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April 10, 2012

Great-granddaughter: Trip was ill-fated from the start

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CORSICANA, Texas —

As fate would have it, a coal strike in England perhaps put them aboard the Titanic.

Risien and Emma Jane made the return to the United States as third-class passengers aboard the Titanic’s maiden voyage. Their station in life certainly afforded them higher accommodations, Reynolds said, and it’s believed a third-class passage was all they could obtain.

As mysterious as the disappearance of Mary Louisa was the obituary that appeared in the Grosebeck newspaper following the Titanic tragedy, she said.

"The headline is 'Mr. and Mrs. Risien victims of the Titanic disaster' ... and then the obituary is about Samuel. There is not one word about Emma Jane,” Reynolds said.

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Details for this story were provided by Bob Belcher, a reorter for the Corsicana (Texas) Daily Sun. Contact him at belcher@corsicanadailysun.com

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