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 Louis Bilwach

Louis Bilwach

Birth
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Death 24 Jul 1915 (aged 19)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 101495312 · View Source
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Louis, 2846 S. Avers, was 19 years old and a bookkeeper at the time of his death. He was the son of Frank Bilwach and Anna Novacek. He perished during the S.S. Eastland Disaster in Chicago, IL.

Early on the morning of Saturday, July 24, 1915, with a light rain falling and the air filled with much anticipation and excitement, thousands were gathering along the Chicago River for Western Electric's fifth annual employee picnic. In fact, over 7,000 tickets had been purchased.The S.S. Eastland, known as the "speed queen of the Great Lakes," was part of a fleet of five excursion boats assigned to take Western Electric employees, their families and friends across Lake Michigan to Michigan City, Indiana, for the day's festivities.But the Eastland, docked at the Clark Street Bridge, never left the Chicago River. It instead rolled into the river at the wharf's edge with over 2,500 passengers, including crew members, on board. Close to 850 people lost their lives, including 22 entire families.


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  • Created by: Sonia Sanchez Galarza
  • Added: 29 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 101495312
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Louis Bilwach (11 Sep 1895–24 Jul 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 101495312, citing Bohemian National Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Sonia Sanchez Galarza (contributor 47848895) .