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"The 844": Named Her Daughter After Her Late Husband

Chicago, Illinois -- The following group of "The 844" Eastland Disaster victims are remembered this week: Alma Etter (age 21); Angela (Mrs. Louis) Etzkorn (46); Jennie Evenhouse (26); Anna B. Evenhouse (23); Harry Evenhouse (21); Mary Fanret (19); Robert Farnara (21); Amelia Farrell (19); William Alexander Feehan (39); James Fenik (34); Mary (Mrs. James) Fenik (29); Helen Fenik (4); William Fenik (7); Margaret Fick (19); Alma F. Fink (29); and Edward Henry Garner (38).

Edward Henry Garner was an accomplished amateur photographer who worked at The Western as a draftsman. His wife, Friederika, was pregnant with their first child and was in the first trimester of her pregnancy. They lived on Lawndale Avenue on the west side of Chicago.

Though they married late in life, especially for that time period, they were very much in love. Edward was truly Friederika's one great love. News of Edward's death on the Eastland devastated Friederika. Stricken with grief, Friederika removed all pictures from her home and rarely, if ever, spoke of her husband. Several months after his death when their only child was born, Friederika named their daughter Edros Henrietta Garner after her one true love. Friederika never remarried.

The photo above is the last of Edward Henry Garner and his wife Friederika, taken on July 11, 1915 -- 13 days before the Eastland Disaster. 

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