Mr Edgar Joseph Meyer

Edgar Joseph Meyer

Mr Edgar Joseph Meyer was born in San Francisco, California on 13 January 1884.

He was the son of Eugene Marc Meyer (b. 1843), a dry goods merchant and later a banker, and Harriett Newmark (b. 1853). Hailing from a Jewish background, his father was born in Germany whilst his mother was born in New York of mixed German and English heritage. They were married in Los Angeles on 20 November 1867.

Edgar's known siblings were: Rosalie (1869-1956, later Mrs Sigmund Stern), Elise (1872-1953, later Mrs Abraham Stern), Florence M. (1873-1930, later, Mrs George Blumenthal), Eugene Isaac (1875-1959), Bertha Ruth (1877-1967, later Mrs Alfred Cook), Aline (1879-1966, later Mrs Charles Liebman) and Walter Eugene (1881-1957).

Meyer was a mechanical engineer and an alumnus of Cornell University and his discovery of a method to measure the velocity of flame propagation in gasoline engines became a standard technique. After his graduation from college he joined his brother in business in Wall Street and became vice president of the Braden Copper Company of New York City.

Edgar was married in 1909 to Leila Saks (b. 1886), a native of Baltimore, Maryland and the daughter German parents. The couple had one daughter, Jane (b. 19 May 1911, later Stern). Residents of Manhattan, Mr and Mrs Meyer boarded the Titanic at Cherbourg as first class passengers (ticket number PC 17604, which cost £82 3s 5d). Leila's father had died two days before sailing on 8 April 1912 following a protracted illness and the decision to travel on Titanic was a hastily arranged affair following notification of his death.

Mrs Meyer later recalled:

"I tried and tried to get Edgar to come into the lifeboat with me, and pleaded to be allowed to stay behind and wait until he could leave, he not caring to leave before all the women had been saved. Mr. Meyer finally persuaded me to leave, reminding me of our one-year-old child at home. I entered the lifeboat and watched until the Titanic sank, but only for a short time did I see my husband standing beside the rail and assisting other women into boats in which he might have been saved."

Leila was rescued in lifeboat 6 but her husband perished in the disaster. His body, if recovered, was never identified.

Credits
Gavin Bell, UK
George Behe, USA
Hermann Söldner, Germany
Craig Stringer, UK
Geoff Whitfield, UK

References and Sources
Contract Ticket List, White Star Line 1912 (National Archives, New York; NRAN-21-SDNYCIVCAS-55[279])
New York Tribune, April 19, 1912

Pictures

Edgar J. Meyer

(1912) 

EDGAR J. MEYER

 

Articles and Stories

Name Not On List But Woman Is Safe

Worcester Telegram  (1912) 

NAME NOT ON LIST BUT WOMAN IS SAFE

 
RELATIVES HERE AWAIT TIDINGS

The San Francisco Call  (1912) 

RELATIVES HERE AWAIT TIDINGS

 
JERSEY PEOPLE WHO HAD RELATIVES ON BOARD

Daily Home News  (1912) 

JERSEY PEOPLE WHO HAD RELATIVES ON BOARD

 
TITANIC VICTIM'S ESTATE

New York Times  (1915) 

TITANIC VICTIM'S ESTATE

 
OTHER STATEMENTS BY SURVIVORS

The Times  (1912) 

OTHER STATEMENTS BY SURVIVORS

 
How Mrs. Meyer escaped

Le Journal  (1912) 

HOW MRS. MEYER ESCAPED

 
Relatives Only at Ceremony of Dorothy Drey and Horace A. Saks

New York Times  (1912) 

RELATIVES ONLY AT CEREMONY OF DOROTHY DREY AND HORACE A. SAKS

 
EDGAR J. MEYER ANOTHER HERO

New York Times  (1912) 

EDGAR J. MEYER ANOTHER HERO

 
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