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Hans Lone family lost in ship disaster
May 29, 1914
~compiled by S. Ferrall for Allamakee co. IAGenWeb, March 2022, from the indicated sources
|Hans Lone, wife and three children of
the south side started Monday on a trip to Norway. They
go to a point near Bergen, where relatives of both live,
and expect to remain there for two years at least. Mr. L.
has been an employe of the button factories here.
~Allamakee Journal, Wednesday noon, May 27, 1914; pg 2
Lansingites Among the Lost
The dreadful disaster which befell the
steamer Empress of Ireland below Quebec in the
St. Lawrence river early last Friday morning, and which
has appalled the whole world as it has not been saddened
since the ill-fated Titanic, over a year ago, has added
interest and sorrow for this city because of the fact
that five of our people the Hans Lone family, consisting
of husband wife and three children, were among the
passengers of the lost vessel. They were en route for
their former home in Norway, intending to remain for two
years, and the Journal last week chronicled
~Allamakee Journal, Wednesday, June 3rd, 1914; pg 2
Note: Later news articles indicate that none of the Lone family survived. Also, the 1910 census gives their immigration as 1908, so they'd been in Lansing less than 15 yrs. The accident occured 5/29/1914.
A photo of the ship was published in hundreds of newspapers around the world, including the Postville Review, 6/5/1914.
Diving operations for the dead of the Empress of Ireland disaster are at an end. There will be no more attempts made to secure the 800 dead imprisoned within the hull of the liner. The whole work has been abandoned as impossible.
~North Iowa Times, Thursday, June 25, 1914; pg 2 (Weeks News Summarized column)
Aleck Knudtson, a brother of Mrs. Hans Lone, lost with her husband and three children on the Empress of Ireland, last month, who went to Quebec shortly after the disaster to try to identify some of the bodies, failed to find any of his relatives and went on to Norway to break the sad news to the parents of the couple, who were anxiously awaiting their arrival.
~Allamakee Journal, Wednesday, July 1, 1914; pg 2
Louis Lone of this city must certainly have been born under a lucky star. He had engaged passage on the Lusitania but cancelled it before the sailing. Mr. L. is going home to be married shortly. His brother Hans and family of a wife and two sons were lost on the Empress of Ireland about a year ago.
~Allamakee Journal, Wednesday, May 12, 1915; pg 2
1910 U.S. Census, Lansing, Allamakee co., Iowa; Pearl street; 4/16/1910
Unknown if any of the Lone family remains were recovered. It is likely they were among those trapped in the ship's hull.
A memorial for the family on
Find-a-Grave includes a photo of the Lone family:
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