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Front page May 8, 1915: News of Lusitania's death toll reaches Buffalo

The news that hundreds of passengers had not escaped the sinking of the Lusitania spurred The News to publish a special edition on Saturday, May 8. Because this post is likely to be of interest on the 100th anniversary of the sinking, it is being published a day early.

Here is the full story on the front page of the victims with ties to the area:

"No word from Buffalonians on Lusitania"

"No word on the fate of the six persons from Buffalo and vicinity who were aboard the Lusitania when she went down has been received in Buffalo. Friends and relatives are anxiously awaiting some definite information. The passenger list of the wrecked steamer included:

"Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Hubbard of the Roycrofters of East Aurora.

"William H.H. Brown of 689 West Delavan avenue, dealer in rubber gods (sic) and mill supplies at 47 Pearl street.

"Frederick J. Perry and Albert Morris Perry of London, England, foreign representatives of the Pierce-Arrow Motor Car company. The name F.K.A. Perry in one list of survivors. No address is given.

"Mr. and Mrs. Harold Taylor of Niagara Falls.

"Robert Woodward of Niagara Falls.

"Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard were on their way to Belgium to visit Brand Whitlock, American minister. Mr. Hubbard expected to be away about four weeks, during which time he hoped to see Emperor William.

"William H.H. Brown was making a short pleasure trip with the Perry brothers, with whom he became acquainted when they came to Buffalo to buy motor trucks for the British army.

"The Perry brothers made many friends in Buffalo during their brief stay here. They spent much time at the Pierce plant becoming acquainted with the officers of the company and receiving instructions on how to handle Pierce cars in England.

"It is reported that a large number of Pierce trucks for the allies were aboard the Lusitania, thought the report could not be verified. George K. Birge, president of the Pierce company, doesn't think there were any cars aboard the sunken steamer, but he said the officers here did not know that definitely.

Taylors on honeymoon

"It has been the custom to ship the trucks on freight boats, he said. American owners of war materials lost in the disaster will suffer no financial loss, as the governments buying goods here pay upon delivery to a consignee in this country before the goods are loaded into steamers.

"Mr. and Mrs. Taylor of Niagara Falls were on their honeymoon. They married Thursday. Mrs. Taylor was Miss Lucy Haddock before her marriage. She and her husband were born in England and decided to spend their honeymoon there.

"Robert Woodward had worked at Niagara Falls three years as an electrician. He tried to join a Canadian regiment, but was rejected and was on his way to England in the hope of being received into the service there."

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