Mrs. A. Willer of Chicago Asks $10,000 for Husband’s Death
Family Left Penniless
Red Cross Saves Them from Eviction; Company Refuses Settlement
Suit to recover for a death as a result of the Titanic disaster was filed yesterday in the Superior court in behalf of the estate of Abe Willer, a tailor, against the Oceanic Steamship company, limited, the London branch of the White Star line company, owners of the ill-fated steamer.
The sum of $10,000 is asked in the petition. Willer had made a trip to Europe to earn money by working as a tailor in Paris. A few days previous to the wreck of the Titanic Mrs. Willer, who lives at 1332 North Leavitt street with her three children, received a letter from her husband stating that he was coming home with the money. Willer’s death left them penniless.
The family was on the point of being turned out of the house when the Red Cross society of New York came to their aid with $150, contributed by charitable persons in New York City. Attorney Albert Sabath said last night he had written the London branch of the White Star line asking for a settlement. In reply he received a letter inviting a suit and refusing to pay any death indemnity.
Chicago Tribune, Saturday, July 20, 1912, p. 3: