Philly Cemetery Holds Stories of Titanic

Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Some stories of survival and death can be found in Philadelphia's Laurel Hill Cemetery.

Philadelphia's Laurel Hill Cemetery is the final resting place of some of the passengers aboard the doomed RMS Titanic.

The body of Titanic passenger and prominent Philadelphia attorney William Crothers Dulles lies in a mausoleum at the cemetery on Ridge Avenue.

According to Gwen Kaminski of Laurel Hill Cemetery, Dulles had been in Italy to acquire horses for his breeding farm.

He was returning home to Philadelphia on the maiden voyage of the Titanic. Dulles was among the 1,523 people who died when the ship sank on April 15th, 1912.

Dulles' body was one of the only 328 bodies recovered.

"It was noted he was in a green suit, grey vest, he had a lot of gold jewelry on and that's actually how he was identified because on his gold tie clip were his initials," said Kaminski.

An Elkins Park family was also aboard Titanic. George Widener and his 27-year-old son Harry did not survive and their bodies were never recovered. George's wife, Eleanor and her maid boarded life boat #4, the last to leave Titanic.

Eleanor died in 1937 and her body lies in the Widener Mausoleum along with two bronze cenotaphs, or empty tombs, which serve as memorials to George and Harry.

Lily Potter and her daughter Olive of Mount Airy were vacationing in Europe and decided at the last minute to return home on Titantic. Both women boarded a life boat and were among the 705 survivors.

Both Lily and Olive are buried at Laurel Hill Cemetery.

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