Andrew Oettinger

  • Birth 3 Sep 1888
  • Death 15 Jun 1904 New York, USA
  • Burial Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA
  • Memorial ID 18106694

Victim of the General Slocum Disaster - age 7 years old, death cert # 3764.

Doubling back to Second Avenue, we came to the former home of the Oettinger family, at #91 East Seventh. Kate (38) was one of the "lucky" mothers to secure lifebelts for her children in the struggle. William Oettinger (12) the only member of the family to survive described what happened next: "We saw the boat was going to burn up, when mama grabbed a life preserver and wanted to tie it around me, but I told her I could swim and to hurry and put it around one of my brothers. With that she said something like a a prayer and pushed me into the water." William, without a life preserver, survived. Kate, Emma (15) Charles(15) Andrew (7) and Arthur (5 - never recovered) all wore life preservers and all drowned. The life preservers, in some cases, absorbed water and acted as dead weight, as happened to the Oettingers. Their former building awaits restoration. - Jim Kalafus


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  • Created by: Judi Braddick
  • Added: 28 Feb 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 18106694
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Andrew Oettinger (3 Sep 1888–15 Jun 1904), Find A Grave Memorial no. 18106694, citing Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery, Middle Village, Queens County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Judi Braddick (contributor 46567877) .