Additional Photos of the Eastland Monument
- The Czech Consul lays a wreath.
- Some of the crowd at the July 12 dedication
- T.G. Masaryk Czech School perform
- Children's art of the Eastland
- A view of the Eastland Memorial at BNC
- A close up of the Eastland Memorial's river stone
- Some of the donor bricks
- The upright stone front
- The upright stone back
- The river stone arrives
- The Eastland-era ship's wheel
- The crew from Bevel Granite Company
8. The front of the upright stone. The text reads:
The SS Eastland was one of several large ships chartered by Western Electric Company to transport employees and their families and friends to the company picnic in Michigan City, Indiana. From a downtown wharf on the Chicago River, 2500 passengers boarded the steamer Eastland for the two-hour trip across Lake Michigan.
As the crew readied the ship for departure, the Eastland, still partially moored to the wharf, rolled over on its side, and 844 passengers and crew drowned, many trapped inside the enclosed decks of the ship.
This memorial is dedicated to the victims and survivors of the Eastland disaster, as well as to the many heroes and organizations that assisted in saving lives and bringing relief to those who suffered from this tragedy.
Dedicated in July 2015 Eastland Centennial Commemorative Project
The oval photos are these:
9. The back of the upright stone. The text reads:
Eastland Burials at Bohemian National Cemetery
You are standing in Section 16, where you will see the largest number of gravestones of Eastland victims. It had been opened just months earlier, and lots in this section sold quickly to families grieving lost loved ones.
As you read the inscriptions in Section 16, as well as in other areas of Bohemian National Cemetery, you can identify those of Eastland victims by the death date, July 24, 1915. On Czech-language stones, you might see the date written as "24. července 1915" with the month at times abbreviated as červ'ce or čer'ce. Also, some grave markers are inscribed "obět' Eastlandu" (victim of the Eastland) or "na lodi Eastlandu" (on the ship Eastland).
The porcelain photographs mounted on some of the gravestones are poignant reminders of the human loss. Many of the Eastland passengers were families and groups of friends looking forward to a summer outing with co-workers and neighbors. Sadly, most of those who died in the disaster were young adults and children.
Shall we meet when we land, I wonder? I hope so, my friend, bye and bye; You were swallowed up in the struggle, I was grasped when ready to die. Noble heroes, you men who, undaunted, Risked life some one of us to save, White lips will pray for you and bless you Until they are hushed in the grave. Dear bereaved, take heart in your sorrow; Though the load is heavy to-day, You will meet again some to-morrow – They have gone just over the way. May our lives be nobler and better For this dark, bitter hour of pain; Take heart, my dear friend, in the dawning We shall meet our loved ones again!
Excerpted from "In Memoriam" Written in 1915 by Ida O. Anderson, Survivor of the Eastland Disaster