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Inhaltsangabe: In 1915, the Western Electric Company Picnic was the talk of the summer. The employees, their friends, and family will sail from Chicago to Michigan City, Indiana for a day filled with fun, food, and festivities. Twelve-year-old Sylvia has been looking forward to this day for months. She and her two older sisters carefully dress in their finest hats, gloves, and summer dresses and race to meet their friends on board the S.S. Eastland, but something goes terribly wrong! What was supposed to be the social event of the summer, quickly turned into an unthinkable tragedy. Will Sylvia, her sisters, and friends survive?
About the Author: Susan Barwick, an Illinois State Teacher of the Year Award of Merit recipient, has taught primary, intermediate, and special education classes. She holds a Masters Degree in Education and is a popular academic tutor. Susan enjoys reading, writing, traveling, spending time with friends and family, and doing many kinds of art, especially drawing and sculpture. She lives with her faithful canine companion, Lilah, in the Chicago area. “Sylvia’s Story” is her first book. The young girl telling this story was my grandmother, Sylvia Kase. She came very close to losing her life on that day. As a girl myself, I remember her telling me the story of the Eastland tragedy. When she spoke about the event it was like she was reliving the experience again. She only told it to me once. A few years after the disaster, my grandmother went to work at the Hawthorne Works, the manufacturing division of Western Electric, like her sisters and brother. She said that she loved being a secretary in the drafting department and she was a part of the Hawthorne Follies, a dance company created for the employees. Grandma also met her future husband Raymond Zender, an electrician, at work in 1920. After they married they lived in Cicero another twelve years before moving to Oak Park with their children, Aileen, my mother, and Philip, my uncle. They rarely spoke of that horrible day. The Hawthorne Works covered over two hundred acres. The employees at this factory made telephones and telephone components. The work done there was important to the city partly because of the sheer number of people it employed. I could not believe that so few people living in the Chicago area knew about the tragedy of the Eastland. — Susan R. Barwick
Buchbeschreibung SongDog Publishing, 2014. Paperback. Buchzustand: Brand New. 36 pages. 10.00x8.00x0.09 inches. In Stock. Buchnummer des Verkäufers zk0985713127
Buchbeschreibung SongDog Publishing, 2014. Paperback. Buchzustand: New. Tina Druce-Hoffman (illustrator). book. Buchnummer des Verkäufers M0985713127