EDHS News and Updates

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Survivor Stories

"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. 


"Survivor Story": Eleanor Froelich (Freilich)

Chicago, Illinois -- Eleanor Froelich (Freilich) celebrated her second birthday less than a week before she became an orphan after surviving the Eastland Disaster.


"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.

 


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