Summary: last known survivor of the Columbia excursion steamboat disaster who as a 18-year-old in 1918 became among one of only 100 or so survivors of the 496 passengers on board when a tree stump tore a gaping hole in its hull and sank on July 5, 1918 in the Illinois River, which claimed 88 lives as the steamer was returning from an amusement park excursion after midnight to Peoria, Illinois in one of the state's deadliest riverboat tragedies nearly 90 years ago.
Cause of Death: Lengthy illness
Born: June 27, 1900
Died: August 13, 2006
Location: Pekin, Illinois