New York Herald, 17th April 1912
(Cameron Bell, Northern Ireland)
Miss Marie Grice Young, 36, from New York, NY, boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg. Travelling as a first class passenger she shared cabin C-32 with Mrs J. S. White. They jointly held Ticket No. PC 17760 (£135, 12s, 8d)
Marie was returning to Washington D.C. where she had once lived. She was an accomplished musician and was once employed as music instructor to Miss Ethel Roosevelt, daughter of Theodore Roosevelt.
During the voyage Miss Young made the acquaintence of carpenter/joiner John Hutchinson. Miss Young was returning to America with some expensive poultry. Each day Hutchinson took her below to check on the chickens. As a reward for his kindness Miss Young tipped him with some gold coins, Hutchinson was very grateful, and exclaimed, ''It's such good luck to receive gold on a first voyage''.
Left to right Marie Young, Ella White and Ella's niece Mrs Harry S. Durand
© Michael A. Findlay / Harry Durand Jr., USA
Miss Young was rescued in lifeboat 8. While on board the Carpathia she began a narrative of the sinking which was later published in the National Magazine.
Following the disaster rumours circulated that Ms Young had conversed with Major Archibald Butt during the sinking. She wrote to the president to set the record clear.
May 10, 1912
President William H. Taft
Dear Mr President:
I have read an account of the Memorial Service held in Washington recently in honor of Major Archibald Butt, at which service the Secretary of War alluded to a farewell conversation supposed to have taken place between Major Butt and myself. Had such a conversation taken place I should not have delayed one hour in giving you every detail of the last hours of your special Aide & friend.
Although a Washingtonian I did not know Major Butt, having been in deep mourning for several years. The alleged "interview" is entirely an invention, by some officious reporter; who thereby brought much distress to many of Major Butt's near relatives and friends... for when they wrote me of what a comfort the story was to them, I had to tell them it was untrue, as no such deception could be carried through.
They wrote me that through Mrs Sloan's kindness, they obtained my address... and I immediately wrote Mrs Sloan that there was no truth in this newspaper story.
When I last saw Major Butt, he was walking on deck, with Mr Clarence Moore, on Sunday afternoon.
With deep regret that I could not be his messenger to you,
Very sincerely yours
(Miss) Marie G. Young
Ms. Young spent her last days in a rest home in Amsterdam, New York and died 27 July 1959, at the age of 83.
References and Sources
National Magazine, October 1912, Narrative
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55)
New York Times, 29 July 1959, page 29, column 3, Obituary
George Behe, USA
Michael A.Findlay, USA
Jeffrey Kern, USA
Brian Ticehurst, UK
Arthur Merchant, USA
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Titanic Passenger and Crew Summary
Name: Miss Marie Grice Young
Born: Wednesday 5th January 1876
Age: 36 years
Last Residence: in New York City New York United States
1st Class Passengers
First Embarked: Cherbourg on Wednesday 10th April 1912
Ticket No. 17760 , £135 12s 8d
Cabin No.: C32
Rescued (boat 8)
Disembarked Carpathia: New York City on Thursday 18th April 1912
Died: Monday 27th July 1959
Travelling Companions (on same ticket)
Miss Nellie Mayo Bessette
Mr Sante Righini
Mrs Ella White
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