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Term: Titanic (Wisconsin passengers)


When the Titanic sank on the night of April 14-15, 1912, eight Wisconsin residents were on board.

Capt. Edward Crosby was the president of a Milwaukee steamship line. He and his wife Catherine had picked up their daughter Harriet in Paris, where she'd spent the previous two years, and the three of them were returning home.

Dr. William Minahan of Fond du Lac was concluding a vacation with his wife Lillian and their adult daughter Daisy, a Green Bay school teacher.

Peter Hanson, a Racine barber, had taken his wife Jennie to Denmark to meet his family. While there, his brother Henrik decided to emigrate to America and the three of them were returning together to Wisconsin.

After the Titanic hit an iceberg off Newfoundland shortly before midnight on April 14th, all nine of them went on deck. The ship only carried enough lifeboats for about a third of her passengers and crew, so a strict "women and children first" policy was instituted to fill them. Capt. Crosby, who was intimate with shipboard life, saw his family off and then helped dozens of other passengers into lifeboats. Jennie Hanson pleaded to be allowed to stay with her husband but was thrown bodily into a boat instead.

When the Titanic finally split in half and sank, all five Wisconsin women were in lifeboats and survived. All four men drowned. The bodies of Capt. Crosby and Dr. Minahan were recovered but those of Peter and Henry Hanson were never found.

Jennie Hanson gave a long interview to the Kenosha Telegraph-Courier on May 2, 1912 (p. 6, c. 5: "Mrs. Hanson is Home") describing her experience that night. This and other contemporary documents are online at


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tabac (Fr.)
tackle (maritime)
tactics (Civil War)
Taft-Harltey Act
tank top (maritime)
tanning and leather processing
taps and dies (maritime)
tassels (farming)
Tell Sharpshooters (Civil War)
temperance movement in Wisconsin
ten-foot (railroads)
terra cotta (architecture)
terrace (farming)
territorial governor
tertiary strata (mining)
theaters in Wisconsin
Third Ward fire (Milwaukee, 1892)
through platform (railroads)
Tigers (Civil War)
timber frame (architecture)
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1622-1699
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1700-1749
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1750-1783
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1784-1835
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1836-1899
timeline of Wisconsin history, 1900 -1999
Titanic (Wisconsin passengers)
tobacco industry
toise (Fr.)
top-loader (logging)
topmast (maritime)
tornadoes in Wisconsin
tourism in Wisconsin
Tow-head (logging)
Tow-team (logging)
trade unions in Wisconsin
trainman (railroads)
transition rocks (mining)
transom (maritime)
trap, or trapean rocks (mining)
Travois (logging)
Treaty of 1825 (Prairie du Chien)
Treaty of 1827 (Butte des Morts)
Treaty of 1829 (Prairie du Chien)
Treaty of 1832 (Fort Armstrong)
Treaty of 1833 (Chicago)
Tredway Pumas (Civil War)
Tredway Rifles (Civil War)
Trees for Tomorrow
Trek Bicycle Corporation
trench (farming)
Trip-boom (logging)
triple-expansion steam engine (maritime)
Trough-roof (logging)
Troupes de la Marine (Compagnies Franches de la Ma
trunk (maritime)
tug; tugboat (maritime)
Turn (logging)
turn of the bilge (maritime)
turntable (railroads)

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