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Titanic Babies

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Titanic Babies

Post by Karen on Sun 29 Apr 2012 - 21:07

Mrs. Astor was five months pregnant when she sailed on the Titanic, which sank on April 15, 1912.

Young Widow of Titanic Victim Gives Birth to Son.


Mrs. Madeleine Force Astor, the young widow of Colonel John Jacob Astor, who perished in the Titanic disaster, gave birth to a son on Wednesday, and New York proceeded to celebrate the event in a manner which would have done credit to the capital of a monarchy in Europe on the occasion of the birth of an heir to the throne.
For days the famous Astor mansion in Fifth-avenue, which with its contents represents an expenditure of 4,000,000 pounds, has been watched by crowds anxious to be among the first to hear of the advent of the "three million dollar" baby. This is the sobriquet invented by the Press to indicate the 600,000 pounds set aside in Colonel Astor's will for a posthumous child.
Mrs. Astor has had to cultivate the quality of self-unconsciousness to a remarkable extent during the last few weeks. Every afternoon she drove with her mother through Central Park, avoiding the streets which were displayed in shop windows enormous photographs of herself surmounting the announcement in large print: "Mrs. Astor, whom the stork is about to visit" (a German method of announcing the approaching birth of a child).
The newspapers have devoted columns to recent incidents in the Astor mansion, which included the smashing of the Astor railings by a too eager motor-omnibus, and the resulting exciting chase in which the Astor servants joined, and in describing the sumptuous nursery which had been prepared at a cost of 2,000 pounds, according to the imaginative pen of the reporter.
On Tuesday Mrs. Astor for the first time omitted to drive out, and on Wednesday, shortly after eight, the butler came to the door and beckoned the crowd, to whom he made the joyful announcement: "It's a fine boy."
A few moments later the following bulletin was issued:

A son was born to Mrs. Astor at 8:15. His name will be John Jacob Astor. Both mother and son are in good condition.

This was followed by a second bulletin setting forth:

The baby weighs 7-3/4 lbs. Both mother and son are doing well. No other doctor is present but Dr. Cragin.

The last sentence is due to the fact that a rumour had circulated that the Astor mansion was inhabited by an army of special physicians and nurses, whereas only one doctor and two nurses had taken up their residence with Mrs. Astor.
Monster headlines scarcely left room for the news to be printed in the papers, and every hotel and club posted huge bulletins, while enthusiasts who generally spend their time cursing the "idle rich" megaphoned the news across the river and from the housetops.
A great crowd gathered outside the Astor mansion and cheered for the baby, his mother and father, and the Titanic heroes, so that a strong force of police had to be drafted to the scene to regulate the traffic.
The mansion, in fact, quickly became the Mecca of all tourists and visitors, and enterprising tourist agents ran "rubber-neck," or sightseeing, cars past it all the morning, while guides regaled their curious passengers with stories of the Astor millions, the amount of land owned by the family in New York, the tragic manner in which Colonel Astor met his death, the story of his first marriage and divorce, how he married the young widowed mother, and, in fact, everything connected with the history of the Astor family.
The greater part of Colonel Astor's huge fortune went to his son by his first marriage, Mr. Vincent Astor, who has not yet attained his majority. Under the will executed on Sept. 18 last, nine days after the multi-millionaire married Miss Madeleine Force, the widow was left 1,000,000 pounds, which she forfeits if she marries again, and another 20,000 pounds to which no conditions were attached.
The Colonel's first wife, Mrs. Ava Willing Astor, was not mentioned, and the only provision made for the expected posthumous heir was the comparatively small sum of 600,000 pounds. According to the newspapers, young Mrs. Astor will contest the will on behalf of her infant son, for whom she will claim 7,000,000 pounds from the estate.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly News, August 18, 1912, Page 13

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Re: Titanic Babies

Post by Karen on Sun 29 Apr 2012 - 21:11

Mrs. Marvin was 2 months pregnant when the Titanic sank on April 15, 1912.


Mrs. D.W. Marvin, who, with her husband, was a passenger on the Titanic when she foundered, gave birth to a daughter recently. Mr. and Mrs. Marvin were only married in January. The young husband went down with the ship, and his widow has now become a mother under similar circumstances to those in which a son was born to Mrs. J.J. Astor.

Source: Lloyd's Weekly News, November 10, 1912, Page 13

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