Mary Lines (age 16) and her mother Mrs.Ernest Lines were survivors of the Titanic disaster. They lived in Paris where Mrs. Ernest Lines husband Dr. Ernest Lines represented New York Life Insurance Company as chief medical examiner for Europe. All three of them were booked for Titanic but at the last moment, press of business caused Dr. Lines to remain in Paris, thus saving his life. Later in life, Mary Lines said that two things stuck in her memory about that night. One was the intense cold and the other was the cries of those in the water, which slowly faded as the hours went by. Mary Lines passed away in 1975 at the age of 80. The photo was taken shortly before her death. community-2. webtv net/ScottDar/MaryLines/
From what I've been able to determine, Dr. Lines intended to sail with his wife and daughter to attend his son's graduation from Dartmouth College. To my knowledge, Mary Lines never said her father ever booked passage for himself but was apparently toying with the possibility of joining his wife and daughter for the trip. As already mentioned, he was delayed by business and therefore only booked passage for his family.
Hi!First of all I'm sorry I have not posted for long.It's been a crazy summer so far!I was wondering if anybody can give me any information on Mary Conover Lines.Shewas a 1st class passenger I do belive.Thanks in advance!
Re: Mary Conover Lines My grandparents worked for Mr. and Mrs. Wellman on their estate in Topsfield in the 1950s-early 60s. My grandfather was the estate manager and my grandmother worked in the house. They lived in a small Cape Cod house across from the Wellman's house. My great-aunt provided nursing care to Mrs. Wellman.
The Wellmans were classic New England Brahmins, old money with no need to be splashy about it. They were decent employers, according to my Italian immigrant family. I remember stories of their generosity and indifference to material things. Mrs. Wellman gave my great-aunt a Tiffany lamp that she no longer liked. Mrs. Wellman, ever practical, gave my parents a Mission desk and a Victorian claw-foot mahogany library table for their wedding. One of the Wellmans had "customized" the antique table by cutting the claw feet in half to make the table shorter. More stories posted on other messages.
We kids knew that Mrs. Wellman had survived the Titanic and that there was an aura of tragedy and mystery around the whole family. Mrs. Wellman had severe headaches and nightmares her whole life. She never talked about her experiences. The quotes from her NY Times obituary may have come from one of the only interviews she gave on the subject, which was published in the Tri-Town Transcript, the local weekly.
She had another tragedy in her life besides the Titanic. Her sister-in-law, Katherine Wellman, who also lived in Topsfield, died in a riding accident. She was an experienced equestrienne and went out for a hack from her neighboring estate. When her horse came back without her a search went out. They found her dead from a broken neck. Mr. Wellman shot the horse.
A funny story about Mrs. Wellman: She and my stubborn, macho Italian grandfather sometimes butted heads. He had "issues" with taking orders from a woman--so what if she was his boss. Following one severe snowstorm, my grandfather told Mrs. Wellman that he couldn't drive her to her charity committee meeting. She insisted, but he flat-out refused. Well. that wouldn't do. Soon my aunt said she saw my grandfather chugging down the driveway on the tractor, with Mrs. Wellman standing behind him holding on, wrapped in a huge fur coat, pocketbook over her arm. You didn't say no to Mrs. Wellman.