Many Titanic travelers had ties to the Pittsburgh area
By Alice T. Carter
Published: Saturday, April 14, 2012, 3:37 p.m.
A surprising number of people from Western Pennsylvania or people who were heading here were on the Titanic. Not all of them made it. The Encyclopedia Titanic ( www.encyclopedia-titanica.org ) has an extensive list of all the passengers and their fates.
In addition to those who were on the ship, Pittsburgh steel magnate Henry Clay Frick, his wife, Adelaide, and daughter Helen had purchased tickets for passage on the Titanic, according to the Frick Art and Historical Center in Point Breeze. Mrs. Frick sprained her ankle while in Italy, which delayed their return and they relinquished their tickets.
Five area residents were among those sailing on the Titanic's first and final voyage:
• Marion Kenyon, 31, and her husband, Frederick R. Kenyon, 41, the Pittsburgh couple were returning from a trip to Panama and Paris. He died in the sinking. She was rescued by the Carpathia, relocated to California and died there in 1958.
• Mary Phyllis Elizabeth Corey, 30, whose father, John Alexander Miller lived in Pittsburgh, was returning from Upper Burma, India, where her husband was a superintendent of the English Oil Co.. She died in the sinking.
• Claire Karnes, 22, was returning on a visit to Pittsburgh from India where her husband worked. She died in the sinking.
• Mary Sophie Halaut Abrahim, 18, a Greensburg resident, was on her way back from Syria where she had been visiting friends and family. She was rescued by the Carpathia and returned to Greensburg where she lived until her death in 1978.
Sixteen other passengers from a variety of locations were heading toward Western Pennsylvania destinations via the Titanic:
• Six members of the Panula family -- Maija Emelia Abrahamintytar Paunula, 41, and her five children, Ernesti, 16, Jakko, 14, Juha, 7, Urho, 2, and Eino -- were emigrating from their home in Yliharma, Finland, to join their husband and father, Juha, in Coal Centre, Washington County. Traveling with them was a neighbor, Susanna Juhantytar Riihivouri, 22. All died.
• John Flynn, 42, a farm laborer from Clonbur, Ireland, was headed to Pittsburgh. He died in the sinking.
• Alice Frances Louisa Phillips, 21, and her father, Escott Robert Phillips, 42, had sold their home in Iffracombe, England, and were relocating to New Brighton, where Alice's uncle, William Phillips, had emigrated several years earlier. Escott died in the sinking. Alice was rescued by the Carpathia and lived in New Brighton for several years before marrying and moving to Manchester, where she died of influenza in 1916.
• Helga Elisabeth Lindqvist Hirvonen, 22, and her daughter, Hildur Elisabeth Hirvonen, 2, had left Dalsbruk, Finland, to join Alexander Hirvonen, their husband and father who was a steelworker in Monessen. Eino William Lindqvist, 20, accompanied his sister, Helga, on the voyage. All three were rescued by the Carpathia. Helga lived until 1961. Hilgur died on April 12, 1956. No data is available on Lindqvist's death.
• Elin Matilda Hakkarainen, 24, and her husband, Pekka Pietari Hakkarainen, 28, were third-class passengers who left Helsinki, Finland, to relocate in Monessen. He died in the sinking, and his body was not recovered. Elin was rescued by the Carpathia and continued on to Monessen. She later moved to Weirton, W.Va., married and had a son. She died in 1957.
• Erik Jussila, 32, who had been living in the United States for eight years, was travelling to Monessen after visiting his native Finland, where he had gotten married. He was rescued by the Carpathia and lived until 1944.
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