Hugh Roscoe Rood

Hugh Roscoe Rood

Hugh Roscoe Rood, 39, was born in Iowa on 23 March 1873.

He was the son of Vernon Dudley Rood (1842-1906), a doctor who also saw military service, and Sarah Catherine Voorhees (b. 1841). His father was originally from Vermont whilst his mother hailed from New Jersey and he had three known siblings: Grace (1875-1964, later Mrs Yophrazan Jacques), Edson (1877-1915) and Vernon Voorhees (1879-1939).

He appears on the 1880 census living in Anita, Cass, Iowa but the family later moved to San Diego, California and he was still living with his parents in that city at the time of the 1900 census and he had went into the brokerage business. He later settled in Seattle, Washington and joined the Rainier Club, a private elite society, and worked as vice president and general manager of the Perfection Pile Preserving Company.

He was married on 16 January 1909 to Lena Stoiber, née Allen (b. 2 April 1862), a wealthy mining magnate who had previously been married to Edward Stoiber (1856-1906) who owned the Silver Lake gold mine in Silverton, Colorado and who lived in an opulent mansion named Waldheim, also in Silverton. Lena had sold the mine in 1908 to the Guggenheims but Hugh and his wife continued to spend time living between Colorado and Washington.

The couple had been spending time in Europe since late 1911 and by April 1912 were staying in Paris when Hugh was summoned back to Seattle.

Rood booked a single passage on the Titanic and boarded the Titanic at Southampton as a first class passenger (ticket number 113767, £50), he occupied cabin A-32.

His wife arrived back in New York on 26 April 1912 aboard Kaiserin Auguste Victoria and stayed in the Plaza Hotel. Apparently in disbelief that her husband had died, she placed following advertisement in the New York Herald:

INFORMATION WANTED concerning HUGH R. ROOD of Seatte, Wash. passenger on Titanic, occupying cabin 32. Deck A. Grateful for any news of his survival or death, by telegraph at my expense. Mrs. HUGH ROOD, Hotel Plaza, New York City.

Lena, reportedly a very eccentric lady, is believed to have settled in Italy having survived four marriages. She is believed to have died in 1935.

Newspaper Articles

Denver Times (15 April 1912) Denver Men And Women Among Titanic Passengers
The San Francisco Call (16 April 1912) Seattle Man on Liner
The Weekly Republican (18 April 1912) Hugh R. Rood
Denver Times (19 April 1912) Mrs. Stoiber-Rood Denies Report Husband Is Alive
Denver Post (6 May 1912) Lena Stoiber Rood Seeks Husband By Advertising

Documents and Certificates

1900 US Federal Census
(1912) Contract Ticket List, White Star Line (Southampton, Queenstown), National Archives, London; BT27/776,780
(1912) Register of Births, Marriages and Deaths of Passengers and Seamen at Sea, National Archives, London; BT334/52 & 334/53
Hermann Söldner (2000) RMS Titanic: Passenger and Crew List 10 April 1912-15 April 1912, √§ wie √Ñrger Verlag.


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  1. Marie Voorhees Avelsgaard said:

    I am doing research on my lst cousin, twice removed, HUGH ROSCOE ROOD, who died on the Titanic. He was born 23 apr 1873 to Vernon Dudley Rood and Sarah Catharine Voorhees who were both bornand raised in New Jersey. Sarah Catharine Voorhees was a sister to my grgr grandfather, Henry Rockefeller Voorhees. I know Hugh was married to Lena Allen Stoiber (widow) on 16 jan 1909 in Vancouver, Clark Co., WA. I have a picture of his mother & father. If anyone out there knows more personal info about him, i.e. what he did for a living, why he was aboard the Titanic, etc. , please email me. Thank... Read full post

  2. William Armour Murdoch said:

    This month of May 2000, I am in personal contact with the family of Hugh R. Rood. We are researching together his sailing on the Titanic. Please confirm: Did he sail from Southhampton? Lester Mitcham;Randy Bingham;Ben Holmes state alternat (non-boarding) possibility, pro and con. George Behe calls him incorrectly, "Hugo," R. Rood saying boarded at Southampton, First Class Cabin A-32. Does any other information now exist confirming that he did or did not sail on the Titanic? Armour May 11, 2000.

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    Tracy Smith said:

    Funny you should ask. I'm presently reading Kristen Iversen's bio of Molly Brown and Rood is mentioned in this book. Rood and Molly Brown were the only Denverites booked on the Titanic. Kristen Iversen speculated that Rood may not have been on Titanic at all, because Molly knew Rood personally and did not see him at all during the voyage.

  4. Lester Mitcham said:

    Armour, Thanks to Ben's post I now accept that Rood was onboard. Lester

  5. William Armour Murdoch said:

    Tracy Smith and Lester Micham: Thanks for your message. I will purchase the book re "Molly," Brown. Actual name Margaret but Molly was used in the "Unsinkable MB." Still need to know name of city from which he boarded. Need to know confirmation as to whether he stayed at the Ritz in Paris or London. His wife Lena Rood had a home in Paris although George Behe says they stayed at the Ritz in Paris - conflict? Lena was the very wealthy one and without a wife on board, he may have stayed Socially and otherwise low key. As Lena was a very wealthy Denver socialite, she would have... Read full post

  6. Lester Mitcham said:

    Hi Armour, According to both MT 9/920/201 and BT 100/260 Rood's Last Place of Abode was the: Ritz Hotel, London. He boarded Titanic at Southampton. Hope this helps, Lester

  7. Daniel Klistorner said:

    Rood would have had closer neighbors than the Duff Gordons. Also his price of ticket was rather high and he obtained a restaurant rebate, therefore he had to pay for every one of his meals. He obviously crossed with plenty of money. If he and Molly never met, it could be because they ate in separate places and their accommodation wasn't close to each other for them to bump into each other. Regards, Daniel.

  8. Daniel Klistorner said:

    Hi, As most of you would know, George Behe no longer posts on this board. Interested by all the acknowledgement given to him regarding information on Mr. Rood, I forwarded him a message by Armour from this board. He replied and requested that I post his reply on this board from him, so here it is. ----------------------------------------------------- Hi, Daniel! Thanks very much for forwarding Mr. Armour's comments on the ET board about Hugh Rood's ET biography. I think Mr. Armour probably looked at the bottom of the Rood biography, saw my name listed in the acknowledgements and... Read full post

  9. Rachel Fellman said:

    "Nothing is known of either John Bertram Crafton or Hugh Rood, however, besides their prescence on the ship and their deaths in the disaster; they could just as likely have been clerics as crooks, saints as sinners, and were chosen from the anonymous deceased because of the melodramatic felicity of their names. I would say that I intend no offense to their memories, but unfortunately no memories of them appear to endure." That was Max Allen Collins, author of "The Titanic Murders", on why he chose Mr. Rood to be one of the villains of his work. Ever since I read that paragraph (and the... Read full post

  10. Ben Holme said:

    Interesting discussion. Excuse my extreme lateness to it. Many thanks to George Behe for helping us out, and thanks to Daniel for posting the message. Perhaps Mr. Behe could corroborate the story about Miss Margaret Hays having last seen Hugh Rood standing next to boat #7 and helpeing to load it with women? I'm afraid I can't remember where I read this. Thanks and regards, Ben

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    Philip Hind said:

    Hugo is a typh

  12. Pat Cook said:

    Okay, what is a typh? Curious, Cook

  13. Pat Cook said:

    OOoooh! I get it! This is some of that English humor, right?

  14. Geoff Whitfield said:

    I think it's a male nymph!

  15. Pat Cook said:

    Ah HA! Thanks for clearing that one up, o' grandson o'mine. I thought it was the British version of a domestic quarrel. As in "My wife and I got into a typh!" I can see clearly now, Cook

  16. William Armour Murdoch said:

    This is Armour again having read Rachel Fellman's surprising note on "The Titanic Murders," another book I shall immediately purchase. Rachel, it would be a tremendous stretch of the immagination that Hugh Rood would be involved in a murder. He was a responsible CEO of a Seattle company and married to a very wealthy lady. After I read the book I will be back in touch. I too would be fascinated to get confirmation on the issue of Hugh Rood by Boat #7, assisting with the loading of women and children, that is more like it. Please, someone provide more info. Pardon the misspelling of... Read full post

  17. Lester Mitcham said:

    Armour, MT 9/920/201 and BT 100/260 are the document numbers for the Lists of Deceased Passengers held by the UK Public Record Office. Lester

  18. Daniel Klistorner said:

    I get it

  19. William Armour Murdoch said:

    Lester Micham. Thanks for your info. The reason I ask is in April 1912 would it have been easy to purchase a ticket in Paris for a sailing planned to debark from Southampton. Rood could have debarked from Cherbourg but it appears he debarked from Southhampton. I have now confirmed that his wife debarked from Southhampton on a German Ship for New York, along with her maid, the lady I talke to those many years ago. I really believe he bought his ticket in London. I wonder? Rachel Fellman: It was a bit gutsy for the author of Murder on the Titanic to select (a man) from the Titanic whom... Read full post

  20. William Armour Murdoch said:

    Can anyone tell me how I can find out aboutAmerican's by name, coming from America to the Port of Southhampton for period late 1911 and early 1912? Is the name of a ship required? Armour

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