Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Titanic Victim Margaret Rice-- Part 5: Three Others With Spokane, Washington Connections Also Died

The other three Spokane people who died when the Titanic sank all had connections to Margaret's husband, William Rice.

John Chapman worked at the Spokane Cemetery and when William died in 1910, he dug the grave.  He was engaged to Sara Elizabeth Lawry in England at the time and went back to England and married her.  They were on the Titanic returning to the United States with second class tickets.  Both died.

Only John's body was recovered and is buried in the same cemetery in Halifax as Margaret Rice.  His new wife was not found, but a pocket watch on John's body had stopped at 1:45 a.m..

The Titanic sank at 2:20 a.m. and it is believed that perhaps the young couple jumped into the water in an attempt to swim out to a partially full lifeboat.


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