Mrs Ida Sophia Hippach (née Fischer)
Mrs Louis Albert Hippach (Ida Sophia Fischer), 44, was born 24 November 1866 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of German immigrants Edward Fischer and Julia Boehm.
Mrs Hippach, who lived at 7360 Sheridan Road, Chicago, Illinois was the wife of Louis Albert Hippach, a plate glass dealer co-owner of Tyler & Hippach Co.
Mrs Hippach was travelling abroad with her daughter, Jean Hippach, trying to recover from the loss of two sons in the Iroquois Theater fire.
The two ladies boarded the Titanic in Cherbourg, travelling first class. They later claimed they had not wanted to board the ship, not trusting a maiden voyage but White Star employees had told them that there was only one First Class cabin left, implying that everyone wanted to go on the ship. They felt lucky to get their ticket, only to discover that the ship was only partially full. They travelled with ticket 111361 (£57 19s 7d) in cabin B-18. "Everyone was saying Sunday evening that we were ahead of schedule and that we would break the records." Mrs Hippach and her daughter were asleep when the Titanic struck the iceberg. Ida Hippach thought the shock of the collision was mild. Her daughter continued sleeping until the roar of the steam escaping through the funnels woke her. They put on their wraps and rushed out into the corridor. They heard everybody asking, "What is that? Did you hear that?"
Ida Hippach heard someone say that they hit an iceberg, but no one was alarmed or thought there was any danger. She decided to go out onto deck because she wanted to see the icerberg as she had never seen one. An officer, walking past, told them to return to their room. "Ladies, go back to bed. You'll catch cold."
They went back to their stateroom, but decided to dress and go back out into the corridor. They were told to return to their room and get a lifebelt.
Mrs Hippach and her daughter came onto deck as they were lowering a lifeboat. They thought they would be safer on the Titanic, so didn't get into one of the earlier boats. They watched the officer try to get people into Boats 2 and 6, noting how few people were in each as they were lowered. Passengers talked to each other, at first saying the boat was in no danger. Then they were told the boat would stay afloat for at least 24 hours and that they were safer on deck than in the lifeboats. Later, they were told that the Olympic was near and some ship's lights were pointed out to her. Mrs Hippach had no clue that there were not enough lifeboats.
They were walking by Lifeboat 4 as it was being loaded and Colonel Astor told them to get in, although he said there was no danger. Ida and her daughter clambered through the windows and entered the boat, finding that it had a couple of sailors. The boat got a small amount of water in it and a man that Mrs Hippach thought was a third class passenger jumped into the boat (although this was probably a crew member). The women had to help row away from the Titanic.
Ida Hippach now knew the Titanic was sinking because the portholes were so near to the water. She heard someone calling for the boat to return to pick up more passengers, but they did not dare. From their position, about 450 feet from the ship, they heard a "fearful explosion" and watched it split apart.
They rowed away, expecting the suction to pull at them. The lights all went out one by one then they all went out in a flash, except for a lantern on a mast. There was a fearful cry from the people in the water. They rowed back and were able to pick about eight men out.
In the morning they saw the Carpathia and they rowed about two miles to the ship. Mrs Hippach was taken aboard in a swinging seat. 'My, but it was good to be taken aboard and nursed.'
It was uncertain at first whether they were saved, however by April 17 the Chicago papers announced their rescue. A son, who worked for an engineering firm in North Carolina, and Mr Hippach travelled to New York City to meet the Hippach women. They arrived in Chicago on April 21, 1912 aboard the Twentieth Century Limited.
Ida Hippach died September 22, 1940 aged 72.
References and Sources
Unidentified Newspaper (Evanston, Illinois), September 24, 1940, Obituary
Philip Hind (Editor)
Phillip Gowan, USA
Homer Thiel, USA
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Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Mrs Ida Sophia Hippach
Cause of Death: Cerebral Thrombosis
Buried: Rosehill Cemetery Chicago Illinois United States
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