Eleanor Victoria Pycz was 17 and was going to the Western Electric picnic with her uncle, Walter Lucas. Her Uncle Walter lived in Eleanor's home after the death of his mother, so Eleanor and her Uncle Walter were actually raised more like siblings than uncle and niece.
...gaiety of the morning turned to momentary silence...
On her way to the picnic, Eleanor witnessed the Eastland Disaster unfold before her as she stood on the bridge. She watched as the music, dancing, and gaiety of the morning turned to momentary silence and then terrific pandemonium when the Eastland rolled into the Chicago River.
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