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Survivor Stories

"Survivor Story": Charles Carroll and Irene McDonald

Chicago, Illinois -- Charles Patrick Carroll was a 32-year-old electrician at Western Electric Company and Irene Mary McDonald was a 20-year-old Western Electric Company employee when they survived the Eastland Disaster together.


"Survivor Story": Two Couples Who Built Their Lives Together after the Disaster

Chicago, Illinois -- Today, we are commemorating two couples who not only survived, but also built their lives together after the Eastland Disaster: Bertha Wintermute and James Hays and Mildred Pavlik and Robert Boyte.

 


"Survivor Story": Mary Vrba

Chicago, Illinois -- Mary Vrba was an employee at Western Electric Company when she boarded the Eastland on July 24, 1915, and survived the catastrophe.


"Survivor Story": Charles A. Vileta

Chicago, Illinois -- Charles A. Vileta was 23 years old when he and three friends boarded the Eastland on July 24, 1915. Charles, a relay assembler at Western Electric Company, told his friends, who he met at work, “Let’s take the second boat -- it’s safer.” Sadly, only Charles returned home that day.


"Survivor Story": Aida Woods

Chicago, Illinois -- Aida Woods was 3 years old when she, her mother (about 35 years old), her brother (5 years old), and two family friends boarded the cranky ship.


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