...was found still holding his son...
John Schultz was a streetcar conductor for the Chicago Surface Lines, the predecessor to today’s Chicago Transit Authority. John looked forward to spending his day off with his wife Verna and 17-month-old son Edziu (Edward). They were guests of his brother Joseph Schultz, who was a supervisor at the Western Electric Company.
John’s entire family of three perished aboard the Eastland. John was found still holding Edziu, with Verna still clutching his arm.
The Schultzes were one of twenty-two families completely wiped out by the disaster. The tragedy also devastated Joseph’s family. Sabina Schultz, the pregnant 21-year-old wife of Joseph and mother of Julia (2) and Stasiu (Stanley, 1) also perished.