Back of postcard says: THE PORT OF NEW YORK is the busiest port in the world. The Queen Elizabeth is shown being berthed. Other ships are from the bottom, The Independence, America, United States, Olympia, Aircraft Carrier Intrepid, Mauretania and Sylvania.
My grandfather and great-grandmother traveled aboard the Queen Elizabeth in 1948 (read that story here).
The history of Weiss Cottage dates back to February 24, 1875, when Dr. Aldo Weiss purchased the house and property from the L & N Railroad Company. As small as this house is Dr. Weiss, his wife, Magdelena, and 3 children, Emma, Charles, and Clara all lived there, and Dr. Weiss also used the home for his office and even kept his goats in the cellar. Dr. Weiss sold the home to Judge S.L. Fuller in December, 1889, and the home went through several owners until 1917 when Charles Ruehl purchased the property. In 1976, owner Inez Ruehl donated the cottage to the City of Cullman on the condition it be moved from 206 Sixth Avenue, S. E. to 401 1st Avenue SW.
Once the cottage was moved to it’s current location, the City of Cullman’s Federated Women’s Club began a restoration project to return the home to it’s historical style. On January 25, 1977 the cottage was added by the Alabama Historical Commission to the Alabama Register of Landmarks and Heritage by the Alabama Historical Commission.
I love my adopted home town, so much history packed into a small southern town.
As I was driving around Decatur today, trying to find the Morgan County Courthouse (yes, I got a speeding ticket that I had to go pay), I drove by this beautiful church and I couldn’t resist stopping to take some pictures.
St John’s Episcopal Church was established in 1890, in the heart of downtown Decatur, Alabama. In 1893, the congregation dedicated the original structure that was built in the Gothic-style. The wooden church has since been in encased in stone. In 1983, the church was added to the National Register of Historic Places as part of the New Decatur/Albany Residential Historic District.
100 years ago today, the “unsinkable” ship the Titanic sunk. The Titanic sailed from Southampton, England on 10 April 1912 and was heading to New York with 2,223 people abroad. At 11:40 pm on the 14 April, the ship hit an iceberg and by 2:20 am on the 15 April the ship had sank along with 1,517 souls. Within a few hours of the sinking, the 710 survivors were picked up by the RMS Carpathia.
As I thought of this anniversary, I realized how grateful I am. Had this been a year later (or had they decided to come to North America a year earlier) my great-grandparents may have been aboard this ship,but instead they sailed from England in May of 1913.
There are many amazing stories out there about both the victims and survivors of this tragedy. Instead of repeating stories that had already been told, I thought that I would share some of the stories that I have read in the last week.
A few stories that I found interesting on the survivors were:
Faces of the Titanic: Bridget Delia Bradley saved – crippled by fear she tried to climb back aboard the sinking ship
Faces of the Titanic: Nora Keane survived – almost didn’t make it as she wasted time putting on her corset
For the souls that were lost that night I found several interesting articles:
Faces of the Titanic: Mary Burns lost her life while tending to the needs of others on board
Faces of the Titanic: Chief Purser Hugh Walter McElroy lost his life – Irishman was “larger than life”
An interesting site for all things Titanic is Ultimate Titanic
Ancestry.com has a new Titanic Collection. You can find information such as names, ages, occupations of those who bought tickets, death records and coroner’s inquest files for the people who did not survive.