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Oliver A. Mitchell

Oliver A. Mitchell

...noticed that the Eastland was listing at an awful angle...

Oliver A. Mitchell was working at his father's business, A. F. Mitchell & Son, the morning of the Eastland Disaster.  The marine shop was located on the north side of the Chicago River at Orleans Street, just a few blocks west of where the Eastland was moored.  When word of the Eastland Disaster reached the shop, Oliver, his father, and several others immediately left their work and ran down to the dock nearby.  Here they commanded the tug, the Carrie Ryerson, and were the first of the rescue craft to arrive at the scene.  As they made their way toward the scene, Oliver looked up river and noticed that the Eastland was listing at an "awful angle," and that people were jumping off of the boat and into the river.  Full story.

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