The Edward John Zobac Family

Blanka Jelinek

...set out with their picnic baskets...

Blanka Jelinek set out with her picnic basket with the Zobac family on the morning of July 24, 1915.

Edward Zobac and his brother Joseph worked at Western Electric's Hawthorne Works. Edward was a machinist earning roughly $.25 per hour.

While Joe decided to use the day off from work to do some painting on his parents' home, Edward, his wife Anna, and her sister Blanka boarded a street car and headed downtown. The Eastland Disaster soon would claim the lives of Blanka as well as Edward and Anna.       

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