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Personal Accounts
Borghild Aanstad
personal account of Borghild Aanstad
...was taught to swim by her childhood pal...
Marianne Aanstad
personal account of Marion Aanstad
...she did not like the feel of the ship...
Solveig Aanstad
personal account of Solveig Aanstad
...could see the sky above...through the portholes...
Charles Agnastoklio (Agnos)
personal account of Charles Agnastoklio (Agnos)
...I didn't even get wet - at first...
Norman Ally
personal account of Norman Ally
 
Anonymous
personal account of Anonymous 0001
...we saw rescuers pitching bodies out of the river like logs...
Anonymous
personal account of Anonymous 0002
...the furniture...crashed upon the poor victims...
Charles Anthony
personal account of Charles Anthony
 
Harlan E. Babcock
personal account of Harlan E. Babcock
...infants floated about like corks...
Charles Bender
personal account of Charles Bender
...body was found under a piano...
Johnny Benson
personal account of Johnny Benson
...immediately left work and ran down to the dock...
Bernard, Elizabeth Beverley
personal account of Bernard and Elizabeth Beverley
...they watched as the ship began to roll over...
George C. Berner
personal account of George C. Berner
...married his good friend's widow...
Walter A. Berner
personal account of Walter A. Berner
...on the Eastland when it rolled...
Emily Bechman Biehl
personal account of Emily Bechman Biehl
...a bride at 18 and a widow at 19...
Frederick Biehl
personal account of Frederick Biehl
...good friend married his widow...
Jack James Billow
personal account of Jack James Billow
 
Frank Blaha
personal account of Frank Blaha
...it was just like tears falling from the sky...
Abraham Isaac Blumenthal
personal account of Abraham Isaac Blumenthal
...jumped into the river to help...
Rev. Henry Boester
personal account of Rev. Henry Boester
...they found much needed comfort and strength...in the Word of God...
Anna Bohn
personal account of Anna Bohn
...spoke very little about her experience...
Charles R. E. Bowles
personal account of Charles R. E. Bowles
...he brought back two bodies - a mother clasping her baby rigidly to her breast...
Peter Boyle
personal account of Peter Boyle
...gave his life in the effort to save others...
Anna Brenner
personal account of Anna Brenner
...brought home in her coffin...it was her 18th birthday...
Grover James and Walter Brown
personal account of Grover James and Walter Brown
...the two brothers missed boarding...
Hugh Brown
personal account of Hugh Brown
...up to his neck in a mud pocket...
Willard Brown
personal account of Willard Brown
...It was like one big scream and then everything was quiet...
Hazel Brychta
personal account of Hazel Brychta
 
Josef Brychta
personal account of Josef Brychta
 
Capt. Charles Carland
personal account of Capt. Charles Carland
...he received from the coroner a letter of thanks and a silver star...
Charles Carroll
personal account of Charles P. Carroll
...they remained together clinging onto the railings...
Thomas Chakinis
personal account of Thomas Chakinis
...pointed to the life preservers...
Mary Louise Christiany
personal account of Mary Louise Christiany
...found her at a place where survivors were being taken...
William F. Corbett
personal account of William F. Corbett
...jumped right into the attempts being made to rescue people...
Orville Craig
personal account of Orville Craig
...watched the rescue and recovery work...
Bert Cross
personal account of Bert Cross
...If I live to be a thousand years old I will never forget the experience...
Rev. Bronislaus Czajkowski
personal account of Rev. Bronislaus Czajkowski
...performed the funeral services for forty-one victims...
Morris Dempsey
personal account of Morris Dempsey
...stopped at a liquor store...
Regina Dolezal
personal account of Regina Dolezal
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Capt. Dan Donovan
personal account of Capt. Dan Donovan
...descend(ed) into the hull of death...
Ralph Harold Dring
personal account of Ralph Harold Dring
...he threw in all his crates...
Bessie Dvorak
personal account of Bessie Dvorak
...had been dragged underwater...
Patrick Egan
personal account of Patrick Egan
...entitled to special honorable mention...
Frederic J. Ehrhardt
personal account of Frederic J. Ehrhardt
...broke apart the family...
Clara C. Ehrhardt
personal account of Clara C. Ehrhardt
...broke apart the family...
Raymond Leroy Ehrhardt
personal account of Raymond Leroy Ehrhardt
...wound up at the orphanage...
Ione Ehrhardt
personal account of Ione Ehrhardt
...left parentless...
Henry J. Ehrhardt
personal account of Henry J. Ehrhardt
...was there to help his niece and nephew...
Fred, Anna Eichholz
personal account of Fred and Anna Eichholz
...she thought she was going to die...that drowning was a peaceful way to go...
Marion Eichholz
personal account of Marion Eichholz
...Suddenly, the boat listed and I fell against the railing...
Gotthold G. Elbert
personal account of Gotthold G. Elbert
...there were for many the long years of hard work caused by the death of the breadwinner...
James Lee Elliott
personal account of James Lee Elliott
...sat on a piling
underneath the bridge...

Harry Engenhart
personal account of Harry Engenhart
...The two brothers were on the Eastland that morning...
William Engenhart
personal account of William Engenhart
...The two brothers were on the Eastland that morning...
Alma Fikerle
personal account of Alma Fikerle
...was going on the second boat...
William Joseph Fitzgerald
personal account of William Joseph Fitzgerald
...he couldn't swim...
Anna Fitzgerald
personal account of Anna Fitzgerald
...I seized my son...
William Walter Fitzgerald
personal account of William Walter Fitzgerald
...was at the wharf...
F. D. Fredericks
personal account of F. D. Fredericks
...grabbed two other workers and immediately left work...
Edward Henry Garner
personal account of Edward Henry Garner
...named their daughter...after her one true love...
Friederika Suess Garner
personal account of Friederika Suess Garner
...named their daughter...after her one true love...
Morris S. Gault
personal account of Morris S. Gault
...was white as a sheet and soaked to the bone...he had helped bring people in during the rescue...
Anna Agnes Gay
personal account of Anna Agnes Gay
...the decision saved her life...
Herman Gierman
personal account of Herman Gierman
...could not attend...because of his work schedule...
Clark R. Greene
personal account of Clark R. Greene
...someone with a megaphone announced 'Western Electric picnic called off'...
Anna Grutzius
personal account of Anna Grutzius
...marked July 24th...with a skull and crossbones...
William Guenther
personal account of William Guenther
...Come on, Willie, we'll have a good time...
Charles Gunderson
personal account of Charles Gunderson
...It was up to me to live or die...
Mabel Gunderson
personal account of Mabel Gunderson
...It was such a pitiful sight...
Charles Hart
personal account of Charles Hart
...pulled between 50 and 100 people from the river...
Harry Halvorsen
personal account of Harry Halvorsen
 
James Hays
personal account of James Hays
...able to escape with their lives...
Lester T. Hessong
personal account of Lester T. Hessong
...I'll never forget the terrible scene...
Robert Elliott Hicks
personal account of Robert Elliott Hicks
...the accident was caused by the overloading...
Vaclav Homola
personal account of Vaclav Homola
...fought desperately for their lives...
Zofie Homola
personal account of Zofie Homola
...fought desperately for their lives...
Marenka Homola
personal account of Marenka Homola
...fought desperately for their lives...
Vlasta Homola
personal account of Vlasta Homola
...fought desperately for their lives...
Caroline Homolka
personal account of Caroline Homolka
...had dressed in a new dress, a real summery dress that she herself had sewn...
Augusta Houillon
personal account of Augusta Houillon
...a locker fell over her and provided an air pocket for her to breathe...
Edward D. Hutchings
personal account of Edward D. Hutchings
...That boat was always unsafe and it was criminal to run it...
Katerina Ivanecky
personal account of Katerina Ivanecky
 
Paul, Louise Jahnke
personal account of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Jahnke
...they were married just six weeks...
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Janecek and family
personal account of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Janecek and family
...it was to be an exciting experience...
Iver Johnsen
personal account of Iver Johnsen
...first diver on and last to leave...
George W. Jost
personal account of George W. Jost
...went below deck to listen to the music...
Jenny Juranek
personal account of Jenny Juranek
...was the pitcher for the Girl's Softball Team, the
W. E. Bloomer Girls...

James C. Justin, Jr.
personal account of James C. Justin, Jr.
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Ed Kleinfelder
personal account of Ed Kleinfelder
...all hell broke loose...
Harry Kleinfelder
personal account of Harry Kleinfelder
...etched in his mind for the rest of his life...
Mary Klemp
personal account of Mary Klemp
...were given blankets to dry themselves and keep themselves warm...
Anna Koukl
personal account of Anna Koukl
 
Elizabeth Krivanec
personal account of Elizabeth and Frances Krivanec
...planned to take her five children...
Frances Krivanec
personal account of Elizabeth and Frances Krivanec
...returned home to find his family alive and intact...
Erich W. C. Krueger
personal account of Erich W. C. Krueger
...was a piano player for the band...
Joseph T. Kuhlman
personal account of Joseph T. Kuhlman
...I found two women and a baby locked in a death grip...
Frances Kubiak
personal account of Frances Kubiak
...the four other girls all turned over death cards...
Captain Joseph Lamoreaux
personal account of Captain Joseph Lamoreaux
...had nightmares about the tragedy...
Agnes Latowski
personal account of Agnes Latowski
...slid off the side of the ship into the water...
Nellie Latowski
personal account of Nellie Latowski
...did not make it to safety...
Walter Latowski
personal account of Walter Latowski
...appeared to have been bruised and crushed...
Theodore Lawson
personal account of Theodore Lawson
...were given blankets to dry themselves and keep themselves warm...
Ray LeBeau
personal account of Ray LeBeau
...began yelling about the perilous situation of the Eastland...
Marie Linhart
personal account of Marie Linhart
...Oh please, oh God, please help me...
Arthur Loeb
personal account of Arthur Loeb
...recovered 67 dead bodies...
Walter Lucas
personal account of Walter Lucas
...scorched his collar as he ironed...
E. Mary Manthey
personal account of E. Mary Manthey
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Charles Michael Marchewka
personal account of Charles Michael Marchewka
...only spoke once to his daughter about the tragedy...
Mary Marecks
personal account of Mary Marecks
 
Josephine Markowski
personal account of Josephine Markowski
...she felt something awful was going to happen...
Paul Marton, Sr.
personal account of Paul Marton, Sr.
 
Paul Marton, Jr.
personal account of Paul Marton, Jr.
 
Thomas Mathews
personal account of Thomas Mathews
...was a stoker on the Graeme Stewart...
Edna McCrory
personal account of Edna McCrory
 
Mildred McCrory
personal account of Mildred McCrory
 
Irene McDonald
personal account of Irene McDonald
...they remained together clinging onto the railings...
John B. McFarlane
personal account of John McFarlane
 
George Edward Michalec
personal account of George Edward Michalec
...he grasped the hair of a boy...
L. W. Miller
personal account of L. W. Miller
...he floated past with his head under water...
Everett Mitchell
personal account of Everett Mitchell
...frantically hurling chicken crates...
Oliver A. Mitchell
personal account of Oliver A. Mitchell
...noticed that the Eastland was listing at an awful angle...
Otto Muchna
personal account of Otto Muchna
...the poor horses were worn out due to the many trips to the cemeteries...
Elizabeth Mueller
personal account of Elizabeth Mueller
...decided to take the second boat...
Hazel Myers
personal account of Hazel Myers
...able to escape with their lives...
August Nelson
personal account of August Nelson
...trapped under a piano...
Olaf Ness
personal account of Olaf Ness
 
Carl Nork
personal account of Carl Nork
...he helped two women to safety that morning...
Malwin Nulle
personal account of Malwin Nulle
...marked July 24th...with a skull and crossbones...
Henry Oderman
personal account of Henry Oderman
...dove into the water and got one woman who was going down...
Mrs. J. and Katherine O'Keefe
personal account of Mrs. J. and Katherine O'Keefe
...wrapped in blankets...
Pauline Olach
personal account of Pauline Olach
...was responsible for the loss...
Agnes Olsen
personal account of Agnes Olsen
 
Martha Lena Ostrowske
personal account of Martha Lena Ostrowske
...had seen her alive in the river...
James and Jenny Peterson
personal account of Mr. and Mrs. James Peterson
...It was such a pitiful sight...
Capt. Walter Petrosky
personal account of Capt. Walter Petrosky
...rendered splendid service in rescuing those thrown into the water from the death ship...
Martin Pisano
personal account of Martin Pisano
...boarded the Eastland...
Salvatore Pisano
personal account of Salvatore Pisano
...would never get to know his father...
Edwin K. Plamondon
personal account of Edwin K. Plamondon
 
Anna Polivka
personal account of Anna Polivka
...were pall bearers for our friends...
Josephine Polivka
personal account of Josephine Polivka
...I remember hands reaching out from the water...
Mae Polivka
personal account of Mae Polivka
...people were grabbing at us from below...
Eleanor Victoria Pycz
personal account of Eleanor Victoria Pycz
...gaiety of the morning turned to momentary silence...
Daniel Quinn
personal account of Daniel Quinn
...ended up returning home...
Minnie Quinn
personal account of Minnie Quinn
...ended up returning home...
Lauretta Quinn
personal account of Lauretta Quinn
...ended up returning home...
Martha Quwas
personal account of Martha Quwas
...invited her fiancé to the picnic...
Elizabeth Rakow
personal account of Elizabeth Rakow
...grandmother and granddaughter both perished...
William Raphael
personal account of William Raphael
...I saw two women come bobbing up...
Charles O. Reinhard
personal account of Charles O. Reinhard
 
Clara Reisner
personal account of Clara Reisner
...the other passengers were pulling us down...
Julius F. Reschke
personal account of Julius Ferdinand Reschke
...God has given me eleven years grace...
Genevieve Rivers
personal account of Genevieve Rivers
...she was so frightened that she didn't even think of praying...
Frank Sagenbrecht
personal account of Frank Sagenbrecht
...was invited to the picnic by his fiancée...
Emma Samek
personal account of Emma Samek
...was with her fiancé...
Otto Louis Sass
personal account of Otto Louis Sass
...the night before...he had a restless night of sleep...
George Alfred Saunders, Sr.
personal account of George Alfred Saunders, Sr.
...had the grizzly task of assisting in the recovery efforts...
Laura Scharringhausen
personal account of Laura Scharringhausen
...she marked...the names of her friends who did not survive...
Gabrielle Schlentz
personal account of Gabrielle Schlentz
 
George E. Schmidt
personal account of George E. Schmidt
...had planned to spend his 36th birthday elsewhere...
Julius Schroll
personal account of Julius Schroll
 
Emma Straka Schroll
personal account of Emma Straka Schroll
 
Henry Sesher
personal account of Henry Sesher
...the tug was still a few feet away when I jumped...
William Sherry
personal account of William Sherry
...buried next to his fiancée...
James Sikokis
personal account of James Sikokis
...disappointment of not being able to go...
George A. Sindelar, Sr.
personal account of George A. Sindelar, Sr.
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Josephine Sindelar
personal account of Josephine Sindelar
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Adella Sindelar
personal account of Adella Sindelar
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Sylvia Sindelar
personal account of Sylvia Sindelar
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Albert Sindelar
personal account of Albert Sindelar
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George Sindelar, Jr.
personal account of George Sindelar, Jr.
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William Sindelar
personal account of William Sindelar
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Jaroslav (Jerry) Sklenicka
personal account of Jaroslav (Jerry) Sklenicka
...he was going to stay home...
E. W. Sladkey
personal account of E. W. Sladkey
...the tug was still a few feet away when I jumped...
Ernest Squillace
personal account of Ernest Squillace
 
Anna Straka
personal account of Anna Straka
 
Paulina Straka
personal account of Paulina Straka
 
Joseph Suerth
personal account of Joseph Suerth
...the boat tipped over and I can't find Dad!...
Nicholas Suerth
personal account of Nicholas Suerth
...went below and was never seen again...
Barney Sullivan
personal account of Barney Sullivan
 
Matthew M. Sweeney
personal account of Matthew M. Sweeney
 
Fred Swigert
personal account of Fred Swigert
...It was his own daughter...
Lucy Taft
personal account of Lucy Taft
...had luckily changed her mind...
Clara Teichmiller
personal account of Clara Teichmiller
...wrote letters back home, telling her mother of her excitement...
John Thomas
personal account of John Thomas
 
Frieda Till
personal account of Frieda Till
 
Jennie Turbov
personal account of Jennie Turbov
...she grabbed onto his feet and held on...
John Turek
personal account of John Turek
 
Alma Turek
personal account of Alma Turek
 
Frank Vavra
personal account of Frank Vavra
 
Charles Velan
personal account of Charles Velan
 
Ella Velan
personal account of Ella Velan
 
Frank Velan, Jr.
personal account of Frank Velan, Jr.
 
Charles A. Vileta
personal account of Charles A. Vileta
...I grabbed the porthole with both hands and held tight...
Mary Vrba
personal account of Mary Vrba
...was soaking wet, got on a street car, and went home...
William Watson
personal account of William Watson
...jump, jump, you can make it...
Augusta Wiese
personal account of Augusta Wiese
...grandmother and granddaughter both perished...
F. W. Willard
personal account of F. W. Willard
...He did not lose his head, but got a life line...
Bertha Wintermute
personal account of Bertha Wintermute
...was accompanied by her betrothed...
Bernard Wolff
personal account of Bernard Wolff
 
George Wood, Sr.
personal account of George John Wood, Sr.
 
George Wood, Jr.
personal account of George John Wood, Jr.
 
Aida Woods
personal account of Aida Woods
...a fireman gave me a plum or an apple...
Howard Wynn
personal account of Howard Wynn
...he was sitting on the cabin floor with his arms around his daughter...
Antonie Zastera
personal account of Antonie Zastera
...never returned home...
Julie Zastera
personal account of Julie Zastera
...never returned home...
Marie Zastera
personal account of Marie Zastera
...never returned home...
Edward Zimmerman
personal account of Edward Zimmerman
...had a hard time getting through the crowds...
Henry Zintak
personal account of Henry Zintak
...they were carried into the river...

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