Morris S. Gault was an immigrant from Odessa, Russia, where his family owned a fish market. He was raised on the shores of the Black Sea and learned to become a very strong swimmer, as did his entire family. He was known to have been excellent at the breaststroke. Morris was working as a tailor at the Hart, Shaffner, & Marx factory. When the Eastland rolled into the Chicago River, Morris was able to save people from drowning because he was such a strong swimmer. After assisting the rescue efforts, Morris returned home, changed out of his wet clothes, and later met his wife, Hattie, at the train station. Hattie shared her husband's story years later stating that "Papa was as white as a sheet. He had helped bring people in during the rescue. He had returned home wet to the skin."
...was white as a sheet and soaked to the bone...he had helped bring people in during the rescue...
Of special interest to note is that July 24 represented a day of multiple milestones for Morris Gault: Morris helped with the rescue of the Eastland Disaster on July 24, 1915; his son Howard was born July 24, 1917; and Morris died on July 24, 1928.
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