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Wreck of the
Steamer Columbia

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steamer columbia 


A plaque at the site reads:
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The Steamboat Columbia Disaster

On July 5, 1918, the steam boat Columbia sank upstream from this spot near what then was Wesley City.
What began as one of the season's premier social events ended in tragedy.
The Pekin South Side Social Club sponsored the ornate stern wheel's ill-fated voyage.
Beginning in Kingston Mines, some 500 passengers boarded it for a trip to Al Fresco Amusement Park in Peoria.
On the return trip, as festivities were in full swing, a hole was torn in the Columbia's hull and it sank.
The deceased were brought to this riverfront for identification. Of the 87 who died, 57 were from Pekin.
[Sponsored by the Tazewell County Historical Places Society and the Illinois Historical Society, July 2003]

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Columbia Passenger List
July 5, 1918

Bailey, Eugene

Deceased

Becker, Jake

Survived

Belville, Esther

Survived

Behrends, Louise

Deceased

Behrends, Minnie

Survived

Bennett, Earl

Survived

Binzuel, Pauline

Survived

Black, Letha

Deceased

Blackburn, Jack

Deceased

Bohlander, Mayme

Deceased

Bolle, Mr.

Survived

Bowlby, Hazel

Deceased

Brooking, John

Survived

Brooking, Lydia

Survived

Brown, Allie Bowlby

Survived

Brown, Catherine Baldwin

Survived

Brown, Elizabeth Morris Wright

Deceased

Brown, Harry

Deceased

Brown, Jennie

Deceased

Brown, John

Survived

Brown, Reka

Deceased

Bruder, John

Survived

Bruder, Lucille

Survived

Buck, Lieutenant

Survived

Burns, Lysle

Survived

Burton, Jimmy

Survived

Bushman, Miss

Survived

Bushman, Louise Bohlander

Survived

Callahan, Clara Hodapp

Deceased

Callahan, Frank

Survived

Capoot, Emma Mohlen

Deceased

Capoot, William

Deceased

Chiollis, Jerry

Deceased

Cook, Alta Mae

Survived

Cook, Clarence Elmer

Survived

Crafton, Eva

Survived

Crafton, Mabel

Survived

Crank, Russell

Survived

Diepenbrook, Henry

Survived

Diepenbrook, John

Survived

Diepenbrook, Martha Hahn

Deceased

Diepenbrook, Melvin

Deceased

Diepenbrook, Norman

Deceased

Duffin, Lawrence J

Deceased

Elliot, Bert

Survived

Elliot, Eva

Survived

Ellmore, Sam

Survived

Evans, Jessie

Deceased

Everett, Bruce

Survived

Everett, Nida

Survived

Everett, Stanley

Survived

Feinburg, Maurice

Deceased

Flowers, Verah Mae

Deceased

Fluegel, Goldie Nixon

Survived

Fleugel, Walter

Survived

Franklin, Clara Elizabeth
Steamer Columbia Sinks at Wesley publication lists as Surviving, correction by Terry Bullock

Deceased

Freeland, Sylvia

Deceased

Flew, Elizabeth

Survived

Gay, Gladys

Survived

Gay, Kenneth

Survived

Gay, Willia Gordon

Deceased

Gillot, George

Deceased

Gillot, Myrtle

Deceased

Gohde, Dorthy

Survived

Gohde, Fredrick

Survived

Gohde, George

Survived

Goodman, Harley

Survived

Gorsage, Herod

Survived

Grewey, Albert

Deceased

Grewey, Francis Rebecca

Deceased

Grewey, Jennie Catherine

Deceased

Grewey, John

Survived

Grover, Blanche

Survived

Grover, Charles

Survived

Grover, Mrs. Charles

Survived

Gunion, Theresa Emma

Deceased

Hancock, Thomas Jr

Deceased

Harbolt, Boy

Survived

Harbolt, Charles

Survived

Harbolt, Grace

Deceased

Harbolt, Iva May Parr

Deceased

Harbolt, Mabel

Deceased

Harbolt, Mildred Ann

Deceased

Haschert, Cora Jahn

Deceased

Hasty, Parke

Survived

Heiken, Mrs. Henry

Survived

herbig, Eugene

Survived

Hieser, Reuben

Survived

Hill, Clarence

Deceased

Hill, Eliza Honey

Deceased

Hill, Frank

Survived

Hoffman, Ralph

Survived

Holden, Mary Helen (Mamie)

Deceased

Holmes, Albert

Survived

Hoskins, Jennie Ruth

Deceased

Hough, Charles

Survived

Hypes, Amos

Survived

Jacobs, Alvin

Survived

Jacobs, Hazel

Survived

Jacobs, Mabel Hay Hill

Deceased

Jacobs, Mildred

Survived

Johnson, Harriet Lillian

Deceased

Johnson, Harry

Survived

Jones, Hazel

Deceased

Kane, Frank

Survived

Kingsley, Bertha

Survived

Kingsly, Cleo

Survived

Kingsly, Lilly

Survived

Kingsly, Willard

Survived

Kingsly, William

Survived

Kinney, Alice Seely

Deceased

Kock, Hattie Everett

Survived

Kock, Walter

Survived

Kumpf, Joseph Franklin

Deceased

Lee, Edith

Survived

Lohmann, Herman

Survived

Lohmann, Randolph

Survived

Loomis, Amilla

Deceased

Lowery, Ada Beatrice

Deceased

Luther, Mary Roach

Deceased

McDonald, Leo

Survived

Masen, Alice

Survived

Maser, Elizabeth Charlotte Schanz

Deceased

Maser, Leo

Survived

Maser, Louise Dorothy

Survived

Maser, Phillip George

Survived

Maxey, Elva

Survived

Maxey, Irene

Survived

Maxey, Roscoe

Survived

McCune, Kathryn

Survived

McCune, Sarah

Survived

McIntyre, Guy

Survived

McIntire, Mrs Guy

Survived

McKinney, Miss

Survived

McPherson, Anna May Woodrow

Deceased

McPherson, Boy

Survived

McPherson, Thomas J

Survived

Meinen, Al

Survived

Meinen, AJ

Survived

Meinen, Ben

Survived

Meinen, Tom

Survived

Miars, Edna

Survived

Miller, Thomas E

Survived

Mogga, Anna Miller

Deceased

Moldenhaur, Cora Rosetta Boyd

Deceased

Moldenhaur, Elizabeth

Deceased

Moldenhaur, Elmer

Survived

Mulker, Mrs.

Survived

Murphy, Ben

Survived

Murphy, Stella

Deceased

Neavear, Doran

Deceased

Neavear, Henry

Deceased

Neavear, Irvin

Survived

Neavear, Louise Leona

Deceased

Neavear, Phillip

Survived

Neavear, Sarah Fuller

Survived

Neavor, Sadie Bertine

Deceased

Neavor, Sam

Survived

Neff, Catherine

Survived

Nelson, Ellen Victoria

Deceased

Newman, William

Survived

O'Hern, Ivy Brown

Deceased

Osborn, Anna

Survived

Osborn, Myra

Survived

Ossenbeck, Mr.

Survived

Poebel, Frances

Survived

Poebel, Rudolph Herman

Deceased

Race, Charles

Deceased

Rau, C A

Survived

Ray, Bud

Survived

Remley, Miss

Survived

Reuling, John

Survived

Reuling, Lottie May

Deceased

Richardson, Charles

Survived

Richmond, Lawrence

Survived

Robinson, John

Survived

Ropp, Emma

Survived

Rue, Mabel

Survived

Rumsey, Ada Marie

Deceased

Sander, Kenneth

Deceased

Sapp, Addie Leona

Deceased

Sapp, J C

Survived

Sapp, Martha Preston

Deceased

Schemel, Bessie
Correction of surname to Shemel by Diana Meredith

Deceased

Schuster, George

Deceased

Scott, Katie Morris Wright

Deceased

Seward, Larry

Survived

Shryock, Orvil

Deceased

Sickles, Christopher

Deceased

Sickles, Leona

Survived

Silva, De

Survived

Smith, Maude

Survived

Smith, Vanwert Eugene

Survived

Snyder, Freda

Survived

Stewart, George

Deceased

Stringer, Everett

Survived

Stringer, jesse Dell

Survived

Stout, Mabel Louise

Deceased

Stover, Katie

Survived

Thurman, Clyde Eugene

Deceased

Thurman, Florence

Survived

Thurman, Harry

Survived

Thurman, Phebe May Zuckweiler

Deceased

Thurman, Ruby Annie

Deceased

Voll, Edwin August

Deceased

Wade, Miss

Survived

Wage, Mrs. Maude

Survived

Wagner, Charles

Survived

Walker, Mr

Survived

Weghorst, Louis

Survived

Whillinger, Charles

Survived

White, Aina

Survived

White, Dorothy

Deceased

Whitmore, Dorothy

Deceased

Wilson, Joe

Survived

Wingenbach, Theresa

Deceased

Witcher, Amy Fuller

Deceased

Witcher, Clyde

Survived

Witcher, Donald Wesley

Deceased

Witcher, Richard Kenneth

Deceased

Worth, Nellie

Deceased

Wright, Catherine Morris Tharp

Deceased

Wright, Charles

Survived

Wright, John

Survived

Wright, John Jacob

Deceased

note: original passenger list compiled by Connie Greenway


LIST OF VICTIM BURIAL LOCATIONS

LAKESIDE CEMETERY
01- Bailey, Eugene age 28, son of William & Francis Murphy Bailey; resided on Maple Street in Pekin.
02- Black, Letha age 27, daughter of George & Rachel Bedquaith Black. Resided on Oak Ridge Ave in Pekin.
03- Blackburn, James age 37, married, son of John & Lucenda Blackburn. Employed as Saloon Keeper. Resided on Caroline Street, Pekin
04- Bohlander, Mayme age 15, daughter of Frank & Mary Bohlander. Employed by Acme Company. Resided on Main Street, Pekin
05- Brown, Harry age 45, Married to Catherine Baldwin. Member of Red Men & Woodmen Organizations. Resided on Broadway Street, Pekin
06- Brown, Jennie age 18, Daughter of John & Etta Brown. Employed as Domestic. Resided on St. Mary Street, Pekin
07- Brown, Reka age 24, Daughter of John & Etta Brown. Employed as Domestic. Resided on St. Mary Street, pekin.
08- Capoot, Emma Mohlen age 55. Married to William Capoot. Daughter of J B Mohlen. Housewife. Resided on Washington Street, Pekin.
09- Capoot, William age 60. Married to Emma Mohlen. Son of J W & Elizabeth Wilson Capoot. Employed as Printer. Resided on Washington St. Pekin.
10- Chiollis, Jerry age 24. Son of Dennis Chiollis. Resided in Pekin.
11- Diepenbrook, Martha Hahn age 31. Married to John Diepenbrook. Daughter of Henry & Kinentje Rust Hahn. Housewife. Resided in Pekin.
12- Diepenbrook, Melvin age 4. Son of John & Martha Hahn Diepenbrook. Resided in Pekin.
13- Diepenbrook, Norman age 1. Son of John & Martha Hahn Diepenbrook. Resided in Pekin
14- Duffin. Lawrence J On leave from from Avil Aviation Service of Great Lakes. Originally from Pekin.
15- Flowers, Verah Mae age 17. Daughter of Amous & Florence Buck Flowers. Attended Pekin H.S. Taught Sunday School & Played piano at First Baptist Church.
16- Franklin, Clara Elizabeth age 15. Daughter of Mr & Mrs Sarah Merritt Franklin. Resided on Third Street, Pekin
17- Gay, Willis Gordon age 33. Son of Henry & Lucinda Mefford Gay. Employed as Pipe Fitter. Resided on Caroline Street, Pekin.
18- Gunion, Theresa Emma age 24. Dau of William & Drucilla Gines Gunion. Employed as Milliner. Resided on Margaret St. Pekin.
19- Hancock Jr. Thomas age 30. Married to Elsie Jane Larimore. Son of Thomas Hancock. Resided on Highland Street, Pekin
20- Haschert, Cora Charlotte Jahns age 33. Married to George Haschert. Dau of Gus & Katie Klett Jahns. Employed as a Bookeeper. Resided in Pekin.
21- Hill, Clarence age 6. Son of Frank & Eliza Honey Hill. Resided on Mechanic Street in Pekin.
22- Hill, Eliza Honey age 41. Married to Frank Hill. Housewife. Resided on Mechanic Street, Pekin.
23- Holden, Mary Helen age 34. Dau of Patrick & Kate Sheedy Holden. Employed as millener. Resided in Bloomington Illinois.
24- Johnson, Harriett Lillian age 17. Dau of Peter & Augusta Boring Johnson. Resided in Pekin.
25- Jones, Hazel age 23. Dau of William Jones. Employed as a domestic. Resided in Pekin.
26- Kumpf, Joseph Franklin age 17. Son of William & Anna Devine Kumpf. Employed at Corn products Company. Resided on Second Street.
27- Loomis, Amilla age 53. Married. Housewife. Resided in Pekin.
28- Sapp, Martha Preston age 56. Married to J C Sapp. Dau of James & Adeline Avery Preston. Employed as a domestic. Resided in Pekin.
29- Sickles, Christopher age 52. married to Laura Brumms. Son of William & Abbie Freeman Sickles. Employed by Corn Products. Resided on Elizabeth St. Pekin
30- Stewart, George employed as deck hand on the Columbia. Resided in Pekin.
31- Stout, Mabel Louise age 11. Dau of W. E. & Elsie Stout. Resided on S. Second Street, Pekin.
32- Thurman, Clyde Eugene age 2 mos. Son of Harry & Phebe May Zuckweiler Thurman. Resided on St Mary St, Pekin.
33- Thurman Phebe May Zuckweiler, age 36. Married to Harry Thurman. Dau of John & Phebe Annie Orth Zuckweiler. Housewife. Resided on St. Mary St. Pekin.
34- Thurman, Ruby Annie age 14. Dau of Harry & Phebe May Zuckweiler Thurman. Resided on St. Mary St, Pekin.
35- Voll, Edwin August age 35. Son of Charles & Lena Neff Voll. Employed as wood-worker. Resided on Margaret St. Pekin
36- Witcher Amy Fuller , age 29. Married to Clyde Witcher. Housewife. Resided on Fayette St. Pekin.
37- Witcher, Donald Wesley age 7. Son of Clyde & Amy Fuller Witcher. Resided on Fayette St. Pekin.
38- Witcher, Richard Kenneth age 1. Son of clyde & Amy Fuller Witcher. Resided on Fayette St. Pekin
39- Worth, Nellie age 22. Dau of John Worth. Resided in Pekin.

SACRED HEART CEMETERY
01- Behrends, Louise age 25, single, daughter of Henry & Mary Seiler Behrends. Employed by Boss Glove Factory, resided in Pekin.

GREEN VALLEY ILLINOIS
01- Bowlby, Hazel age 20, single. Engaged to John Holden. Daughter of John & Susie Wertz Bowlby. Employed as clerk. Resided in Green Valley.

INDIANA
01- Hoskins, Jennie Ruth age 21. Dau of John & Nettie Uptegraph Hoskins. Resided in & buried in Edinburg, Indiana.

IOWA
01- Shryock, Orvil age 21. Son of L.M. & Violet Starks Shryock. Resided and buried in Brighton Iowa

KINGSTON MINES
01- Brown, Elizabeth Morris Wright age 28, Married to John Brown. Daughter of William & Margaret Bate Wright. Housewife. Resided in Kingston Mines
02- Freeland, Sylvia E. age 29. married to William Freeland. Housewife. Resided in Kingston Mines
03- Gillott, George age 33. Married to Myrtle Hancock. Son of William & Katherine Sheppard Gillott. Employed as a Miner. Resided in Kingston Mines. Maple Ridge Cemetery.
04- Gillott, Myrtle Hancock age 25. Married to George Gillott. Daughter of William Hancock. Housewife. Resided in Kingston Mines. Maple Ridge Cemetery.
05- Grewey, Albert Henry age 2 mos. Son of John & Jennie Williams Grewey. Resided in Kingston Mines. Maple Ridge Cemetery.
06- Grewey, Francis Rebecca age 3. Daughter of John & Jennie Williams Grewey. Resided in Kingston Mines. Kingston Mines Cemetery.
07- Grewey, Jennie Catherine Williams age 24. Married to John Grewey. Dau of Frank & Fannie Sims Williams. Housewife. Resided in Kingston Mines. Kingston Mines Cemetery.
08- Harbolt, Grace age 4. Daughter of Charles & Iva May Parr Harbolt. Resided in Kingston Mines. Maple Ridge Cemetery.
09- Harbolt, Iva May Parr age 33. Married to Charles Harbolt. Dau. of nathan & Sarah Goodwin Parr. Housewife. Resided in Kingston Mines. Maple Ridge Cemetery.
10- Harbolt, Mabel age 1. Dau of Charles & Iva May Parr Harbolt. Resided in Kingston Mines. Maple Ridge Cemetery.
11- Mildred Ann age 16. Dau of Charles & Iva May Parr Harbolt. Resided Kingston Mines. Maple Ridge Cemetery.
12- Harbolt, Katie M Wright Scott, age 17. Married to William Scott. Dau of John & Catherine Morris Tharp Wright. Housewife. Resided in Kingston Mines.
13- Wright, Catherine Morris Tharp age 37. Married to John W Wright. Dau of Charles Morris & Bridget Dempsey Tharp. Housewife. Resided in Kingston Mines.
14- Wright, John Jacob age 7. Son of John & Catherine Morris Tharp. Resided in Kingston Mines.

LOUISVILLE ILLINOIS
01- Evans, Jessie age 15. Single. daughter of William & Sarah Porter Evans. Resided in Louisville Illinois

MISSOURI
01- Wingenbach, Theresa age 20. Dau of Joseph & Anna Scherer Wingenbach. Employed as seamstress. Resided in & buried in St. Louis MO

PEORIA ILLINOIS
01- Feinberg, Maurice age 17, single. Son of Israel & Bella Grossman Feinberg. Employed as Hardware Salesman. Resided in St. Louis Missouri. Peoria Hebrew Cemetery.
02- Sanders, Kenneth age 19. Son of Charles & Mamie Meyers Sanders. Employed as Musician on Columbia. Resided in Peoria IL. Springdale Cemetery.
03- Schuster, George age 20. Son of John & Minnie Kneer Schuster. Employed as bookkeeper. Resided in Kingston Mines. Lutheran Cemetery, Peoria.
04- Schemel, Bessie age 24. Dau of James & Agnes Cowell Shemel Employed as a clerk. Resided in Pekin. Springdale Cemetery Peoria.
05- Whitmore, Dorthy, age 16, Dau of Fred & Caroline White. Resided in Pekin. Springdale Cemetery Peoria.

PETERSBURG, ILLINOIS
01- Kinney, Alice Seely, age 42. married to James Kinney. Resided and buried in Petersburg Illinois.

UNKNOWN LOCATION
01- Callahan, Clara Hodapp, age 22. Married to Frank Callahan. Daughter of Joseph & Mary Stahl Hodapp. Resided on Chestnut Street, Pekin.

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