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David Benson

  • Birth 7 Oct 1889 Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 24 Jul 1915 Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Burial Justice, Cook County, Illinois, USA
  • Memorial ID 16256094

David, age 25, perished in the S.S. Eastland Maritime Disaster on the Chicago River. He was an Electrician at Western Electric. He is survived by his wife.

A lake passenger steamer, the S. S. Eastland had been chartered by Chicago's Western Electric Company to transport the company's employees (and their families), to their annual picnic in Michigan City, Indiana.

At 7:28 a.m., still moored to her Chicago River dock and with 2,572 people on board, the S. S. Eastland began to list. The steamship managed to briefly right herself before slowly rolling on her side.

844 people died that day in what would turn out to be Chicago's worst disaster ever.

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  • Created by: Jill
  • Added: 20 Oct 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 16256094
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for David Benson (7 Oct 1889–24 Jul 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16256094, citing Resurrection Catholic Cemetery and Mausoleums, Justice, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Jill (contributor 46848524) .