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Gertrude Berg

Death 24 Jul 1915 (aged 34–35)
Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Burial Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA
Memorial ID 16907684 · View Source
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Gertrude, age 35, and her daughter, Irene, age 1, both perished in the S.S. Eastland Maritime Disaster on the Chicago River. Gertrude is survived by her husband, Gustav.

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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  • Find A Grave Memorial 16907684
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Gertrude Berg (1880–24 Jul 1915), Find A Grave Memorial no. 16907684, citing Mount Olive Cemetery, Chicago, Cook County, Illinois, USA ; Maintained by Jill (contributor 46848524) .