In July 1915, Henry and his eight-year-old daughter, Pearl, were excited for the company outing the next day.

That evening, Henry had a violent argument with his landlord, ending with the landlord spitting on a painting of the Virgin Mary.

Henry was so upset, he fell ill and canceled their trip. 

He and Pearl missed the cruise on the SS Eastland, which sank with over 800 people on board—but not my future grandfather and mother. 
尽管他和女儿想乘坐SS Eastland游轮出行。(然而没想到)那艘客轮倾覆,800多人罹难,还好其中不包括之后出生的祖父和母亲。

Thanks to that miracle argument 100 years ago, 22 descendants are alive today.