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Orville Craig

Orville Craig

...watched the rescue and recovery work...

Orville Craig worked nights at a bakery while attending Bryan-Stratton Business College.  While returning home from work one day he stopped along the pier at the time of the sinking of the Eastland.  Here he stood by and watched the rescue and recovery work.

Later in life and after he had moved to Michigan, Orville would sit in his rocking chair and talk about the Eastland Disaster and when he lived in Chicago.  At times he would talk about his relatives who owned a company called the Real Equity Shop, developers of bakelite bases for vacuum tubes used in radios.  (Bakelite is the hard plastic compound that was used in the manufacturing of telephones at Western Electric.)

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