George and Walter Berner

Walter Berner

...on board with his brother...

Walter (pictured right) and his brother, George (left), were on board the Eastland when it rolled into the Chicago River. Both brothers survived.

Interestingly, George's best friend, Frederick Biehl, perished leaving an 18-year-old widow, Emily. Emily did not join her husband for the excursion and picnic because she did not like the idea. A year after the tragedy, George married his good friend's widow, Emily. Together they raised a family of three daughters.

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