EDHS News and Updates

News and Updates

"Survivor Story": They Saved Others while Saving Themselves

Chicago, Illinois -- F. W. Willard and Howard Wynn were two individuals who became heroes on July 24, 1915, when they saved numerous people from an early death.


102nd Anniversary Commemoration Ceremony

Chicago, Illinois -- For the 18th consecutive summer, the Eastland Disaster Historical Society will host the anniversary commemoration for Chicago’s greatest loss-of-life tragedy on Sunday, July 23, 2017, from 11:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. We hope that you will join us at the Chicago Riverwalk for this year’s commemoration ceremony. Whether you have joined us in previous years or are considering attending for your first time, all are welcome to participate.


"Survivor Story": Bert Cross

Chicago, Illinois -- Bert Cross was a Western Electric Company employee who knew of the Eastland’s reputation as a cranky ship before he boarded the vessel. He wrote his mother on July 26, 1915, informing her of his survival.


"Survivor Story": Frank Blaha

Chicago, Illinois -- Frank Blaha was an 18-year-old Western Union employee when he embarked on the cranky Eastland on July 24, 1915, with his friend, Joe Crawl. Frank, who had several friends at Western Electric Company, asked his boss for the day off to attend the Hawthorne Club 5th Annual Picnic.


"Survivor Story": Morris Dempsey

Chicago, Illinois -- Morris Dempsey, Harry Kleinfelder, and Harry’s younger brother Ed were all good friends who planned to spend July 24, 1915, playing games, laughing, and enjoying the day off from work.


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