Turn Off Ads?
Results 1 to 8 of 8

Thread: Last U.S. survivor of Titanic sinking, 99, dies

  1. #1
    Maple SERP savafan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2000
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio
    Posts
    17,564

    Last U.S. survivor of Titanic sinking, 99, dies

    http://msnbc.msn.com/id/12675494/?GT1=8199

    BOSTON - Lillian Gertrud Asplund, the last American survivor of the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, has died, a funeral home said Sunday. She was 99.

    Asplund, who was just 5 years old, lost her father and three brothers — including a fraternal twin — when the “practically unsinkable” ship went down in the North Atlantic after hitting an iceberg.

    She died Saturday at her home in Shrewsbury, said Ronald E. Johnson, vice president of the Nordgren Memorial Chapel in Worcester, Mass.

    “She went to sleep peacefully,” he said.

    Asplund’s mother, Selma, and another brother, Felix, who was 3, also survived the Titanic sinking in the early morning of April 15, 1912.

    Asplund was the last Titanic survivor with actual memories of the sinking, but she shunned publicity and rarely spoke about the events.

    At least two other survivors are living, but they were too young to have memories of the disaster. Barbara Joyce West Dainton of Truro, England, was 10 months old and Elizabeth Gladys “Millvina” Dean of Southampton, England, was 2 months old.

    The Asplund family had boarded the ship in Southampton, England, as third-class passengers on their way back to Worcester from their ancestral homeland, Sweden, where they had spent several years.

    ‘I could see the icebergs ...’
    Asplund’s mother described the sinking in an interview with the Worcester Telegram & Gazette newspaper shortly after she and her two children arrived in the city.

    Selma Asplund said the family went to the Titanic’s upper deck after the ship struck the iceberg.

    “I could see the icebergs for a great distance around ... It was cold and the little ones were cuddling close to one another and trying to keep from under the feet of the many excited people ... My little girl, Lillie, accompanied me, and my husband said ’Go ahead, we will get into one of the other boats.’ He smiled as he said it.”

    Because they lost all of their possessions and money, the city of Worcester held a fundraiser and a benefit concert that together brought in about $2,000 for the surviving Asplunds.

    Lillian Asplund never married and worked at secretarial jobs in the Worcester area most of her life. She retired early to care for her mother, who was described as having never gotten over the tragedy.

    Selma Asplund died on the 52nd anniversary of the sinking in 1964 at age 91. Felix Asplund died on March 1, 1983, at age 73.

    A memorial service will be held Wednesday, Johnson said.
    My dad got to enjoy 3 Reds World Championships by the time he was my age. So far, I've only gotten to enjoy one. Step it up Redlegs!

  2. Turn Off Ads?
  3. #2
    Member
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Location
    Naperville, IL
    Posts
    1,835

    Re: Last U.S. survivor of Titanic sinking, 99, dies

    I didn't realize that few survivors were left. I guess it makes sense but it didn't click.

  4. #3
    breath westofyou's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2000
    Location
    PDX
    Posts
    42,448

    Re: Last U.S. survivor of Titanic sinking, 99, dies

    April 15, 1912.
    Four Days after Redland Field opened and Five days before Fenway Park opened.

  5. #4
    Mon chou Choo vaticanplum's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Pittsburgh
    Posts
    7,184

    Re: Last U.S. survivor of Titanic sinking, 99, dies

    Quote Originally Posted by westofyou
    Four Days after Redland Field opened and Five days before Fenway Park opened.
    If I had several squillion dollars, I would buy out Great American's contract and rename the park Redland Field. Close with Palace of the Fans, but it's hard to beat Redland Field.
    There is no such thing as a pitching prospect.

  6. #5
    GR8NESS WMR's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Lexington, Kentucky
    Posts
    16,957

    Re: Last U.S. survivor of Titanic sinking, 99, dies

    Quote Originally Posted by vaticanplum
    If I had several squillion dollars, I would buy out Great American's contract and rename the park Redland Field. Close with Palace of the Fans, but it's hard to beat Redland Field.
    Not sure what the contract is, but often times the 'stadium' naming rights and 'field' naming rights can be sold separately...

    It'd be cool if they could name the actual field 'Redland Field' w/o disturbing their contract w/ GA.
    Quote Originally Posted by Scrap Irony View Post
    Calipari is not, nor has he ever been accused or "caught", cheating. He himself turned in one of his players (Camby) for dealing with an agent to get one Final Four overturned. The other is all on the NCAA and Rose. (IF Rose cheated.)
    "Cheering for Kentucky is like watching Star Wars and hoping Darth Vader chokes an ewok"


  7. #6
    For a Level Playing Field RedFanAlways1966's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2001
    Location
    Oakwood, OH
    Posts
    11,688

    Re: Last U.S. survivor of Titanic sinking, 99, dies

    April 15, 1912
    April 15 is quite a day in history:
    * 1865... Abraham Lincoln dies from John Wilkes Booth's bullet. Was shot on the evening of the 14th, but did not pass away until the next morning.
    * 1912... see above story!
    * 1913... Taxes are due! If you owe Uncle Sam, then you know this date well. It is the date you must ante up, go on the lam or face late charges.
    * 1919... British troops slay 400 people in India.
    * 1953... 6 people are killed when a bomb explodes in Buenos Aires.
    * 1958... someone steals Buddy Holly's Fender Strat!
    * 1982... Billy Joel almost dies in a motorcycle accident. Joel's bday is today BTW (May 9).
    * 1984... 10 family members are found murdered. An infant is found alive crawling on the slain family members
    * 1989... 93 people are killed at an overcrowded soccer staium in England.

    Not a history buff. Just know that my only sister was born on this date and I have teased her about the history of April 15 since she was young. Even today as adults I still write about the history of the day in her b-day card (she gets a kick out of it).
    Small market fan... always hoping, but never expecting.

  8. #7
    Plays The Right Way Hap's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    796.357
    Posts
    1,718

    Re: Last U.S. survivor of Titanic sinking, 99, dies

    I wonder what ever happend to the nude painting of Kate Winslet.
    .

  9. #8
    Member cumberlandreds's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Location
    Sterling VA
    Posts
    9,105

    Re: Last U.S. survivor of Titanic sinking, 99, dies

    Quote Originally Posted by Hap
    I wonder what ever happend to the nude painting of Kate Winslet.
    It went to the bottom of the Atlantic with Leonardo DiCaprio.
    Reds Fan Since 1971


Turn Off Ads?

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  

Board Moderators may, at their discretion and judgment, delete and/or edit any messages that violate any of the following guidelines: 1. Explicit references to alleged illegal or unlawful acts. 2. Graphic sexual descriptions. 3. Racial or ethnic slurs. 4. Use of edgy language (including masked profanity). 5. Direct personal attacks, flames, fights, trolling, baiting, name-calling, general nuisance, excessive player criticism or anything along those lines. 6. Posting spam. 7. Each person may have only one user account. It is fine to be critical here - that's what this board is for. But let's not beat a subject or a player to death, please.

Thank you, and most importantly, enjoy yourselves!


RedsZone.com is a privately owned website and is not affiliated with the Cincinnati Reds or Major League Baseball


Contact us: Boss | GIK | BCubb2003 | dabvu2498 | Gallen5862 | LexRedsFan | Plus Plus | RedlegJake | redsfan1995 | The Operator | Tommyjohn25