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"Survivor Story": Jennie Turbov

Chicago, Illinois -- Jennie Turbov began working for the Western Electric Company on 22nd Street when she was very young, and was a forelady. She was 19 years old when she boarded the S.S. Eastland for the company picnic and excursion.

On the morning of July 24, 1915, Jennie went into the water right near the shore when the Eastland capsized. She could not swim, but felt the feet of a man who was swimming to shore. She grabbed onto his feet and held on and he pulled her with him to safety.

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