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"The 844": The Story of Victim Frederick Biehl's Widow

Chicago, Illinois — In this second week of October, we commemorate the lives of the following people who were among "The 844" who tragically lost their lives in the Eastland Disaster.

We honor: Harold E. Andren (age 19); Susanna (Mrs. Albert) Androvits (30), Amalia Androvits (6), Emerentia Androvits (3); Kate (Mrs. Thomas E.) Austin (47); Frances Badalewska (20); Harry Baia (16); Emilie Bambasova (20); Paul Bannach (20), Bessie Karvasek (Mrs. Paul) Bannach (19); Edward S. Bartlett (55); Anna Batruel (21); Benjamin Becker (20); Margreth Becker (18); Jethro Richard Beel, Jr. (27); and Frederick Biehl (26).

Pictured below is Frederick Biehl's wife Emily (Bechman) Biehl. Emily worked at Western Electric where she met and married Frederick. Even though they both worked for Western Electric, Emily made the decision not to join her husband for the excursion and picnic because she did not like the idea. Frederick tragically perished on the Eastland not long after they were married.

Though Emily was not one of The 844, her husband was. She was a bride at the young age of 18 and a widow at 19.

A year after the Disaster claimed her first husband, Emily remarried Frederick's good friend George Berner. George and his brother Walter were also on the Eastland when it rolled into the Chicago River, and they both survived. Together Emily and George raised a family of three daughters.

To read more about The 844 victims and Disaster survivors, please visit the Passenger List section of our website. To view last week's story on The 844, click here.

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