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George and Walter Berner

George and Walter Berner

...married his good friend's widow...

George and his brother, Walter, were on the Eastland when it rolled into the Chicago River.  They both survived.  However, one of George's best friends, 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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