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"Survivor Story": Mary and Katherine O'Keeffe

Chicago, Illinois -- Mary O'Keeffe (right) and her daughter Katherine (left) were thrown into the Chicago River when the Eastland capsized on July 24, 1915. The mother and daughter were rescued by the crew of the steamer Petoskey. The newspaper photo shows the two survivors still wrapped in blankets.

Sadly, the two nieces of John and Mary O'Keeffe, Catherine and Hanora Moynihan, both perished in the Eastland Disaster. Catherine and Hanora were both living with the O'Keeffes at the time, and their funerals were held in the O'Keefees' home.

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