|...God has given me eleven years grace...|
Shortly after the disaster and as Ferdinand left the wharf, he let others use his pocketknife. He never thought he would see the pocketknife again, but several years later a man returned the knife to him at work, mentioning that the knife helped to save many lives.
Every year after on the anniversary of the Eastland Disaster, Ferdinand would go to his pastor and give him a special offering to be used for missions. In 1926 when he was on his deathbed, Ferdinand had a feeling that he would die on the anniversary of the Eastland Disaster. On July 23, 1926, the day before the 11th anniversary, Ferdinand said, "Gott hat mir elf jahre frist gegeben, morgan ist es elf jahr." "God has given me eleven years grace. Tomorrow it is eleven years." Ferdinand did not die the next day, but death came on August 20, 1926.
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