Helen Reily, last resident of Fort Hunter Mansion notes the sinking of the Titanic and the national attention it received in her diary. Read these excerpts from her entries:
April 15, 1912 Monday – Horrible shipwreck. The “Titanic” new steamer of White Star Line ran into iceburg on maiden trip & was sunk. Annual meeting of Civic Club. I was elected President.
April 16, 1912 Tuesday – People talk of nothing but shipwreck. Not much news yet. Meeting of Y.W.C.A. in morning. Warm day. Came home at noon utterly tired out.
April 19 1912 Friday – The “Carpathia” landed last evening with “Titanic” survivors 705. 1654 people lost. Eleven prominent Philadelphians. Elected president of Y.W.C.A.
April 21 1912 Sunday – Went to town as usual. Will Bailey died here. He & J.W.R. walked over the Dauphin Mountains. George Widener & son lost on “Titanic.”