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Cousin of City Clerk Donnelly Among Rescued

Atlantic City Daily Press

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Elmer Taylor, Paper Cup Manufacturer, Mrs. Thos. Potter, Mrs. Boulton Earnshaw (Olive Potter) and Miss Hayes Are Safe On Carpathia


Many Atlantic City people are particularly interested in a personal way in the disaster which befel [sic] the steamship Titanic early on Monday morning. Many of the prominent people on board the steamship were cottagers here at different times, and many of them were almost as well known here as in Philadelphia.

Among the passengers who were saved from the Titanic were Mrs. Thomas Potter, widow of the late Col. Thos. Potter, Jr., her daughter, Mrs. Boulton Earnshaw, who before her marriage a few years ago, was known to local society as Miss Olive Potter, and Elmer Z. Taylor.

All three are reported as having been saved from the steamship.

Mr. Taylor is the inventor of the widely known paper cup which has been introduced in this city and on many of the railroads and in a number of the large cities, and who was on his way home after spending nearly a year in England.


Mrs. Potter and her daughter, Mrs. Earnshaw, have been spending the winter in Egypt, and made a tour of Palestine on their way home back to Europe and embarked on the Titanic. They were accompanied by Miss Hayes, a family friend, and all three were saved from the Titanic, according to advices received here late last night.

The party were expected to reach New York yesterday or today, and Mrs. S. W. Wilson, the mother of Mrs. Potter, started for New York on Saturday, expecting to meet her daughter and granddaughter upon their arrival in that city on the ill-fated steamer. Mrs. Wilson, who is 69 [?] years of age, and in somewhat feeble health, went to Philadelphia on Saturday morning, expecting to go to New York on Monday, but in the meantime the news of the disaster was flashed to this country, and members of the family persuaded Mrs. Wilson to remain in Philadelphia, and refrained from conveying to her the news of the terrible calamity.


Mrs. Harrison B. Cook, of Hornbell [?], N.Y., and who had been stopping at the Seaside Hotel for some weeks, also expected to meet Mrs. Potter and Mrs. Earnshaw upon their arrival in New York. Mrs. Cook left for New York to await the return of Mrs. Potter and Mrs. Earnshaw. Mrs. Cook was a college chum of Mrs. Earnshaw and was greatly alarmed at the early reports of the disaster.


Elmer Taylor, who, according to dispatches from New York, was saved, together with his wife, is one of the principal stockholders of the paper cup company. He had been living in England for nearly a year, and is cousin of City Clerk Donnelly. The latter yesterday morning received a dispatch from former Samuel W. Moore, who is head of the water [?] company, stating that Mr. Moore had been officially informed that Mr. Taylor and his wife were among those rescued. Mr. Moore received his information, it was stated, direct from the office of the White Star Line in New York. Mr. Taylor's former home [illegible] in Delaware, but for the past several years he has been living in England. He was making the present trip across the Atlantic for the purpose of developing the business of the concerns which are handling the paper cup invention.

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Encyclopedia Titanica (2003) Cousin of City Clerk Donnelly Among Rescued (Atlantic City Daily Press, Wednesday 17th April 1912, ref: #1204, published 28 August 2003, generated 30th November 2022 06:16:56 PM); URL : https://www.encyclopedia-titanica.org/cousin-city-clerk-donnelly-among-rescued.html