Mrs Madeleine Talmage Astor (née Force)

Madeleine Talmage Astor

Mrs John Jacob Astor (Madeleine Force), 18, was the wife of millionaire John Jacob Astor , they had been on an extended honeymoon in Egypt and Paris and, in the spring of 1912, decided to return to America as First Class passengers on board the brand new Titanic .

They boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg with Colonel Astor's manservant Mr Victor Robbins , Mrs Astor's maid Miss Rosalie Bidois and their pet Airedale Kitty. Also accompanying the Astors was Mrs Astor's private nurse Miss Caroline Louise Endres .

After the accident Colonel Astor left his suite to investigate, he quickly returned and reported to Madeleine that the ship had struck ice. He reassured her that the damage did not appear serious.

Later as they waited on the boat deck , Mrs Astor lent Leah Aks her shawl to keep her son Filly warm. At one point the Astors retired to the gymnasium and sat on the mechanical horses. They wore their lifebelts but Colonel Astor had found another and cut the lining with a pen knife to show his wife what it was made of. Colonel and Mrs Astor later moved down to A-Deck from where Mrs Astor boarded lifeboat 4 aided by her husband and Second Officer Charles Lightoller .

Madeleine inherited from her husband the income from a five-million-dollar trust fund and the use of his home on Fifth Avenue and in the Newport so long as she did not marry. In August 1912, she gave birth to a son with whom she was pregnant on the Titanic , and she named him after her husband, John Jacob Astor.

During World War one She married William K. Dick (and relinquished all claim to the Astor fortune) who was born in Brooklyn, New York on May 28, 1888. They had two sons, William F. and John H. Dick. Mr Dick was a prominent corporate official in companies such as St. Regis Paper Company, Best Foods, Inc., Irving Trust Company, and St. Regis Timber Company. They divorced in 1933 in Reno, Nevada. After their divorce Mr Dick married Virginia Montez Conner on December 24, 1941 and had a daughter and a son. He died at Allen Winden Farm, Islip, New York on September 5, 1953.

Madeleine went on to marry prize-fighter Enzo Fiermonte but they too divorced in 1938 and she took back the surname Dick. She died in Palm Beach, Florida in 1940 at the age of 47.

Credits
Hermann Sldner, Germany
George Behe, USA
Phillip Gowan, USA

Notes
John Jacob Astor V was born on the 14 August 1912. He first married Ellen Tuck and had two children, William and Jacqueline. After a divorce he married Gertrude Gretch, and after they divorced, he married Sue Sandford. That marriage endured until Sue's death. John J. Astor, V died in Miami Beach, Florida on June 26, 1992 at the age of 79.
References and Sources
The Palm Beach Times (Florida), Obituary
State of Florida Certificate of Death
The Miami Herald (Florida), June 28 1992, Obituary of John Jacob Astor V
State of Florida Certificate of Death (John Jacob Astor V)
John P. Eaton & Charles A. Haas (1994) Titanic: Triumph & Tragedy , 2nd ed. Patrick Stephens Ltd. ISBN 1 85260 493 X
Don Lynch & Ken Marschall (1992) Titanic: An Illustrated History . London, Hodder & Stoughton. ISBN 0 340 56271 4
Contract Ticket List , White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])

Pictures

Mrs. Astor's Residence, Newport, R. I.

MRS. ASTOR'S RESIDENCE, NEWPORT, R. I.

 
Portrait of Madeleine Force Astor in mourning

(1912) 

PORTRAIT OF MADELEINE FORCE ASTOR IN MOURNING

 
John Jacob and Madeleine Astor on their honeymoon

(1911) 

JOHN JACOB AND MADELEINE ASTOR ON THEIR HONEYMOON

 
Madeleine Force Astor riding in Central Park, New York City

(1914) 

MADELEINE FORCE ASTOR RIDING IN CENTRAL PARK, NEW YORK CITY

 
News photo of Madeleine Force Astor walking on Fifth Avenue, taken shortly after her marriage

(1911) 

NEWS PHOTO OF MADELEINE FORCE ASTOR WALKING ON FIFTH AVENUE, TAKEN SHORTLY AFTER HER MARRIAGE

 
Mrs. Astor's life vest

MRS. ASTOR'S LIFE VEST

 
Astor says: We'll Meet in New York

(1912) 

ASTOR SAYS: WE'LL MEET IN NEW YORK

 
The Astors

(1912) 

THE ASTORS

 
Madeleine Astor Force

(1912) 

MADELEINE ASTOR FORCE

 
Lucien P. Smith's December baby

(1912) 

LUCIEN P. SMITH'S DECEMBER BABY

 
MRS. JOHN JACOB ASTOR

(1912) 

MRS. JOHN JACOB ASTOR

 
MRS. JOHN JACOB ASTOR (1)

(1912) 

MRS. JOHN JACOB ASTOR (1)

 
Madeleine Astor

(1911) 

MADELEINE ASTOR

 
Mrs. Astor riding in Central Park

(1914) 

MRS. ASTOR RIDING IN CENTRAL PARK

 
Mrs. Astor on her morning trot through Central Park

(1915) 

MRS. ASTOR ON HER MORNING TROT THROUGH CENTRAL PARK

 
Madeleine Astor with stepson Vincent

(1915) 

MADELEINE ASTOR WITH STEPSON VINCENT

 

Articles and Stories

BOXER SAYS MRS. DICK WILL WED HIM SOON

New York Times  (1933) 

BOXER SAYS MRS. DICK WILL WED HIM SOON

 
MRS. ASTOR IS ILL, BUT NOT CRITICALLY

New York Times  (1912) 

MRS. ASTOR IS ILL, BUT NOT CRITICALLY

 
ROBERT J. HOPKINS

New York Times  (1943) 

ROBERT J. HOPKINS

 
Settles Suit Against Fiermonte

New York Times  (1937) 

SETTLES SUIT AGAINST FIERMONTE

 
COLONEL ASTOR'S WILL

The Times  (1912) 

COLONEL ASTOR'S WILL

 
Still Playing As Water Creeps Up

Worcester Evening Gazette  (1912) 

STILL PLAYING AS WATER CREEPS UP

 
LINKS MRS. DICK AND BOXER

New York Times  (1933) 

LINKS MRS. DICK AND BOXER

 
MINISTER WHO WED ASTOR QUITS CHURCH

New York Times  (1911) 

MINISTER WHO WED ASTOR QUITS CHURCH

 
TRIBUTE TO J. C. SMITH

New York Times  (1912) 

TRIBUTE TO J. C. SMITH

 
Mrs. Dick Married to Fiermonte, Boxer, In Civil Ceremony in Hospital Room Here

New York Times  (1933) 

MRS. DICK MARRIED TO FIERMONTE, BOXER, IN CIVIL CEREMONY IN HOSPITAL ROOM HERE

 
Mrs. Astor

New York Times  (1912) 

MRS. ASTOR

 
Astor Gave Up Lifeboat Seat

Brooklyn Daily Eagle  (1912) 

ASTOR GAVE UP LIFEBOAT SEAT

 
MRS. DICK IS INJURED

New York Times  (1933) 

MRS. DICK IS INJURED

 
GREENWICH PEOPLE SAVED

The Greenwich News  (1912) 

GREENWICH PEOPLE SAVED

 
John Jacob Astor 3d, 21, Comes Info Vast Fortune

New York Times  (1933) 

JOHN JACOB ASTOR 3D, 21, COMES INFO VAST FORTUNE

 
Futrelle Met Death Like Hero Says Wife

Worcester Telegram  (1912) 

FUTRELLE MET DEATH LIKE HERO SAYS WIFE

 
J. J. ASTOR ACTED BRAVELY, DECLARE MANY WHO SAW HIM

Washington Times  (1912) 

J. J. ASTOR ACTED BRAVELY, DECLARE MANY WHO SAW HIM

 
MRS. FIERMONTE'S ESTATE

New York Times  (1941) 

MRS. FIERMONTE'S ESTATE

 
NO HOPE FOR MORE SURVIVORS

Worcester Evening Post  (1912) 

NO HOPE FOR MORE SURVIVORS

 
MRS. JOHN J. ASTOR TO MARRY W. K. DICK

New York Times  (1916) 

MRS. JOHN J. ASTOR TO MARRY W. K. DICK

 
MOTHER OF ASTOR TO ATTEND BRIDAL

New York Times  (1934) 

MOTHER OF ASTOR TO ATTEND BRIDAL

 
2 MRS. FIERMONTES HAVE A TALK AT TEA

New York Times  (1935) 

2 MRS. FIERMONTES HAVE A TALK AT TEA

 
WOMEN REVEALED AS HEROINES BY WRECK (3)

New York Times  (1912) 

WOMEN REVEALED AS HEROINES BY WRECK (3)

 
COL. GRACIE DIES, HAUNTED BY TITANIC

New York Times  (1912) 

COL. GRACIE DIES, HAUNTED BY TITANIC

 
Hero of Titanic “Lifeboat 13,” Which Rescued Mrs. Astor, Dies

Hudson Dispatch  (1943) 

HERO OF TITANIC “LIFEBOAT 13,” WHICH RESCUED MRS. ASTOR, DIES

 
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