APPLETON
Date Entered: 03/10/00

Comments: Teddy,Barb& family, the site is terrific and well organized thanks for the update hope all is well!

Name:Nancy rather not say
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 03/09/00

Comments: I was at the Museum of Science and Industry to see the Titanic exhibit today. I had never heard about the Eastland, but many of the nursing home residents I was with had. I must have watched for 15 minutes while tons of people looked at the small exhibit and almost all had never heard of the Eastland. How tragic, both the accident and how little of Chicago history has been taught in the school systems. N3137p@aol.com

Name:Michael Beverley
From:Chicago Area
Date Entered: 03/09/00

Comments: Thank you very much for gathering and publishing this information. My Grandparents were on the Eastland and I found your site very interesting and informative.

Michael Beverley, Grandson of Bernard and Elizabeth Beverley

Name:DALLAS MILTIBARGER
From:BENTON HARBOR,MI 49022
Date Entered: 03/08/00

Comments: always thought of the titanic as a great lose
now the eastland is part of the collection.
the website is awsome for schoolager'sor anyone interested. thanks DALLAS MILTIBARGER BENTON HARBOR MI.

Name:Tom Mulhern
From:originally, South Holland, IL
Date Entered: 03/06/00

Comments: Wonderful site!

My grandmother (Alice Simmott, later Wittman) worked at Western Electric, as did her two sisters (Grace and Marie). All of them have passed away, but my grandmother told me that because one of her sisters overslept the day of the excursion, they were late to get down to the dock to board the Eastland. She said that not long after the disaster, Alexander Graham Bell (who was then retired) and his wife came to the Western Electric plant to offer condolences to the employees, and even gave money to surviving family members who had lost loved ones in the disaster.

Name:Nancy Valenta
From:Lisle. IL
Date Entered: 03/06/00

Comments: My name is Nancy Waugh Valenta. I am the granddaughter of Carl Nork, who was a survivor of the Eastland. You have been in contact with my mother Edith Nork Waugh. She said you were looking for pictures. Is it possible to send one by e:mail?

Name:Nancy Valenta
From:Lisle, IL
Date Entered: 03/06/00

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Name:tammy allen-raynor
From:chicago
Date Entered: 03/04/00

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Name:william adair
From:glendale hgts. il.
Date Entered: 03/02/00

Comments: found this web site while doing research on my family.
margaret e. o'shauuhnessy is the sister of my maternal grandmother julia e. hess.

Name:william adair
From:glendale hts. il.
Date Entered: 03/02/00

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Name:Larry Yanzer
From:Aurora, IL
Date Entered: 02/28/00

Comments: Discovered this completely by accident. I was doing a search for the "Yanzer" and followed the link. I find it quite surprising to learn that a Yanzer lived in Naperville. I have found only a few with our Surname Yanzer.

Until tonight I had never heard of the Eastland. I will return to learn more as it is posted

Name:jaun torres
From:mexico
Date Entered: 02/27/00

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Name:pam smith
From:chicago, IL
Date Entered: 02/24/00

Comments: i was amazed to learn of this disaster. I am doing a report about it for school and i have come to learn soo much. This Disaster occured on my birthday even though i wasnt born in 1915 i was born in 1981. Still it seems erie somehow that it happend only 3 years after the Titanic disaster

Name:Deanya Dawson
From:Chicago, IL
Date Entered: 02/24/00

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Name:Deanya Dawson
From:Chicago, IL
Date Entered: 02/24/00

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Name:Roberta Collamore
From:Originally Chicago,now WI.
Date Entered: 02/21/00

Comments: Samuel Widran was a brother of my maternial grandfater.
I was curious to see if there was a list of people who drowned.
His siblings are all deceased. What was the date of this diaster?
Thank you for this information.
Roberta
I do not want to become a member.

Name:Scott Cook
From:Burke, Virginia
Date Entered: 02/20/00

Comments: My greatgrandparents were among the "narrowly missed" group. Emil Doyen, 35, was an employee of Western Electric and he had signed up for the trip with his wife Mary, 33, and their 2-year old daughter Irma. Irma came down with the flu on Friday, and so they decided to skip the trip. They had many friends lost in the disaster. Irma ended up being my grandmother, and is still alive and well at the age of 87.

Name:asma ahmad
From:chicago
Date Entered: 02/16/00

Comments: Hi how are you doing?

Name:Karen Ramirez
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 02/16/00

Comments: This website is great because it has a lot of information on the eastland disaster.

Name:GEORGE KLECAN
From:FT.WORTH, TEXAS
Date Entered: 02/16/00

Comments: One of my relatives was married to a survivor--
Phyllis Klecan
George Klecan
GKLECAN@AOL.COM

Name:Barbara Bremigan
From:Elkhart, IN
Date Entered: 02/13/00

Comments: My maternal grandmother, Mary Christiany Dell, was a survivor of the Eastland Disaster; therefore, I, like many, feel a special connection to the event. My paternal grandfather later served on the Wilmette. My paternal grandmother went to the scene of the disaster as she was working downtown at the time.

Name:Alma Krummenauer
From:Brazil
Date Entered: 02/12/00

Comments: I found your home page when I am looking for a Krummenauer.

Name:LaVerne Heiser
From:Chicago, Illinois
Date Entered: 02/11/00

Comments: I know as a little kid that my favorite Aunt worked at Western Electric and that she was on the Eastland when the mishap occured and I was always curious about the backround of what happened, but somehow bits and pieces here and there and that was it. I knew my Aunt (Catherine Heiser) was on the ship with her fiance' and he didn't make it but my Aunt did, someone had pulled her out of the water because she didn't know how to swim. My aunt had never married and she really didn't talk too much about what happened. So, here I am at 45 years old and just really curious about the history of what happened. I know its been way too long, but if anyone out there has any information to share about my Aunt, please share it. I don't know who "Brenner" was, but she was related to my aunt in someway. Well, thanks for this site and have a great day!

Name:Peggy Ebel
From:Winnetoon, NE
Date Entered: 02/10/00

Comments: I had never heard of the Eastland Disaster until today, Feb 10, 00, when a postcard picturing my old gradeschool which I had purchase off of ebay came. The postcard pictures the school with children - some of them probably my relatives - playing in front and is postmarked July 27, 1915, Creighton, Nebr. Included in the message on back is the following "That was an awful disaster the turning turtle of the Eastland. It was awful."
I wanted to know what this remark was all about so typed Eastland Disaster into a search engine and now I know. Thanks for satisfying my curiosity!! Peggy Ebel

Name:Howard Myones
From:Hollywood, Fl
Date Entered: 02/09/00

Comments: Hi My name is Howard and for school we have to do a reasearch paper on a disasetr. I saw a TV show on this once and found it a really good topic. I would like to thank you guys for putting this site up because I got an


A PLUS!!!!

Thank you


Name:Susan Klein
From:Martinsville, New Jersey
Date Entered: 02/09/00

Comments: It seems that my sister, Joan Klimuc, and I both signed in around the same time (January 2000). She gave you our grandfather's name, H.R.(Henry Rogers) Massingham and I would like to give you a little more information. At the time of the Eastland disaster, our grandfather was thirty years old,single and had been an employee of Western Electic, Hawthorne Works, in Chicago for almost eight years. Previously he had been employed by the London branch of the company. He continued to work for Western Electric until his retirement.

We have two interesting souvenirs of the disaster.
There is an old newspaper article written in his hometown paper in England that describes his experience and we have the ticket dated July 24, 1915 for the Fifth Annual Lake Excursion and Picnic.

We shall keep in touch.

Name:Craig Rylands
From:Knoxville, Tennessee
Date Entered: 02/07/00

Comments: My father was an Eastland survivor, along with my Grandfather. Sadly, my grandmother drowned that day, and my grandfather was never the same.

Name:Craig Rylands
From:None
Date Entered: 02/07/00

Comments: My father was an Eastland survivor, along with my grandfather. Sadly, my grandmother drowned that day, and my grandfather was never the same, dramatically changing our family's course and affecting me in many ways. My sister put me on your mailing list and here I am at your website. Glad to sign your guest book. Membership to follow

Name:Linda Wood
From:Midlothian
Date Entered: 02/05/00

Comments: I called Barb re the Eastland, and she was very helpful and informative. I am a teacher from Midlothian, Illinois, and I gained much from our conversation. The brochure, article, and information on the Titantic exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry were very valuable. Again, my thanks for assisting me in giving my students a little bit of history.

Name:Linda Wood
From:None
Date Entered: 02/05/00

Comments: I called Barb re the Eastland, and she was very helpful and informative. I am a teacher from Midlothian, Illinois, and I gained much from our conversation. The brochure, article, and information on the Titantic exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry were very valuable. Again, my thanks for assisting me in giving my students a little bit of history.

Name:Brenda Georgen
From:Beecher, Il
Date Entered: 02/05/00

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Name:Lesley Collins
From:Chicago,Il
Date Entered: 02/03/00

Comments: Thank you so much for having this site. I moved here last year from MS and I have been very interested in this accident for a while noe and the oppertuninty came up for me to do my history fair project on the Eastland. So I chose your site to do my reasearch on the pictures are wonderful. Thanks again

Name:Lesley Collins
From:Chicago,Il
Date Entered: 02/03/00

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Name:Judy Bockel
From:Cleveland,Ohio
Date Entered: 02/03/00

Comments: Please,I am trying to get in touch with someone
from your site.I just looked up your site,because
my cousin from Chicago just sent me an article from her daily paper about the Eastland.We would
like to share our info with you, and get more for ourselves,as three of our family members were on the Eastland at the time of the disaster.Frederick
W. Biehl was my grandmother's first husband who died on the ship.One of his best fiends (also on the ship,but survived)was George C.Berner My grandfather.My grandmother had married George Berner about one year after the tradegy.Walter A. Berner whom you also have no information on ,was George's brother. They both,having been on the deck had attempted to help people out of the port holes before they themselves jumped on the wharf to safty. They both survived. My grandmother did not join her first husband (Biehl)that day of the picnic because she didn't like the idea.My mother,
and my two Aunts(George C. Berner's children)have recently been talking about the Eastland disaster,
and we would like to get more involved with your help. Many thanks, and hope to hear from you .
Judy Bockel
P.S. you can also reach me at JPolk96598@aol.com

Name:Georgiann Fuchs Kostka
From:Covina, CA
Date Entered: 01/31/00

Comments: I found your Eastland information to be facinating. My great-grandfather's daughter was a victim (I just recently found out this info. when doing genealogy research). I will be in Chicago in May and will certainly plan on attending the Eastland (Titanic) display that will be at the Museum of Science & Industry.


Name:kelly sgarioto
From:manitowoc,wi
Date Entered: 01/30/00

Comments: I thought it was very interesting to see and read keep up the good work

Name:kelly sgarioto
From:manitowoc,wi
Date Entered: 01/30/00

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Name:Michelle Hogueisson
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 01/30/00

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Name:robert donahue
From:Indianapolis, IN
Date Entered: 01/27/00

Comments: My grandmother was a survivor of the Eastland disaster. My grandmother had imigrated from Latvia to Chicago as a small child. Her given name was Katherine Selma Peal (sp?) She was about 14 when she accompanied a friend on the Western Electric outing. She had scars on her legs from where she had to swim thru broken window glass to escape the ship after it had capsized. My grandmother passed away in 1992.

Name:Jean (Mizerka)Mikota
From:Tinley Park -born in Cicero
Date Entered: 01/27/00

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Name:"Skip" Danforth
From:Westfield, MA
Date Entered: 01/25/00

Comments: I learned of this disaster on the radio the other day listening to "The Rest of The Story" It was listed as the 6th worse ship disaster of US history. Thanks for this information on this web page.

Name:Joan Klimuc
From:Plainfield, NJ
Date Entered: 01/25/00

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Name:Susan Klein
From:Martinsville, New Jersey
Date Entered: 01/25/00

Comments: I am a grandaughter of a survivor. I had heard the story but was unaware of the magnatude of the disaster until researching on the web. Your information filled a void in the memory of my grandfather.

Name:josh freedman
From:chicago land area
Date Entered: 01/24/00

Comments: hi i am doing a report at school on the eastland and this site had a lot of uesful information that i have used on the report
P.S. cool site

Name:bruce freedman
From:chicagoland area in illinois
Date Entered: 01/24/00

Comments: i am 39 yrs old and just thought this site was to cool B


Name:Jessica Chiu
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 01/24/00

Comments: Thank you for all this information on your website!! You have helped me a lot on my history fair project on the "Eastland Disaster."

Name:Jerome Chauvin
From:Kenner, Louisiana
Date Entered: 01/22/00

Comments: I learned of this tragic disaster last evening (1/21/00) while listening to Paul Harvey "The Rest of The Story". Hearing this I had to find out more about this event. Thank you for sharing this with me.

Name:Paul Hockett
From:Boone, Iowa
Date Entered: 01/21/00

Comments: I heard the story on Paul Harvey. I enjoy learning about little known facts of history.

Name:Margaret Suerth
From:originally Chicago,now Peru,IL
Date Entered: 01/17/00

Comments: Margaret A. Suerth, Granddaughter of Nickolas Suerth, daughter of John P. Suerth.


Name:Jill Boreham
From:Naperville, IL
Date Entered: 01/11/00

Comments: I am working on a project for school, please forward any suggested readings that I may look into, thanks.
Great sight, I found a lot of information.

Name:H G.
From:chicago
Date Entered: 01/09/00

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Name:M. G.
From:chicago
Date Entered: 01/09/00

Comments: I really enjoy reading the Eastland Disater. I know a lot of people that don't know anything about this momentous disaster in Chicago. Keep up the good work !!!!

Name:Maribel Rodriguez
From:chicago
Date Entered: 01/09/00

Comments: I really enjoy reading the Eastland Disater. I know a lot of people that don't know anything about this momentous disaster in Chicago. Keep up the good work !!!!

Name:Jane Rines
From:Hobart, IN
Date Entered: 01/09/00

Comments: I am finding so much on the Eastland now, thanks to this page. I am researching this story to include in a novel about my grandparents, who were near misses on the Eastland. I am interested in hearing from anyone with connections to this so I can record an accurate description of the tragedy. Thanks!

Name:M. F.
From:IL
Date Entered: 01/08/00

Comments: Thank you for your information!

Name:M. F.
From:IL
Date Entered: 01/08/00

Comments: Thank you for your information!

Name:Faith Bejar
From:Chicago, IL
Date Entered: 01/05/00

Comments: I sighed in before asking for information but i forgot to write my full s/n so i'm sooo sorry. Please send me information as soon as possible.

Name:Ed Sirovy
From:DuPage County
Date Entered: 01/05/00

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Name:charles Duffy
From:Portland, Or
Date Entered: 01/04/00

Comments: Ted
You are really doing an excellent job. I'm very happy my grandparents, Charles Carroll and Irene MacDonald are now listed.
Thank you

Name:Don Dykstra
From:Indiana
Date Entered: 01/02/00

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Name:James Suerth
From:Chicago, IL
Date Entered: 01/02/00

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Name:Eleanor Suerth-Taylor
From:Austin, TX
Date Entered: 01/01/00

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Name:Bonnie Weck
From:Crystal Lake, IL
Date Entered: 12/30/99

Comments: Hi Barb and Theo!!

Name:William Sills
From:Geneva Lake Area, Zenda, WI
Date Entered: 12/28/99

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Name:Scott Burgh
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 12/28/99

Comments: My grandmother, then Elizabeth Corcoran, missed the Eastland by a few minutes. I have many original Chicago newspapers from the time.

Name:richard wett
From:orono MN
Date Entered: 12/27/99

Comments: My father and grandfather were both on the Eastland when it turned. My grandfather Peter Pankowski died. My father who was age 16 at the time was rescued, by whom I do not know, and as an adult he took the Wett. He never talked about the disaster. My mother showed us a clipping from the Chicago Tribune about the Eastland.
That clipping was from one year when the disaster was noted but contained very little information.

Name:Jeffrey Lange
From:Naperville
Date Entered: 12/22/99

Comments: After talking with my father I found that I have Relitives thet where on the ship one Parrished as he was going back to the ship to save his girlfriend. I am thinking about producing a documentry about the histroy and stories behind that day. Please E-mail me if you think this is a project you would like to help with.

Name:James J Hare, Sr
From:Marengo, Illinois
Date Entered: 12/21/99

Comments: My father, Edward J. Zajicek, and his younger sister, Henrietta were passengers. My father survived and was one of the many unsung heroes who pulled passengers to safety through portholes. Henrietta perished. Her last name was incorrectly spelled, 'Gajicek' instead of the correct 'Zajicek', on the passenger list.
James J. Hare

Name:Curt Fredrikson
From:Renton, Washington
Date Entered: 12/20/99

Comments: My grandfather, Alois John Sauer, was the crew chief when the Eastland/Wilmette was scrapped. Somewhere, I have a newspaper article confirming this. He salvaged some wood, said to be decking, from it, from which he made a rocking horse for me (it is about 45 years old now) and a glider for my cousin.

Name:Heidi Nieman
From:Oswego, Illinois
Date Entered: 12/20/99

Comments: I E-Mailed you the other day regarding my great grandmother and her sister which were not on the list shown. I have a copy of an article about my great grandmother which has her version of the story in it. It appeared in the Naperville Sun July 31, 1985. There names are Clara Anna Reisner born 10/11/1895 and Emma Pauline Reisner born 12/3/1897. Please let me know if you would like a copy of the article or any further information.

Name:Tom Gibertini
From:Chicago originally now Aurora
Date Entered: 12/19/99

Comments: My great-grandfather (Anton Lisy) was a Western Elctric employee for more than 45 years during those years. My great grand-mother used to tell us about a picnic the whole family was to go on aboard the Eastland, but didn't due to a change of plans. My grandmother was just a child at that time. Things may have been different if they all attended the outing that turned into disaster. Good web page. Thanks.

Name:Asma Ahmad
From:Chicago, IL
Date Entered: 12/18/99

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Name:Heidi Nieman
From:None
Date Entered: 12/18/99

Comments: I noticed that my great grandmother and her sister are not shown on the passenger list. There names are Emma and Clara Reisner. Clara Reisner was interviewed by the man who has the museum in Wheaton prior to her death. Please let me know if you need further information.

Name:Heidi Nieman
From:Oswego, Illinois
Date Entered: 12/18/99

Comments: My Great Grandmother Clara Reisner was on the Eastland. I think it is great you put this together.

Name:Asma Ahmad
From:Chicago, Illinois
Date Entered: 12/17/99

Comments: I really need some information on the eastland disaster. I am really sorry that so many people had to die on that tragic day of July 24th 1915.

Name:Asma Ahmad
From:Chicago, Illinios
Date Entered: 12/16/99

Comments: I am very sorry that so many people had to loose their lives on that tragic day of July 24, 1915. I am doing a History Fair Project on The Eastland Tragedy, and I would really appreciate it if you would please send me any photos or any thing that might help me. I don't just want it for my project but for me too. I really want to learn about The Easland tragedy. My Friend Faith Bejar and i are doing the same project. So it really doesn't matter who you send the information to.

Name:Asma Ahmad
From:Chicago, Illinios
Date Entered: 12/16/99

Comments: I am trying to get some information on the eastland tragedy. I am very sorry that so many people had to loose there live/relitives.

Name:Jane Rae Brown
From:Chicago, IL
Date Entered: 12/16/99

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Name:Jennifer Thomas
From:Ottawa, Illinois
Date Entered: 12/15/99

Comments:
I'm a reporter with the Daily Times newspaper in Ottawa, Illinois and a reader stopped into the newspaper to tell us of the recent dive. It included a diver from Ottawa and from a nearby town of Streator. This was the first site I came to and it is so professional and extremelly well done not to mention very informational. You help a lot with facts.

Name:Faith Bejar
From:Chicago, Illinois
Date Entered: 12/15/99

Comments: I'm doing a history projest on this topic and I'd apprieciate it a lot if you people can send me some information on the Eastland Disaster. If possibe, send it before January but I would like to have information for my interests too!

Name:Mike Jasinski
From:None
Date Entered: 12/15/99

Comments: My name is Mike Jasinski. I am interested in the activities and info regarding the Eastland.
I already signed in at my daughter's computer when I was at her house. You send me info to her computer. I now have my own E-mail address. Please discontiniue sending info to her computer "deanmode@aol.com" , but send it
to me at "mandrj@juno.com" thanks Mike

Name:Jane Dietz-Rines
From:Hobart, Indiana
Date Entered: 12/14/99

Comments:
This is a wonderful site. I grew up with tales of the Eastland, my grandparents two of the "near misses" of the trip. Seems they were next in line or close to it when they stopped boarding. My grandmother said she could still hear the screams even years later. She died in 1994 at the age of 97. Her memory near gone, all one had to do was mention "Eastland" and she'd cover her ears and say "The screams! I still hear the screams!"
I am researching all this now for I want to know all I can. Need to know how to find out information on Western Electric as they were both employees there and met there.

Name:Peter Tamm
From:Oak Lawn IL
Date Entered: 12/13/99

Comments: I have four photographs of the Eastland sinking
that were taken either by my father or grandfather. Three of them show the ship on its
side while the fourth one shows it being righted by a crane. I would be happy to send you copies of these pictures if you are interested in seeing them.

Name:bill clark
From:decatur, il
Date Entered: 12/13/99

Comments: what has happenend to the eastland? is it still in the chicago river or was it destroyed for navigational reasons?

Name:DONALD FELTON
From:OAK PARK, IL.
Date Entered: 12/08/99

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Name:Donald Tomsik
From:Naperville, Illinois
Date Entered: 12/08/99

Comments: 2 sisters of my Grandfather (Osen) perished in the Eastland disaster.

Name:ann boyd
From:hilton head, sc
Date Entered: 12/06/99

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Name:Donna Gruenke-Wilson
From:DesPlaines, IL
Date Entered: 12/05/99

Comments: Read an article that my mother found in the trib, pertaining to the Eastland. We had relatives that died in the disaster and have always been interested in such information.

Please advise as to any on going events.

Thank you.

Name:Anthony Rice
From:Ridgecrest, CA
Date Entered: 12/05/99

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Name:Linda Holda
From:Berwyn IL
Date Entered: 12/04/99

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Name:Ron Steinberg
From:Itasca il
Date Entered: 12/03/99

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Name:Beverly Richards
From:Oak Lawn, Il.
Date Entered: 12/02/99

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Name:Jim O'Connor
From:Born: Chicago, Live in MD
Date Entered: 12/01/99

Comments: My grandfather, William O'Connor, worked at the Hawthorne works in 1915. My father, John O'Connor, born in 1914, also worked at Western. I had heard about the Eastland, but don't ever remember my father saying that his father was a passanger. I came across your article in the Trib, checked out your site and found that he was not on the passenger list.

Good luck with your efforts. I'm glad to see somebody remembers. My Dad died in 1998. As I sporatically go through old boxes of his documents, if I find anything related to the Eastland, I will send it on to you.

Name:Karl Davis
From:Downers Grove, IL
Date Entered: 11/25/99

Comments: interesting site! If people are interesting in seeing artifacts they should come to wheaton, Illinois. A man in this town has a HUGE collection. From what I understand it is the biggest collection in existence. Email me if you are interested in contacting him. I think I have his information somewhere. cool site!

Name:Susan Jones
From:Kewanee, IL
Date Entered: 11/23/99

Comments: My Grandmother was aboard the Eastland. I just thought it would be interesting to learn more about the ship and the disaster.

She was a survivor obviously!

Name:Gina McBeth
From:Kelowna, BC, Canada
Date Entered: 11/20/99

Comments: In the '60's, my parents found some old post cards in a heritage home they were renovating. Just this morning, my husband and I discovered them again, tucked away in a box. Among the collection are two post cards of the Eastland Disaster. One shows the Eastland being raised, the other is a search for bodies. Curious about this event, we got on the internet and found your website. It is very well done!
FYI - the post cards were found in a tiny community called Eagle Bay. It's in the interior of BC, Canada. My mother still resides there.
Sincerely;
Gina McBeth

Name:Margaret Daugherty
From:Aurora, IL
Date Entered: 11/19/99

Comments: My grandmother, Susan (Sheridan) Smith had said she had a sister who died aboard the Eastland.
I believe the sister may have been the Catherine Sheridan listed on the passenger list. My grandmother and a few of her sisters had immigrated from Ireland in the early 1920's.

Name:Margaret Daugherty
From:Aurora, IL
Date Entered: 11/19/99

Comments: My grandmother, Susan (Sheridan) Smith had said she had a sister who died aboard the Eastland.
I believe the sister may have been the Catherine Sheridan listed on the passenger list. My grandmother and a few of her sisters had immigrated from Ireland in the early 1920's.

Name:Margaret Daugherty
From:Aurora, IL
Date Entered: 11/19/99

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Name:Al Lewis
From:Westchester, Illinois
Date Entered: 11/18/99

Comments: Very interesting information on a subject that needs to be brought to the attention of the general public. The corruption and lack of accountability for the poorly designed boat and the 20 year legal stall should be brought out.

Name:Betty Jacobson
From:Moved to Ca. from Chicago
Date Entered: 11/17/99

Comments:


My Uncle was a traffic policeman on Wacker when the Eastland Disaster happened. I only recall the mention of his helping with the rescue of some of the people. It was a terrible thing to happen right there in the Chicago River with all the people looking on.

Name:Betty Jacobson
From:Moved to Ca. from Chicago
Date Entered: 11/17/99

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My Uncle was a traffic policeman on Wacker when the Eastland Disaster happened. I only recall the mention of his helping with the rescue of some of the people. It was a terrible thing to happen right there in the Chicago River with all the people looking on.

Name:Susan Scholtes
From:Richmond, IN
Date Entered: 11/16/99

Comments: Learned of your web site through my sister, Jean Zack. I'm impressed with the amount of information you have. Up until now, I've only known a few sketchy details. I grew up knowing my grandfather, Joseph Brychta died on the Eastland. I have recently learned of other relatives that also perished. I'm glad I now have pictures & facts that I can pass on to my sons.

Name:Todd Hawes
From:Glendale Hts. Il.
Date Entered: 11/15/99

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Name:Bill Sherman
From:Chicago, IL
Date Entered: 11/12/99

Comments: Wonderful site to recognize many people.

Name:Mike Jasinski
From:also e-mail at deanmode@aol.co
Date Entered: 11/10/99

Comments: Very interesting. Being a boater, I would like to know more about the details of the ballast system and how this happened.

Name:BARBARA MULLIGAN
From:LEMONT, ILLINOIS
Date Entered: 11/09/99

Comments:
My grandmother survived the disaster. She did not speak of it very much and passed away when I was 13, so we do not have much information. Her name at the time was Marie Ziola, her married name was Haupt.

Name:Jean Zack
From:Downers Grove IL
Date Entered: 11/09/99

Comments: Good site & looks like it will be even better. I lost my grandfather, uncle & 2 cousins in the disaster. Also have purchased the book - Eastland, Legacy of the Titanic. Very good book. Until recently, it was impossible to find any information on the Eastland - no one knew what you were talking about.

Keep up the good work!

Name:Diane Culhane
From:Arlington Heights, Ill.
Date Entered: 11/09/99

Comments: My grandfather, Patrick Lally, was a Chicago policeman who helped with recovery efforts after the Eastland disaster. My father, Edward, who was 7 at the time, remembered my great big gruff grandfather coming home that evening, sitting down, and crying, the first time he ever saw his father cry.

I would be interested in any information you have on those who participated in the recovery. efforts. My grandfather died 5 years before I was born.

Name:Mariann Murphy
From:Lemont, IL
Date Entered: 11/07/99

Comments: I'm a great great niece of Bronislawa Rudczka (Blanche Rudcki). Blanche was engaged to Karl Stehlik (listed as Karol Stahlik on your web site). ("Karl Stehlik" is what is printed on his grave stone.) Since Blanche and Karl were engaged to be married, their parent buried them side by side in Resurrection Cemetary. The gravesites are marked by a pair of angel monuments, one representing each family. Karl was an employee of Western Electric but unfortunately, no one in our family knows the position he held.
I hear about your website from the October 31st, 1999 article in the Chicago Tribune.

Name:Mariann Murphy
From:Lemont, IL
Date Entered: 11/07/99

Comments: I'm a great great niece of Bronislawa Rudczka (Blanche Rudcki). Blanche was engaged to Karl Stehlik (listed as Karol Stahlik on your web site). ("Karl Stehlik" is what is printed on his grave stone.) Since Blanche and Karl were engaged to be married, their parent buried them side by side in Resurrection Cemetary. The gravesites are marked by a pair of angel monuments, one representing each family. Karl was an employee of Western Electric but unfortunately, no one in our family knows the position he held.
I hear about your website from the October 31st, 1999 article in the Chicago Tribune.

Name:dee leonard
From:oak park, IL
Date Entered: 11/07/99

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Name:Nancy Gitzinger
From:Chicago originally
Date Entered: 11/07/99

Comments: I had a hard time opening some pages and the pictures I wanted to copy came out terrible (which is unusual for my printer)and I wish there were more of them, but your info seemed very good.

Name:Judy Scheffres
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 11/07/99

Comments: I am specifically looking for information concerning Catherine Dubek would died on the Eastland and Vincent Dubek, her husband who survived. A photograph would be terrific!

Name:Donna Keenan
From:Bolingbrook, IL
Date Entered: 11/06/99

Comments: I loved the article in the Tribune and I love your web site. My great grandfather was Anton Brychta and my great great uncle was Joseph. My grandma told me that Joseph had 2 daughters that also went on the cruise. I don't see their names on the list. They all died. All the artifacts my grandma had she donated to a Historical Museum. I wish she would have kept them!

Name:Donna Keenan
From:Bolingbrook, IL
Date Entered: 11/06/99

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Name:little stinker
From:chicago
Date Entered: 11/06/99

Comments: MY HART GOES OUT TO THE FAMILYS EVEN TODAY EVEN THOUGH THAY WERE WISKED AWAY YEARS AGO THEIR MEMORIES LIVE ON. I KNOW MINE DID WHEN I STOPED AT THIS SITE.

Name:Karen Vyhnanek
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 11/06/99

Comments: Is the passenger list complete? I have a name of a relative who also worked at Western Electric who does not appear to be included with the passenger list.

Name:Marcia Osen
From:Berwyn, IL
Date Entered: 11/06/99

Comments: I lost two aunts in the disaster. Pearl and Ethel Osen. My other aunt, Ellen, was present on the ship, but managed to survive. I am using my son's e-mail address. I have postcards of the disaster.

Name:George Bleimes
From:Columbus, OH
Date Entered: 11/05/99

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Name:Ed Jallits
From:Elmhurst, IL
Date Entered: 11/05/99

Comments: I heard about your site on WGN radio one morning. I have been having trouble getting into the site - connection timed out. I would like to read more information and see more photos. Thanks.

Name:Kathy Saracco
From:Rosemont, IL
Date Entered: 11/04/99

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Name:tom golembiewski
From:chicago
Date Entered: 11/04/99

Comments: I think it's great what you're doing. The library shelves have literally been empty for decades on any book concerning the disaster, until the recent one by Prof. Hilton. It's very hard to get info on the tragedy. Even today the victims, as well as survivors, remain faceless, nameless, hapless victims of a terrible tragedy, which few have written about. Their story has yet to be told. For a time it was almost forgotten. That's why I think it is so important what you're doing, helping to preserve it all. It's wonderful what your doing. It still amazes me about how that accident happened. All so strange.
I did do a bit of research on all this with the Polish Genealogical Society. Josefa Zimma was the sister of Mrs. John Frelich. Also, the Plamondon family -- they may possibly be related to Charles Plamondon -- though I am not sure of the genealogical connection -- if any. Keep up the good work.

Name:Haley Merrick
From:Arkansas
Date Entered: 11/04/99

Comments: I am a person that loves the history! And love looking at pictures and resding about grest disasters, mainly in the past.

Name:JAMES NEESON
From:CHICAGO.IL.
Date Entered: 11/04/99

Comments: I READ THE ARTICLE ABOUT THE EASTLAND TRADGEDY IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE THIS PAST SUNDAY. THIS WAS A VERY INFORMATIVE ARTICLE, AND I WAS HAPPY TO SEE SOME LIGHT BEING "SHINED ON" ONE OF CHICAGO'S MOST DEVASTATING DISASTERS. ON A PERSONAL NOTE, MY GREAT-GRANDMOTHER,MARGARET HURLEY-SULLIVAN,WORKED FOR WESTERN ELECTRIC AT CERMAK/CICERO,AND WAS TO GO ONE THE EASTLAND OUTING-BUT BECAUSE MY GRANDMOTHER MARY WAS QUITE SICK THAT DAY-THE FAMILY REMAINED HOME.MARGARET DIED IN 1965-4 YEARS AFTER HER DAUGHTER-AND I STILL REMEMBER HER TELLING MY MOTHER ABOUT HER FRIENDS THAT PERISHED.

Name:Robert Rodriguez
From:Bensenville, IL
Date Entered: 11/03/99

Comments: Hi folks. I think this is a wonderful and much needed contribution to Chicago history that you've undertaken. For that I thank you. I'm in my thirties now, but have been a history buff in general and sea stories enthusiast specifically for most of my life. As such, I've been aware of the Eastland tragedy for years, and always wondered why it never had been given the attention or print that other events of much less significance of Chicago history had been. I recall vividly my excitement when the Chicago Maritime museum opened some ten years ago at North Pier. As you may know, the exhibit that dominated the tiny space was of photos taken of the disaster. The museum didn't garner much attention, I guess, for it faded soon enough, but not before seeing that a commemorative plaque was set in place alongside the river. I had always hoped that the photos displayed, along with some of the contemporary newspaper accounts would be collated into some sort of coffee-table type book, but alas! there would probably not be enough interest, at least in the eyes of book publishers, to justify such an undertaking. I think the existence of this site denotes a good start in belying that notion. The book that came out a few years ago was a good sign that perhaps some long overdue attention might be forthcoming, but I must admit to some dissatisfaction with the end result - I felt it was far too dry and technical to engage the casual reader. What would be needed would be a sort of "A Night To Remember" treatment - the history and events brought to the page as a narrative, with real people brought to life and given voice. My girlfriend shares my love of history, my deep interest in the Eastland, and is an aspiring writer. After discussing it over a period of time, she resolved to make a telling of the Eastland tragedy in novel form a goal. To that end, she has put some general concepts together, and I am proud to say that I think she is on the right track.Her vision includes telling the story using a survivor as a vehicle to relate observations of the life, the times, the world view, as it were, of the young immigrant women who made up the bulk of the ships passengers, and its victims. Numerous trips to the Chicago Historical Society and Washington Library have resulted in a gathering of facts, but she longs to bring something more directly connected to her telling. Not knowing where to start has frustrated her - the not knowing how to get in touch with any others who share our interest, as well as possible families of survivors with stories to share. Then, along comes the Tribune with this past Sunday's splendid treatment, which included the mention of your organization's existence. At first, she was distraught - "now someone else is going to do what I wanted to do!" I tried to point out that no, this was good, because it could potentially lead to some resources for her to tap, as well as underscoring the continuing interest that lies latent but dormant, in the general public. I hope I've convinced her to continue with her dream, because I feel it is valuable and unique.

Anyway, I've rambled on long enough! Once again, hats off to your efforts, and count us in for any support we can offer.

Robert Rodriguez and Kathryn Holcomb

Name:Richard T. Rohn Sr.
From:Mt Prospect Il.
Date Entered: 11/03/99

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Name:Linda Thompson
From:Carpentersville, IL
Date Entered: 11/03/99

Comments: Barb & Ted: Imagine my surprise to find your familiar faces staring back at me while reading the Sunday Tribune. Good luck with this worthwhile endeavor.
Linda Thompson

Name:Jim Kallal
From:California
Date Entered: 11/03/99

Comments: I am a surname genealogist for KALAL // KALLAL.
Two young women with these names perished, viz., Marie KALAL and Blanche KALLAL. I may be able to report soon with the names of their parents.

To whom should I send this information??

Name:peter drnek
From:rockford, ill
Date Entered: 11/02/99

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Name:John Keating
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 11/02/99

Comments: I was told by an elderly autn that we had a relative who died on the Eastland. Name unknown. I am 65.

Name:Alice Kroman
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 11/02/99

Comments: My grandfather, Frank Goyette was aboard the Eastland. He, his father, and brother Lyle survived. His other brother, Charles, did not. My mother tells the heroic story of my great grandfather who helped other to shore.

Name:Linda Gigiano
From:Joliet, IL
Date Entered: 11/01/99

Comments: My grandfather, Frank Caliendo was an employee of Western Electric and was aboard the Eastland. Do you have a list of passengers on that day?

Name:Henry Haugland
From:None
Date Entered: 11/01/99

Comments: Test Message

Name:ROBERT A. DRAZNIK
From:JOLIET,ILLINOIS
Date Entered: 11/01/99

Comments: Hi..my name is Bob Draznik. I'm 70 years old and live in Joliet. My interest in the Eastland stems from the fact that at least two of my ancestors worked at Western Electric at that time and I have incomplete information on them. I have wondered if they had been on the vessel. I had also "called on" Western Electric as a technical rep. during my working career. I agree with you that there has been insufficient recognition of this disaster in the media.

Name:Elaine Henry
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 11/01/99

Comments: Two of my mother's uncles were supposed to be on the Eastland that day, but fortunately missed the boat. My grandparents were at the dock to see them off, unaware that they were not on board. When the boat tipped, my grandfather dove in to try and help in the rescue. My parents have the original letter invitation.

Name:Elaine Henry
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 11/01/99

Comments: Two of my mother's uncles were supposed to be on the Eastland that day, but fortunately missed the boat. My grandparents were at the dock to see them off, unaware that they were not on board. When the boat tipped, my grandfather dove in to try and help in the rescue. My parents have the original letter invitation.

Name:MARYELLEN VAUGHN D'AMBROSIO
From:ORIG.CHGO-NOW PHX,AZ
Date Entered: 11/01/99

Comments: MARYELLEN D'AMBROSIO
2049 W. MC RAE WAY
PHOENIX,AZ.85027

WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF ITS POSSIBLE TO OBTAIN A
COPY OF A PHOTO TAKEN OF MY GRANDFATHER,A CHICAGO FIREMAN,RESCUING SOMEONE FROM THE SHIP.IT WAS IN THE TRIBUNE I BELIEVE. HIS NAME EDWARD J. VAUGHN.
GOT YOR WEBSITE FROM TRIBUNE SUN 10-31-99
E MAIL: 1123007.620 @COMPUSERVE.COM

Name:Harold Zoellick
From:Mundelein Il. (originally CHI
Date Entered: 11/01/99

Comments: Harold W. Zoellick,
very interesting especially the concrete correction for rotten timbers . But Why was it named the EASTLAND?

Does anyone besides the lady who won the naming contest know where she got that name?


Name:Tina Kreske
From:Crystal Lake, Illinois
Date Entered: 11/01/99

Comments: My grandmother Mary Shultz (Dzuibinski) worked at western electric and was supposed to be on the eastland but her brother stopped her on the dock and would not let her go on the ship. They both watched the ship roll over.
Peter Dubin (Dzuibinski) dove in and helped save some of the people in the water. His Daughter is still alive in florida and remember's him coming home after it happened

Name:Dr. Jerome V. Pisano
From:Schaumburg Il.
Date Entered: 11/01/99

Comments: My grand father , Martin Pisano died on the Eastland.

Name:Todd Hawes
From:Glendale Hts. Il.
Date Entered: 11/01/99

Comments: Read the article in the Chicago Tribune and found it extremely interesting. I never knew anything about it. I commend your efforts towards keeping the memory of the tragedy and those aboard alive. Keep up the good work, it needs to be done.

Name:peter chapman
From:chicago
Date Entered: 11/01/99

Comments: APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE! APPLAUSE!
Excellent. Please keep the pages coming.
Like to visit here often.
Thanks for your work on this project.

Name:Kristin Keenan
From:Bolingbrook, IL
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: I think that you guys should have more things about the people who have lost their lives on this disaster. My great-great grandfather died on that ship, and I think that you guys should at least have some type of historical back ground on those that died on the ship, and not those who have survived and then died.

Name:Jeffrey Waters
From:South Bend, Indiana
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: Stunning web site. Had no idea of the story until reading an online Chicago Tribune article on 10/31/99

Name:Walter Stevens
From:Chicago, Illinois
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: Our thoughts and prayers will always be with those poor helpless souls who perished in this unforgivable and preventable disaster. It is unfortunate that so much attention has been given to the R.M.S. Titanic and none to the Eastland.
I guess class boundries will always be difficult to erase...

Name:Jim Flanagan
From:West Chicago, IL
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: Very nice site - some very interesting information
and pictures.

Name:Beth Gambro
From:Yorkville, IL
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: Both of my grandparents survived the Eastland Disaster. My grandfather was 29 and my grandmother had just turned 22. They were both employees at Western Electric and married on September 29, 1915.

Name:Virginia Moyer
From:Chicago, Illinois
Date Entered: 10/31/99

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Name:Sherry Siezega
From:Tinley Park, ILLINOIS
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: My grandmother, was a survivor, her name was
Frieda Till. It is wonderful to find a site, that
has so much info, and history about the disaster.
Thanks for the good work, and something to put
in the memory book for my grandkids.

Name:Jackie VanOrt
From:Naperville, IL
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: At a family reunion I remember seeing a program
or some type of phamplet which depicted
imformation regarding the company picnic. I am
trying to locate which family member has this.
If found I will contact you.

Name:Patricia (Tomczak) Pason
From:Spring Creek, Nevada
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: I am the grand niece of Frances Zdrojewski. Frances was the sister of my grandmother, Wladyslawa (Josephine) Zdrojewski Gnat. My mother was Esther Gnat Tomczak.

Name:Carole Grant
From:Burr Ridge IL
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: My great-uncle, Joseph Peternell, died on the Eastland disaster. He was an employee at Western Electric. My grandfather, Edward Peternell, was also an employee and was supposed to go to the picnic, but at the last minute, changed his plans.

Name:Maryellen Moore
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: I think this is a great site. I've been interested in the Eastland disaster since hearing my Dad's stories of a guy he knew who survived both the Titanic and the Eastland disaster. Unfortunately my Dad died several years ago so I don't know this man's name. Do you klnow where I can get a list of the survivors?

Name:Laura Jones
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 10/31/99

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Name:Robert Kurek
From:Bloomingdale, Illinois
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments:
A part of Chicago history ignored for way too long. Best wishes for your success.
Bloomingdale (Illinois) Historcal Society

Name:Douglas Ripsom
From:Bloomington, IL
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: I wanted to add: I have a great many postcards from various shipwrecks, and I have one from the "Eastland," dated 1908. However, not very many articles or research material. Thanks!

Name:Douglas Ripsom
From:Bloomington, IL
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: Dear Friends:

Very interesting webpage! Write me soon!

Name:John Uhlich
From:Downers Grove, IL
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: To Whom It May Concern:

I am trying to send you an e-mail with an attached photo-file of the vicitim of the Eastland disaster. The grave is located in Concordia Cemetery and has an "etching" of the Eastland on the side of the stone. Are you aware of this historical artifact? Unfortunately, your e-mail address is not working at this time as I keep getting a notice stating that the e-mail I am sending is "undeliverable". If you would like to give me your correct e-mail address or another e-mail address, please contact me and I will be happy to re-send the photo to you.

John M. Uhlich

Name:Dan Manola
From:Addison
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: I first heard of this disaster from a friend's
grandfather who knew someone who had at the time
worked for western electric but was not on board
at the time of the sinking. He explained the situation and the period of time didn't remove the
fact that things of this nature were occurring in
a period where ship tragedies were all to commonplace. Even a published history of Western
Electric would have great interest when even my
children know nothing of the great manufacturer
of most of our past telephone & communication
equipment. I will surely find myself attending the
next Wheaton mall display of Eastland artifacts.

Name:Edward Pawlowski
From:Darien, IL
Date Entered: 10/31/99

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Name:Richard Evenhouse
From:Waukegan, Il
Date Entered: 10/31/99

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Name:Michael Peters
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: I have walked by the site of the Eastland tragedy so many times without knowing what happened there. I commend your efforts to keep this history alive. Will you be posting the results of the underwater search?

Name:David Dunwell
From:Minnesota
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: My mother's father died on the Eastland.

Name:Ronald Buzil
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: This is a very interesting web site. I read about your organization in today's Chicago Tribune (on line edition). As a sailor, I've always had an interest in Great Lakes history and your organization is to be commended for the effort to present this greatest of the lakes' disasters. I scanned the list of passengers and crew but, as expected, I found no relations although my family has been in Chicago since the 1880's.

Name:Dan Hoffman
From:Chicago; now Fox Lake,IL
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: My grandfather, Joseph A. Hoffman, was aboard the Eastland when it capsized in 1915. He couldn't swim a lick but managed to survive. In use to point himself out in a photo - don't know if I can find the photo. Ironically, my grandmother was not with him on the picnic outing because my father was only 1 month old at the time. I was pleased to hear that someone has formed an organization to remember this significant Chicago disaster. Dan Hoffman

Name:John Leslie Bates
From:Tucson AZ; orig. Brookfield IL
Date Entered: 10/31/99

Comments: Many Western Electric employees lived in Brookfield, Il, and some of these died on the Eastland. Legend (probably true,) has it that after preliminary identification, the Brookfield dead were transported via the Burlington Railroad, and were housed in a temporary morgue in a funeral home at 8869 Brookfield Avenue, now an Irish Pub, on the southeast corner of Burlington and Prairie Avenues, until the time of their funerals.

Name:Bret Popper
From:Park Ridge, IL
Date Entered: 10/30/99

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Name:Diane Curtis
From:Bolingbrook, IL
Date Entered: 10/30/99

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Name:Linda Wood
From:Midlothian
Date Entered: 10/28/99

Comments: I have always felt an incredible interest in this incident in Chicago history. My grandmother was supposed to get on the ship, but while standing on the dock, she decided she was not willing to get on. She literally stood with her boyfriend and two other people and watched in horror as people drowned. She lost a cousin and his sister.
Also, I am using this topic in my class to teach the kids about Chicago history. Most have never heard of the event.

Name:Ellen Thro
From:born Chicago; now San Diego
Date Entered: 10/22/99

Comments: I saw a notice in today's New York Times about this site. I'm a native Chicagoan, and I know something about the Eastland tragedy. I'm glad to see a site devoted to it, and I look forward to coming back to see the new sections in place. Good luck!

Name:Paul Richert
From:Akron, Ohio
Date Entered: 10/21/99

Comments: I checked today New York Times Circuit section and found an article on the week's events which mentions this site.

My grandfather Paul Peter Richert was one of the brothers of Matilda Grandt, the family Bible has her name as Tillie Grandt. Her place of birth is listed as Dirschau, Germany (formerly West Prussia). Today the city of Tszew, Poland (near Gdansk).

The Richerts were all born in Germany and emigrated over time to the U.S. in the late 19th century. Paul was only five or six when he came here with his parents. Some of the older brother had traveled and worked overseas and finally came to the U.S. before their parents and their younger siblings.

The parents Michael, Sr. and Anna Richert had four boys, Frank, John, Michael, Jr., Paul and one girl, Matilda.

The family story is that the Richerts were Lutheran in Germany but Catherine promised God that if he would give her a daughter the family would convert to Catholism. Apparently when Matilda came along they converted to the Roman Catholic church.

All I know is that Aunt Matilda was an employee of Western Electric. I thought her daughter Clara Grandt was also lost but I did not see her name on the list so I will check with my father and his sisters.

Name:Dale Schultz
From:Ted
Date Entered: 10/19/99

Comments: Incredible tribute to this tragic event in Chicago history. Ted and Barb, you did a wonderful job with this website and you are providing a great resource for reference for the families involved.

Name:Michele P.
From:WI
Date Entered: 10/18/99

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Name:Dolores Mercier
From:Chicago, Illinois
Date Entered: 10/05/99

Comments:
My aunt, Pauline Lehner (Minnick) was a surviver. She crawled out of a porthole and was lifted onto the bridge. She was around 25 years old at the time. She lived to about 97 and died about ten years ago. I wish I asked her more questions about the disaster.

Name:Jean Mau
From:Rolling Meadows, Ill
Date Entered: 10/02/99

Comments:
Your web site is wonderful. I am so impressed with your ability to share this informaiton with so many people. Good luck with all of your upcoming projects. I am so happy for all of you. God Bless! Jean

Name:Donald Frieders
From:Batavia, Illinois
Date Entered: 09/30/99

Comments: Thank you for your Surname Family tree. It's wonderful! I'm going to try to find out what my connection to the Eastland Disaster is.

Name:gladys mc vay
From:michigan
Date Entered: 09/29/99

Comments: my father and I were supposed to be on that boat.

Name:John Coleman
From:Chicago's south suburbs
Date Entered: 09/28/99

Comments: Our Great Uncle, James Stenson, Died on board the Eastland. I would like any info that you may have.

Name:krystal shinault
From:virginia
Date Entered: 09/27/99

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Name:Brittney Spears
From:Tennessee
Date Entered: 09/21/99

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Name:rhonda conlon
From:Pa
Date Entered: 09/18/99

Comments: this is a good website! (exspecially when you need to do a project!)

Name:J.R. Olivero
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 09/17/99

Comments: Last year, my company Black Mirror Films produced a program entitled "Death In America" which is currently airing on PBS. As part of that program we interviewed Libby Hruby, a survivor of the Eastland Disaster as well as David Nelson, whose grandfather saved many people over a three day period. As a result, I decided to research current maritime laws on Lake Michigan and the "Boats For All" legislation that was passed by Congress after the Titanic disaster (ref: "Eastland, Legacy Of The Titanic" by George Hilton). At present, Chicago allows vessels that travel within 2-3 miles of the shoreline to go WITHOUT enough lifeboats for all! They are required to have lifevests or lifejackets for all. These day and dinner cruises are an accident waiting to happen. Let's say you have a group celebrating a family occasion (with kids and older folks) and the ship experiences a bad kitchen fire causing the likely evacuation of the vessel. How long do you think those who go into the water would last before exposure does them in - especially in April or May when the lake is still really cold? I am considering incorporating this information into a new piece on the Eastland. Not surprizingly no one wants to touch it. Inquiries with the current Chicago administration got a lot of people angry and got us a few threats from the maritime folks who don't want the Navy Pier money machine to faulter. The Eastland was a completely different kind of threat, but stupidity and bad planning seem to remain constant.

Name:Kenneth Pendarvis
From:Chatsworth, CA
Date Entered: 09/13/99

Comments: Enjoyed your site very much! My grandmother, Rose Velat was also a passenger on the Eastland, along with her sister Grace and brother George. Your passenger list shows her last name as "Velott". George (her brother )was a Western Electric employee. All of them survived, but Grace's legs were injured by a cash register which slid off a bar and scraped her shins when the boat tipped over. All three were luckily strong swimmers, and George jumped in and help pull people out. My grandmother later remarried and became Rose Tuzik,
and had one child, my mother, Rosemary Pendarvis, who had five children (Carol, Nancy,Linda, Kenneth (myself) and Deborah) Grace Velat never married and died about 30 years ago after having a stroke.
Rose Velat, my grandmother, died in 1986 at the age of 91. I don't know when/how George Velat died but I can find out if you are interested at all.
My mother still has the Eastland picnic tickets that were issued to George. Maybe I can get them from her and find someone with a scanner and send them to you if you are interested. Thanks again for the site....Ken Pendarvis

Name:Natalie Zett
From:St. Paul, MN
Date Entered: 09/13/99

Comments: This web site is wonderful, and I wanted to express my appreciation.

My great-aunt, Martha Pfeiffer, perished on the Eastland. She was 19.

I never knew the details of the disaster until the last year. That sent me on a journey into the past. Much of my "spare" time has been spent researching the disaster and family lore. I even made it to the disaster site for the first time this past July 24 to remember Martha.

I'm also a writer and have published a piece about Martha's life called "On the Eastland."

Thank you again for your fine work.

Name:Deb Hoke
From:Coal City, Il
Date Entered: 09/12/99

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Name:Catherine Ruisi
From:Marshfield, Massachusetts
Date Entered: 09/12/99

Comments: This is a fascinating story. My mother's 2 aunts were on the Eastland, Laura and Catherine Hamilton. My uncle who resides in Riverside, Ill. recently told me of this disaster. I found this website very informative and intend to pass tis along to my uncle.

Name:Don K.
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 09/12/99

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Name:Frank Piha
From:South Elgin Illinois
Date Entered: 09/11/99

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Name:Caesar, Doris Giovannini
From:Scottsdale, AZ
Date Entered: 09/07/99

Comments: Wonderful in depth information on this subject. Very well done!!

Name:David Sweeney
From:Naperville, Illinois
Date Entered: 08/31/99

Comments: Thank you for the research that you have done. I am most grateful. You see, I am the grandson of Mathew Sweeney. He was one of the young firemen who kept continuously diving for survivors during the forty-eight hours after the Eastland capsized.

Grandpa was also awarded for his heroic efforts in the Iroque Theater fire.

His great, great grandson is now four but has a particu;ar fondness for his fire fighting toys.

Again, thank you for what I perceive will be of great benefit in my accumulating memorabilia about my grandfather.

Truly the youth of today need as much information about the way it was and the heros that seem to be fewer and fewer today.

Dave Sweeney

Name:Bernard Hollister
From:Geneva, IL
Date Entered: 08/30/99

Comments: I am the teacher at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy who motivated a colleague to help me do a unit on the Eastland which lead to the placement of the plaque on the Chicago River.We had nowhere near the resources to work with that are now on the Internet. Keep up the good work.

Name:June Bennett-Wylie
From:Wheaton, Il.
Date Entered: 08/29/99

Comments: My Father's brother was Leroy David Bennett.
It is very interesting to me to read and see
so much online regarding this disaster.
My Dad remembered someone coming to the house
to inform their Mother.
Thank you for doing all this and for such an
outstanding job.
You are greatly appreciated.

Name:joe gallagher
From:illinois
Date Entered: 08/29/99

Comments: I enjoyed this site. I bookmarked it. I have a site on The real Titanic along with history and my very own artwork to accompany the history.
Please come by and see it
Best regards; Joseph P. Gallagher
http://users.foxvalley.net/~gijoe40

Name:Wayne Suerth
From:Albuquerque
Date Entered: 08/29/99

Comments: My grandfather and uncle were on the Eastland. Nickolas and Joseph Suerth. My grandfather died but my uncle surivived the tradegy. My grandmother was 2 months pregnant with my father. he would be their 7th child.

Thank you for creating and maintaing the WEB site so the memory of those that perished on that tragic day in the history of Chicago will not be forgotten.

Wayne Suerth

Name:Irma Turek
From:West Dundee, Illinois
Date Entered: 08/23/99

Comments: 8-23-99 Its nice to see articles published from time to time about Western Electric even though this was a disasterious accident. The one that caught my interest was a couple of months ago in the Daily Herald by Melissa Knopper. Kuddo's go to Melissa for putting the web site in the paper for all of us to view. Even though the article did not mention Western Electric, as an employee of Lucent (formely Western Electric) Technologies I knew immediately, that was the famous accident with our company involved and the many lives that were lost. I have 28 years of service and am very proud to work for such a good company. Thanks again Melissa Knopper.

Name:paul bednar
From:Elgin, il.
Date Entered: 08/17/99

Comments: I plan on spending time looking thru your info at a later date, however i am excited about this website because my great grandfather was involved with the disaster. He was deemed the "hero of the eastland disaster" in his newspaper death notice.
Charles Gunderson was a diver and was on hand to recover many bodies. I'm not sure if he actually saved lives. I hope to send in the Tribune article for your records.

Name:Lynn Busch
From:Fox Lake, IL
Date Entered: 08/17/99

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Name:Ronald Line
From:Lansing, IL
Date Entered: 08/17/99

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Name:Yvonne Stromberg
From:Howard, CO
Date Entered: 08/15/99

Comments: My husband's family lost two loved ones on the Eastland. His Grandmother's brother - Harry Johnson and his Grandfather's cousin - Gust Johnson. Thank you for this excellant web-site. The Eastland tragedy should be remembered.

Name:Cheryl Krajnik
From:Idaho
Date Entered: 08/15/99

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Name:Larry Bircher
From:Elmhurst, IL
Date Entered: 08/15/99

Comments: Yesterday I emailed you to thank you for having this website. I also stated that I received some documents that belonged to my Great Grandmother explaining about my Great Great Uncle Frank. Frank Rehor was on the ship when it went down, and I very greatful that you have this information out there. I am very interested in my family history and this website is very beneficial to the family members of passengers that perished on that terrible day.

Name:Larry Bircher
From:Elmhurst, IL.
Date Entered: 08/15/99

Comments: Thank you for having this web site. I was recently given some document that belonged to my Great Grandmother and one of the pieces was about her brother. He was one of the passengers that died on that boat.
I am very greatfull that you have this information out there, so we can learn more about our family history.

Name:Gary Penfold
From:Ballston Spa NY
Date Entered: 08/13/99

Comments: I enjoyed looking at the history of Western Electric. I am now with Lucent as an installer, but started out in 1966 as an installer for WECO.
Thanks for the tour.

Name:Eileen Kolin
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 08/11/99

Comments:

My father worked for Western Electric at the time . He was there the day of the accident and helped pull people out of the water.

Name:John Grocholl
From:Rockford, IL
Date Entered: 08/09/99

Comments: My mother, Victoria Marie Krasniewski, was on the Eastland and survived.

Name:Diana Missey
From:Missouri
Date Entered: 08/06/99

Comments: About 6 years ago I found a very old picture of a ship that sunk. Behind the picture was a paper that someone had written on. On the top of the paper was: Eastland wen't down July 24th 1915 drowning over 800 people 7:30a.m. When I removed the picture from the frame the back had the same thing written on it but they had added that the people were from Western Electric Co. I have done alot of research on this picture and found out what happened. This is a tragedy that should not have happened. This could have been prevented. I am still searching for a photo that resembles mine. So far I have found 1 that looks close to the one that I've got. If not for the photo I would have not known about this tragedy. I would say this is just as important as the Titanic and there should be just as many documentaries on this disaster as there is on that.

Name:Diana Missey
From:Missouri
Date Entered: 08/06/99

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Name:Ashley Miller
From:Idaho
Date Entered: 08/04/99

Comments: this web site helps kids my age learn about the disaster like the eastland.

Name:CAROL ZOELLICK
From:MARENGO, IL.
Date Entered: 07/31/99

Comments:
I HEAR YOU ON WGN JULY23 LOOKED UP WEB SITE THAT NITE THOUGHLY ENJOYED IT AND THE LINKS YOU PROVIDE --I HAVEN'T SEEN THEM ALL YET BUT LOOKING FORWARD TO READING THEM ALL -- ESPICALLY THE INFO. ON THE EASTLAND DISASTER-- INDEED A TERRIBLE HAPPENING FOR ANYONE TO HAVE GONE THROUGH--THANK YOU FOR INTERESTING SITE--WHEEZIECAT

Name:elizabeth Brandl
From:Arlington Heights, IL 60005
Date Entered: 07/31/99

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Name:Dave Schwass
From:Rolling Meadows, IL
Date Entered: 07/31/99

Comments: It's a very touching tribute...Saw the article in Thursday's Rolling Meadows Review. My Grandfather, Harry Schwass, was a foreman at Western Electric at the time and was supposed to be on the boat with his "girls", what he called his employees. He wound up staying out late Friday night, so when they called him Saturday morning, he told them he would catch up to them at the picnic later. Don't know (but would like to) how many and who of his "girls" perished, but do know I might not be here today if my grandfather was not out carousing that Friday night. I noticed you have scanned one of the pages from the Western Electric newsletter (on the passenger file). You might want to scan in the whole newsletter. I also have a copy I enjoy looking at from time to time. Another coincidence is I, too work for Western Electric, now Lucent, and have for the last 21 years. Am looking forward to your continous additions to your site.

Name:Mickey Paskiewicz
From:Indianapolis
Date Entered: 07/30/99

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Name:Mike Jasinski
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 07/27/99

Comments: How could this happen? Was the captain reprimanded in any way? How is it possible for the sship to roll over? Was it designed poorly or was it all to do with the ballast tanks? Are currently built ships more automatically regulate the ballast tanks?

Name:Anita Jaszka
From:Bartlett, Illinois
Date Entered: 07/27/99

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Name:Mike Colagrossi
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 07/27/99

Comments: The Best Web Page I have ever seen!

Mike

P.S.

Great Job

Name:Paul Nemecek
From:Western Springs, IL
Date Entered: 07/26/99

Comments: Hello, Saturday, July 24, 1999
Enjoyed immensely Barbara's presentation on the John William's show on WGN radio today. Keep up the great work. Good to see that this information is becoming available. Wonderful web site.
Paul Nemecek

Name:Sarah Sebert
From:Wood Dale, Illinois
Date Entered: 07/26/99

Comments: My grandparents and great aunt were on the Eastland. Anna Johnson was my great aunt. She worked at Western Electric, but I only see an Anna Johnson listed not in bold. My grandparents were married at the time, I am pretty sure. Anna was my grandmother's sister. Their names were Henry and Amy Pedersen. I do not see them listed. My grandmother told me many times about having been on the Eastland and how they survived. How her sister was a supervisor and had to go and identify the bodies of "her girls". How people on the sides were trying to help by throwing in boxes but they were hitting people and making it worse. How my grandfather pushed a baby up through a porthole and saved it. How she lost her shoes and had to ride the streetcar home barefeet. This passenger list is interesting and heartbreaking. It is important to keep the memory of this alive.

Name:Carol Frieders
From:Aurora, IL
Date Entered: 07/26/99

Comments: Really enjoyed reading and learning about the Eastland and its stormy history. Am looking forward to future additions to the website.
I applaud your efforts to record history and make it available to future generations. As a teacher I always looked for interesting subjects that could be researched by my students that would help them to understand their own section of the country. I heard about your efforts on WGN radio interview







Name:Carol Frieders
From:None
Date Entered: 07/26/99

Comments: Really enjoyed reading and learning about the Eastland and its stormy history. Am looking forward to future additions to the website.
I applaud your efforts to record history and make it available to future generations.







Name:Bob Dorgan
From:Darien, Illinois
Date Entered: 07/26/99

Comments: Ted and crew

Keep up the great work.

Bob Dorgan

Name:Joe Shacter
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 07/25/99

Comments: Looking forward to working with you; 'twas nice meeting you a couple of weeks ago, Ted.

Joe

Name:Mary Carroll-Scheid
From:Clifton, Va.
Date Entered: 07/25/99

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Name:Pat P.
From:Naperville
Date Entered: 07/25/99

Comments: It is important to remember all of Chicago's history. This is a wonderful educational site.

Name:Ruth Emerson
From:Chicago IL
Date Entered: 07/25/99

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Name:Gary Kremholz
From:Arlington Heights, Illinois
Date Entered: 07/25/99

Comments: I found your exhibit at the Arlington Heights Public Library, 2nd Floor Window Showcase, to be very interesting. The many personal items and photos of the Eastland, made the disaster that happened so long ago, seem very real. Good Job to you & your staff.

Name:linda daniels
From:park forrest-il
Date Entered: 07/24/99

Comments: hi--- i heard you on the John Williams show..on wgn yesterday...i always find out about important things from wgn...anyway..i was fascinated by all the info you shared about your grandma &family members' experiences on the eastland...also the callers had good contributions to the history of the disaster...thanks for sharing with the radio audience....

Name:Carolyn Zintak
From:Arlington Heights, IL
Date Entered: 07/24/99

Comments: Actually, I learned about your site from our newspaper, The Daily Herald. They had an article about the disaster on Sat. July 24, 1999, and gave your address. The Zintak family members who died were my husband's great-grandmother and great-aunt on his father's side. Thank you for putting this site together...you did a wonderful job.

Name:ed novak
From:chicago
Date Entered: 07/24/99

Comments: I walked past the Eastland plaque on Wacker last week and was telling my 19 year old son what I knew of the disaster. When I heard an interview this morning on WGN radio I couldn't wait to learn more of the incident. I have read everything on the site and find the story of the Eastland both fascinating and disturbing. There is very little general knowledge of the Eastland even though thousands of people walk past this historic site every day. It is hard to imagine so much loss of life in the Chicago River.

Name:Glenn Templeman
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 07/24/99

Comments: I have been told by my father that my grandfather was there to help bring out the people.

Name:Michael Durbin
From:Palatine, IL.
Date Entered: 07/24/99

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Name:Kathy Hughes
From:Buffalo Grove, Illinois
Date Entered: 07/24/99

Comments: For many years my Mother said one of my great-uncles died on the Eastland. On July 24, 1915, the 84th anniversary, someone was on WGN Radio doing an interview about this and I happened to be listening. I jotted down your web site and address. As I looked through the passenger list I had to call my Mother about this and we discussed the story she heard many times from my grandmother about her brother drowning on the Eastland. His name was Wilhelm M. Siegmann.

Name:Alicia no
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 07/24/99

Comments: I think that is a very sad disaster. Only about 200 people lived after that disaster. In my opinion that is sadder than Titanic.

Name:Janet Long
From:None
Date Entered: 07/24/99

Comments: Dear E.D.H.S.

Neat site, "Nana" would be proud. I agree with your goals for this society. I have always been interested in great lake boating accidents and have read a great deal about the Eastland. I hope to learn more from your site.
I have given you my e-mail address, for your use only please. You are now one of my bookmarked sites. Good luck.
P.S. I did not leave notation as to where I heard about you as you didn't have WGN listed.

Name:Janet Long
From:Barrington, Ill.
Date Entered: 07/24/99

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Name:Ruth Mertz
From:Romeoville, Illinois
Date Entered: 07/24/99

Comments: Just heard you on WGN Radio, and i remember as a child, my parents telling me of this disaster. What a horrible incident to happen on what should have been a happy day.

Name:DONNA OHLERKING
From:NEW PORT RICHEY,FL
Date Entered: 07/23/99

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MY GRANDPARENTS JENNY & JAMES PETERSON WERE ON THE EASTLAND, MY MOTHER WAS ONLY 2 YRS OLD. THEY WANTED TO TAKE HER WITH BUT A RELATIVE SAID THEY WOULD WATCH HER SO THEY COULD HAVE A BETTER TIME. THEY WERE TWO OF THE VERY LUCKY, THEY WERE SAVED. WE HAVE JUST RECENTLY FOUND NOTES GRAM HAD WRITTEN A LONG TIME AGO. VERY HARD TO READ. SHE ALSO HAD POSTCARDS OF THE DISASTER THE NOTES WERE VERY HARD FOR ME TO REAS AS I FELT I WAS THERE. MY COUSIN HAS THEM NOW AND TRYING TO GET COPIES AND FIX A SET FOR EVERY ONE IN THE FAMILY.MY SON CALLED LAST NITE TO TELL ME OF YOUR SITE. WHEN MY MOTHER COMES BACK FROM VACATION I WILL HAVE HER WRITE YOU ALSO TO TELL YOU WHAT SHE KNOWS. THANKYOU FOR STARTING THIS SITE.GRANDAUGHTER DONNA

Name:Gertrude Fremgen-Mitchell
From:Cicero, Ill. Now- Calif.
Date Entered: 07/19/99

Comments:
My mother was a survivor of the Eastland disaster. Her name was Jessie Ryan. She survived by hanging on to a man's leg and he helped pull her out of the water.
I later worked for the Western Electric Co. in Cicero, Ill. from 1948 to 1950.
Thank you for bringing this disaster to attention.

Name:Jennie Myers
From:San Antonio, TX 78233
Date Entered: 07/17/99

Comments: I am researching my family BENES .. I would appreciate an updated list of passengers. I know Anna Benes perished and Marie Benes survived. They were, I feel sure, my Aunts. Would appreciate hearing from you. Jennie








Name:Kurt Amling
From:Arlington ,Texas 76017
Date Entered: 07/16/99

Comments: My Great- grandfather was a survivor of the disaster and I've been trying to find out some more of the details of what transpired on that fateful day.I want to get my Grandmothers firsthand account of what she remembers, recorded on videotape for our family history and to share with other members of the society.

Name:Richard Vlazny a.k.a. Vance
From:Chicago, now in K.C.
Date Entered: 06/12/99

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Name:Robert Dusak
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 06/05/99

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Name:James Kelly
From:Richmond Virginia
Date Entered: 06/04/99

Comments: I was watching a show on the Discovery channel just yesterday, and they were doing a show on ships that have either sank or had terrible disasters....and I was wondering if you could give me any other information on the disaster...and I was also wondering why no body really know about the disaster....

James

Name:Jennifer Cunningham
From:Toronto Canada
Date Entered: 06/04/99

Comments: I was wondering if there were any other personal artifacts found....and if so did, where did they go? Did you send them back to the family or did they go somewhere else....

Name:Kristy Parker
From:Baltimore Maryland
Date Entered: 06/04/99

Comments: I liked how you put these articles onto your site but I was wondering if you had any other people that were interviewed about what happened and what they thought. Because you only have that one person in all the articles. Do you know if any other newspapers covered the story? Because I would really like to read up on this.

Name:Alex Fereey
From:Los Angeles
Date Entered: 06/04/99

Comments: Some friends and I were watching the Disney channels new series called So "Weird" with some friends the other night and I was wondering if the childs name in the show was one of the real persons name that really died in the accident. We
were also wondering if you could tell us if the place that the bodies were kept at until someone could identify them is or ever was really haunted...so to speak....if you could please try to answer these questions for me I would appreciate it very much
Alex

Name:Jennie Myers
From:San Antonio, TX
Date Entered: 06/03/99

Comments: I enjoyed your site. Actually stumbled on it while searching for family of Benes, which there is an Anna Benes, age 20 listed as a passenger. Is there some way I might receive more information on her. Did she perish? Who may I contact? Thank You, Jennie

Name:David Siere
From:Metropolis, Illinois
Date Entered: 05/30/99

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Name:Dorothy Lindberg
From:Bloomingdale, IL
Date Entered: 05/28/99

Comments: My father told me that his family took the Eastland on excursions to Sugar Island, between Toledo and Detroit. Is this possible? It would have been between about 1909-1914. He remembered a time that it got a little rough and he fell asleep underneath the grand piano, because that seemed the smoothest area of the boat. His family searched for him for quite a while.

Name:John Simble
From:Georgia
Date Entered: 05/28/99

Comments: I just wanted to tell you that this is a cool site........but i wanted to ask you also if you could tell me anything on the eastland disaster????....i have become so interested in it ever since my son came home asking me if i knew anything about an eastland disaster that had happened before i was born...i think that i may have lost some relatives on the ship....my mom told me to try some web site to see if i really did lose my grandfather on the ship...my grandmoter died before we even knew about the ship and we think that she was on the shipalso but that she made it off alive...but she was a very quite person and she never told anyone how my grandfater died backthen...she never even told us the year he died...so i was wondering if you could tell me where to look to see if i truly did lose a part of my family on the ship that capsized....

Name:Shannon Taylor
From:Georgia
Date Entered: 05/28/99

Comments: I was never really interested in anything like I am about the Eastland disaster...I had never heard about it until one night when watching a t.v. show called So Weird...Now I am really interested in it...But I was wondering if anyone knew if the little kids name they used on the show So weird was a real kid or not....

Name:Pam Osborn
From:Loveland, CO
Date Entered: 05/27/99

Comments: In do not know if my grandmothers name is on the list. I assume it is as she was an employee of Western Electric, although she was only 14 years old at the time. I do know that she survived only because a locker of some sort fell over her and provided an air pocket for her to breath. It appears that she was below deck, where few people survived. Her best friend was lost. There was no provision for survivors, and my grandmother was told to report to work on Monday morning or loose her job. She received no medical attention at all, she was quite ill because of the diry river water, and she could not even get time off to attend her friends funeral. She never went on the water again, and forever had a nervous tick in her neck. My grandmothers name was Augusta Houillion (I am not positive about the spelling)I do not believe any other members of her immediate family worked there. Grandmother was one of 8 children. I was not sure where you wanted this information. I have already registerd

Name:Glen Burtnik
From:New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Entered: 05/20/99

Comments: Great site!!!! My story is this; I was running along the river in 1990 and came upon the plaque explaining the disaster. I stopped to read it. I was moved. I came back later with a pad & pencil & jotted the story down. A few months later I wrote a song about it with my songwriting partner Bob Burger titled (what else?) 'The Eastland Disaster'.

Name:Megan Wells
From:La Grange Park
Date Entered: 05/19/99

Comments: I'm a professional storyteller thinking about creating a telling of the Disaster for school kids. Great site!

Name:Pam Osborn
From:CO
Date Entered: 05/19/99

Comments: Very nice site, extrememly informative. I have searched for some time for information. My grandmother was a survivor, I have always been curious about the ship, and that horrible day.

Name:Cheryl Powell
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 05/19/99

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Name:Lindsay Schley
From:None
Date Entered: 05/17/99

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Name:Kara Kulig
From:Jamestown
Date Entered: 05/17/99

Comments: I am 10 years old and found out about the Eastland from a t.v show called "So Wierd" on disney at 7:00(eastern)I found it interesting and browsed the web. Please send me any more info you might be able to find.
Thanx

Name:Alan Hare
From:Port Angeles,Wa 98362
Date Entered: 05/17/99

Comments: My dad was on the Eastland.He survied.When I was a kid he told me how he surived .He did`nt know how to swim.He was on the main deck when she rolled over He grabbed the starboard rail and swung himself over to the fully exposed shipside and began pulling trapped passengers through the open portholes.Very quickly another man was at his side helping him.The most memorable part of his reclection was when they grabbed a fat guy who could`nt fit through the porthole.They had to push him back down.After a short while the thrashing and screaming from below stopped.As I recall it was very difficult for him to discuss the disaster.I have his stamped boarding pass.His name is on your list of survivers. Edward Zajicek

Name:Naomi Erland Cassier
From:Wheaton, IL
Date Entered: 05/17/99

Comments: Thank you for a great site. Like many of your other visitors, I feel a personal connection. My husband's aunt, Carrie Wesemann, 18 years old, was a victim of this disaster. My mother in-law was only about 7 at the time but remembered the time very well with great sadness.

Name:April Conway
From:Lewiston, NY
Date Entered: 05/15/99

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Name:Marika barman
From:IN
Date Entered: 05/15/99

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Name:michelle proctor
From:norfolk va
Date Entered: 05/13/99

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Name:Marissa McKennon
From:Washington
Date Entered: 05/11/99

Comments: Great website! A special thanx to Ted W for helping me with an inquiry interview! I heard about the Eastland disaster on Disney's show "so wierd." Cheers to the future!

Name:NORM BARTON
From:HARROW ONTARIO
Date Entered: 05/09/99

Comments: A TRULY WONDERFUL AND WELL PUT TOGETHER SITE. ANYONE WHO STUDIES THE GREAT LAKES SHIPPING HISTORY HAS TO APPRECIATE YOUR WORK. THANKS!

Name:M. Kussmann
From:Chicago, IL.
Date Entered: 05/08/99

Comments: A step back in time!

Name:Stephanie bachez
From:Santa Monica
Date Entered: 05/06/99

Comments: please tell me about the hunted place near the chicago disaster and about a boy that cry all the time and turn of f and on and I saw it in the show So Weird.


Name:JAMES FERGUSON
From:AVONDALE, LOUISIANA
Date Entered: 04/30/99

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Name:Erik Clausen
From:Aabenraa, Denmark
Date Entered: 04/28/99

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Name:burgholg jfjfdhhd
From:None
Date Entered: 04/25/99

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Name:Trixie Robles
From:Melrose Park
Date Entered: 04/19/99

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Name:John M. Azevedo
From:Royal Palm Beach , Florida
Date Entered: 04/18/99

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Name:Nancy Sena
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 04/18/99

Comments: Great site! I had never heard of this disaster. Very touching.

Name:Linda Atkinson
From:Joliet, IL
Date Entered: 04/14/99

Comments: Thanks!

Name:Peter Durand
From:Grosse Pointe Park, MI 48230-
Date Entered: 04/13/99

Comments: Interesting timeline. Are all facts documented?

Name:edward phillips
From:little rock, ar
Date Entered: 04/11/99

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Name:Carol Kessner
From:Wa
Date Entered: 04/10/99

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Name:BethAnn Hearn
From:PA
Date Entered: 04/07/99

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Name:Patricia Wensle
From:Illinois
Date Entered: 04/03/99

Comments: John Sallwasser was a relative of mine. Finally found information on his demise. I am researching my family tree and your information proved he died on the Eastland. Thank you for being there!
My only question is why he was on the Eastland without his family.

Name:Frank Straus
From:Springfield IL
Date Entered: 03/30/99

Comments:
Keep it up! The victims should be remembered.

Name:Jerry Nowaczyk
From:born:chicago now alabama
Date Entered: 03/28/99

Comments: Nowaczyk, Eva, 21, single
I am interested in learning more about this woman.

Name:Shawn Ford
From:Waukegan, Illinois
Date Entered: 03/26/99

Comments: I would like to thank those involved in creating this excellent web page. My great great grandmother Augusta Wiese died along with her grandaughter Elizabeth Rakow. The guest list stated her last name as Wieser..I will have to look into that. Her husband who preceeded her in death was a steamboat captian in the Chicago harbor, his name was Eben Wiese. Augusta's madien name was VonSchwanfeldt or somthing similar, and she was from Germany. My grandmother who was two years old at the time told me a short story about the time of the disaster. The story goes my great grandfather Daniel Quinn was supposed to go on the Eastland trip with Minnie Quinn(his wife),Lauretta Quinn(his daughter and my grandmother),Augusta Weise(his mother in law),and Elizabeth Rakow(his niece). Minnie and Daniel got into a fight and they ended up going home with my grandmother leaving Augusta(65) and Elizabeth(about 4) to go by themselves....they both perished. It is due to that fight that I am here today.
Shawn Ford

Name:Gary Kremholz
From:Arlington Heights , IL
Date Entered: 03/21/99

Comments: My wife's Grandfather and Grandmother , along with her Aunt were on the Eastland when it capsized. Her Grandfather, Fred Eichholz, was initially reported as among the dead. He and his family survived. We are interested in this piece of history. His name is listed in George Hilton's book on the subject: EASTLAND, LEGACY OF THE TITANIC.
My wife's Aunt , Marion Eichholz, still living, was not yet 4 yrs old and remembers she was afraid her new shoes were going to be ruined. My wife's Grandmother, remembers she fell in the water and was seeing boxes and clutter all around her, and screaming. She went under and thought all was to be lost, when a hand grabbed her and pulled her up to safety.

Name:nikki Jerard
From:connecticut
Date Entered: 03/16/99

Comments: I think that you should have more interesting facts on the S.S.Eastland such as photos on what the ship looked like. Or how it had more passenger deaths than the Titantic.(titantic only had 694, the Eastland had 841.) I'm not some braniac computer freak but i do enjoy read about history and getting the facts without having to look around for it or even just a pic. In conclusion, i'm in eigth grade and saying you need more and better info.

Name:Jason Sheldon
From:Cleveland
Date Entered: 03/11/99

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Name:S Fournier
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 03/06/99

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Well done! Keep up the good work!

Name:Margaret Sweeney
From:Cicero Illinois
Date Entered: 03/05/99

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I am Board Member with the Historical Society of Cicero which houses the Western Electric Museum and I am very impresssed with the owrk that has gone into this web page. I am looking forward to viewing more information that is being gathered. Thank you again.

Name:Garrett Anacker
From:shoreline
Date Entered: 03/02/99

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Name:Garrett Anacker
From:shoreline
Date Entered: 03/02/99

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Name:Garrett Anacker
From:shoreline
Date Entered: 03/02/99

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Name:Krizia DeLaCruz
From:Miami
Date Entered: 02/25/99

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Name:HILARY EDWARDS
From:None
Date Entered: 02/25/99

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Name:Al O'Brien
From:LaGrange Park IL USA
Date Entered: 02/24/99

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Name:Liz Ruiz
From:Cicero,IL
Date Entered: 02/23/99

Comments: Thanks for all the info it really helped our grade on our research paper for my group the pictures helped a lot too!

Name:Juan Lee
From:Salt Lake City, Utah
Date Entered: 02/22/99

Comments: A few minutes ago a patron came in to our branch library (Day-Riverside Branch, Salt Lake City, Utah)looking for information on a ship named the "Eastland" that had capsized around the 1920s.

After locating a periodical article, I searched the Internet and found your site. We were amazed on the amount of information provided and the patron was very happy to see the pictures. Needless to say, we had a very satisfied customer and your site helped in a great way.

Thank you for your efforts.

Juan T. Lee
Associate Librarian
Day-Riverside Branch
Salt Lake City, Utah

Name:Jeffrey Bloomfield
From:Queens, New York
Date Entered: 02/21/99

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I have read one article, written some thirty
years ago, in AMERICAN HERITAGE
magazine, about the "Excursion to death"
(the title of the article]. The Eastland, like
the Sultana, the General Slocum, and the
Empress of Ireland disasters are all recalled
by specialist or regional groups, but not
universally. All are in the shadows (so to speak]
of the Titanic and Lusitania. I am glad to see
the websites trying to keep the memories of
these tragedies alive.

Name:Felix Soto
From:Beleville IL
Date Entered: 02/20/99

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Name:Gleacila Valdez
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 02/17/99

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Name:Erika Anonymous
From:Chicago
Date Entered: 02/16/99

Comments: I saw something about this on a Disney Channel half hour TV show and wondered if it was accurate. Looking at this website was very interesting to find out the facts behind the story.

Name:Daniel Rico
From:houstin Tx
Date Entered: 02/15/99

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Name:Stewart Singleton
From:Atlanta, GA
Date Entered: 02/14/99

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I first heard of the Eastland watching a TV show about ghost stories. Then again today I saw a new program on the Disney Channel which featured the Chicago Disaster in its storyline.

I was pleased to find your webpage because I love history and all of the TV coverage I've seen centers around ghost stories and not the historical facts. Today, I was finally able to see what really happened.

Good luck with the site....I wish ther were more like this one.

Name:John Quinlan
From:Garland TX
Date Entered: 02/11/99

Comments: I viewed your " Those Who Helped" page and only found one name. We were always told that my uncle,who I am named after, helped save people. My family had a star with the Eastland depicted on it that was given him by the mayor for his help. Do you have any info. about this?

Name:Glenn Lippert
From:Orginallly Chicago now Florida
Date Entered: 02/11/99

Comments: My mother and employee of Western Electric was on the Eastland when disaster hit. She was a surivivor.Man from adjacent office bld.threw her a life preserver & swan to dock. Climbed up to top. When I asked her what she did then her modest reply was "I was soaking wet,got on board a street car and went home" She never spoke much about it.
Later in Life during WWII when I was overseas, she,my dad & my sister went on a Lake Michigan cruise ship. While in the middle of the lake, dad
suffered a celebral Hemorage and died before they could get him ashore. With me in the Navy under Kamazi attachs at Okinawa, her experience on the Eastland, and my dad dying on the cruise ship, she was afraid of water with a passion. Fortunately I came home, after 500 Air raid, ok. Her name was Mary Lippert (Nee Vrba). Pleased to find your site. Please keep me posted



Name:EDDIE FOX
From:TINLEY PARK, IL 60477
Date Entered: 02/10/99

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Name:BONNIE GIANNINI
From:WOOD DALE, IL
Date Entered: 02/08/99

Comments: RICHARD SWANSONS' DAUGHTER, BONNIE SWANSON-
GIANNINI; RICHARD IS THE SON OF SOLVEIG AANSTAD-
SWANSON. SOLVEIG WAS 10 YRS. OLD AT THE TIME. SHE
NEVER LIKED TO TALK ABOUT THE DISASTER, JUST THAT
HER SISTER BORGHILD AANSTAD-DECKER HAD SAVED HER
LIFE AND LUCKILY THEIR WHOLE FAMILY OF FOUR
SURVIVED. BUT SOLVEIG NEVER SWAM AND ALWAYS HAD
A FEAR OF WATER. SHE HAS SINCE PASSED AWAY.
SHE HAS 2 SONS, RICHARD & ROBERT SWANSON,
AND SHE HAS 6 GRANDCHILDREN & 9 GREAT-GRAND
CHILDREN, ALL IN THE CHICAGOLAND AREA.
BONNIE SWANSON-GIANNINI,
WOOD DALE, IL

Name:Damon Morgan
From:Kenosha, WI
Date Entered: 02/07/99

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Name:Robert "Bob" Dorgan
From:Darien, Illinois
Date Entered: 02/07/99

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Name:LINDA BENHAM
From:KETTERING OHIO
Date Entered: 02/06/99

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Name:Gary Bullock
From:Roseburg,Oregon
Date Entered: 02/06/99

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Name:Joanne Hales
From:California
Date Entered: 02/04/99

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Name:Richard Swanson
From:Long lake ilSan Antonio Texas
Date Entered: 02/03/99

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my grandfather Gustav Berg worked at W. El. his wife ,mygrandmother & baby died in the disaster. I like to find out more about that . Thanks to Mr Irons we have got some info Perhaps you have some mor
email ESwanson@texas.net

Name:KIMBERLY M.
From:SUMMERVILLE
Date Entered: 02/02/99

Comments: I FOUND THESE ARTICLES TO BE PRESICE AND TO THE POINTCONTAINING MUCH DETAIL. BROWSING THROUGH THESE ARTICALS HAS BEEN VERY HELPFUL AND INFORMATIVE.

Name:Patrick Maguire
From:None
Date Entered: 02/02/99

Comments: I think this is a great site!!!!!!!I really am glad you net people are making a half way descent site!

Name:Nicole Barnett
From:Elk Park North Carolina
Date Entered: 01/26/99

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Name:Kristin Scarimbolo
From:New Jersey
Date Entered: 01/25/99

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I first heard about this story from the disney television show, "SO Weird". I may have heard about it only one week ago, but I've always felt connected to these type of disasters. I felt so connected my friend and I are writing a screenplay about the disaster!

Name:vern & shirlene wright
From:arlington hts
Date Entered: 01/24/99

Comments: Truly interesting and especially so because of your family connection. We had never heard of this disaster before but we have seen the Placque along the river.

Name:Carmen J. Balsama Sr.
From:Philadelphia,Pa.
Date Entered: 01/24/99

Comments: I was surfin and foud your site I was very informative I have read books about he Eastland and viewed photos and I would like to know if there is a model of her somewhere that I could purchase. I would be greatful for the help in this matter. Kept up the good work and thank you again. I can be reach by my e-mail FOP@5AOL.COM

Name:roger marz
From:east lansing mi
Date Entered: 01/21/99

Comments: I grew up in Chicago and lake county. At one time my family owned the flag from the Esatland on the day of the disaster. I am interested in the hull"s further career as the USS Wilmettte

Name:Robert Irons
From:Oak Park
Date Entered: 01/19/99

Comments: Hi Ted and Barb

The web page is really shaping up! You've set yourselves and ambitious goal, and it sure looks to me like you're well on your way to achieving it.

You realize, of course, that this means that I have to get off of my lazy butt and make progress on the book. Thanks a lot.

Well done. I'll be keeping an eye on this page.

With affection

Robert

Name:Henry Haugland
From:Natick, MA
Date Entered: 01/14/99

Comments: The Eastland disaster was one of the most horrific accidents of the 20th century. It directly and indirectly touched thousands of lives. I applaud this effort to ensure that the S.S. Eastland and all of the people affected by this tragedy are not forgotten. I should also mention that you are doing a terrific job with the web site. -- Henry