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Survivor Stories

"Survivor Story": Marguerite Beel

Chicago, Illinois -- Marguerite Beel and her husband Jethro Richard Beel Jr. went on the Eastland together for a day of relaxation and merriment. The happy couple were dancing on the lower level of the ship when it began to list.


"Survivor Story": ​Henry Zintak (Vantak)

Chicago, Illinois -- Henry Zintak (Vantak) brought his wife and his daughters, Helen, barely 16 years old, and Frances, on what he thought would be a day of merriment and joy. Rather than enjoying the fresh air and picnic festivities, he watched his wife and daughters drown as he struggled in the Chicago River for about half an hour before he was rescued.


"Survivor Story": Treading Water to Survive

Chicago, Illinois -- Stanley Filiposwki (Fillips) and Charles Agnastoklio (Agnos) were both excited to take the Eastland to Michigan City, Indiana, for a day of games, laughter, and celebration. That anticipation quickly turned into horror and panic as they both were plunged into the Chicago River.


"Survivor Story": Mary Louise Christiany

Chicago, Illinois -- Mary Louise Christiany, a 25-year-old Western Electric employee, and her best friend, Rose Skohan, were standing on the upper deck of the Eastland when the ship began to list.


"Survivor Story": They All Escaped the Same Way

Chicago, Illinois -- L.W. Miller, John Peterson, E.H. Peterson, William Lessuenhop, E.W. Sladkey, and Anna Bohn (pictured above) survived the Eastland Disaster by climbing over the stern on the dry starboard side of the ship. 


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