Ocean Wreck Survivor Dead

Chicago Tribune

John Conley, Last of Passengers on the Steamer Arctic, Succumbs at Age of 80

John Conley, last of the survivors of the Arctic, which sank on Sept. 20, 1854, near the place where the Titanic struck an iceberg, died yesterday in his residence at 2043 Wabash avenue. Of the 400 passengers on the Arctic only thirty-two were saved. Mrs. Conley is positive her husband, who was 80 years old, outlived the others.

Conley was on his way from Ireland in 1854. He went to the gold fields of California and returned to Chicago in 1867. He opened a saloon at Desplaines and Quincy streets, where he continued in business until last May.

Funeral services will be held Thursday afternoon at St. James’ church.

Chicago Tribune, Tuesday, December 24, 1912, p. 4, c. 4

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