On Monday, June 18, I presented a program on Ohio’s Titanic Connections to a small but very interested crowd at the Keystone-LaGrange Library, a branch of the Elyria library system. Jill Warren arranged the program and it was very interesting chatting with her about the library. It’s clear the library plays a big role in the community. People were coming and going to check out books or movies or use the public computers. Fourteen people gathered for the talk, and some very interesting points were raised …
I mentioned Mr. and Mrs. Orville Root of Lorain who had plans to sail on what would have been the Titanic‘s return voyage to New York that never happened. Someone in the audience wondered if they are related to the family who runs the Root candle company … I don’t know but would like to find out!
During the program I told the story of Richard Otter, second-class passenger and Titanic victim. I mentioned that his widow, Kate Otter, had a house built on West 101st Street in Cleveland, where she lived out her life. A woman in the audience said that she had lived on that same street in Cleveland at one time. Of course she had no idea there was a connection to the Titanic on that very street. An interesting coincidence.
Thanks to all those in the LaGrange community who came to hear about Ohio’s connections to the Titanic … and to the library for hosting me!
— Mary Ann