Sunday, April 23, 2017

On This Date in Minnesota History: April 23

April 23, 1912 – A telegram received today brought the news that the body of Walter D. Douglas, wealthy Minneapolitan who met his death on the Titanic, had been recovered and embalmed, and was on the boat Mackey-Bennett, sent to search the scene of the disaster.

Walter D. Douglas1

George C. Douglas, Walter Douglas’ son, was advised today of the reported recovery of his father’s body. He left this evening for the East to take charge of the body. Mr. Douglas took the shortest and quickest route to Halifax where he will wait for the Mackey-Bennett to arrive. It is believed that Walter Douglas’ body will be buried in Cedar Rapids, Ia., the old family home.

Walter D. Douglas was listed as recovered body #622

The Minneapolis Morning Tribune; “W. D. Douglas’ Body Reported Recovered. Message Received Gives News to Family in Minneapolis. George C. Douglas, Son Leaves for Halifax to Take Charge. A. O. Halvorson, Also Wreck Victim, Said to Have Been Found.”; April 24, 1912; p. 3.

Mahala Douglas, widow of Walter D. Douglas, returned home to Minneapolis after rescue from Titanic disaster; see blog April 21, 2017.


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