September 20, 1915 – Judge Kennesaw Mountain Landis orders the steamer Eastland sold with bids to be opened and the sale to take place on December 20, 1915 in the United States marshal’s office in the Federal Building. The order is issued in order to cover the costs of the Great Lakes Towing Company, the firm that raised the hulk from the river bottom after the ship capsized on July 24 with a loss of life approaching one thousand souls. According to Jay R. Bonansinga’s The Sinking of the Titanic: America’s Forgotten Tragedy, “. . . only two bidders showed up at the macabre auction held on a cold December morning. One of them was an attorney from Boston, who represented an East Coast steamship company. The other was Captain Edward A. Evers of the Illinois Naval Reserve. Evers won the auction with a bid of 46,000 dollars, taking possession of the hulk on December 28.