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Guestbook Entry #116    June 10 2001 at 23:23:04
Visitor Name: Mary M Claps
Visitor's Info: Female, 61
HomePage url:  
You Are From: Cary, Ill
Your Comments:My Uncle, Carl William Puls, rescued three people from the Eastland. He was an expert swimmer. Uncle Carl was awarded a medal from the Mayor of Chicago. He lost the medal but we wrote and got a Certificate to indicate this award. I cannot recall the name of the award but it had to do with ...something Tree? Sorry, I cannot remember. Uncle Carl was about 21 when he rescued these people. I recall that they were all women. He passed away at the age of 81.

Guestbook Entry #116    May 17 2001 at 18:03:36
Visitor Name: Nancy Osika
Visitor's Info: Female, 49
HomePage url:  
You Are From: Chicago, USA
Your Comments:For a Chicago history buff, it doesn't get any better than this. Yours is wonderful and informative site. I look out at the Eastland disaster site every day from where I work (in the Merchandise Mart, with an east facing window) and often think of this tragedy. Now I know more about it. Thank you !

Guestbook Entry #115    May 16 2001 at 14:19:59
Visitor Name: norrine
Visitor's Info: Female, 34
HomePage url:  
You Are From:  , usa
Your Comments:Private message. Click here to read it.

Guestbook Entry #114    May 02 2001 at 02:29:21
Visitor Name: Mark Zimmerman
Visitor's Info: Male, 44
HomePage url:  
You Are From: Cary, usa
Your Comments:My Grandfather Edward Zimmerman owned a welding shop near where the disaster took place. He worked for 48 straight hours cutting holes in the hull of the Eastland to help get people out. My father had told me how he was a hero and was awarded a star by the city of Chicago.My Grandfather was 25 years old at the time.

Guestbook Entry #113    April 29 2001 at 13:23:36
Visitor Name: Patricia Casey-Farrell
Visitor's Info: Female, 53
HomePage url:  
You Are From: Chesapeake, united states
Your Comments:My father lived in chicago and was 12 years old at the time of the eastland disaster. His father and mother, William and Elizabeth Casey were undertakers at the time, and according to my dad, were envolved with many of the funerals. My father often spoke of this disaster and how tragic it was.

Guestbook Entry #111
Visitor Name: Bill Drake
Visitor's Info: Male, 67
HomePage url:  
You Are From: Rochester NY, USA
Your Comments:I think your site is very well done.

Guestbook Entry #110
Visitor Name: Jim (Doc) Fahlstedt
Visitor's Info: Male, 58
HomePage url: 
You Are From: Reidsville, NC, USA
Your Comments:What a wonderful time to browse into this great site! I'm re-reading George Hilton's book on the disaster at this very moment. I appreciate all the effort that has been put into developing this site. I hope many more folks will visit.

Visitor's Name: Shawn Ford
Homepage URL:
You are from: Waukegan, Illinois
Comments: I am a desendent of Augusta Wieser and related to Elizabeth Rakow I don't know too much about them other that Augusta's husband was Eben Wiese(r) and he was a steamboat capt. in chicago harbor. Augusta's maden name was VonSchwandfeldt and it's a family rumor that her family is where Schwan's ice cream came from. I really enjoy browsing your site.
Sign Time: February 20 2001 at 22:15:19


Visitor's Name: Melena Cercone
Homepage URL:
You are from: Whiting, IN.
Comments: While in nursing school I took care of an elderly woman from England. She not only missed the Titanic disaster because her mother wanted to go to America on the Carpathia instead, but was supposed to be on the Eastland with her parents, but none went as she was ill with the flu, how strange to avoid two of the worst maritime disasters in one lifetime!!!!!
Sign Time: February 11 2001 at 01:37:18


Visitor's Name: Christa
Homepage URL: Mass. Teen's Anime Base
You are from: Kingston, MA.
Comments: I think this is a very good site. I'm a big fan of the Disney show "So Weird" and they did a show on the Eastland Disaster and I was intrested in learning more about it. Thanks for making such an informational site. Christa
Sign Time: February 02 2001 at 18:09:07


Visitor's Name: Kric (the name is fake)
Homepage URL:
You are from: Chicago, Illinois
Comments: Good website. Good work.
Sign Time: January 29 2001 at 15:50:44


Visitor's Name: Adam
Homepage URL: none
You are from: Chicago, Illinois
Comments: I am also doing a project on the Eastland,if anyone has any unknown info, contact me with the email address above. Thanks!
Sign Time: January 23 2001 at 10:37:53


Visitor's Name: sarah
Homepage URL:
You are from:
Comments: this is a great sight keep up the great work
Sign Time: January 18 2001 at 21:45:48


Visitor's Name: Jonathan Widran
Homepage URL:
You are from: Sherman Oaks, CA
Comments: I guess I would be the great nephew of Samuel Widran, who died in the disaster at the age of 29. My dad, his nephew, told me about this disaster but I never knew the details until coming upon this site. Thanks for all the good information.
Sign Time: December 20 2000 at 20:06:51


Visitor's Name: Eric
Homepage URL:
You are from: Chicago, Illinois
Comments: I am going to do a report about the Eastland disaster for a project at school. I have no connection to any of these people and I have never signed one of these guest books before.
Sign Time: December 18 2000 at 16:44:00


Visitor's Name: Eric
Homepage URL: none
You are from: Chicago, Illinois
Comments: I am going to do a report about the Eastland disaster for a project at school. I have no connection to any of these people and I have never signed one of these guest books before
Sign Time: December 18 2000 at 16:41:43


Visitor's Name: Martha Robles
Homepage URL:
You are from: Chicago,Ill
Comments: Your web site is very intresting I didn't know anything about the Eastland Disaster until my English teacher told us about it so now I'm doing a reaserch paper about the Easland Disaster and I'm going to compare it to the Titanic.
Sign Time: November 15 2000 at 10:29:40


Visitor's Name: Tracy Buterbaugh
Homepage URL:
You are from: Chicago, Illinois
Comments: My great grandmother's brother Frank Grajek was killed in this disaster. I am interested to know if there are any other relatives out there.
Sign Time: November 11 2000 at 14:46:45


Visitor's Name: john ostrom
Homepage URL:
You are from: palm springs,californiai
Comments: i was born in 1954 and have no connection to the eastland disaster through relatives but once many years ago i had a dream that that mirrored the eastland disaster in time period and detail. shortly after that i learned of the eastland for the first time and it was exactly as the dream . just wierd thats all. enjoyed learning more from the website.
Sign Time: November 04 2000 at 19:01:13


Visitor's Name: Richard Peladeau
Homepage URL: nil
You are from: Ottawa Canada
Comments: Don't usually sign online guestbooks. However this is the first time I have ever heard of this disaster. Any disaster that results in lives lost is sad but the fact that this happened so close to land and in nice weather makes it even sadder.
Sign Time: October 30 2000 at 16:21:42


Visitor's Name: vikki
Homepage URL:
You are from: somewhere
Comments: Private message. Click here to read it.
Sign Time: October 27 2000 at 20:14:29


Visitor's Name: Pam Kohn
Homepage URL: Pam;s home page
You are from: Riverview Fl.
Comments: My Mothers Grandfathers name was Julivis Tismer. Children that died were: Minnie Tismer, Albert Tismer, Ernest Tismer,Elizabeth Tismer and life long friend, Henry Fleming. just researching what took place back then.
Sign Time: October 24 2000 at 20:48:40


Visitor's Name: Pam Kohn
Homepage URL:
You are from: Riverview Fl.
Comments: My Mothers Grandfathers name was Julivis Tismer. Children that died were: Minnie Tismer, Albert Tismer, Ernest Tismer,Elizabeth Tismer and life long friend, Henry Fleming. just researching what took place back then.
Sign Time: October 24 2000 at 20:39:20


Visitor's Name: S. Arlen Oakes
Homepage URL:
You are from: Portage, IN & Sault Ste. Marie, MI
Comments: Private message. Click here to read it.
Sign Time: October 21 2000 at 23:26:11


Visitor's Name: Terry Kilwein
Homepage URL:
You are from: Phoenix
Comments: Private message. Click here to read it.
Sign Time: October 20 2000 at 00:01:55


Visitor's Name: Mary Carson
Homepage URL:
You are from:
Comments: My grandmother from Chicago at the time used to talk about the disaster. It sounded so horrible that I still remember it 50 yrs. later.
Sign Time: October 01 2000 at 23:29:17


Visitor's Name: Scott R Haertel
Homepage URL:
You are from: Mt. Prospect, IL
Comments: Thank you for your site. I was able to find the name of a relative.
Sign Time: September 29 2000 at 21:35:10


Visitor's Name: Millie Nowaczyk Genovise
Homepage URL:
You are from:
Comments: I would like more information on the Eastland disaster, and any information on Eva Nowaczyk.
Sign Time: September 07 2000 at 23:58:52


Visitor's Name: bernice childers
Homepage URL:
You are from: indiana
Comments: Private message. Click here to read it.
Sign Time: August 23 2000 at 20:08:52


Visitor's Name: Carrie Brissette
Homepage URL:
You are from: Indiana
Comments: I was very impressed and deeply touched with your site. The informative and tragic manner in which the site is composed is a perfect combination needed to snag someone's attention to your purpose and to maintaining the memory of the entire tragedy. Thank you for working so hard at keeping the Eastland alive.
Sign Time: August 08 2000 at 16:02:55


Visitor's Name: Ellen Schindler
Homepage URL:
You are from: The Netherlands
Comments: By accident I found, but already of great help in my research on the Chicago River/ Lower Wacker Drive........thank you!
Sign Time: August 08 2000 at 14:31:03


Visitor's Name: Carla Thiel
Homepage URL:
You are from: Bullard, Tx
Comments: Eventhough I have taught American History quite a few years, I did not have knowledge of the Eastland tragedy. Very informative and creative webpg. Thank you Carla and Gaylon Thiel
Sign Time: August 05 2000 at 19:58:35


Visitor's Name: Kathleen Franke
Homepage URL:
You are from: Otis Orchards, Wa.
Comments: My husband is the grandson of one of the deceased, John Sallwasser. His mother and her sister(John's daughters) were working in Chicago as switchboard operaters at the time of the disaster. Everything else is on TV. Why not a special on the SS Eastland disaster?
Sign Time: August 02 2000 at 19:52:47


Visitor's Name: Lisa Hanson
Homepage URL:
You are from: Watertown, SD
Comments: nice page
Sign Time: August 01 2000 at 17:16:26


Visitor's Name: Deborah Boettger
Homepage URL:
You are from: MO
Comments: I found your site very interseting. Thanks
Sign Time: July 26 2000 at 07:50:37


Visitor's Name: Karen Young
Homepage URL:
You are from:
Comments: My Great grandmother worked for W.E. nd her family were schduled to go on board but one of the boys got sick and they were late. All her friends who she was supposed to be with were killed.
Sign Time: July 24 2000 at 16:50:37


Visitor's Name: Ghoust Girl
Homepage URL:
You are from: CA
Comments: This is a cool web-site. I read about the East Land in a book, and a T.V show called So Weird. I thought I might look up the East Land on the Internet.
Sign Time: July 21 2000 at 21:04:08


Visitor's Name: James J. Pieklo
Homepage URL:
You are from:
Comments: I read about the Eastland in the August/September issue of Professional Mariner magazine. I admit I never had heard of the vessel or its history. It is hard to believe such an event could be relegated to such a forgotten place in history.
Sign Time: July 19 2000 at 20:07:41


Visitor's Name: Tom Williams
Homepage URL:
You are from: Baileys Harbor, WI
Comments: I'm a 22 year navy veteran that served on the USS Portage (PCE 902) out of Milwaukee and was doing some research on the naval presence in the Great Lakes and was looking fo more information on the USS Wilmette, which I haven't been able to find as ever being a part of the US Navy. I believe the Wilmette was part of the Illinois Naval Reserve, but the Wilmette was known as a USS . Anyone that can give me any help, I'd appreciate it.
Sign Time: June 15 2000 at 16:11:22


Visitor's Name: judy chapleau
Homepage URL: N/A
You are from: Naperville Illinois
Comments: Private message. Click here to read it.
Sign Time: May 23 2000 at 23:45:56


Visitor's Name: john lessor
Homepage URL: none yet
You are from: erie pa
Comments: Private message. Click here to read it.
Sign Time: May 02 2000 at 12:24:03


Visitor's Name: Richard S Kempa
Homepage URL:
You are from: Hawthorne Works 1952 to 1985
Comments: Hello,I started to work4 days out of St. Rita High School. I spent 33 years at Hawthorne and was one of the last to leave as it was being torn down around me. I was fortunate to find a place at the ATT Software location in Lisle. This is where I retired from in 1989. In my early days I was a "Plant Construction Electrician", I had the good fortune to have the job of replacing the incandescent lamps in the Cable Plant "Records Room. Installing modern flourescent lamps. There I saw pictures and read some records in the archives of the Eastland disaster. I was amazed at some of the very nice things that were done for the employees who had perished families. The company paid off mortgages and gave the children jobs when they came of age. My mother had an old girl friend who was a supervisor in wire pair twisting who was on the boat. She survived by climbing over the rail and scrambling onto the overturned hull. I know for a fact from the Eastland disaster until the mid 1950's. Western Electric never sent all the staff or any group that was to travel, all on the same plane or train. In case of a disaster.
Sign Time: April 10 2000 at 17:49:21


Visitor's Name: Betty Kay
Homepage URL:
You are from: Jacksonville,Il
Comments: Your web pages are better and better each time I log on.
Sign Time: April 09 2000 at 14:58:42


Visitor's Name: Robert L. Havens
Homepage URL:
You are from: Arlington, Tx.
Comments: My father (Lee H. Havens)who was born in 1893 was in Chicago on the day of the event. He lived in Peoria, Il and was in Chicago looking for a job. He went to the scene and started to help remove bodies. However, he fainted and a Chicago cop told him he had better get out of there. Dad died in 1986 but told me this tale many times in his lifetime.
Sign Time: April 09 2000 at 11:56:23


Visitor's Name: FJ SONNEBORN
Homepage URL: JUST VERY INTERESTED
You are from: LAPORTE IN AND NOW SOUTH BEND IN
Comments: I AM 72 YRS OLD. MY FATHER WHO IS DEAD NOW WOULD ALWAYS TELL ME ABOUT THE EASTLAND AND POINT OUT THE LOCATION OF THE SINKING WHEN EVER WE WERE IN CHICAGO.MY FATHER NEVER FORGOT THE DISASTER.I TO ALWAYS REMEMBER HIM TELLING ABOUT IT.SINCE I HAVE A PC I LOOKED IT UP AND FOUND A NICE ACCOUNT OF IT.
Sign Time: April 05 2000 at 13:32:03


Visitor's Name: Karen Butler
Homepage URL:
You are from: Phoenix, Arizona
Comments: My great grandmother I just found out was Antoinetta Inciardi who lost her life in the disaster. My great grandfather, Henry, survived. I had never even heard about the disaster until my cousin was doing our family tree and discovered what had happened to my great grandmother. My grandmother never discussed my great grandmother with my mom as she died in the disaster when my grandmother was very young and my great grandfather remarried. Thank you for having this site. It has really given me insight and a new dimension to my family history.
Sign Time: April 03 2000 at 01:25:58


Visitor's Name: LISE D. MAZE
Homepage URL:
You are from: SULLIVAN, INDIANA
Comments: Private message. Click here to read it.
Sign Time: March 21 2000 at 09:35:16


Visitor's Name: Jack De Young
Homepage URL:
You are from: Grand Rapids MI
Comments: As one interested in the history of the great lakes it is good to see that the disaster of the Eastland will not be forgotten.
Sign Time: March 19 2000 at 17:56:44


Visitor's Name: Betty Flynn
Homepage URL:
You are from: Chicago, Il.
Comments: I think that this is something more of the people from Chicago should know about. We all have heard about the Titanic but we had our own ship disaster right here and probably not many people know about it. Thanks for your interest in Chicago history.
Sign Time: March 18 2000 at 15:54:45


Visitor's Name: DNA
Homepage URL: None
You are from: Chicago, IL
Comments: My Great-Aunt Katie was scheduled to be on the Eastland the day of the disaster. She was late for the boarding of the ship,and was left behind. She saw the disaster unfold in front of her. She lived well into her 80's, and was left so traumatized by this event she never went in the water again.
Sign Time: March 14 2000 at 21:01:05


Visitor's Name: Cliff Acre
Homepage URL:
You are from: Stanwood WA
Comments: Fascinating site, well put together.
Sign Time: February 29 2000 at 15:10:51


Visitor's Name: Mr. & Mrs. Peter Guttilla
Homepage URL:
You are from: Chicago, IL
Comments: I found the story to be very facinating.
Sign Time: February 27 2000 at 20:17:21


Visitor's Name: Richard M. Evenhouse
Homepage URL:
You are from: Waukegan, Il
Comments: My grandfather, Harry Evenhouse, survived the disaster, but his two sisters, Jennie and Anna, did not.
Sign Time: February 27 2000 at 12:05:04


Visitor's Name: ash
Homepage URL:
You are from:
Comments: more information,better photo quality.
Sign Time: February 26 2000 at 15:27:49


Visitor's Name: Daniel McNeil
Homepage URL: n/a
You are from: Downers Grove, IL
Comments: I have followed Great Lakes shipping history for many years and have a lot of books by some of the well known writers of Great Lakes history and Great Lakes shipping disasters (I have all of Dana Bowens books). I have recently acquired Hilton's book and am very impressed by the depth and breadth of his research. My family purchased a hotel in Wisconsin that was owned by a family, one of whom (Martin Olson) was in the Coast Guard stationed in Chicago at some time close to the date of the disaster. We have, in the hotel, a postcard picturing two men in a rowboat retreiving a body from the water. The story is that the man with his back to the camera is Martin Olson. We seem to have misplaced the postcard and are currently trying to find it.Is there evidence that any member of the Coast Guard assisted in the rescue? I have not seem anything that would show that the CG was involved.Also, I was interested to learn that recently someone had located the World War 1 German submarine (war reparations) that was used for target practice by the SS Wilmette after the war and sunk during the only time her guns were fired. Whoever found it is not sharing the location (smart person!) but apparently has plans (dreams?) to raise it.Very interesting site. I also am amazed that so few people in the Chicago area are aware of this disaster. Thanks for the good work!
Sign Time: February 25 2000 at 15:49:42


Visitor's Name: Randy C. Allegrezza
Homepage URL:
You are from: Chicago IL
Comments: Very interesting
Sign Time: February 25 2000 at 15:16:48


Visitor's Name: William E Albert (Joseph Mootz)
Homepage URL:
You are from: Hampshire IL
Comments: As the family story goes Joseph Mootz was on a street car and saw the aftermath, jumped into the river,trying to save people until his strength gave out and he drowned. Still searching for info
Sign Time: February 23 2000 at 19:50:26


Visitor's Name: Mary Swanson
Homepage URL:
You are from:
Comments: Impressive web page..very informative.
Sign Time: February 22 2000 at 12:12:57


Visitor's Name: MICHAEL J PRUEGERT
Homepage URL:
You are from: oklahoma city, oklahoma
Comments: VERY INTERESTING WEB PAGE, I WAS ABLE TO READ ABOUT THE SHIP THAT MY GREAT UNCLE DIED ABOARD.
Sign Time: February 21 2000 at 16:33:07


Visitor's Name: Arlene
Homepage URL:
You are from:
Comments: Private message. Click here to read it.
Sign Time: February 20 2000 at 13:35:59


Visitor's Name: Andrea J Bonevelle
Homepage URL:
You are from: Grand Rapids Michigan
Comments: This is a very useful website. It seems that the authors of this website are very knowledgable about this disaster. Thanks for sharing your information and research on this topic with the world.
Sign Time: February 16 2000 at 12:42:11


Visitor's Name: e.magallanes
Homepage URL:
You are from: pomona california
Comments: very i8mformative you certanly have done a great job on this project i applaude your efforts
Sign Time: February 14 2000 at 17:06:29


Visitor's Name: thelma pruegert
Homepage URL:
You are from: oklahoma
Comments: My uncle was a musician on the east man. I noticed his name was mispelled.Is there any way we can correct it.
Sign Time: February 04 2000 at 21:24:16


Visitor's Name: Judy Bockel
Homepage URL:
You are from: Cleveland,Ohio
Comments: Thank you for the Eastland page,a true disaster. My grandmother's first husband died on the Eastland , and her second husband along with his brother survived that horrible day in history.
Sign Time: February 03 2000 at 14:14:55


Visitor's Name: Gleacila Valdez
Homepage URL:
You are from: Chicago, Il
Comments: Private message. Click here to read it.
Sign Time: February 01 2000 at 16:14:19


Visitor's Name: M.F.
Homepage URL:
You are from: Chicago, Illinois
Comments: Thank you for the information.
Sign Time: January 31 2000 at 07:58:48


Visitor's Name: Bob Hinlki
Homepage URL: www.minjk
You are from: Missouri
Comments: I feel sorry for the people on the Eastland.
Sign Time: January 30 2000 at 14:55:25


Visitor's Name: Linda G. Wood (Mrs.)
Homepage URL:
You are from: Kerkstra Middle School - Oak Forest, Illinois 60452
Comments: I am very interested in this event because my grandmother was about to go on the ship and refused. She told me about it when I was a child. I am now teaching it to my Eng. classes.
Sign Time: January 29 2000 at 15:55:33


Visitor's Name: J. Malloy
Homepage URL:
You are from: Downers Grove, IL
Comments: Have long been intersted in the Eastland disaster. Heard about it in grade school around the time I began reading extensively about the Titanic. My grandfather worked for Western Electric and talked about the Eastland once.
Sign Time: January 29 2000 at 00:38:31


Visitor's Name: Judy Marcoux Candelaria
Homepage URL:
You are from:
Comments: Looking for Charles Carroll and his fiancee Mc Donald they were pasengers that survived ... Charles saved his bride to be. reported by nephew C P Duffy. unable to locate the article within your archives. Are you aware that in 1860 a similar disaster happened just outside of Port Washington, after leaving the Chicago port? However, all the passengers died, leaving a thousand children orphaned. JEC
Sign Time: January 27 2000 at 21:15:24


Visitor's Name: Gilbert Hoffman
Homepage URL:
You are from: Houston, Texas
Comments: Enjoyed hearing the story of the Eastland, on Paul Harvey's radio show. Amazing that more people aren't familiar with this disaster story.
Sign Time: January 23 2000 at 02:38:58


Visitor's Name: Jane Rines
Homepage URL:
You are from: Hobart, IN
Comments: I have been following the Eastland Historical Society. This is the first time I have found the Memorial Society. My grandparents were "near misses" on the Eastland. They were ready to board when they were told the boat was full. They were right on dock when it capsized. My grandmother lived until 1994 (97 yrs old) and still could remember the screams. I am now working on a novel about them, including the Eastland and would love to be a part of this society.
Sign Time: January 22 2000 at 12:04:46


Visitor's Name: Tracy Buterbaugh
Homepage URL:
You are from: Chicago
Comments: I am seeking information on Frank Grajek. He is my great - uncle. Anyone with information can email me. Thank you.
Sign Time: January 01 2000 at 23:36:05


Visitor's Name: cheryle crowley
Homepage URL: none
You are from: darien
Comments: You are to be congratulated on a superb job in relating this horrible tragedy in such a comprehensive manner. My great aunt, Margaret N. Morgan, perished in that disaster. My family have kept her memory alive by passing on to each new generation the story of her short life.
Sign Time: December 28 1999 at 17:31:39


Visitor's Name: Dorothy Barstad
Homepage URL: California Classic Equipment Divers
You are from: Yuma, AZ
Comments: One of our members, Tracy Howard, has been one of the divers working on retrieving some of the artifacts. This was the first I had heard of the SS Eastland. All very interesting. We have a newsletter that is sent quarterly to our members and I plan to do an article on the ship for our next issue.
Sign Time: December 19 1999 at 10:58:03


Visitor's Name: Robert Dolezal
Homepage URL:
You are from: Chicago
Comments: This is a fantastic relevation of history. The layout and presentation are first-rate. I knew of the disaster, but I didn't know a family with my last name was listed on the rolls of the lost.
Sign Time: December 17 1999 at 16:14:05


Visitor's Name: Brian Coleman
Homepage URL:
You are from: Posen, IL I grew up in Tinley Park, IL
Comments: I am a decendent of Jim Stenson. He is my Great, Great Uncle. My Great Grandmother is Kate Coleman-Stenson.
Sign Time: December 16 1999 at 12:05:52


Visitor's Name: Kathy Grobe
Homepage URL: DNA
You are from: Tallahassee, FL
Comments: What is the connection between the Eastland disaster and the Iroquois Theater fire? I couldn't get the link to open.
Sign Time: December 16 1999 at 11:59:40


Visitor's Name: Ed Paha
Homepage URL:
You are from: Vernon Hills, Il
Comments: I am a descendant of Anna Bodinet, who survived the disaster
Sign Time: December 14 1999 at 20:52:38


Visitor's Name: Jeremiah Galey
Homepage URL:
You are from: Aurora IL.
Comments: The underwater Archaelogical Society was not part of the dive on December 12th 1999 the people that ran it are Tim Woesley and Sam Frank I would like this to be changed and known thank you. Jeremiah Galey
Sign Time: December 13 1999 at 16:17:44


Visitor's Name: David P. Sweeney
Homepage URL: n/a
You are from: Naperville, Illinois
Comments: This web site is fantastic. My compliments to the chef. Was great to meet you, Mary, David and the others yesterday. Look forward to our next encounter.
Sign Time: December 13 1999 at 10:21:46


Visitor's Name: frank frosolone
Homepage URL:
You are from: northern diver usa
Comments: thank you for leting us help remember those who lost there lives in that great disaster.it will be rememberd by all of us for ever may the roses afloat forever frank
Sign Time: December 12 1999 at 19:49:16


Visitor's Name: Chris Keck
Homepage URL:
You are from: Compuware
Comments: Private message. Click here to read it.
Sign Time: December 10 1999 at 14:44:30


Visitor's Name: Teryl
Homepage URL:
You are from: Kansas
Comments: My son is doing a report on the Eastland Disaster at school. His great,great aunt was Anna Brenner who died in the disaster. Your website is very well done and was a great help.Thanks.
Sign Time: December 06 1999 at 16:59:17


Visitor's Name: Barbara Krejca
Homepage URL:
You are from: near Chicago
Comments: we are wondering if the Joseph Krejca listed is the same Jo Krejca that the family knows of, but who died young.
Sign Time: December 02 1999 at 21:52:42


Visitor's Name: Joel Deschamps
Homepage URL:
You are from: Windsor, Ontairo
Comments: Long overdue memorial for the Eastland. Only hardcore Shipwreck fans know the tragic story. Best Wishes on your excavation.
Sign Time: November 26 1999 at 22:40:08


Visitor's Name: George A. Goyette
Homepage URL:
You are from: Naperville, Il
Comments: Private message. Click here to read it.
Sign Time: November 26 1999 at 13:42:08


Visitor's Name: James Sindelar
Homepage URL:
You are from: Palatine, Illinois
Comments: My aunt Elsie Sindelar worked at "The Western" for over fifty years 1915-1965) and for some reason that I do not know was not on that excursion although she knew many of the people who were. The Sindelars who perished were not related although most had the same first names as members of our family. Your site is most thorough and excellent! I know your work is appreciated by all who know of the impact of the Eastland Disaster.
Sign Time: November 16 1999 at 18:10:25


Visitor's Name: tom
Homepage URL:
You are from: chicago
Comments: I think it's great what you're doing. Why did it take so many decades to get something like this established?
Sign Time: November 09 1999 at 21:50:22


Visitor's Name: Maxwell Quinn
Homepage URL:
You are from:
Comments: I came to this site because I am going to do a report on the Eastland disaster for a social studies fair. If I win I get to go to Springfield Illinois and if I win there I will go to Washington D.C.
Sign Time: November 06 1999 at 21:58:29


Visitor's Name: JOHN S LESSOR
Homepage URL: NONE
You are from: ERIE PA
Comments: JUST BOUGHT EASTLAND LEGACY OF THE TITANIC, THIS WAS A GREAT BOOK. I HAVE MANY BOOKS ON SHIPS ,BUT THIS ONE REALLY GOT TO ME . AM COMING TO CHICAGO AROUND THANKSGIVING AND HOPE TO FIND THE PLACE WHERE THIS HAPPENED .
Sign Time: November 06 1999 at 19:22:38


Visitor's Name: Randy Majerus
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You are from: Phoenix, Az
Comments: Very nice site, a thoughtful & humanitarian look at a tragic event (including the aftermath events caused by this tragedy). Keep up the good work.
Sign Time: November 06 1999 at 13:03:57


Visitor's Name: Robert A Lukens
Homepage URL:
You are from: Orginal Hinsdale Ill now Michigan
Comments: Did not know about you until we stated looking for info. My grandmother went down with the Eastland and my grandfather survied. My sister is trying to get info now.
Sign Time: November 03 1999 at 17:19:00


Visitor's Name: john heinz
Homepage URL:
You are from: 619 Glenview Ave.,Aurora, IL60505
Comments: Author of Ships of the Great Lakes in Miniature and articles on Eastland. I have original Wilmette blueprints.
Sign Time: November 02 1999 at 16:42:40


Visitor's Name: Wayne Knudson
Homepage URL:
You are from: Elkhart,In
Comments: A great site,answered many questions for me.
Sign Time: October 31 1999 at 23:48:40


Visitor's Name: Bill Kimbro
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You are from: Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Comments: Hey K-Man! Excellent Site. Looks like you put a lot of time and effort into this. Hey, can you run and get some gummi bears? Bill
Sign Time: October 22 1999 at 12:20:43


Visitor's Name: Marilyn Franzen Mahnken
Homepage URL:
You are from: Tavares, Fl
Comments: Private message. Click here to read it.
Sign Time: October 20 1999 at 01:58:34


Visitor's Name: John H. Flannigan
Homepage URL:
You are from: Prairie State College
Comments: An extremely interesting and sobering view of a little-known but numbing tragedy. The photographs of the disaster scene are deeply moving, and the commentary is very helpful. Thanks for making the Eastland disaster better known.
Sign Time: October 08 1999 at 17:43:57


Visitor's Name: Christine Drake
Homepage URL:
You are from: Portland, Or
Comments: Amazing .. I had no idea that this awful thing had occurred until I found this page while researching shipwrecks.
Sign Time: October 04 1999 at 19:35:19


Visitor's Name: Emily Jamroch
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You are from: Amboy, IL
Comments: My stepsister's paternal grandfather died on the Eastland. His name was Frank Smola. Recently, she took an interest in the event and I have been helping her search for details. This site has a lot of interesting material. Thank you for your hard work. Emily Jamroch
Sign Time: October 01 1999 at 12:32:53


Visitor's Name: oliver peasley
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You are from:
Comments: i like this ,oliver peasley
Sign Time: September 22 1999 at 12:42:10


Visitor's Name: D. Parris
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You are from:
Comments: My wife's family (grandmotehr, etc) was on the Eastland. They survived. This is a nice site for information about the Eastland.
Sign Time: September 08 1999 at 17:10:06


Visitor's Name: Herman Ziebell
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You are from:
Comments: Great-Nephew of Catherine and Nellie Moran
Sign Time: August 16 1999 at 11:06:05


Visitor's Name: Verne Brown
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You are from: Atlanta, GA
Comments: My aunt was on that ship when it capsized. There seems to be a noticable discrepency between her retelling of the disaster and those told here. Hmmmm.
Sign Time: August 11 1999 at 13:33:08


Visitor's Name: Richard Cahan
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You are from:
Comments: Congratulations on this site. This disaster was the worst in Chicago history. It's important to remember what happened. I am most interested in the photos taken of the disaster.
Sign Time: July 05 1999 at 02:01:19


Visitor's Name: Cameron Day
Homepage URL:
You are from: georgia
Comments: I neat site
Sign Time: June 26 1999 at 22:37:24


Visitor's Name: Cherish Eastland
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You are from: Provo, Utah
Comments: I have never even heard of this disaster until now. i was just searching for my last name on the net and this came up. -Cherish Eastland-
Sign Time: June 25 1999 at 13:14:45


Visitor's Name: Del Krause
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You are from: Mesa , Az.
Comments: Great job Karl I finally made it Huh. After all our talking I finally get to see what you have done. I do believe our kin folks would have loved to see this. Its been a long time comming, thanks for the tribute.
Sign Time: May 25 1999 at 18:54:44


Visitor's Name: Trish Palmer
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You are from: Pennsylvania
Comments: My great-aunt was a survivor of the Eastland Disaster.
Sign Time: May 25 1999 at 15:47:36


Visitor's Name: Jean Zack
Homepage URL:
You are from: Chicago IL
Comments: Grandfather, uncle(grandgather's brother)& 2 cousins perished in the Eastland disaster. That part of my family is completely lost. Mother was 2 yrs old at the time and didn't go to the picnic.
Sign Time: May 16 1999 at 20:41:46


Visitor's Name: Ramona Hengels-Pryor
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You are from: Chicago IL
Comments: I have a relative that perished on the Eastland Her name is Barbara Hengels also my Aunt's godfather was one of the rescurers William Traxel He had acetalene torch and help cut into the ship
Sign Time: April 18 1999 at 10:10:32


Visitor's Name: Wayne & Joyce Haverland
Homepage URL:
You are from: Dubuque Iowa
Comments: Interesting Information
Sign Time: March 05 1999 at 20:27:18


Visitor's Name: jbraden
Homepage URL:
You are from: chicago
Comments: I am doing a research paper(10 pages at least)on the Eastland Diaster and it would help me tremendously if someone with information would help me out. E-mail me thanx p.s. I enjoyed this site very much :)
Sign Time: February 10 1999 at 13:51:39


Visitor's Name: Glenn Lippert
Homepage URL:
You are from: Originally Chicago, now Florida
Comments: My mother was a survivor, but never said much about it. Now deceased. Seeking all information possible
Sign Time: February 06 1999 at 01:43:38


Visitor's Name: Katherine Varsolona
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You are from: Chicago , Illinois
Comments: This is the only web page i have found with the names of passagers. Thank you , for remembering them.
Sign Time: February 02 1999 at 21:59:18


Visitor's Name: Jan Teilkemeier
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You are from:
Comments: This page is realy great, mail me
Sign Time: February 02 1999 at 07:27:03


 

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