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History at Concordia Cemetery

 

Since its founding in 1872 Concordia Cemetery has seen many changes and been a part of many important historical events in Chicago history. The goal of this section of the website is to present the rich history of Concordia and explain how we have been intimately involved in many important historical Chicagoland events.

 

Feel free to review all the information listed below. There are many very interesting facts!

 

The Eastland Disaster - 1915

Concordia Cemetery is the resting place for many of the victims of the Eastland Disaster of 1915, known as Chicagoís worst tragedy in terms of loss of life, a worse toll than the Iroquois Theatre fire of 1903 and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. Early in the morning of July 24, 1915, employees of the Western Electric Company, along with many of their family members and friends, boarded the Eastland moored at its dock on the south bank of the Chicago River between LaSalle and Clark Streets. The passengers were to travel by steamer to Michigan City, Indiana to attend the companyís annual picnic. The vessel was top heavy and with a large crowd amassed on the port side railing of the top deck to bid farewell, the Eastland capsized, throwing many of itís 2,500 passengers into the river while trapping numerous others underwater below deck. All told, 844 lost their lives, predominantly women and children encumbered by heavy clothing. Most of the employees were from the Western Electricís Hawthorn works in Cicero, IL. The plantís workforce was heavily concentrated in Germans, Poles, Bohemians, and Lithuanians. Research sources do not all agree on the details of the Eastland disaster.

 

One of the memorials commemorating an individual lost during the Eastland disaster. As you can see a rendering of the ship is etched into the side of memorial. 

 

A memorial commemorating an individual lost during the Eastland disaster. As you can see the marker clearly indicated involvement in the Eastland tragedy.  

 

 

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