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Old 04-12-2016, 10:14 AM
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Default Another River Historian Departs...

Just received news of the passing, on March 13, of Susan Howarth Eastman, of Alton, Illinois, at age 79, after a long illness. Sue was a wonderful historian and author. She taught history classes at Alton High School for 25 years. For some years she was a correspondent for The Waterways Journal and compiled the annual review. In the mid 1970s Sue established the River Room at the Alton Museum of History & Art -- and later maintained the exhibits at Mel Price Locks and Dam. Like yours truly, Sue was another who came under the influence and mentoring of beloved St. Louis teacher, river historian and museum curator, Miss Ruth Ferris.

Sue was a longtime member of the Sons and Daughters of Pioneer Rivermen and the Midwest Riverboat Buffs. A memorial gathering will be held later this summer. Memorial donations may be sent to St. Paul's Episcopal Church at Alton.

A whistle salute to the memory of another fine river historian.
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