Archive for August, 2012

A 96-year-old fan!

August 2, 2012

Catherine Proske reading a copy of Ohio Tales of the Titanic.

My co-worker Bob Proske recently went to visit his mother in Cincinnati and took along Ohio Tales of the Titanic, which he was reading. His mother, Catherine Proske, age 96,┬ástarted reading the book while he was there and “she couldn’t put it down,” according to Bob. Seems she was quite fascinated with all the stories about Ohio’s connections to the Titanic. Thanks, Catherine, for your interest! — Mary Ann

Talk at Elyria library

August 2, 2012

Mary Ann (left) and Amy Richards at Elyria Public Library.

Had an enjoyable time at the Elyria central library on July 24. I was invited to give a program about Ohio’s Titanic connections. About 20 people turned out, including my friend and former co-worker Amy Richards, who lives in Elyria, along with her daughter Mona. Some of the folks in the audience knew about the Oberlin College connection of first-class passengers Carrie and Herbert Chaffee, who met while attending Oberlin. They later moved to North Dakota and were returning there when aboard the Titanic. Mrs. Chaffee survived, but her husband did not. The Chaffees are one of the few Lorain County Titanic connections. The other is┬áthe fact that the Orville Root family had planned to sail on the return voyage of the Titanic, which did not happen. — Mary Ann