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Names in bold represent Western Electric employees
Names in italics represent those who perished
Names in courier font represent unsubtantiated information


Those Who Helped
NAME AGE STATUS POSITION NOTES
Anderson, Captain Oscar288     Diver Helped recover the bodies from the hull of the Eastland
Benson, Johnny117     Dunham Towing and Wrecking Company Hurried to the scene and helped rescue 50 to 100 people
Berry, George E.274       Threw crates into river, assisted in the rescue efforts
Bertz, Frank164       Brother of Joe Bertz; hooked up a horse and wagon and rode from Roseland to help out
Bertz, Joe164       Brother of Frank Bertz; hooked up a horse and wagon and rode from Roseland to help out
Bickler, John87   Bookkeeper J. B. Ford Produce Company Threw produce crates into river
Bildhauser, S. E.288     Diver Helped recover the bodies from the hull of the Eastland
Billow, Jack James189   Single Deckhand on the Theodore Roosevelt Assisted with the rescue and recovery efforts
Blumenthal, Abraham Isaac104 21 Single Newspaper sales Was selling newspapers at the wharf
Bowles, Charles R. E.62 17 Single Automobile repair Was working at his auto repair shop
Boyle, Peter 23 Single Sailor on Petoskey Died after diving into the Chicago River while attempting the rescue of a woman
Brown, Hugh108     Diver Helped recover the bodies from the hull of the Eastland
Brunner, Louis A.157 33 Warehouse superintendent Steele Wedles Company Brother-in-law of Joe Franz, Threw crates into river
Carland, Capt. Charles97 52 Married U.S. Life Saving Service Hurried to the scene and assisted with the rescue efforts
Christoffersen, Andrew239     Clow Transportation Company, Crew member of Steamer Liberty Helped pull survivors from the river
Clow, Captain James M.239   Married Clow Transportation Company, Captain of Steamer Liberty He and his crew helped pull survivors from the river
Clow, David D.239     Clow Transportation Company, Crew member of Steamer Liberty Son of Captain James M. Clow; Helped pull survivors from the river
Cook (name unknown)239     Clow Transportation Company, Cook of Steamer Liberty Helped pull survivors from the river
Corbett, William F.5 20 Single Truck driver for laundry company Was making his laundry pick-ups and deliveries
Costa, Joseph A.34     Wholesale fruit and produce Tossed chicken coops with ropes attached to people in the water
Davis, Mr.233     Diver that worked for Hardhat McGinniss  
DeForte, Marcus215     Cook Assisted with the rescue and recovery efforts
Deneau, Captain William M.179     Diver Helped recover the bodies from the hull of the Eastland
Donovan, Captain Dan108,282 59   Diver for the City of Chicago Helped recover the bodies from the hull of the Eastland
Dorsch, John312 32   Worked on docks Assisted with the rescue and recovery efforts
Dring, Ralph Harold109       Was driving a horse-drawn truck
Evenson, William     Diver  
Frank, William7        
Fredericks, F. D.117     Dunham Towing and Wrecking Company Hurried to the scene and helped rescue 50 to 100 people
Gallo, Michael251 25   Produce wholesaler  
Gault, Morris S.2 30 Married Tailor at Hart, Shaffner, & Marx Was working at the clothing factory
Gautchier, Joseph L.134     Butler Brothers Helped rescue people from the river
Goffman, George34     Welder Worked with an acetylene torch during the aftermath of the tragedy
Gunderson, Charles114 47   Chas. Gunderson and Son, Submarine Divers Helped rescue/recover over 100 people/victims
Halvorsen, Harry     Diver Helped recover the bodies from the hull of the Eastland
Hart, Charles117 42 Married Dunham Towing and Wrecking Company Hurried to the scene and helped rescue 50 to 100 people
Hazleton, Bert H.329       Helped recover 78 bodies from the hull of the Eastland
Holdorf, August341        
Houdek, Frank163 22 Married    
Johnsen, Iver161     Diver First diver on the scene and last to leave
Johnsen, Walter161 17   Diver First diver on the scene and last to leave
Jutzi, Oscar248       Saved a woman from the river and later married her
Kehoe, Frank H.224       Assisted with the rescue and recovery efforts
Kennedy, Mabel Jeannette306 24 Single Clerk at the Boston Store Aided survivors as well as those who were assisting in the rescue and recovery; later married Frank Sullivan
Kruger, Louis60       Volunteered as a diver during the recovery efforts
Lamoreaux, Capt. Joseph194 52   Captain of the tug Indiana Assisted with the rescue and recovery efforts
LeBeau, Ray117     A. F. Mitchell and Son Hurried to the scene and helped rescue people from the river
Lincoln, Charles34   Married Cartage on South Water Street market Rescued several people by pulling them out of the river with ropes from his wagon
Loeb, Arthur     Diver Helped rescue/recover over 100 people/victims
Mattson, Carl191     Employed on the tug Kenosha Assisted with the rescue and recovery efforts
McAleer, Mr.233     Diver that worked for Hardhat McGinniss  
MacArthur, Charles313     City News Bureau Reported on tragedy; assisted with the recovery efforts
McGinniss, "Hardhat"233     Salvage expert  
Mitchell, Oliver A.117     A. F. Mitchell and Son Hurried to the scene and helped rescue people from the river
Neubauer, Anthony304       Hurried to the scene and helped with the rescue and recovery efforts
Northrup, Laurence Frank137     Bridge tender Helped rescue 43 people from the Chicago River and assisted in the recovery of bodies from the hull of the Eastland
Oderman, Henry117     A. F. Mitchell and Son Hurried to the scene and helped rescue people from the river
O'Grady, Arthur J.130 29 Single Movie projectionist Helped rescue people from the river
Olson, Edwin H.303 25 Single   Helped rescue people from the river
O'Meara, Capt. John148     Captain of the tug Kenosha  
Petrosky, Capt. Walter and officers and crew20     Captain of the Petoskey  
Prochall, Emmett333     Diver Helped recover the bodies from the hull of the Eastland
Quinlan, John B.3     Employed at the Chicago Daily News Was working at the office
Raphael, William123       Jumped into the river and helped rescue a woman
Reckinger, Mr.233     Diver that worked for Hardhat McGinniss  
Robbins, Dan8       Volunteered as a diver during the rescue efforts and helped rescue as many as 38 people
Rogers, Morris313       Assisted with the caring for the injured
Rueckert, Leo Andrew307 14 Single Driver for Eureka Cartage Company Transported victims via truck from river to makeshift morgue at the Second Regiment Armory; son of Mr. and Mrs. Leo Rueckert, Sr. (owner of Eureka Cartage Company)
Sato, William314 44   Newspaper photographer Standing near the Clark Street Bridge, subsequently saved several children
Saunders, Sr., George Alfred121 55   Diver for the City of Chicago Helped recover the bodies from the hull of the Eastland
Sawrey, Mr.233     Diver that worked for Hardhat McGinniss  
Siwek, John247 18   Welder Worked with an acetylene torch during the aftermath of the tragedy
Stanton, Philipp239     Clow Transportation Company, Crew member of Steamer Liberty Helped pull survivors from the river
Strickland, Frank313     Oak Park businessman Threw chicken crates into the water to assist with the rescue efforts
Sullivan, Francis (Frank) Bernard (Barney)288,305,306 29 Single Diver Helped recover the bodies from the hull of the Eastland; later married Mabel Kennedy
Swanson, Arthur Paul299 20   Great Lakes Towning Company; pressed into hard-hat diving Helped recover the bodies from the hull of the Eastland
Wagner, Frank219       Helped rescue people out of the water
Zimmerman, Edward42 25   Welder Cut holes in the hull
Zimmerman, James34     Welder Worked with an acetylene torch during the aftermath of the tragedy



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