TWO TRENTON FAMILIES FEAR FATE OF YOUNG MEN

Newark Evening News

TRENTON, April 16---Two prominent young Trentonians aboard the Titanic are 
Washington A. Roebling, second, and Stephen W. Blackwell, who were returning 
home from an automobile trip through Europe.  Mr. Roebling is a son of Charles 
G. Roebling, president of the John A. Roebling’s Sons Company, and a nephew of 
Colonel Washington A. Roebling, of Brooklyn Bridge fame.

Mr. Blackwell is the eldest son of former Senator Jonathan H. Blackwell and as 
graduated from Princeton in the class of ‘88.  The younger Mr. Blackwell had 
been in ill heath for several years, and it was thought that the trip abroad 
might benefit him.

Apart from the passenger list, positive information that Mr. Roebling and Mr. 
Blackwell were aboard was contained in a cablegram announcing their departure 
when the steamer sailed.  Information regarding the wreck was sought eagerly 
yesterday and today by both the Roebling and Blackwell families.

Charles G. Roebling had been drawn as a member of the United States Grand Jury, 
sworn in today.  He was excused from duty because of the accident, and confined 
himself to his home, where he received frequent bulletins from the New York 
agency of the Roebling company, giving all information available at the White 
Star offices.

United States Senator Frank O. Briggs, an officer of the Roebling company, 
called upon Mr. Roebling shortly before noon.  All other visitors were informed 
that Mr. Roebling could not receive callers.

About the only hopeful communication received today was a telephone 
communication, stating that a “Mr. Washington” was among the survivors.  It was 
thought that this might mean Washington A. Roebling, but the hope was a slender 
one.  Former Senator Blackwell spent most of yesterday at the White Star 
offices, retuning to Trenton last night, and informing his family of the extent 
of the catastrophe.  He went to New York again today in quest of further 
information as to his son.

Related Biographies:

Stephen Weart Blackwell
Washington Augustus II Roebling

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